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Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Master of Teaching (Secondary)

General Information

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is a two-year postgraduate initial teacher education qualification (full time equivalent). It is available both full time and part time.

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) course provides foundational understandings of the Secondary school contexts (Year 7 – Year 12) in state, Catholic and independent schools, with a particular emphasis on teaching from a Christian perspective. The course equips students with effective teaching and learning strategies to apply their knowledge, expertise and experience to engage the adolescent learner. Students are equipped to integrate Christian worldview perspectives into their teaching.

The maximum time allowed for the completion of the Master of Teaching (Secondary) is eight years. Extensions beyond this time may be approved where extenuating circumstances exist.

Course Details

Course Code ED55
Level Postgraduate
QTAC Code 091901
Duration 2F/4P
Entry Requirements Completion of a three-year bachelor degree or equivalent (minimum GPA 4.0) in a field other than education that includes at least a major study in one teaching area and, preferably, a second teaching area comprising at least a minor study. English language proficiency requirements apply; Personal suitability requirements apply.
Assumed Knowledge N/A
Mode Internal and External
Credit Points 160
Starting Semesters 1
Overseas Students Available
CRICOS Code 097643G

Course Accreditations

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is:

    • accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and appears in the list of accredited CHC courses on the National Register of Higher Education Providers.
    • accredited by the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) and the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) as meeting the qualification requirement for registration as a teacher in all states and territories of Australia, and appears on the AITSL Accredited Programs List.
    • approved for HECS-HELP, Youth Allowance/Abstudy and Austudy (personal eligibility requirements apply).

English language requirements

English language requirements apply to all domestic and overseas applicants for whom English is not their first language. The minimum English language requirements for entry to the Master of Teaching (Secondary) are as follows:

A minimum overall band score of 7.5 in IELTS (Academic) with a score of at least 8.0 for Listening and Speaking and a score of at least 7.0 for Reading and Writing;

OR

a score of at least 4 in each of the areas of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing in the ISLPR. The ISLPR test will only be accepted if it has been administered by Migrant Projects, TESOL Unit, Queensland University of Technology or by ISLPR Language Services, Mt Gravatt, Queensland.

English test results must be no more than two years old at the time of commencement at CHC.

The English language proficiency requirements as stated above will apply to all domestic and overseas applicants who do not have English as a first language with the exception of those students who are admitted via the following English admission pathway:

Satisfactory completion within the past five years (from Canada [excluding Quebec], New Zealand, Australia, Republic of Ireland, United States or United Kingdom) of senior secondary or accredited higher education sector studies of at least two years (full-time equivalent).

English language requirements

English language requirements apply to all domestic and overseas applicants for whom English is not their first language. The minimum English language requirements for entry to the Master of Teaching (Secondary) are as follows:

A minimum overall band score of 7.5 in IELTS (Academic) with a score of at least 8.0 for Listening and Speaking and a score of at least 7.0 for Reading and Writing;

OR

a score of at least 4 in each of the areas of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing in the ISLPR. The ISLPR test will only be accepted if it has been administered by Migrant Projects, TESOL Unit, Queensland University of Technology or by ISLPR Language Services, Mt Gravatt, Queensland.

English test results must be no more than two years old at the time of commencement at CHC.

The English language proficiency requirements as stated above will apply to all domestic and overseas applicants who do not have English as a first language with the exception of those students who are admitted via the following English admission pathway:

Satisfactory completion within the past five years (from Canada [excluding Quebec], New Zealand, Australia, Republic of Ireland, United States or United Kingdom) of senior secondary or accredited higher education sector studies of at least two years (full-time equivalent).

Course Structure

Master of Teaching (Secondary) (ED55)

CHC provides sample unit outlines for each unit offered in this course. Should you wish to view the latest version of a unit outline, please contact the Course Coordinator via the School Administration Office at education@chc.edu.au.

Students undertake a total of 160 credit points of core units, where each unit carries a weighting of 10 credit points. Students able to enrol in a maximum of 40 credit points, or four units, per semester.

In planning their courses, students must consult the Education Courses Handbook for information regarding course rules and requirements, including unit prerequisite requirements.

*Sample Unit Outlines are currently unavailable for download.

Core Units

Unit Summary Sample Unit Outline
CE501 Biblical Worldview and Education Download
CE512 PEP 1 Philosophy of Teaching for Learning Download
CU502 Literacy and Numeracy across the Curriculum Download
CU602 Digital Literacies Download
CU650 Educating Young Adolescents in Junior Secondary (7-10) Download
CU651 Educating Young Adolescents in Senior Secondary (11-12) Download
ES502 The Nature of the Learner Download
ES523 PEP 2 Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Download
CU53* Curriculum and Pedagogy 1: Teaching Area 1 (see suite below) See table below for Downloads
CU54* Curriculum and Pedagogy 1: Teaching Area 2 (see suite below) See table below for Downloads
CU63* Curriculum and Pedagogy 2: Teaching Area 1 (see suite below) See table below for Downloads
CU64* Curriculum and Pedagogy 2: Teaching Area 2 (see suite below) See table below for Downloads
ES602 Teacher as Researcher (Secondary Teaching Area) Download
ES612 PEP 3 Differentiations for Safe and Supportive Classrooms Download
ES521 Australian Indigenous Contexts and Education Download
CU661 PEP 4 The Professional Teacher Download

