Master of Teaching

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Award granted Master of Teaching
Campus

Offered at Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus and Off campus

Duration

Full-time study: 1.5 years for students undertaking studies in Trimester 1, 2, 3, and 1 in the following year, or 2 years for students undertaking studies in Trimesters 1,2 and 1,2 combination.

Part-time Off-campus: Students are advised that off-campus is part time mode only (50% of a full time load which equates to 4 units of study each year). Any student wishing to increase their load will have to gain written permission from the off campus course director. To do this students will have to provide evidence of ability to manage the extra load effectively.

CRICOS course code068926C
Deakin course codeE760

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Master of Teaching is a 16 credit point course. It enables candidates with at least a three-year undergraduate degree to complete the equivalent of two more years of study (four trimesters) that will allow registration as a graduate early childhood, primary or secondary teacher with a master's qualification.
 
This course has been developed in response to the growing trend, nationally and internationally, to require postgraduate qualifications for entry into the teaching profession, and to offer a number of pathways into the profession.  A 12 credit point Graduate Diploma of Teaching (E663) is embedded in the course.  You will have the opportunity to exit the course after three trimesters  with a graduate diploma, or to complete a 4th trimester of study to graduate with a Master of Teaching.

Professional recognition

As a graduate of the course you will be eligible to gain registration for teaching in primary or secondary school settings through the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). Qualifications gained through the Master of Teaching – Early Childhood and the Graduate Diploma of Teaching- Early Childhood are listed as approved on the Victorian Government Gazette list. Graduates with either of these qualifications will be employable as teachers in Early Childhood settings.

 

International students and permanent residents

Graduates of this course who are intending to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) will be required to demonstrate an IELTS of an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas where there is no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening.  Further information


Strand availability

The strands in Primary and Secondary, will be available on campus at the Melbourne Burwood Campus, and in off-campus mode. The Early Childhood strand commences on-campus at Melbourne Burwood Campus, and Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus in community-based mode i.e. a combination of intensive and online study.   Not all secondary methods will be available at the Melbourne Burwood Campus or in off-campus mode.
 
Articulated courses
 
Master of Teaching graduates who have successfully completed their strand study and the research pathway option with four credit points in research studies at an appropriate standard may apply for entry into a PhD.

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

 

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

In the Master of Teaching, all students must successfully complete the following course components, totalling 16 credit points:

1. Six core units (6cp) in Education Studies and Professional Experience:

  • Education Studies units (EEE751, EEE752, EEE753)
  • Professional Experience units (EPR701, EPR702, EPR703) or (EPR701, EPR705, EPR706)*

* only for students undertaking a dual credential with strands in Early Childhood Education and Primary Teaching. 


Note: embedded in the Professional Experience units are 60 days of teaching experience in schools or other educational settings.

2. Plus six credit points from one teaching strand (choice of Early Childhood, Primary or Secondary teaching):
Students enrolled in the *Early Childhood strand complete:

  • 6 core units: ECE761; ECE762; ECE763; ECE764; ECP711 and ECP712

Students enrolled in the Primary strand complete

  • 6 core units: EPL746; EPM742; EPO701; EPS735; ECP711 and ECP712

Students enrolled in the Secondary strand complete:

  • Two curriculum studies units (teaching Years 7-10) in their two discipline areas (e.g. in history and geography; or science and maths; or English and drama etc)
  • Two curriculum studies units (teaching Years 11-12) in their two discipline areas
  • EEH730 Promoting Student Wellbeing
  • EXC735 Teachers and Youth Literacy and Numeracy Engagement or EXC725 Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum

3. Plus four credit points (4cp) from one of the following:

  • Dual Credential. By choosing certain combinations from the above for their remaining four units, students can gain sufficient credits to qualify as a teacher in a second strand, i.e. in Early Childhood AND Primary, or Primary AND Secondary. (Note: dual credential is only available in the Trimester 1,2,1,2 study configuration, across 2 years of study).

