UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Teaching (coursework)

This course is for students wishing to qualify as either early childhood educators, primary school teachers or secondary school teachers.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Teaching (coursework)
Award abbreviationMTeach
Course code31520
Course typemaster's degree by coursework only
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Education
CRICOS code077502G
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year (mid-year intake for part-time study only)
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Professional accreditationMaster of Teaching (coursework) is accredited by: Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA).
Standard course duration2 years
Time limit5 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typeCommonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Grace Oakley (Primary), Professor Vaille Dawson (Secondary), Dr Gerardine Neylon (Early Childhood) and Dr Sue Dawkins (Early Childhood)

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2017;
NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Take all units (48 points):

S1, S2EDUC5000National Literacy and Numeracy Test (0 points)
S1EDUC5429Perspectives in Aboriginal Education
S1EDUC5485Development, Teaching and Learning: Theory and Practice
NSEDUC5500Professional Practice B (12 points)
S2EDUC5509Interventions for Learning
NSEDUC5510Professional Practice A
S1, S2EDUC5514Differentiating the Curriculum
S2EDUC5618Teaching and Learning with ICTs

Early Childhood specialisation

Take all units (48 points):

S2EDUC5501Integrated Studies: The Humanities and Social Sciences
S1EDUC5502Teaching Mathematics in the Early Years
S2EDUC5503Social Interaction and the Developing Child
S1EDUC5504Language and Literacy in Early Childhood
S2EDUC5506Developing and Managing the Infant and Early Childhood Learning Environment
S1EDUC5508Integrated Studies: Science
S1EDUC5520The Artistic and Expressive Child
NSSSEH5689Physical Development, Movement and Health

Music specialisation

Note: This specialisation is not available in 2017.

Take all units (36 points):

S2EDUC5516Literacy Across the Curriculum
S2EDUC5546Teaching Contexts
N/AEDUC5547Music Teaching and Learning: Philosophies and Pedagogies
N/AEDUC5548Music Teaching and Learning in Context
S1MUSC4101Contemporary Debates in Music
 MUSC4102Professional Music Practices

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:

S1, S2EDUC5404Educational Linguistics
S2EDUC5411Enhancing Teaching through Understanding Contemporary Education
S2EDUC5415Educational Leadership and Management
N/AEDUC5416Education in Rural Australia
S2EDUC5454Learning Difficulties
S1EDUC5492Understanding and Managing Disruptive Behaviour Disorders
S1EDUC5494Approaches to Student Assessment
S2EDUC5501Integrated Studies: The Humanities and Social Sciences
S1EDUC5502Teaching Mathematics in the Early Years
S2EDUC5503Social Interaction and the Developing Child
S1EDUC5504Language and Literacy in Early Childhood
S2EDUC5505Teaching Mathematics in Middle and Upper Primary
S2EDUC5506Developing and Managing the Infant and Early Childhood Learning Environment
S1EDUC5508Integrated Studies: Science
SSEDUC5517Introduction to Catholic Education in Western Australia
NSSSEH5491Health Education
NSSSEH5492Health Promotion in the Schools
NSSSEH5689Physical Development, Movement and Health

Primary specialisation

Take all units (48 points):

S2EDUC5501Integrated Studies: The Humanities and Social Sciences
S1EDUC5502Teaching Mathematics in the Early Years
S1EDUC5504Language and Literacy in Early Childhood
S2EDUC5505Teaching Mathematics in Middle and Upper Primary
S1EDUC5508Integrated Studies: Science
S2EDUC5516Literacy Across the Curriculum
S1EDUC5520The Artistic and Expressive Child
NSSSEH5689Physical Development, Movement and Health

Secondary specialisation

Note: A major comprises one curriculum I unit and one curriculum II unit.
A minor comprises one curriculum I unit and one curriculum II unit.
An Area of Interest comprises one curriculum I unit*

Major and minor (36 points):
For students pursuing a major in Art, English, Information and Communication Technology, Languages Other than English (LOTE)**, Mathematics, Humanities and Social Sciences or Science, take units to the value of 24 points comprising one secondary specialisation Curriculum major and one secondary specialisation minor from Groups A–G, and units to the value of 12 points from Group L.

Students pursuing a major in Health and Physical Education take units to the value of 24 points from Group I, and units to the value of 12 points from Group A–G; or a unit to the value of 6 points from Group J and a unit to the value of 6 points from Group L; or units to the value of 12 points from Group L.

Students pursuing a major in Teaching English as a Second Language or Other Language (TESOL)** take units to the value of 18 points from Group H, units to the value of 12 points from Group A–G, and a unit to the value of 6 points from Group L; or a unit to the value of 6 points from Group J and units to the value of 12 points from Group L. Students pursuing a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language or Other Language (TESOL)** take units to the value of 18 points from Group H, units to the value of 12 points from Group A–G, and a unit to the value of 6 points from Group L.

