Master of Teaching (Primary)
A recognised teaching qualification in all states and territories
Become an inspiring primary school teacher. Develop your identity as an educator. Build pedagogical knowledge. Get hands-on in placements for 60 days. Start teaching in as little as two years.
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Subjects may require attendance
- 27 Jun 21
Australia’s fourth oldest university, the University of Tasmania, is highly regarded internationally for teaching and academic excellence. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees and more than 50 postgraduate programs across a range of disciplines. The university offers students a diverse range of opportunities, the chance to learn from leading experts, and excellent preparation for their future careers.
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The Master of Teaching (Primary) degree is designed according to the premise that, in order to foster learning outcomes that prepare young people for success in the 21st Century, teachers must be ethical, professional, analytic, scholarly, accountable, and reflective practitioners of evidence-based teaching. The Master of Teaching programme aims to foster in its graduates the capacity to make well-informed decisions about what constitutes professional best practice applied in complex, inclusive teaching environments, and seeks to cultivate a love of lifelong learning, and the desire to share this with students. These well-informed decisions must be synthesised into reflective teaching practice, must incorporate sound knowledge and understanding of how diverse students learn, and must entail the deployment of pedagogical content knowledge in and across all relevant subject areas.
After successfully completing the Master of Teaching (Primary) degree, graduates should have developed:
- In-depth understandings of education theory and practice related to the Primary context;
- Cognitive, creative, analytical, critical and practical skills consistent with advanced knowledge of their area of education;
- The capacity to synthesise theoretical understanding and practical skills to effectively plan, present and implement effective learning and teaching practices;
- Advanced speaking, reading, writing, listening, interpretative and advocacy skills to equip them for leadership in their area of education;
- A highly developed capacity for independent, autonomous, self-directed learning;
- Advanced understandings of the values and ethical principles that underpin education practice.
The Master of Teaching is a nationally accredited graduate teaching qualification and graduates are deemed to be qualified to teach in public and private sector schools in Australian states and territories by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership. Graduate primary school teachers are qualified to work with students from Foundation to Year 6 and are encouraged to explore a range of international teaching opportunities. As a graduate teaching qualification, the Master of Teaching may also advantage graduates seeking careers in professional learning and development in the public and private sectors.
The Master of Teaching course is a professionally accredited Initial Teacher Education program approved by the Teachers Registration Board Tasmania, and graduates may apply for teacher registration in all Australian states and territories (as well as international jurisdictions).
Successful completion of a non-teaching Bachelor degree. The degree must include the equivalent of 8 x 12.5% units, full-time study (usually comprising sequential study over three years), in one of the primary proficiency areas:
- Humanities & Social Sciences
- The Arts
- Health & Physical Education
English Proficiency Requirements
In addition to the entry requirements listed above, international students who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided.
The Master of Teaching requires an (IELTS) average of 7.5 with no band lower than 7.0 and Listening and Speaking at 8.0.
All applicants are required to provide a non-academic personal statement which is used to assist in the selection of students into all Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses at the University of Tasmania.
This statement is submitted through the Non-Academic Capability Assessment Tool (NACAT) after you have completed your application and is used in conjunction with your ATAR score (or equivalent alternative entry.) All applicants must satisfactorily complete the NACAT before they will be provided with an offer into the course.
Instructions on submitting your statement and completing the NACAT are provided during the application process.
Prior to undertaking their final Professional Experience placement, Master of Teaching students are required to complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teaching Education (LANTITE).
Professional Experience is compulsory requirement of the Master of Teaching Degree. It is a registration requirement that you successfully complete a minimum of 60 days of placement. The structure of Professional Experience in the Master of Teaching Degree is:
- Professional Experience 1 (PE1) 15 days
- Professional Experience 2 (PE2) 10 days
- Professional Experience 3 (PE3) 25 days
Professional Experience must be undertaken during the scheduled time and must be undertaken in a full-time block placement. For more information about Professional Experience units and how to structure your enrolment correctly to ensure that you are eligible for your placements, please see the UTAS Master of Teaching FAQ Page.
Credit for this course may be given for prior studies. More information is available here.
The Master of Teaching is a pre-service teaching degree that will give you the skills and knowledge to teach in a primary school setting. The degree is designed to build upon tertiary qualifications and experience, enabling students to complete a teaching qualification in as little as eighteen months. This course is accredited through the Tasmanian Teachers Registration Board, and is recognised in all Australian states and territories.
You will be required to undertake a number of Professional Experience placements totalling 60 days. This will give you the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical skills that you have learnt in a safe and supportive environment.
Recommended Study Pattern
This degree can be completed as a two year full-time degree or the equivalent part-time. The recommended full-time study pattern is:
Year 1: Semester 1:
- EMT502: Foundations of Teaching
- EMT504: Human Development and Learning
- EMT511: Foundations of Primary English
- EMT521: Teaching Primary Mathematics 1
- EMT500: Professional Experience 1 (non credit unit)
Year 1: Semester 2:
- EMT507: Planning for Positive Behaviour
- EMT508: Teacher as Planner Assessor & Reporter
- EMT592: Primary Science & Technology Education
- EMT593: Primary Humanities and Social Sciences Education
- EMT501: Professional Experience 2 (non credit unit)
Year 2, Semester 1:
- EMT602: Ethics, Education and Professional Practice
- EMT603: Inclusive Practices in Education Settings
- EMT611: Primary English Curriculum and Pedagogy
- EMT620: Teaching Primary Mathematics 2
- EMT600: Professional Experience 3 (non credit unit)
Year 2, Semester 2:
- EMT607: Preparing for the Profession*
- EMT608: Digital Technologies*
- EMT609: Languages and Culture*
- EMT691 Cultural Awareness: The Non-indigenous and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interface*
- EMT694 Introduction to Arts Education
- EMT695 Personal Development & HPE
* Indicates a half-unit.
Students are enrolled in professional experience units for administration purposes only and these units do not have credit points allocated.
14 full units and 4 half units, equivalent to 16 study units, plus 4 practicum placements.
You can apply direct through Open Universities Australia.
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