Master of Teaching (Primary)

The Master of Teaching (Primary) continues the College’s service to education from its delivery of the Bachelor of Education (Primary), the Bachelor of Education (Secondary), the Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary) and the Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary). Over eighty percent of those graduates have either found employment in Christian, independent and government schools in Australia and internationally; or, pursued further studies. Both graduates and employers hold the particular focus of delivering this initial course in teacher education from a Christian perspective and within a challenging and supportive environment in high regard.

The Master of Teaching (Primary) aims to develop graduates who will contribute to schools and other settings as teachers. Having met the Graduate Teacher Standards, graduates will be able to apply for provisional registration as a teacher in Australia and overseas. They will develop abilities to design and implement curriculum and assessment; understand diverse learners and learning processes; and, engage with educational ideas and their adaptations. This will see graduates finding employment in schools as well as other environments such as churches; para-church organisations; and, government and private enterprises. Graduates may also continue to post-graduate studies in education and a variety of related fields.

The Master of Teaching (Primary) is designed for full-time intakes in Semester 1 and part-time intakes in Semester 1 & 2. It builds an awareness of disadvantage and social justice and explores the significant role for good that education from a Christian perspective can provide.

The course fits the guidelines developed by The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) in Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in Australia – Standards and Procedures (2015). It is designed to provide graduates with a broad understanding of educational theory and practices, as well as the ethical and legal dimensions of the professional. The course has a developmental approach to learning and teaching in both its nature and content.

The research focus in the second year is on action research and becoming a reflexive practitioner. A feature of the College’s approach is the choice of a capstone unit Creating and Designing for the Profession which will allow students to enter the profession with a valued product to benefit them and schools they work in, or a Research Project, potentially leading to further studies.

Sixty days of Professional Experience are incorporated in three blocks over the two years. Professional Experience has a graduated nature. It is underpinned by the theory that effective development of pre-service teachers occurs when they are able to progress intentionally from ‘novice’ through to ‘expert’ through graduated scaffolded challenge and support. The course strongly connects theory with practice and emphasises the skills characteristic of thoughtful and reflective practitioners.

Professional Experience is critical as a basis for making sense of educational theory and practice. Students are given observational experience in schools at the end of semester one. Learning through practice is also critical in developing professional pedagogical knowledge and is delivered in the end of semester one and two of the second year.

Most subjects are delivered in a blended format that integrates face-to-face and online learning experiences.

Description

The Master of Teaching (Primary) aims to develop graduates who will contribute to schools and other settings as teachers.

Course Outcomes

  • Critically examine worldview and paradigms underpinning educational theory and practice from a Christian perspective as a basis for ongoing transformation of education.
  • Apply broad and specialised knowledge of children’s development (primary years) and learning to plan effective curriculum and assessments.
  • Apply broad and specialised knowledge of primary school contexts; contemporary Australian curriculum requirements; and, effective primary subject pedagogies to teaching in an Australian Context.
  • Create and maintain supportive, safe and effective learning environments for diverse contexts through the application of established theories and practice.
  • Research established practice demonstrating specialised skills. Critically apply educational research findings individually and in collaboration with others to continually improve professional practice.
  • Exemplify interpersonal, written and digital communication skills that articulate multi-faceted issues coherently and clearly.
  • Apply extended understanding of the National Standards for Graduate Teachers in a classroom.

Delivery locations

  • Wantirna (Full)

Admission Criteria

As this is a post-graduate course the rationale for the entry requirements is the need to produce employable graduates meeting registration requirements upon successful completion of the course.

To ensure the ability to register with the Victorian Institute of Teaching the following are the entry requirements.

Academic Requirements

Successful completion of a Bachelor course of study from an institution listed on the TEQSA national register or an overseas institution with equivalent standing to those on the TEQSA national register and relevant to the primary curriculum.

