CL05 - Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Overview

Course Overview

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is an initial teacher education course that provides you with the skills, knowledge and experiences necessary to positively impact student learning in your classroom. You will be equipped with the appropriate evidence, as outlined by the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage), to apply for provisional teacher registration with the Queensland College of Teachers, the administering body in Queensland.

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) will enable you to teach across two teaching areas: A major teaching area (Years 7 – 12) and a minor teaching area (Years 7-10). These teaching areas are based on your already completed non-education undergraduate degree with a set number of units completed within that degree qualification.

Teaching Area Majors and Minors

Teaching areas you can choose from in this course include:

· Accounting (Year 11-12) (Major only)

· Biology (Year 11-12) (Major only)

· Business

· Chemistry (Year 11-12) (Major only)

· Drama

· English

· Film, Television and New Media (Year 11-12) (Major only)

· Geography

· Health and Physical Education (Year 7-10) (Minor only)

· History

· Home Economics and Hospitality

· Humanities and Social Sciences (Year 7-10) (Minor only)

· ICT & Design (Year 11-12 IPT; ITS: Technology Studies; ICT) (Major only)

· Industrial Technology and Design

· Mathematics

· Music (Classroom)

· Music (Instrumental)

· Physical Education (Year 11-12) (Major only)

· Science (Year 7-10) (Minor only)

· Technologies (Year 7-10 Digital Technologies; Design and Technologies) (Minor only)

· The Arts (Year 7-10) Drama; Media Arts; Music) (Minor only)

Teaching Area combinations:

Students cannot choose the following Major and Minors as their only two teaching areas:

· Biology (Year 11-12) and Science (Year 7-10)

· Chemistry (Year 11-12) and Science (Year 7-10)

· Physical Education (Year 11-12) and Health and Physical Education (Year 7 – 10)

· Music (Classroom) and The Arts (Year 7-10)

· Drama and The Arts (Year 7-10)

· Film, Television and New Media (Year 11-12) and The Arts (Year 7-10)

· Technologies (Year 7-10) and ICT & Design (Year 11- 12)

· History and Humanities and Social Sciences (Year 7-10)

· Geography and Humanities and Social Sciences (Year 7-10)

Note: Students cannot choose two teaching areas from the list above that are identified as “Minor only” as one teaching area must be to Year 11-12.

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 course is structured to include work-integrated learning as in-school practicum placements in each term of study through the four Professional Praxis units.

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

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

This course can only be studied within Australia.

Career Information

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is an initial postgraduate pre-service teacher education course for those who aim to pursue a career as a secondary school teacher. Graduates are qualified to teach in two discipline teaching areas.

Graduates of the course can apply for provisional registration as a teacher.

Graduates are qualified to teach in State, Catholic and Independent schools throughout Australia.

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

Graduates of this course 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(Sec)
AQF Level Level 9: Masters Degree (Coursework)

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable
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
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International Availability

Term 1 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2018

Sorry, no international availabilities found.
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Entry Requirements

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

Academic Requirements (Pre-requisite Qualification)

To be eligible for entry into the Master of Teaching (Secondary) all applicants must have completed a 3 year non-education Bachelor degree or equivalent from a university or college that demonstrates sufficient knowledge development in two recognised teaching areas:

  • Major Teaching Area: Study equivalent to a total of three-quarters of a year of successful full time higher education study, comprising sequential discipline study taken over three years. This equates to six units, with no more than two at first year level and no fewer than two units at third year level.
  • Minor Teaching Area: Study equivalent to a total of half a year of successful full time higher education study, comprising sequential discipline study taken over two years. This equates to four units, with no more than two at first year level.

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)

As part of entry into this course, applicants will also be assessed on non-academic criteria, centred around the identified key capabilities of successful teaching which are:

  • Motivation to teach
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Willingness to learn
  • Resilience
  • Self-efficacy
  • Conscientiousness
  • Organisational and planning skills.

Assessed through two categories:

  • Interest in teaching and children/young people
  • Involvement in personal learning and leadership activities

The non-academic key capabilities will be assessed through the Queensland Initial Teacher Education Selector Tool through the QTAC 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

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

N/A

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

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

Graduates will be 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 secondary 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 secondary 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 secondary 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 secondary school under the mentorship of a supervising teacher consisting of: 5 contextual 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 62
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Research and apply learning and educational theory and practice to know and understand learners with a range of abilities and how they learn best
  • 2. Select and apply discipline specific content knowledge and strategies relevant to secondary school curriculum, assessment and reporting frameworks for a range of learners
  • 3. Devise and implement teaching and learning plans and sequences that align with relevant curriculum, assessment and reporting requirements for a range of learners
  • 4. Create and maintain inclusive, safe and supportive learning environments through managing individual, cultural, social and emotional diversity
  • 5. Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning through the interpretation and management of relevant student learning data
  • 6. Reflect critically on professional practice to identify personal learning needs that will improve practice and impact positively on student learning
  • 7. Engage professionally and ethically with colleagues, parents/carers and the community to improve learner outcomes.
  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: 15 Total credit points: 96


Year 1 - Term 1

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
EDSE20017 Learning and Teaching in Junior Secondary
EDSE20018 Junior Secondary Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
EDFE20034 Professional Praxis 1: Learning, Teaching and Planning

Year 1 - Term 2

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
EDED20493 Diversity and Inclusion
EDSE20021 Senior Secondary Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
EDSE20019 Literacy and Numeracy Learning and Teaching
EDFE20035 Professional Praxis 2: Supportive Learning Environments

Year 1 - Term 3

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
EDED20495 Special Needs
EDED20494 Indigenous Learners and Learning
EDSE20015 Assessment in Secondary Schools Informed by Educational Neuroscience
EDFE20036 Professional Praxis 3: Enacting Learning and Teaching

