Master of Teaching (Secondary Education) - 2017

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Course summary - 2017

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Masters Degree
Number of units: 16 units to complete
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This course is designed for people seeking to attain an Initial Teacher Education qualification in order to register as a teacher in Australia and any other countries that recognise an Australian teaching qualification. Students in this course will hold a degree in another discipline that contains some content relevant to the major chosen. Students will develop advanced critical skills, knowledge and understanding concerning best practice in education and in meeting the needs of 21st century learners. Graduates from this course will be well-placed to enter leadership pathways in their teaching careers. Most units in this course will be offered fully online, in order to provide more flexible access. Students will have four opportunities to engage in professional practice in schools, culminating in a final professional placement of 5 continuous weeks.

The Master of Teaching (Secondary Education) will be chosen by those who wish to teach in Secondary schools in Years 7 - 12. Students in this course will specialise in two Secondary school curriculum areas, depending on their previous study, and will be qualified to teach in one major teaching area (to Year 12) and one minor teaching area (to Year 10) subject areas of the Secondary curriculum. Curriculum areas offered in the Master of Teaching (Secondary Education) are: English, The Arts, Mathematics, Science and Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS).

At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. draw from theory and research to apply knowledge of the needs of students from diverse backgrounds and across the full range of abilities to enhance learning
  2. apply high-level discipline knowledge, principles and concepts associated with effective teaching; demonstrate personal literacy and numeracy competencies to the required accreditation standard
  3. assess student learning and analyse diverse sources of data to support valid judgements of student learning
  4. plan and deliver effective teaching and learning experiences with demonstrated impact
  5. use technologies appropriately for learning and teaching
  6. engage in professional learning and demonstrate capacity for leadership
  7. engage in critical and reflective practice based on local, national and international research
  8. create and manage positive learning environments for all students, including those from diverse cultural backgrounds
  9. communicate professionally and engage collaboratively with colleagues, parent/carers, and the community.

Graduates of this course will have the skills, knowledge and experience required to teach in secondary schools. Additional careers include education administrator or policy development officer.

This course is currently undergoing national accreditation and it is expected that this will be finalised early in 2017.

Academic entrance requirements:

To be eligible for entry into the Master of Teaching (Secondary Education) applicants need to have completed a Bachelor degree or its equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution with studies relevant to the major/minor teaching areas offered at Curtin. Specifically, a major teaching area equivalent to a total of three-quarters of a year of successful EFTSL, comprising of sequential discipline study. This equates to six units, with no more than two at first-year level and no fewer than two units at third-year level. A minor teaching area equivalent to a total of half a year of successful EFTSL, comprising of sequential discipline study. This equates to four units, with no more than two at first-year level.

Non-academic entrance requirements:

Applicants will also be required to engage in testing of non-academic attributes in order to assess their suitability to teaching. Students will be responsible for meeting any costs associated with this assessment process.

Professional work experience:

Entry to this course will not be possible through Professional Experience only: this is consistent with current practice for courses in the School of Education.

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 International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) (or equivalent test) score of 7.5, with no score below 7 in any of the four skill areas and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening.

Working with Children Clearances and Certifications

A current Working with Children clearance (as required in the state or country of residence) is compulsory.

Due to the specialist nature of the teaching profession, and the professional experience placements within this course, all successful applicants will be required to have a current Working with Children Check and any other relevant State requirements before engaging in any practicum placement. If students have any doubt about their eligibility to acquire these clearances they should contact the local Teacher Registration Authority.

Professional Experience Placements

All placements must be in a registered school and where the language of instruction is Australian Standard English. All students are required to successfully complete compulsory professional experience placements in schools as part of designated units throughout the course.

Placements are undertaken on a full-time basis for the number of days shown in a continuous block and students need to plan carefully to ensure they are able to meet this commitment. The total number of days of professional experience in the course will satisfy all states' requirements for teacher registration. No more than 25% of professional experience days may be undertaken in schools outside Australia. Therefore, students will only be able to complete one 3 week placement outside Australia and will be required to complete all other placements within Australia.

None of the four professional experience placements can be broken or split into shorter periods.

Note: The first year of the course includes two professional experience units that require school placements of 10 consecutive days and 15 consecutive days respectively. These two units are undertaken in the same calendar year in the same school. The third year professional experience unit contains a block placement of 15 consecutive days in a different school context and the fourth year has a 25 consecutive days in a third school.

Students must be able to complete placements in more than one school over the duration of the course. Students will complete the majority of their professional experience in their major teaching area. Students will be also be required to complete some of their professional experience in their minor teaching area. Specific requirements for professional experience will be outlined in the Professional Experience Handbook.

