CC45 - Master of Teaching (Primary)

Overview

Course Overview

The Master of Teaching (Primary) course is an initial teacher education course that will prepare you to demonstrate the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage) with evidence and qualify you for professional registration with the Queensland College of Teachers, the administering body in Queensland.

The Master of Teaching (Primary) will enable you to teach across the Australian Curriculum. Within Accreditation requirements, the required Australian Curriculum to be covered includes:

  • Science
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (Including Geography (Foundation – Year 6), History (Foundation - Year 6), Civics and Citizenship (Year 3 Year 6), and Business and Economics (Year 5 – Year 6) )
  • Technologies
  • The Arts
  • Health and Physical Education

In addition to building the professional knowledge and skills required to teach, the course is designed to foster dispositions for engaging in and contributing to the teaching profession through a commitment to ongoing professional learning.

The Master of Teaching (Primary) includes a “Knowledge Specialisation”. This specialisation is based on the student’s entrance level degree (bachelor course) and already existent knowledge base. Entrants to the Master of Teaching (Primary) come to the course with a rich knowledge base from previous study and work and life experience. Many entrants are second (or third or fourth) career teachers who are undertaking a career change into primary school teaching. These entrants bring a set of rich expert knowledges within curriculum learning areas based on their completed course they use to gain entry to this graduate-entry pathway.

The course is structured to include work-integrated learning in each term of study.

The design of this course utilises CQUniversity’s 3 Term structure, therefore a 2 year volume of learning Master course can be completed in 1.5 years. A part-time pathway is also available and is to be completed as a minimum of two units per term as per the part-time course structure provided.

To be eligible for teacher registration, students in this course are required to undertake and pass the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Educators (ITE) prior to graduation.

Career Information

The Master of Teaching (Primary) is an initial postgraduate pre-service teacher education program for those who aim to pursue a career as a primary school teacher. Graduates are qualified to teach from Foundation (Preparatory) to Year 6.

Graduates of the program can apply for provisional registration as a teacher and are qualified to teach in State, Catholic and Independent schools throughout Australia.

The program is also recognised as a teaching qualification for employment in educational settings internationally, however additional requirements may apply in some locations.

Graduates of this program have developed significant skills that enhance employment opportunities in other sectors. In combination with work experience and personal qualities, graduates may pursue employment in a variety of career paths including:

  • government departments (e.g. family services, education and health)
  • education administration
  • community development roles
  • workplace training developers

Course Details
Duration 1.5 years full-time or 3.5 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 96
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Postgraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) MTeach (Primary)
AQF Level Level 9: Masters Degree (Coursework)

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
CRICOS Codes
  • ROK - 084508K
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 1 - 2019

Online

Term 1 - 2018

Distance

Term 1 - 2017

Distance

Term 1 - 2016

Distance

Term 1 - 2015

Only the Primary major in this program is available in 2015.
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International Availability

Term 1 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2018

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2017

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2016

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2015

Only the Primary major in this program is available in 2015.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.
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What do I need to start?
Entry Requirements

There are three key components to gain successful entry to the Master of Teaching (Primary) as outlined below:

Academic Requirements (Pre-requisite Qualification)

To be eligible for entry into the Master of Teaching (Primary) course all applicants must have completed a 3 year non-education Bachelor degree or equivalent from a university or college.

Applicants must have successfully completed at least 8 units of discipline studies (at least one year of full-time-equivalent study) relevant to one or more learning areas of the primary school curriculum.

The learning areas are:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • The Arts
  • Civics and Citizenship
  • Economics and Business
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Technologies
  • Applicants with degrees completed overseas must provide evidence to support that their qualifications are equivalent to an Australian 3 year Bachelor degree.

Applicants who cannot demonstrate they have completed a Bachelor degree will be refused entry to the course.

The GPA within the Bachelor degree must be at least 4.0.

