Master of Teaching (Primary)

Postgraduate coursework

By studying a postgraduate Master of Teaching (Primary) course, you'll be learning core teaching subjects and be eligible to register with the VIT.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS band score of 7 (with no band less than 7) and speaking and listening of 7.5

Duration

2 years full time (4 years part time) – 16 credit points

Deakin courses can also be studied part time over a longer period.

Campuses

International campus based students undertake their studies at Burwood (Melbourne)

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

The Master of Teaching (Primary) course is fully accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) and prepares graduates for employment as a primary teacher in Australia and overseas. The course includes core subjects of the primary curriculum: English, mathematics, science, humanities and social sciences, the arts, technology, health and physical education, and opportunities to develop breadth of knowledge in areas of interest.

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Course structure

The Master of Teaching (Primary) is typically 16 credit points.

The exact number of credit points you study depends on how much credit you receive as recognition of prior learning (RPL) – your professional experience and previous qualifications – which can save you time and money

To qualify for the award of Master of Teaching (Primary), students must complete the following:

  • 12 core units
  • A further 4 credit points in one of the following specialisations: 
    1. Inclusive Education
    2. Internship
    3. Languages Teaching. Note: Students undertaking the Languages Teaching specialisation must have the appropriate prior study of a language, as per the VIT Specialist Area Guidelines
    4. Research
    5. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
    6. Leadership (Only available Cloud (online)) and

This course includes 60 days of supervised professional experience.

Students are also required to complete below two zero (0) credit point units ELN010 and ELN011 as part of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) in order to graduate from their course.

12

Core units

4

Specialisation

16

Total units

Core units

Year 1 

  • Australian Literacy Test ELN010 (zero (0) credit points)
  • Australian Numeracy Test ELN011 (zero (0) credit points)
  • Teaching: Promoting Successful Learning EEE751
  • Planning and Assessment with Diverse Learners EEE752
  • Primary Literacy EPL746
  • Fostering Primary Children's Mathematical Development EPM742
  • Primary Humanities, Societies and Environments EPO701
  • Planning for Learning in Professional Experience EPR721
  • Managing Teaching in Professional Experience EPR722
  • Primary Science and Technology Education EPS735
  • Year 2 

  • Creativity and the Arts in Childhood ECP711
  • Social, Physical and Emotional Health and Wellbeing ECP712
  • Becoming a Professional Educator EEE753
  • Reflecting On Practice in Professional Experience EPR723
  • plus a four credit point specialisation

    Specialisations

    Students complete the remaining four credit points from one of following specialisations

    Internship

  • Internship EPR704 (4 credit points)
  • Research

  • Research Design Development and Method EDX701
  • Theory and Methodology in Education Research EDX712
  • Research Paper A EDX703
  • Research Paper B EDX704
  • Leadership of Teaching

    Only available Cloud (online)

  • Theories and Models of Leadership: Introduction ELT711
  • Leadership Communities of Learners ELT712
  • Researching the Leadership of Teaching ELT713
  • Leadership of Teaching Profile ELT714
  • Inclusive Education

  • Personalising Learning EIE701
  • Teaching and Learning in the Inclusive Classroom EIE702
  • Designing Engagement for Learning EIE703
  • Supporting Communication in Inclusive Classrooms EIE704
  •  Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • Pedagogy for EAL Classrooms ETL700
  • Innovation in Language Curriculum ETL704
  • Pedagogic Grammar ETL705
  • Learning An Additional Language ETL711
  • Languages Teaching

    Student must meet the VIT Specialist Area Guidelines for Languages Teaching to enrol in this specialisation.

  • Multilingualism and Multilingual Education in Global Contexts ETL709
  • Teaching and Learning in Languages Classrooms ETL710
  • Learning An Additional Language ETL711
  • CLIL Pedagogy ETL716
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Teaching (Primary)
    Year

    2020 course information

    Deakin code
    E762
    CRICOS code?
    088429K
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Our courses are regularly reviewed, refined and improved. As a result, in 2020 we are pleased to announce that we are currently undergoing exciting updates. Please check back soon.

    Additional course information

    Students are required to apply for a Working with Children Check. Apply online as a volunteer at https://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/.  

    All professional experience placements must be undertaken in an Australian school setting. Overseas placements are not permitted.

    For further information contact the School of Education, Professional Experience office.

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Participation requirements

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

     

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Admission to study postgraduate coursework at Deakin is based on recognition of your professional experience and previous qualifications.

