Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary)

Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary)

Course code

114004

Course type

Masters Degree (AQF Level 9)

Professional accreditation status

This course is nationally accredited through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) in association with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). Graduates of this course are eligible for Teacher registration in Australia.

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course prerequisites

An appropriate bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution which includes the equivalent of full year of study in areas appropriate to curriculum demands of primary teaching in Australian schools; that is subjects that link to the national school curriculum (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)) content in English, technologies, mathematics, science, humanities and social sciences, The Arts, health and physical education.

Students intending to enter teacher education are required to have:

(1) at least ‘Sound Achievement’ in the current QSA Authority Subject of Senior English; and

(2) at least ‘Sound Achievement’ in Mathematics (QSA Mathematics A and /or B and /or C or equivalent subject from another jurisdiction); and

(3) for students entering graduate primary (including early childhood and middle years) programs, a ‘Sound Achievement’ in a QSA authority Science subject or equivalent subject from another jurisdiction.

These requirements may be met or superseded by subjects of study within the first degree.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of 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).

The cost of the testing will be met by the applicant. English test results must be no more than two years old at the commencement of the course.

Additional entry requirements

All students must meet minimum literacy and numeracy standards upon entry and completion as required by the Queensland College of Teachers.  

All students must possess dispositional attributes deemed suitable for the profession of teaching.

Post admission
requirements

Professional Placements and Internship:

This course includes a prescribed professional placement in primary schools in each of the first three phases of the course for a total of 60 placement days, a 20-day extended capstone in the final phase and school based experiences with primary students in selected subjects within the course. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense.

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

This course includes prescribed professional placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. Students are required to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland Police) before the start of the first placement. Students must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their enrolment in the course.

For more information, refer to:

Blue Card Services

Education Blue card

For students enrolled in the External delivery option, attendance at a one week intensive on either the Cairns or Townsville is compulsory for Phase One and Phase Four. Expenses associated with these intensives are not included in the tuition fees.

For students enrolled in the External delivery option, computer and internet access are essential.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

48 credit points as per course structure

Additional completion
requirements

Satisfactory completion of all practical and internship/service learning experience.

Students are required to successfully pass, at a mastery level, numeracy and literacy tests commensurate with QCT regulatory standards.

Course learning outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary), graduate teachers will be able to:

  • Apply an advanced and integrated understanding of teacher professional knowledge, practice and engagement in urban, regional, remote and/or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school-community environments

  • Analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information, data, problems, concepts, theories and recent developments in the fields of teaching and learning in professional practice and research contexts

  • Design, implement and evaluate curriculum, assessment and differentiated learning opportunities, with a view to enhanced learning outcomes for all students, including those from diverse cultural, linguistic and socio-economic backgrounds and with specific learning needs

  • Demonstrate professional numeracy and literacy content mastery, the ability to apply strategies for teaching numeracy and literacy in a variety of curricular contexts, and evaluate the success of such application

  • Reflect on current dispositions, skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others

  • Critically review regulatory requirements, ethical principles and, where appropriate, cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts

  • Demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement, agency, adaptability and responsibility in planning, decision-making, solving complex problems and leading curriculum and community engagement initiatives

  • Communicate knowledge, skills and ideas through engagement with specialist and non-specialist audiences using advanced speaking, reading, writing, listening, numeracy and advocacy skills

  • Apply knowledge of research principles, methods, techniques and tools to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

ED5950:03 Learning for Diverse Learners in Primary School Contexts

ED5951:03 Literacy and Numeracy for Primary Teachers

ED5952:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Education in Primary School Settings

ED5953:03 The Arts for Primary Teachers

ED5960:03 Teaching for Learning in Diverse Primary School Contexts

ED5961:03 English Education for Primary Teachers

ED5962:03 Mathematics Education for Primary Teachers

ED5963:03 Digital and Design Technologies for Primary Teachers

ED5970:03 Teachers as Leaders for Learning and Change

ED5971:03 Humanities and Social Science Education for Primary Teachers

ED5972:03 Health and Physical Education for Primary Teachers

ED5973:03 Science and Sustainability Education for Primary Teachers

ED5974:03 Final Graduate Professional Experience

ED5980:03 Teachers as Researchers for Learning and Change

ED5981:03 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classrooms and Communities

ED5982:03 Internship/Service Learning (Including Research Inquiry)

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Townsville

External

For students enrolled in the External delivery option, attendance at a one week intensive on either the Cairns or Townsville campus is compulsory for Phase One and Phase Four.

Candidature

Expected time to complete

18 months (accelerated 2 year program) or equivalent part time

Maximum time to complete

5 years [Note – it is not essential that students take this course in accelerated mode]

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression
requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Professional Practicums and Internships:

This course includes prescribed professional placements in each of the first three phases and a final phase internship. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. Professional placements must be undertaken in Australia.

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students.

Special assessment
requirements

Suitability to Work with Children Care (blue card):

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. Students are required to obtain a Suitability to work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland police) before the start of the first placement. Students must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their admission to the course.

For more information, refer to:

Education Blue Card

Students who do not complete the required number of days of a professional experience subject or a professional component of a subject, without the approval of the Director of Professional Experience, will be deemed to have failed the subject.

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy.

Professional accreditation
requirements

Students intending to apply for Teacher registration in Australia must have successfully completed Literacy and Numeracy tests commensurate with the requirements set by the Commonwealth Government.

Successful completion of all core subjects contributes to the graduate teacher entry requirements for the Queensland College of Teachers.

Graduates must attain 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) upon completion as required by the Queensland College of Teachers.

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for
final subject

A candidate who has failed a subject required towards the award and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.

If a practicum has been failed, a further opportunity will be granted for successful completion of this requirement. Any further opportunity subsequent to a second failure is at the discretion of the Dean of the College.

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation Policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for subjects completed in the 3 years prior to the commencement of this course. Policy document changes in education within the past three years, especially with the national curriculum and the AITSL professional standards require any previous coursework to give attention to these changes.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 6 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Nil

Award Details

Award title

MASTER OF TEACHING AND LEARNING (PRIMARY)

Approved abbreviations

MTeachLearn(Primary)

This is a joint degree

No

Inclusion of majors on
testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Candidates who complete this course at an appropriate level of academic standing may be eligible for entry to a PhD or EdD in Education.

Special Awards

Where coursework is completed at a grade point average of 6 or above, the College Dean, on the recommendation of the Head of Education Academic Group may recommend the award of a Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary) with Distinction.