Master of Teaching (Primary)

Course summary for international students

Year

2020 course information

Award granted Master of Teaching (Primary)
Campus

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

Length

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

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

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2020$29,400 for 1 yr full-time AUD
CRICOS course code088429K
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
English language requirements

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

Deakin course code E762
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

New course version commencing 2020

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Teaching (Primary) course is a professionally accredited initial teacher education course that prepares graduates for employment in primary teaching, along with a range of other education-related fields.

The course includes core primary curriculum subjects including:

  • English/literacy
  • mathematics
  • science
  • humanities and social sciences
  • the arts
  • technology, and
  • health and physical education.

Primary teaching preservice teachers will also fulfil the requirement to specialise in a primary curriculum area.

Cloud (online) 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.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as an initial teacher education program against the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) program standards and the Australian professional standards for graduate teachers. Graduates of this course who are intending to apply for registration in Victoria or interstate may be required to provide further information. Applicants are advised to check the requirements in their state, carefully.

Fees and charges

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.

Career opportunities

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. You might also find employment in a range of other education related fields including policy, consultancy, NGOs, research or community-based organisations (e.g. museums, outdoor education, arts institutions, etc)

For more information go to DeakinTALENT

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Contribute to critical, professional debates about education theory; local, national and global trends; curriculum; Indigenous and intercultural perspectives; and legal, professional and ethical codes and standards, and critique and apply these understandings to inform their own practice.

Communication

Apply critical thinking, pedagogical knowledge and effective interpersonal, oral, written and multimodal communication skills to demonstrate empathy, foster learner agency, establish positive and inclusive learning-friendly environments, and build effective professional partnerships and trust with families/caregivers, teaching colleagues and other stakeholders.

Digital literacy

Act in accordance with the ethical and legal frameworks and policy that inform responsible and ethical practice in digital environments, and critically discuss, evaluate and employ a range of appropriate digital literacies, resources and technologies for professional/community/learner engagement and agency.

Critical thinking

Contribute to critical and professional debates about education trends, theory, policy and research and use these understandings to critically reflect on and evaluate own teaching practices and diverse learning data sets to make informed evidence-based judgements for enhancements and innovations to improve learner agency and outcomes. 

Problem solving

Collaboratively and independently use evidence and research to identify, prioritise and creatively respond to problems that arise in professional learning and practice.

Self-management

Engage autonomously and responsibly with critical self-reflection, self-assessment and feedback from others, to inform their own learning, plan for professional development and to balance academic demands with self-care /self-management.

Teamwork

Actively and collaboratively participate in, and/or lead learning communities, involving learners, families, community members, colleagues and the broader profession to deepen understandings of education and to optimise learning and learner well-being.

Global citizenship

Engage in research, and with the legal and ethical obligations of the teaching profession, to develop informed positions on and approaches to educational transformation as applied to learner agency and citizenship; Indigenous and intercultural issues; global education trends and issues; and, social justice and sustainability.

Approved by Faculty Board 2019

 

Course rules

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:

  • 11 core units (12 credit points)
  • A further 4 credit points in one of the following specialisations: 
  1. Primary Extended Curriculum 
  2. Internship 
  • AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Completion of at least 60 days of supervised professional experience (70 days for Primary Extended Curriculum)

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.

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 70 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.

Course structure

Core units

ELN010Australian Literacy Test (zero (0) credit points)

ELN011Australian Numeracy Test (zero (0) credit points)

EEE754Language, Literacy and Learning

EEE755Numeracy, Social Justice and New Pedagogies

EEE756Health, Wellbeing and Inclusive Education

EPR721Orientation to the Teaching Profession

EPO701Primary Humanities

EPM742Primary Mathematical Development

EPL746Primary Literacy

EPR722Building Capacity in Professional Experience

EPS735Primary Science and Technology Education

EPO702Arts, Humanities and Sustainability in Primary Education

EPR725Reflecting On Practice in Professional Experience

Specialisations

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

Primary Extended Curriculum 

4 credit points including;

ECP711Creativity and the Arts

ECP713Primary Health and Physical Education Pedagogies

EPR724Curriculum Inquiry in Professional Experience

Plus one unit from Primary Specialisations (aligned with undergrad minor) List A below

Internship

EPR704Internship (4 credit points)

Primary Specialisations List A

ECL761English Curriculum Inquiry

ESM724Mathematics Curriculum Inquiry

EHU701Humanities Curriculum Inquiry

ESS744Science Curriculum Inquiry

ECA731Arts Education Curriculum Inquiry

ETL710Teaching and Learning in Languages Classrooms

ETL700Pedagogy for EAL Classrooms

ESH702Health Education: Curriculum Study

Entry requirements - general

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

Entry requirements - specific

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 test. 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)

Credit for prior learning - general

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. Recognition for Prior Learning in the Master of Teaching is restricted by the professional accreditation structures of the course. Students are encouraged to apply for credit for comparable curriculum discipline units completed at postgraduate level. Credit is not available for any work experience whether paid or unpaid, qualified or unqualified teacher or teacher aide against the academic professional experience units.

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.


Professional Experience Placement

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.