Master of Teaching (Primary)

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Furthering meaningful foundations to develop amazing young people!

The Master of Teaching (Primary) is a 2-year (96 credit points) graduate Initial Teacher Education professional award. This award prepares preservice teachers for teaching in Primary (R-6) school settings in all sectors. The 2-year Primary award produces graduates who are sought after by employers and well-respected as early career teachers in a range of school settings.

Hallmarks of the course include personal and professional formation in aspects of wellbeing, Christian faith, ethics, and professional practice experiences across the educational sector which are sequenced to increasing depth, length, and complexity. Professional Experience placements, totaling 91 days, begin in the first semester of the first year and exceed the minimum requirement of 60 days.

Course content includes all learning areas of the primary curriculum plus core education curriculum studies in relation to pedagogy, classroom management and diverse needs.

Preservice teachers will also complete a literacy or numeracy specialisation.

LANTITE (Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education)

All pre-service teachers must pass both parts of the ACER LANTITE to be eligible to graduate from the course. Tabor also has an excellent record of preservice teachers passing the LANTITE, due in part to its long-standing and proven literacy and numeracy testing and support program, and expectation of LANTITE testing early in the course.

Professional Outcomes

On successful completion of a Tabor Master of Teaching (Primary) degree students will be eligible to apply for their teacher registration with the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia. Graduates with this qualification are eligible to apply for positions in Department of Education, Christian and Independent schools, and employment nationally and overseas.


Academic Admission Criteria

Admission to the Master of Teaching (Primary) award will be granted on the following basis:

  1. Successful prior completion (Credit average of 5 across all prior studies) of a Bachelor level award or equivalent qualification relevant to the Australian Curriculum, including at least one year of full-time equivalent study relevant to one or more Primary school curriculum learning

Non-academic Admission Criteria

  • TCS – In accordance with national teacher education program standards, all applicants must also meet the non-academic entry requirement of a 400–600-word Teaching Capabilities Statement (TCS). The TCS addresses applicants’ understandings, motivations, and skills in relation to learning, to teaching as a profession, and academic and personal attitudes and qualities.
  • IELTS average band score of 7.5, with a score of at least 8.0 for Listening and Speaking and a score of at least 7.0 for Reading and Writing.

Course Learning Outomes

  • Analyse and synthesise the graduate level Australian Professional Standards for Teachers to inform Primary teaching contexts and impact student learning. 
  • Plan inclusive learning experiences that empower a range of Primary learners, integrating discipline-specific knowledge, cross-curriculum connections, digital technologies and differentiated practices. 
  • Evaluate data-informed methodologies and generate authentic assessment strategies to solve problems and make decisions, enabling Primary student learning.  
  • Explicate personal philosophical perspectives on education, using contemporary research, including Christian perspectives, as a basis for ongoing professional learning.  
  • Justify the effectiveness of wellbeing principles to promote and maintain positive, relational, and safe learning environments in diverse teaching contexts. 
  • Employ high-level collaboration and communication skills to establish and maintain professional and ethical relationships with students, colleagues and caregivers across the Primary school and broader community. 
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Course Structure


Unit Totals

Where can I study?

You can study on-campus at Adelaide – Millswood SA

How long does it take?

2 years (24 months) full-time or part-time equivalent (completion at the end of Term 3, Year 2).

What do I need for entry?


English Language Proficiency Requirement

Pre-service teachers in this course with English as a second language must satisfactorily complete one English language test recognised by the Teachers Registration Board SA. The date of the English language test must be within two years of submitting an application for registration. The two tests recognised by TRB SA are the IELTS and ISLPR. See for further information.

A minimum equivalent of (1) year of study in a relevant primary curriculum learning area in the undergraduate degree for acceptance into the Master of Teaching (Primary).

This means that your undergraduate degree transcript will have a minimum of eight (8) units that are directly relevant to one or more of, or a combination of, the following Primary School Curriculum Learning areas:

  • Mathematics;
  • Science;
  • Health;
  • Physical Education;
  • English;
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (Civics & Citizenship, Economics &
  • Business, Geography, History);
  • The Arts (Drama, Dance, Media Arts, Music, Visual Arts);
  • Technologies (Design & Technologies, Digital Technologies).


The Teaching Capabilities Statement is required by all applicants to an Initial Teacher Education Award.

The Capabilities Statement requires a written statement between 400-600 words addressing the topics:

  • Explain what you think teaching involves
  • Outline the personal and academic qualities you possess that will enable you to become an effective teacher
  • Describe your attitude to learning and provide an example of something you have learned that was meaningful

We recommend that the statement be an integrated first-person narrative that shows your depth of thinking about your choice of a teaching career. All three above aspects must be addressed in a way that discusses your skills, personal qualities and experiences that will assist in your development into an exceptional teacher. You may also include a list of relevant community service, volunteer or professional experiences, and significant awards.

You will need to submit the Capabilities Statement as part of your application.

Click here to access the Teaching Capabilities Statement.

Non-academic course requirements

This is not an admission requirement, however, before any school placement can be made a successful Working with Children Check WWCC (Department of Human Services) is required.

How much does it cost?

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fees and available payment options.

When can I start?

Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July

Additional Information

Tabor: ED914P
SATAC: Not applicable

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