Master of Teaching and Learning - Primary

James Cook University JCU

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.

Course Fee:

Australian: $43,040
International: $60,800

Entry Requirements:

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree or equivalent which includes the equivalent of a full year of study in English, technologies, mathematics, science, humanities and social sciences, the Arts, health and physical education. All applicants must satisfy academic and non-academic entry criteria including minimum literacy and numeracy standards as required by the Queensland College of Teachers. All students must hold a valid Blue Card.


48 credit points of subjects. 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.

Subjects you can Study:

Teaching and learning-primary

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:


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.

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Teacher - Primary,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Cairns No info No Part time 4 years
Cairns No info No Full time 2 years
Townsville No info No Online
Townsville No info No Part time 4 years
Townsville No info No Full time 2 years

Study for life

JCU’s commitment to providing you with the skills needed to be job-ready is consistently rewarded with a five-star rating for ‘full-time graduate employment’ (The Good Universities Guide 2018). JCU graduates are also leading the way in employer satisfaction, receiving the highest rating in a national report (QILT 2017 Employer Satisfaction Survey).

University study areas

  • Arts (Social Sciences)
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Dentistry
  • Diploma of Higher Education
  • Education 
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Practice
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Medicine
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Planning
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Science
  • Social Work
  • Speech Pathology
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Veterinary Science

Flexible learning options

You can choose an on-campus university lifestyle, study online and externally, or combine the two options. Within your degree, you also have the flexibility to enrol in a major from one discipline while broadening your knowledge by taking electives from other JCU disciplines. 

As part of your degree, you may also have the exciting opportunity to study overseas with one of JCU's many partner universities.

Campus locations

JCU is a multi-campus institution with our main campuses in the tropical cities of Cairns, Singapore and Townsville. A Russo Higher Education-run campus in Brisbane offers courses for international students and we have study centres in Mount Isa, Thursday Island and Mackay.

Progressive facilities

Huge investments in university infrastructure ensure you enjoy modern facilities, including: 

  • Technologically advanced lecture theatres that support teaching and learning 
  • A dental clinic
  • A variety of vet and dry laboratories 
  • Speech and language clinic
  • Exercise physiology and movement analysis labs
  • Veterinary hospital
  • Modern libraries
  • Computer labs 
  • Recording studio
  • Lighting studio
  • Art galleries
  • Accommodation halls of residence.

Field work at amazing locations

JCU’s access to the most spectacular and diverse natural laboratories in the world offer advantages to you that cannot be overstated. Field site environments for research on coral reefs, tropical rainforests, coastal wetlands, woodland savannahs and the arid outback are all available in

our backyard. The university has field research stations available for field trips, study and research, including: 

  • JCU Fletcherview Research Station
  • JCU Orpheus Island Research Station
  • JCU Veterinary Teaching Resource Centre (Malanda)
  • JCU Daintree Rainforest Observatory.

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