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Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)

Become a teacher and help educate Australia’s future leaders. The Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) from Monash University is designed to give students in-depth training in core education and curriculum specialism units. The degree builds on your undergraduate major and minor studies to enable you to teach these subjects as teaching specialisations. There are a multitude of specialisation subjects including Business Management, Economics, English, History, Mathematics, Media, Outdoor Education and Physical Science.

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Level of study: What does Postgraduate mean?

Postgraduate

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12 units

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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).

Professional Recognition

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.

Eligibility

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.

How to Apply

This course is restricted and has a quota for entry due to the limitations associated with providing teaching placements. Students are required to apply and be approved by Monash University before they can enrol in units through OUA.

Applications for the Graduate Diploma of Education(Secondary) for 2012 have now closed. Please note that there is no mid-year intake for this program.

  1. Read information requirements

    • Select to apply for one or more courses listed on the application form, taking note of the eligibility criteria for each course. If you want to apply for a (restricted) course with a different university, you'll need to submit a separate application from the relevant course page.

    • Read all parts of the application form in advance:

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      If you do not have a web account, you'll need to register one within the application form. Once you've registered an account, you'll then be signed in. From here you can choose to complete your application and submit it, or save and return to it later.

      Completing this application should take 15 to 20 minutes.

    • Need help completing your application? Contact us:

      If in doubt about any of the information required to support your application, the more information you can provide the better. If you have any academic queries including how to request credit transfer, contact Monash University directly. For all other enquiries, contact us.

    • Next steps:

      After submitting your application, you should receive a confirmation email containing a copy of your application for your records.

      Your application will be assessed within 2-4 weeks, and if further information is required, we will contact you. Once your application has been assessed, we will be in touch via email to notify you of the outcome. At the latest this will be one week after the closing date for applications.

      If, after submitting your application, you wish to change your preferences or submit an additional document, please email apply@open.edu.au. Include your full name as it appeared on the application.

  2. Prepare supporting documents

    • Check that you have all the required documents, according to individual course requirements and your personal circumstances, specifically:

      1. Your curriculum vitae - required for entry into postgraduate courses only.
      2. Certified copies of academic transcripts - required in most cases but check course eligibility rules.
      3. A letter of recommendation from your employer on company letterhead - recommended for entry using work experience.
      4. Certified legal documentation - if you have changed your name e.g. a marriage certificate, deed poll name change certificate.
      5. Certified legal documentation - if you need to correct an error in your date of birth e.g. a birth certificate.
      6. English language test results - if your courses were not predominantly in English e.g. IELTS or equivalent test results.
      7. Official translations of any documents not in English.

      A "certified" copy is a copy bearing the recognised mark of a Justice of the Peace, Commission of Oaths or declarations, Public Notary or a Solicitor.

    • Create an electronic copy of your attachments:

      For each certified document, scan and save it on your computer. Save your curriculum vitae to your computer, then get ready to upload all documents in the form.

    • Do not send original documents as they will not be returned.

Practicum Placements

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.

Award Requirements

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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Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit

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

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