James Cook University JCU

Master of Teaching and Learning - Primary

James Cook University JCU

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00117J

The Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary) prepares teachers for the challenges of northern Queensland and the Tropics, through a theoretically-informed practice-based approach with learning experiences in urban, rural and remote school-community environments.


48 credit points by coursework. The course is a four-phase, 2-year long program offered on campus in Townsville and Cairns. External students must attend two mandatory one-week residential blocks. The course includes professional placement in primary schools in each of the first three phases for a total of 60 placement days, a 20-day extended capstone in the final phase, and school-based experiences with primary students in selected subjects within the course. Graduate teachers may need to undertake placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense.


  • Teaching and learning - primary

Standard entry requirements

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree or equivalent which includes the equivalent of a full year of study in either English, or technologies, or mathematics, or science, or


The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) in association with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). Graduates of this course are eligible for teacher registration in Australia.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
JCU Cairns Domestic: $43,920
International: $61,920
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years
  • Online/Off-campus : 2 years
JCU Townsville Domestic: $43,920
International: $619,820
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years
  • Online/Off-campus : 2 years

Further information

All students (including those enrolled in the External delivery option) are expected to attend a three-day induction course on either the Cairns or Townsville campus before the start of the course. Any travel and accommodation expenses associated with this induction are not included in the tuition fees. For students enrolled in the external delivery option, computer and internet access are essential. For more information: https://www.jcu.edu.au/courses-and-study

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