Master of Teaching

2021 course information for Domestic Students
2021 course information for International Students

updated 6:02 AM on Thu, 15 July

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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Duration
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
Location
Gold Coast, Online
Gold Coast, Online
Start date
March, July
February, June
Course code
1207286
Course abbreviation
MTeach
Credit points
192
Equivalent units
16
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

You never forget your favourite childhood teacher. Here’s your chance to be that person.

Our two-year Master of Teaching is geared towards making a positive and perhaps even life-long impact on the lives of your students.

As well as undertaking an extended education research project, you can choose either to major in early childhood or secondary teaching with specialisations in fields spanning English to Art, Mathematics to Music, Science to Dance and more. Professional experience placements are an integral part of your learning experience.

Employment opportunities are diverse, as graduates are qualified to teach in New South Wales and Queensland.

Applicants for the Master of Teaching must submit a 1,000-word personal statement outlining their non-academic capabilities. See education non-academic requirements for further information.

You never forget your favourite childhood teacher. Here’s your chance to be that person.

Our two-year Master of Teaching is geared towards making a positive and perhaps even life-long impact on the lives of your students.

As well as undertaking an extended education research project, you can choose either to major in early childhood or secondary teaching with specialisations in fields spanning English to Art, Mathematics to Music, Science to Dance and more. Professional experience placements are an integral part of your learning experience.

Employment opportunities are diverse, as graduates are qualified to teach in New South Wales and Queensland.

Applicants for the Master of Teaching must submit a 1,000-word personal statement outlining their non-academic capabilities. See education non-academic requirements for further information.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

1. Applicants’ qualifications must meet the requirements for admission for:

  1. secondary graduate study as advised by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership  Graduate Teacher Standard Descriptor 2.1.1 (Subject Content Knowledge) or be able to meet these requirements by completing no more than two units which on all occasions will be undertaken as part of the degree; or
  2. early childhood (Birth to 5 years) graduate study as advised by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

2. To meet the University's minimum English Language Proficiency requirement an applicant must satisfy one of the following criteria:

  1. have completed senior secondary study to the equivalent of the Australian Year 12 or have completed at least one year of full-time study (or equivalent part-time study) at AQF diploma equivalent or higher where:
    1. the country where those studies were undertaken is listed in Schedule A of the Rules Relating to Awards - Rule 2; and
    2. the language of instruction was English; or
  2. achieved a minimum test score, within two (2) years of the date of application for admission, equal to or above the minimum listed below:
    1. International English Language Test System (IELTS). The applicant must have a minimum overall score of 7.0, including a minimum result of 7.0 in speaking, listening, reading and writing modules; or
    2. International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR). The applicant must have a score of at least 4+ in each of the four areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
  3. successfully completed SCU's Preparing for Success Program.

3. Applicants to this award must undertake the UAC or QTAC non-academic entry requirement test.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall Score7.0
Reading7.0
Writing7.0
Listening7.0
Speaking7.0

About the course

You complete four research units that focus on an area of education that is significant to their field of teacher training, or to education as a whole.

You can select the Early Childhood stream, to become an early childhood teacher (six-weeks to five-years-old). 

OR

You can select the Secondary stream (for domestic students only) to become a secondary school teacher in up to two of the following subjects:

  • English
  • Human Society and its Environment (HSIE), which comprises modern history or geography, with the optional addition of ancient history, business studies, legal studies, economics, society and culture
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
  • Science
  • Technological and Applied Studies.

If you plan to teach in only one subject area in a secondary school, you can select two elective units from topics including social and emotional wellbeing; children's rights; casual teaching; teaching the gifted.

Please note: All teaching subjects are offered online, however some units require attendance at on-campus workshops. 

To see what you need to have studied for a secondary teaching subject please see Master of Teaching Previous Studies Subject Guide.

Depending on your previous study, you may need to complete additional units, some of which may only be available on campus. All core education units can be studied on campus or online.

NoteInternational EAP3 students can progress to a Master of Teaching (Early Childhood stream) with an equivalent of IELTS 7.0

Please note that only the Early Childhood stream is available to students starting their degree in July.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Gold CoastSession  1, Session  2
OnlineSession  1

Online students may be required to attend compulsory workshops. Please note that only the Early Childhood stream is available if you are starting in Session 2 (July).

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
Gold CoastSession  1, Session  2$26,800 ($3,350 per unit)102983G
OnlineSession  1$26,800 ($3,350 per unit)N/A
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

Please note only Early Childhood stream is available for our Session 2 (July) intake.

Gold Coast
Online

International students studying in Australia

Please note only the Early Childhood stream is available to International students.

Gold Coast

International students studying online or outside of Australia

Please note only the Early Childhood stream is available to International students.

Online
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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Demonstrate an advanced ability to research, synthesise and evaluate ideas and theories related to educational practice

Demonstrate knowledge or research principles and methods related to the field of education and teaching practice

Exercise critical analysis, problem solving and research based decision-making in school-based practice.

