Qualification Level



2 years full time or equivalent part time

Start Date

Mar, Jul, Nov



Become a primary teacher

Help shape the minds of the future by becoming a primary teacher. If you have an undergraduate degree and want to take the next step into teaching, a Swinburne Master of Teaching will qualify you to teach in primary schools across Australia. You will build upon your prior study and develop effective teaching techniques that engage and inspire your students.

Led by experienced education professionals, this course will see you learn online, and teach in real classrooms as part of your in-school placements. And once you graduate, you’ll be qualified to practice as a primary teacher, with accreditation from the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).

If you're looking to apply for our July 9th intake you need to complete the CASPer suitability tool on June 19th, the last date available for this intake. Get in touch with a Course Consultant to find out more.

This course only available to domestic students.

Career opportunities

Primary School Teacher
Teach and coordinate a range of subjects to primary students within a
prescribed curriculum.

Primary School Principal
Lead the educational direction of a primary school and ensure the curriculum is taught to national standards.

Learning at Swinburne Online

Taught by teachers

The Master of Teaching (Primary) is an accredited degree from a university ranked among the top 3% in the world. Designed and taught by experienced primary teachers, it is recognised by the VIT and meets the national standards set by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). So once you graduate, you’ll be qualified to work as a primary teacher anywhere in Australia.

A community of future educators

At Swinburne Online, you will be part of an online community of future educators. Our education students have their own dedicated community site, where they share ideas, get advice and discuss their teaching placements. So you’ll learn from other people's experiences, as well as your own. You will be supported by experienced eLearning Advisors (eLAs), and form valuable networks with professionals working in the field.

A unique learning experience

You shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to study, so we have created a unique education degree that combines online learning with real life teaching experience. Our teaching course has been specifically designed to prepare you for the twenty-first century classrooms you will be teaching in. You’ll learn in an interactive environment, where you will create lesson plans and develop teaching strategies to further your students’ intellectual knowledge and unleash their creativity. Most importantly, you will get to teach in real classrooms and apply all of the practical skills you’ve learnt.

Professional placement

We know that students become great teachers through a mix of theory and practical experience. That’s why you will spend 60 days teaching in a real classroom as part of your course. You will be placed with a mentor teacher at a primary school, who will guide and support you through your placement. This will give you the chance to apply the practical skills you’ve learnt online, develop rapport with your students, and build your confidence as a teacher.

What you will learn

  • Creative Teaching

    Engage students through innovative and imaginative approaches to the curriculum.

  • Research Methods

    Develop a range of research methods that can be used to improve educational outcomes for students.

  • The Digital Age

    Develop a vision for contemporary teaching in a digital age.

  • Teaching the Child

    Take on a holistic approach to focus on ‘teaching the child’ rather than ‘teaching the subject’.

  • Classroom Techniques

    Head into a school to teach independently, and research classroom techniques prior to graduation.

Support and assistance

Everyone has questions from time to time. That’s why we have a dedicated team of tutors and support staff on-call to help you, seven days a week. So whether you need help with a lesson plan or have a technical issue, you can speak to a real person right away.

Course units

Entry criteria

From 2018, under the new AITSL and government Initial Teacher Education (ITE) requirements, all students applying to ITE courses across Australia will need meet suitability for teaching (non-academic selection) criteria as a part of course entry criteria.  Find out more

  • To gain entry to this course applicants must have completed a recognised
    undergraduate degree and meet the English language requirements.

Students without work or academic numeracy experience may be required to complete an online test for entry. Once enrolled, all applicants must provide relevant Child Safety Screening clearance as your state of residence requires and maintain clearances throughout the duration of the program. Courses are only available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and humanitarian visa holders.

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