Master of Teaching – Secondary (coursework)

This two-year postgraduate teacher preparation program ensures that students have an in-depth knowledge and the practical skills required for secondary teaching, and will put students on the path to beginning a rewarding career in education. Subject area expertise coupled with this sought-after teaching qualification will give students the perfect grounding to commence a career as a secondary school teacher. Our highly regarded academics will share their in-depth knowledge and the expertise required for teaching in secondary schools. The course focuses upon school based experience, curriculum area skills and contemporary best practice. This course can also be studied in an accelerated offering that will allow students to complete in 18 months.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Teaching – Secondary (coursework)
Award abbreviation
MTeachSec
Course code
32550
Course type
master's degree by coursework only
Status
current / 2020
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education
CRICOS code
095238C

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
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 – Secondary (coursework) is accredited by: Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia.
Standard course duration
2 years
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Jennifer Shand
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:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2020; 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 2021 or 2022.

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):

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 K.

Students pursuing a major in Health and Physical Education take units to the value of 24 points from Group H, and units to the value of 12 points from Group A–G; or a unit to the value of 6 points from Group I and a unit to the value of 6 points from Group K; or units to the value of 12 points from Group K. Health and Physical Education is not available to be taken as a minor.

Students pursuing a major in Music, take units to the value of 24 points from Group J and units to the value of 12 points from Group A–G; or a unit to the value of 6 points from Group I and a unit to the value of 6 points from Group K. Students pursuing a minor in Music take MUSC4631 and MUSC4632.

*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 I.

Take all units (60 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NS, S1EDUC5000National Literacy and Numeracy Test (0 points)
assessment only—no associated contact hours
NS, S1EDUC5112Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) (0 points)
Co-requisites:
EDUC5500 Professional Practice B; EDUC5536 Professional Practice B Secondary
assessment only—no associated contact hours
NSEDUC5410General Capabilities Across the Curriculum
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline.
S1EDUC5429Perspectives in Aboriginal Education
30 hours
NS, S1EDUC5485Development, Teaching and Learning: Theory and Practice
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 30 hours. Further information is available in the unit outline.
S1EDUC5514Diversity in inclusive classrooms
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline.
NS, S1EDUC5515Interventions for Learning in Years 7-12
Prerequisites:
EDUC5535 Professional Practice A Secondary
150 hours plus 5 days of professional practice.
NSEDUC5535Professional Practice A Secondary
6x1 hour lectures and 6x1 hour workshops plus 35 days full-time attendance in schools and educational settings
NSEDUC5536Professional Practice B Secondary (12 points)
Prerequisites:
EDUC5535 Professional Practice A Secondary; demonstration of a good standard of literacy and 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
NSEDUC5546Teaching Contexts
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 30 hours. Further information available in the unit outline.
NS, S1EDUC5618Embedding ICTs Across the Curriculum
Prerequisites:
EDUC5535 Professional Practice A Secondary
Incompatibility:
A student may not take this unit after taking EDUC5608 Integrating Pedagogy and Technology. However, a student may take this unit first and subsequently proceed to EDUC5608 Integrating Pedagogy and Technology (formerly EDUC5606 E-learning).
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Take according to the sequence notes:

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1EDUC5445Art Curriculum I
30 hours
NSEDUC5446Art Curriculum II
Prerequisites:
EDUC5445 Art Curriculum I; and enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education or Master of Teaching (Secondary)
30 hours

Take according to the sequence notes:

Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1EDUC5460English Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Teaching (Secondary)
30 hours
NSEDUC5470English Curriculum II
Prerequisites:
EDUC5460 English Curriculum I; EDUC5535 Professional Practice A Secondary; and enrolment in the Master of Teaching Secondary
Co-requisites:
EDUC5536 Professional Practice B Secondary
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information available in the unit outline.

Take according to the sequence notes:

Group C
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1EDUC5464Information and Communication Technology Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Teaching Secondary 32550
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline.
NSEDUC5474Information and Communication Technology Curriculum II
Prerequisites:
EDUC5464 Information and Communication Technology Curriculum I; EDUC5535 Professional Practice A Secondary; and enrolment in the Master of Teaching Secondary 32550
Co-requisites:
EDUC5482 Professional Practice II or EDUC5536 Professional Practice B Secondary
30 hours. Further information available in the unit outline.

Take according to the sequence notes:

Group D
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1EDUC5461Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education or Master of Teaching (Secondary)
30 hours
NSEDUC5471Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Curriculum II
Prerequisites:
EDUC5461 Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Curriculum I; EDUC5535 Professional Practice A Secondary ; and enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education or Master of Teaching Secondary
Co-requisites:
EDUC5536 Professional Practice B Secondary
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 30 hours

Take according to the sequence notes:

Group E
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1EDUC5462Mathematics Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching; Master of Science Communication and Education
30 hours
NSEDUC5472Mathematics Curriculum II
Prerequisites:
EDUC5462 Mathematics Curriculum I; EDUC5535 Professional Practice A Secondary and enrolment in the Master of Teaching Secondary
Co-requisites:
EDUC5536 Professional Practice B Secondary
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 30 hours. Further information available in the unit outline.

Take according to the sequence notes:

Group F
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1EDUC5466Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching (Secondary); Master of Science Communication and Education
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline
NSEDUC5476Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum II
Prerequisites:
EDUC5466 HASS Curriculum I and EDUC5535 Professional Practice A Secondary and enrolment in the Master of Teaching Secondary
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: up to 30 hours. Further information available in the unit outline.

