Master of Teaching (Primary) - 2013

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Course summary - 2013

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Masters Degree
Number of units: 15 units to complete
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The Master of Teaching (Primary) is open to all graduates who wish to teach in primary schools. The course is informed by world-class research-based teaching that links theory and practice. It enables candidates, with at least a three-year undergraduate degree, to complete the equivalent of two (2) more years of full-time study that will allow registration as a graduate primary teacher with a master's qualification. Through OUA, this course is offered over eight (8) lock-step sessions part-time / four (4) years part-time.

Students will spend time teaching in diverse educational contexts during the course of their enrolment and will develop deep knowledge of how primary-aged children learn, and how best to provide opportunities to develop and support such learning. The course presents opportunities for students to engage in ideas and theoretical frames within education, to connect these with practice, and reflect on the implications of such connections.

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of, and a commitment to, working as an ethical primary teacher who understands and respects diverse social, cultural, religious and ethnic contexts and can respond flexibly in meeting individual student’s needs.
  • Demonstrate a capacity to engage in research-led teaching, critical inquiry and reflective practice.
  • Integrate theories of learning and teaching and apply these as appropriate in classroom teaching, school leadership, and curriculum construction.
  • Demonstrate the ability to design, plan and evaluate teaching and learning, ensuring students’ understanding and development.
  • Utilise a range of technologies to inform and develop practice.

The Master of Teaching (Primary) has been designed to meet the requirements of the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) which will enable graduates to gain teacher registration in Victoria. Reciprocal teacher registration arrangements are available throughout all Australian States and Territories. For further information, contact local teacher registration authorities.

1. Academic
* Applicants must have completed a Bachelor degree.

2. English Language
You must provide evidence of how you fulfill 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.
  • OR 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:

  • 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.
  • OR 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.
  • OR 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 7.5, minimum component scores: Reading: 7.0 Writing: 7.0 Listening: 8.0 Speaking: 8.0; or
    TOEFL Minimum overall score 105, minimum component scores: Reading: 24 Writing: 27 Listening: 28 Speaking: 26

# 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 two (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].

Working with Children Check (WWCC)

Victorian based students
All students completing placement in an educational setting (ie school) within Victoria must apply for the WWC Check and provide evidence of this to the Partnerships and Professional Placements Office before commencing any placements. Students who fail to provide evidence that they have applied for a WWC Check will be ineligible for placement. For further information visit the Department of Justice (Victoria) website: www.justice.vic.gov.au/workingwithchildren.qs.pdf

Security clearances and checks outside of Victoria
Students completing their placement allocations outside of Victoria must ensure that they comply with the working with children legislation requirements of the State/Country in which their placement is occurring. Students must provide evidence to the Partnerships and Professional Placement Office that they have applied/met the legislation requirements of the relevant State/Country in order for placement to be confirmed.

Note: should a student’s WWC Check/relevant security clearance expire or be cancelled during their course, they will not be permitted to undertake placement. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they are meeting the required security clearances at all times.

Year 1

  • Full year unit - EDF5807 Theory and practice of learning and teaching.
  • Session 1 - EDF5711 English, literacies and policy contexts 1
  • Session 1 - EDF5071 Professional experience 1 (10 days placement)
  • Session 2 - EDF5712 English, literacies and policy contexts 2
  • Session 2 - EDF5072 Professional experience 2 (15 days placement)

Year 2

  • Full year unit - EDF5073 Professional Experience 3 (10 days placement)
  • Session 1 - EDF5703 Understanding and expressing ourselves
  • Session 2 - EDF5705 Understanding and investigating our worlds

Year 3

  • Full year unit - EDF5809 Teacher as a professional
  • Full year unit - EDF5702 Mathematics, numeracy and learner engagement
  • Session 1 - EDF5074 Professional Experience 4 (15 days placement)
  • Session 2 - EDF5075 Professional experience 5 (10 days placement)

Year 4

  • Session 1 - Depth study 1
  • Session 2 - Depth study 2

Pathway for depth study:

1. Advanced professional learning - units chosen from a selected suite of master's units.

2. Practitioner enquiry - EDF5812 Education practitioner research methods and EDF5813 Education practitioner research project.

3. Higher degree by research preparation - EDF6009 Special topic in research and EDF5613 Research project

To be eligible for the award of Master of Teaching (Primary), students must successfully complete 96 credit points which are comprised of:

  • seven core units
  • two elective units
  • five professional experience units comprising a minimum of 60 days of satisfactory supervised school experience.

Within the course students will complete:

  • Year 1: 3 core theory based units + 2 core placement units
  • Year 2: 2 core theory based units + 1 core placement unit
  • Year 3: 2 core theory based units + 2 core placement units
  • Year 4: 2 depth/elective units

Students complete the teaching placements in the first three years of the course. The final year consists of units selected from a suite of depth units which offer pathways to advanced professional learning, practitioner inquiry or progression to a higher degree by research.

Total number of units to complete: 7 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
English, Literacies and Policy Contexts 1
EDF5711 Monash Sem 1 - -
English, Literacies and Policy Contexts 2
EDF5712 Monash - Sem 2 -
Theory and Practice of Learning and Teaching (Full year unit - in 2013)
EDF5807 Monash Full Yr
Understanding And Investigating Our Worlds
EDF5705X1 Monash Coming in 2014
Understanding and expressing
EDF5703X1 Monash Coming in 2014
Teacher as a professional
EDF5809X2 Monash Coming in 2015
Mathematics, numeracy and learner engagement
EDF5702X2 Monash Coming in 2015

1 Coming in 2014
2 Full year unit

Total number of units to complete: 5 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Professional Experience 1
EDF5071 Monash Sem 1 - -
Professional Experience 2
EDF5072 Monash - Sem 2 -
Professional experience 3
EDF5073X2 Monash Coming in 2014
Professional experience 4
EDF5074X Monash Coming in 2015
Professional experience 5
EDF5075X Monash Coming in 2015

2 Full year unit

Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Depth Study 1
EDF5XX12 Monash Coming in 2016
Depth Study 2
EDF5XX22 Monash Coming in 2016

2 Unit codes to be advised

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