Primary teaching

Why study Primary teaching?

The postgraduate coursework primary education program offers graduate diploma and Master's-level program for graduates of other disciplines who want a teaching qualification. Complete the Middle Years program mainly online through our Shepparton campus in only nine months or the Masters program (P-12) at Albury-Wodonga in 18 months.

As a La Trobe graduate you may be eligible for our 10% Alumni Advantage when you apply for a full-fee postgraduate coursework program.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the graduate-entry teaching degree are qualified to teach in schools and other education and training bodies in Australia and overseas (subject to registration). Those with postgraduate teaching qualifications are highly regarded for their detailed knowledge of curriculum and their highly developed teaching skills. Our teaching courses are accredited with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.


Local students


Master of Teaching (Primary)

Duration :
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent, 1.5 years accelerated
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (February)
About this course
The Master of Teaching (Primary) addresses the identified need to move from a generalist model of primary teacher education to a specialist approach by specialisations in:
- Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM)
- English
- humanities/arts
- health
- physical education
- languages (including Greek, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, Indonesian, French and Chinese).

There is demand in the sector to build efficacy of graduates in the areas of diagnostic learning, special needs, pedagogical expertise and relationship skill building. This course gives you the opportunity to specialise in these areas. The pedagogical structure allows graduates to work and adapt effectively in complex contemporary learning environments.

Professional experience is based around inquiry and experiential learning with iterative skill development opportunities linking knowledge, context and experience to understanding the theoretical dimensions needed to understand practice in school and other learning contexts.
Grade Point Average (GPA) at 4 (credit)

Applicants undertaking the Master of Teaching must hold a Bachelor degree or approved equivalent in a relevant discipline area/s for primary or secondary teaching as per the National Program Standards and the Victorian Institute of Teaching. For a primary focus these may include; Science, Mathematics, Arts, Humanities, Languages, Physical Education, etc.

NB: The scores above are indicative only and may change based on the number of applications received and places available. Achieving the above listed scores does not guarantee an offer of a place.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
The Master of Teaching is delivered through blended online learning and 15 days of face-to-face classes (three five-day intensives at our Bendigo, Melbourne & Albury/Wodonga campuses). Students must be prepared to travel to any of these campuses for methods and orientation.

All applicants must complete and submit a Personal Statement. Your statement must include information in relation to the following personal attributes: motivation to teach; interpersonal and communication skills; personal strengths; and learning goals.
How to apply

Applications for 2017 will open later this year. To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:

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How to apply?

Methods of application vary from course to course. Please see the course entry above for details of how to apply for the course you are interested in.

Fees and scholarships

Some postgraduate courses are fee-paying which means that you pay the full cost of the course (FEE-HELP is available). Others offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) – where the Commonwealth Government subsidises the cost of your course and you pay a contribution (HECS-HELP is available).

Students enrolled for certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support.

You may be eligible for a Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship, which offers a 20% reduction on postgraduate course fees.

International students


Master of Teaching (Primary) (084949G)

Duration :
18 months (accelerated from 2 years).
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
23 170
About this course
Enhance your undergraduate degree with this two-year teaching qualification and graduate with the skills you need to work as a primary school teacher around Australia.

You'll gain teaching skills across physical education, technology, science, humanities, literacy and numeracy. Your subjects will also cover contemporary teaching methods, curriculum theory, lesson planning and classroom management - all of which will shape the way you run your classes.

You'll learn how to design lesson plans, integrate technology into curriculum design, and develop strategies to promote effective learning. You'll also be able to evaluate strategies that support students' wellbeing, as well as inclusive student participation.

Your subjects will be taught through a blend of online distance learning and 15 days of face-to-face classes, delivered in three five-day blocks at our Melbourne Campus. To build practical teaching experience, you'll participate in 60 days of supervised teaching practice and complete a practitioner research project.

You have the option to complete this degree through an accelerated 18-month path, or extended over 30 months.

As well as a preparing you for a successful career in teaching, this degree also creates an opportunity to undertake further research in education.

Our course is held to high professional and ethical teaching standards and is recognised by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). VIT registration is recognised in other states and territories too.
English Language Requirements
An overall academic IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.5 with no individual score below 7.0 and a score of no less than 8.0 in speaking and listening.
Academic entry requirements
An approved undergraduate Bachelor's degree.
Professional recognition
Our course is held to high professional and ethical teaching standards and is recognised by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). This qualification is also recognised in other Australian states and territories.

Please note: if you are an international student you should check the requirements of accreditation authorities in the location where you intend to teach.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Teaching (Primary) MasterMelbourne

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Related study options

Your study experience

Primary teaching placements

You will do 60 days of practical experience in a variety of schools including government, Catholic, independent, rural and metropolitan.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. View all staff from the School of Education.