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Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) (GradDipEd)

  • G1024GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN EDUCATION - SECONDARY

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Title Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) (GradDipEd)
Course Code G1024
Study Level Graduate Diploma
School School of Education
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Academic Chair: Associate Professor Peter Whipp | Email: P.Whipp@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2091

Qualification Graduate Diploma in Education (GradDipEd) (Secondary)
Duration 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent with a summer commencement. Students commencing mid-year will need 1.5 years minimum enrolment to complete requirements.
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Some units only: Murdoch campus (external)
International students must commence in Semester 1 only.
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description The Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) (GradDipEd) is a one-year full-time initial teaching qualification for graduates who hold a Bachelor's degree in some non-Education field relevant to teaching. It offers graduates a professional preparation for teaching in secondary schools or for a wide range of other careers with an education focus.

For Secondary Teacher Education students, the undergraduate degree must be relevant to one of the following learning areas in secondary schools: English, Drama, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, Mathematics, Languages Other Than English (LOTE) or English as a Second Language (ESL).
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Recognised and appropriate Bachelor's degree or higher; the degree must be directly relevant to one or more of the learning areas offered at Murdoch.

Students demonstrating English competence via IELTS, or an equivalent English Language proficiency assessment, must have attained an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.5 (with no score less than 7.0 in any of the four skills areas, and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening), on entry.
Special Requirements Prior to placement in any school for Professional Experience, it is mandatory that pre-service teachers complete or obtain several forms and clearances.
Information and forms regarding these mandatory requirements can be accessed via the Professional Experience website:
http://www.murdoch.edu.au/School-of-Education/Professional-Experience
Completion and submission of these mandatory requirements is essential before placements can be arranged.

Students should note that both internal and external GradDipEd students take EDN550 Transition to Teaching in the Summer option, which is an intensive 3-point version held on campus in the four-week period immediately prior to the commencement of Semester 1.

Students who enrolled in this course prior to 2014 should enrol in EDU293/EDU297 Professional Internship Units.
Course Learning Outcomes The Graduate Diploma in Education secondary course learning outcomes address both AQF Level 8 and the Graduate Teacher Standards established by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), the professional standards for initial registration as a teacher in Australia.

As a result of this course students will have advanced theoretical and technical knowledge and skills, and demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a teacher and/or for another professional role in education.

At the end of this course students will be able to:
· apply an appropriate level of content knowledge, understanding and teaching skills to meet the needs of a diverse range of learners Years 7-12 in specified subject/teaching area.

· develop learning and teaching programs that meet statutory curriculum, assessment and reporting requirements Years 7-12 in specified subject/teaching area.

· analyse and interpret diagnostic and assessment data to evaluate students' learning, modify and differentiate teaching practice and apply timely and appropriate feedback to improve learning and teaching.

· develop practical strategies for creating rapport with and guiding children's' behaviour to support their well-being and safety and to maximize their learning opportunities.

· work ethically, collaboratively and with reflection

· demonstrate achievement of AITSL Graduate Professional Standards through a portfolio.

In addition, within one or two of the following specified subjects/teaching areas, they will be able to

· Drama: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Drama content, curriculum and teaching strategies and capacity to apply them to support the progressive learning of students

· English: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of English content, curriculum and teaching strategies and capacity to apply them to support the progressive learning of students

· Humanities and Social Sciences: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Humanities and Social Sciences content, curriculum and teaching strategies and capacity to apply them to support the progressive learning of students

· Languages (Indonesian): demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Languages (Japanese) content, curriculum and teaching strategies and capacity to apply them to support the progressive learning of student

· Languages (Japanese): demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Languages (Japanese) content, curriculum and teaching strategies and capacity to apply them to support the progressive learning of students

· Mathematics: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Mathematics content, curriculum and teaching strategies and capacity to apply them to support the progressive learning of students

· Science: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Science content, curriculum and teaching strategies and capacity to apply them to support the progressive learning of students
Employment Prospects Murdoch graduates are employed in government and non-government schools and other education related occupations throughout the world. Our courses are accredited or recognised by the Teacher Registration Board of WA, which means they will be recognized by the equivalent agencies in other Australian States and Territories.
Exemptions from Professional Experience and Other Units Students seeking exemptions must be able to provide documentary evidence in support of their application.

