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James Cook University Teachers College in Australia

Program Overview - Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary or Secondary)

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University and Faculty: James Cook University (JCU)
College of Arts, Society and Education
Program: Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary or Secondary)
University Location: Cairns or Townsville, Queensland, Australia
City Population: 190,000 / 170,000
Student Population: 11,500
Campus Location: Townsville or Cairns, Queensland
Program Duration: 2 years
Semester Intake: February each year
Next Intake: February 2020
Est. Total Tuition: $29,400 AUD (2019)

The Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary) is a new program that started semester 1 2016. This innovative program is offered at both the Cairns and Townsville campuses.

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.

This course includes a prescribed professional placement in primary schools in each of the first three phases of the course for a total of 60 placement days, a 20-day extended capstone in the final phase and school based experiences with primary students in selected subjects within the course. Graduate teachers may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense.

Unique Features of the Program

The School of Education is the largest at JCU and has a 40-year history of teacher education in North Queensland.

The JCU Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary) is a four-phase (18-month) developmentally sequenced professional preparation for those holding at least a first degree and who value learning about, as well as contributing to, the diverse needs and aspirations of learners and communities. This degree, similar to JCU's strategic intent, focuses on providing consequential experiences to prepare students as an educator for rural and remote areas, in addition to urban contexts, so they can respond confidently to the diversity of classrooms.

James Cook University provides the option of doing a portion of your practicum placement in a rural and remote location and staff encourages students to take part of this unique opportunity to work with children from different needs and geographical circumstances. An integral part of becoming a teacher is gaining practical experience in schools. You will be required to complete 55 days of professional experience in secondary school settings during the course plus an additional 20 days of wider professional education. Placements are allocated in government and non-government schools.

Why Canadians Like the Program

The JCU campuses are situated in the tropical surroundings of Northern Queensland, alongside the Great Barrier Reef. In their spare time, students are able to take advantage of the endless amount of activities in the region. Students will gain the education they need while soaking in a new cultural experience at the same time.

Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

Teaching in Canada

Teaching is a regulated profession in Canada, and as such, each province and territory in Canada has its own individual certification board. If you wish to teach in Canada, 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 must gain teacher certification through the province or territory in which you wish to work.

If you have any specific questions about the teacher certification requirements, please contact the appropriate regulatory body for more information:

Please note that anyone applying for certification through the Ontario College of Teachers from September 1, 2015 onward will be evaluated based on the new enhanced teacher education program requirements.

OzTREKK maintains a strong relationship with our universities, consulting them and working with them to create teacher education programs that work for our Canadian students.

Teaching in Australia

Just like the provincial regulatory bodies governing teacher education in Canada, not all Australian states have the same teacher certification requirements. For example, if you've received a teaching certification from Queensland, but wanted to teach in New South Wales, you would be required to apply for certification again through NSW's certification board.

Please keep in mind that if you plan to stay in Australia to teach after completing your degree, you will also be required to obtain the appropriate Australian visa.


Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

For the Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary or Secondary), applicants are required to submit the following with their application:

  • Personal Statement of Suitability: Why you want to be a primary school teacher, and if you have any involvement in personal learning and leadership activities.
  • Hand-written literacy task

For the Master of Teaching and Learning Primary, a candidate's academic criteria is measured against previous study. Candidates must have successfully completed at least 8 subjects (at least one year of full-time-equivalent study) in a non-education degree that are relevant to one or more learning areas of the primary school curriculum: English, technologies, mathematics, science, humanities and social sciences, the Arts, languages, health and physical education.

Total Number of Places in the Program: no set quota

Application Deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program's start date.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Kaylee Templeton

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