Master of Primary Teaching

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





2 yrs FT/1.5 yrs FT equivalent
3 to 4 years part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

$6,566.00* per year (more)
* 2019 indicative annual CSP fee

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Admission requirements

  • Non-Education Bachelor degree or equivalent plus Non-academic entry requirements


Commencing in

Trimester 1

Next start date

Trimester 1, 2020 (more)

Applications close

Friday, 31 January 2020

Why choose this program?

This postgraduate pre-service teacher education program is offered in intensive mode to enable completion in one and a half years. The program provides professional preparation for teaching in primary school (Prep to Year 6) settings. It is designed for graduates from a non-education background wishing to teach in this context.

The program covers the theory and practice of teaching concentrating on the characteristics of learners; the social and educational contexts of education; curriculum studies and professional experience in relevant settings.

Note: The Australian Federal Government has mandated that all students of initial teacher education programs demonstrate they have been assessed as being in the top 30% of the adult population for personal literacy and numeracy. The Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) is administered and managed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). While this is not a requirement for admission, all students will need to organise and demonstrate a pass result in the LANTITE prior to graduation.

Related programs

Code Program title Campus Intake
5587 Master of Primary Teaching (this program) Gold Coast, Mt Gravatt, Online Trimester 1 only
5700 Master of Secondary Teaching Gold Coast, Mt Gravatt Trimester 1 only
4202 Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching Gold Coast, Mt Gravatt, Online Exit point only
3286 Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching Gold Coast, Mt Gravatt, Online Exit point only

The Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (3286) and the Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching (4202) do not lead to teacher registration.

Attendance information

The Master of Primary Teaching program is offered full-time and part-time. For domestic students, it may be completed via in-person, on-campus mode or a combination of online, on-campus or fully online.

International students must complete 75% of the program via face-to-face on-campus. The program designates which courses may be completed online.

Professional experience is a mandated component of this program. The placements in primary schools are organised by the School of Education and Professional Studies. Upon enrolment into the program, students will be asked to provide information to facilitate their placements.

Managing study interruptions

Leave of absence
Students may not take a leave of absence in this program without the approval of the Program Director. The Program Director will review applications for leave of absence relative to the maximum time available to complete the program, availability of required courses and the sequential nature of the program which necessitates completion of certain courses prior to continuing into professional experience placements.

My career opportunities

Graduates of the Master of Primary Teaching will be qualified to teach students in public and private primary schools anywhere in Australia as well as at equivalent levels overseas.

Program accreditation

The Master of Primary Teaching is accredited by the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT).

To obtain registration with the Queensland College of Teachers, graduating teachers must have evidence to demonstrate that their English language proficiency meets the minimum requirements for registration.

Before I enrol

Working with Children Check (Blue Card)

Information for placements within Queensland

Before undertaking professional experience placements, all students in this program are required to:

  • undergo the Working with Children Check and
  • be issued with a Blue Card.

Students must hold a current valid Blue Card throughout the duration of each professional experience. Students may be asked to present their Blue Card to facility staff on the first day of each placement and should keep their Blue Card on them at all times while attending a professional experience placement.

The University is legally obliged to warn students that it is an offence for a disqualified person to submit a Blue Card application. Further information may be obtained from Queensland Government Blue Card Services, the Education Professional Experience Office or from any Griffith Student Centre.

Blue Card applications must be submitted online by the student via the Queensland Government Blue Card Services website. There is no fee for a student Blue Card.

Commonwealth supported students

  • The fee is indicative of an annual full-time load (80 credit points) in a program categorized to one of the Australian Government's three broad discipline areas (student contribution bands). A student's actual annual fee may vary in accordance with his or her choice of majors and electives. The Australian Government sets student contribution amounts on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying postgraduate (domestic) students

Indicative annual tuition fee

The indicative annual tuition fee is calculated based on a standard full-time study load which is usually 80 credit points.

The indicative annual tuition fee is based on current conditions and available data and should only be used as a guide. These fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying postgraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program prior to 2014 is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student commenced the program.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program from 2014 onwards is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Master of Primary Teaching (5587)

Year of study Fee category/Band Fee per CP Tuition fee 80cp
2020 Fee Band 21.0 $262.50 $21,000.00
2019 Fee Band 20.0 $250.00 $20,000.00
Tuition fees for your degree program
Changing programs

If a postgraduate student changes to a different program they will be subject to the approved program fee for the trimester in which they are enrolled.

Further information

Additional fee information

This postgraduate program has Commonwealth Supported Places. If you are eligible, the Australian Government will contribute to the cost of this program but you will also be required to make a contribution.

Quotas are applied for admission to the Commonwealth Supported Places. Where demand exceeds the number of available places, not all eligible applicants who meet minimum program entry requirements may be offered a place. Assessment for admission is based on meritorious performance. If you are not successful in gaining a Commonwealth Supported Place, you may be eligible for a Fee-Paying Postgraduate place.

This program has been approved by the Australian Government for student income support (for example, Youth Allowance and Austudy). Students should contact Centrelink for more information about their eligibility for student income support payments.