Master of Teaching and Learning (Secondary)

Master of Teaching and Learning (Secondary)

Master of Teaching and Learning (Secondary)

Course code

114104

Course type

MCW – Masters by Coursework (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

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

An appropriate bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution which includes completion of subjects in two teaching areas appropriate to curriculum areas in Australian secondary schools; that is subjects that link to the national school curriculum (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)) and/or the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) .

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-score no less than 8 in Speaking and Listening and no less than 7 in 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.

Refer to the QCT website for English Language Proficiency requirements for registration. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they meet the QCT ELP requirements if the student is seeking teacher registration in Australia.

Additional selection 
requirements

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

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.

Post admission
requirements

Professional Placements and Internship:

This course includes a prescribed professional placement in secondary 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 extended practice, students are required to undertake a one-day-a-week placement in their phase schools to a minimum of 20 days across the degree. It may be necessary 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. Graduate teachers 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.

Closing date

15 December. Late applications may be accepted from students who already hold a valid Suitability to Work with Children card (Blue Card).

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

48 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

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

Additional completion
requirements

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.

All students must successfully complete a final-year teaching performance assessment  (Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment [GTPA]) embedded in a subject and 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

On successful completion of the Master of Teaching and Learning (Secondary), graduates 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.

Course Structure

Core subjects

Year 1

ED5955:03 Learners and Learning in Secondary School Contexts

ED5956:03 Junior Secondary Curriculum1

ED5957:03 Junior Secondary Curriculum II

ED5958:03 Literacy and Numeracy for Secondary Teachers

ED5965:03 Teaching for Learning in Diverse Secondary School Contexts

ED5966:03 Senior Curriculum I

ED5967:03 Senior Curriculum II

ED5968:03 Information and Communication Technologies across the Curriculum

Year 2

ED5975:03 Teachers as Leaders for Learning and Change

ED5976:03 Subject Discipline Knowledge

ED5977:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

ED5978:03 Collecting, Analysing and Reporting Data: Leading for Learning.

ED5979:03 Final Graduate Professional Experience

ED5985:03 Teachers as Researchers for Learning and Change

ED5986:03 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classrooms and Communities

ED5987:03 Internship/Service Learning

Campus

Course Available at

Notes

Cairns

Not available to students wishing to graduate prior to the end of 2019.

Townsville

Not available to students wishing to graduate prior to the end of 2019.

Candidature

Expected time to complete

2 years

Maximum time to complete

5 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression
requisites

Satisfactory completion of professional experience subjects prior to attempting next professional experience subject.

Students must have successfully completed the LANTITE test in order to be eligible to undertake their final practicum in ED5979 Final Graduate Professional Experience.

Students must study ED5978 Collecting, Analysing and Reporting Data: Learning for Learning concurrently with ED5979 Final Graduate Professional Experience.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional placements. 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.

Special assessment
requirements

Suitability to Work with Children Care (Blue Card):

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 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

Successful completion of all subjects contributes to the requirements for the Queensland College of Teachers Graduate level of the Australian Professional Standards (APST).

Please also see `Additional Completion requirements’ in reference to the GTPA

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 assessment 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

24 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for subjects completed in the three years prior to the commencement of this course. Policy 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 eight years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Nil

Award Details

Award title

MASTER OF TEACHING AND LEARNING (SECONDARY)

Approved abbreviation

MTeachLearn(Secondary)

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 (Secondary) with Distinction.