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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

Apply to the University of Queensland Teachers College!

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Find out more about teacher education at UQ! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Teachers Colleges Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com for more information.

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Master of Teaching at UQ School of Education

The UQ School of Education consists of 35 high profile academic staff members, many of whom are national or international leaders in their fields and are recipients of a wide range of awards. The teaching/learning and research activities of the school are supported by 15 administration staff members. In addition, UQ has a team of highly motivated sessional academic staff members and a group of globally recognised affiliated academics.

UQ School of Education

Study teacher education at the University of Queensland

The Master of Teaching (Primary) program from the University of Queensland is a postgraduate program of professional studies in education. It includes a year (full-time equivalent study) of curriculum and pedagogical studies across the learning areas of the primary school curriculum. It also includes a quarter of a year of English/literacy and mathematics/numeracy curriculum and pedagogical studies; and an eighth of a year of curriculum and pedagogical studies in science.

The Master of Teaching program is equivalent to two years of full-time study and at the University of Queensland, courses are offered over 18 months, incorporating a summer semester. One of the notable features of this program is a professional  experience placement in the first semester of one day per week for 10 weeks. This placement is supported by professional experience classes, which will provide opportunity for reflection upon school-based experiences to inform future practice. The second and third professional experience courses include block placements of four weeks and six weeks duration respectively. The professional experience has been designed to be developmental in nature and to provide opportunity for professional development and learning for growth into the role as a beginning teacher.

As a postgraduate program, the Master of Teaching has a focus on research and the development of teachers as reflective practitioners. A part of the program includes pre-service teachers understanding the value of research on practice through undertaking a small research project. The design of the program is such that the importance of continuing personal and professional learning is an underpinning principle.

University of Queensland Master of Teaching Program

Program: Master of Teaching (Primary)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 1.5 years (18 calendar months)
Application deadline: November 15, 2015

Entry Requirements for the Master of Teaching (Primary)

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

Apply to the University of Queensland Teachers College!

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Find out more about the UQ School of Education! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Teachers Colleges Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355. Contact OzTREKK for more information about Australian universities and about how you can study in Australia!

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

UQ School of Education Master of Teaching

The UQ School of Education is one of the most productive and high profile schools of education in Australia with a large number of students from Australia and overseas.

The school provides a variety of ways of studying as well as a range of programs in education across both the Ipswich and St Lucia campuses, and offers new and interesting opportunities for students and staff in teaching, learning, research and professional development.

UQ School of Education

Study teacher education at the University of Queensland

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. The program is ideal for those looking for a career change or who wish to follow their passion of teaching.

The Master of Teaching program is equivalent to two years of full-time study and at the University of Queensland, courses are offered over 18 months, incorporating a summer semester. One of the notable features of this program is a professional experience placement in the first semester of one day per week for 10 weeks. This placement is supported by professional experience classes, which will provide opportunity for reflection upon school-based experiences to inform future practice. The second and third professional experience courses include block placements of 4 weeks’ and 6 weeks’ duration respectively. The professional experience has been designed to be developmental in nature and to provide opportunity for professional development and learning for growth into the role as a beginning teacher.

This program prepares students for employment as primary school teachers (years 1 – 7). It provides the skills and knowledge necessary for teaching to complement the current knowledge and skills gained in the first degree. Students will be qualified to teach in all areas of the primary curriculum:

  • Arts (including Drama, Dance, Media, Music and Visual Arts)
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History / Geography / Civics
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Technology

University of Queensland Master of Teaching Program

Program: Master of Teaching (Primary)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 1.5 years (18 calendar months)
Application deadline: November 15, 2014

Entry Requirements for the Master of Teaching (Primary)

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

Apply to the University of Queensland Teachers College!

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Find out more about the UQ School of Education! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Teachers Colleges Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355. Contact OzTREKK for more information about Australian universities and about how you can study in Australia!

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Ontario College of Teachers outlines regulation amendments

Teaching is a regulated profession in Canada. Each province and territory in Canada has its own individual certification board. If you wish to teach in any one of these locations, you must apply to for certification though the specific provincial or territorial certification board. This stands for all students, whether they have completed their teacher education in Canada or abroad. Upon completion of a teacher education program, you are not automatically certified to teach in a certain province or territory. You first need to gain teacher certification through the province or territory you wish to work in.

Australian Teachers Colleges in Australia

Questions? Contact OzTREKK’s Admissions Officer Rachel Brady

If you wish to work as a teacher in the province of Ontario after completing a teacher education degree, you will need to apply for certification through the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) before you can teach in Ontario. The OCT will then assess your teacher education degree to make sure your teaching qualifications meet their requirements.

