Master of Science (Science and Mathematics Education) - 2016

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Course summary - 2016

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Masters Degree
Number of units: 8 units to complete

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The Master of Science (Science and Mathematics Education) provides experienced teachers and educators with a practical toolkit for professional development. The course includes both small scale research projects and coursework units covering effective use of ICT in schools and classroom learning environments, pedagogical issues related to the use of computers, the impact on the teacher's role and the use of multimedia and the Internet in the classroom.

This course takes a highly practical and hands-on approach to developing research skills, and is designed to encourage students to identify questions for further investigation. Students will explore a range of research methodologies and methods used to investigate educational settings as well as ethics and the role for the educational researcher.

There are no compulsory on-campus attendance requirements in any Master of Science (Science and Mathematics Education) units offered through Open Universities Australia.

Please note that the Master of Science degree does not provide a teaching qualification (there is no practicum) and therefore does not enable a person to qualify as a teacher. Work and assessment in units is designed so that students can relate the work to their own teaching or other educational work such as that in museums. The degree is suitable for both primary and secondary teachers as well as those at the post-secondary level.

On completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. apply knowledge and understanding of science and mathematics education research to improve their professional practice
  2. think critically, creatively and reflectively to identify and generate solutions to issues in science and mathematics education
  3. access, snythesise and critically evaluate data from a range of sources related to science and mathematics education
  4. use appropriate written, visual and oral communication skills in interactions with others in a professional setting
  5. select, access and use appropriate technologies to improve science and mathematics education
  6. sustain intellectual curosity and take responsibility for ongoing professional learning and personal development
  7. recognise and appreciate the contribution of the global community to advances in science and mathematics education
  8. demonstrate respect for individual human rights and cultural diversity
  9. work independently and collaboratively with colleagues and demonstrate leadership and guidance in professional practice.

The Master of Science (Science and Mathematics Education) provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their professional and personal development to meet their teacher registration requirements or to gain employment seniority in their educational setting. Graduates of this course may apply to continue their studies at a doctoral level.

Below is link to the list of state-based teacher registration bodies for reference.

State-based Teacher Registration Bodies (PDF, 30Kb)

Applicants require a four year University qualification and recognised teaching experience for entry into this course. International applicants must have completed a four year degree and teaching experience.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all courses are taught in English. If your education courses were not solely in English, as per the International Handbook of Universities or the World Higher Education database, please attach a scanned original copy of English Proficiency Test results. Admission requires an overall IELTS (or equivalent test) score of at least 6.5 and competence in all test components (IELTS score of 6.0).

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at

It is highly recommended that students enrol in SMEC627 Science and Mathematics Education Research Methods as their first unit. Full-time students can choose to enrol in SMEC625 Science and Mathematics Education Multimedia as a second unit.

To qualify for the award of Master of Science (Science and Mathematics Education) students must complete eight units.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Science and Mathematics Education Research Methods
SMEC627 Curtin Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Science and Mathematics Education Multimedia
SMEC625 Curtin - Sess 2 -
Science and Mathematics Education Classroom Climate
SMEC622 Curtin Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Science and Mathematics Teaching and Learning
SMEC611 Curtin Sess 1 - -
Science and Mathematics Education Evaluation Issues
SMEC624 Curtin - Sess 2 -
Science and Mathematics Education Curricula
SMEC612 Curtin - Sess 2 -
Science and Mathematics Education Project A
SMEC691 Curtin Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Science and Mathematics Education Project B
SMEC692 Curtin Sess 1 Sess 2 -

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at

Students must be admitted in an award course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from to along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit

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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
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • 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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You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
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  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001

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