Teaching and Learning (Primary)

James Cook University

24 months
29400 AUD/year
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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). 

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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 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


48 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

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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Teaching and Learning (Primary)
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