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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

JCU’s unique teacher education program

Are you passionate about the education of children? Have you ever considered teaching in rural and remote areas (Canada has lots!)?

James Cook University is Australian’s tropical university. Students who choose to study at JCU are exceptional and eager to become part of a university community that is committed to aiding those who live in remote communities. While JCU is famous for its focus on tropical medicine and environmental sciences, all its courses have an underlying purpose: Marshalling broad intellectual strengths, the university seeks knowledge-based ways to help the world’s tropical regions prosper.

JCU's unique teacher education program

Study teacher education at JCU!

First offered in 2016, the JCU Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary) prepares teachers to critically respond to the challenges of northern Queensland and the Tropics, through a theoretically informed practice-based approach with provision for learning experiences in urban, rural and remote school-community environments.

  • High-quality candidates: JCU uses selection criteria that ensure students have the academic background and dispositions necessary to be high-quality primary teachers.
  • Regional focus: The degree, similar to JCU’s strategic intent, focuses on providing consequential experiences to prepare student as an educator for rural and remote areas, in addition to urban contexts, so they can respond confidently to the diversity of classrooms.
  • Research informed: The program is grounded in foundations of high-quality initial teacher education and ensures student development in acquiring the knowledge and skills that inform practice in JCU partners’ schools. Special attention is given to preparing students to make evidence-based decisions associated with students’ learning.
  • Work Integrated Learning (WIL): Students will be linked to a school for each phase and be provided the opportunity to engage with the school over the phase and your practicum, under mentored conditions, to maximise professional learning.
  • Subject specialisation: Your first degree provides you with the background to have subject specialisation in the primary grades. Of particular interest are teachers with specialisations in mathematics (numeracy), science, information and communication technology (ICT) and English (literacy).
  • Capstone: The teacher education program concludes with a 20-day capstone experience in the final phase of study, as a school-based internship or community-based service learning opportunity that requires students to conduct a research-based professional inquiry within this setting.

Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary)

Program: Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary)
Location: Cairns or Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 1.5 years
Application deadline: JCU has a general application deadline of December 1; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Griffith Education Internship framework a model for success

There is more to internships than simply immersing yourself in your chosen industry.

Griffith School of Education and Professional Studies academics Professor Glenn Finger and Dr Paula Jervis-Tracey recently published research in a book titled Teacher Education: Innovation, Intervention and Impact, about the importance of internships in the education industry by designing a conceptual framework that can be adopted by other universities looking to introduce internships.

Griffith Education Internship framework a model for success

Griffith teaching graduate Danielle Nash now works at Springwood Central State School following a successful internship. (Photo credit: Griffith University)

Their research is based on Griffith’s Employability Framework and reinforces Griffith’s position as a leading university for graduate teacher success and employability.

Each year more than 200 Griffith University teaching students take part in an internship, with approximately 90 per cent of students gaining work in schools after graduating.

This particular research is focused on the Education Internship and strengthening the connections between university and professional learning in schools.

Professor Finger said improving the capability of teachers was crucial to lifting student outcomes and public confidence in teachers.

The Education Internship model at Griffith develops those capabilities needed to be ready to enter the workforce after graduating.

“The Griffith Education Internship, which had its genesis more than 21 years ago, has been scaled up over time to become a mandatory, capstone, advanced professional experience course for all students undertaking the Bachelor of Education (Primary) at Griffith,” Professor Finger said.

Danielle Nash, who graduated in June 2016 with a Bachelor of Education (Primary) took part in her internship at Springwood Central State School and is now employed there.

“The internship was phenomenal and was invaluable especially given I now have full time work straight after graduating,” she said.

Dr Jervis-Tracey said education students developed their professional point of difference during an internship.

“It enables them to make the shift from being a ‘prac student’ to a ‘co-teacher’,” she said.

“Initial teacher education sets the foundation for a high-quality teaching workforce and the education internship is crucial to this.”

For Professor Finger and Dr Jervis-Tracey, it is the strong respectful, professional university partnerships with schools and the co-design of the internship that is the key to the success of internships.

