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Degree structure

Degree details

At the completion of this degree students will be able to:

  1. 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
  2. apply high-level discipline knowledge, principles and concepts associated with effective teaching; demonstrate personal literacy and numeracy competencies to the required accreditation standard
  3. assess student learning and analyse diverse sources of data to support valid judgements of student learning
  4. plan and deliver effective teaching and learning experiences with demonstrated impact
  5. use technologies appropriately for learning and teaching
  6. engage in professional learning and demonstrate capacity for leadership
  7. engage in critical and reflective practice based on local, national and international research
  8. create and manage positive learning environments for all students, including those from diverse cultural backgrounds
  9. communicate professionally and engage collaboratively with colleagues, parent/carers, and the community.

Graduates of this degree will have the skills, knowledge and experience required to teach in secondary schools. Additional careers include education administrator or policy development officer.

Professional recognition

This degree is recognised nationally as an initial pre-service teaching qualification. Initial Teacher Education degrees 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 (Secondary Education) degree provided by Curtin University is fully accredited by the Teacher Registration Board of WA (TRBWA). This applies to the WA delivery of the degree and to the online delivery provided through Curtin's partnership with Open Universities Australia. Graduates of this accredited degree are thus able to register as practising teachers with the registration body in their home state or territory, based on the degree 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)

Higher education

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 teaching areas offered at Curtin (see Degree 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 subjects, with no more than two at first-year level and no fewer than two subjects at third-year level. Applicants wishing to qualify with a minor teaching area must also have equivalent to a total of half a year of successful EFTSL, comprising of sequential discipline study. This equates to four subjects, with no more than two at first-year level. Applicants may be eligible for entry based on previous studies in a major teaching area only.

Non-academic entrance requirements:

Teacher Capability Assessment Tool (TCAT)

All institutions in Australia that provide accredited Initial Teacher Education degrees are required to administer a mechanism which assesses candidates' inherent suitability for teaching. The tool that Curtin University has selected to fulfil this requirement is the Teacher Capability Assessment Tool (TCAT). The TCAT is a web-based assessment tool and further information can be found at the following link: https://tcat.edu.au/. Please check your Curtin student email address for the notification from TCAT with the link to enable you to register for this online assessment. You are required to undertake the TCAT as soon as possible in your degree and please be aware that you will not be able to enrol in the subject Professional Experience 3 unless your TCAT result has been recorded.

Work and Life

Professional work experience:

Entry to this degree will not be possible through Professional Experience only: this is consistent with current practice for degrees in the School of Education.

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all degrees are taught in English. If your education degrees 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.

Applicants for a Graduate Certificate are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/. Applicants generally require a Bachelor Degree or equivalent credit gained for recognised learning.

*** Please Note: If any academic or legal document is not in English, you must provide a colour scan of the non-English documents, including a colour scan of the official English translations of these documents. This is for comparison purposes. ***

Special requirements

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 degree, 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.

Practicum placement

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 subjects throughout the degree.

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 degree 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 degree includes two professional experience subjects that require school placements of 10 consecutive days and 15 consecutive days respectively. These two subjects are undertaken in the same calendar year in the same school. The third professional experience subject 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 degree. Students will complete the majority of their professional experience in their major teaching area. Students who are also offered a minor teaching area will be also be required to complete some of their professional experience in this 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 subject handbooks must contact hum-ed-ouaprac@curtin.edu.au prior to enrolling in the subject.

The final placement of 25 consecutive days is part of the final subject in the degree and cannot be undertaken until all other subjects and theoretical components have been successfully completed. Clearance will be given to commence the final professional experience placement pending results of final subjects.

To view the Professional Experience Calendar, please see below:

Master of Teaching (Secondary Education) Professional Experience Calendar 2019 (PDF, 51Kb)

Please note: Credit is rarely given on the basis of professional experience only in Initial Teacher Education degrees as graduates must meet registration requirements set by the accrediting bodies in each state/territory.

Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) is assessed on individual merit and is awarded for different types of learning, for example, studies you have previously completed or for relevant work experience.

Students must be admitted in an award degree of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all required supporting documentation for a formal assessment.

To apply for CRL, please visit the Curtin University website: https://study.curtin.edu.au/credit/

It is important to note accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For further information see the scanned documents and certification requirements and guidelines.

More information about the policies and procedures related to CRL assessment and appealing a CRL assessment outcome can be found in the Credit for Recognised Learning manual (PDF).

If you have any questions, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au

This degree 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 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 degree will be well-placed to enter leadership pathways in their teaching careers. Most subjects in this degree 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 degree will specialise in either one or two Secondary school curriculum areas, depending on their previous study, and will be qualified to teach in those 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).

Recommended Study Pattern

Students should check for prerequisites before enrolling in any subjects. Each of the Professional Experience subjects must be completed in order and there are pre-requisites for these subjects. For example, Professional Experience 1 and 2 are both pre-requisites for Professional Experience 3.

The standard full-time study load is two subjects per study period.

Study plans can be provided which will enable you to complete your degree in 2 years. Your progression through the degree may be affected if you do not successfully complete subjects in accordance with the study plan that is recommended for your teaching area/s and for the period in which you commence your enrolment.

Please contact the School of Education on Education.Teaching.Support@curtin.edu.au to get a copy of your recommended study plan.

Award Requirements

To qualify for the Master of Teaching (Secondary Education), students must successfully complete all core subjects. There are 16 subjects comprised of:

  • coursework subjects
  • subjects requiring professional experience block placements in school settings, including a final placement of 25 consecutive days

LANTITE Completion Requirement

Students are also required to provide evidence of successful completion of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students (LANTITE) prior to graduation. 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 subjects in the degree and the LANTITE prior to enrolling in the final professional experience subject.

2018 Changes

This degree has undergone a major change. Two optional streams have been added including a new optional subject, MTC500 Diverse Abilities and Curriculum Differentiation. There is no change on the core subjects and award requirements.