Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) - 2012

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Course summary - 2012

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Diploma
Number of units: 12 units to complete
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Overview

The Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) is for people who wish to become secondary school teachers. It combines academic studies of Core Education units with Curriculum Specialism units appropriate to your first degree and/or subsequent postgraduate qualifications as well as Professional Placement units.

This course builds on a student’s undergraduate major and minor studies and through further study and practice develops them into teaching specialisations. Students can choose to specialise in Accounting, Biology, Business Management, Chemistry, Economics, English, Geography, History, Health, Information Technology, Mathematics, Media, Music (also available as a double specialism), Outdoor Education, Physical Education, Physics, Science, Social Education or the Visual Arts (also available as a double specialism).

The Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) has VIT (Victorian Institute of Teaching) accreditation, which enables graduates to gain teacher registration in Victoria. Reciprocal teacher registration arrangements are available throughout Australia. For further information, please contact local teacher registration authorities.

Applicants must meet three criteria to gain access into this course

1.       Academic

Bachelor degree or equivalent diploma 

2.       English Language

You must provide evidence of how you fulfil the minimum English language requirements in one of the two ways listed below:

a. Applicants whose secondary schooling was entirely in English:

  • Secondary schooling achieved:

a score of 25 in units 3 and 4 of VCE English or VCE Literature;

a score of 30 in units 3 and 4 of VCE English as a Second Language; or

an equivalent result in an equivalent English subject.

  • Tertiary study  satisfactorily completed, in an English medium educational institution#, either:

the equivalent of at least 72 Monash credit points (three standard full-time semesters) of a university degree or Australian VET diploma, or equivalent; or

the equivalent of at least 48 Monash credit points (one standard full-time year) of postgraduate study.

 

b. Applicants whose secondary schooling was not entirely in English

  • Secondary schooling achieved:

 a score of 25 in units 3 and 4 of VCE English or VCE Literature;

a score of 30 in units 3 and 4 of VCE English as a Second Language; or

an equivalent result in an equivalent English subject.

  • Tertiary study  satisfactorily completed, in an English medium educational institution#, either:

the equivalent of at least 72 Monash credit points (three standard full-time semesters) of a university degree or Australian VET diploma, or equivalent; or

the equivalent of at least 48 Monash credit points (one standard full-time year) of postgraduate study.

 Monash English course - successfully completed a preparatory course in English language skills, at the appropriate level, at the Monash University English Language Centre or another program approved as equivalent; and gained any English test result required to demonstrate satisfactory completion of the course.

English tests - satisfactorily completed one of the following English tests, achieving the minimum overall score and minimum band/component score:

IELTS academic - Minimum overall score of 7.0  

Minimum component score: Reading: 6.5 Listening: 6.5 Writing: 7.0 Speaking: 7.0  

TOEFL Minimum overall score 100  Written section: 25   Other sections: 22

# An English medium institution is one where English is the language of instruction and assessment for the entire institution. Documentary evidence in the form of a letter or transcript is required from the institution at which the study was undertaken.

Note: All test scores must be no more than 2 years old at the time of application [or accompanied by evidence of subsequent substantial study in a tertiary institution where courses are taught and assessed in English].

 3.   Working with Children Check (WCC)

Due to the specialist nature of the teaching profession and the school placement component of this course, all successful applicants will be required to obtain a Working with Children Check (WCC) at the beginning of the course.  The WCC is required before students can attend school placement.  For further information on the WCC, please visit the Department of Justice (Victoria) website www.justice.vic.gov.au/workingwithchildren.

The teaching placement is a significant part of this course and is undertaken in each session. Students are required to satisfactorily complete a total of 50 days of teaching placement in the following units:

  • EDF4730 Professional Experience 1A 10 days
  • EDF4733 Professional Experience 2A 15 days
  • EDF4731 Professional Experience 1B 10 days
  • EDF4734 Professional Experience 2B 15 days

Students must meet the placement requirement, both in terms of performance and number of days, to be eligible for the award and teacher registration.

Teaching placements will normally be conducted in blocks of two or three week periods throughout the course and students may be required to undertake teaching placements in rural and/or regional areas.