“We have superb relationships with school principals, deputy principals, school coordinators, and mentor teachers, all of whom contribute to the ongoing development and success of our pre-service teachers,” concluded Professor Finger.

Griffith University School of Education and Professional Studies

Building on a 40-year history of teacher preparation, the Griffith School of Education and Professional Studies brings this experience into a dynamic unit that operates across three campuses: Gold Coast, Logan and Mt Gravatt. The school and its staff and students are leaders in teaching and learning in the networked world, utilising innovative technologies and offering flexible program design.

Program: Master of Teaching (Primary)
Location: Mount Gravatt, suburb of Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January/February and October 2017
Duration: 1.5 years

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Thursday, September 8th, 2016

JCU students set to strengthen skills abroad

More than 140 James Cook University students will have the opportunity to learn more about the Indo-Pacific region with the university receiving nearly $470,000 in New Colombo Plan (NCP) funding.

JCU students set to strengthen skills abroad

JCU students will be leaving the lecture theatre and practicing abroad with the NPC funding

JCU students will travel to Cambodia, Indonesia, Vanuatu, Singapore, India, Thailand and Fiji after $468,600 was announced recently in the 2017 round of funding.

Overall, for 2016–2019, JCU will receive $1.52 million.

The NCP is a Federal Government initiative in which Australian university students are sent abroad to learn, build friendships and strengthen ties with neighbouring Indo-Pacific countries.

Study options include semester-based learning, teaching practicums, research, field studies and clinical placements.

A group of JCU Nursing students will head to Indonesia—the first time nursing students have been able to undertake the overseas placements under this plan.

Of the funded projects for 2017, 15 nursing students will head to Indonesia next year, with another 20 to follow in 2018, and an additional 25 to travel there in 2019.

Dr Karen Yates, Senior Lecturer in Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition, said it was an exciting opportunity for nursing students.

“This placement will allow them to work beside nursing and other health care staff, while contributing to a developing community in a meaningful and sustainable way,” Dr Yates said.

“Students will join with local nursing and medical services to deliver supervised nursing services, implement community health promotion strategies for disadvantaged populations in diverse settings.

“This experience will enable students to develop an overview of health care provision and their role as a global citizen.”

A total of 15 Education students will be off to Cambodia, 10 French language students to Vanuatu, 10 Social Work students to India, eight Archaeology students to Thailand, and the largest group—64 Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Physicians Assistant students—are off to Fiji.

In addition, 20 Tropical Planning students will travel to Singapore, to work with JCU’s Singapore campus and the National University of Singapore.

JCU’s Mobility Manager from the Division of Global Strategy and Engagement, Linda Rust, said the scheme provides fantastic opportunities for students.

“They will be immersed in the language and culture, and will develop new international networks while gaining valuable work experience,” she said.

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Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Master of Teaching

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the University of Sydney’s first year of its groundbreaking Master of Teaching (MTeach) degree.

The MTeach is Australia’s first graduate-entry pre-service teacher education course, completed over two years.

To honour the occasion, the Faculty of Education and Social Work will hold a special Conference and Celebratory Dinner for all MTeach graduates on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. The current cohort will also be invited.

20th Anniversary of Master of Teaching

MTeach early childhood students enjoy a mathematics class (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

“The MTeach was designed to foster an innovative, case-based and inquiry approach to teacher education. It aimed to address key issues at the time,” said Professor Robyn Ewing.

“Three core tenets of the degree continue reflective professional practice, collaborative inquiry, criteria-based assessment culminating in a substantive, classroom-based internship.

“The celebration is timely as the faculty undertakes an external review of the degree and considers how it can address future challenges for teachers and education.”

Designed for candidates seeking a teaching qualification, applicants already hold a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline.

There are specialisations in early childhood, primary education, school counselling, and 13 areas of study within secondary education, including the national priorities of Science and Mathematics.

Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary) at the University of Sydney

First offered in 1996, the University of Sydney’s Master of Teaching was the first of its kind in Australia, and remains one of the most successful teaching training programs in the nation. The university has an international reputation for excellence. Many of Master of Teaching students are offered full-time employment before completing their degrees. Sydney graduates’ outstanding performance in their profession has contributed to the reputation the program has, in Australia and overseas, for providing leadership and innovation in teacher education.

