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Master of Teaching (Secondary Education)

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Course essentials

Prepare for registration as a secondary teacher in a wide range of discipline areas through the Master of Teaching (Secondary Education).

This new course will be offered for the first time in 2017, pending final accreditation with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. The course involves significant learning in the workplace - you will complete supervised teaching practice of 60 days in a secondary school over the two years of the course.

You can complete the Master of Teaching (Secondary Education) over 24 months or 18 months as a full time enrolled student. It is possible to complete the course in 18 months if you complete some units of study and teaching placement in summer and winter semesters. Unit of study offerings in summer and winter are subject to demand and availability of school placements.

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Careers

Graduates of the Master of Teaching (Secondary Education) who have passed the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education are eligible for registration as secondary teachers (pending accreditation with VIT). Graduates also pursue careers in a range of educational related industries and organisations.

Study pathways

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

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.

Course objectives

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

  1. Critically examine historical and contemporary issues in post-primary education at a local, national and international level;  
  2. Review different pedagogical theories and academic concepts of teaching that support the diversity of learners found in post primary educational settings;  
  3. Critically review curriculum materials and resources that support the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives across the curriculum in schools with a view to promoting reconciliation in today's society;  
  4. Analyse the literacy and numeracy learning needs of students across the full range of abilities including students with disabilities and special learning needs;  
  5. Plan, implement and evaluate a range of educational practices that support the diversity of students in post primary education;  
  6. Analyse the efficacy of classroom teaching practices through reflective discussion that draws upon pedagogical theories;  
  7. Employ advanced skills in research to work with educational stakeholders in educational settings;  
  8. Design, conduct and report educational inquiry / research;  
  9. Apply knowledge and skills within classrooms and the school community to develop inclusive cultures of learning where all school students are supported to achieve;  
  10. Communicate clearly and effectively through presentations and interactive activities, key concepts that related to the graduate's specialist teaching area.  

Course structure

To complete the Master of Teaching (Secondary Education) students will be required to complete 192 credit points in total consisting of:

  • 96 credit points Core units
  • 48 credit points Discipline Studies
  • 48 credit points from Option A or Option B
  • 0 credit points (2 units) Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) 

Option A 

  • 48 credit points Thesis unit/s

OR
Option B

  • 48 credit points Capstone unit and Elective unit

It is possible to complete the course in 18 months if some units of study and teaching placement are completed in Summer and Winter semesters. Unit of study offerings in Summer and Winter are subject to demand and availability of school placements.

Additional Notes

  • Thesis and capstone units can only be taken towards the end of your course.
  • To be eligible to apply for doctoral study, it is recommended that students choose to complete Minor Thesis (EED6031 and EED6032 (P/T)) 
  • Students are required to pass the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) in order to be eligible to graduate from the course and are also required to pass the LANTITE prior to commencement of the second full-time year of the course.
  • The Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) results will be recorded in the codes EZZ1001 LANTITE Literacy Test Result and EZZ1002 LANTITE Numeracy Test Result.
  • 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

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Year 1, Semester 1

Plus 12 credit points Discipline Studies units (Part 1, for first teaching specialisation) chosen from the list below

Year 1, Semester 2

Plus 12 credit points Discipline Studies units (Part 2, for first teaching specialisation) chosen from the list below

Year 2, Semester 1

Plus 12 credit points Discipline Studies units (Part 1, for second teaching specialisation) chosen from the list below

Plus 24 credit points from the following options:

Option A

or 24 credit points (1 unit) chosen from the Elective units listed below

Option B

Year 2, Semester 2

Plus 12 credit points Discipline Studies units (Part 2, for second teaching specialisation) chosen from the list below

Plus 24 credit points from the following options:

Option A

or 24 credit points (1 unit) chosen from the Elective units listed below

Option B

Discipline Studies units (two corresponding units for each discipline)

Elective units

Admission requirements

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: Applicants must hold an approved Bachelor degree or equivalent, from a recognised tertiary institution. The course completed must include the pre-requisite studies for their chosen teaching methods. Further information on teaching method requirements is available from the Victorian Institute of Teaching website www.vit.vic.edu.au
  • Other: Applicants who do not meet the English language requirement may fulfil this requirement via the IELTS (Academic) test, that is by attaining an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.5 (with no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas, and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening), Alternatively, applicants may meet the English language requirement with an internet-based TOEFL result of 109 with no individual score less than 26, with 27 for speaking and 28 for listening.
    Students will also have to satisfy the national requirements for teacher registration through satisfactory completion of the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students prior to starting the course or within the first year of the program.
    Selection will include consideration of GPA.
    Students should note that they will be subject to a Working With Children Check (police checks) before practice placements, in accordance with Department of Education and Training policy.

How to apply for this course

Before applying:

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

Consider whether you also wish to apply for:

When you're ready:

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Direct applications due 20 July 2017.

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