Master of Teaching

Course summary for local students

Award granted Master of Teaching
Campus

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) and Waurn Ponds (Geelong).
Cloud (online) for Primary and Secondary strands only. Check course entry for strand availability at each campus.

Cloud (online)Yes
Length

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 Cloud (online): Students are advised that Cloud (online) mode is part time only (50% of a full time load which equates to 4 units of study each year).  Any part-time, online (cloud) student wishing to increase their load can request permission to do so in the second year of the course (after the completion of approx. four units). To do this students will need permission from the Cloud (online) Strand Coordinator and will need to provide evidence of their ability to manage the extra work load effectively.

Primary & Early childhood dual strand completed via Cloud (Online) and Waurn Ponds (Geelong) in a minimum of 3 years.

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Indicative annual fee 2015$6,152* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
$16,600* - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Arts and Education

Tel 03 9246 8100  or  03 5227 1359

Email artsed-pg@deakin.edu.au

Course Director

Course Director

Julianne Moss, +61 3 924 46597, julianne.moss@deakin.edu.au

Strand Coordinators

Cloud (online) mode:

Kate Johnstone, +61 3 9244 6443, k.johnstone@deakin.edu.au 

Early Childhood strand:

Anne-Marie Morrissey, +61 3 924 46459, anne-marie.morrissey@deakin.edu.au 

Secondary strand:

Julie Dyer, +61 3 924 46725, julie.dyer@deakin.edu.au

Primary strand:

John Cripps Clark, +61 3 924 46467, john.crippsclark@deakin.edu.au


International students:

Kirsten Hutchison, +61 3 924 46148, kirsten.hutchison@deakin.edu.au

Contact the Course Strand Coordinators for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

VTAC Codes

Early Childhood Education

1400592021 (CSP) - Burwood (Melbourne) - Early Childhood Education

1400592022 (fee-paying) - Burwood (Melbourne) - Early Childhood Education

1400392021 (CSP) - Waurn Ponds (Geelong) - Early Childhood Education *

1400392022 (fee-paying) - Waurn Ponds (Geelong) - Early Childhood Education*

Primary

1400592121 (CSP) - Burwood (Melbourne) - Primary

1400592122 (fee-paying) - Burwood (Melbourne) - Primary

1405692121 (CSP) - Cloud (online) part-time only, Primary

1405692122 (fee-paying) - Cloud (online) part-time only, Primary

Secondary

1400592141 (CSP) - Burwood (Melbourne) - Secondary

1400592142 (fee-paying) - Burwood (Melbourne) -Secondary

1405692141 (CSP) - Cloud (online) part-time only, Secondary

1405692142 (fee-paying) - Cloud (online) part-time only, Secondary

Primary and Early Childhood Education

1400510201 (CSP) - Burwood (Melbourne) - Primary and Early Childhood Education

1400510202 (fee-paying) - Burwood (Melbourne) - Primary and Early Childhood Education

1400310201 (CSP) - Waurn Ponds (Geelong) & Cloud (online) (full-time**) Primary and Early Childhood*

1400310202 (fee-paying) - Waurn Ponds (Geelong) & Cloud (online) (full-time**) Primary and Early Childhood*

Primary and Secondary

1400510221 (CSP) - Burwood (Melbourne) - Primary and Secondary

1400510222 (fee-paying) - Burwood (Melbourne) - Primary and Secondary

1400610221 (CSP) - Cloud (online) part-time only, Primary and Secondary

1400610222 (fee-paying) - Cloud (online) part-time only, Primary and Secondary

* The Early Childhood strand is offered via intensives at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Cloud (online)

** Offered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) via community based delivery (combination of Cloud (online) and campus intensive classes).  First 8 cp of study, Primary via Cloud (online) offered part time only (2 years).  Final 8cp of study, Early Childhood via campus intensives at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) to be completed full time over 1 year or part time over 2 years. 

CRICOS course code068926C
Deakin course code E760

Note:

This course is subject to professional accreditation for 2015

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.  

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 is listed as approved early childhood teaching qualification by Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). Graduates with this qualification will be employable as teachers in Early Childhood settings.