Or they may choose:

  • Internship. a four credit point internship: (EPR704) which can only be undertaken after successful completion of the 60 days practicum and which serves as an induction into the profession.
  • Research pathway. a four credit point research sequence (EXR781; EXR791; EXR796; EXR797).   Graduates of the Master of Teaching who have successfully completed their strand studies and the research pathway option with 4 credit points in research studies at an appropriate standard may apply for entry into a PhD.
  • Applied Learning. a four credit point sequence in Applied Learning, designed to prepare teachers to work with young people in secondary schools through the Victorian Certificate in Applied Learning, and in TAFE and Adult and Community Education (ACE) settings:  (ECJ722; ECJ723; EEE723, ECJ724; available only to those already completing a secondary strand).  (Note:  this sequence is only available in the Trimester 1,2,1,2 study configuration, across 2 years of study).  The Applied Learning sequence is offered in mixed mode.  It combines off campus study with 4 days of compulsory attendance per unit per trimester at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.  Students taking an applied learning sequence attend a total of 16 days of intensive study for the four units. Students who complete the Applied Learning strand of the Masters of Teaching must have also completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAA) as a co-requisite qualification to be eligible to graduate. Deakin staff have established a partnership with Box Hill Institute of TAFE allowing students (without a TAA) to receive credit towards the Box Hill Institute TAA. Students may elect to complete the qualification with Box Hill Institute staff delivering the remaining elements at a Deakin’s campus.
  • Leadership of Teaching. a four credit point sequence of studies in Leadership of Teaching (ELT711; ELT712; ELT713; ELT714)

Note:

(i) All full-time on campus students will need to declare which pathway (i.e. Research, Applied Learning, Internship, Dual Credential or Leadership of Teaching) they intend to follow by the end of Trimester 2.

ii) Off campus for Primary and Secondary strands only (ie. Early Childhood Education not available in off campus study)

Course structure

Level 1 (Year 1)

Trimester 1

EEE751Unit description is currently unavailable

EPR701Unit description is currently unavailable

2 Core strand units relating to strand choice, see below.

   
Trimester 2

EEE752Unit description is currently unavailable

And one professional studies unit in:

EPR702Unit description is currently unavailable

Or

EPR705Unit description is currently unavailable ^

^ EPR705 is only for students undertaking a dual credential with strands in Early Childhood Education and Primary Education.

Plus

2 Core strand units relating to strand choice, see below.

 

Note: after completion of Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 studies, students are required to nominate their additional trimester preferences and consult with enrolment officers regarding their next trimester enrolment.

 

Level 2 (Year 2)

Trimester 1 – (or alternative study period- Level 2, Trimester 3)

EEE753Unit description is currently unavailable *

And one professional studies unit in:

EPR703Unit description is currently unavailable *

Or

Trimester 2

EPR707Unit description is currently unavailable

Or

EPR706Unit description is currently unavailable ^^

Plus

2 Core strand units relating to strand choice, see below.

* EEE753, EPR703 also offered trimester 3

^^ EPR706 is only for students undertaking a dual credential with strands in Early Childhood Education and Primary Education.

 

Core Strand Units

*Early Childhood (B, G) – please note Burwood students study on-campus only and Geelong students in the on-line intensive mode at Waurn Ponds, where units are studied online with periodic intensives on-campus. Both modes are only offered full-time for the Early Childhood Strand.


ECE761Unit description is currently unavailable

ECE762Unit description is currently unavailable

ECE763Unit description is currently unavailable

ECE764Unit description is currently unavailable

ECP711Unit description is currently unavailable *

ECP712Unit description is currently unavailable *

* ECP711, ECP712 also offered trimester 3.


Primary (B, X)

EPL746Unit description is currently unavailable

EPM742Unit description is currently unavailable

EPO701Unit description is currently unavailable

EPS735Unit description is currently unavailable

ECP711Unit description is currently unavailable *

ECP712Unit description is currently unavailable *

* ECP711, ECP712 also offered trimester 3.


Secondary (B, X)

Students enrolled in the Secondary strand must complete:

EEH730Unit description is currently unavailable *

EXC735Unit description is currently unavailable

or

EXC725Unit description is currently unavailable

* EEH730 also offered trimester 3

(Note: Students undertaking a Secondary and Primary dual credential take units ECP711 and ECP712 instead of units EEH730, EXC725/735).

