Master of Teaching (Major) - CC45

Study the Master of Teaching (Major) and kickstart your teaching career to become a vital role-model, entrusted with educating and inspiring future generations. Whether you have always dreamed of being a teacher, or you are now seeking a career change, the Master of Teaching (Major) is an initial teacher education course suitable if you already hold a non-education three-year bachelor degree and wish to become a primary school teacher. Choose to major in Primary or Early Childhood and gain the appropriate evidence to apply for provisional teacher registration with the Queensland College of Teachers, the administering body in Queensland. The design of this course utilises CQUniversity's three-term structure, allowing you to fast-track your studies and complete the full masters course in one and a half years, full-time.






1.5 years full-time, 3.5 years part-time



The Master of Teaching (Major) is an ideal course if you have completed a three year non-education bachelor degree. The Primary major will allow you to move into a career as a primary school teacher to teach Prep - Year 6, while choosing the Early Childhood major will prepare you to teach from Prep to Year 2 and in early childhood settings such as long day care settings and kindergartens or pre-prep education centres.

This course enables you to teach across the Australian Curriculum - within Accreditation requirements, the required Australian Curriculum to be covered includes:

  • Science
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (Including Geography: Foundation - Year 6, History: Foundation - Year 6, Civics and Citizenship: Year 3 - Year 6, and Business and Economics: Year 5 - Year 6) 
  • Technologies
  • The Arts
  • Health and Physical Education

In addition to building the professional knowledge and skills required to teach, the course is designed to foster dispositions for engaging in and contributing to the teaching profession through a commitment to ongoing professional learning.

The design of this course utilises CQUniversity's three-term structure, therefore a two-year volume of learning masters course can be fast-tracked to be completed in one and a half years. A part-time pathway is also available and is to be completed as per the part-time course planner

This course can only be studied within Australia, however, you must be in a location where you can access, or travel to, up to two school sites for the in-school practicum within the course.

Core Units 4 Major Units 12
Electives None Minor Units None

You are required to complete a total of 16 core units.

Students undertaking an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course are expected to undertake and meet the benchmark in the personal Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE). These two tests (one literacy and one numeracy) are part of the accreditation requirements of this course and there is an expectation that students enrolled in an ITE course will be undertaking the tests and successfully meet the benchmarks prior to graduation. You can find further information about the LANTITE including how to register at the ACER website.

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible forcredit transfer.

Our teaching courses qualify you in early childhood, primary or secondary teaching. In addition to building professional knowledge and skills, throughout our courses you will undertake frequent and meaningful work experience and professional practice in authentic educational settings.

Our teaching courses are initial teacher education courses that qualify you for professional registration by the Queensland College of Teachers. From undergraduate courses to master level courses, there is a course to suit your background and teaching career goal. The Master of Teaching (Major) is an ideal option if you already hold a bachelor degree in a non-education discipline and offers a choice of two majors - Primary and Early Childhood. The primary major will provide you with qualifications to teach students from Prep to Year 6 level while the Early Childhood major will prepare you to teach across the Australian Curriculum in the Preparatory Year to Year 2 in Australian primary schools and in early childhood settings. Alternatively, our Master of Teaching (Secondary) will suit you if you already hold a Bachelor degree in a non-education discipline that aligns with two recognised teaching areas, and you would like to be a secondary school teacher.

You will have the opportunity to complete professional practice blocks where you will gain practical and relevant experience. These blocks are scheduled in each year of your course giving you opportunities to continually apply the skills and knowledge you gain from your studies to authentic teaching scenarios.

Our Master of Teaching courses have 76 days of practicum placement, broken into four professional practice blocks including a teacher internship.

Throughout your studies, you will have opportunities to develop an e-portfolio. Your e-portfolio is a valuable career planning and preparation tool that you can use to showcase to future employers your abilities, and demonstrate the experience, skills and knowledge you have gained through your studies. Your professional practice blocks and the authentic assessments that you complete throughout your studies provide you with opportunities to build and develop your e-portfolio and enhance your career outcomes.

