Course Code



On campus, External/Online


2020 – -/93

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The Master of Teaching (Primary) is a two-year postgraduate course, available both full time and part time.

The course provides students with an understanding of the primary school sector, focusing on skills and abilities in literacy, numeracy, and current curriculum content. Students are equipped with an understanding of diversity and differentiated learning strategies that foster learning for all children. Students are able to undertake a primary specialisation in either English or Mathematics.

The course also develops the skills and abilities required by teachers working with information and communication technologies, which is integrated throughout each unit.

The maximum time allowed for the completion of the Master of Teaching (Primary) is eight years. Extensions beyond this time may be approved where extenuating circumstances exist.

Students who successfully complete 8 units of the Master of Teaching (Primary) but are unable to complete the remainder of the course may exit with the Graduate Diploma in Teaching Studies. The Graduate Diploma in Teaching Studies does not satisfy the requirements for registration with the Queensland College of Teachers.

Teacher- Primary (P-6), Learning support teacher, Educational trainer/presenter, Curriculum writer.

Admission Criteria



A personal teaching statement addressing suitability criteria including non-academic capabilities. For more information QTAC Teacher entry

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Applicants with recent secondary education are not eligible for admission to this course.

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Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are not eligible for admission to this course.

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Applicants with a Bachelor degree (other than Education) with a GPA of at least 4.0 and at least one year (full-time equivalent) of studies relevant to one or more areas of the primary school curriculum are eligible for admission to this course. Additional admission criteria apply.

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Applicants with work and life experience are not eligible for admission to this course.

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English language proficiency requirements apply to all domestic and overseas applicants for whom English is not their first language. The minimum English language proficiency requirements for entry to the Master of Teaching (Primary) are as follows:

EXAMINATIONMinimum Requirement
IELTS (Academic)7.5 (at least 8.0 for Listening and Speaking; at least 7.0 for reading and Writing)
ISLPR4 (in each of the areas of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing)
The ISLPR test will only be accepted if it has been administered by ISLPR Language Services, Mt Gravatt, Queensland.
English test results must be no more than two years old as at the commencement of the course of study.
The English language proficiency requirements as stated above will apply to all domestic and overseas applicants who do not have English as a first language with the exception of those students who are admitted via the following English admission pathway:
Satisfactory completion within the past five years (from Canada [excluding Quebec], New Zealand, Australia, Republic of Ireland, United States or United Kingdom) of senior secondary or accredited higher education sector studies of at least two years (full-time equivalent).

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Our expert teaching staff will inspire you to think creatively, be curious and innovate.

School-based placements

School-based teaching placements create authentic learning experiences and are integral to shaping teaching practice.

CHC’s teacher education courses incorporate mandatory school-based professional experience placements (PEP) over the duration of the course.

Bachelor of Education: Primary & Secondary85 days30 days
Master of Teaching: Primary & Secondary85 daysNA

Placements are undertaken across a diversity of contexts including 20 days in a regional location.

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Course Structure

The Master of Teaching (Primary) consist of 3 strands: Christian Education, Education Studies, and Curriculum, Learning and Teaching.

Each strand of the course contains units that are assigned to the Professional Experience Program (PEP), a school-based program in which students complete 85 days of supervised practicum, which provides for the number of days of field experience required by the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) for registration. This consists of 5 PEP blocks, 1 of 1 week’s duration, 1 of 3 weeks’ duration, 2 of 4 weeks’ duration and 1 of 5 weeks’ duration. Students undertake their PEP placements in a range of schools with which CHC has established partnerships over many years. These are predominantly Christian schools in south-east Queensland. Students are required to hold a valid Blue Card in order to engage in PEP.

In planning their courses, students must consult the Education Courses Guide for information regarding course rules and requirements, including unit prerequisite requirements.

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Students must pass the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students (LANTITE), as administered by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), in order to progress through the Master of Teaching (Primary). The test must be undertaken during Semester 1 of the first year of the course (full time equivalent). Students who do not achieve the minimum standard for either the literacy or the numeracy component of LANTITE at this attempt must sit the relevant test again in Semester 2 of the first year of the course (full time equivalent). Students who achieve the minimum standards of the literacy and numeracy components of LANTITE by the end of Semester 2 of the first year of the course (full time equivalent) will be permitted to progress into the second year (full time equivalent) of the course. Students who do not achieve the minimum standards by this time will not be permitted to progress in the course.

Fees & Scholarships


All courses at CHC have study costs associated with them, and these are determined by whether you are a domestic student or an international student, and whether you are in a fee-paying place or a Commonwealth supported place.

Different payment options are available, and eligible students can access the Commonwealth government’s HELP scheme to defer the payment of their study costs.

You can see what you study costs will be by clicking the link below.

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CHC has a number of scholarships available in particular course areas to help students who are coming to CHC as school-leavers.

The Government also provides some financial assistance to students to help the transition into study.

Further information about scholarships and government financial assistance is available below.

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