Master of Teaching (Primary)

Master of Teaching (Primary Education)

The Master of Teaching (Primary Education) provides those with completed non-education undergraduate degrees with a primary school teaching qualification.

Notre Dame’s two-year Master of Teaching program allows students to take a more graduated approach to the in-school development of teaching competence. There are two school experience opportunities over the two years of the course, totalling 20 weeks of classroom practice.

Course Master of Teaching (Primary Education)
Duration 2 yrs full-time or equivalent part-time
Practical component 20 weeks
Contact hours 12-15 hours per week (full-time)
Requirements Applicants must have a Bachelor degree or equivalent
Loan Scheme HECS-HELP
Campus Fremantle
Study Mode Full-time or Part-time*, On Campus
*If a student is studying part-time, specified units must be completed before any of the school experience programs can be commenced
Commencement Semester 1 or Semester 2
Professional Accreditation Teachers’ Registration Board of Western Australia
Course CodesCourse Code 5143
CRICOS Code 039694K

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Why study Master of Teaching (Primary Education) at Notre Dame?
The Master of Teaching (Primary) course at Notre Dame provides students with:
  • A strong, supportive mentoring environment.
  • Ability to teach in all learning areas of the Australian Curriculum.
  • The strong integration of theory and practice.
  • Contemporary coursework that is practical and interactive.
  • Professional reflection on practice.
  • Attainment of employer, government and registration requirements.
  • Exposure to emergent learning technologies.
  • Accreditation to teach Religious Education in a Catholic school (if desired).
  • All students are required to complete a core curriculum unit in Theology or Ethics at 500 level.

A unique feature of the degree is that a unit of study is completed during the practicum. Specialist staff, in the host setting, teach this unit for the University. This gives students the benefit of the contemporary experience of practising educators and allows students to relate the teaching methodologies examined directly to their observation and teaching practice.
Course Structure
The following units are taken in an essentially predetermined sequence:

YEAR ONE
Nine Education Units
  • Psychological Principles of Classroom Management
  • Catering for Students with Special Needs
  • English: Reading & Viewing
  • Planning and Pedagogy
  • Transforming Learning through ICT
  • Mathematics: Number & Algebra
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Primary Science

Two Theology Units (or substitute)
  • Principles of Primary Religious Education 1
  • Sacraments in the Catholic Tradition

Two Practicum Units (school-based co-requisite units)
  • School Experience Primary – Ten weeks (one school term) teaching experience
  • Teaching Method 1
YEAR TWO
Seven Education Units
  • Humanities 1: History
  • English: Writing & Spelling
  • Professional Responsibilities of the Teacher
  • Drama, Dance & Visual Arts
  • Working with Indigenous Students
  • Advanced Teaching Skills
  • Mathematics: Measurement & Geometry

Three Theology Units (or substitute units)
  • Principles of Religious Education 2
  • Scripture and Church
  • Christology

One Practicum Unit
  • Teaching Internship – Ten weeks (one school term) teaching experience
Practical Component
A unique feature of the degree is that a unit focusing on teaching methods is completed during the school experience program. Specialist mentor teachers take this unit after school hours. This gives students the benefit of the contemporary experience of practicing teachers and allows students to relate the teaching methodologies examined directly to their observation and own teaching practice.

Students also complete 20 weeks of practicum across the duration of the course.
Admission Requirements
Applicants must have a Bachelor degree or equivalent.
Career Opportunities
Graduates can find employment in Catholic, independent and government schools. Notre Dame Graduates have a very high rate of employment success.