Master of Teaching

2022 course information for Domestic Students
2022 course information for International Students

updated 6:02 AM on Tue, 13 July

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International snapshot

IELTS
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Duration
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
2 years full-time
Location
Gold Coast, Online
Start date
March, July
Course code
1209001
Course abbreviation
MTeach
Credit points
192
Equivalent units
16
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
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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  education research project, you can choose either to specialise in primary, secondary or early childhood teaching. Professional experience placements are an integral part of your learning experience. The primary specialisation includes completion of a Primary English specialisation.

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

Applicants for the Master of Teaching Primary or Secondary specialisations must complete an online questionnaire, including two 500-word written statements about your motivation and suitability for teaching as well as your involvement in learning and leadership activities. 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  education research project, you can choose either to specialise in primary, secondary or early childhood teaching. Professional experience placements are an integral part of your learning experience. The primary specialisation includes completion of a Primary English specialisation.

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

Applicants for the Master of Teaching Primary or Secondary specialisations must complete an online questionnaire, including two 500-word written statements about your motivation and suitability for teaching as well as your involvement in learning and leadership activities. 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. primary graduate study as advised by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership Graduate Teacher Standard Descriptor 2.1.1 (Subject Content Knowledge)
    3. early childhood (Birth to 5 years) graduate study in an Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent.
  2. Applicants to the Primary or Secondary Specialisation must undertake the UAC or QTAC non-academic entry requirement test.

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 the Rules Relating to Awards – Rule 2 – English Language Proficiency Requirements 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; or
  3. successfully completed SCU’s Preparing for Success Program.

To registrar as a Teacher with the NSW Education Standards Authority the minimum English language requirements are:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic)
    • A minimum score of 7 is needed in reading and writing
    • A minimum score of 8 is needed in speaking and listening.
    • This equates to an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, or
  • The International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR)
    • A score of Level 4 is needed in all four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, undertaken at approved testing sites where the assessment is teacher focused.

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
Reading7
Writing7
Listening7
Speaking7

About the course

You complete two research units that focus on a contemporary research problem in education that is significant to your field of teacher training.

In addition, you can select the Early Childhood specialisation, to become an early childhood teacher (six-weeks to five-years-old).

OR

You can select the Primary specialisation to teach kindergarten to Year 6 children. To see what you need to have studied for a primary key learning area please see Master of Teaching Previous Studies Subject Guide.

OR

You can select the Secondary specialisation (for domestic applicants only) to become a secondary school teacher. 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 (some online units require attendance at on-campus workshops).

Note: International EAP3 students can progress to a Master of Teaching (Early Childhood specialisation) with an equivalent of IELTS 7.0

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3
OnlineTerm  1

International students

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

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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 to transform and disrupt thinking in educational practice

Demonstrate knowledge of research principles, theories and methods related to the field of education and teaching practice.

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

Demonstrate application of advanced knowledge and understanding of diverse ways of knowing and learning in educational contexts to inform connected and compassionate ways of teaching.

Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise knowledge for innovative and creative responses to local and global 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 understanding of and commitment to legislative requirements and codes of conduct relevant to professional practice.

Demonstrate disciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary understandings in relation to curriculum content and frameworks.

Demonstrate a research based understanding of pedagogical principles for effective assessment practices and supportive learning environments.

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

Demonstrate teamwork and leadership skills by interpreting and transmitting knowledge, 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.

Demonstrate proactive and inclusive strategies for diverse groups of learners.

Demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of the impacts of culture, cultural identity and linguistic background on the education of the students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.


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.

Career opportunities

Graduates from the Early Childhood specialisation may work as an early childhood teacher in preschool (NSW) or equivalent, and long day care (child care) settings, or may pursue work as a Family Day Care coordinator

Graduates from the Primary specialisation are qualified to work in primary schools (kindergarten to Year 6).

Graduates from the Secondary specialisation will typically work as teachers in secondary schools.

