Course summary

Our two-year Master of Teaching program is geared towards making a positive and life-long impact on the lives of children and young people.

You can choose either to specialise in primary, secondary, or early childhood teaching. The primary specialisation includes completing a Primary English specialisation, providing graduates with further excellent employment opportunities.

As well as undertaking an education research project, this course includes professional experience learning via placement in early childhood education settings, schools, and/or community sites. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed in Faculty of Education Professional Experience Requirements, must be met prior to attending professional experience placement. All professional experience learning days must be completed, and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.

Undertaking full-time study may be required from January to December (6 teaching terms) depending on your program of study.

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 and your involvement in learning and leadership activities. See education non-academic requirements for further information.

Our two-year Master of Teaching program is geared towards making a positive and life-long impact on the lives of children and young people.

You can choose either to specialise in primary, secondary, or early childhood teaching. The primary specialisation includes completing a Primary English specialisation, providing graduates with further excellent employment opportunities.

As well as undertaking an education research project, this course includes professional experience learning via placement in early childhood education settings, schools, and/or community sites. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed in Faculty of Education Professional Experience Requirements, must be met prior to attending professional experience placement. All professional experience learning days must be completed, and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.

Undertaking full-time study may be required from January to December (6 teaching terms) depending on your program of study.

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 and your involvement in learning and leadership activities. See education non-academic requirements for further information.

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

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.

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.

Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, including a Working with Children Check, must be met prior to attending professional experience placement. All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.

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.

Course overview

Course code

1209001

Course abbreviation

MTeach

Credit points

192

Equivalent units

16

Duration

2 years full-time; 4 years part-time

Duration

2 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast Term 1 N/A N/A
Online Term 1 N/A N/A

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


Course requirements

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

To be eligible to receive the Master of Teaching students must complete the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points), comprising:

  • 1 Specialisation (192 credit points) in Primary or Early Childhood or Secondary and
  • 3 Professional Experience units (0 credit points) or
  • 2 Professional Experience units (0 credit points) with the Early Childhood Specialisation

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.


Schedule of units

Title Note
Core Units
EDUC5001 - Education and Change: The Lifelong Learner
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

Title Note
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 - Teaching and Learning Literacy and Numeracy in Context
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 - Music: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy I
EDUC2002 - PDHPE: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy I
EDUC2003 - Mathematics: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy I
EDUC2004 - Science: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy I
EDUC2006 - Technologies and Design: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy I
EDUC2019 - HSIE: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy I
TCHR2001 - English: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy I
EDUC5008 - Visual Arts: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy I
EDUC5009 - Performing Arts: Curriculum and Pedagogy I
Choose the second unit below for your approved teaching area:
EDUC3005 - PDHPE: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy II
EDUC3004 - Science: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy II
EDUC6014 - Music: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy II
EDUC3003 - Mathematics: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy II
EDUC3020 - Technologies and Design: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy II
EDUC3019 - HSIE: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy II
TCHR3002 - English: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy II
EDUC6015 - Visual Arts: Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy II
EDUC6016 - Performing Arts: Curriculum and Pedagogy 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 and Pedagogy I
EDUC3014 - Advanced Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy II

Course progressions

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. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

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

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Notes

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