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Master of Teaching (Primary)

Postgraduate Course

About this Course

Creating meaningful foundations to develop amazing young people!

This postgraduate pre-service Masters by coursework qualification builds on your prior relevant learning through a Bachelor level or other relevant degree, and prepares you to teach professionally and confidently in a range of Primary school (R-7) settings. Your preparation is highly interactive, practical, and academically rigorous.

Research based and critically reflective learning practices, combined with Work Integrated Learning that includes far more than the usually required days of school classroom Professional Experiences, prepare teachers for highly effective practice.

Course content includes all learning areas of the primary curriculum plus required aspects of Curriculum, Pedagogy (Teaching and Learning), Classroom Management, Diverse Learning needs and Differentiated Teaching.

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 their relevant state. Graduates with this qualification are eligible to apply for positions in State, Christian and Independent schools, with the potential for employment interstate and overseas.

Course Structure

15 Subjects total


Primary Mathematics
Beginning Teaching – Primary Pedagogy Theory and Curriculum
Primary English
Health and Physical Education
Beginning Teaching – Primary Pedagogy Practice and Curriculum
Integrating Science and Technologies
Child and Adolescent Development
Primary Humanities and Social Sciences
Language, Literacy and Literature
Developing Problem Solving and Mental Computations
Creative Arts
Educating Students with Diverse Needs and Abilities
Teaching in Public Education – Primary Theory and Practice and Curriculum
Internship – Pedagogy Theory (Primary)
Internship – Pedagogy Practice (Primary)

What do I need for entry?

Academic Requirements


All pre-service teachers must pass both parts of LANTITE to be eligible to graduate from the course.

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) subjects 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).

Non-Academic Requirements

Teaching Capabilities Statement

We're very excited that you're applying to do one of Tabor's highly sought-after teaching courses!

Teaching is a respected profession and it's important that you are a good fit for teaching and that teaching is a good fit for you – so, along with the academic entry criteria (e.g. ATAR, STAT, previous qualifications), Tabor also has a non-academic written requirement as part of the entry criteria for its Education courses.

The Teaching Capabilities Statement reflects the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) national priority for all initial teacher education course providers to ensure those entering the teaching profession have the personal qualities to best support learners and graduate as classroom ready, high quality teachers.

Amongst all initial teacher education providers Tabor is ranked 1st nationally* in relation to its high-quality teaching and student support. We endorse national standards that create teachers of outstanding quality and resilience. You are never just a 'number' at Tabor; our students are valued members of our Educational community, and your statement helps us to get to know you, to see your personal and professional suitability for teaching, to understand what you love and why you want to teach.


What should be included in the Capabilities Statement?

The written statement should be 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.

The Capabilities Statement is assessed by trained staff through a moderation process.

Click here to access the Teaching Capabilities Statement.

How long does it take?

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

Where can I study?

You can study on-campus only.

How much does it cost?

When can I start?

Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July

Additional Information

Course Codes

Tabor: ED914P
SATAC: Not applicable

Course Level

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Faculty of Education
Phone: 1300 482 267
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