Master of Teaching and Learning (Secondary)

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Enhance your career by achieving a highly respected Master of Teaching and Learning (Secondary). Your qualification will give you an edge in a competitive educational workplace - and your abilities will be valued if you aspire to work in an Australian, international, Indigenous or rural, regional, remote community.

This qualification equips you to teach in government, Catholic and independent schools.

International Students considering teacher registration in Australia will need to meet the Queensland College of Teachers English Language Proficiency requirements.

Campus
Townsville, Cairns
Start dates
February
Duration
2 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
An appropriate AQF Level 7 bachelor degree which includes subjects in two teaching areas appropriate to curriculum in Australian secondary schools

Career opportunities

Whether you're an Australian or international postgraduate, this two-year full-time (or equivalent part-time) James Cook University (JCU) Masters course will equip you to make a difference to the success of students and the secondary school or college at which you are employed.

You will gain capabilities that will be sought after, especially to address the recurrent shortage of secondary teachers - particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), English, and Languages - in the North and Far North Queensland regions.

Course highlights

Throughout your JCU Masters studies, you will be supported by JCU's highly-awarded teaching staff. With the particular focus, this degree has on the inextricable links between professional knowledge, professional practice and professional engagement, you'll gain:

  • Qualifications that are valued by school leaders in government, Catholic and independent schools, and that satisfy requirements for teacher registration at state and national levels
  • A qualification that is portable internationally
  • Opportunities to participate in an international or community-based experience as part of your internship
  • A total of 80 placement days, with a highlight in the final phase of your studies of a 20-day extended placement - so you'll be ready to make a difference at your school from day one
  • Deep knowledge of approaches to foster learning for Indigenous, rural and remote students, with a special focus on the needs of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Course overview

In line with the developmental approach, you'll experience as you study towards this JCU Masters degree, the course is structured into phases focusing on:

  • Learners and learning
  • Teaching for learning
  • Leading for learning and change.

As a highlight of your studies, you'll take part in an internship or service learning experience focused on teachers as researchers for learning.

Among the units you will study are:

  • Learners and Learning in Secondary School Contexts
  • Literacy and Numeracy for Secondary Teachers
  • Teaching and Learning in Diverse Secondary School Contexts
  • Information Technology across the Curriculum
  • Teachers as Leaders for Learning and Change
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
  • Collecting, Analysing and Reporting Data: Leading for Learning
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classrooms and Communities.

Note: You may need to undertake placements away from the campus at which you are enrolled, at your own expense. To learn more about Professional Placements and Internships, visit Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

Important additional requirements

Before the start of your first placement, you will be required to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland Police.

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.

Prior to undertaking your final professional experience, all pre-service teachers must satisfactorily complete the Literacy and Numeracy initial Teacher Education Test (LANTITE).

This course is pending accreditation.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

All applicants for initial teacher education courses (pre-service teachers) must satisfy both academic and non-academic entry criteria.

Your application must also include a written personal statement that outlines:

  • Why you want to be a secondary school teacher, and
  • If you have any involvement in personal learning and leadership activities.

Your academic criteria is measured against previous study. You must have successfully completed an AQF level 7 Bachelor degree with a minimum of 6 subjects in one teaching area (two at third year level) and 4 subjects in a second teaching area relevant to the Australian secondary school curriculum, especially: English, mathematics, chemistry, physics, technologies, humanities, languages, and industrial technology and design (manual arts). Complete the self-audit form (PDF, 177 KB) to assess your first and second teaching areas.

Submit your personal statement and self-audit form to admissions@jcu.edu.au as soon as possible.

English language requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the following English language proficiency requirements:

  • An overall score of 7.5 in Academic IELTS with no sub-score less than 8 for Speaking and Listening and no sub-score less than 7 for Reading and Writing.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you can apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Application due date: 31 December.

You must apply no later than 15 December if you do not hold a valid Suitability to Work with Children card (Blue Card).

Subjects

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

Pathway into course

For prerequisites and pathways into this course visit the admission requirements section in the Handbook

Handbook

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.

For more information, refer to Blue Card Services and Education Blue card.

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 complete the ACER Literacy and Numeracy Test Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) as required by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). 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:

  1. be a reflection of classroom teaching practice including the elements of planning, teaching, assessing and reflecting;
  2. clearly assesses the content of the Graduate Teacher Standards; and
  3. 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.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.