Students who have had at least two years of full-time recent relevant and satisfactory teaching experience in an Australian school context may seek partial exemption from some Professional Experience unit/s. While Murdoch recognises that some students may have prior and/or current teaching experience, it requires that a student's classroom competence be assessed before exemptions from Professional Experience can be given.

Students who have been employed as a teacher and have had at least one year of full-time equivalent recent, relevant and satisfactory teaching experience in an Australian school context may seek exemption from BED150 Understanding Teachers' Work.

Students cannot receive exemption from the Final Professional Experience (1 & 2): Secondary Teaching units.

If seeking uncredentialled credit students must submit a case in writing, with supporting documentary evidence to explain how the outcomes of units have already been achieved through prior experience. All applications for exemption and credit must be directed to the Accreditation Officer.
Study Options Students taking the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) are advised that the student contribution liability for these courses is commensurate with the load for these courses: viz 1.25 that of a normal 24-point load.
External Study Not all required units in this course are offered completely externally. Some are offered as intensive sessions on campus or in Perth metropolitan schools.
a) GradDipEd students take EDN550 Transition to Teaching in the Summer option, which is an intensive 3-point version held on campus in the four-week period immediately prior to the commencement of Semester 1. This unit is a prerequisite for the curriculum and Professional Experience units beginning in Semester 1.

b) External students must undertake the first Professional Experience unit in a Perth metropolitan school under the guidance of a Murdoch University Moderator. Subject to satisfactory completion of this unit, students may negotiate with the School of Education Professional Experience Office to complete their subsequent Professional Experience in a school other than in metropolitan Perth. Note: EDN550 is not included as a first Professional Experience unit for this purpose.
Further Information School of Education Professional Experience
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 30 credit points

Students must complete EDN550 Transition to Teaching in an intensive on-campus session held in the four-week period immediately prior to the commencement of Semester 1. It must be completed successfully before commencing the Teaching Area or School Experience units, which begin in Semester 1.

Students should have completed all course requirements including their Teaching Area 1, Teaching Area 2 and EDN514 Professional Experience: Graduate Diploma Secondary prior to enrolling in EDN511 Final Professional Experience 1: Secondary Graduate Diploma and EDN510 Final Professional Experience 2: Secondary Graduate Diploma.

Students should complete EDN511 Final Professional Experience 1: Secondary Graduate Diploma and EDN510 Final Professional Experience 2: Secondary Graduate Diploma in their last semester of study.

Core Units - 24 credit points

EDN298 LANTITE - Literacy - 0 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

EDN299 LANTITE - Numeracy - 0 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

EDN550 Transition to Teaching - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external, SB1-internal (closed), ST1-internal

EDN545 Learning and Assessment Processes - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

EDU621 Australian Indigenous Education - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

EDN514 Professional Experience: Graduate Diploma Secondary - 3 points
MURDOCH: ST2-placement

EDN509 Inclusive Education: Contemporary Perspectives and Practices - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

EDN511 Final Professional Experience 1: Secondary Graduate Diploma - 3 points
MURDOCH: ST2-placement, ST3-placement

EDN510 Final Professional Experience 2: Secondary Graduate Diploma - 6 points
MURDOCH: ST2-placement, ST3-placement

Specified Electives - 6 credit points

Students are usually required to complete two Teaching Areas to maximise flexibility in their future employment opportunities. Where students have in their initial degree sufficient relevant content units for two Teaching Areas, they choose two Teaching Area units from the list below. Where students do not have sufficient relevant content units for two Teaching Areas, they choose one Teaching Area unit and one Non-teaching Area unit from the lists below.

Teaching Areas - 3 or 6 credit points

EDN552 Teaching Drama in Secondary Schools - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

EDN553 Teaching English in Secondary Schools - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

EDN554 Teaching Mathematics in Secondary Schools - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

EDN556 Teaching Second/Foreign Languages - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

EDN557 Teaching Science in Secondary Schools - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

EDN558 Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences in Secondary Schools - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

Non-teaching Area - 0 to 3 credit points

EDN618 Professional Development Portfolio - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external

EDN541 Practical Methods of Instruction - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

EDN671 Mentoring - 3 points
MURDOCH: UA4-internal

EDN575 Opportunities with e-learning - 3 points
MURDOCH: W-internal (quota of 30 places)

EDN588 Curriculum Development for Practitioners - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

EDN546 Dynamics of Cultural Diversity in the Workplace and the Community - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

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