Master of Teaching (Primary)/Graduate Certificate in Religious Education

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 2 locations

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$5550 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Beginning February 2024
Applications open August 2023
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2024
Applications open April 2024


The Master of Teaching (Primary) is a graduate entry, preservice teacher education course that will enable you to engage with the breadth of curriculum and pedagogical knowledge required by a primary classroom teacher combined with specialist knowledge and understanding of all learning areas of the primary school curriculum. Building on your undergraduate studies, you will develop a primary curriculum teaching specialisation in an area of your choice. 

Combine the Graduate Certificate in Religious Education with this course to gain the certification and knowledge to teach Religious Education in Catholic Schools.

Achieve your goals with a scholarship.  

A generous Commonwealth Teaching Scholarship is available to support new undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolling in an initial teacher education (ITE) program to help meet the costs of their study. Learn more about eligibility and how to apply here

Professional experience

Students must complete a minimum of 60 days professional experience during which time they are required to be available full-time.

Work placement

Professional experience covers all school and community-based experience designed to help students develop professional competence and personal commitment, in accordance with the expressed Catholic philosophy of the University. The professional experience units apply skills, techniques and processes taught in the Foundations Studies and Professional Studies units.

Supervised professional experience is at the heart of all our pre-service teacher education courses and the Faculty will find appropriate placements to suit the needs of your course. Placements will usually be arranged for the scheduled placement period in the professional experience calendar though this may not always be possible.

In Victoria, part-time students do not commence the Professional Experience program until the second year of the course. The Professional Experience program consists of a minimum of 9 weeks of teaching rounds, usually broken into two blocks.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for registration as a primary school teacher in government, independent, and Catholic schools or other faith-based schools.


The Master of Teaching (Primary) has been listed on the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) accredited programs list and meets the teacher education component of the qualification requirement for registration (accreditation) as a primary school teacher in all states and territories.

The Graduate Certificate in Religious Education is the basic certification required to teach religious education.

Course details

Course structure

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Commencing Semester 1

  • Education Studies and Effective Teaching UnitsEDES500Foundations of Development and Learning in Australian Childhood Contexts10 cp
  • Curriculum Studies UnitsEDEN502Foundations of Literacy Development and Children's Literature10 cp
  • Curriculum Studies UnitsEDMA500Foundations of Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy for Children10 cp
  • Curriculum Studies UnitsEDTE500Technologies Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (F-6)

    According to your speciality: Students specialising in Science or Humanities and Social Sciences should complete EDSI600 or EDSS600 (respectively) in Semester 1 of their first year and EDTE500 in Semester 1 of their second year.

    10 cp
  • Theology UnitsTHBS562Introducing the Scriptures

    Students who commenced prior to 2023 may have completed THBS501.

    10 cp
  • ACER Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education UnitsLNTE110Literacy and Numeracy Diagnostic0 cp
  • Theology Units Theology UnitsTHCT563 Introducing Theology ORTheology UnitsTHCT565 Reflecting on Faith, Recontextualising Tradition

    Students who commenced prior to 2023 may have completed THCT500.

    10 cp
  • Education Studies and Effective Teaching UnitsEDET501Effective Teaching 1: Promoting Positive Learner Engagement

    Professional Experience: 20 days

    10 cp
  • EDEN503 Reading and Writing Instruction in the Early Years (B-8) Curriculum Studies Units10 cp
  • Curriculum Studies UnitsEDHP500Health and Physical Education Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (F-6)10 cp
  • Curriculum Studies UnitsEDAR500The Arts Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (F-6)10 cp
  • ACER Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Units LNTE100 LANTITE - Literacy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students ANDLNTE101 LANTITE - Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students

    Students must register with ACER to undertake the two LANTITE tests. 

    0 cp

Commencing Semester 2

Graduate statement


As an ACU graduate you have personal insight founded on an understanding of who you are as a professional, a citizen and a scholar. You embrace change and growth through critical self-awareness and learning autonomy. You are empowered to seek truth and meaning, drawing on the principles of justice, equity, and the dignity of all human beings.


As an ACU graduate you value human dignity and diversity. This appreciation is founded on deep reflection, and empathy. You have experience of Indigenous Knowings and perspectives and can engage respectfully when working alongside Australia's First Peoples. You can connect with people and cultures and work with community in ways that recognise the dignity of the human person and all cultures


As an ACU graduate you utilise imagination and innovation to solve problems. You critically analyse information from a range of sources to creatively solve practical problems and use critical thinking to make decisions and advance the common good. You appreciate the role of innovation and creative thinking in developing a better future for each person and community.


As an ACU graduate you recognise your responsibility to work for social justice and a sustainable world founded on a commitment to human dignity and the common good. You lead change through respectful collaboration and effective communication of ideas to diverse peoples, groups and communities in local and global contexts. You are empowered to positively impact your profession and the community.

AQF framework

Masters/Graduate Certificate – AQF Level 9/8

Exit Points

5.1 A student who has successfully completed the following requirements may exit from the course with that qualification. Note that none of these qualifications qualify a student to teach in Australia.

  1. Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies: 80 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings
  2. Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies: 40 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings.