Beginning on September 1, 2015, the initial teacher education program at Ontario’s faculties of education will expand to four semesters and include twice the amount of practice teaching time (80 days, up from 40) and greater attention to students’ mental health and well-being, how to teach with technology, and diversity among other core elements.

If a person applies for certification through the Ontario College of Teachers from September 1, 2015 onward, his or her credentials will be evaluated based on the enhanced teacher education program requirements in the province of Ontario. What this means is that anyone applying for teacher certification through the Ontario College of Teachers from September 1, 2015 onward must meet the requirements of the new, enhanced two-year teacher education program in the province of Ontario.

If you have any questions about certification with the OCT, please contact Australian Teachers Colleges Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com.

About Australian Teachers Colleges

Are you thinking of becoming a teacher? Completing an Australian teacher education program provides an excellent opportunity to obtain the teaching qualifications you need, while experiencing the excitement and culture of living in a new country.

Australian teachers colleges name their graduate-entry education/teaching degrees in various ways (e.g., Graduate Diploma of Education, Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Master of Teaching). These are comparable to graduate-entry Bachelor of Education degrees offered at universities in Canada.

We at OzTREKK are proud to say that our Australian Teachers Colleges offer reputable teacher education programs, providing our students with a unique and enriching education, which allows for an easy transition into the teaching profession within Canada.

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For more information about how to become a teacher, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Teachers Colleges Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or call toll free at 1 866-698-7355. Find out more about how you can study in Australia and about teacher education programs at Australian universities.

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

UQ Teachers College graduates can apply for a post-study work visa

Did you know that you could become a primary teacher in only one and a half years?

University of Queensland Teachers College

Study teacher education at UQ

The Master of Teaching (Primary) at UQ Teachers College is a teacher preparation program specifically designed for people with an undergraduate degree to qualify as a primary school teacher in 1.5 years’ full-time study. It is the equivalent of 2 years (4 semesters) full time.

Because this program extends over a period of 18 calendar months by using a summer semester, graduates may be eligible for a post-study work visa! The Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) is for international students who have recently graduated from an Australian educational institution, and lets you live, study, and work in Australia temporarily after you have finished your studies.

For full details about the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485), visit http://www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/485.aspx.

University of Queensland Master of Teaching Program

Program: Master of Teaching (Primary)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 1.5 years (18 calendar months)

The Master of Teaching (Primary) program prepares students for employment as primary school teachers (Grades 1 – 7). It provides the skills and knowledge necessary for teaching to complement the current knowledge and skills gained in the first degree. Students will be qualified to teach in all areas of the primary curriculum:

  • Arts (including Drama, Dance, Media, Music and Visual Arts)
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History / Geography / Civics
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Technology

Entry Requirements for the Master of Teaching (Primary)

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

Apply to the University of Queensland Teachers College!

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For more information about how to become a teacher, including teacher education program entry requirements, teaching areas, application deadlines, tuition fees and scholarships, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Teachers Colleges Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or phone Rachel toll free at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

UQ Master of Teaching new for 2014

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 ½ years of full-time study. The program is ideal for those looking for a career change or who wish to follow their passion of teaching.

University of Queensland Teachers College

Study teacher education at UQ

The MTeach program is equivalent to two years of full-time study and at the University of Queensland Teachers College, courses are offered over 18 months, incorporating a summer semester. One of the notable features of this program is a professional experience placement in the first semester of one day per week for 10 weeks. This placement is supported by professional experience classes, which will provide opportunity for reflection upon school-based experiences to inform future practice. The second and third professional experience courses include block placements of 4 weeks’ and 6 weeks’ duration respectively. The professional experience has been designed to be developmental in nature and to provide opportunity for professional development and learning for growth into the role as a beginning teacher.

The distinctive program is the first of its kind in Queensland to meet new national teaching standards as outlined by the Federal Government, so graduates will be job-ready to implement the new national teaching curriculum. Courses have been carefully designed to ensure graduates comply with the Australian professional standards for teachers.

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 the opportunity for professional development and learning for growth into the role as a beginning teacher. All placements are supported by an expert team of university facilitators, whose role is to liaise, visit, observe practice, and support both the pre-service teachers and the school-based mentors and staff.