The eligibility of students for membership of the accrediting body is subject to meeting the requirements of VIT. Deakin University makes no representation that students will meet those requirements.

International students and permanent residents

Graduates of this course who are intending to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) may be required to provide further information. You are advised to read the VIT's Qualification for Teachers Registration policy carefully which is available at: Further information

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this course you will be eligible to teach in early childhood settings, primary, or secondary schools, and you will have transferable organisational, leadership, human resource management and training skills. There is a strong demand for qualified teachers, and graduate starting salaries are high compared to the graduate average. The increased demand for teachers has also resulted in improvements in teaching conditions, resources and career advancement opportunities. As a graduate of this course you may find employment as a teacher within the private or public education sectors.

Course rules

Current students enrolled prior to 2015 please click here to view the 2014 verion of your course.

 

In the Master of Teaching (single strand), 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) 

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, Secondary):

Students enrolled in the Early Childhood strand complete:

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

Students enrolled in the Primary strand complete

  • 6 units in: 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
  • EXC725 Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum
3. Plus four credit points (4cp) from one of the following:
  • Internship.  A four credit point internship: (EPR704) undertaken after successful completion of the 60 days practicum and 12 cps with the pathway being an induction into the profession.
  • Research pathway. a four or six credit point research sequence (EXR781; EXR791; EXR796; EXR797 or EXR781; EXR791; EXR798 (2cp); EXR799 (2cp).   Graduates of the Master of Teaching who have successfully completed their strand studies and the research pathway option with 4 or 6 credit points in research studies at an appropriate standard may apply for entry into a PhD.
  • Leadership of Teaching. a four credit point sequence of studies in Leadership of Teaching (ELT711; ELT712; ELT713; ELT714)
  • (NEW 2015 commencing students only) Inclusive Education. a four credit point sequence of studies in Inclusive Education (EIE701;EIE702; EIE703; EIE704) (primary or secondary strands only)
  • (NEW 2015 commencing students only) Internationalisation. a four credit point sequence in Internationalisation (EEG701; EEG702; EEG703; EEG704)(secondary strand only)
  • (NEW 2015 commencing students only) LOTE. a four credit point sequence in Languages other than English (ECL751; ECL753; ECL777; ESJ757)(primary or secondary strands only)
  • (NEW 2015 commencing students only) TESOL. a four credit point sequence in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (ECL751; ECL752; ECL753; ESJ759)(primary or secondary strands only)
Note:

(i) All full-time campus based students will need to declare which pathway (i.e. Research, Internship, etc) they intend to follow before the completion of scheduled year 1 units. All Cloud (online) students will need to declare which pathway (i.e. Research, Internship, etc) they intend to follow before the completion of  scheduled year 2 units.

In the Master of Teaching (DUAL strand), 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, EPR706)* or (EPR701, EPR702, EPR709)#

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

only for students undertaking a dual credential with strands in Primary Teaching and Secondary Teaching. 

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

2. Plus ten credit points from one dual teaching strand (choice of Primary & Early Childhood or Primary & Secondary teaching):

Students enrolled in the Primary and Early Childhood strand complete:

  • 10 units in: EPL746; EPM742; EPO701; EPS735; ECE761; ECE762; ECE763; ECE764; ECP711 and ECP712
Students enrolled in the Primary and Secondary strand complete:
  • 6 units in: EPL746; EPM742; EPO701; EPS735; ECP711 and ECP712
  • 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

Course structure

Master of Teaching (single strand)*

*indicative for full-time, located studies only

Trimester 1

EEE751Teaching: Promoting Successful Learning

EPR701Planning for Learning in Professional Experience

Plus

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

   
Trimester 2

EEE752Effective Planning and Assessment

And one professional studies unit in:

EPR702Managing Teaching in Professional Experience

Plus

2 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.

Trimester 1 – (or alternative study period)

EEE753Becoming a Professional Educator *

EPR703Reflecting On Practice in Professional Experience *

Plus

2 strand units relating to strand choice, see below.

