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What will I learn?

What to expect

Be prepared to respond to the diverse learning needs of primary school students in both urban and rural communities with the Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary) at JCU.

Maximise your professional experience with work integrated learning and mentoring throughout your degree. Respond to the unique challenges of Northern Queensland and the tropics with practical involvement in rural and remote communities.

Choose from six specialisations - English/Literacy, Mathematics/Numeracy, Science, Technology, Humanities and Social Science and Health and Physical Education.

Learn to design, implement, and evaluate curriculum to enhance learning outcomes for all students. Demonstrate your ability to improve Indigenous learning outcomes with your strong knowledge of learning styles and cultural frameworks.

Career Opportunities

JCU Teaching and Learning (Primary) graduates benefit from JCU’s strong connections to communities and are prepared to teach in primary schools across Australia.

The Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary) is nationally accredited through the?Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) in association with the?Queensland College of Teachers (QCT).

Course learning outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary), graduate teachers will be able to:

Apply an advanced and integrated understanding of teacher professional knowledge, practice and engagement in urban, regional, remote and/or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school-community environments

Analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information, data, problems, concepts, theories and recent developments in the fields of teaching and learning in professional practice and research contexts

Design, implement and evaluate curriculum, assessment and differentiated learning opportunities, with a view to enhanced learning outcomes for all students, including those from diverse cultural, linguistic and socio-economic backgrounds and with specific learning needs

Demonstrate professional numeracy and literacy content mastery, the ability to apply strategies for teaching numeracy and literacy in a variety of curricular contexts, and evaluate the success of such application

Reflect on current dispositions, skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others

Critically review regulatory requirements, ethical principles and, where appropriate, cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts

Demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement, agency, adaptability and responsibility in planning, decision-making, solving complex problems and leading curriculum and community engagement initiatives

Communicate knowledge, skills and ideas through engagement with specialist and non-specialist audiences using advanced speaking, reading, writing, listening, numeracy and advocacy skills

Apply knowledge of research principles, methods, techniques and tools to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.

Which department am I in?

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$30,400.00 (16,46,804) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

21 February 2022


Cairns City campus

36 Shields Street,



4870, CAIRNS, Australia

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$30,400.00 (16,46,804) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

21 February 2022


Townsville City Campus

City Arcade, 383 Flinders Street,



4810, TOWNSVILLE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants require a degree equivalent to an Australia Bachelor degree. English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS: 6.0 (no component lower than 6.0); TOEFL (internet-based): 74 (minimum writing score of 18); Pearson (PTE Academic): 52 (no component less than 52); C1 Advanced/C2 Proficiency: 169 (no component less than 169).

For international students

An appropriate bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution which includes the equivalent of full year of studying areas appropriate to curriculum demands of a specialisation in primary teaching in Australian schools.

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of an overall score of 7.5 in Academic IELTS (or equivalent) with sub-scores no less than 8 for Speaking and Listening and no less than 7 for Reading and Writing.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About James Cook University

James Cook University (JCU) is ranked among the top 2% of universities in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2020.

  • Ranked in the top 250 of universities in the world
  • Rated as “world-class or better” in 83% areas of research
  • Top 100 universities in the world for UN SDG
  • Rated 5 stars for employment, student support and skills