James Cook University

Teacher Education

James Cook University

James Cook University (JCU) is Australia’s leading university in the tropics. Its unique location enables students from Australia and overseas to study in a diverse physical environment unparalleled by any university in the world.

JCU Teachers’ College

JCU Education is a leader in providing high-quality professional experience. A focus on offering opportunities to teach in various communities produces JCU Education graduates who make life matter.

Fast Facts

Program James Cook University Master of Teaching and Learning
Duration 2 years
Location Townsville or Cairns
Est. Indicative Annual Tuition $31,080 AUD (2022 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February
Next Available Intake 2023
Application Deadline No set deadline*

What do you need to get in?

Primary

Completed bachelor’s degree 
You must have a completed bachelor’s degree with a 65% average or above. Your academic criteria is measured against previous study. You must have successfully completed at least 8 subjects (at least one year of full-time-equivalent study) in a non-Education degree that are relevant to one or more learning areas of the primary school curriculum: English, technologies, mathematics, science, humanities and social sciences, the Arts, languages, health and physical education.

Secondary

Completed bachelor’s degree 
You must have a completed bachelor’s degree with a 65% average or above with subjects in two teaching areas appropriate to curriculum in Australian secondary schools.

Application Timeline

*While JCU teaching programs have a general application deadline of November 29 each year, you are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

 

 

Program Structure

Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary)

JCU’s Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary) prepares teachers to critically respond to the challenges of northern Queensland and the Tropics, through a theoretically informed practice-based approach with provision for learning experiences in urban, rural and remote school-community environments.

The course is a four-phase (2-year) developmentally sequenced professional preparation for those holding at least a first degree and who value learning about, as well as contributing to, the diverse needs and aspirations of learners and communities.

This course includes a prescribed professional placement in primary schools in each of the first three phases of the course for a total of 60 placement days, a 20-day extended capstone in the final phase and school based experiences with primary students in selected subjects within the course. Graduate teachers may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense.

Graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Queensland College of Teachers in Australia.

Master of Teaching and Learning (Secondary)

This 2-year full-time James Cook University master’s degree will equip you to make a difference to the success of students and the secondary school or college at which you are employed.

In line with the developmental approach you’ll experience as you study towards this JCU master’s degree, the course is structured into phases focusing on

  • Learners and learning
  • Teaching for learning
  • Leading for learning and change

As a highlight of your studies, you’ll take part in an internship or service learning experience focused on teachers as researchers for learning.

The Master of Teaching Secondary includes a prescribed professional placement in secondary schools in each of the first four phases of the course for a total of 80 placement days including a 20-day extended capstone in the final phase. In addition to the extended practice, students are required to undertake a one-day-a-week placement in their phase schools to a minimum of 20 days across the degree.

Graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Queensland College of Teachers in Australia.

How to Apply

  1. Online application

    Fill out the OzTREKK online application. OzTREKK Tip: have the dates of your previous study handy!

  2. Receive email from OzTREKK

    After you’ve completed the online application, you will receive a detailed email from OzTREKK usually within 1 business day outlining all the documents required complete your application for submission. Best of all, you submit them to OzTREKK, not to Australia!

  3. Submission time

    We’ll let you know exactly what to send and the best way to send it! Examples include final transcripts from each institution you have attended (in their original, sealed envelopes), Australian university-specific documents, course outlines, and a scanned copy of the photo page of your passport. Many documents may be emailed as PDFs; however, we recommend you don’t begin sending your documents until your admissions officer has requested them.