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

The Master of Teaching (Primary) program prepares students for employment as primary school teachers (years 1 – 7). It provides the skills and knowledge necessary for teaching to complement the current knowledge and skills gained in the first degree. Students will be qualified to teach in all areas of the primary curriculum:

  • Arts (including Drama, Dance, Media, Music and Visual Arts)
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History / Geography / Civics
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Technology

Entry Requirements for the Master of Teaching (Primary)

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

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For more information about how to become a teacher, including teacher education program entry requirements, teaching areas, application deadlines, tuition fees and scholarships, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Teachers Colleges Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or phone Rachel toll free at 1 866-698-7355.

Friday, June 28th, 2013

OzTREKK Funny Friday

Four high school boys afflicted with spring fever skipped morning classes.

After lunch, they reported to the teacher that they had a flat tire.

Much to their relief she smiled and said,  “Well, you missed a test today, so take seats apart from one another and take out a piece of paper.”

Still smiling, she waited for them to sit down. Then she said, “First question: Which tire was flat?”

About Australian Teachers Colleges

Completing an Australian teachers’ education program provides an excellent opportunity to obtain the teaching qualifications you need, while experiencing the excitement and culture of living in a new country.

Australian teachers colleges name their graduate-entry education/teaching degrees in various ways (e.g., Graduate Diploma of Education, Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Master of Teaching). These are comparable to graduate-entry Bachelor of Education degrees offered at universities in Canada.

Australia’s Graduate Diploma in Education and Postgraduate Diploma of Education programs are basic, one-year teacher certification programs in which correspond to the one year graduate-entry Bachelor of Education programs in Canada.

Canadian students should note that these programs train students to become teachers. Individuals looking to complete a Master of Education degree must first complete a teacher education program. They may then apply to a Master of Education program to further their educational studies and prepare them for managerial/administrative careers in the field of education.

The following OzTREKK Australian universities offer teacher education programs:

For more information about how to become a teacher, including teacher education program entry requirements, teaching areas, application deadlines, tuition fees, and scholarships, please visit OzTREKK’s Australian Teachers Colleges page or contact OzTREKK’s Australian Teachers Colleges Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or call toll free at 1 866-698-7355.

Contact OzTREKK for more information about how you can study in Australia and about teacher education programs at Australian universities.

 

Monday, June 24th, 2013

University of Queensland Celebrates 50 Years at Sea!

University of Queensland Teachers College student recalls time at sea

Imagine spending the night with Berber Nomads in the Sahara desert, till the sun rose, getting lost in a rickshaw in India or breaking down cultural barriers to the tunes of Justin Bieber and Britney Spears.

University of Queensland Teachers College student Claire Mulligan did all this and more during a four-month Semester at Sea study abroad program travelling the world on a seven-deck, 179-metre ship.

Claire said her decision to follow in the footsteps of her mother, who did the program in 1981, changed her life.

“I highly recommend that other UQ students apply for this program,” she said.

“It gave me the opportunity of a lifetime.

“Students who participate in Semester at Sea get to experience things they never would have dreamed of, and everyone is eligible to give it a go.

“I never thought I’d convince somebody in one country that Costa Rican notes were an acceptable form of payment because of cute animals on the note, or that I’d be waking up at 5am to see the sun rise over Table Mountain in South Africa.

“I’ve played with a monkey on a leash in Malaysia, almost gotten into an accident in India to avoid a hitting a cow, and seen the damage Americans caused in the bombing of Hiroshima.

“I never thought gazing at the last sunset of the 100-day voyage would make me cry, thinking about all the friends I had made and the experiences I was lucky enough to have.”

Voyages range from 12-14 countries with opportunities for service projects, visits with Nobel Laureates and world leaders, Rotarian home-stays, language courses and other options.

“For the first time in my student life I could read about each country’s culture, geography, political unrest, language and religion through lectures and textbooks and then experience it first hand,” Claire said.

“Semester at Sea gave me the opportunity to interact with people from developed and emerging nations, learn about myself through service projects, develop a better awareness of my culture and other cultures and learn first-hand about issues and opportunities that challenge today’s world.”

Claire visited many schools on the journey, and her Semester at Sea cemented her dream to be an international school teacher.

“I would go to sleep in one country and wake up in another without stepping foot on a plane, buy something for five per cent of the asking price in a crowded Moroccan market, see “skin-whitening” cream sold in Vietnam, speak Spanish in Ghana, eat a full meal in Malaysia for $1, spend 30 minutes in fixation at the Terra Cotta warriors of Xian and meet the farmer who made the discovery,” she said.