At least half of the placement needs to occur in an Australian setting (this applies to international students) and half needs to be in a setting other than the student’s current place of employment (where applicable). Supervision of students on placement must meet the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) requirements for supervised teaching practice. All placements must be approved by Monash University.

The Monash University Placements Office will help students to arrange and coordinate their placements.

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary), students must complete 12 units:

  • 4 Core Education units
  • 4 Core Professional Placement units (one in each session)
  • 2 Curriculum units (7 - 10)
  • 2 Curriculum Specialism units (7 - 12).

This is a 'lock-step' course and successful applicants must enrol in 3 units per session, as outlined in the study plan provided by Monash University.  

The course is normally studied over two years and the award must be completed within four years. Successful applicants must have continuous enrolment in this course and intermission or leave of absence is not permitted. No deferment is permitted for successful applicants.

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Units of Study

Total number of units to complete: 3 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Productive Classrooms
EDF4005 Monash Sem 1 - -
Professional Experience 1A
EDF47301 Monash Sem 1 - -

1 School Placement Unit

Complete one unit from the Curriculum Units (7-10). This unit is the prerequisite for the Curriculum Specialism Unit (7-12) chosen for Year One Session Two.

Total number of units to complete: 3 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Schooling and Diversity
EDF4007 Monash - Sem 2 -
Professional Experience 2A
EDF47331 Monash - Sem 2 -

1 School Placement Unit

Complete one unit from the Curriculum Specialism Units (7-12)

Total number of units to complete: 3 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Curriculum and Assessment
EDF4004 Monash Sem 1 - -
Professional Experience 1B
EDF47311 Monash Sem 1 - -

1 School Placement Unit

Complete one unit from the Curriculum Units (7-10). This unit is the prerequisite for the Curriculum Specialism Unit (7-12) chosen for Year Two Session Two.

Total number of units to complete: 3 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Professional Engagement
EDF4006 Monash - Sem 2 -
Professional Experience 2B
EDF4734 Monash - Sem 2 -

Complete one unit from the Curriculum Specialism Units (7-12)

  Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Arts Education
EDF4110 Monash Sem 1 - -
Business Education
EDF4111 Monash Sem 1 - -
English Language and Literacy Education
EDF4112 Monash Sem 1 - -
General Science Education
EDF4113 Monash Sem 1 - -
Health, Outdoor Education and Physical Education
EDF4114 Monash Sem 1 - -
Information, Communication Technologies and New Media
EDF4115 Monash Sem 1 - -
Mathematics and Numeracy Education
EDF4116 Monash Sem 1 - -
Social and Environmental Education
EDF4118 Monash Sem 1 - -
Connecting the Curriculum
EDF4510 Monash Sem 1 - -
Gifted Education
EDF4512 Monash Sem 1 - -

  Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Accounting Education
EDF4401 Monash - Sem 2 -
Biology Education
EDF4402 Monash - Sem 2 -
Chemistry Education
EDF4403 Monash - Sem 2 -
Economics Education
EDF4405 Monash - Sem 2 -
English Education
EDF4406 Monash - Sem 2 -
Geography Education
EDF4407 Monash - Sem 2 -
History Education
EDF4408 Monash - Sem 2 -
Health Education
EDF4409 Monash - Sem 2 -
Information Technology/Computing Education
EDF4410 Monash - Sem 2 -
Mathematics Education
EDF4415 Monash - Sem 2 -
Media Education
EDF4416 Monash - Sem 2 -
Music Education 1
EDF4417 Monash - Sem 2 -
Music Education 2
EDF4418 Monash - Sem 2 -
Physics Education
EDF4419 Monash - Sem 2 -
Science Education
EDF4420 Monash - Sem 2 -
Social Education
EDF4421 Monash - Sem 2 -
Outdoor Education
EDF4422 Monash - Sem 2 -
Physical Education
EDF4423 Monash - Sem 2 -
Visual Art Education 1
EDF4425 Monash - Sem 2 -
Visual Art Education 2
EDF4426 Monash - Sem 2 -
Business Management Education
EDF4427 Monash - Sem 2 -

Recognition of Prior Learning/Credit will be awarded according to the rules and policies of Monash University stated at http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/admissions/credit-policy.html

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

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