Master of Learning and Teaching (Primary)
Teach and support children in primary school
Add this approved primary school teacher qualification to your bachelor degree–and become a registered teacher in just 18 months! Discover how to teach children aged 5 to 12. Explore how they learn. Study curriculum and pedagogy. Focus on literacy.
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Study UniSQ’s Master of Learning and Teaching (Primary) and gain the skills and confidence to teach children aged 5 to 12 across all learning areas of the school curriculum, including a specialised focus on English literacy. The program objectives align with the seven AITSL Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Level). On successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to demonstrate that they:
- know primary aged students and how they learn
- know the content and how to teach it in a primary school environment
- plan for and implement effective teaching and learning in primary school settings
- create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments for primary school learners
- assess, provide feedback and report on primary student learning
- engage in professional learning to improve practice and learning outcomes for primary school learners
- engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community, meeting their ethical and legal responsibilities.
As a graduate, you are eligible for teacher registration. This presents many exciting opportunities for finding employment as a teacher for a wide variety of diverse contexts including metropolitan, rural and remote and international schools. Teaching-related skills of communication and educational management are also in demand in careers such as sport and leisure centre management, personal training, life coaching and other professions in the human services.
As a graduate, you are eligible to apply for registration as a teacher through the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). This degree meets the expectations and requirements of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).
Completed a 3-year bachelor degree, or equivalent, in a discipline other than education with a minimum GPA of 4.0 out of 7.0.
Non-academic entry criteria
- Completion of the non-academic entry requirements to demonstrate the applicant’s motivation to teach and suitability for the teaching profession. Details are available from the QTAC initial teacher education webpage.
- If an applicant has achieved a 'satisfactory' result for one or more components of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) at another institution, the 'satisfactory' result can be carried across with this admission application.
- Students must be available for a prescribed period of time to undertake the majority of the supervised Professional Experience placements in an Australian school setting, or at another approved site as required by the program. State law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking professional experience/researching with children under the age of 18, are required to possess a current Positive Exemption Card (Blue Card or Exemption Card). Students in other Australian states or in overseas contexts need to ensure they have complied with the equivalent requirements and have registered the details with the USQ Education Placement Office.
English Proficiency Requirements
Applicants from a non-English speaking background are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 7.5, or equivalent, with a minimum of 8.0 in speaking and listening and 7.0 in all other subtests. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.
You will need to complete 60 days of supervised professional experience and 50 hours of service learning in a non-classroom setting. These experiences provide you with opportunities to put theory into practice and to build significant industry connections. All students must be able to meet professional requirements expected of teachers within this degree, including holding a current Positive Exemption Card (Blue Card or Exemption Card), or equivalent.
Candidates eligible for admission into this program may be eligible for up to eight units of credit on the basis of successful completion of relevant, equivalent postgraduate level study completed at a recognised university or institution.
Credit approved in this program will not automatically apply to other specialisations or UniSQ programs. Claims for credit should be submitted prior to or at the time of enrolment. Each claim will be assessed on individual merit in line with the Credit and Exemptions Procedure.
For instructions on applying for credit, please view information on Recognition of prior learning.
Become a registered teacher and gain the skills and confidence to teach children aged 5 to 12 across all learning areas of the school curriculum, including a specialised focus on English literacy. Build valuable practical skills with 60 days of placements in state, Catholic or independent school sectors, as well as 50 hours of service learning in an education setting. The passion and knowledge gained from your previous bachelor degree (in a field other than education) will enrich your teaching career and set you up for success. Graduates may be eligible to apply for registration as a teacher through the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). This degree meets the expectations and requirements of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).
Recommended Study Pattern
Year 1 - Semester 1
EDM5007 Cultivating Supportive Learning Environments
EDM5010 Literacy Learning in the Early Years
EDM5100 HPE and Wellbeing Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies 1
EDM5000 Planning for Learning: Introduction to Curriculum and Pedagogy
Year 1 - Semester 2
EDM5002 Diversity in Educational Contexts
EDM5003 Science Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies
EDM5005 Mathematics Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies 1
EDM5001 Understanding Learners and Learning
Year 2 - Semester 1
EDM8000 Assessment for Learning
EDM8006 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies 2: Arts & Technologies
EDM8007 Literacies Learning in Diverse Contexts
EDM8004 Teacher Identity
Year 2 - Semester 2
EDM8005 Mathematics Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies 2
EDM8008 Inquiring through the Humanities
EDM8014 English Literacy and Special Educational Needs
EDM8100 Evidence of Learning in Teaching
Completion of 16 units as outlined in the Recommended Study Pattern section.
- Upon completion of four postgraduate courses, a student may apply to exit with the Graduate Certificate of Education. This qualification is not approved for teacher registration.
- Upon completion of eight postgraduate courses, a student may apply to exit with the Graduate Diploma of Education. This qualification is not approved for teacher registration.