 

and

•Two Secondary Curriculum Studies units (teaching Levels 7-10) and Two Secondary Curriculum Studies units (teaching Level 11-12) in their two discipline areas (e.g. in history and geography; or science and maths; or English and Drama etc) from:

 

Secondary Curriculum Studies campus availability*

Burwood: Biology, Chemistry, Commerce and Business Studies, Dance, Drama, English, ESL (TESOL), Environmental Science, Geography, Health, History, Humanities, Societies and Environment (HSE/SOSE), LOTE, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Science, Visual Arts

 

Off campus: Biology, Chemistry, Commerce and Business Studies, English, Environmental Science, Geography, Health, History, LOTE, Mathematics, Music, Science, Humanities, Societies and Environment (HSE/SOSE), Visual Arts
*subject to availability and student demand

 

Secondary Curriculum Studies units

 Biology (B, X)

ESS744Unit description is currently unavailable

ESS767Unit description is currently unavailable

 

Chemistry (B, X)

ESS744Unit description is currently unavailable

ESJ760Unit description is currently unavailable


Commerce and Business Studies (B, X) 

ECS771Unit description is currently unavailable

ECB704Unit description is currently unavailable

 

Dance# (B)

(Students to select the Dance specialism)

ECA731Unit description is currently unavailable

ECA732Unit description is currently unavailable

 

Drama# (B)

(Students to select the Drama specialism)

ECA731Unit description is currently unavailable

ECA732Unit description is currently unavailable

 

English (B, X)

ECL761Unit description is currently unavailable

ECL762Unit description is currently unavailable

 

English as a Second Language (TESOL)# (B)

ESJ759Unit description is currently unavailable

ESJ760Unit description is currently unavailable

 

Environmental Science (B, X)

ESS741Unit description is currently unavailable

ESS742Unit description is currently unavailable

 

Health (B, X)

ESH702Unit description is currently unavailable *

ESH703Unit description is currently unavailable *

* ESH702, ESH703 off campus offered in alternate years 2014, 2016

 

Humanities, Societies and Environments (HSE) (B, X)

ECS771Unit description is currently unavailable

ECS772Unit description is currently unavailable

 

Language Other Than English (LOTE)# (B)

ESJ757Unit description is currently unavailable
ESJ758Unit description is currently unavailable

 

Mathematics (B, X)

ESM724Unit description is currently unavailable

ESM725Unit description is currently unavailable

 

Media/Film# (B)

(Students to select the Media/Film specialism)

ECA735Unit description is currently unavailable

ECA736Unit description is currently unavailable

 

Music (B, X)

(Students to select the Music specialism)

ECA731Unit description is currently unavailable

ECA732Unit description is currently unavailable

 

Science (B, X)

ESS744Unit description is currently unavailable

ESS755Unit description is currently unavailable

 

Visual Arts (B, X)

(Students to select the Visual Arts specialism)

ECA731Unit description is currently unavailable

ECA732Unit description is currently unavailable

# only available on campus

 

Double Secondary curriculum Studies - units

 

Double Humanities, Societies and Environments (HSE/SOSE)  (B, X)

ECS771Unit description is currently unavailable

ECS772Unit description is currently unavailable

ECS720Unit description is currently unavailable

ECS721Unit description is currently unavailable

 

Double Visual Arts (B, X)

(Students to select the Visual Arts specialism)

ECA731Unit description is currently unavailable

ECA732Unit description is currently unavailable

ECA733Unit description is currently unavailable

ECA734Unit description is currently unavailable

 

Double Music (B)

(Students to select the Visual Arts specialism)

ECA731Unit description is currently unavailable

ECA732Unit description is currently unavailable

ECA733Unit description is currently unavailable

ECA734Unit description is currently unavailable

 

Level 2 (Year 2)

In fourth Trimester – students undertake one of the following:

 

Internship (B, G, X)
4 credit points, comprising a 10 week internship. This option is subject to successful completion of the Deakin Authentic Teacher Assessment (ATA) in the previous trimester and contingent on availability of suitable placement for intern.

