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Teaching (Primary)

Graduates who wish to teach at the primary school level can undertake a Master of Teaching (Primary). The course provides you with the background necessary to apply for registration as a Primary teacher and it includes education studies, curriculum studies and professional experience. A languages strand is available if you wish to teach languages and have the necessary prerequisites in your undergraduate degree.

Quick Facts

Duration: 2 years
Start Date: March
Tuition Fee: $33,000
Location: Bedford Park, Australia
CRICOS code: 063696G
Delivery mode: On campus

What you will study

The Master of Teaching (Primary) consists of 72 units over two years, taken as 36 units per year in a full-time load or the equivalent on a part-time basis. The study program includes an introduction to teaching and research in the Education profession, researching learners and learning, and teachers as researchers as well as relationships for learning and teaching. Primary curriculum topics will deal with teaching in and through the expressive arts as well as thinking and working scientifically in the primary years, with numeracy and ICT. Topics will discuss differentiation and inclusive educational practices, and teaching Indigenous Australian students. Literacy in a changing educational context will be analysed with curriculum studies and reflective practices.

Health and physical education as well as the social sciences curriculum studies for history, geography and civics will be included. Language specialist teachers can choose a languages strand if they meet the criteria of two years undergraduate study in a language. The strand will include two topics related to languages pedagogies, literacy and intercultural understanding. The program will include the required professional experience placements with preparation lectures and preliminary work leading to the placements.


“I had a nice relationship with all my lecturers. They were committed to helping you out with everything, especially if you showed that you cared about your work. Uni organised for me to go to Flinders Partners to work on software for innovation management. I was so pleased when they offered me a full-time position.”

Nadine Saadi // Flinders University student


The Master of Teaching (Primary) prepares graduates to enter the teaching profession with confidence and competence. Although the majority of education graduates go on to employment as a teacher in the public or private sector, some choose to follow other pathways. Graduate roles include community education officer, and education and engagement officer.

Potential occupations include:

  • teachers in school classrooms
  • school coordinators and principals
  • curriculum and policy advisors in departments of education
  • advisors to government departments and other policy makers.

Professional accreditation/recognition

This academic qualification will enable you to apply for registration with the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia. You are advised to check registration requirements as they are subject to change. Graduates looking for employment in other parts of Australia and overseas may be required to meet additional conditions.