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.
Tropical Environments and Societies
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.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of an overall score of 7.5 in Academic IELTS (or equivalent) with sub-scores no less than 8 for Speaking and Listening and no less than 7 for Reading and Writing.
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.
Applicants are advised that the Queensland College of Teachers requires graduating teachers to have evidence of English language requirements as stated above to demonstrate their English language proficiency prior to registration. Further information is available on the Queensland College of Teachers website.
Additional entry requirements
All applicants for initial teacher education courses must satisfy both academic and non-academic entry criteria. Applicants’ non-academic capabilities will be assessed based on the submission of a 1000 word personal statement.
All students must meet minimum literacy and numeracy standards as required by the Queensland College of Teachers.
Professional Placements and Internship:
This course includes a prescribed professional placement in Primary schools in each of the first four phases of the course for a total of 80 placement days including a 20-day extended capstone in the final phase. In addition to the 80 placement days, students must undertake a one-day-a-week placement in schools for a minimum of 20 days across the degree. It may be required that students 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:
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.
15 December. Late applications may be accepted from students who already hold a valid Suitability to Work with Children card (Blue Card).
48 credit points as per course structure
Satisfactory completion of all practical and internship/service learning experience.
All students must sit and meet the standard of the Literacy and Numeracy Test Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) prior to graduation. The cost of the testing will be met by the applicant. Refer to https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/
All students must successfully complete a final-year teaching performance assessment (Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment [GTPA]) embedded in a professional placement of no less than four weeks in the final year of the degree, prior to graduation that is shown to:
a) be a reflection of classroom teaching practice including the elements of planning, teaching, assessing and reflecting;
b) clearly assess the content of the Graduate Teacher Standards; and
c) demonstrate an understanding of moderation processes that support consistent decision-making against achievement criteria.
The GTPA is built into course requirements and assessments.
All students must possess dispositional attributes deemed suitable for the profession of teaching.
Course learning outcomes
Upon completion of the Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary), graduate teachers will be able to:
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)
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
For students enrolled in the External delivery option, attendance at a one week Introduction intensive on either the Cairns or Townsville campus is compulsory for Phase One and Phase Four.
Expected time to complete
2 years or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Professional Practicums and Internships:
This course includes a prescribed professional placement in Primary schools in each of the first four phases of the course for a total of 80 placement days including a 20-day extended capstone in the final phase. In addition to the 80 placement days, students must undertake a one-day-a-week placement in schools to a minimum of 20 days across the degree. It may be required that students 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.
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:
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.
Successful completion of all core subjects contributes to the graduate teacher entry requirements for the Queensland College of Teachers.
Please also see `Additional Completion requirements’ in reference to the GTPA
Maximum allowed Pass
Supplementary exam for
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.
Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation Policy and associated procedures.
12 credit points
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.
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.
MASTER OF TEACHING AND LEARNING (PRIMARY)
This is a joint degree
Inclusion of majors on
Not applicable - this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
Candidates who complete this course at an appropriate level of academic standing may be eligible for entry to Doctoral studies in Education.
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.