Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary) - 2013

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Course summary - 2013

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Diploma
Number of units: 12 units to complete
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What the degree is about

Overview

Please note: As of 2013 there will be no further intake into the Monash University Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary).

The Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary) is designed to prepare graduates from a range of disciplines to become primary school teachers.

In this course, students will acquire the skills that will allow them to effectively plan and deliver educational programs for children aged 5 -12 years. Students will gain an understanding of curriculum development and the significance of the key learning areas taught in primary schools; knowledge about child development, underlying professional practice and an understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of primary teacher education. Further, they will understand and appreciate the cultural contexts of schooling and the diversity of the student population. Finally, they will develop the capacity to be responsive to the needs of young children, their families and communities in a flexible and innovative way.

The Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary) has Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) accreditation, which enables graduates to gain teacher registration in Victoria. Reciprocal teacher registration arrangements are available throughout all Australian States and Territories. 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.

There is a practical component to this course which will require students to attend school placement throughout their studies for a minimum of 50 days:

  • EDF4315 Professional Contexts 1A 10 days
  • EDF4317 Professional Contexts 2A 15 days
  • EDF4316 Professional Contexts 1B 10 days
  • EDF4318 Professional Contexts 2B 15 days

Placements will occur concurrently with the two core units in each Session. The Monash University Placements Office will help students to arrange and coordinate their placements.

Students must meet the placement requirement, both in terms of performance and number of days, to be eligible for the award and teacher registration. At least half of the total hours of school placement needs to occur in an Australian setting 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 VIT (Victorian Institute of Teaching) requirements for supervised teaching practice.

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

  • 8 Core units
  • 4 Core Professional Placement units (one in each session)

This is a 'lock-step' course and successful applicants must enrol in 2 core units and 1 practicum placement unit per session, as outlined in the study plan provided by Monash University. Due to the practicum requirements there can be no deviation from this study pattern.

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.

Units of Study

Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Multiliteracies: Mediating the World
EDF2301 Monash Sem 1 - -
Movement, Environment and Community
EDF2303 Monash Sem 1 - -

Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Spaces of Difference
EDF1306 Monash - Sem 2 -
Re-imagining Children's Learning
EDF2302 Monash - Sem 2 -

Total number of units to complete: 3 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Numeracy
EDF3301 Monash Sem 1 - -
Integrating the Curriculum 1: Creative Exchange
EDF3303 Monash Sem 1 - -
Professional Contexts 1B
EDF43161 Monash Sem 1 - -

1 School Placement Unit

Total number of units to complete: 3 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Integrating the Curriculum 2: Different Places
EDF3304 Monash - Sem 2 -
Literacy
EDF3306 Monash - Sem 2 -
Professional Contexts 2B
EDF43181 Monash - Sem 2 -

1 School Placement Unit

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

Find out more about FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • 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