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University of Queensland Teachers College in Australia

Program Overview - Master of Teaching

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University and Faculty: University of Queensland
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Program: Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary)
University Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
City Population: 2.1 million
Student Population: 51,070
Campus Location: St. Lucia, Queensland
Program Duration: 1.5 years (4 semesters); 2 years
Semester Intake: February each year
Next Avail. Intake: February 2019
Est. Total Tuition: $53,722 AUD (Primary); $54,516 (Secondary) AUD (based on 2018 fees)

Master of Teaching (Primary)

Introduced in 2014, the Master of Teaching (Primary) at UQ 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.

The primary years of schooling (years 1-7) are a crucial stage of learning for all children. From the early years to the later years of primary school, teachers need specialist preparation as they are required to teach across subject areas and to have the skills and knowledge to understand and manage the diverse issues related to early and middle childhood.

The field of study 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

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.

Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Beginning in 2018, the UQ Master of Teaching (Secondary) will replace the Graduate Diploma of Education. This new teacher preparation program is specifically designed for people with an undergraduate degree who intend to qualify as a secondary school teacher in 2 years of full-time study. The program offers practical, school-based learning and draws on the latest research into effective teaching methods, ensuring graduates are well equipped to meet the challenges of a teaching career. The program will develop knowledge and skills, and the application of knowledge and skills required at a master's level in education. This program encourages active engagement with local and global communities to promote the continuing enhancement of learning for the benefit of all and is ideal for those looking for a career change or who wish to follow their passion for teaching.

Teaching areas include Biology; Business; Chemistry; Drama; English; Geography; Health and Physical Education; History; Digital Technologies; Languages other than English Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish); Mathematics; Music; Physics; Earth and Environmental Sciences; as well as: Accounting; Economics; Film, Television and New Media; and Legal Studies.

Unique Features of the Program

The program at the University of Queensland includes 18 weeks of lectures and small group tutorials drawing on the latest research about effective teaching methods. It also includes workshops designed to prepare and support students for their roles as teachers and professionals.

Staff at the University of Queensland has won multiple national and university teaching awards, complementing the School of Education as one of Australia's leading universities in educational research.

Why Canadians Like the Program

The University of Queensland is located in a part of the world well known for its relaxed lifestyle, scenic subtropical surroundings and access to world-renowned tourist attractions.

Canadian students love that fact that they don't feel like a number within the School of Education. Students maintain a close relationship with their professors, where they feel comfortable seeking advice.

Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

The Master of Teaching (Primary & Secondary) is accredited by the Queensland College of Teachers. With these qualifications, students are also eligible to apply for teacher certification in Canada.

 

Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

To be eligible for admission, you must have

  • successfully completed, at minimum, a three-year undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution; 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

For the Master of Teaching (Secondary), applicants must meet the necessary prerequisites for two of the following curriculum areas:

Biology; Business; Chemistry; Drama; English; Geography; Health and Physical Education; History; Digital Technologies; Languages other than English Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish); Mathematics; Music; Physics; Earth and Environmental Sciences; as well as: Accounting; Economics; Film, Television and New Media; and Legal Studies.

From 2018, there is now a new non-academic entry requirement which has been introduced by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). All applicants will now need to be assessed for this new requirement, and will be required to complete a 1000-word personal statement used to determine their motivation and suitability for teaching through the consideration of their work and life experiences. This statement will be assessed by Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

Commencing students are also required to successfully meet the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) standards prior to graduation. For more details, please contact OzTREKK.

Total Number of Places in the Program: no set quota

Application Deadline: UQ Teachers College has a general application deadline of November 29 each year; however, late applications may be accepted.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Heather Brown

 
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