A student who has completed 20 credit points from the Religious Education units and 20 credit points from the Theology units may exit with the Graduate Certificate in Religious Education.

A student who does not meet the LANTITE requirements may exit with the Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies or Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies if they meet the requirements of those awards.

Additional course information

Non-academic assessment - suitability for teaching

Applicants who apply for entry into this initial teacher education course will be required to complete a non-academic assessment. The assessment is to demonstrate suitability for teaching and will be part of your application when applying for admission into this course. Please visit our Suitability for teaching page for more information.

Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) 

Students will be required to demonstrate they have achieved approved benchmarks in literacy and numeracy as demonstrated through the Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE). Successful completion of LANTITE is a requirement for course completion.

If you have started your ITE course at another institution and wish to transfer to ACU to complete your studies, please be sure that you have read and understand the requirements for receiving credit for previous studies and those on completing LANTITE.

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must:

a. have successfully completed a Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification, with:

  1. subject content studies equivalent to one year of full-time study in one or more learning areas of the primary school curriculum; including
  2. subject content studies equivalent to one quarter of a year in a selected subject specialisation.

b. demonstrate suitability for teaching as evidenced by completion of the relevant State assessment which will be provided in the application process.

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

Any applicants who completed a Bachelor degree outside Australia should review the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy to determine if they are required to meet additional English Language Proficiency requirements for entry into the course.

Any applicant who completed a Bachelor degree outside Australia intending to seek teacher registration in Australia should check with state registration bodies to confirm English Language Proficiency requirements for teacher registration.



Applicants intending to study this course in NSW must also:

1. possess at least a Band 4 result in a prior HSC mathematics course, or

2.  have undertaken at least 0.125 EFTSL (1 unit) of mathematics/numeracy in the prior bachelor degree or equivalent qualification, or

3.  pass a bridging unit (in addition to the program’s units) that is benchmarked to a NSW Education Standards Authority HSC Band 4 in Mathematics as an ITE Entry Requirement for Primary Teaching and addresses the discipline-specific knowledge requirements for primary mathematics/numeracy as described by NSW Subject Content Knowledge Requirements. 

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2024 Admission.

English language requirements

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • No score less than 7 in reading and writing. No score less than 8 in listening and speaking.

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

  • A minimum of 65 in reading and writing and a minimum of 79 in listening and speaking

Test of English as a Foreign Language – Academic (TOEFL)

  • No score less than 24 in reading, 27 in writing, 28 in listening and 26 in speaking

ACU English Language Test

  • A++ (85 or above)

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)

  • A minimum of 185 in reading and writing and 200 in listening and speaking.

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Further study

Graduates of this course may be eligible for entry into further postgraduate coursework degree programs and/or research higher degree, doctoral programs.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$5550 CSP

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

Explore your options 


 You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

Search our scholarships  

How to apply

Domestic applicants


Apply through ACU

ACU code 1220003281

Additional application information

Entry to this course is governed by the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy. The selection of course entrants is based on academic merit and satisfaction of non-academic capabilities for entry to initial teacher education. In accordance with the mission of ACU, the Faculty of Education and Arts is committed to providing access to education for a diversity of students. ACU provides a range of access and equity schemes which consider additional or alternative factors in assessing applicants, including applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.


No deferment available.

Staff Profile

Dr Anne Scott

Senior Lecturer (English Education), Course Coordinator, Master of Teaching (Primary), School of Education VIC

Dr Anne Scott is a senior lecturer at Australian Catholic University. She was a primary school teacher for fourteen years and held various curriculum leadership roles. Currently, she teaches undergraduate and postgraduate units as well as supervising postgraduate research students in the School of Education (Victoria). In 2009, Dr Scott won the Faculty of Education Excellence in Teaching Award and in 2010 an Australian Learning and Teaching Citation. Dr Scott continues to work closely with teachers in the areas of literacy and numeracy education. At present Dr Scott is a member of a team investigating children’s uses of technology in their everyday lives to consider the changing needs of students’ learning in the 21st Century. Since 2008, Dr Scott has worked with Professor Philip Clarkson and Dr Andrea McDonough researching teacher change linked to the Contemporary Teaching and Learning Mathematics Project (CTLM). A key feature of this activity is the partnership fostered with teachers to support and enhance professional learning as teachers capture and reflect on video snippets of their classroom practice.

Dr Kim Rowston

Senior Lecturer (Education), School of Education NSW/ACT

Dr Kim Rowston is a lecturer in the School of Education at Australian Catholic University (ACU), Strathfield Campus. Before joining ACU in 2012, Dr Rowston was a secondary teacher in the Technology and Applied Studies key learning area for twenty years in state and independent schools.During this time, she held various leadership roles and played a significant part in the design and implementation of integrated STEM cross-curriculum programs. Dr Rowston specialises in Design and Digital Technologies undergraduate and postgraduate curricula, as well as supervising postgraduate research students (NSW). Dr Rowston’s doctorial research applied a social cognitive lens to investigate the factors influencing pre-service teachers’ technology integration practice. She is particularly interested in understanding pre-service teacher efficacy as they transition into the profession, early career teacher well-being, including the role of school cultures during this process. She is also a professional member of the Australian Technologies Teacher Educators Network and the Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE).


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