“I felt the charged emotions in the streets, sweated in the desert, navigated the confusing railways of Tokyo, heard the call to prayer, spoke Spanish and wore wedding rings to avoid proposals.

“The world was my classroom for four months and I will never forget this experience.

“I am and forever will be a global citizen trying to make an impact, no matter how small or big I believe it to be.”

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Learn more about the University of Queensland Teachers College!

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

UQ ranks in global top 10 across key subjects

Studies in four key disciplines at the University of Queensland rank in the international top 10 in the latest QS World University Subject Rankings.

Psychology, education, agriculture and forestry, and environmental sciences were UQ‘s highest-rated areas and among the highest in the world.

Find out more about the University of Queensland

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Additionally, QS reports in its 2013 assessment that UQ has nine further subject areas in the world’s top 30, including English language and literature, computer science and information systems, chemical engineering, civil and structural engineering, biological sciences, sociology, pharmacy and pharmacology, accounting and finance, and communication and media studies.

In the world’s top 50, UQ subject areas include linguistics, modern languages, medicine, geography, materials science, mathematics, economics and econometrics, law, politics and international studies, and statistics and operational research.

UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj said the QS rankings increasingly highlighted the global quality of Australian higher education.

“Governments of all persuasions need to recognize what a great asset Australia has in its universities,” he said. “We need to protect and grow the global opportunities that our universities are opening for Australia. This is a view we see coming through strongly in recent opinion polls.”

UQ Professor Høj said the QS rankings were an important tool for students comparing universities and their strengths around the world. He said education studies at UQ were charging up the QS ranks, leaping from 29th position globally last year to 10th this year.

“Recognizing the global quality of our work in education, and in psychology, the Australian Research Council this week awarded $16 million over four years to establish a Science of Learning Research Centre at UQ,” Professor Høj said.

“The centre will bring together researchers in education, neuroscience and cognitive psychology from leading Australian universities as well as from international universities including Carnegie Mellon and University College London.”

UQ subjects that climbed up the QS ranks this year included English language and literature (at 25th position globally, up from 42nd last year); computer science and information systems (25, up from 39), civil and structural engineering (27, up from 35), biological sciences (22, up from 38), medicine (33, up from 48), communication and media studies (20, up from 33), accounting and finance (25, up from 29), and politics and international studies (34, up from 48).

Ben Sowter, QS head of research, said Australia’s Group of Eight dominated local rankings, with Go8 universities topping all 30 subjects here.

When Australian universities were ranked against each other, Mr Sowter said UQ came outright first in the nation in agriculture and environmental sciences, joint first in chemical engineering, second in psychology and second in biological sciences, third in communication, sociology, materials science and English, and fourth in education.

QS rankings are based on surveys of about 70,000 academics and graduate employers, research citations and an analysis of research impact.

UQ is one of only three Australian universities ranked in the top 100 of the most respected global higher education rankings systems, including QS, Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities and Times Higher Education Rankings.

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Contact OzTREKK for more information about the University of Queensland and other Australian universities! Find out how OzTREKK can help you to study in Australia!

 

Monday, March 18th, 2013

University of Queensland Teachers College applications are now open

The University of Queensland Teachers College applications for the 2014 intake are now open via  OzTREKK!

The teachers college at the University of Queensland is one of the most productive and high profile schools of education in Australia with a large number of students from Australia and overseas.

Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)

The Graduate Diploma in Education program at the University of Queensland offer practical, school-based learning and draw on the latest research regarding effective teaching methods, ensuring graduates are well equipped to meet the challenges of a teaching career. Program courses will challenge participants to use their knowledge, expertise and experience to design environments that will engage students in the learning process and cater to a variety of learning styles.

Program: Graduate Diploma in Education
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 1 year
Application deadline: Although there is no strict application deadline for this teaching program, 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.

Entry Requirements

Applicants of the University of Queensland‘s Graduate Diploma in Education program must have

  • at minimum, a three-year undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution; and
  • a 65% average or above.

The University of Queensland prefers that applicants complete four to five credits in subjects across two Key Learning Areas (Mathematics, Science, English, and Study of Society and Environment).

Apply to the University of Queensland Teachers College!

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For more information about how to become a teacher, including teacher education program entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, scholarships, please visit OzTREKK’s Australian Teachers Colleges page.

If you have any questions, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Teachers Colleges Admissions Officer Rachel Brady:

Email Rachel at rachel@oztrekk.com, or phone Rachel toll free at 1 866-698-7355.

Contact OzTREKK for more information about how you can study in Australia and about teacher education programs at Australian universities.