    Admission is based on:

    • Bachelor degree in a different discipline, and
    • All applicants must complete an additional selection tool for non-academic attributes. Deakin University is using the CASPer assessment tool. CASPer is an online, video-scenario based situational judgement test, designed to measure non-academic suitability for teaching.

    In addition, applicants are required to have at least one year of full-time or equivalent study relevant to one or more learning areas of the primary school curriculum, including minor in one Australian Curriculum Learning Area F-10. For more information see F-10 Learning Areas: http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au 

    IELTS / English language requirements 

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

    Cloud studies

    Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

    However, international students living in Australia on a student visa, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), must enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students may undertake a maximum of up to one third (or equivalent) of their study as Cloud (online) study. Please note enrolment in one face to face unit in compulsory study periods is only allowed if the student is completing their final unit of study and will not exceed maximum one third (or equivalent) online requirement.

    Recognition of prior learning

    Am I eligible to receive Recognition of Prior Learning?

    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, Recognition of Prior Learning is not available for core units (EEE751, EEE752, EEE753, EPR721, EPR722, EPR723). Further, Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

    Apply now

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.  For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page.  Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin
    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB


    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.


    Research Information

    This is a graduate entry teaching course that introduces research based practice throughout the core professional studies units (a total of six credit points), which includes demonstrating their application of knowledge and skills through their 60 days of professional practice in education based contexts e.g. primary schools. As part of the series of core professional studies units, students are also required to complete a capstone assessment in the final year (1 credit point unit) to demonstrate their evidence based professional practice informed by data analysis and scholarship of teaching and learning.

    Frequently asked questions

    Deakin runs on trimesters, what dates do they each start?

    Find out more about our key dates

    Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

    Find our more about scholarships at Deakin

    Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

    Find out more about RPL

    Where can I study with Deakin?

    Find out more about campus locations

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    There is a strong demand for qualified teachers and graduate starting salaries for teachers 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.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Professional recognition

    This course is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as an initial teacher education program against the Australian professional standards for teachers. 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 check the VIT registration requirements carefully.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Apply an advanced, integrated understanding of: current theories of child and adolescent development; contemporary theories and early childhood pedagogy; conceptual, cognitive and developmental theories of learning and of barriers to learning to teaching practice, with a particular focus on literacy and numeracy skills of all children.

    Demonstrate, analyse and synthesize an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex bodies of knowledge specific to the content areas to be taught and effective pedagogical approaches in primary education.

    Communication

    Discern and use high level effective interpersonal, oral, written and electronic communication skills with students, their parents, colleagues and other stakeholders to demonstrate empathy, develop rapport and build teacher/ student/ parent partnerships and trust.

    Use expert and specialised professional skills in teaching and learning to interpret and develop new knowledge and multimodal skills with students colleagues and the community.

    Contribute to scholarly and professional practice and inquiry using a range of communication methods to engage and motivate students and establish positive and inclusive learning environments.

    Digital literacy

    Select, create, curate and evaluate a range of digital teaching and learning resources and technologies to support student engagement and learning in accordance with responsible and ethical practice.

    Employ a range of digital resources to analyse and disseminate classroom research as a professional practitioner and in scholarly contexts and/or in leadership roles.

    Critical thinking

    Critically evaluate and synthesise information relating to student learning, using formative and summative assessment data, taking into consideration contemporary theories of curriculum and pedagogy to make judgments about the use of appropriate teaching, learning and assessment strategies and apply this understanding in professional practice, research and/or leadership roles.

    Identify, analyse, implement, evaluate and adapt a range of cross-curricula and learning activities in response to the needs of students.

    Inquire, research and reflect critically on professional practice and the scholarship of teaching.

    Problem solving

    Demonstrate expert and specialised knowledge and apply technical and creative skills to research, critically analyse, implement, evaluate a range of problems and issues in the learning environment and communities.

    Use leadership, creativity and initiative to identify solutions and develop inclusive and supportive learning environments.

    Critically reflect on professional practice and/or leadership role to generate creative approaches to a range of problems encountered in learning environment and communities.

    Self-management

    Work autonomously and responsibly and identify and plan for professional development as a reflective practitioner committed to high standards of professional practice.

    Actively participate in an/or lead professional learning communities to deepen professional skills in and knowledge of contemporary educational issues.

    Teamwork

    Work collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals, families and members of the wider community who share responsibility for the learning and wellbeing of students to optimise student learning. 

    Global citizenship

    Apply advanced knowledge and skills as an educator to develop learning environments and experiences that address cultural diversity and socioeconomic factors to positively influence students’ learning.

    Demonstrate and apply the legal and ethical responsibility required in the teaching profession.

    Approved by Faculty Board 2014

     


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