In those circumstances where the student is having difficulty securing a placement , Curtin University staff will assist and will seek input from the student to identify possibilities before making direct contact with the school. Students having difficulty should contact Curtin in sufficient time to ensure that they are not disadvantaged due to their personal inability to identify a site for professional experience.

Further information about the professional experience placement requirements will be provided to students who have been admitted to the degree. Students who may seek to vary any of the stated conditions and requirements in the various professional experience unit handbooks must contact the relevant Unit Co-ordinator prior to enrolling in the unit.

The final placement of 25 consecutive days is part of the final unit in the degree and cannot be undertaken until all other units and theoretical components have been successfully completed. Clearance will be given to commence the final professional experience placement pending results of final units.

Students should check for prerequisites before enrolling in any units. Each of the Professional Experience units must be completed in order and there are pre-requisites for these units. For example, Professional Experience 1 and 2 are both pre-requisites for Professional Experience 3.

The standard full-time study load is two units per study period.

To qualify for the Master of Teaching (Secondary Education), students must successfully complete all core units. There are 16 units comprised of:

  • coursework units
  • units requiring professional experience block placements in school settings, including a final placement of 25 consecutive days

Students are also required to provide evidence of successful completion of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students (LANTITE). The test is managed by ACER and details of the test (for example, sample questions, the Test Window dates, and registration) can be found at: https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/. Students are responsible for meeting the costs associated with taking these tests, which are a national requirement applicable to all teaching graduates.

Students must successfully complete all required units in the degree and the LANTITE prior to enrolling in the final professional experience unit.

Total number of units to complete: 12 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Theories of Development and Learning
MTPS500 Curtin SP1 - - SP4
Teaching in the Secondary School
MTS500 Curtin SP1 - - -
Literacy and Numeracy across the Curriculum
MTS501 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
 
Secondary Professional Experience 1: Planning
MTS502 Curtin - SP2 - -
Managing the Learning Environment
MTS503 Curtin - - SP3 -
 
Secondary Professional Experience 2: Assessment and Reporting
MTS504 Curtin - - - SP4
Pedagogies for Diversity
MTPS501 Curtin - - SP3 -
Schooling and Australian Society
MTPS502 Curtin Coming in 2018
Professional Practice 3: Using Data to Inform Teaching and Learning
MTPS503 Curtin Coming in 2018
Research-Based Inquiry to Enhance Practice
MTS505 Curtin Coming in 2018
Creative Technologies
MTPS504 Curtin - - SP3 -
Professional Practice 4: Transition into the Profession
MTPS505 Curtin Coming in 2018
Complete 2 units from the following 5 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
 
Curriculum and Instruction Upper Secondary: The Arts
MTS511 Curtin - - - SP4
Curriculum and Instruction Upper Secondary: English
MTS512 Curtin - - - SP4
Curriculum and Instruction Upper Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences
MTS513 Curtin - - - SP4
Curriculum and Instruction Upper Secondary: Mathematics
MTS514 Curtin - - - SP4
 
Curriculum and Instruction Upper Secondary: Science
MTS515 Curtin - - - SP4

Choose 1 major and 1 minor subject area (eg Mathematics and Science) and students must complete the 2 Lower Secondary and the 2 Upper Secondary units to match. For example: Lower Secondary Maths; Lower Secondary Science; Upper Secondary Maths; Upper Secondary Science.

Complete 2 units from the following 5 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
 
Curriculum and Instruction Lower Secondary: The Arts
MTS506 Curtin - - SP3 -
 
Curriculum and Instruction Lower Secondary: English
MTS507 Curtin - - SP3 -
 
Curriculum and Instruction Lower Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences
MTS508 Curtin - - SP3 -
 
Curriculum and Instruction Lower Secondary: Mathematics
MTS509 Curtin - - SP3 -
 
Curriculum and Instruction Lower Secondary: Science
MTS510 Curtin - - SP3 -

Choose 1 major and 1 minor subject area (eg Mathematics and Science) and students must complete the 2 Lower Secondary and the 2 Upper Secondary units to match. For example: Lower Secondary Maths; Lower Secondary Science; Upper Secondary Maths; Upper Secondary Science.

Please note: Credit is rarely given on the basis of professional experience only in Initial Teacher Education courses as graduates must meet registration requirements set by the accrediting bodies in each state/territory.

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at http://policies.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/policy/Credit_for_Recognised_Learning_Manual.pdf.

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 http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration/documents/Application_for_CRL.pdf to opencurtin@curtin.edu.au 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 http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/scanned-documents.cfm.

For further information, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au.

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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  • 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
Australia

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