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Master of Learning and Teaching Specialisation Primary

Master of Learning and Teaching Specialisation Primary (MOLT)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • Online
  • -
  • 2 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start date
  • February
  • July


  • Do you have a passion to teach and work with students to shape their learning and education? USQ’s Master of Learning and Teaching (Primary) enables those with a Bachelor degree in a field other than education to become a primary school teacher, providing they meet all other entry requirements.
  • Within this program you will gain an in-depth understanding of primary teaching in Australia and be prepared to teach across all key learning areas. Your masters level degree will also allow you to graduate with a high level of employability.
  • A Master of Learning and Teaching (Primary) will equip you with the teaching methods, knowledge and confidence to work, inspire and educate primary students. You will be highly employable in the state, Catholic or independent school sectors.
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake some of your professional experience overseas. There is also the opportunity to complete some of your practical experience in regional and Indigenous locations.

Further study

Upon completion of the Master of Learning and Teaching, you are eligible to apply for the Master of Education, Master of Professional Studies (Research), Doctor of Education and Doctor of Philosophy.

If you are interested in this study area, a new suite of teaching degrees, the Master of Learning and Teaching (Early Years), Master of Learning and Teaching (Primary), and Master of Learning and Teaching (Secondary), will be offered from February 2021.

Professional accreditation

Graduates of the Master of Learning and Teaching (Primary) are eligible to apply to the Queensland College of Teachers for teacher registration.

In addition to completing all requirements for the degree, students need to pass the Literacy and Numeracy Test (LANTITE) prior to graduation. It's recommended that students pass the LANTITE before the successful completion of 8 courses. Please register for the LANTITE test through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website.

Career outcomes

  • As a graduate, you will be eligible for teacher registration. This presents many exciting opportunities for finding employment as a teacher for a wide variety of diverse contexts including metropolitan, rural and remote and international schools.
  • Want the skills you acquire training to be a teacher but not necessarily keen to be in the classroom? Teaching-related skills of communication and educational management are also in demand in careers such as sport and leisure centre management, personal training, life coaching and other professions in the human services.

Entry requirements

  • 3-year bachelor degree or equivalent in a discipline other than education with a minimum GPA of 4.0 out of 7.0.
  • Applicants for the Primary specialisation must demonstrate through their undergraduate degree or other equivalent studies, adequate knowledge of discipline studies related to the Australian Curriculum. 
  • All applicants must show how their prior studies meet specialisation requirements by submitting  their transcript and other qualifications.
  • Complete a questionnaire and provide written statements to address the key competencies of effective teachers. The criteria for selection includes capabilities such as motivation to teach, suitability for the teaching profession, learning activities and leadership responsibilities. Refer to the selection guidelines for initial teacher education courses

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 7.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


USQ offers a number of bachelor degrees for you to study to help you meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree. 

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 16 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
8 x core courses 8
8 x Primary specialisation courses 8
Total 16

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Professional experience

As part of the degree, you will need to complete professional experience placements. These experiences provide you with opportunities to put theory into practice.

All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of professional practice within this degree.

This includes 60 days of professional experience and 20 days of service learning.  To support you throughout your professional experience, there are many opportunities to receive financial support and scholarships. Learn more about the available support.

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Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 6560
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 18980

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Professional experience costs

This degree includes a professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.


At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

The closing dates for applying directly to USQ are:

  • Semester 1, 2021 - applications close Monday 22 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 22 February, 2021.
  • Semester 2, 2021 - applications close Monday 12 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 12 July, 2021.

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

Discover further information on applying to study at USQ that is relevant to you.

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