The University of Queensland

Master of Teaching

Graduate

Details

University Location Brisbane, Queensland
City Population 2.5 million
Student Population 55,044
Int'l Student Population 21,000
Main Campus St Lucia
Program Campus St Lucia
Program Duration 2 years
Estimated Annual Tuition AUD$43,200 (2025 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February
Next Available Intake 2025
Application Deadline November 29 each year*

Overview

The University of Queensland‘s School of Education has been training teachers for nearly 70 years. You will be taught by national and international award-winning lecturers. Through access to the latest innovations in teaching research, you will be thoroughly prepared for a career in education.

Program

Primary
Designed for those with an approved undergraduate degree, the Master of Teaching (Primary) allows you to qualify as a primary school teacher after four semesters of study.

The two year program aims to develop, educate and sustain teachers who can contribute innovatively and creatively to addressing the educational challenges of social, community and technological change. It provides the skills and knowledge necessary for teaching to complement the current knowledge and skills gained in your first degree.

Your study consists of periods of on-campus lectures, tutorials and workshops. These are alternated with blocks of professional placements in schools, designed to provide the opportunity for professional development and learning for growth into your career in education. You’ll graduate qualified to teach in all areas of the primary curriculum from Prep to Year 6.

This program also provides the potential to work internationally. Once registered, you can work as a primary school teacher in state or independent schools in Queensland, interstate or overseas, or undertake further study to qualify as a principal, mentor, curriculum adviser, guidance or career officer, or head of department.

Completion of the Master of Teaching (Primary) will qualify you to teach in all areas of the primary curriculum, including

  • humanities and social sciences (history, geography, civics and citizenship, economics and business)
  • English
  • mathematics
  • science
  • the arts (dance, drama, media arts, music, visual arts)
  • health and physical education
  • technology
  • languages other than English

Secondary
The Master of Teaching (Secondary) program is designed for those with an approved undergraduate degree looking to qualify as a secondary school teacher. It aims to develop, educate, and sustain teachers who can contribute innovatively and creatively to addressing the educational challenges of social, community and technological change. Plus it enables you to qualify as a secondary school teacher after 2 years of study.

You’ll participate in practical, school-based learning that draws from the latest research into effective teaching methods, complete 75 days of supervised professional experience placements, and gain the skills and knowledge necessary for teaching to complement the expertise and experience gained in your first degree.

 

Placements and Work Experience
Students undertaking the Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary) program must complete 75 days of professional experience placement, comprising 5 days of school experience / observation and 70 days of supervised and assessed professional experience throughout the program.

Students are generally placed at Ipswich, Brisbane, and southeast corner of Queensland (including the Gold and Sunshine Coasts) and are also encouraged to consider a rural placement.

Admission Requirements

Completed bachelor’s degree

Primary – You must have a undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with a minimum cumulative GPA 2.3/4.0, which includes the equivalent of at least one full year of study in areas relevant to one or more learning areas of the primary school curriculum in Australian schools.

Secondary – You must have a three-year undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with a minimum cumulative GPA 2.3/4.0. Two teaching areas: Biology; Business; Chemistry; Drama; English; Geography; History; Languages other than English (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish); Mathematics; Music; Physics; Earth and Environmental Sciences; as well as: Mathematics – Advanced; Choral and Instrumental Music; Economics; Film, Television and New Media; Legal Studies; Psychology.

As part of the Australian Institute for Teaching and Leadership (AITSL) revised Standards and Procedures, applicants to initial teacher education courses (pre-service teachers) must satisfy both academic and non-academic entry criteria for selection to the course.

Admission Timeline

*While the application deadline is November 29 each year, you are encouraged to apply a minimum of 6 months prior to the program’s start date.