Primary education

Why study Primary education?

There is demand in the education sector to build graduates’ skills in diagnostic learning, special needs, pedagogical expertise and relationship building. Our Master of Teaching (Primary) addresses this need and offers a range of specialisations. See course details below.

Professional practice is a major focus in all our teacher education degrees. We focus on innovative placement models and opportunities for urban, regional, international and cultural placements, to ensure you get the experience to move into the classroom.

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.


Local students

NB: The ATARs published here are a guide, based on the most recent intake, and can change from year to year. These are Clearly-in ATARs, meaning applicants with scores equivalent to, or higher than the quoted ATAR, were made an offer.


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:

- STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics
- English
- mathematics
- physical education
- health
- languages (French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Indonesian - Bendigo campus only has Indonesian available).
- humanities.

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. You'll complete 60 days of professional experience during the course.
Professional recognition
All initial teacher education programs are required to be reaccredited with the VIT every five years. Consequently, the Master of Teaching (Primary) is currently undertaking accreditation with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. Professional registration may require an application to VIT and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact for details.
Grade Point Average (GPA) at 4.

Applicants undertaking the Master of Teaching must hold a Bachelor degree or approved equivalent in a relevant discipline area for primary teaching as per the National Program Standards and the Victorian Institute of Teaching. For a primary focus these may include; Science, Mathematics, Arts (Visual Arts/Drama/Music/Dance/Media Studies), Humanities (Geography, History), Languages, Physical Education/Health, English, IT.

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 and Albury/Wodonga campuses). Students must be prepared to travel to their enrolled campus for each intensive 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.
Additional information
You are required to obtain a Working With Children Check prior to your first placement.
As a result of new professional standards, all students will be required to complete an externally administered Literacy and Numeracy Test prior to graduation in order to be eligible to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. You will have the opportunity for diagnostic tests and support during your studies to ensure you are at an appropriate standard prior to sitting the formal test. For more information about the Literacy and Numeracy Test, visit:
How to apply

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Direct applications will be available if you only intend to apply to La Trobe, and will be opening soon.

Please note: VTAC applications cannot be withdrawn in order to submit a direct application. The same selection criteria and entry standards are applied to VTAC and direct applications.

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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

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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

You will spend 60 days of teaching practice guided by a qualified teacher and university supervisor. You'll also gain valuable work experience by putting your theory into practice in a classroom setting.

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.