Master of Teaching (Secondary)

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) continues the College’s service to education from its delivery of the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) and the Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary). Over eighty per cent 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 (Secondary) 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 Secondary is designed for new intakes in February and July. 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 delivery 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, though a research project can be completed if desired.

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 (Secondary) aims to develop graduates who will contribute to schools and other settings as teachers. The course consists of 15 coursework units, 3 professional experience units and a capstone unit. It is delivered over two years full-time or an equivalent part time basis.

Course Outcomes

  • Critically examine worldviews 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 adolescent (12-18 years) development and learning to planning effective curriculum and assessments.
  • Apply broad and specialised knowledge of secondary school contexts; contemporary Australian curriculum requirements; and two subject content 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 an undergraduate (AQF 7) 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.

Students will need to demonstrate successful completion of studies in a major study in at least one teaching area and preferably a second teaching area comprising at least a minor study (though a major may be required for some areas). The one or two secondary teaching specialist areas must be offered by the College and meet the rules of the Victorian Institute of Teaching Specialist Teaching Guidelines 2015.

The college offers the following secondary specialist teaching areas:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Drama
  • History
  • Humanities (only History and Geography for VCE teaching)
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies

This will be demonstrated by completion of the the College’s teaching specialisation equivalence form found at (TBD).

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.

All applicants will be interviewed as part of the application process. During the interview, applicants 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 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 level 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.

Other Requirements

Before undertaking any Professional Experience units students will be required to produce a Working With Children Check.

As required for teacher registration all students will need to successfully complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students after attempting 48 or more credit points of study. This is usually at the end of their first year of study in the course.

Course Structure

The course consists of sixteen 6 credit point coursework units (96 credit points) and 3 professional experience units.

  • Core (66 credit points):

    • 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
    • ES926.506 Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum
    • ES927.506 Adolescent Identity and Contexts
    • ES928.506 Secondary School Systems and Reflexive Praxis
    • ES957.506 Major Project
  • Core professional experience (0 credit points):

    • PR932.500 Professional Practice: Supported Teaching Secondary (5 days)
    • PR934.500 Professional Practice: Teaching Secondary (25 days)
    • PR936.500 Professional Practice: Teaching Secondary (30 days)
  • Electives (24 credit points), students choose 4 units, completing 2 streams, and in each stream one Years 7 to 10 unit and one VCE unit.

    • English Methods Stream: ES932.506 English (Years 7 to 10), ES933.506 English (VCE and alternate pathways)
    • Mathematics Methods Stream: ES940.306 Mathematics (Years 7 to 10), ES941.506 Mathematics (VCE and alternate pathways)
    • History Methods Stream: ES942.506 History (Years 7 to 10), ES943.506 History (VCE)
    • Religious Studies Methods Stream: ES944.506 Religious Studies (Years 7 to 10), ES945.506 Religious Studies (VCE)
    • Drama Methods Stream: ES947.506 Drama (Years 7 to 10), ES949.506 Drama (VCE)
    • Art Methods Stream: ES950.506 Art (Years 7 to 10), ES951.506 Art (VCE)
    • Psychology Methods Stream: ES952.506 Psychology (Pre-VCE), ES953.506 Psychology (VCE)
    • Science Methods Stream: ES960.506 Science (Years 7 to 10), ES962.506 Biology (VCE), ES963.506 Physics (VCE), ES964.506 Chemistry (VCE)
    • Humanities Methods Stream: ES961.506 Humanities (Years 7 to 10), ES965.506 Geography (VCE), ES943.506 History (VCE)
  • Capstone (6 credit points):

    • ED951.506 Creating and Designing for the Profession OR
    • RP993.506 Research Project in Education

Pathways

There are no exit points from this award.

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

Other Protocols

All students are required to complete 2 method streams (24 credit points).

Students must successfully complete all three Professional Experiences.

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 Art Methods Stream Stream
Master of Teaching Drama Methods Stream Stream
Master of Teaching English Methods Stream Stream
Master of Teaching History Methods Stream Stream
Master of Teaching Humanities Methods Stream Stream
Master of Teaching Mathematics Method Stream Stream
Master of Teaching Psychology Methods Stream Stream
Master of Teaching Religious Education Methods Stream Stream
Master of Teaching Science Methods Stream Stream
Master of Teaching Core Core
Master of Teaching Secondary 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
ES926.506 Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum
ES927.506 Adolescent Identity and Contexts
ES928.506 Secondary School Systems and Reflexive Praxis
ES932.506 English (Years 7 to 10)
ES933.506 English (VCE and alternate pathways)
ES940.506 Mathematics (Years 7 to 10)
ES941.506 Mathematics (VCE and alternate pathways)
ES942.506 History (Years 7 to 10)
ES943.506 History (VCE)
ES944.506 Religious Studies (Years 7 to 10)
ES945.506 Religious Studies (VCE)
ES947.506 Drama (Years 7 to 10)
ES949.506 Drama (VCE)
ES950.506 Art (Years 7 to 10)
ES951.506 Art (VCE)
ES952.506 Psychology (Pre-VCE)
ES953.506 Psychology (VCE)
ES957.506 Major Project
ES960.506 Science (Years 7 to 10)
ES961.506 Humanities (Years 7 to 10)
ES962.506 Biology (VCE)
ES963.506 Physics (VCE)
ES964.506 Chemistry (VCE)
ES965.506 Geography (VCE)
PR932.500 Professional Practice: Supported Teaching Secondary (5 days)
PR934.500 Professional Practice: Teaching Secondary (25 days)
PR936.500 Professional Practice: Teaching Secondary (30 days)
RP993.506 Research Project in Education

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