Master of Teaching (Primary)
The Master of Teaching (Primary) is a two-year degree course designed for applicants with an appropriate undergraduate degree and who wish to become teachers in a primary school. It provides a pre-service education for beginning teachers. Graduates are eligible for employment in both government and non-government schools. The degree requires domestic and international candidates to analyse their context and to address many socio-cultural issues that will stimulate positive interaction and dialogue between the university and the professional field.
Further, the Master of Teaching (Primary) course provides the opportunity for two-year pre-service postgraduate study at an appropriate level of academic rigour. The course consists of studies in education and specific curriculum studies covering all teaching areas of primary schools. The course is concerned with the improvement of Professional Experience by the application of advanced knowledge and research findings to the problems, issues and challenges that face education professionals. The course aims to prepare professionals who are reflective, independent and flexible thinkers who are open to new ideas, and who will be capable of applying their knowledge and skills to improve curriculum offerings and advance the level of education in that community.
In addition, with the inclusion of a strong cohort of international students, the curriculum will be enhanced by international perspectives.
The course facilitates within a Christian tradition, the development of reflective educated, culturally aware and responsive individuals, able to function effectively as beginning teachers in a variety of settings and committed to their continuing professional and ethical development. Participants will analyse the challenges and changing demands of education in the context of justice and equity informed by a Christian ethos. The course will enable participants to become informed professionals who have read and analysed research and considered the implications and applications.
At the completion of the courses, graduates will have an overview knowledge of education and the expectations of employers, in particular Catholic employing authorities; the qualities and skills required to undertake professional responsibilities and leadership roles; and an informed commitment to professional values and ethics.
An approved bachelor degree or equivalent diploma, containing the prerequisite studies to meet the eligibility requirements for the selected teaching method(s). Applicants who do not have a pass in English (any) in Australia, may fulfil the English requirement with an IELTS (Academic) Test score of 7.0, with no less than 7.0 in any individual band.
Students must complete professional experience units during which time they are required to be available full-time.
Students accepting a place in this course are required to participate in a number of professional placements throughout their program. In order to participate in professional experience it is the responsibility of each student to ensure that they are able to successfully complete the child protection screening required in their state. Students, who are not cleared for working with children and therefore not be able to be placed in a compulsory professional placement, will not be able to complete their course.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 7.0, including an individual score of 6.0 for all tests; or
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 600 and TWE rating of 5.0; or a computer-based score of 250 with a minimum essay rating of 5.0; or an internet-based total of 100 with a minimum writing score of 25.
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