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  • Objectives
    On completion of this course graduates will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to: * Be highly-skilled teachers, with the theoretical frameworks and practical ability to produce effective learning for each individual student. * Be engaged intelligently and passionately in the educational venture, and have the ability not only to adapt to, but also to lead change. * Articulate a coherent set of beliefs about learning and teaching, based soundly on leading-edge theory and evidence-based research. * Display a solid understanding of discipline knowledge and knowledge about education, and of how they interact in effective pedagogy. * Understand the links between planning, teaching and evaluating for learning. * Plan for students' teaching and learning bringing to bear an informed awareness of child and adolescent development. * Generate and interpret the classroom data to enable individualized programming of developmental learning for each student. * Respond flexibly in catering for the different learning needs of individual students, including those with special needs. * Utilise a range of teaching approaches that foster both independent and cooperative learning. * Structure their teaching to provide rich and creative learning environments. * Develop in their students the capacity for vigorous but respectful critique and for curiosity in learning. * Demonstrate an awareness of cultural diversity and its implications for society and education. * Demonstrate an understanding of the significance of written and spoken language as fundamental to education. * Utilise a variety of technologies in the classroom to assist learning. * Function effectively across the various relationships involved in the professional life of a teacher. * Demonstrate the level of competency in literacy and numeracy expected of the teaching profession. * Be leaders and advocates in education, responsive to legislation, policy and the global human rights issues of participation, access and inclusion.
  • Entry requirements
    The Master of Teaching is for graduates from any discipline who wish to become teachers.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Teaching (Secondary)
  • Course description
    Subject      Semester      Credit Points
    460-540  Professional Practice &Seminar Sec 1a
    The Professional Practice and Seminar Program provides an integrated focus for all subjects taught in the semester and addresses Teacher Candidates’ developing understandings of professional knowledge, professional practice and profession...     Semester 1     18.75

    460-541  Learners, Teachers and Pedagogy (Sec)
    This subject will provide the general conceptual framework for understanding learning, teaching and curriculum. It will analyse the knowledge enhancement process from a range of evidence-based, theoretical and socio-cultural perspectives. Development...     Semester 1     12.50

    460-542  Social and Professional Contexts (Sec)
    This subject assists teacher candidates to understand their professional role in and beyond the classroom, as well as the changing social and professional contexts in which teachers’ work. It will also examine the social and cultural fact...     Semester 1     12.50

    460-543  Language and Teaching
    This subject introduces all teacher candidates to the literate demands of the range of subject areas taught in the secondary school. Topics will include: the relationship between language and learning; the scaffolding role of the teacher in students&...     Semester 1     6.25

    Subjects undertaken in the second semester of the accelerated mode of study plus Learning Areas and one elective chosen from the list

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    460-544  Professional Practice & Seminar Sec 2a
    This subject focuses on the Teacher Candidates’ awareness of the characteristics of knowledge, practice and professional engagement for professional accountability in teaching. The placement is focused on assessment for tracking student l...     Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer     18.75

    460-545  Assessment, Learning and Teaching (Sec)
    In this subject teacher candidates will study assessment and reporting linked to teaching and the classroom learning encompassing cognitive, affective, physical and aesthetic domains. Links between assessment and curriculum are examined and connected...     Semester 2     12.50

    460-546  ICT in Secondary Education
    This subject will provide teacher candidates with a framework for teaching and learning with ICT in secondary education that is both conceptual and practical. This framework will take cognisance of Victorian curriculum documents including VELS and VC...     Semester 1, Semester 2     6.25

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    460-653  Integrating the Curriculum: Middle Years
    This subject investigates in theory and practice models and approaches to curriculum organisation in the middle years of schooling. Teacher candidates will examine research into the middle years that highlights the significance of adolescent students...     Semester 2     12.50

    460-657  Australian Indigenous Education
    A study of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous Australian) cultures: The origins, diversity, history and contemporary issues and initiatives of Indigenous Australian peoples. Strategies for working with Aust...     Semester 2     12.50

    460-660  Promoting Student Wellbeing
    The subject will provide an opportunity to practice, and reflect on, a range of interpersonal and professional skills relevant to the teacher’s role in the promotion of student wellbeing at a classroom and whole school level. Current rese...     Semester 2     12.50

    460-659  ESL Across the Curriculum     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    460-656  Postcompulsory Pathways
    This subject examines the national context and range of approaches to postcompulsory education and training in Victoria and, more broadly, across Australia. Topics include trends in school completion, factors underlying retention, regional socio-econ...     Semester 2     12.50

    460-655  Literacy and Numeracy Intervention
    This subject introduces teacher candidates to forms of literacy and numeracy intervention designed to meet the learning needs of Year 7 and 8 students who experience difficulties. Teacher candidates will work in schools analysing school students&...     Semester 2     12.50

    460-658  Foundations of Mathematics Teaching
    This subject provides an introduction to teaching years 7 - 9 mathematics in Victorian schools. Teacher candidates will develop pedagogical content knowledge of the mathematics curriculum, especially related to beginning Algebra, Number, Chance and D...     Semester 2     12.50

    460-654  English as an Additional Learning Area
    This subject is offered to teacher candidates who are completing two other Learning Area Studies, but wish to have some generalist understanding of English teaching as a third LAS. The subject familiarises graduates with the key English curriculum po...     Semester 2     12.50

    460-712  ICT Leadership in Schools
    This subject utilises a problem-based learning approach and will build on knowledge and skills developed in earlier subjects. It will equip students to take on leadership roles, in particular with ICT, in schools. Topics covered will be selected from...     Semester 2     12.50

    460-641  Teaching for a Sustainable World
    Teacher candidates will examine the holistic nature of sustainability and the values, principles and philosophies and practices of transformative education. Teacher candidates will develop an understanding of ecology and planetary biosystems, and the...     Semester 2     12.50

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    460-551  Professional Portfolio
    The subject focuses on supporting effective personal professional development in the initial stages of teaching. With assistance from a designated faculty mentor, graduate teachers collate and present evidence of practice against the standards for te...     Year Long     37.50

    460-553  Investigating Practice (Induction)
    A study that addresses the immediate needs of teachers within classrooms and locates their teaching within the context of the school or early childhood centre. The study develops graduate teachers’ reflective dialogue through the use of e...     Year Long     12.50

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    460-554  Internship (Secondary)
    The intern assumes teaching duties in collaboration with an appropriately qualified mentor, approved by the host school and the Faculty. The intern attends the school for four days a week and has a teaching load equivalent to 60% of a normal weekly t...     Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer     37.50

    460-552  Investigating Practice (Internship)
    A study that addresses the immediate needs of beginning teachers within classrooms and locates their teaching within the context of the school or early childhood centre. The study develops graduate teachers’ reflective dialogue through th...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    460-557  Education Research Methodology
    This subject will guide the student through the structure and design of an education research study including; critical evaluation of the literature; the purposes and characteristics of qualitative and quantitative methodologies and descriptive and s...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    460-558  Research Project
    Students negotiate an individual project relating to education with an individual supervisor. The project includes a critical review of relevant academic and research literature and a research project relating to educational practice.     Semester 1, Semester 2     37.50

    460-730  Research Project
    Students negotiate an individual project relating to education with an individual supervisor. The project includes a critical review of relevant academic and research literature and a research project relating to educational practice.     Year Long     37.50

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