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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:
- 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
- apply high-level discipline knowledge, principles and concepts associated with effective teaching; demonstrate personal literacy and numeracy competencies to the required accreditation standard
- assess student learning and analyse diverse sources of data to support valid judgements of student learning
- plan and deliver effective teaching and learning experiences with demonstrated impact
- use technologies appropriately for learning and teaching
- engage in professional learning and demonstrate capacity for leadership
- engage in critical and reflective practice based on local, national and international research
- create and manage positive learning environments for all students, including those from diverse cultural backgrounds
- 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 recognised nationally as an initial pre-service teaching qualification. Initial Teacher Education courses in Australia are accredited by the relevant authority in the state or territory in which the institution providing the qualification is based.
Accordingly, the Master of Teaching (Primary Education) and Master of Teaching (Secondary Education) courses provided by Curtin University are fully accredited by the Teachers Registration Board of WA (TRBWA). This applies to the WA delivery of the courses and to the online delivery provided through Curtin's partnership with Open Universities Australia.
Graduates of these accredited courses are thus able to register as practising teachers with the registration body in their home state or territory, based on the course accreditation provided by the TRBWA.
Below is link to the list of state-based teacher registration bodies for reference.
State-based Teacher Registration Bodies (PDF, 30Kb)
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 (see Course Overview for teaching areas offered). 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 professional experience unit contains a block placement of 15 consecutive days in a different school context and the fourth professional experience has 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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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- 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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