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James Cook University Teachers College (Graduate Entry, Primary)


KOM Consultants are the official Canadian representative of James Cook University in Australia. Canadian applications to JCU’s Teacher Training program are submitted directly through KOM Consultants at 1-877-318-8203 or info@komconsultants.com.

James Cook University Teachers College Overview

James Cook University in Australia proudly offers world-class teacher education programs and exciting opportunities for ongoing professional learning. JCU’s programs are committed to preparing graduates for the imperatives associated with the tropical region, especially in Rural and Remote, Sustainability and Indigenous Education.

James Cook University’s programs in Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary education are certified by the Queensland College of Teachers and recognized nationally and internationally. JCU’s post-graduate programs offer dynamic professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators, and community workers from a range of disciplines.

JCU’s Education staff has a strong commitment to community engagement with a focus on education for sustainable futures and improved educational outcomes for our region and communities both nationally and internationally.

About Master of Teaching

About the Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary)

James Cook University’s (JCU) Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary) prepares teachers to critically respond to the challenges of northern Queensland and the Tropics, through a theoretically informed practice-based approach with provision for learning experiences in urban, rural and remote school-community environments.

The course is a four phase (18-month) developmentally sequenced professional preparation for those holding at least a first degree and who value learning about, as well as contributing to, the diverse needs and aspirations of learners and communities.

JCU’s course is offered on campus in Townsville and Cairns, with two mandatory one-week residential blocks over the duration of the program. Students who study externally can elect to enrol in individual subjects internally.

The Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary) course includes a prescribed professional placement in primary schools in each of the first three phases of the course 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 be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense.

All students must meet minimum literacy standards upon entry and completion as required by the Queensland College of Teachers.

Entry requirements

Applicants to James Cook University’s Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary) will need a completed Bachelor degree (or equivalent) that does not lead to teacher registration (with a minimum GPA of 4.0 on a 7-point scale), which includes the equivalent of full year of study in areas appropriate to curriculum demands of primary teaching in Australian schools; that is subjects that link to the national school curriculum (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)) content in English, technologies, mathematics, science, humanities and social sciences, The Arts, health and physical education.

Course Highlights

Course Highlights at James Cook University in Australia

James Cook’s Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary) is a postgraduate entry program.

The Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary) at JCU in Australia is an innovative post-graduate program. It has been developed in collaboration with our educational partners Catholic Education, Department of Education and Training (DET) and Independent Schools to prepare ‘day-one ready’ graduate teachers to meet the diverse learning needs and aspirations of our students and communities. This innovative program is offered internally in Cairns and Townville.

  • High-quality candidates: James Cook University use selection criteria that ensure you have the academic background and dispositions necessary to be high-quality primary teachers.
  • Regional focus: Their Degree, similar to JCU’s strategic intent, focuses on providing consequential experiences to prepare you as an educator for rural and remote areas, in addition to urban contexts, so you can respond confidently to the diversity of our classrooms.
  • Research informed: The Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary) program is grounded in foundations of high-quality initial teacher education and ensures your development in acquiring the knowledge and skills that inform practice in our partners’ schools. Special attention is given to preparing you to make evidence-based decisions associated with students’ learning.
  • Work Integrated Learning (WIL): You will be linked to a school for each phase and be provided the opportunity to engage with the school over the phase and your practicum, under mentored conditions, to maximize your professional learning. Your on-campus subjects are likely to be run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Students will be expected to spend one day a week in school, likely Fridays, in addition to the practicum requirements.
  • Subject specialization: Your first Degree provides you with the background to have subject specialization in the primary grades. Of particular interest to their Partners, are teachers with specializations in mathematics (numeracy), science, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and English (literacy).
  • Capstone: The program concludes with a 20-day capstone experience in your final phase of study, as a school-based internship or community-based service learning opportunity that requires you to conduct a research-based professional inquiry within this setting. JCU’s partners see this capstone as the most suitable means of fostering transition into the profession.

Professional Recognition

Professional Recognition in Canada

James Cook University’s 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). Graduates of this course are eligible for Teacher registration in Australia.

Graduates of James Cook University’s Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary) are eligible to apply for licensing in Canada, however, it is critical students understand the requirements needed to complete this process before licensing will be granted. KOM Consultants understand the process and requirements needed to enter the teaching profession in Canada. Contact KOM for more information

All students applying directly through KOM Consultants will be supported with the latest information on the accreditation process.

Award Title:Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary)
Length of Program:1.5 years
Prerequisites:Bachelor degree (minimum 70% GPA)
Interview:Not required
Application Dates:Applicants are advised to apply 9 months in advance
Annual Tuition Fees:Contact KOM Consultants for latest tuition fees 1-877-318-8203