CQUniversity offers a range of postgraduate courses to continually support your professional development and equip you with knowledge of contemporary education practices well into your career.

CQUni's Diploma of Secondary School Teaching is designed specifically for registered teachers to qualify in a new teaching area or improve knowledge in a current teaching area. For primary school teachers, the Diploma of Secondary Teaching also allows you to transition to secondary school. 

If you are looking to secure full accreditation to teach in an Australian Catholic School, our Graduate Certificate in Religious Education will all you to meet the eligibility criteria for permanent employment in the sector.

Ideal for the education professional, our postgraduate courses in Educational Neuroscience will enhance your expertise and focus on creating and maintaining optimal learning environments that are brain-friendly to maximise learning and wellness. Or if you are looking to widen your skillset and harness the power of positive psychology in the classroom, our courses in Positive Psychology may interest you. Our courses in Educational Leadership are the perfect option if you want to advance your career and pursue educational leadership roles. Our courses in each of these areas are delivered via our hyperflexible, online learning platform Be Different and offer completely self-paced study options - benefit from no term constraints or assessment deadlines.

Our Graduate Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Education will prepare you for effective teaching and student learning in adult education. The course covers topics in tertiary education and offers choice of higher education and vocational education elective streams.

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2022Available Online
Term 2 - 2022Available Online

Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC) Codes
Queensland (QTAC)851455 (Online)

Early Childhood12
Unit NameCodeDescription
Professional Praxis 4: Transition to TeachingEDFE20037Supervised placement as per EDFE20037 Unit Profile
Professional Praxis 3: Enacting Learning and TeachingEDFE20036Supervised placement as per EDFE20036 Unit Profile
Professional Praxis 2: Supportive Learning EnvironmentsEDFE20035Supervised placement as per EDFE20035 Unit Profile
Professional Praxis 1: Learning, Teaching and PlanningEDFE20034Supervised placement as per EDFE20034 Unit Profile

The primary major will enable you to teach across the Australian Curriculum in the Preparatory Year to Year 6 in Australian primary schools.

Early Childhood 
Early childhood will enable you to teach across the Australian Curriculum in the Preparatory Year to Year 2 in Australian primary schools and in early childhood settings (long day care settings and kindergartens or pre-prep centres). The Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) is an approved course with the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) for employment purposes as an early childhood teacher in childcare/early learning centres and kindergartens. 

This course has no residential schools.

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must hold:

  • A completed 3 year non-education Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor degree, or overseas equivalent qualification, with a minimum overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 4.0 which has been completed with the last 10 years* ; and
  • Successful completion of at least 8 units (1year full-time equivalent study) relevant to either one, or a combination, of the learning areas from the primary school curriculum (below): 






-The Arts

-Civics and Citizenship

-Economics and Business

-Health and Physical Education


*Degrees must have been completed/conferred with the last 10 years from the date of term commencement for the relevant intake term. Applicants who completed their Bachelor degree ten or more years ago will need to supply a letter of employment which demonstrates professional experience in the same area as their undergraduate degree. Letters of employment must be presented on a company letterhead as well as signed and dated by a delegated authority. The letter must contain position title, duties performed and length of service. 

Non-Academic Requirements (Key Capabilities) 

All applicants must provide a mandatory written statement in support of your non-academic capabilities, demonstrating you hold the key attributes and motivations to become an effective teacher, as outlined by AITSL (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership). You may consider the prompts mentioned below in each question to frame your response. For your application to be considered, you must write 200-500 words for each of the questions below:

  • Tell us what has inspired you to become a teacher and tell us why you think teaching is a good career choice for you. (In your response, describe who and what has inspired you to become a teacher and describe the types of skills and abilities you will bring to teaching.)
  • Describe one or two leadership, community and/or learning and development activities that you have engage in. (In your response, describe how these leadership, community and/or learning and development activities demonstrate your conscientiousness and coping strategies when you are faced with challenges.)
  • Describe how you manage your time when you are both planning and coordinating activities in your personal schedule. (In your response, provide examples of how you have put both your planning and coordinating skills to use.)
  • Tell us about one or two times where you have utilised your problem-solving skills to achieve an outcome. (In your response, explain what you learned, regardless of whether the outcome you achieved was positive or undesirable.)