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

Primary/Secondary Specialisation: you complete a program of 60 days professional experience in school during the course, which enable you to put theory into practice as you observe and reflect on classroom dynamics. 

Professional experience 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
Accreditation is currently being sought from the following accreditation bodies:
 
  • NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), for the Primary and the Secondary Specialisations, and,
  • Australian Children's Education and Care Authority (ACECQA), for the Early Childhood Specialisation.
 
Approval for this course is currently being sought from the Queensland College of Teachers for the following Specialisations that are offered at the Gold Coast campus:
 
  • Primary Specialisation
  • Secondary Specialisation.

Ask a question

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 the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points), comprising:

and Primary and Secondary Specialisations must also meet:

The Course Coordinator must be satisfied that the requirements for the first specialisation have been met to undertake a second two (2) unit sequential Secondary Curriculum Specialisation.

Permission to undertake a professional experience placement requires meeting all academic and non-academic requirements as stipulated by the University and relevant accreditation bodies.

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Diploma of Education (Early Childhood) after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points) in the Early Childhood Specialisation comprising 8 coursework units and 2 professional placement units.

Students may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Diploma of Educational Studies after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points) in the Primary or Secondary Specialisation.

Students may be eligible to exit with the Master of Educational Studies after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points) in the Primary or Secondary Specialisation.

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
EDUC5013 -  Education for Inclusion and Diversity: The Responsive Teacher
EDUC6009 -  Education and Indigenous Australians: Ways of Knowing and Being
EDUC6018 -  Teachers as Researchers I
EDUC6019 -  Teachers as Researchers II
Specialisations

TitleNote
TCHR5007 -  Professional Experience I - Secondary Note 1
TCHR5008 -  Professional Experience II - Secondary Note 1
TCHR6010 -  Professional Experience III - Secondary Note 1
EDUC5012 -  Education and Practice: Ways of Teaching and Learning
EDUC5011 -  Education and ICT: Digital Disruptions
EDUC6017 -  Education for Impact: Into and Beyond the Profession
EDUC5003 -  Learning through Literacy and Numeracy
EDUC1006 -  Interdisciplinary Studies: Crossing the Line
EDUC3024 -  Education and the Environment: More than Human
Choose one unit below for your approved first teaching area:
EDUC5007 -  Curriculum Specialisation - Music I
EDUC2002 -  Curriculum Specialisation: Personal Development, Health, Physical Education I
EDUC2003 -  Curriculum Specialisation: Mathematics I
EDUC2004 -  Curriculum Specialisation: Science I
EDUC2006 -  Technology Pedagogy and Curriculum I
EDUC2019 -  Curriculum Specialisation: Human Society and its Environment I
TCHR2001 -  Curriculum Specialisation: English I
EDUC5008 -  Curriculum Specialisation: Visual Arts I
EDUC5009 -  Curriculum Specialisation Performing Arts I
Choose the second unit below for your approved teaching area:
EDUC3005 -  Curriculum Specialisation: Personal Development, Health, Physical Education II (Lifestyle)
EDUC3004 -  Curriculum Specialisation: Science II
EDUC6014 -  Curriculum Specialisation - Music II
EDUC3003 -  Curriculum Specialisation: Mathematics II
EDUC3020 -  Technology Pedagogy and Curriculum II
EDUC3019 -  Curriculum Specialisation: Human Society and its Environment II
TCHR3002 -  Curriculum Specialisation: English II
EDUC6015 -  Curriculum Specialisation: Visual Arts II
EDUC6016 -  Curriculum Specialisation Performing Arts II
Choose three (3) elective units (university wide), or for a second approved teaching area choose the following two units and an additional elective: Note 2
EDUC2016 -  Advanced Secondary Curriculum Pedagogy I
EDUC3014 -  Advanced Secondary Curriculum Pedagogy II


Notes

Note 1: This unit involves a professional experience placement.
Note 2: Enrolment in additional secondary curriculum pedagogy units requires Course Coordinator approval.

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