 

 CU53* Curriculum and Pedagogy 1: Teaching Area 1 

Suite Sample Unit Outline
CU530 Curriculum and Pedagogy: English 1 Download
CU531 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Sciences 1 Download
CU532 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Business 1 Download
CU533 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Religious Education 1 Download
CU534 Curriculum and Pedagogy:  Design and Technology 1 Download
CU535 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Digital Technologies 1 Download
CU539 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Curriculum Studies 1.1 Download

 CU54* Curriculum and Pedagogy 1: Teaching Area 2 

Suite Sample Unit Outline
CU540 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Mathematics 1 Download
CU541 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Humanities 1 Download
CU542 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Creative and Performing Arts 1 Download
CU543 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Health and Physical Education 1 Download
CU544 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Languages 1 Download
CU549 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Curriculum Studies 2.1 Download

 CU63* Curriculum and Pedagogy 2: Teaching Area 1 

Suite Sample Unit Outline
CU630 Curriculum and Pedagogy: English 2 Download
CU631 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Sciences 2 Download
CU632 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Business 2 Download
CU633 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Religious Education 2 Download
CU634 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Design and Technology 2 Download
CU635 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Digital Technologies 2 Download
CU639 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Curriculum Studies 1.2 Download

 CU64* Curriculum and Pedagogy 2: Teaching Area 2 

Suite Sample Unit Outline
CU640 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Mathematics 2 Download
CU641 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Humanities 2 Download
CU642 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Creative and Performing Arts 2 Download
CU643 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Health and Physical Education 2 Download
CU644 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Languages 2 Download
CU649 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Curriculum Studies 2.2 Download

Professional Experience Program

The Professional Experience Program (PEP) in the Master of Teaching (Secondary) consists of 85 days of supervised practicum. This meets the number of days of field experience that is required for registration with the QCT.

PEP consists of:

          • one PEP block of five days of orientation to schools (Semester 1);
          • one PEP blocks of three weeks (Semester 2);
          • two PEP blocks, each four weeks in duration (Semester 3); and
          • one PEP block of five weeks (Semester 4).

Due to the developmental nature of the Professional Experience Program, students are required to follow this sequence of units.

Students must hold a current Blue Card to participate in PEP.

CHC has established close partnerships over many years, predominantly with Christian Schools, for school-based placements. The highly valued relationships between schools and CHC which have been developed as a result of these partnerships are integral to PEP. It is expected that the preservice teachers from CHC will model high standards of personal and professional conduct. In making decisions regarding the placement of preservice teachers on PEP in Christian schools, CHC therefore requires that preservice teachers demonstrate personal and professional Christian conduct and character that is of a high standard. Preservice teachers need to consider carefully whether their actions, lifestyle, behaviour or conduct may potentially impact upon their suitability for placement within these specific contexts.

In order to be considered for placement in a PEP unit, each student must demonstrate good academic progress. Teaching requires many personal and professional skills and capacities, including planning, diligence, following advice, implementing established routines and procedures, and so on. A lack of ability in these areas will often be evident in coursework studies: therefore, failure of two or more units in a single semester will have consequences for preservice teachers’ commencement of and progression through PEP units. For example, a preservice teacher who fails first year units might not be permitted to enrol in the first PEP unit until later than normally scheduled in their course.

Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students

Students must pass the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students (LANTITE), as administered by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), in order to progress through the Master of Teaching (Secondary). The test must be undertaken during Semester 1 of the first year of the course (full time equivalent). Students who do not achieve the minimum standard for either the literacy or the numeracy component of LANTITE at this attempt must sit the relevant test again in Semester 2 of the first year of the course (full time equivalent). Students who achieve the minimum standards of the literacy and numeracy components of LANTITE by the end of Semester 2 of the first year of the course (full time equivalent) will be permitted to progress into the second year (full time equivalent) of the course. Students who do not achieve the minimum standards by this time will not be permitted to progress in the course.

Pathways

Students who successfully complete the first year (full time equivalent) of the Master of Teaching (Secondary) but who are unable to complete the remainder of the course may exit with the Graduate Diploma in Teaching Studies.

The Graduate Diploma in Teaching Studies is a good general qualification for many areas of work, including community education centres, outdoor education, training settings in industry, not-for-profits and government, adult literacy, libraries, educational research, education policy, and consultancy. It also provides a postgraduate qualification that students may be able to use for admission to courses in fields other than education (subject to course entry requirements).

The Graduate Diploma in Teaching Studies does not satisfy the requirements for registration with the Queensland College of Teachers.

The Graduate Diploma in Teaching Studies is not available for entry, and is available only to students who withdraw from the Master of Teaching (Secondary) having completed the first year (full time equivalent) of that course. Students who are awarded the Graduate Diploma in Teaching Studies who later wish to re-enter the Master of Teaching (Secondary) will be required to surrender the award.