Students pursuing a major in Music, take units to the value of 24 points from Group K and units to the value of 12 points from Group A–G; or a unit to the value of 6 points from Group J and a unit to the value of 6 points from Group L; or units to the value of 12 points from Group L. Students pursuing a minor in Music take units to the value of 12 points from Group A–G, units MUSC4711 and MUSC4712 to the value of 12 points from Group K and units to the value of 12 points from Group L.
*Note: Career Development, Information and Communication Technologies, and Special Education are available as an Area of Interest for students who do not satisfy the pre-requisites for a curriculum minor—Group J.
** LOTE and TESOL not offered in 2017

Take all units (12 points):

S2EDUC5410Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum
S2EDUC5546Teaching Contexts

Take according to rules for Secondary specialisation:

Group A

S1EDUC5445Art Curriculum I
S2EDUC5446Art Curriculum II

Take according to rules for Secondary specialisation:

Group B

S1EDUC5460English Curriculum I
S2EDUC5470English Curriculum II

Take according to rules for Secondary specialisation:

Group C

S1EDUC5464Information and Communication Technology Curriculum I
S2EDUC5474Information and Communication Technology Curriculum II

Take according to rules for Secondary specialisation:

Note: Not available as a Major or Minor in 2017

Group D

N/AEDUC5461Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Curriculum I
N/AEDUC5471Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Curriculum II

Take according to rules for Secondary specialisation:

Group E

S1EDUC5462Mathematics Curriculum I
S2EDUC5472Mathematics Curriculum II

Take according to rules for Secondary specialisation:

Group F

S1EDUC5466Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum I
S2EDUC5476Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum II

Take according to rules for Secondary specialisation:

Group G

S1EDUC5465Science Curriculum I
S2EDUC5475Science Curriculum II

Take according to rules for Secondary specialisation:

Note: Not available as a Major or Minor in 2017

Group H

S1, S2EDUC5404Educational Linguistics
N/AEDUC5467Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Curriculum I
N/AEDUC5477Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Curriculum II

Take according to rules for Secondary specialisation:

Group I

S1SSEH5464Physical Education Curriculum I
NSSSEH5474Physical Education Curriculum II
NSSSEH5491Health Education
NSSSEH5492Health Promotion in the Schools

Take according to rules for Secondary specialisation:

Group J

S1EDUC5463Career Development Curriculum I
S1EDUC5464Information and Communication Technology Curriculum I
S1EDUC5468Special Education Curriculum I

Take according to rules for Secondary specialisation:

Note: (subject to approval)

Group K

S1MUSC4631Secondary Music Curriculum 1
S2MUSC4632Secondary Music Curriculum 2
S1MUSC4711Studio Teaching and Musical Leadership 1
S2MUSC4712Studio Teaching and Musical Leadership 2

Take according to rules for Secondary specialisation:

Group L

S1, S2EDUC5404Educational Linguistics
S2EDUC5411Enhancing Teaching through Understanding Contemporary Education
S2EDUC5415Educational Leadership and Management
N/AEDUC5416Education in Rural Australia
S2EDUC5454Learning Difficulties
S1EDUC5492Understanding and Managing Disruptive Behaviour Disorders
S1EDUC5494Approaches to Student Assessment
S2EDUC5507Cultural and Historical Perspectives of the Mathematics Curriculum
S2EDUC5511Learning with Young Adult Fiction
NSSSEH5491Health Education
NSSSEH5492Health Promotion in the Schools

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Applicants with qualifications from institutions where English is not the medium of instruction must provide evidence of English Language Competence.

(3) Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.5, a minimum score of 7.0 in the Reading and Writing bands, and a minimum score of 8.0 in the Listening and Speaking bands.

(4) Applicants presenting with the Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic) require an overall score of at least 75 and no sub-score less than 70.

(5) Applicants presenting a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) require an overall grade of B or above, with a score of 'exceptional' for listening and speaking, and at least 'good' for reading and writing.

(6) Applicants with qualifications gained wholly in English from countries other than Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America must provide evidence of English Language Competence in accordance with the requirements of the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia.

(7) An English bridging course is not regarded as evidence of English Language Competence.

Admission requirements

4.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) (i) at least one year of the bachelor's degree relevant to one or more learning areas in the Early Childhood or Primary school curriculum for applicants who wish to major in Early Childhood or Primary Teaching respectively; or

(ii) a major relevant to secondary teaching curriculum majors offered by UWA for applicants who wish to major in Secondary Teaching; or

(iii) majors in Music Studies and Specialist Music Studies for applicants who wish to undertake the Music Specialisation course; or

(iv) a major in Music Studies and evidence of specialist music skills for applicants who wish to undertake the Music Specialisation course.

