James Cook University

Master of Teaching and Learning



University Location Townsville or Cairns, Queensland
City Population 190,000
Student Population 22,000
Int'l Student Population 6,640
Main Campus Townsville
Program Campus Townsville or Cairns
Program Duration 2 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $30,400 AUD (2020 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February
Next Available Intake February 2022
Application Deadline November 29 each year*


The School of Education is the largest at JCU and has a 40-year history of teacher education in North Queensland. As a JCU teacher education student, you will be equipped with the skills to make an impact. JCU Education emphasizes holistic thinking producing graduates who value social and environmental sustainability goals and are equipped to teach future generations. You can study and work in rural and remote communities, capital cities, and experience overseas placements.


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.

This teaching program 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.

This course includes a prescribed professional placement in primary 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 80 placement days, you will undertake a one-day-a-week placement in schools for a minimum of 20 days across the degree.

Throughout your JCU Masters studies, you will be supported by JCU’s highly-awarded teaching staff. With the focus this degree has on the inextricable links between professional knowledge, professional practice and professional engagement, you’ll gain

  • qualifications that are valued by school leaders in government, Catholic and independent schools, and that satisfy requirements for teacher registration at state and national levels
  • a qualification that is portable internationally
  • opportunities to participate in an international or community-based experience as part of your internship
  • deep knowledge of approaches to foster learning for Indigenous, rural and remote students, with a special focus on the needs of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

A total of 80 placement days, with a highlight in the final phase of your studies of a 20-day extended placement—so you’ll be ready to make a difference at your school from day one.

Admission Requirements


Completed undergraduate degree
Applicants 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.


Completed undergraduate degree
Applicants 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.

Admission 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.

Important: James Cook University has confirmed that remote learning is not available for this program for the February 2021 intake. This means that students will not be able to commence this program remotely if current travel restrictions continue and international students are not able to be on shore.

We recommend considering applying for the 1-2022 intake in the new year. We will continue to update this page as information is received.