Take according to the sequence notes:

Group G
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1EDUC5465Science Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching; Master of Science Communication and Education
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information available in the unit outline.
NSEDUC5475Science Curriculum II
Prerequisites:
EDUC5465 Science Curriculum I; EDUC5535 Professional Practice A Secondary; and enrolment in the Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Co-requisites:
EDUC5536 Professional Practice B EDUC5536 Professional Practice B Secondary
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 30 hours. Further information available in the unit outline.

Take according to the sequence notes:

Group H
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1SSEH5464Physical Education Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
an acceptable degree, with a major in Sport Science and/or Exercise and Health or equivalent
Co-requisites:
SSEH5474 Physical Education Curriculum II
lectures: 60 hours; tutorials: as arranged
NSSSEH5474Physical Education Curriculum II
Prerequisites:
an acceptable degree, with a major in Sport Science and/or Exercise and Health or equivalent
Co-requisites:
SSEH5464 Physical Education Curriculum I
lectures: 30 hours; tutorials: as arranged
S1SSEH5491Health Education
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Teaching (Secondary)
lectures: 3 hours per week
NSSSEH5492Health Promotion in the Schools
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Teaching (Secondary)
lectures: 3 hours per week; field work/labs: 2 hours per week; one debating night

Take according to the sequence notes:

Group I
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1EDUC5463Career Development Curriculum I
30 hours
S1EDUC5464Information and Communication Technology Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Teaching Secondary 32550
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline.
NSEDUC5468Special Education Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment or re-enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in School Psychology; Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching (Secondary); Master of Science Communication and Education; Master of Teaching Secondary
30 contact hours (150 total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Take according to the sequence notes:

Group J
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1MUSC4631Secondary Music Curriculum 1
30 hours of lectorials and workshops
S2MUSC4632Secondary Music Curriculum 2
Prerequisites:
MUSC4631 Secondary Music Curriculum 1
30 hours of lectorials and workshops
S1MUSC4711Studio Teaching and Musical Leadership 1
30 hours of lectorials and workshops
S2MUSC4712Studio Teaching and Musical Leadership 2
Prerequisites:
MUSC4711 Studio Teaching and Musical Leadership 1
30 hours of lectorials and workshops

Take according to the sequence notes:

Group K
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSEDUC5404Educational Linguistics
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline
S1EDUC5411Enhancing Teaching through Understanding Contemporary Education
lectures: 2.5 hours per week (for 10 weeks)
NSEDUC5415Educational Leadership and Management
lectures/seminars: 2.5 hours per week (for 10 weeks)
N/AEDUC5416Education in Rural Australia
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment)
NSEDUC5454Learning Difficulties
lectures/seminars: 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks
S1EDUC5492Understanding and Managing Disruptive Behaviour Disorders
lectures/seminars: 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks
NSEDUC5494Approaches to Student Assessment
lectures/seminars: 2.5 hours per week (for 10 weeks)
NSEDUC5507Cultural and Historical Perspectives of the Mathematics Curriculum
Prerequisites:
completion of a Bachelor of Science or a degree containing a significant component of mathematics and its applications, or enrolment in the courses MTeach or GradDipEd, with Mathematics Education and/or Science Education as a major or minor teaching discipline
workshops: 2 hours per week for 10 weeks
NSEDUC5511Learning with Young Adult Fiction
30 hours (further information is available in the unit outline)
N/AEDUC5517Introduction to Catholic Education in Western Australia
20 hours of workshops plus online forum participation
S1MUSC4711Studio Teaching and Musical Leadership 1
30 hours of lectorials and workshops
S2MUSC4712Studio Teaching and Musical Leadership 2
Prerequisites:
MUSC4711 Studio Teaching and Musical Leadership 1
30 hours of lectorials and workshops
S1SSEH5491Health Education
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Teaching (Secondary)
lectures: 3 hours per week
NSSSEH5492Health Promotion in the Schools
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Teaching (Secondary)
lectures: 3 hours per week; field work/labs: 2 hours per week; one debating night

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

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate/student-procedures'>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) a major relevant to secondary teaching curriculum majors offered by UWA;

and

(c) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent.

(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 when requested;

and

(c) applicants undertaking the Music major may be required to do an audition

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)
  • 32550 Master of Teaching – Secondary (96 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Teaching – Secondary 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 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 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 Secondary, excluding the Professional Practice units*, 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 Secondary course are granted credit for all units completed in the Graduate Diploma in Education course.

(5) Students who withdraw from the Master of Teaching Secondary course and are awarded a Graduate Diploma in Education may apply to re-enter the Master of Teaching Secondary 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.

*EDUC5535 Professional Practice A Secondary, EDUC5536 Professional Practice B Secondary.

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.

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.

Professional Practice readiness

17.(1) If a student does not pass the literacy testing and/or an assessment item in any of their enrolled core units, or are not meeting the necessary level of professional conduct, the student is required to attend an interview to review their readiness to go on a professional placement. If they are considered not ready to attempt a placement, they are withdrawn from their enrolled practicum unit with the expectation of re-enrolling and completing it in a later teaching period.

Resubmission Rules

18.(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.