Demonstrate application of advanced knowledge in relation to education practice and implement targeted research to inform best practice.

Demonstrate cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories

Demonstrate an ability use creative skills based upon understanding of research methodology in order to develop innovative and creative responses to challenges in an educational setting

Demonstrate a knowledge of social responsibility, ethics and legal principles consistent with what is expected of an education professional working in a learning community and with students, parents and carers

Demonstrate an awareness of the need for student safety and support within professional frameworks

Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to legislative requirements and codes of conduct relevant to the education profession

Demonstrate advanced integrated knowledge and understanding of teaching area disciplines and curriculum frameworks

Demonstrate a research based understanding and knowledge of the pedagogy for effective educational practice

Use data informed decision making to inform professional decisions and generate theoretical propositions for improving teaching performance and educational practice

Demonstrate skills in advancing research and pedagogical practice

Demonstrate a commitment to personal and professional development through self-directed learning and reflective practice.

Demonstrate an advanced ability to communicate and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions which inform professional decision making to teaching professionals, parents and the wider educational community.

Demonstrate teamwork and leadership skills applicable in professional educational settings

Apply and integrate an understanding of social, indigenous and cultural diversity, and respect for the identity of all persons, in local and international contexts.

Identify and apply proactive and inclusive strategies to encourage and support student engagement and behaviour including diverse groups of learners such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, migrants and students from non-English speaking backgrounds

Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of inclusion and diverse learning needs

Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for diversity in others and self


Assessment methods

The assessment methods used in this course vary from unit to unit. Most units have progressive assessment with grades typically allocated across a combination of assessment tasks due at different times during the study period. Some units may also include a formal examination at the end of the study period. Assessment requirements for each unit are advised in writing to students at the commencement of each study period with clear guidelines, due dates, and the weighting for each assessment task

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Please note: Online students may be required to attend compulsory on or off-campus workshops.

Career opportunities

Graduates from the Early Childhood stream typically work as an early childhood teacher in preschool and long day care (child care) settings, and may pursue work as a Family day care educator or in Early childhood services.

Graduate from the Secondary stream will typically work as teachers in secondary schools nationally and internationally. Some graduates may pursue work in a range of education and non-education settings including roles such as education consultant, community education centre leader, university tutor or lecturer, environmental educator, zoo education officer, education exhibition organiser, education policy analyst, curriculum writer, children's entertainment presenter, youth support worker, teacher of English overseas, private tutor, and children's advocate leader.

Professional placement

Early Childhood: you will undertake 60 days of professional placement during this course in two environments - a preschool setting and an infant and toddler setting.

Secondary: you complete a program of practical in-school teaching experiences during the course, which enable you to put theory into practice as they observe and reflect on classroom dynamics.

Placement also provides opportunities for you to become acquainted with the formal and informal aspects of what occurs in classrooms and schools or early childhood settings and to demonstrate your independent and professional capabilities as teachers.

 

Professional recognition

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is currently undergoing its five-year reaccreditation with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for national accreditation through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) requires students across Australia need to successfully complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE). At Southern Cross University the test needs to be successfully completed prior to undertaking the first professional experience placement.

The Masters of Teaching (Early Childhood) has satisfied accreditation requirements as an early childhood teaching qualification by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

Usually, Australian teacher qualifications are recognised internationally, but students need to check with potential employers and teacher registration authorities in other countries regarding accreditation requirements.

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Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Master of Teaching students must complete 192 credit points, comprising:

Secondary stream

  1. 6 Secondary Stream core units (72 credit points),
  2. 2 Secondary Stream units (24 credit points), which must comprise at least 2 sequential units from a Secondary Curriculum Specialisation,
  3. 2 elective units (24 credit points), and

Early Childhood stream

  1. 10 Early Childhood Stream core units (120 credit points).

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising 8 Early Childhood Stream Core units.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access and Inclusion website. If you have a disability or health condition which may impact on your ability to meet these requirements please refer to the Student Access and Inclusion website for further information and contact details.


Course structure


Schedule of units

TitleNote

CORE UNITS

EDUC5001 -  Understanding Children and Adolescents
EDUC5004 -  Learning and Support Frameworks

SECONDARY STREAM CORE UNITS

SECONDARY CURRICULUM SPECIALISATION UNITS

Note 2

EARLY CHILDHOOD STREAM CORE UNITS

RESEARCH UNITS

EDUC6001 -  Critical Literature Review
EDUC6006 -  Research Methods in Education
EDUC6002 -  Research Project Note 3

ELECTIVE UNITS



Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment



Notes

Note 1: This unit involves a professional experience placement.
Note 2: Sequential units in a curriculum specialisation are indicated by their naming; e.g. Curriculum Specialisation: Visual Arts I and Curriculum Specialisation: Visual Arts II.
Note 3: Double-weighted unit.
Note 4: Enrolment in 2 additional Secondary curriculum specialisation units requires Course Coordinator approval.

Unit groups

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