Information on this page is for Australian residents

Next intake: 
23 July 2018
Duration: 
2 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Blended
Face to Face

Applications for next intake due 15 July 2018

Overview

Prepare for a rewarding career as a primary school teacher with the practical experience offered through a Master of Teaching (Primary Education) at Victoria University.

Refine your craft as a teacher by engaging in informed classroom discussions and undertaking practical research. This course will prepare you to teach in all areas of the primary curriculum. It includes scope to pursue specialist studies in literacy, numeracy and science.

You will gain significant professional experience to prepare you for the real world of teaching. Through our extensive partnerships, you will undertake 60+ days of supervised teaching practice in a primary school.

Through engagement with the latest educational theory, practice and technology, you can be assured of an excellent grounding in teaching.

This course is accredited by the Victoria Institute of Teaching (VIT), which means you will be eligible for registration to teach in the whole of Australia.

You will gain extensive professional experience, supervised by experienced teachers and supported to take on increasing responsibility. We also offer a range of additional professional experience opportunities, including:

  • teaching in rural/remote areas
  • international placements
  • partnerships with local sports or arts organisations.

This course structure is guided by the integration of three groups of practice:

  • epistemologies of practice: experiences and processes of learning through social acts 
  • pedagogies of practice: learning environments that enable inquiry and action
  • methodologies of practice: investigations of meaning and understanding that unites mind, material and process.

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  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

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Careers in teaching

Postgraduate study in education is increasingly important in the advancement of a professional education career. Our Master of Teaching (Primary Education) will prepare you for a rewarding career as a primary school teacher.

You will be eligible to apply for primary-school teacher positions after you graduate from the Master of Teaching (Primary Education), register with Victoria Institute of Teaching (VIT), and pass the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education.

You'll also be able to pursue careers in a range of education-related industries and organisations, that could include:

  • special-education teacher
  • educational-publishing editor or writer
  • museum or gallery educator
  • tutor
  • school-holiday program or aftercare coordinator
  • education-supply liaison officer.

The number of job openings for primary school teachers is expected to be high (JobOutlook).

Salary

The average annual salary of a primary school teacher in Australia is $72,800 (JobOutlook).

The average annual salary of a special education teacher in Australia is $78,312 (JobOutlook).

Course structure

To complete the Master of Teaching (Primary Education) students will be required to complete:

  • 192 credit points Core units

Students are required to pass an approved literacy and numeracy test in order to be eligible to graduate from their Victorian Institute of Teaching-accredited program.

Additional Notes

  • Students are required to pass the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) prior to commencement of the second year placement units.
  • Students will need to monitor the VIT website for details in relation to the tests that will be considered; a link to advice and fact sheets about the test and to the external test provider. Refer to www.vit.vic.edu.au

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Implement educational innovation and professional learning in a workplace, and be able to draw on a range of connections within professional and academic communities;  
  2. Critically analyse the changing nature of society (technological, economic, environmental and cultural) and the implications for primary education;  
  3. Understand/implement effective assessment practices for primary school teaching;  
  4. Implement and justify a range of approaches for the education of children, enabling the development of personal teaching practices which are suitable for teaching within primary education in the 21st century; in economically and culturally diverse communities;  
  5. Investigate and present patterns of cultural and political relations in which primary education services are located, with particular reference to primary education in economically and culturally diverse communities;  
  6. Exhibit an understanding of and commitment to ethical action, social responsibility and sustainability, with the commitment to an ongoing process of improvement that is in their own interests, those of young people in primary education and the communities in which they teach;  
  7. Design, formulate, and elucidate educational inquiry/research which can be applied by teachers to inform, evaluate and improve their teaching practice;  
  8. Exhibit knowledge and skills in educational leadership applicable for beginning teachers;  
  9. Critically review or cross-examine curriculum and pedagogical approaches in order to enhance the learning of all students.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), Full-fee

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Bachelor/Honours degree: Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
    OR
    Completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in a similar discipline.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

All applicants must complete an A141 - Master of Teaching supplementary form.

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Direct applications are due on 15 July 2018 for our next intake which starts on 23 July 2018.

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