Master of Teaching (Secondary) - 2013

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Course summary - 2013

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Masters Degree
Number of units: 16 units to complete
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The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is open to all graduates who wish to become a teacher in secondary schools or in educational settings with equivalent student cohorts. The course is informed by world-class research based teaching. It enables candidates with at least a three-year undergraduate degree to complete the equivalent of two more years of study that will allow registration as a graduate secondary 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.

Applicants must also have a range of undergraduate studies appropriate to their chosen teaching specialist area/s. Students will spend time teaching in diverse educational contexts during the course of their candidature. The course presents opportunities for students to engage in ideas and theoretical frames within education, to connect these with practice and to 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 teacher who understands and respects diverse social, cultural, religious and ethnic contexts and their effect upon professional practice
  • demonstrate a capacity to engage in research led teaching, critical inquiry and reflective practice
  • integrate theories of learning and teaching and be able to apply these as appropriate in classroom teaching, school leadership and curriculum construction
  • 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 (Secondary) 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, please contact local teacher registration authorities.

1. Academic

* Applicants must have completed a Bachelor degree or equivalent Diploma which contains academic studies which will qualify the student for two teaching specialist areas. For information on teaching specialist area prerequisites visit: www.education.monash.edu.au/units/secondary-specialisms.html

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.
  • 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 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: http://www.justice.vic.gov.au/home/working+with+children

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 the required security clearances at all times

The teaching placement is a significant part of this course and is undertaken in Years 1 and 2 of the course with the final 10 days undertaken during year 3. Students are required to satisfactorily complete a total of 60 days of teaching placement in the following units:

  • EDF5010 Professional experience 1A (10 days' placement)
  • EDF5011 Professional experience 1B (15 days' placement)
  • EDF5012 Professional experience 2A (10 days' placement)
  • EDF5013 Professional experience 2B (15 days' placement)
  • EDF5014 Professional experience 3A (10 days' placement)

Students must meet the placement requirement, in terms of both performance and number of days, to be eligible for the award and teacher registration.

Teaching placements will normally be conducted in blocks of two or three week periods throughout the course and students may be required to undertake teaching placements in rural and/or regional areas.

At least half of the placement needs to occur in an Australian setting (this applies to international students) 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 Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) requirements for supervised teaching practice. All placements must be approved by Monash University.

The Monash University Partnerships and Professional Placements Office will help students to arrange and coordinate their placements.

This is a 'lock-step' course and successful applicants must enrol in units as outlined in the study plan below:

Year 1

Full year unit - EDF5807 Theory and practice of learning and teaching
Full year unit - Teaching specialist area* study 1
Session 1 - EDF5010 Professional experience 1A (10 days' placement)
Session 2 - EDF5011 Professional experience 1B (15 days' placement) 

Year 2

Full year unit - EDF5808 Fostering student engagement in education
Full year unit - Teaching specialist area* study 2
Session 1 - EDF5012 Professional experience 2A (10 days' placement)
Session 2 - EDF5013 Professional experience 2B (15 days' placement) 

Year 3

Full year unit - EDF5014 Professional experience 3A (10 days' placement)
Session 1 - EDF5806 Policy and practice of education
Session 2 - EDF5809 Teacher as a professional

Year 4

Session 1 - Depth study 1 (Unit codes to be advised)
Session 2 - Depth study 2 (Unit codes to be advised)

* Students must complete two teaching specialist areas from the list below:

EDF4812 - Accounting education
EDF4813 - Biology education
EDF4814 - Business management education
EDF4815 - Chemistry education
EDF4817 - Economics education
EDF4819 - English education
EDF4820 - General science education
EDF4821 - Geography education
EDF4822 - Health education
EDF4823 - History education
EDF4824 - Information and communication technology education
EDF4828 - Mathematics education
EDF4829 - Media education
EDF4830 - Music education 1
EDF4831 - Music education 2 (can only be taken in conjunction with Music education 1)
EDF4832 - Outdoor education
EDF4833 - Physical education
EDF4834 - Physics education
EDF4836 - Social education
EDF4837 - Visual art and design education 1
EDF4838 - Visual art and design education 2 (can only be taken in conjunction with Visual art and design education 1)

Teaching specialist area offerings are dependent on the ability of Monash University to secure Professional experience opportunities and teaching capacity.

To be eligible for the award of Master of Teaching (Secondary), students must successfully complete:

  • four core units
  • two teaching specialist area units
  • two depth study units
  • five professional experience units
  • successful completion of teaching practice totalling 60 days being tied to relevant units.

To be eligible to exit the course with a Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary), an optional early exit award, students will need to have successfully completed:

  • four core units
  • two teaching specialist area units
  • five professional experience units
  • successful completion of teaching practice totalling 60 days being tied to relevant units.
Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Theory and Practice of Learning and Teaching (Full year unit - in 2013)
EDF5807 Monash Full Yr
Fostering student engagement in education
EDF58081 Monash Coming in 2014
Policy and practice of education
EDF5806 Monash Coming in 2015
The teacher as a professional
EDF5809 Monash Coming in 2015

1 This unit is taught over a full year.

Total number of units to complete: 5 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Professional Experience 1A
EDF5010 Monash Sem 1 - -
Professional Experience 1B
EDF5011 Monash - Sem 2 -
Professional experience 2A
EDF5012 Monash Coming in 2014
Professional experience 2B
EDF5013 Monash Coming in 2014
Professional experience 3A
EDF50141 Monash Coming in 2015

1 This unit is taught over a full year

  Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Accounting Education
EDF4812 Monash Full Yr
Biology Education
EDF4813 Monash Full Yr
Business Management Education
EDF4814 Monash Full Yr
Chemistry Education
EDF4815 Monash Full Yr
Economics Education
EDF4817 Monash Full Yr
English Education
EDF4819 Monash Full Yr
General Science Education
EDF4820 Monash Full Yr
Geography Education
EDF4821 Monash Full Yr
Health Education
EDF4822 Monash Full Yr
History Education
EDF4823 Monash Full Yr
Information And Communication Technology Education
EDF4824 Monash Full Yr
Mathematics Education
EDF4828 Monash Full Yr
Media Education
EDF4829 Monash Full Yr
Music Education 1
EDF4830 Monash Full Yr
Music Education 2
EDF4831 Monash Full Yr
Outdoor Education
EDF4832 Monash Full Yr
Physical Education
EDF4833 Monash Full Yr
Physics Education
EDF4834 Monash Full Yr
Social Education
EDF4836 Monash Full Yr
Visual Art And Design Education 1
EDF4837 Monash Full Yr
Visual Art And Design Education 2
EDF4838 Monash Full Yr

Students must complete two approved teaching specialist area units in the sequence approved by Monash University.

Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Depth study 1
EDF5XX11 Monash Coming in 2016
Depth study 2
EDF5XX21 Monash Coming in 2016

1 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