Program: Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

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Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Melbourne Graduate School of Education celebrates top achievers

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education celebrated the outstanding achievements of staff and students at its annual Awards Evening on May 12.

A full house of guests gathered in the Kwong Lee Dow Building to cheer on this year’s 81 award winners from a broad range of areas and disciplines across research, teaching and engagement.

Melbourne Graduate School of Education celebrates top achievers

Professor Field Rickards, Dean of the Graduate School pictured with the Dean’s Honour List recipients (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

In his opening address Professor Field Rickards, Dean of the Graduate School, congratulated all of the winners on their superb efforts.

“This is an important annual event and I’m delighted to celebrate the achievements of our most outstanding students and staff,” he said.

“You have all worked incredibly hard and we are proud of you.

“For the fifth year in a row we have been ranked number one in Australia and in the top 10 globally. This places us among the world’s best and is a credit to our exceptional staff, students and graduates, many of whom are here tonight.”

Master of Teaching (Primary) Graduate Anthony Curnow wowed the audience taking home four awards including

  • The Alice Taylor Scholarship for the most outstanding result in the Master of Teaching
  • The ACHPER Primary Award for the most outstanding result for the subject Health and Physical Education
  • The Valerie and Lawrence Kennedy Bursaries for students undertaking a two-week teaching placement in a remote or Indigenous area of Australia or overseas, and
  • The Dean’s Honours list for the top 2 per cent of students in each year level.

Dr Sophie Rudolph was the proud recipient of the Doctoral Research Prize for her research thesis titled, Diversity and inequality in education, while the Early Abilities Based Learning and Education Support (Early ABLES) Project Team took home the MGSE Engagement Excellence Award.

The evening also included a presentation by Dr Jason Lodge from the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education on University teaching and changing times. Dr Lodge was also awarded the MGSE Teaching Excellence Award.

The final award for the evening, the MGSE Distinguished Research Career Award, went to Emeritus Professor Patrick Griffin.

Regarded as a true giant of education, Patrick reflected on his 40-plus years in education, saying he wouldn’t have received the award it wasn’t for his ongoing collaborations with other experts.

“This award sounds like it’s an individual award but in reality, I couldn’t have done this research without the help of others,” he said.

“To our graduate teachers in the audience I say, on your own you can achieve very little. But when you collaborate with other teachers and staff members, there’s no limit to what you can do.”

University of Melbourne Master of Teaching

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) is one of 13 Graduate Schools established by the university as part of the Melbourne Model. Graduates enjoy diverse career outcomes in challenging and stimulating settings from education through to the corporate sector. Equipped with transferable skills, including excellent problem solving, communication and organizational skills, University of Melbourne’s graduates are able to move in and around a broad range of industries.

Programs: Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: March
Duration: 1.5 to 2 years
Application deadline: Although there is no strict application deadline for either of these programs, it is recommended that students apply at least three months prior to the program start date. Doing so will provide students with a sufficient amount of time to complete the assessment and pre-departure process.

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Monday, April 18th, 2016

UQ to pay teacher test fees for teacher education students

The University of Queensland will pay literacy and numeracy test fees for its teacher education students for the next three years.

Provost Professor Max Lu said the decision was made last year when plans to introduce literacy and numeracy testing were first announced.

“UQ is committed to the quality of its teacher education graduates and their capacity to make a positive difference to the students they will teach,” he said.

UQ School of Education

Head of School of Education Professor Merrilyn Goos with (left to right) students Emily Muller, Vishael Narayan, Jordan Duncombe, Eamonn O’Loughlin, Jarrod Golltz, Tessa Hogan and Chelsea Iddon (Photo credit: UQ)

Plans to introduce nationwide literacy and numeracy tests for teacher education students were announced last year and are to be a requirement for all graduating teacher education students this year.

The tests are designed to ensure the quality of teachers entering the workforce.