English Language Proficiency

Applicants are required to provide evidence of their completed 3 year non-education Bachelor level qualification with an overall Grade Point Average of at least 4.0, which has been completed within Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland or United States of America.

If you do not satisfy the above requirement, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test ad achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 7.5 with a minimum 7.0 for Reading and Writing and 8.0 for Speaking and Listening.

Each student will be assessed individually.


Security Requirements


Health Requirements


Assumed Knowledge


The Master of Teaching (Primary) is an initial postgraduate pre-service teacher education course for those who aim to pursue a career as a primary school teacher. As a graduate, you will be qualified to teach from Foundation (Preparatory) to Year 6.

As a graduate of the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood), you will be qualified to teach across the  Australian Curriculum in the Preparatory Year to Year 2 in Australian primary schools and in early childhood settings including long daycare settings and kindergartens/pre-prep.

You will be eligible to apply for provisional registration as a teacher and are qualified to teach in state, Catholic and independent schools throughout Australia. 

This course is also recognised as a teaching qualification for employment in educational settings internationally, however additional requirements may apply in some locations.

Graduates are eligible to apply for provisional registration as a teacher upon completion of the course.

What type of fees will I pay for this course?
This course is approved to offer postgraduate Commonwealth Supported Places in 2020.

What does Commonwealth Supported Place mean?
A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Government so that you are only required to pay a Student Contribution amount rather than tuition fees. As a Commonwealth supported student, you will contribute towards the cost of your education by paying a Student Contribution. The Student Contribution is calculated for each term of enrolment based on the individual units you have enrolled in, not the course you are studying. Your Student Contribution fee is charged per unit of study and is dependent on the Student Contribution Band for each unit. Student Contribution Bands are categorised by study disciplines and help provide an estimate of course fees.

How much will my course cost?
You can view fees specific to the course, and units, you are interested in studying by viewing our Cost Per Unit table.

Am I eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place?
You are eligible to be Commonwealth supported if you are:

  • an Australian citizen who will undertake in Australia at least one unit of study that contributes to the requirements of your course; or
  • a New Zealand citizen who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study; or
  • the holder of a permanent visa, including a permanent humanitarian visa, who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study.

If you are not eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place, find out more about fees for international students.

Payment options
HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP are loan schemes provided the Australian Government to help eligible students pay their student contributions and tuition fees through a loan.

Eligible students can use a HELP loan to pay for all, or some of their course fees. If you elect to use either a HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your Student Contribution amount or your tuition fees and repay your HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold (the 2018-2019 income year threshold is $51,957 or above).

If you are not eligible for a HELP loan, or you are required to pay your Student Contribution upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.

Are there any other fees or study costs?
You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.

You will also need to fund any travel associated with attending residential schools or work placements. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying.

You can find out more about fees by viewing our Student Finances information.

At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships and awards programs.
Our scholarships could help you pay for some or all of your course fees, or even contribute towards your living and study expenses.

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?
View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.

What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for most situations, unless you are a returning CQUni student or changing your CQUni course.
  • Option 2: Ideal if you are a past CQUni student.

To apply for this course you will need to submit your application for this course via QTAC.


Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via QTAC.


As a past CQUni student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity for this course.

To apply direct your prior study with CQUni must be a completed or partially completed CQUni course or unit including:

  • CQUni’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
  • A CQUni certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.
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Madeline Jones

Master of Teaching (Primary)