University Handbook 2018

Master of Teaching (Primary)

This Course is being phased out.  No new enrolments will be permitted from 2016. 

Students currently enrolled in this degree will be able to complete their degree under the structure outlined below.

Course Details
Location Bundoora
Course Coordinator Dr Rebecca Miles
Course Code EMTP
Available to International students No
CRICOS 084949G
Course duration 1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit Points 240 Points
Leave of absence available Leave of absence is not available for this course of study other than in exceptional circumstance and with the approval of the Course Coordinator.
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe

Course Description

Enhance your undergraduate degree with this two-year teaching qualification and graduate with the skills you need to work as a primary school teacher across 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 influence your thinking when you start working in the classroom.

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 (Bundoora) Campus. To build practical teaching experience, you'll undertake 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 teaching career, this degree also opens up the option to go on to further research in education.

This course is accredited against national standards by the Victorian Institute of Teaching

Upon course completion each student's academic record is released to VIT for teacher registration purposes. Students who do not want their academic record released to VIT must notify their course co-ordinator in writing or email before the end of teaching in their last subject.


The course consists of 240 credit points (2 EFTSL) presented over an 18-month period for full-time accelerated students.
Full-time extended study over 30 months is also available.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold an Australian Bachelor degree or approved equivalent. English competency is required and Year 11 Mathematics is recommended.

English Requirement

Applicants whose first language is not English will require an IELTS score of 7.5, with no individual band score less than 7.0 and a score of no less than 8.0 in speaking and listening.

Special Requirements

The Victorian Department of Education and Training requires a satisfactory criminal record check for all teacher education students undertaking practicum requirements in Victorian Department of Education and Training schools. It is expected that equivalent requirements will exist for all other Victorian schools and for schools in other states. Students upon first enrolling in teacher education courses will be required to complete a ‘Working with Children Check’. Students must provide a certified copy of their valid Working with Children card prior to undertaking teaching placements. Confirmation of a criminal record may jeopardise a student’s ability to gain access to a suitable, or any, practicum placement(s) and may therefore delay or prevent completion of the course.

Course Structure

Course content is delivered through blended online learning and 15 days of face-to-face classes, delivered in three five-day blocks at our Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus.

Subjects are 15 credit points except where indicated.


Dates for the three on-campus intensive blocks in 2017 are listed below.

Course Structure

Course content is delivered through blended online learning and 15 days of face-to-face classes, delivered in three five-day blocks at our Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus.

Subjects are 15 credit points except where indicated.

LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.


First year

Intensive teaching blocks are held during the following dates:

Intensive Blocks Start date End date
1 Monday 13 February Friday 17 February
2 Monday 10 July Friday 14 July
3 Monday 25 September Friday 29 September

Year 1 Subjects List:

Block 1
EDU5PFL (WK08-21) Planning for Learning
EDU5PEL (WK08-21) Primary English/Literacy *
EDU5MLE (WK08-21) Managing Learning Environments
EDU5IHP  (WK06-24) Introduction to Health and Physical Education
Block 2
EDU5CED (WK24-34) Contemporary Education *
EDU5PMN (WK22-35) Primary Maths/Numeracy *
EDU5CLA (WK22-35) Connecting Learning: Working with Museums and Galleries to Deepen Arts and Humanities Learning *
EDU5PPA (WK20-42) Professional Experience Primary A
Block 3
EDU5PED (WK35-47)  The Professional Educator *
EDU5EDL (W35-47) Educational Leadership
EDU5STS (WK35-47) Sustainability Thinking (Science) *
EDU5PPB (W35-47) Professional Experience Primary B

Students taking the full-time extended study over 30 months take these subjects in the first year.
The remaining year-one subjects are then taken in the second year.

Second year

Master of Teaching (Primary) does not have any intensives in Year 2. Students complete three subjects:

EDU5TRS (WK02-08) Teacher as Researcher
EDU5PRP  (WK03-30)  Practitioner Research Project (30cp)
EDU5PPC  (SEM1) Professional Experience Primary C



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