EPR704Unit description is currently unavailable
 

Or
Applied Learning (X)
4 credit point sequence in applied learning studies

Trimester 1

ECJ722Unit description is currently unavailable

ECJ724Unit description is currently unavailable

Trimester 2

EXE703Unit description is currently unavailable

ECJ723Unit description is currently unavailable

Notes:

(i) Applied Learning units are available by off campus study with 4 days of compulsory attendance per unit per trimester at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.  Students taking an Applied Learning sequence attend a total of 16 days of intensive study for the four units.

(ii) Students who complete the Applied Learning strand of the Masters of Teaching must have also completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAA) as a co-requisite qualification to be eligible to graduate. Deakin staff have established a partnership with Box Hill Institute of TAFE allowing students (without a TAA) to receive credit towards the Box Hill Institute TAA. Students may elect to complete the qualification with Box Hill Institute staff delivering the remaining elements at a Deakin’s campus.

Or
Research pathway (B, X)

4 credit points, including units in Research Methods, Research design and ethics, and a 2 credit point research paper

EXR781Unit description is currently unavailable

EXR791Unit description is currently unavailable

EXR796Unit description is currently unavailable

EXR797Unit description is currently unavailable
 

Notes:

(i) EXR796 and EXR797 are also offered trimester 3 subject to the availability of appropriate supervisors and in consultation with the Course Director.

 

Or
Leadership of Teaching
(B, G,  X)
4 credit point sequence, focusing on developing knowledge of the roles of teachers in leading curriculum change. This includes one credit unit of shadowing a curriculum leader in either an Early childhood or a school-based setting and one unit with a major focus on portfolio planning for teacher leadership positions.

ELT711Unit description is currently unavailable

ELT712Unit description is currently unavailable

ELT713Unit description is currently unavailable

ELT714Unit description is currently unavailable

 

Or
Additional strand (Dual credential)

4 core units in a second strand

Note: Dual credential is only available in Tri 1,2,1,2, study combination.


Working with Children Check

 

The Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic.) requires a person who engages in child-related work, as defined in the Act, to obtain an assessment notice under the Act, known as a Working with Children Check (WWCC). The Act is administered by the Department of Justice: justice.vic.gov.au

School experience placements in schools in the course of a university degree are “child-related work”. Under the Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic.), administered by the Department of Justice, a student teacher must obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC) before commencing school experience placements in a school. The WWCC must remain current throughout the course. It is an offence under the Act to engage in school experience without holding a WWCC.

 

Students will not be allowed to commence school experience in any school in Victoria until a Working with Children Check is obtained. Therefore it is vital that as soon as you have accepted an offer into the Master of Teaching, you must apply for the WWCC. The Department of Education has requested that on the application form a student nominates the University as the (or one of the) employers. The University will then be sent a copy of the assessment notice. Because the University needs to assure a school that a student placed at the school has a current Working with Children Check, each student must give their authority to provide the assurance - a student will be required to sign an authority for the University to inform a school that a WWCC has or has not been obtained.

 

While the University will hold on file documentation relating to the WWCCs obtained by students engaged in school experience, it is each student’s responsibility to ensure that he or she can produce the WWCC card to the school upon request and to keep the WWCC current under the Act.

 

Students are required to apply for a WWCC through a participating Australia Post outlet (which can be found on the Australia Post website or the Department of Justice website) and provide proof to the faculty that the WWCC has been undertaken.

 

Should a student fail to obtain a WWCC, practical training in a school will not be provided, and as practical training is a requirement for completion of a teaching degree, the student may be unable to complete the degree. Should such a situation arise, the University will provide advice on options for tertiary study.

 

It is the responsibility of students undertaking placements outside Victoria to enquire about and, where necessary, to meet any similar legislative or other requirements concerning working with children.

 

Professional Experience requirements

Students are required for registration purposes (and for the award of the degree) to have completed over the duration of their course a minimum of 60 days of supervised experience in a school or early childhood settings. Students should ensure they are conversant with the Standards for Graduating Students as required by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (refer to: www.vit.vic.edu.au). The school experience is organised by the Professional Experience Office and students do not make contact with schools regarding placements under any circumstances.

