Master of Teaching (Primary)
The Master of Teaching (Primary) is a Initial Teacher Education (ITE) program, designed to meet the National Professional Standards for Teachers – professional knowledge, professional practice and professional engagement at graduate teacher level, equipping them for provisional registration as generalist teachers Prep to Year 6.
Are you excited about working with children and seeing the lights go on in their hearts and minds? Designed for aspiring teachers and career changers who already have a degree, this course equips you with a fully accredited professional teaching qualification. Accredited by TEQSA and NESA, the MTeach(P) provides a core pedagogy in each of the Key Learning Areas (KLAs) and professional experience.
Independent action research equips you in your place of Professional Experience, improving your teaching skills and contributing to the field. In addition to developing skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills, you will be equipped with advanced knowledge in the full range of primary curriculum.
You can apply to study in one of our “Hubs” with partner schools. This complements our regular practical placements, which you can complete in a range of local or international schools. The hub model is an apprenticeship style of "on the job" learning where a student becomes part of a local school and has a mentor teacher. AC pioneers this program, based on the internationally renowned Clinical Teaching Model, for training the next generation of teachers. This is a global first initiative which flips the conventional educational structures and trains students onsite in partner schools.
The course structure is based on four semesters (each of 13 weeks duration), with four subjects taught in each semester:
- 10 cp from Christian Studies
- 120 cp from Education
- 10 cp from Research
- 20 cp Professional Experience
Professional Experience (including Community Engagement) consisting of community-based learning and a minimum number of supervised teaching days in primary schools as stipulated by local registration/employing bodies. To qualify for award of the degree of Master of Teaching (Primary) a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 160 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the core subjects.
For more information see the Student Handbook.
Core / 15 Subjects (150 credit points)
- THE401 Christian Worldview
- EDU401 Foundations in Christian Learning and Teaching
- EDU403 Language and Literacy
- EDU424 Australian Indigenous and Multicultural Education
- EDU513 Learning and Teaching English
- EDU514 Learning and Teaching Mathematics: Part A
- EDU523 Inclusive Education
- EDU502 History and Geography
- EDU511 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
- EDU512 Science and Technology
- EDU521 Creative Arts
- EDU515 Learning and Teaching Mathematics: Part B
- EDU404 K-2 Reading and Writing
- EDU591 (EDU591A Professional Experience 1 & EDU591B Professional Experience 2)
- EDU599 Professional Experience 3
Research / 1 Subject (10 credit points)
Course Handbook and Enrolment Guide
For more details on which subjects you can choose, see the current enrolment guide for this course.
Academic Entry Requirements
Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)
This course of study requires the completion of a higher education qualification by an authorised institution. Applicants with recent high school education only are not eligible for direct entry into this course.
Students must meet the necessary requirements for accreditation through NESA, including at least 1 full year (8 units) for study in one or more learning areas of the primary school curriculum (English/Literacy, Creative Arts, Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE), Mathematics/Numeracy, Personal Development Health and Physical Education (PDHPE), Science and Technology). For more information check the NESA website HERE.
Additionally, as of 2024, all graduate entry Primary teaching applicants will need to possess at least a Band 4 result in a prior HSC mathematics course, or have undertaken at least 1 unit of mathematics/numeracy in a prior bachelor degree, or will be required to pass a mathematics/numeracy bridging unit (in addition to the program’s regular units) before or during the first year of study in the Master of Teaching (Primary).
Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study
This course of study requires the completion of a higher education qualification by an authorised institution. Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification only are not eligible for direct entry into this course.
Applicants with Higher Education Study
Applicants whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a higher education qualification must demonstrate the completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree (or higher) by an authorised institution for admission into this course.
Applicants with Work and Life Experience
This course of study requires the completion of a higher education qualification by an authorised institution. Applicants who have not completed formal higher education study are not eligible for direct entry into this course.
If English is not the applicant’s first language or if their first degree was awarded in a non-English speaking nation, they will be required to show proficiency in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (or equivalent). Such students admitted into our programs must attain an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.5 (with no score below 7.0 in any of the four skills areas, and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening) on entry into the program. For full details of the policy on the ‘English Language Proficiency for Teachers see the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards - English Language Proficiency Policy.
IELTS (or equivalent) is not required for applicants who have successfully completed at least two years of full-time study (or equivalent) of a secondary or tertiary qualification at AQF Diploma level or higher, where the medium of study was English and completed no earlier than two years prior to the commencement of the course of study to which the student seeks admission.
Essential Requirements for Admission:
The Program Director conducts a pre-admission interview (either face-to-face or phone or via Skype) with all academically eligible applicants. This interview aims to assess the key capabilities associated with successful teaching.
Literacy and Numeracy Test
AC students are required to sit for and pass the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) prior to their final Professional Experience Placement.
Working with Children Check
AC students are required to complete the Working with Children Check online. You are classified a ‘volunteer’ in Education. Submit application online and also print a copy and upload as an attachment to your application.
Training is provided free online by the Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) http://etraining.allergy.org.au/ On completion of the online module participants receive a certificate of completion which must be included with your application. The training is required to be successfully undertaken every two years. This is the only training for anaphylaxis management in schools that New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) will accept.