Strand Units

*Early Childhood - Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Please note that Burwood (Melbourne) students study via campus only and Waurn Ponds (Geelong) students study in Cloud (online) intensive mode at Waurn Ponds (Geelong), where units are studied via Cloud (online) with periodic campus based intensives. Both modes are only offered full-time for the Early Childhood Strand.

ECE761Early Childhood Pedagogy, Curricula and Programmes

ECE762Language and Literacy

ECE763Science and Environmental Awareness

ECE764Young Children's Mathematics

ECP711Creativity and the Arts in Childhood *

ECP712Social, Physical and Emotional Health and Wellbeing *

* ECP711, ECP712 also offered trimester 3 subject to availability 

Primary - Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

EPL746Primary Literacy

EPM742Fostering Primary Children's Mathematical Development

EPO701Primary Humanities, Societies and Environments

EPS735Primary Science and Technology Education

ECP711Creativity and the Arts in Childhood *

ECP712Social, Physical and Emotional Health and Wellbeing *

* ECP711, ECP712 also offered trimester 3 subject to availability 

Secondary - Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

Students enrolled in the Secondary strand must complete:

EEH730Promoting Student Wellbeing *

EXC725Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum

* EEH730 also offered trimester 3 subject to availability 

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 the curriculum list below.

Trimester 2

Students complete the remaining four credit points from one of the following options:

Internship

The Internship is a 4-credit point pathway option.  Internship placement is not part of the required placement days for VIT registration, however, the 60 placement days and 12 associated credit points of study must be successfully completed before undertaking the Internship placement.  Internships are unpaid, full-time, ten-week placements undertaken within set, non-negotiable dates under our agreements with VIT and the Australian Education Union.  

EPR704Internship (4 credit points)

Research

Research pathway 4cp

Note: This pathway is only available for eligible candidates that hold an Honours degree or equivalent and a WAM of 70 in prior and eligible  E760 units. The sequence of units are:

EXR781Education Research Methodology

EXR791Designing and Developing a Research Project

EXR796Research Paper Part A

EXR797Research Paper Part B

Research pathway 6cp

Note: This pathway is only available for eligible candidates that do not hold an Honours degree or equivalent and a WAM of 70 in prior and eligible E760 units. Students must be aware that this pathway is in addition to the 16 credit points required for the course (a total of 18 credit points) and further fees will be incurred.

The sequence of units are:

EXR781Education Research Methodology

EXR791Designing and Developing a Research Project

EXR798Minor Thesis Part A (2 credit points)

EXR799Minor Thesis Part B (2 credit points)

Leadership of Teaching

ELT711Theories and Models of Leadership: Introduction

ELT712Leadership Communities of Learners

ELT713Researching the Leadership of Teaching

ELT714Leadership of Teaching - Portfolio

Inclusive Education (2015 Commencing Students only)

EIE701Personalising Learning: Curriculum and Assessment

EIE702Teaching and Learning in the Inclusive Classroom

EIE703Designing Engagement for Learning

EIE704Supporting Communication in Inclusive Classrooms

TESOL (2015 Commencing Students only)

ECL751Pedagogy in the Globalised Language Classroom

ECL752Innovation in Language Curriculum

ECL753Linguistics for Language Teaching

ESJ759Studies in Curriculum (TESOL 7-10)

LOTE (2015 Commencing Students only)

ECL751Pedagogy in the Globalised Language Classroom

ECL753Linguistics for Language Teaching

ECL777Bilingualism and the Principles and Practices of Language Education

ESJ757Studies in Curriculum (LOTE A)

Internationalisation (2015 Commencing Students only)

EEG701International Schooling

 

EEG702Professional Learning in International Contexts

EEG703Power and Politics in International Schooling

EEG704Curriculum and Assessment in International Schools

 

Master of Teaching (dual strand - Primary & Early Childhood or Primary & Secondary)

Trimester 1

EEE751Teaching: Promoting Successful Learning

EPR701Planning for Learning in Professional Experience

EPL746Primary Literacy

EPM742Fostering Primary Children's Mathematical Development

Trimester 2

EEE752Effective Planning and Assessment

EPS735Primary Science and Technology Education

EPO701Primary Humanities, Societies and Environments

EPR702Managing Teaching in Professional Experience

Trimester 1 

ECP711Creativity and the Arts in Childhood

ECP712Social, Physical and Emotional Health and Wellbeing

plus two units from chosen strand:

ECE761Early Childhood Pedagogy, Curricula and Programmes Early Childhood

ECE762Language and Literacy Early Childhood

or

Two Secondary Curriculum Studies units (teaching Levels 7-10) See list below


Trimester 2

EEE753Becoming a Professional Educator

And one professional studies unit in:

EPR706Reflecting On Practice in Professional Experience Early Childhood

 or

 

EPR709Reflecting On Practice in Professional Experience Secondary

plus two units from chosen strand:

ECE763Science and Environmental Awareness Early Childhood

ECE764Young Children's Mathematics Early Childhood

or

Two Secondary Curriculum Studies units (teaching Level 11-12) See list below

Secondary Curriculum Study Units

Secondary Curriculum Studies campus availability*

Burwood (Melbourne): Biology, Chemistry, Dance, Drama, English, ESL (TESOL), Environmental Science, Geography, Health, History, Humanities, LOTE, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Physics, Science, SOSE, TESOL, Visual Arts

 

Cloud* (online) mode: Biology, Chemistry, English, Environmental Science, Geography, Health, History, Humanities, LOTE, Mathematics, Music, Science, , Physics, SOSE, TESOL, Visual Arts

*subject to availability and student demand

 

Secondary Curriculum Studies units

 Biology - Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

ESS744Science: Curriculum Study

ESS767Senior Biology: Curriculum Study

 

Chemistry - Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

ESS744Science: Curriculum Study

ESS768Curriculum Studies (Senior Chemistry)
 

Dance# - Burwood (Melbourne)

(Students to select the Dance specialism)

ECA731Arts Education Curriculum Study 1

ECA732Arts Education Curriculum Study 2

 

Drama# - Burwood (Melbourne)

(Students to select the Drama specialism)

ECA731Arts Education Curriculum Study 1

ECA732Arts Education Curriculum Study 2

 

English - Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

ECL761English Education A

ECL762English Education B

 

English as a Second Language (TESOL) - Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

ESJ759Studies in Curriculum (TESOL 7-10)

ESJ760Studies in Curriculum (TESOL or Senior Chemistry)

 

Environmental Science - Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

ESS741Science and Environmental Sustainability: Curriculum Study (Years 7-10)

ESS742Senior Environmental Science: Curriculum Study (Years 7-10)

 

Health - Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

ESH702Health Education: Curriculum Study *

ESH703Senior Health and Human Development: Curriculum Study *

* ESH702, ESH703 Cloud (online) mode offered in alternate years 2016, 2018.

History - Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

EHI701History A

EHI702History B

Humanities - Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

EHU701Humanities Societies and Environments A

EHU702Humanities Societies and Environments B

 

Language Other Than English (LOTE) - Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

ESJ757Studies in Curriculum (LOTE A)
ESJ758Studies in Curriculum (LOTE B)

 

Mathematics - Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

ESM724Mathematics: Curriculum Study

ESM725Senior Mathematics: Curriculum Study

 

Media/Film# - Burwood (Melbourne)

(Students to select the Media/Film specialism)

ECA735Arts Education Curriculum Study 5

ECA736Arts Education Curriculum Study 6

 

Music - Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

(Students to select the Music specialism)

ECA731Arts Education Curriculum Study 1

ECA732Arts Education Curriculum Study 2

 

Science - Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online))

ESS744Science: Curriculum Study

ESS755Resources in the Contemporary Science Curriculum

Physics - Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online))

ESS744Science: Curriculum Study

ESS745Senior Physics Curriculum Study

 

Visual Arts - Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

(Students to select the Visual Arts specialism)

ECA731Arts Education Curriculum Study 1

ECA732Arts Education Curriculum Study 2

# only available campus mode

 

Double Secondary curriculum Studies - units

 

Double SOSE  - Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

EHU701Humanities Societies and Environments A

EHU702Humanities Societies and Environments B

EHI701History A

EHI702History B

Double Maths

ESM704Problem Solving and Modelling

ESM724Mathematics: Curriculum Study

ESM725Senior Mathematics: Curriculum Study

ESM733Exploring Space and Number

 

