Master of TeachingMasters by Coursework
The Master of Teaching is a graduate-entry qualification that prepares graduates for secondary or early childhood teaching. Graduates can teach in secondary schools (up to two subjects), or in early childhood settings (six-weeks to five-years-old) depending on their selected stream.
The degree includes an extended educational research project. Professional experience placements are included throughout the course to enable students to become highly competent and experienced teachers.
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.
|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
|Knowledge of a discipline
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.
|Communication and social skills
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
Students complete a program of practical in-school teaching experiences during the course, which enable them to put theory into practice as they observe and reflect on classroom dynamics. It also provides opportunities for them to become acquainted with the formal and informal aspects of what occurs in classrooms and schools or early childhood settings and to demonstrate their independent and professional capabilities as teachers.
Students 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.
They can select the Early Childhood stream, to become an early childhood teacher (six-weeks to five-years-old).
They select the Secondary stream to become a secondary school teacher in up to two of the following subjects:
- 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
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
- Technological and Applied Studies.
Students who plan to teach in only one subject area in a secondary school, can select two elective units from topics including social and emotional wellbeing; drugs, alcohol and sexual health; children's rights; children and the law; and children's protection and participation.
Please note: All teaching subjects are offered online, but require attendance at compulsory on-campus workshops (except for Technology and Applied Studies).
Depending on their previous study, some students 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.
The Master of Teaching (Secondary stream) has accreditation with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). Courses accredited by NESA have national accreditation through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).
The Masters of Teaching (Early Childhood stream) has accreditation 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.
The Australian Government has introduced a Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE), effective from July 2016. All Initial Teacher Education students across Australia will need to successfully complete the national literacy and numeracy test (LANTITE) prior to completing their course. In line with accreditation requirements, at SCU the test needs to be successfully completed prior to undertaking the final professional experience placement.
We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.
Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.
To be eligible for the award of Master of Teaching, a candidate shall successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising:
- all units listed in Part A; and
- ten (10) additional units which comprise:
for a Secondary stream
- all units listed in Part B; and four (4) units including two (2) sequential units from Part C, and
- two (2) additional sequential units from Part C, or
- two (2) units from Part F.
for an Early Childhood stream
- all units listed in Part D of the Schedule of Units in accordance with ACECQA’s admission requirements
- all units listed in Part E.
- Both components of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) as required by the Federal Government.
Permission to undertake a professional experience placement will at all times be at the discretion of the Head of the School of Education.
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.
Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.
Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.
Includes professional experience placement in a secondary school.
Sequential units in a curriculum specialisation are indicated by their naming; e.g. Curriculum Specialisation: Visual Arts I and Curriculum Specialisation: Visual Arts II.
|Level of learning
PART A EDUCATION CORE
|Understanding Children and Adolescents
|Learning and Support Frameworks
PART B SECONDARY STREAM
PART C SECONDARY CURRICULUM SPECIALISATION
PART D EARLY CHILDHOOD STREAM
PART E CAPSTONE RESEARCH SEQUENCE
|Critical Literature Review
|Research Methods in Education
PART F ELECTIVE UNITS