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  • Objectives
    The course aims to produce graduates who: * have developed studies in depth in a range of areas relevant to teaching in junior primary/primary schools (Reception to Year 7); * reflect critically on different teaching theories and practices, on their own teaching, and on their lives, in order to strive for excellence and creativity in their teaching roles; * apply educational theory, knowledge and understanding of complex teaching issues to make informed professional judgments in diverse educational situations; * are able to apply their knowledge and skills in a range of educational settings with diverse groups of students; * have the capacity to undertake ongoing professional further study through a variety of pathways. Learning outcomesThe expected student outcomes are the knowledge, understandings, skills and attributes that graduates are expected to possess. They are reported below under professional knowledge, professional practice and professional relationships.Professional KnowledgeGraduates of the course are expected to be able to: * demonstrate in depth knowledge in areas relevant to teaching in the junior primary and primary years; * demonstrate understanding of the content, processes and skills for learning in the junior primary and primary years; * demonstrate the knowledge and ability to teach within and across the key learning areas; * display knowledge of current curriculum statements, conceptual frameworks and programs relevant to teaching in the junior primary and primary years; * show familiarity with a range of methodologies, resources and assessment techniques that support student learning; * design programs, use resources and structure teaching and assessment to create a positive learning environment; * demonstrate personal skills related to literacy, numeracy and ICTs; and * draw on well-founded educational research and practice to inform their teaching.Professional PracticeGraduates of the course are expected to be able to: * use a range of teaching and learning strategies and resources to provide a positive, challenging and inclusive learning environment; * know how to monitor student learning, maintain records of progress and report on these to learners and parents/caregivers; * show ability to establish a classroom environment with fair and consistent expectations and interactions within broader policies relating to student behaviour; * interact ethically and responsibly with learners and their caregivers, and with colleagues and the wider community; * communicate knowledge and views clearly and respectfully; and * reflect on professional practice as the basis for improving knowledge and practice. Professional RelationshipsGraduates of the course are expected to be able to: * show capacity to fulfill administrative, professional and industrial expectations within legal and other relevant frameworks; * understand how to manage confidential information and conflict in a sensitive manner; and * apply skills required for building positive, respectful relationships with learners, their caregivers, colleagues, and the wider community.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants must have completed an appropriate undergraduate degree or approved equivalent. Limited credit may be granted for topics taken at the University or other institutions.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Teaching (Junior Primary/Primary)
  • Course description
    The Master of Teaching (Junior Primary/ Primary) is a pre-service teacher education course which requires two years of study (or the equivalent part-time). The course is offered by the Faculty of Education, Humanities, Law and Theology.

    A Lutheran strand is available for students wishing to teach in that system and a languages strand is available for qualified students who wish to teach a language(s) in junior primary/primary schools [see Strand coordinator].

    Eligible students can complete a research strand. Enrolment in the research strand is subject to the school/department being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY [November, 2008]

    To qualify for the Master of Teaching (Junior Primary/Primary) a student must complete 72 units of Education Studies as set out below, with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic.

    Except with the permission of the Board:

        * no compulsory topic may be taken more than twice;
        * teaching practice topics may not be attempted more than once.

    Students should note that teaching practice topics require full-time commitment for their duration.

    The following 72 units comprise the degree program for Master of Teaching students. Not all topics are necessarily available in any given year.

    First Year

    Semester 1


    Sociological Understandings of Education



    Literacy and Numeracy in Inclusive Primary School Classrooms



    The Expressive Arts: English, Visual Art, Design Technology, Drama, Media and Music



    Lecture for Professional Teaching Practice 3A (R-7)


    Semester 2


    Teaching and Learning: Child and Adolescent Development (R-7)



    Curriculum Studies Junior Primary/Primary 3 (Science and PE Focus)



    Professional Teaching Practice 3A (R-7)


    Second Year

    Semester 1


    Curriculum Studies: JPP Mathematics, Society and the Environment and Health


    Education elective from approved list #



    Professional Teaching Practice 4A (R-7)


    Semester 2

    Education elective from approved list #



    Curriculum Planning and Assessment in Literacy and Numeracy



    Critical Indigenous Pedagogies


    Languages Strand #

    Students with appropriate second language qualifications may elect to undertake a languages strand.

    Students will undertake the following topics:

        * EDUC9101 Exploring Learning Theories in Second Language Pedagogy #
        * EDUC9102 Intercultural Communication in Second Language Pedagogy #
        * EDUC9200 Visual Modalities and Visual Literacy in Second Language #

    Research Strand

    A research pathway will be available to selected students. Acceptance as a candidate will depend upon:

        * the student having attained a sufficiently high academic standard in the first year of their MTeach degree (normally a GPA of 5.5 or above);
        * the School of Education being able to provide adequate resources to supervise and manage the proposed research project.

    Sequence for Research Strand

        * EDUC9xxx Thesis in Education Part A (6) Semester 3 (as chosen elective)
        * EDUC9xxx Thesis in Education Part B (12) Semester 4.

    The research strand may provide students with a pathway to research higher degree study.

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