The following are considered relevant fields of study for primary teachers and an explanation as to why

Field(s) Explanation
Art Teaching of Primary Arts
Arts Teaching of Primary English and/or Primary Humanities
Business and Economics Teaching of Primary Mathematics
Design and Architecture Teaching of Primary Mathematics
Engineering Teaching of Primary Mathematics and/or Primary Science
Information Technology Teaching of Primary Mathematics and ICT
Law Teaching of Primary Humanities
Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Teaching of Primary Health & Primary Mathematics
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Teaching of Primary Mathematics & Primary Science
Science Teaching of Primary Mathematics & Primary Science

Non-Academic Requirements

All students will be interviewed as part of the application process. During the interview, students will be asked the following questions and assessed as to their suitability for entering the teaching profession.

  • Motivation to Teach
    • What has led you to applying for this course?
  • Strong Interpersonal /Communication skills
    • Tell me about events/organisations that you have been part of and the roles you played
  • Willingness to Learn
    • Tell me about what you did when faced with a task you had to complete but lacked the skills or information
    • Tell me about something you have been really keen to learn and what you did about it
  • Resilience
    • We all get knock backs, things not working out. Tell me about your experience of this and how you responded
  • Self-efficacy
    • How do people become good teachers?
  • Conscientiousness
    • Undertaking a tertiary study has high demands. Tell me about what you consider will be important?
  • Organisational and planning skills
    • In completing your previous study/work tell me about how you went about planning and organising your work

Students will be marked against a rubric located here.

This course is only available to domestic students (those not requiring a student visa).

English Language Requirement

  • Successful completion of a Bachelor course of study conducted in Australia, Canada, Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the USA; OR

  • IELTS Academic: Overall 7.5 with the following required in each of the skill areas: speaking 8.0, listening 8.0, reading 7.0 and writing 7.0; OR

  • International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR): Level 4 required in each of the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing; OR

  • Professional English Assessment for Teachers (PEAT): Band A required in each of the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Course Structure

The course consists of:

  • 15 coursework units
  • a capstone unit
  • 3 professional experience units.

Within the coursework units, students must choose whether they will be specialists in teaching Primary Mathematics or Primary English and choose the appropriate units.

The course is delivered over two years full-time or an equivalent part-time basis.

The capstone unit is either ED951.506 Creating and Designing for the Profession or a research project RP993.506 Research Project in Education.

Pathways

There are no exit points from this award.

Completion of this program can potentially lead to doctoral studies in Education.

Other Protocols

Students must successfully complete all three Professional Experiences.

Students must successfully complete either the Master of Teaching Primary English Specialist Stream OR the Master of Teaching Primary Mathematics Specialist Stream

Students must successfully complete one of the units in the Master of Teaching Capstone Experience

Students will be required to complete a Working With Children Check (WWCC) prior to commencing their professional experience.

Please note: the Commonwealth Government of Australia now requires all students undertaking initial teacher education courses in Australia to pass a literacy and numeracy test. Attaining a satisfactory standard in this test is a requirement for successful completion of the course.

Specialisations

Master of Teaching Capstone Experience Capstone Options
Master of Teaching Primary English Specialist Stream
Master of Teaching Primary Mathematics Specialist Stream
Master of Teaching Core Core
Master of Teaching Primary Core Core

Units attached to this course

Unit Code Unit Name
ED920.506 Developmental Learning and Pedagogies
ED921.506 Ecology and Management of Learning Environments
ED922.506 Students with Additional Needs
ED923.506 Information Communications Technology and Design
ED924.506 Learners, Educators and Social Contexts
ED931.506 Curriculum, Assessment, Evidence and Data
ED950.506 Research Practices for Innovative Educators
ED951.506 Creating and Designing for the Profession
ES910.506 Primary English
ES911.506 Primary Mathematics
ES912.506 Primary Health and Physical Education
ES913.506 Primary Arts
ES914.506 Primary Humanities
ES915.506 Primary Science
ES916.506 Primary Literacy
ES917.506 Primary Numeracy
ES918.506 Primary Specialist: English
ES919.506 Primary Specialist: Mathematics
PR931.500 Professional Practice: Supported Teaching Primary (5 days)
PR933.500 Professional Practice: Teaching Primary (25 days)
PR935.500 Professional Practice: Teaching Primary (30 days)
RP993.506 Research Project in Education

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