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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in 2021 and 2022.

Students commencing this course in 2021 and 2022 can commence their studies remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Remote study is not available for some units of study and/or placements essential to this course and you will be required to attend in-person on campus from Semester 1, Year 2.

About this course

This master's degree prepares you to teach all primary school subjects from kindergarten to Year 6 (K-6).

As well as learning about the policy frameworks that shape teaching in NSW, Australia and internationally, you'll attend lectures and complete assignments about issues in teaching, learning and curriculum in all school years from Kindergarten to the Higher School Certificate. Various electives are offered in addition to the compulsory coursework, which covers teaching in multilingual classrooms (TESOL) and the Primary School Key Learning Areas of:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science and technology
  • Human society and its environment (HSIE)
  • Creative and practical arts
  • Personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE) 

Commonwealth Supported Places

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for postgraduate study for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSPs are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

Subject areas
Shared pool

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

Domestic student applications for the Semester 1 intake open on the last Friday in August of the preceding year.

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Applicants are advised to download the supplementary application forms (supplementary formhow to apply document) and complete the information before commencing their online application, as only completed applications will be assessed. 

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 15 December of the preceding year.

Only complete applications that include supplementary documentation will be considered. Applications received after this deadline may be considered if places are still available.

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Applicants are advised to download the supplementary application forms (supplementary formhow to apply document) and complete the information before commencing their online application, as only completed applications will be assessed. 

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 15 January of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

What you'll study

Master of Teaching (Primary) students complete 96 credit points. Full-time students enrol in 24 credit points in each semester. Students normally complete a combination of core education and curriculum and professional units of study and practicum placements. The first three full-time semesters of the Master of Teaching total 72 credit points. Once the 72 credit points have been achieved students undertake extensive work in our partner schools from the beginning of their final semester.

For an overview of units of study for this course, please refer to the Master of Teaching (Primary) course structure (pdf, 97.8KB).

Work component

Mandatory work component = 595 hours.

This mandatory work component must be completed as part of the award requirements for the course. 


It is important you are aware that all people working at school or in early education and care facilities, including students on placement, are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19:  see the Public Health (COVID-19 Vaccination of Education and Care Workers) Order 2021. An exemption from vaccination is available only if you are unable to be vaccinated in the rare situation of a medical contraindication and you can provide the required evidence.

While the Order is a temporary measure under the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW), the government may make further similar orders, and educational facilities that provide placements to students may also introduce their own vaccination requirements. It is therefore possible that vaccination against COVID-19 will be a continuing requirement to meet the requirements of your degree and practice in your profession. 

If you choose not to be vaccinated against COVID-19, you will not be able to undertake placement(s) at facilities covered by the Order or facilities with their own vaccination requirements.  This may result in you being unable to complete your degree.

Completion requirement

Candidates must successfully complete each unit of study, including 595 hours of work-based training, to meet the course requirements and graduate with a teaching qualification. Except with the permission of the Dean, a candidate must complete all unit of study requirements specified for each year, before proceeding to the next year. Candidates must complete a minimum of 72 credit points in Education before completing the Internship and the Action Research Project and Conference in the final semester of the degree.

Capstone (compulsory project)

Students undertake their internship of at least 30 days (usually 35 days) in a primary school in the second semester in the second year of the program. Internship placements are approved by the Faculty, and students undertake their placements in the area in which they are enrolled and are conditionally certified to teach.

During the internship, students are assigned to one or more mentor teachers, and are responsible for teaching one or more classes for a total of between 14 and 17 lesson periods per week. The mentor teacher monitors the intern in their work in the school and, in discussion with the tertiary mentor, is responsible for writing a report on the internship that forms the basis of the assessment. Assessment is aligned with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)'s Professional Teaching Standards for the Graduate Teacher.

Admission requirement

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit. Admission to candidature requires:

  • a bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; and
  • completion of the curriculum area specialisation requirements specified by the Faculty; and
  • completion of any additional qualifying courses prescribed by the Faculty.