Please note: Applicants with undergraduate degrees that were obtained ten or more years ago will need to supply certified evidence of current relevant professional work experience in the area of their speciality eg. letters from employers. This experience must link to their previous undergraduate study.

Non-Academic Requirements (Key Capabilities)

All applicants must provide a mandatory written statement in support of your non-academic capabilities, demonstrating you hold the key attributes and motivations to become an effective teacher, as outlined by AITSL (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership).

In your written statement you will need to provide details on:

    · Why you are interested in becoming a teacher,

    · Why you believe teaching is a great career choice,

    · Your involvement in personal learning and leadership activities,

    · Your participation in community or volunteering activities that promote learning.

Further information on what is specifically required will be provided during the application process.

English Language Proficiency for Teacher Registration

The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) has set the assessment criteria for English language proficiency for teacher registration requirements in Australian states and territories.

In addition to the academic entry requirements listed, international applicants to this course are required to have an acceptable level of competency in writing, reading, speaking and understanding English.

For entry to this course, applicants will be required to have an IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) that shows an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing – with no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening.

The date of the assessment must be no more than 2 years prior to the time of application.

English language proficiency assessment is not required where the full four years of required higher education study (or qualifications assessed as comparable) have been undertaken in English in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada and the Republic of Ireland. (These are the countries accepted under Australian migration policy as not requiring English language proficiency assessment.)

For further information please refer to the AITSL website:

http://www.aitsl.edu.au/registration/nationally-consistent-registration-of-teachers/elements-of-nationally-consistent-registration-of-teachers/english-language-proficiency

NOTE: This course can only be studied within Australia.

Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

N/A

Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards CC34 - Graduate Diploma of Teaching
Professional Accreditation

Graduates are eligible to apply for provisional registration as a teacher upon completion of the course.


Learned Society Accreditiation

Nil

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

EDFE20034 - 15 day placement in a primary school under the mentorship of a supervising teacher consisting of: 5 contextual day visits followed by a 10 day (2 week) continuous block placement.
EDFE20035 - 15 day placement in a primary school under the mentorship of a supervising teacher consisting of: 5 contextual day visits followed by a 10 day (2 week) continuous block placement.
EDFE20036 - 21 day placement in a primary school under the mentorship of a supervising teacher consisting of: 1 day visit (orientation to the school site) followed by a 20 day (4 week) continuous block placement.
EDFE20037 - 25 day placement in a primary school under the mentorship of a supervising teacher consisting of: 5 day visits followed by a 20 day (4 week) continuous block placement. The block placement culminates in the completion of the Final Professional Experience Recommendation form through measuring the standard that has been achieved by the pre-service teacher through comparing it against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage).

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2018 97
2017 105
2016 90
2015 39
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Design, implement and evaluate effective, engaging and contemporary teaching strategies and resources for a range of learners using appropriate discipline specific content knowledge for primary school learning environments
  • 2. Generate and evaluate learning sequences that align the needs of learners, curriculum, teaching and learning strategies, assessment and reporting requirements that comply with the requirements of relevant legislative and regulatory bodies and policy frameworks for primary shool learning environments
  • 3. Justify and interpret theories to effectively manage inclusive, safe, ethical and supportive primary school learning environments for groups and individuals that value diversity, encourage student participation and promote engagement
  • 4. Communicate and engage professionally and ethically with learners, colleagues, parents/carers and the community to support the interests of and improve outcomes for primary school learners
  • 5. Synthesise and apply theoretical understanding and practical research skills to make decisions in response to assessment data and diverse learning, cultural and/or social needs and contexts to improve learning for primary school learners
  • 6. Critically analyse and reflect upon the scholarship of teaching and learning to improve personal practice, identify personal learning needs and future professional development
  • 7. Comply through personal autonomy and accountability with relevant policy frameworks, legislative requirements and regulatory bodies appropriate for teaching in primary school learning environments
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
10 APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice
2. KNOWLEDGE Have an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning
3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship
4. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
5. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
6. SKILLS Have communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
7. SKILLS Have technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use high level personal autonomy and accountability
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 16 Total credit points: 96


Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
EDCU20036 Literacy Learning
EDCU20037 Numeracy Learning
EDCU20038 Teaching Science
EDFE20034 Professional Praxis 1: Learning, Teaching and Planning
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
EDFE20035 Professional Praxis 2: Supportive Learning Environments
EDED20493 Diversity and Inclusion
EDCU20039 Teaching English
EDCU20040 Teaching Mathematics
Year 1 - Term 3
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
EDED20494 Indigenous Learners and Learning
EDFE20036 Professional Praxis 3: Enacting Learning and Teaching
EDED20495 Special Needs
EDCU20043 Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
EDED20496 Teacher as Researcher: Using Student Data to Improve Educational Outcomes
EDFE20037 Professional Praxis 4: Transition to Teaching
EDCU20042 Teaching Technologies and The Arts
EDCU20041 Teaching Health, Wellbeing and Physical Activity

Part-Time Study Plan

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
EDCU20036 Literacy Learning
EDCU20037 Numeracy Learning
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
EDCU20039 Teaching English
EDCU20040 Teaching Mathematics
Year 1 - Term 3
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
EDED20494 Indigenous Learners and Learning
EDCU20043 Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
EDCU20038 Teaching Science
EDFE20034 Professional Praxis 1: Learning, Teaching and Planning
EDCU20041 Teaching Health, Wellbeing and Physical Activity
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
EDED20493 Diversity and Inclusion
EDFE20035 Professional Praxis 2: Supportive Learning Environments
Year 2 - Term 3
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
EDED20495 Special Needs
EDFE20036 Professional Praxis 3: Enacting Learning and Teaching
Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
EDED20496 Teacher as Researcher: Using Student Data to Improve Educational Outcomes
EDCU20042 Teaching Technologies and The Arts
EDFE20037 Professional Praxis 4: Transition to Teaching
More Details

This course can only be studied from within Australia.

PART-TIME MODE

Within accreditation requirements, students studying in the part-time mode must be enrolled in the units as per the part-time structure located under "Course Structure". Students must be enrolled in at least 2 units per term.

Students can apply for a Leave of Absence upon successful completion of one term of study. The length of Leave of Absence can be up to 12 months only.

Students who do not successfully complete any unit/term within the full-time course structure will no longer be eligible to complete the course within the full-time duration and must follow the part-time structure.

Credit Transfer

Students will be assessed for credit transfer on a case-by-case basis and will be required to nominate the CQU units they wish to be considered for exemption from. Credit transfer will only be granted where a student is able to demonstrate that tertiary studies, equivalent in content and depth to the CQUniversity course, have been successfully completed. Students should examine the unit synopses in this handbook to determine the units for which they may be eligible to claim exemption.

Students may only gain credit transfer for up to 67% of the overall course.

Please note that study undertaken more than 10 years ago is not normally considered unless the applicant can supply certified documents showing that they have been continually using the required skills in the work force. Generally only TAFE diploma level or above is recognised for credit at tertiary level.

Refer to the Credit Transfer website at https://www.cqu.edu.au/courses-and-programs/credit-transfer-and-rpl/credit-transfers for further details on the guidelines and application process.

Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)

Students undertaking an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course are expected to undertake and meet the benchmark in the personal Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE). These two tests (one literacy and one numeracy) are part of the accreditation requirements of this course and there is an expectation that students enrolled in an ITE course will be undertaking the tests and successfully meet the benchmarks prior to graduation. For further information about the LANTITE including how to register please refer to https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/

Placement Units

The four Professional Praxis (placement) units must be completed in sequence and must be completed as per the approved Professional Praxis calendar. Each Praxis unit has a pre-requisite which must be adhered to. To be eligible to enrol in EDFE20037 Professional Praxis 4, students must have successfully completed all other units in the course, except the units in the final capstone Term which are to be completed alongside this final placement unit.