NSW Department of Education Child Protection Awareness Training
All students are required to complete the NSW Department of Education Child Protection Awareness Training before enrolling into a work-integrated learning subject and undertaking Professional Experience. Students who have met the academic and essential entry requirements can progress into the course prior to completing this training.
All students completing EDU511/CRS311 Personal Development, Physical & Health Education are required to complete a recognised First Aid Course. This course deals with the cause and prevention of accidents, the acquisition of sufficient knowledge to determine the nature and extent of injury, and sufficient skill to administer proper first aid.
Delivery Mode*: Face-to-Face (Campus class), Online Live (Zoom class), Online Recorded
Locations**: Sydney, Online
Duration: 2 years full-time/up to 10 years part-time
Intakes: Semester 1, Semester 2
* Our study modes are flexible so you can mix-and-match different modes throughout your course to fit your needs. For example, a face-to-face student can choose to attend some classes online or an online student may choose to take some subjects face-to-face.
** Some subjects may only be available in certain study modes each semester. Please check the timetable for the most up-to-date information. Face-to-face classes can be delivered weekly or via intensives, where the subject is delivered in a block over consecutive weekdays and/or weekends. Some subjects must be completed face-to-face to meet professional accreditation requirements.
Fees & Timetable
Fee-Help information and a complete Fee Schedule for all Alphacrucis courses can be found in our Fees Information section.
For a full list of course dates for new and continuing students, please see our Timetables.
FEE-HELP is available for eligible students to assist you in financing your studies. For more information and other options, please visit the Financing Your Study page. For students who cannot access government loans, an alternative option is Study Loans, a private student loan provider. To learn more about loans provided by Study Loans, click here.
Course Learning Outcomes
- advanced and integrated understanding of key issues and practices within the discipline area of primary teaching;
- knowledge of scholarship and recent developments in the KLA’s pertaining to primary teaching, including, where appropriate, across disciplines;
- understanding of general research principles and methods, and advanced knowledge of specific research approaches used in the discipline area of primary teaching;
- advanced and integrated understanding regarding the planning, implementation, assessment and reporting of pedagogically sound learning activities consistent with a Christian worldview and appropriate to the demands of the teaching context.
Demonstrated ability to:
- evaluate, synthesise and critically engage the theoretical knowledge regarding the stages of development in physical, cognitive, social/emotional and spiritual growth in children and apply it to diagnosis and strategies for progression;
- analyse and synthesise various pedagogical approaches with differing ideologies and develop skills and strategies (including technologies) to enhance the quality of learning for all students, including those from marginalised communities;
- design and execute a research project which examines a complex problem or issue using appropriate methodologies and theories from the discipline area;
- communicate effectively complex ideas and proposed solutions to peers and general audiences in diverse contexts;
- identify and critically evaluate new developments of research and scholarship in the discipline area of primary teaching.
Application of Skills and Knowledge
Demonstrated ability to:
- articulate new questions or issues and apply the knowledge and skills developed within the discipline area of primary teaching to develop appropriate solutions;
- comply with professional codes of ethics and regulations which impact on the ability to work with children and keep abreast of changes in the legislation and practice applicable to the specific teaching context;
- work independently, responsibly and with the level of professionalism expected of an expert in the discipline area of primary teaching;
- design and implement a major research project in the discipline area of primary teaching to advance personal and professional development, in order to thrive in educational contexts.
Graduates of the Master of Teaching (Primary) may find employment in schools (faith-based, government and non-government schools), not-for-profit and mission-focused organisations, community service-orientated positions, and positions that require research skills and critical thinking. Additionally, graduates may progress further along the pathway toward other postgraduate studies upon completion of the Master of Teaching (Primary).
Postgraduate students wanting to progress to a research degree must complete a research project of at least 12,000 words, and should normally receive a Distinction for the research project as well as a high grade point average overall (roughly Distinction-level). In some cases, publication of a peer-reviewed journal article will be deemed equivalent to a 12,000-word research thesis.
“I recently had a 9-year-old student come up to me on excursion and ask why was I different to other teachers. When I asked her what she meant by “different”, she said ”Miss, you always give us a second chance.” This moment reminded me that it’s not about what you’re teaching... it’s about who you are to your students, believing in them and supporting them.”
Master of Teaching (Primary)
All students will be expected to meet the standards for accreditation through the New South Wales Education Standards Authority.
Information on what is involved in getting accredited for the first time can be found HERE.
To qualify for the award of the degree of Master of Teaching (Primary), all Teacher Education Student will complete Professional Placement which is conducted over three semesters (recommended: 2nd, 3rd, 4th Semesters). Organisation and placement for EDU591 and EDU599 Professional Experiences (10 credit points each) will be conducted by the Professional Experience Program Director.
In addition, the Teacher Education Student, once admitted into the course, may apply for a Clinical Teaching Module (CTM) placement. This is a mode of study that places the student, typically one day a week in a host school under a Host Coach(es), where they can practice their new skills and understanding without the pressures of assessment. They are encouraged to seek modifications to many of their subject assignments for their CTM context and so create synergy with their CTM commitment and their academic study.
For more information on the suite of student support services available, please see our Student Services section.