Master of Primary Teaching

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





1.5 to 2 years full-time
3 to 4 years part-time (online only)

Credit points


Indicative fee

$30,500.00* per year (more)
* 2022 indicative annual fee

Admission requirements

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




Commencing in

Trimester 1

My details

Programs change over time. Course lists and requirements are specific to the year you started studying.


To be eligible for the award of Master of Primary Teaching (MPrimaryTeach), a student must acquire 160 credit points as prescribed below:

  • gain 40 credit points for Education Discipline Studies (EDS) courses;
  • gain 90 credit points for Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy (CAP) courses;
  • gain 30 credit points for Professional Experience and Learning (PEL) courses;


  • meet the requirements of the Literacy and Numeracy Benchmark in the test administered by ACER on behalf of AITSL*.

The Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) requires a minimum of 60 days of supervised school experience**. These days will be organised as follows:

  • Year 1/Trimester 1 - Understanding Diverse Learners
    • campus-based studies + 15 days block practice in schools.
  • Year 1/Trimester 2 - Pedagogies for Engaged Learning: Primary
    • campus-based studies + 20 days block practice in schools.
  • Year 2/Trimester 1 or Trimester 2 - Teaching for Impact
    • campus-based studies + 25 days block practice in schools.

* You will need to successfully complete the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) to graduate from the program. You are permitted three test attempts in total for each component. If you fail three test attempts for each component, you will not be able to graduate.

** Students requiring 80 days of professional experience for registration in Ontario should contact the Program Director for permission to undertake a 35-day block placement in schools in Year 1/Trimester 1.

This degree may be awarded with Distinction where a student achieves a minimum program GPA of 6.5 with no failed courses. The words 'This award was achieved with Distinction' will be recorded on the testamur.

Exit points

To be eligible to exit the Masters program with a Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching award, a student must acquire 40 credit points for any courses in the Master of Primary Teaching program.

To be eligible to exit the Masters program with a Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching award, a student must acquire 80 credit points for any courses in the Master of Primary Teaching program.

To exit, a student should apply for a program transfer.

Note: Students exiting with either of these awards will have to reapply for admission via official admission channels if they wish to re-enter the Master of Primary Teaching.

Designated courses for the purposes of exclusion

Professional Experience and Practice courses are designated for the purposes of the Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Policy. A student who fails a Professional Experience and Practice course will be subject to review by the Education Assessment Board and may be excluded from the program.

Compulsory Tutorial Attendance for All Professional Experience Courses

Students must reach an 80% threshold for tutorial attendance and active participation in the lead up to placement for all Professional Experience courses. Students who cannot attend the full tutorial and thus cannot actively participate during the tutorial will not be able to proceed with the placement and complete the course.

Trimester Course code Course title CP
Tri 1 7750EDN Understanding Teaching  10
Tri 2 7752EDN Pedagogies for Engaged Learners: Primary  10
Tri 1,2 7888EDN Impact in Primary Teaching  20
Tri 1,2 7767EDN Teaching for Impact in Primary Schools  10
Tri 1,2 7413EDN Understanding Impact in Primary Schools  10

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level and Type

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. This qualification is accredited as an AQF Level 9 - Masters Degree (Coursework).

Program learning outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes communicate to the community the value of the Griffith educational experience as benchmarked against national qualification standards.

Program Learning Outcomes for this award describe the knowledge, skills and the application of knowledge and skills you will acquire through studying the Griffith program of your choice.