Professor Lu said the university wanted to ensure current students were not disadvantaged by the addition of the testing fee of $185 per student.

“The university has already set aside funding for the next three years, in the first instance, to pay for its pre-service teachers to sit the literacy and numeracy test.”

Education Minister Senator Simon Birmingham this week confirmed that higher education providers would be permitted to pay for students to sit the tests.

UQ School of Education Head Professor Merrilyn Goos said the university’s commitment to support the students was an important decision.

“High-quality teachers are vital to the future of Queensland, and we look forward to working with the relevant national and state authorities in implementing the tests,” Professor Goos said.

The University of Queensland’s School of Education offers primary and secondary teacher education, with about 400 students graduating each year.

Why study the UQ Master of Teaching (Primary)?

The Master of Teaching (Primary) is a teacher preparation program specifically designed for people with an undergraduate degree to qualify as a primary school teacher in 1.5 years of full-time study. The program is ideal for those looking for a career change or who wish to follow their passion for teaching.

The program consists of periods of on-campus lectures, tutorials and workshops, alternated with blocks of professional placements in schools. Strong emphasis is placed on classroom practice with placements designed to provide opportunity for professional development and learning for growth into the role of beginning teacher. All placements are supported by an expert team of university facilitators, whose role is to liaise, visit, observe practice, and support the pre-service teachers and school-based mentors.

Students will gain the benefits of being taught by national and international award-winning lecturers and will be thoroughly prepared for a career in education through access to the latest innovations in teaching research taking place within UQ’s School of Education.

This program is 1.5 years full time, the equivalent of 2 years (4 semesters) full time, offered intensively over 18 calendar months by using a summer semester.

Program: Master of Teaching (Primary)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 1.5 years (18 calendar months)
Application deadline: November 15

Entry requirements

  • successfully completed, at minimum, a three-year undergraduate degree from a recognized university; and
  • have achieved a 65 percent average or above.

For the Master of Teaching (Primary) program, applicants must meet the necessary prerequisites for two of the following curriculum areas: Arts (including Drama, Dance, Media, Music and Visual Arts); English; Mathematics; Science; History, Geography, Civics; Health and Physical Education; Technology

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Monday, March 21st, 2016

Macquarie University international scholarships

What does the Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship cover?

Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship is a partial scholarship for undergraduate and postgraduate studies, the amount is varied up to AUD$10,000 and it will be applied towards your tuition fee.

Macquarie University

Study at Macquarie University

Priority areas: Engineering, Environment, Human Science, Media, Linguistics, and Education.

Application Deadline – June 29, 2016

The Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships do not provide financial support in the form of a living allowance, nor does it provide for the cost of visa application, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), airfares, accommodation, conferences or other costs associated with study.

The Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship is a single scholarship and not available to be renewed. Please note that applicants can only receive one scholarship.

Applicants applying for the Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship will not be required to submit a referee’s report or a statement of purpose. Once you have completed the online scholarship application form, a confirmation email will be sent to you at your nominated email address. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Environment

Degree: Master of Environment (Environmental Management)
Duration: 1 – 2 years
Semester intakes: February and July

The Master of Environment offers an interdisciplinary approach to environmental management. A major focus of the degree is to teach you how to work with people from different disciplinary perspectives in order to find environmental solutions.

You will study areas such as

  • sustainable development;
  • environmental decision making;
  • environmental management and analysis; and
  • environmental law.

Engineering

Degree: Master of Engineering
Duration: 1 – 2 years
Semester intakes: February and July

The program covers key areas of professional electronics engineering systems design, delivery and management, including:

  • Very Large Scale Integration Algorithms and Systems
  • High Performance Integrated Circuit Design
  • Reconfigured Electronics
  • Telecommunications Performance Analysis
  • Hetrogeneous Networks, Theory and Practice

Linguistics

Degree: Master of Applied Linguistics
Duration: 1 – 2 years
Semester intakes: February and July

It is internationally relevant and focuses on the development of analytic skills and understanding the complex relationship between language use and context, and research in these areas. The degree is designed to allow candidates to study a broad range of topics within the area of Applied Linguistics. In particular, the degree has been designed to provide a strong theoretical and practical foundation in the field of teaching English as a second or foreign language.

