Master of Teaching (Primary)

Educators, mentors and role models all at once: primary teachers have to wear many hats. Always working for the education and well-being of their students, being a primary school teacher is one of the most rewarding careers out there.

Our online Master of Teaching (Primary) is a postgraduate qualification geared towards equipping primary school teachers with an essential and varied skill set. When you step into the classroom, you’ll have everything you need to play a crucial role in the lives of your students.

Your course subjects will be based on workplace practice, including 60 days of professional placement, split across two 30-day blocks. This is a great opportunity to apply what you’ve learnt in a classroom setting. Best of all, you’ll have the support and supervision of the classroom teacher, who’ll mentor you through the process.

If you choose to, you also have the option of exiting the Master of Teaching early with a Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies.

When you graduate, you’ll be qualified to practise as a primary teacher, with accreditation from the NSW Education Standard Authority (NESA), which coordinates a rigorous accreditation process as part of a national system overseen by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

Please note that we are no longer taking enrolments for this teaching period. However, you can register your interest and we will notify you once enrolments open again.

Start Date

Feb, May, Sep




 2-3 years



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Entry Criteria

Entry criteria

Applicants must have successfully completed a recognised bachelor’s degree with at least one area relevant to primary teaching in order to meet the curriculum requirements of the NSW Education Standards Authority. Applicants must also meet the English language and the Mathematics proficiency requirements (the latter can be through an HSC Band 4, or equivalent subject content from previous studies, or can be achieved through completion of a bridging course once enrolled). Under AITSL guidelines, applicants will also need to complete an online interview to assess capabilities, talents and personal attributes that are relevant to the teaching profession (non-academic selection).

Application is only open to students studying in New South Wales.

Western Sydney University’s Inherent Requirements

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Course Subjects

The Master of Teaching (Primary) is a flexible online course, studied over two to three years. You will study a range of subjects across three teaching periods per year. All of which will help you fit study into your life while you continue to work and fulfill other important commitments.

You will need to make time for 60 days of school-based professional experience (in blocks of 30 full-time days over two placement subjects), which will provide you with the practical experience, skills and knowledge to achieve national teaching professional standards and become a successful primary school teacher. You will have the full support of an experienced school-based mentor teacher and the WSU academic advisors.

To get the most out of your course, you should set aside ten hours of study time for each theory subject per week. When enrolling into placement, you will need to be available to attend your professional experience for 30 consecutive days full time in one of the schools from the vast WSU partner network.

Year 1.

Understanding and Teaching Children

Culture, Subjectivities and Schooling

Aboriginal Education: Past, Present and Future

Primary Human Society and its Environment

Teaching and Learning in Classrooms

Professional Experience 1

Primary English and Literacy 1

Primary Mathematics and Numeracy 1

Year 2.

Primary Health and Physical Education

Primary Creative Arts

Primary English and Literacy 2

Primary Science & Technology

Researching and Developing Engaging Pedagogies

Professional Experience 2

Primary Mathematics and Numeracy 2

Inclusive Education: Practices & Principles


We are here to support you when you need it. Our dedicated support team are available over the phone or online seven days a week to answer all your questions. From technical support through to academic questions, we have the tools and people to make your study journey achievable and enjoyable.

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Commonwealth Supported Places

A limited number of Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) are available for students looking to undertake this qualification.

CSP lowers the amount that you will have to contribute towards your qualification. On average similar courses cost between $22,000 – $26,000, but with a CSP offered spot you will be only paying $4,445.

Any questions? Contact us on 1300 050 928 to confirm your eligibility and discuss your options.

Career Opportunities

Primary school teacher

Create dynamic learning environments and guide primary-aged learners through their formative education.

Curriculum designer

Contribute your online learning expertise to curriculum design, opening up career pathways in government, specifically within the Department of Education.

Education researcher

Take your interest in education best practice and employ your research ability in the field of education research.

Online learning designer

As education increasingly moves online, use your understanding of education theory to design content for learners in the online space.

Learning at Western Sydney University Online

A unique opportunity

Our Master of Teaching (Primary) is a degree from a university ranked among the top 2% in the world. You'll graduate equipped with an essential and varied skill set.

Your network

At Western Sydney University Online, you will join a vibrant online community of fellow students. Taught by specially trained online coaches, this degree has been designed to ensure you'll be qualified to teach Australia-wide.

Learning that suits you

Our flexible approach to learning means you can log on and learn any time that suits you. When you study education online with us, you will be the master of your own schedule in an innovative online classroom.