Double Visual Arts  - Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

(Students to select the Visual Arts specialism)

ECA731Arts Education Curriculum Study 1

ECA732Arts Education Curriculum Study 2

ECA733Arts Education Curriculum Study 3

ECA734Arts Education Curriculum Study 4

 

Double Music  - Burwood (Melbourne)

(Students to select the Music specialism)

ECA731Arts Education Curriculum Study 1

ECA732Arts Education Curriculum Study 2

ECA733Arts Education Curriculum Study 3

ECA734Arts Education Curriculum Study 4

Double Dance- Burwood (Melbourne)

(Students to select the Dance specialism)

ECA731Arts Education Curriculum Study 1

ECA732Arts Education Curriculum Study 2

ECA733Arts Education Curriculum Study 3

ECA734Arts Education Curriculum Study 4

Double Drama- Burwood (Melbourne)

(Students to select the Drama specialism)

ECA731Arts Education Curriculum Study 1

ECA732Arts Education Curriculum Study 2

ECA733Arts Education Curriculum Study 3

ECA734Arts Education Curriculum Study 4


Strand availability

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

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Early Childhood

Applicants require a three year bachelor degree in any discipline, or a teaching degree in any area other than Early Childhood.

Primary

Applicants require a three year bachelor degree in any discipline other than Primary Teaching (or equivalent).

Secondary

Applicants require a three year bachelor degree in any discipline other than Secondary Teaching (or equivalent).

Primary and Early Childhood

Applicants require a three year bachelor degree in any discipline other than Early Childhood or Primary Teaching (or equivalent)

Primary and Secondary

Applicants require a three year bachelor degree in any discipline other than Primary or Secondary teaching (or equivalent).

Selection for applicants considering the Secondary strand or Primary and Secondary strand will be based on applicant background, and will require prior studies from disciplines that enable students to qualify for two single teaching method subjects or one double method. Methods usually require a background of study for at least two years, however preference will be given to applicants who have a three year major study in at least one discipline area. A double method requires at least three years of study in the discipline.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater.

As the Master of Teaching is a Nationally accredited course, credit for prior learning is not available for core units (EEE751, EEE752, EEE753, EPR701, EPR702, EPR703). Further, credit for prior learning is not available for any work experience whether paid or unpaid, qualified or unqualified teacher or teacher aide.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Applications for campus and Cloud (online) mode must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).


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.

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 online 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. Campus mode students can nominate school placement preferences but must undertake their placements during the time tabled dates unless, in exceptional circumstances, alternative arrangements are negotiated and agreed to in writing with the Professional Experience Office. Cloud (online) mode students are able to nominate school placement preferences when advised by the PEO. EPR unit assessment tasks AND the professional experience placement must successfully passed BEFORE students can proceed to the next EPR unit.

Students cannot nominate schools where they have a relationship, eg. relatives working at the school, children attending a school. 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 when enrolling or re-enrolling online in professional experience units. Failure to enrol or re-enrol correctly jeopardises a student’s professional 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 professional experience to be completed for each placement as per the Professional Experience website which includes the published professional experience timetable. Students should note that a ‘day’ constitutes a whole school day (not part thereof).

Students should familiarise themselves with the information on the  Professional Experience website each year. http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/education/professional-experience/index.php

Schedule of Professional Experience units

Master of Teaching

EPR701Planning for Learning in Professional Experience

10 days (single strand), 20 days (dual strand)

EPR702Managing Teaching in Professional Experience

25 days

EPR703Reflecting On Practice in Professional Experience

25 days

Or

EPR706Reflecting On Practice in Professional Experience ^^

^^ minimum of 50 days in Early Childhood settings; to be taken by students in a dual credential in Primary and Early Childhood Education.

Or

EPR709Reflecting On Practice in Professional Experience ^^

^^ minimum of 45 days in Secondary School settings; to be taken by students in a dual credential in Primary and Secondary Teacher 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.

Internship

EPR704Internship

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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