Education

Degree: Bachelor of Education (Primary or Secondary)
Duration: 2 years full time
Semester intake: February

The Macquarie School of Education is committed to an academic, research-based approach to teacher education. At the core of Macquarie’s approach to teacher education is the concept of the scholar-teacher, one who is flexible, responsive to academic needs, reflective, open-minded, confident and adaptable.
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Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Monash Education students gain international experience in more countries

Professional placements are an essential part of the Monash Faculty of Education’s suite of teaching degrees, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Monash gives students the chance to gain practical experience during their course by completing professional experience in Australia and overseas.

Sixty days placement is minimum for Master of Teaching and 80 days is the minimum requirement for the Bachelor of Education (Honours) course. Students have the opportunity to gain practical teaching experience within Australia and also internationally.

Students can undertake International Professional Experience as part of their placement program. Monash has added three new countries in 2016—Israel, India and the United Arab Emirates. These are in addition to China, Cook Islands, Hong Kong, Italy, Malaysia and South Africa.

Monash Teacher Education programs

Students on international professional experience at the Victoria International School of Sharjah (VISS) in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (Photo: Monash University)

Monash University Master of Teaching

Students in the Monash Faculty of Education learn from leading academics and researchers and have access to the latest teaching and learning technology and student support services.

The Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary) prepares graduates from a range of disciplines for a career as a school teacher. If you want to take on one of society’s most important, rewarding and challenging roles, Monash University‘s master’s program in primary teaching is ideal for you.

Program: Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: March
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Although there is no strict application deadline for either of these programs, it is recommended that candidates apply at least three months prior to the program start date.

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Thursday, January 21st, 2016

A new approach to Indigenous Studies at the University of Sydney

Students enrolled in education degrees at the University of Sydney now have the opportunity to enroll in new Indigenous Studies units of study offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

The new Indigenous Studies major was launched at Info Day in 2016 and units of study offered within it will be of particular interest to students wishing to qualify as Aboriginal Studies teachers.

University of Sydney Teachers College

The University of Sydney has a proud history of engagement with Indigenous education and Indigenous Studies (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

Demonstrating the university’s commitment to Indigenous participation, inter-disciplinary scholarship and cross-cultural dialogue, the new Indigenous Studies major marks a new era in Sydney’s decades-long commitment to Indigenous education and the emergence of Indigenous Studies as an internationally recognised discipline.

The University of Sydney has a proud history of engagement with Indigenous education and Indigenous Studies.

The new Indigenous Studies major has its roots in the Aboriginal Teacher Aides program that began in 1975 and led to the establishment of the Koori Centre in 1992.

The Koori Centre was dedicated to training Indigenous pre-service teachers and over time became central to Education degree programs for Indigenous teachers, many of whom now teach in schools and communities across Australia.

More recently, the Koori Centre developed an Aboriginal Studies Program and established an Indigenous Studies major in the Faculty of Arts in the late 1990s.

“The new Indigenous Studies major is an exciting and significant development in the faculty’s historical commitment to Indigenous Studies,” says Dr Peter Minter, academic coordinator of Indigenous Studies and senior lecturer in the Department of English.

“What sets this major apart is not only its cultural and philosophical integrity, but also how it consolidates Indigenous Studies as a discipline in the faculty.

“It’s a demonstration of Sydney’s commitment to a cutting-edge discipline that has become increasingly visible and internationally consequential in recent years.”

Driven by a new cross-faculty Indigenous Studies Governance Committee, the Indigenous Studies major draws on the experience and expertise of former Koori Centre academics and colleagues from across the university.

Inspired by a commitment to prioritizing Indigenous content, scholarship and voices in a disciplinary framework that is broadly decolonizing, a June 2014 workshop established a set of guiding principles and discipline-led goals for the major, which included commitments to

  • Indigenous political, economic and cultural integrity and advancement;
  • Indigenous community integrity, health and well-being;
  • cultural and environmental sustainability in Indigenous country;
  • cross-disciplinarity and engagement with Indigenous Studies nationally and internationally;
  • Faculty and cross-faculty engagement that welcomes the perspectives, expertise and fellowship of non-Indigenous colleagues across the university;
  • Reconciliation and the enhancement of the cultural competence of students and staff across the University.

