Master of Teaching - Primary (coursework)

This course is for students wishing to qualify as primary school teachers.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Teaching - Primary (coursework)
Award abbreviation
MTeach
Course code
31520
Course type
master's degree by coursework only
Status
current / 2021
Administered by
Graduate School of Education
CRICOS code
077502G

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year only
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Professional accreditation
Master of Teaching - Primary (coursework) is accredited by: Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA).
Standard course duration
1.5 years
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Schedule 2: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Gemma Scarparolo
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

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

Key to availability of units:
N/A = not available in 2021; 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 2022 or 2023.

Take all units (0 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSEDUC5000National Literacy and Numeracy Test (0 points)
assessment only—no associated contact hours
NSEDUC5112Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) (0 points)
Co-requisites:
EDUC5500 Professional Practice B; or EDUC5536 Professional Practice B Secondary
assessment only—no associated contact hours

Year 1

Take all units (66 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSEDUC5429Perspectives in Aboriginal Education
30 hours
NSEDUC5501Integrated Studies: The Humanities and Social Sciences
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 30 hours. Further information is available in the unit outline.
NSEDUC5502Teaching Mathematics in the Early Years
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) or Master of Teaching (Primary)
30 hours
NSEDUC5504Language and Literacy in Early Childhood
30 hours (online and face to face)
NSEDUC5508Integrated Studies: Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) or Master of Teaching (Primary) EDUC5502 Teaching Mathematics in the Early Years.
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline.
NSEDUC5510Professional Practice A
35 days full-time attendance in schools and educational settings
NSEDUC5516Literacy Across the Curriculum
Prerequisites:
EDUC5504 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood
Contact hours: 30 hours (online and face to face). Further information is available in the unit outline.
NSEDUC5520The Artistic and Expressive Child
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline.
NSEDUC5521Technologies in the Curriculum
Prerequisites:
EDUC5510 Professional Practice A
Total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 30 hours. Further information is available in the unit outline
NSEDUC5537Child and adolescent development and pedagogy
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline. There are also 5 days of professional practice associated with this unit.
NSEDUC5538Classroom Management and Student Wellbeing
30 contact hours. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Year 2

Take all units (30 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSEDUC5500Professional Practice B
Prerequisites:
All students need to have completed EDUC5510 Professional Practice A; students in the Master of Teaching Primary specialisation need to have completed EDUC5516 Literacy Across the Curriculum; students in the Master of Teaching Early Childhood specialisation need to have completed EDUC5503 Social Interaction and the Developing Child and all students must have satisfactory progress in course assessment
lectures/workshops: 2 hours per week for 6 weeks; professional practice: 35 days full-time attendance in schools and educational settings
N/AEDUC5505Teaching Mathematics in Middle and Upper Primary
Prerequisites:
EDUC5502 Teaching Mathematics in the Early Years
30 hours
NSEDUC5539Diverse learners in inclusive classrooms
30 contact hours. Further information is available in the unit outline.
N/AEDUC5540Primary English Project
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline.
NSEDUC5689Physical Development, Movement and Health
Incompatibility:
SSEH5689 Physical Development, Movement and Health
lectures/workshops: 9 x 3 hours and 2 x 1.5 hours

See also the rules for the course and the Student 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 and Communication and Research Skills modules

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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

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

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

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) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent;

and

(c) at least one year of the bachelor's degree relevant to one or more learning areas in the Primary school curriculum;

(2) 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—

(a) a satisfactory personal statement, as recognised by UWA; and

(b) an interview by the faculty.

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)
  • 31520 Master of Teaching - Primary (96 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Teaching - Primary 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.

(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 Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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 8 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 9 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 - Primary course, excluding the Professional Practice units*, up to a value of 48 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, unless the university is satisfied as to the currency and relevance of the student's practical experience.

(3) Within the overall credit limit, credit may be granted for work completed through continuing education at this University to a maximum value of 48 points.

*EDUC5510 Professional Practice A, EDUC5500 Professional Practice B

Failure to pass a Professional Practice unit

14.(1) Students who do not pass a Professional Practice unit 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.

Admissions/enrolment-related rules

15.(1) 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.

(2) A Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) and a Working with Children Clearance must be presented to the Graduate School of Education before any student undertakes a professional practice unit.

Professional Practice readiness

16.(1) If a student does not pass an assessment item (before any resubmission) in an enrolled core unit, or is not meeting the necessary level of professional conduct, the student may be required to attend an interview with an academic panel to review their readiness to go on a professional placement. If they are considered not ready to attempt a placement or at risk of not being able to succeed in a placement, they are withdrawn from their enrolled practicum unit with the expectation of re-enrolling and completing it in a later teaching period, after demonstrating readiness.

Resubmission Rule

17.(1) Students must pass all components of a Master of Teaching unit to pass the unit overall. Students who fail an assessment item in a unit may resubmit it if—

(a) this is their first request for a resubmission in the unit;

(b) they contact the unit coordinator by email within 5 University working days of the release of the result and formally request a resubmission.

(c) A resubmitted assignment that is deemed to be a ‘fail' by the unit coordinator, will receive the original failing mark for the component.

(d) Where resubmission is approved, the reassessed mark is capped at the assessment pass mark, unless an application for mitigation is approved in accordance with the University Policy on Assessment: Special Consideration (UP11/23).

(e) A resubmission is normally due one week after being approved by the unit coordinator.

(f) Assignments that are failed on the grounds of lateness or academic misconduct will not normally be considered for resubmission.