• Current rules
    • Graduate School of Education
      • Master of Teaching - Primary (coursework) [31520]

        Note: This course is not available in 2024.

        Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

        1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

        (2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

        Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules

        2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

        (2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the CARS module is not required to repeat the module.

        (3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

        English Language competency requirements

        3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

        (2) Applicants with qualifications from institutions where English is not the medium of instruction must provide evidence of English Language Competence.

        (3) Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.5, a minimum score of 7.0 in the Reading and Writing bands, and a minimum score of 8.0 in the Listening and Speaking bands.

        (4) Applicants presenting with the Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic) require an overall score of at least 75 and no sub-score less than 70.

        (5) Applicants presenting a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) require an overall grade of B or above, with a score of 'exceptional' for listening and speaking, and at least 'good' for reading and writing.

        (6) Applicants with qualifications gained wholly in English from countries other than Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America must provide evidence of English Language Competence in accordance with the requirements of the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia.

        (7) An English bridging course is not regarded as evidence of English Language Competence.

        Admission requirements

        4.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

        (a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


        (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent;


        (c) at least one year of the bachelor's degree relevant to one or more learning areas in the Primary school curriculum;

        (2) Before admission, international students must obtain a criminal record check from their country of origin or recent residence.

        Admission ranking and selection

        5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on—

        (a) a satisfactory personal statement, as recognised by UWA; and

        (b) an interview by the faculty.

        Articulations and exit awards

        6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

        • 30330 Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (non-articulated) (48 points)
        • 31520 Master of Teaching - Primary (96 points)

        (2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Teaching - Primary course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

        Course structure

        7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points.

        (2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

        Satisfactory progress

        8. To make satisfactory progress a student must pass units to a point value greater than half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

        9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module) when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

        Progress status

        10.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

        (2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances—

        (a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

        (b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

        (c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

        11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

        Award with distinction

        12. This rule is not applicable to this course.


        13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).

        Additional rules
        Credit for previously completed work

        14.(1) The Faculty may grant credit for units in the Master of Teaching - Primary course, excluding the Professional Practice units*, up to a value of 48 points on the basis of previously completed units of study.

        (2) Credit is not granted for work completed in Professional Practice units undertaken in previous studies, unless the university is satisfied as to the currency and relevance of the student's practical experience.

        (3) Within the overall credit limit, credit may be granted for work completed through continuing education at this University to a maximum value of 48 points.

        *EDUC5510 Professional Practice A, EDUC5500 Professional Practice B

        Failure to pass a Professional Practice unit

        15.(1) Students who do not pass a Professional Practice unit may apply to have their case considered by a committee comprising—

        (a) the Dean of the Faculty or nominee;

        (b) the relevant course coordinator;


        (c) a relevant curriculum specialist.

        (2) The committee will take into account all relevant information and recommend to the Faculty that the student—

        (a) repeat the Professional Practice unit;


        (b) repeat the Professional Practice unit following demonstration of specified conditions (e.g. completion of specified additional relevant work) to the satisfaction of the course coordinator;


        (c) not be permitted to re-enrol in the course.

        (3) If the Faculty permits a student to repeat a Professional Practice unit, it will determine whether the unit is to be repeated in the same or a subsequent year taking into consideration the student's overall performance in the course concerned.

        Admissions/enrolment-related rules

        16.(1) Students are not permitted to exceed the total number of points prescribed for the course, unless the Faculty permits otherwise in exceptional circumstances, in accordance with University Policy.

        (2) A Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) and a Working with Children Clearance must be presented to the Graduate School of Education before any student undertakes a professional practice unit.

        Professional Practice readiness

        17.(1) If a student does not pass an assessment item (before any resubmission) in an enrolled core unit, or is not meeting the necessary level of professional conduct, the student may be required to attend an interview with an academic panel to review their readiness to go on a professional placement. If they are considered not ready to attempt a placement or at risk of not being able to succeed in a placement, they are withdrawn from their enrolled practicum unit with the expectation of re-enrolling and completing it in a later teaching period, after demonstrating readiness.

        Resubmission Rule

        18.(1) Students must pass all components of a Master of Teaching unit to pass the unit overall. Students who fail an assessment item in a unit may resubmit it if—

        (a) this is their first request for a resubmission in the unit;

        (b) they contact the unit coordinator by email within 5 University working days of the release of the result and formally request a resubmission.

        (c) A resubmitted assignment that is deemed to be a ‘fail' by the unit coordinator, will receive the original failing mark for the component.

        (d) Where resubmission is approved, the reassessed mark is capped at the assessment pass mark, unless an application for mitigation is approved in accordance with the University Policy on Assessment: Special Consideration (UP11/23).

        (e) A resubmission is normally due one week after being approved by the unit coordinator.

        (f) Assignments that are failed on the grounds of lateness or academic misconduct will not normally be considered for resubmission.