(2) Applicants who have a bachelor's degree in education, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA, are not eligible for admission.

(3) Before admission, international students must obtain a criminal record check from their country of origin or recent residence.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 30330 Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (non-articulated) (48 points)
  • 31400 Graduate Diploma in Education (60 points)
  • 31520 Master of Teaching (96 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Teaching course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points which must include course core units and specialisation units. The course comprises the following specialisations:

  • SP-MUSIC Music
  • SP-TCHEC Early Childhood
  • SP-TCHPR Primary
  • SP-TCHSC Secondary

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in the year in which a student is enrolled in a Professional Practice unit the student must, in addition to passing units to the value of at least half the total points value of units in which they are enrolled, pass the Professional Practice unit(s) in which they are enrolled.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Students who pass the Professional Practice unit(s) but do not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units in which they are enrolled are assigned the progress status of 'Suspended' and are not permitted to re-enrol for a period of one year.

(2) Students who pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled but who fail a Professional Practice unit are, if the Committee described in Rule 13 so recommends under that Rule, assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' and are 'Excluded' from further study in the course.

(3) Students who do not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled and who fail a Professional Practice unit are assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' and are 'Excluded' from further study in the course.

(4) Students who fail to make satisfactory progress twice under Rule 6 are assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' and are 'Excluded' from further study in the course.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.

Additional rules

Credit for previously completed work

13.(1) The Faculty may grant credit for units in the Master of Teaching with Early Childhood specialisation course, the Master of Teaching with Primary specialisation course or the Master of Teaching with Secondary specialisation course, excluding the Professional Practice units3, up to a value of 24 points on the basis of previously completed units of study.

(2) Credit is not granted for work completed in Professional Practice units undertaken in previous studies.

(3) Within the overall credit limit, credit may be granted for work completed through continuing education at this University to a maximum value of 24 points.

(4) Students who are permitted to transfer from the Graduate Diploma in Education course at this University to the Master of Teaching course are granted credit for all units completed in the Graduate Diploma in Education course.

(5) Students who withdraw from the Master of Teaching with Secondary specialisation course and are awarded a Graduate Diploma in Education may apply to re-enter the Master of Teaching with Secondary specialisation course with full credit for previously completed units provided no more than five years has lapsed since their last enrolment in the master's degree course.

[11.(1), (3), and (4) are approved exceptions to University Policy]

3 EDUC5510 Professional Practice A, EDUC5500 Professional Practice B, EDUC5481 Professional Practice I, EDUC5482 Professional Practice II.

Failure to pass a Professional Practice unit

14.(1) Students who do not pass a Professional Practice unit4 may apply to have their case considered by a committee comprising—

(a) the Dean of the Faculty or nominee;

(b) the relevant course coordinator;

and

(c) a relevant curriculum specialist.

(2) The committee will take into account all relevant information and recommend to the Faculty that the student—

(a) repeat the Professional Practice unit;

or

(b) repeat the Professional Practice unit following demonstration of specified conditions (e.g. completion of specified additional relevant work) to the satisfaction of the course coordinator;

or

(c) not be permitted to re-enrol in the course.

(3) If the Faculty permits a student to repeat a Professional Practice unit, it will determine whether the unit is to be repeated in the same or a subsequent year taking into consideration the student's overall performance in the course concerned.

4 EDUC5510 Professional Practice A, EDUC5500 Professional Practice B, EDUC5481 Professional Practice I, EDUC5482 Professional Practice II.

Cross-institutional enrolment

15. Students can undertake up to two curriculum units through cross-institutional enrolment if a relevant major or minor is not available.

Admissions/enrolment-related rules

16.(1) All students are required to pass a test of Teacher English Language Competency Skills, to demonstrate literacy skills within the top 30 per cent of the population, as required for professional registration.

(2) Students must demonstrate numeracy competency, within the top 30 per cent of the population, as appropriate to the specialisation and the requirements for professional registration.

(3) Students are not permitted to exceed the total number of points prescribed for the course, unless the Faculty permits otherwise in exceptional circumstances, in accordance with University Policy.

(4) A National Criminal Record Check and a Working with Children Clearance must be presented to the Graduate School of Education before any student undertakes a professional practice unit.

(5) The prerequisites for a curriculum major are the completion of six relevant units of undergraduate study with at least two at Level 3, or equivalent.

(6) The prerequisites for a curriculum minor are the completion of four relevant units of undergraduate study with at least two at Level 2, or equivalent.