Year 2 - Term 1 (Capstone Term)

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
EDSE20016 Digital Learning and Teaching
EDED20496 Teacher as Researcher: Using Student Data to Improve Educational Outcomes
EDED20505 Demonstrating Impact: Curriculum and Pedagogy in Practice
EDFE20037 Professional Praxis 4: Transition to Teaching

Part-Time Study Plan

Year 1 - Term 1

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
EDSE20017 Learning and Teaching in Junior Secondary

Year 1 - Term 2

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
EDED20493 Diversity and Inclusion
EDSE20019 Literacy and Numeracy Learning and Teaching

Year 1 - Term 3

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
EDED20495 Special Needs
EDED20494 Indigenous Learners and Learning

Year 2 - Term 1

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
EDSE20018 Junior Secondary Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
EDFE20034 Professional Praxis 1: Learning, Teaching and Planning

Year 2 - Term 2

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
EDSE20021 Senior Secondary Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
EDFE20035 Professional Praxis 2: Supportive Learning Environments

Year 2 - Term 3

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
EDSE20015 Assessment in Secondary Schools Informed by Educational Neuroscience
EDFE20036 Professional Praxis 3: Enacting Learning and Teaching

Year 3 - Term 1 (Capstone Term)

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
EDSE20016 Digital Learning and Teaching
EDED20496 Teacher as Researcher: Using Student Data to Improve Educational Outcomes
EDED20505 Demonstrating Impact: Curriculum and Pedagogy in Practice
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”. With the exception of the first term of study, students must be enrolled in at least 2 units per term.

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 course structure.

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.


Credit Transfer


Students will be assessed for credit transfer on a case-by-case basis and will be required to nominate the CQUniversity 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/


Master of Teaching (Secondary) Teaching Areas


Students in this course have two teaching areas:


Major Teaching Area - Year 11-12 PLUS the corresponding Year 7-10 curriculum area

Minor Teaching Area - Year 7-10 only


Therefore, students will have ONE Senior Teaching Area (Year 11-12) plus TWO Junior Teaching Areas (Year 7-10).


Available teaching areas in this course:


Major (Year 11-12) Teaching Areas

 

Major Teaching Area

Corresponding Year 7-10 teaching area*

Biology (Year 11-12)

Science (Year 7-10)

Business (Year 11-12)

Business (Year 7-10)

Chemistry (Year 11-12)

Science (Year 7-10)

Drama (Year 11-12)

Drama (Year 7-10)

English (Year 11-12)

English (Year 7-10)

Film, Television and New Media (Year 11-12)

Media Arts (Year 7-10)

Geography (Year 11-12)

Geography (Year 7-10)

History (Year 11-12)

History (Year 7-10)

Home Economics and Hospitality (Year 11-12)

Home Economics (Year 7-10)

ICT & Design (Year 11-12 IPT; ITS: Technology Studies; ICT)

Digital Technologies (Year 7-10)

Industrial Technology and Design (Year 11-12)

Industrial Technology and Design (Year 7-10)

Mathematics (Year 11-12)

Mathematics (Year 7-10)

Music (Classroom) (Year 11-12)

Music (Classroom) (Year 7-10)

Physical Education (Year 11-12)

Health and Physical Education (Year 7-10)


*A Major Teaching Area is taught in Year 7-12 which includes a Year 11-12 subject plus the Year 7-10 corresponding teaching area.


Minor (Year 7-10) Teaching Areas

 

Business (Year 7-10)

Digital Technologies (Year 7-10)

Drama (Year 7-10)

English (Year 7-10)

Health and Physical Education (Year 7-10)

Home Economics (Year 7-10)

Geography (Year 7-10)

History (Year 7-10)

Industrial Technology and Design (Year 7-10)

Mathematics (Year 7-10)

Media Arts (Year 7-10)

Music (Classroom) (Year 7-10)

Music (Instrumental) (can only be chosen as a minor teaching area)

Science (Year 7-10)


Teaching Area combinations:

Students cannot choose the following Major and Minors as their only two teaching areas as they must have one other junior area from the list above:

  • Biology (Year 11-12) and Science (Year 7-10)
  • Business (Year 11-12) and Business (Year 7-10)
  • Chemistry (Year 11-12) and Science (Year 7-10)
  • Drama (Year 11-12) and Drama (Year 7-10)
  • English (Year 11-12) and English (Year 7-10)
  • Film, Television and New Media (Year 11-12) and Media Arts (Year 7-10)
  • Geography (Year 11-12) and Geography (Year 7-10)
  • History (Year 11-12) and History (Year 7-10)
  • Home Economics and Hospitality (Year 11-12) and Home Economics (Year 7-10)
  • ICT & Design (Year 11-12) and Digital Technologies (Year 7-10)
  • Industrial Technology and Design (Year 11-12) and Industrial Technology and Design (Year 7-10)
  • Mathematics (Year 11-12) and Mathematics (Year 7-10)
  • Music (Classroom) (Year 11-12) and Music (Classroom) (Year 7-10)
  • Physical Education (Year 11-12) and Health and Physical Education (Year 7-10)

Curriculum and Pedagogy Units:


Curriculum and pedagogy for the Minor Teaching Area (Year 7-10) AND the Year 7-10 component of the Major Teaching Area is covered in the unit EDSE20018 Junior Secondary Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment which is why this unit is 12 credit points (i.e. equivalent to two units).


Curriculum and pedagogy for the Major Teaching Area for Years 11-12 is covered in the unit EDSE20021 Senior Secondary Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment.


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.