 

Students are required to comply with the on-line instructions regarding enrolment/re-enrolment in school experience; failure to enrol/re-enrol jeopardises a student’s professional experience placement.

 

Students should note that it is a requirement of the course that school experience is undertaken in conjunction with core professional experience units and during the time tabled dates unless, in exceptional circumstances, alternative arrangements are negotiated and agreed to in writing with the Professional Experience Office. Students should note that normally any paid or unpaid work undertaken in a school as an unqualified teacher/teacher’s aide will not be recognised for credit transfer in supervised school experience for this course. Students may be required to complete the school experience component of the course outside the academic year.

 

A satisfactory level of teaching competence during supervised professional experience is required for award of the degree. An “unsatisfactory” result on any professional experience placement will be referred to the Faculty Academic Progress and Discipline Committee.

 

Graduates of an accredited teaching course who wish to apply to study a different strand should note that teacher registration is required in Victoria and is administered by the Victorian Institute of Teaching under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic.). Prospective students should acquaint themselves with the requirements for registration in Victoria or in any other relevant location. These requirements include the ability to satisfy the Standards for Graduating Students (available at: vit.vic.edu.au)

Professional Experience enrolment

Students need to carefully follow the instructions correctly when enrolling or re-enrolling online in professional experience units. Failure to enrol or re-enrol correctly jeopardises a student’s school experience placement and this could lead to a delay in the award of the degree. Students must follow Faculty rules in relation to the number of days of school experience to be completed for each placement as per the Professional Experience Handbook (available from the campus of enrolment) which includes the published school experience timetable. Students should note that a ‘day’ constitutes a whole school day (not part thereof).

Students should obtain a copy of the Master of Teaching Professional Experience Handbook each year from the Professional Experience Office (also will be available at deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/education/schoolexp). Information contained in the Handbook is updated annually and is a summary of Faculty rules in relation to school experience.

 

OFF CAMPUS STUDENTS ONLY: Students are able to nominate 3 school preferences and the dates they want to undertake the placement within the Trimester. Placements can be undertaken at a minimum of 3 days per week. Please note:  the EPR unit assessment tasks AND the professional experience placement must be marked and successfully passed  BEFORE students can proceed to the next EPR unit. Therefore, please consider carefully the timing of your professional experience placement.  Students cannot nominate schools where they have a relationship, eg. relatives working at the school, children attending a school.

Schedule of Professional Experience units

Master of Teaching


EPR701Unit description is currently unavailable

15 days (5 and 10 day periods; details TBC) Includes 10 days of professional experience in schools and the equivalent of 5 days investigating community settings.

Hurdle Requirement: Satisfactory completion of the required number of professional experience days.


EPR702Unit description is currently unavailable

25 days

Hurdle Requirement: Satisfactory completion of the required number of professional experience days.

 

Or

 

EPR705Unit description is currently unavailable ^

^ minimum of 35 days in Early Childhood settings; to be taken by students in a dual credential in Early Childhood Education and Primary Education.

 

EPR703Unit description is currently unavailable

25 days

 

Or

 

EPR706Unit description is currently unavailable ^^

^^ minimum of 45 days in Early Childhood settings; to be taken by students in a dual credential in Early Childhood Education and Primary Education.

 

Note:  Embedded in all the Professional Experience units are practicum placements totalling a minimum of 60 days in either Early childhood or Primary or Secondary school settings.

Those wishing to complete studies in both Early Childhood and Primary should note that there are additional practicum placements required outside the normal trimester time (in units EPR705 and EPR706).

 

Internship

EPR704Unit description is currently unavailable

 

In the Internship, participants will teach and work in a negotiated setting for a minimum time of 10 weeks, in order to further develop and consolidate their knowledge and skills in the daily work of teachers. The unit will also include weekly discussions with supervisor(s) regarding development of skills, problem-solving and reflections on concerns.

Income Support

Domestic students enrolled in certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and Austudy.

 

Further information can be found at Deakin University's Fees website.

 

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