English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who in the opinion of the faculty have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE)

The requirement to complete the LANTITE applies to all students enrolled in the BEd (Primary); BEd (Health and PE); BEd (Secondary:Humanities and Social Sciences)/BA; BEd (Secondary: Maths)/BSc; BEd (Secondary: Science)/BSc; and all Master of Teaching programs except MTeach (Early Childhood).

Information about LANTITE for students commencing their studies in 2017 and beyond will be required to have successfully completed testing as follows: For the MTeach program, testing must be completed before the second year of candidature, that is, during the first year of the program.

Register to take the LANTITE.

For information about teacher-accreditation requirements in NSW, including the testing, visit the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Inherent requirements for programs in primary education

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, the Sydney School of Education and Social Work has identified inherent requirements for coursework-award courses in Primary Education. In order to successfully complete such a course, students must possess these qualities and skills (PDF).

Teaching area prerequisites 

Because primary teachers are required to teach across a range of key learning areas (KLAs) from Kindergarten to Year 6 (K–6), applicants to the Master of Teaching (Primary) must have completed university studies in at least one of these to be considered for admission to the program. The minimum requirement is: at least one year of full-time equivalent study (normally 8 units of study) that is relevant to one or more KLAs of the primary school curriculum. The KLAs are:

KLA Related areas of academic study may include


English with a strong core component of study of English literature, communications, creative writing, language studies (English), linguistics, literature studies, media studies (ie the theoretical study of media or where the product is a literary text).


pure or applied mathematics, statistics (one unit only may be counted, provided it was studied as a stand-alone unit), other studies of mathematics that are relevant to the central concepts, modes of enquiry and structure of the content/discipline/s. Engineering units may be considered upon review of unit statements for appropriate mathematical content.

Science and Technology

agriculture, architecture (two units only may be counted), biology, biotechnology, chemistry, computing studies, design [interior, industrial, graphic, fashion, product, landscape (two units only may be counted)], engineering (chemical, mechanical, civil, electrical, environmental), design and technology, food technology, geology, earth and environmental science, materials science, medicine, nursing, biomedical science, physics, psychology or similar fields which include processes of inquiry, design and production.

Human Society and its Environment

Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander studies, Aboriginal Languages, anthropology, archaeology, Asia or Pacific studies, economics, business studies, cultural studies, sociology, geography, environmental studies, government and citizenship, history, languages, legal studies, political science, studies of religion.

Creative  Arts

dance including practical experience in choreography and performance in various dance styles appropriate for primary education, drama including experiential involvement in making and performing drama, music including performing (singing, playing and moving), listening and organising sound (composing) within a wide repertoire), visual arts including art making and art history/theory, fine arts.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

physical-education studies, family studies, health studies, health promotion, human movement studies, nutrition education, sports science.

Student profile

Commencing students 2020

    Number of students: 169

    Domestic students: 135

    International students: 34

Commencing students 2021

    Number of students: 204

    Domestic students: 176

    International students: 28

Professional accreditation

The Master of Teaching (MTeach) is a graduate-entry professional teaching qualification to become an accredited teacher in NSW and other Australian jurisdictions. It is open to students who already have an undergraduate degree. The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) is responsible for accrediting all teacher-training programs in NSW. NESA has determined that graduates of The University of Sydney teacher-training programs meet the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers for “Graduate Teacher”. All Sydney University graduates of the Master of Teaching (Primary) degree have an AITSL specialisation in English.

Career Pathways

The University of Sydney has an international reputation for excellence. Many of our Master of Teaching students are offered full-time employment before completing their degrees.

Future study

The University of Sydney is Australia's premier research university, and the Sydney School of Education and Social Work is a world-class research centre in education, the humanities, human services and related fields. Several higher degrees by research are available within the School, including:

Professional development

The Sydney School of Education and Social Work offers a wealth of experience and expertise in the development and delivery of professional development activities. Please visit our webpage to find out about the range of consultancy and customized programs, conferences, colloquial and symposia, and professional learning courses offered by the School. The Sydney School of Education and Social Work is a NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) endorsed provider of professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Professional Competence.

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