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Teaching and Learning (Primary), Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #201 (WUR) Townsville, Australia | Cairns, Australia| Online
The Teaching and Learning (Primary) program from James Cook University will give you a comprehensive, world-class qualification that can be used globally, as the course is nationally accredited through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) in association with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). 


The Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary) is an innovate postgraduate program. It has been developed in collaboration with our educational partners Catholic Education, Department of Education and Training (DET) and Independent Schools to prepare ‘day-one ready’ graduate teachers to meet the diverse learning needs and aspirations of our students and communities. This innovative program is offered internally in Cairns and Townsville or externally.

  • High-quality candidates: We use selection criteria that ensure you have the academic background and dispositions necessary to be high-quality primary teachers.
  • Regional focus: Our Degree, similar to JCU’s strategic intent, focuses on providing consequential experiences to prepare you as an educator for rural and remote areas, in addition to urban contexts, so you can respond confidently to the diversity of our classrooms.
  • Research informed: The program is grounded in foundations of high-quality initial teacher education and ensures your development in acquiring the knowledge and skills that inform practice in our partners’ schools. Special attention is given to preparing you to make evidence-based decisions associated with students’ learning.
  • Work Integrated Learning (WIL): You will be linked to a school for each phase and be provided the opportunity to engage with the school over the phase and your practicum, under mentored conditions, to maximise your professional learning. For students studying internally, your on-campus subjects are likely to be run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Both internal and external students will be expected to spend one day a week in school, likely Fridays, in addition to the practicum requirements.
  • Subject specialisation: Your first Degree provides you with the background to have subject specialisation in the primary grades. Of particular interest to our Partners, are teachers with specialisations in mathematics (numeracy), science, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), English (literacy), and languages other than English (LOTE) languages
  • Capstone: The program concludes with a 20-day capstone experience in your final phase of study, as a school-based internship or community-based service learning opportunity that requires you to conduct a research-based professional inquiry within this setting. Our partners see this capstone as the most suitable means of fostering transition into the profession.

Career opportunities

Our graduates acquire the specialised knowledge and skills required for ‘day-one-readiness’.

The Teaching and Learning (Primary) program from James Cook University is nationally accredited through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) in association with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT).

JCU Education, Master of Teaching and Learning graduates will have a highly-respected qualification due to the unique program attributes providing them with a competitive edge in job-seeking, especially regionally.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Learning for Diverse Learners in Primary School Contexts 
  • Literacy and Numeracy for Primary Teachers 
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Education in Primary School Settings 
  • The Arts for Primary Teachers 
  • Teaching for Learning in Diverse Primary School Contexts 
  • English Education for Primary Teachers 
  • Mathematics Education for Primary Teachers 
  • Digital and Design Technologies for Primary Teachers 
  • Teachers as Leaders for Learning and Change 
  • Humanities and Social Science Education for Primary Teachers 
  • Health and Physical Education for Primary Teachers 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description
      • Only for national students
  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

CRICOS code: 096028E

  • An appropriate bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution which includes the equivalent of full year of study in areas appropriate to curriculum demands of primary teaching in Australian schools; that is subjects that link to the national school curriculum (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)) content in English, technologies, mathematics, science, humanities and social sciences, The Arts, health and physical education.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29400 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29400 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Townsville

  • 1500 - 2800 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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