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Master of Teaching (Secondary) (MTeach(Sec))

  • M1284MASTER OF TEACHING (SECONDARY)

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Title Master of Teaching (Secondary) (MTeach(Sec))
Course Code M1284
Study Level Master's by Coursework (Graduate)
School School of Education
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Academic Chair: Dr Helen Dempsey | Email: h.dempsey@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 6263

Qualification Master of Teaching (Secondary) (MTeach(Sec))
Duration 1.75 full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Some units only: Murdoch campus (external)
International students must commence in School Term 1 only.
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is 1.75 years full-time equivalent (or 2.75 years part-time) initial teaching qualification for graduates who hold a Bachelor's degree in a non-Education field relevant to secondary teaching. It offers graduates a professional preparation for teaching in secondary schools, or for a wide range of other careers with an education focus. To be eligible, applicants seeking a major teaching area of focus must have six units of study relevant to the chosen discipline, consistent with the WA secondary school curriculum, with no more than two a first year level and at least two at third year level. To be eligible, applicants seeking a minor teaching area of focus must have four units of study relevant to the chosen discipline, as defined by the WA secondary school curriculum, with no more than two a first year level. Entry to the course is competitive, and requires evidence of consistent and sustained high achievement (grades of credit and above) in a relevant undergraduate bachelor degree.

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) enables students to develop the specialist knowledge, skills and capabilities for successful engagement with the teaching profession. Graduates will have advanced and integrated understanding of the body of knowledge appropriate for secondary school practitioners, and will have acquired the expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills necessary to practice independently in the classroom. Students are supported in becoming effective educators with a strong grounding in learning, teaching and curriculum. Professional Experience is a key component of the degree, and internship arrangements with selected partner schools provide students with opportunities to engage with schools and the broader community throughout the course. The Master of Teaching enables graduates to develop the understandings and capacities to be teacher/researchers, agents for change, and socially just practitioners. The degree provides a foundation for further professional development and scholarship. Graduates of the Master of Teaching (Secondary) are eligible to apply for registration to teach in Australian schools.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings A recognised Bachelor's degree or higher, with extensive specialise study relevant to the chosen learning areas of the Secondary curriculum (i.e. English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Health and Physical Education). To be eligible, applicants seeking a major teaching area of focus must have six units of study relevant to the chosen discipline, consistent with the WA secondary school curriculum, with no more than two a first year level and at least two at third year level. To be eligible, applicants seeking a minor teaching area of focus must have four units of study relevant to the chosen discipline, as defined by the WA secondary school curriculum, with no more than two a first year level. Entry to the course is competitive, and requires evidence of consistent and sustained high achievement (grades of credit and above) in a relevant undergraduate bachelor degree.

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 Enrolment is subject to restriction due to professional recognition 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.
Prior to graduation it is mandatory that students satisfactorily complete ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research) testing of literacy and numeracy (LANTITE).
A maximum of 25% of total Professional Experience days in the course may be taken overseas.
Part-time study is available for Year One of the course only. Students must be available to study full-time in Year Two.

All students who commence an Initial Teacher Education Course from 2017 onwards are required to complete Literacy and Numeracy Tests for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE), administered by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). Further information is available on the School of Education website.

All students commencing an initial teacher education course from 2019 onwards will be required to successfully complete the SimLab Screening
Evaluation to demonstrate that they meet the 'Fit for Profession' accreditation requirement. Further information is available on the School of
Education website.
Course Learning Outcomes At the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of secondary school students and how they learn through context-specific lesson planning, resource design and enactment of teaching.

2. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of context specific content and how to teach it through context-specific lesson planning, resource design and enactment of teaching.

3. Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning.

4. Proactively create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments through context-specific lesson planning, resource design and enactment of teaching.

5. Demonstrate knowledge of assessment strategies, a comprehensive feedback repertoire and school-based reporting of student learning through assignment tasks, lesson planning and enactment of teaching.

6. Engage in professional learning through unit and practicum experiences.

7. Engage professionally with colleagues, teachers, parents/carers and the community through unit and practicum experiences.
Employment Prospects Murdoch graduates are employed in government and non-government schools and other education related occupations throughout the world.
Professional Recognition Pending accreditation from the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), and the Teacher Registration Board of WA (TRBWA) http://www.trb.wa.gov.au/
Professional Accreditation Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) Teacher Registration Board of WA (TRBWA) http://www.trb.wa.gov.au/
Main research areas Education, teaching, curriculum
External Study Not all required units in these majors are offered externally. Some Education units are require intensive sessions on-campus.
CREDIT / EXEMPTIONS 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 EDN550 - Transition to Teaching.

Students cannot receive exemption from the Final Professional Experience: Secondary Teaching units.

If seeking un-credentialed 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.
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 - 48 credit points

Year 1 - 21 credit points

Core Units - 21 credit points

EDN298 LANTITE - Literacy - 0 points
MURDOCH: S1E-external, SP2-external, SS2-external

EDN299 LANTITE - Numeracy - 0 points
MURDOCH: S1E-external, SP2-external, SS2-external

EDN199 SimLab Entry Screening - 0 points
MURDOCH: S1E-internal, S2E-internal

EDN550 Transition to Teaching - 3 points
MURDOCH: AU7-internal, AU7-external, SP2-internal, SP2-external

EDN561 Learners and Learning Environments - 3 points
MURDOCH: AU7-internal, AU7-external

EDN581 Adolescent, Family and Community Health - 3 points
MURDOCH: SS2-internal, SS2-external

EDN582 Literacy and Numeracy in Secondary Education - 3 points
MURDOCH: SP2-internal, SP2-external

EDN583 Professional Experience Secondary: Strategies for Effective Teaching - 3 points
MURDOCH: ST4-internal, ST4-external

EDN584 Strategies for Effective Learning and Teaching in Secondary Schools - 3 points
MURDOCH: SP2-internal, SP2-external

EDN612 Diversity and Inclusion - 3 points
MURDOCH: SP2-internal, SP2-external

Year 2 - 27 credit points

Core Units - 15 credit points

EDN616 Research for Teaching - 3 points
MURDOCH: AU7-internal, AU7-external

EDN617 Research Project - 3 points
MURDOCH: AW1-internal, AW1-external

EDN690 Professional Experience-Secondary: Differentiation within Diverse Contexts - 3 points
Not available this year

EDN681 Final Professional Experience Secondary: Research in Practice - 6 points
MURDOCH: ST3-internal, ST3-external

Options - 12 credit points


Choose two of the Education Teaching minors

MN-ELED - Teaching English - 6 credit points
MN-HEED - Teaching Health - 6 credit points
MN-HSED - Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences - 6 credit points
MN-MAED - Teaching Mathematics - 6 credit points
MN-PHED - Teaching Physical Education - 6 credit points
MN-SCED - Teaching Science - 6 credit points

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