Discover the new Master of Teaching by Curtin University
Have you ever thought about teaching? Was there something about it that appealed to you, but you weren’t sure how to go about changing career direction? The new Masters of Teaching by Curtin University could be for you.
Teaching is a vital profession that promises a compelling, varied, ‘never boring’ career. You have the potential to positively change people’s lives, wherever you choose to specialise.
Dr Rebecca Walker is the course convenor responsible for this brand new program, and perhaps describes it best.
“Teaching is a really exciting career,” says Rebecca. “No day looks the same. You can balance working inside and outdoors, and each day is different – that makes it exciting.”
Are you teacher material?
If you love learning and count empathy as one of your greatest strengths, teaching could be for you. But how can you truly tell if you’re cut out to be a teacher?
One simple way to find out is to ask yourself these questions:
- Do you enjoy talking to and meeting new people?
- Have you ever enjoyed coaching a sports team, drama, dance or music group?
- Do others naturally gravitate toward you for help? Do you have the patience to make sure they fully understand?
- Do you enjoy sharing what you know, and get excited when you see someone have an ‘aha’ moment?
If you answered yes to one or many of these, then teaching could be for you.
As a teacher, you get to be a part of your students’ growth and success. The enjoyment of seeing someone else gain knowledge and be successful is at the heart of being a great teacher.
Other typical traits include being organised, being able to manage your time well, and to be able to follow specific instructions, such as curriculum guidelines. A passion for education, life-long learning and resilience can also help.
When you start out as a brand new teacher-in-training, don’t worry – you don’t need to have all these skills and attributes on your first morning. No-one starts their degree fully formed. See your study as a process; something to progress through and become profession-ready by graduation.
Discover the teaching rock stars at Curtin
Curtin University is fortunate to have world-renowned teaching academics who love what they do.
Dr Rebecca Walker is one. She’s the person responsible for coordinating the new Masters of Teaching course. She also manages the accreditation process and teaches.
“I truly believe education has the capacity to change people’s lives for the better,” Rebecca says. “I believe that because that is what I experienced.”
Rebecca was the first in her family to finish year twelve, the first to attend university and she was the first in her family to achieve a professional career.
“Education has given me an opportunity to change my lifestyle and the way I live,” she says. “I hope other people get that chance.”
Like many of her peers, Rebecca is dedicated to finding better ways to teach, and opportunities to develop the brightest and best teachers.
You’ll likely also meet Associate Professor Susan Blackley who is an expert in building teacher resilience. Susan recently collaborated on a set of modules to develop resilience in teachers and pre-service teachers. She’s also helping to combat the decline in female STEM students.
“We’re rocking STEM education at the moment. We’re using maker space, and we’re using lego robotics, and we’re going out to schools and working with year 5 girls and getting them to make amazing things” she says.
“We have very low rates of not just females, but males as well, going into the top level maths and science subjects in high school, which means they also don’t have the qualifications to go through to tertiary. It’s all about building the brain generation in Australia.”
About the course
You can study primary (years one to six) or secondary (years seven to 12) education through the Master of Teaching.
If you choose to specialise in Primary school education you will study all curriculum areas. If you choose Secondary school studies, you’ll be required to choose at least one major teaching area, including:
- Humanities and social science
Additional areas of learning include created technologies, which looks at important technical skills such as programming, and how teaching professionals can use the latest technology to enhance their teaching.
The Masters has a strong commitment to diversity. You’ll discover how best to cater to the wide range of student populations here in Australia, and embed the right curriculum to meet their needs.
What’s exciting about the Masters is you have four opportunities to work in a school during the degree. During these practicums, you’ll develop the practical classroom skills that accompany the theoretical knowledge studied throughout your university degree.
Practicums run for 10 day, 15 or 25 days at a time, giving you a strong connection between theory and practice. By studying this course through OUA and Curtin, you will have more professional experience days than required for accreditation – a fact we’re proud of.
What it’s like to study the Master of Teaching online
The best part about studying online? Flexibility.
Study anywhere, whenever it suits you. Fixed requirements are limited to elements such as starting dates, assessment due dates or exams. You’ll decide when and where you attend your online lectures or seminars, when you’ll collaborate online and how your study time fits around your lifestyle.
Curtin University aren’t new to online study – in fact they’ve done it for quite a while. Curtin takes great care in ensuring that the quality of your study experience online is equal to that on campus. Take for example Curtin’s Collaborate sessions, which are online virtual classrooms. You can watch tutorials and chat to students and tutors in real-time, or catch up on the action at a later date. If you ever run into trouble there’s a dedicated hotline just for online students to get support.
So what are you waiting for? Applications close January 27.
For help or advice, speak to a Student Advisor by calling 13 OPEN or leave an online enquiry.