Students in this major will learn about the diversity, strength and complexity of Indigenous societies, cultures, knowledges and histories.

They will be taught by leading Indigenous and non-indigenous academics as well as members of the community, enjoying opportunities to engage with contemporary Indigenous life in ways that are culturally informed and respectful.

The teaching program is exciting and innovative, offering students a mix of face-to-face lectures, seminars and hands-on tutorials alongside advanced online modes of teaching and collaboration, not to mention a range of excursions to, for instance, museums, art exhibitions and literary readings.

“In the senior year students can take an advanced directed research project,” Dr Minter says.

“We are encouraging students to think independently and reflect critically in a sphere that is culturally informed and respectful.

“Our students will understand the implications their learning in terms of their own lives and issues that have deeper significance nationally and internationally.”

Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary)

First offered in 1996, the University of Sydney’s Master of Teaching was the first of its kind in Australia, and remains one of the most successful teaching training programs in the nation. The Primary program is designed for those who wish to teach Kindergarten to Grade 6. The Secondary is designed for those who wish to teach grades 7 though 12.

Program: Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: The University of Sydney has a general application deadline of January 31 each year; however, candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

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Thursday, November 19th, 2015

New teacher education program specialising in maths and science adds up

Capturing the mind of the primary school student requires imagination, great skill and specialised teaching.

In the wake of increased pressure on schools to engage students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics, (STEM) a group of universities, led by the University of Melbourne, is rethinking the role of school teachers in these specialist areas.

University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Engaging students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics, (STEM) (Image credit: University of Melbourne)

Reconceptualising Mathematics and Science Teacher Education Programs (ReMSTEP) is a three-year project aiming to deliver new teacher education practices that match contemporary mathematics and science with innovative and engaging teaching practice.

Led by Professor Stephen Dinham within the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and working closely with collaborators at Deakin, Monash and LaTrobe universities, ReMSTEP will immerse pre-service (student) teachers into specialist maths and science training so they can deliver the highest quality teaching to young students.

“We know students’ interest in science and mathematics is declining, but Victoria is leading the charge forward. The best time to really engage with and cultivate a love of maths and science is in the primary classroom,” Professor Dinham said.

“This program will allow us to increase the quality and readiness of graduate teachers, with a focus on the introduction of new science and maths course electives and learning pathways.”

The partnerships and programs will drive major improvements in the quality of mathematics and science learning and teaching by creating programs where undergraduate STEM students and pre-service teachers work collaboratively across faculties and specialist centres to create new materials, units of study and expertise in inquiry-based classroom practices.

Minister for Education The Hon James Merlino said the establishment of ReMSTEP is a significant investment in the future and high-quality learning and teaching is critical for driving practice and policy change.

The Andrews Labor Government recently announced some exciting STEM-related initiatives as part of Education State Reforms. The STEM Catalysts program will build on our existing strengths and train 60 teachers across 30 schools to become STEM ‘catalysts’- experts who can inspire fellow teachers to bring STEM alive for students in Years 7 and 8, he said.

“We also recently announced $27 million for 200 primary maths and science specialists to work with students in over 100 of Victoria’s most disadvantaged primary schools. And our ten new Tech Schools will be high-tech centres of learning excellence right across Victoria.” Minister Merlino said.

The first annual ReMSTEP conference being held in Melbourne will examine the current state of science and mathematics teaching.

University of Melbourne Master of Teaching

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) is one of 13 Graduate Schools established by the university as part of the Melbourne Model. Teacher education graduates enjoy diverse career outcomes in challenging and stimulating settings from education through to the corporate sector. Equipped with transferable skills, including excellent problem solving, communication and organizational skills, graduates are able to move in and around a broad range of industries.

Programs: Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: March
Duration: 1.5 to 2 years
Application deadline: December 10, 2015

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