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Master of Teaching (Primary)

Course code I83

Provides a nationally accredited initial teacher education qualification for students who have already obtained a Bachelor degree or an equivalent qualification in areas other than Education.

The Master of Teaching (Primary) is designed to produce future teachers ready to enter the Primary education profession.

This course is built on the principle that students come to the program with strengths from a diverse range of educational and life experiences.

A distinguishing feature of the course is the opportunity to complete a formal specialisation in the Primary Education qualification. This enables students to obtain a deeper and broader level knowledge and understanding in a particular Learning Area at the graduate level, while maintaining their generalist knowledge.
The range and number of professional practice experiences are a key feature of the course. This ensures students can make the essential connection between theory and practice whilst building both professional and generic skills in real teaching environments.

Partnerships between the University and over 1,000 schools and early childhood settings allow Pre-Service Teachers to gain experience in diverse settings including public, metropolitan, rural, regional and remote schools, allowing them to work with children from differing economic, social, ethnic and educational backgrounds.

Final year Pre-Service Teachers can apply for a place in the internship program in a school.

Successful completion of the course presents graduates with the opportunity to gain employment as teachers equipped with the knowledge and skills to make a positive difference to the lives of young people.

Why ECU?

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    For the fifth year in a row, ECU has received the top undergraduate teaching quality ranking of all 37 public universities in Australia.

    ECU was also the top-ranked public university in Australia for undergraduate skills development for the sixth year in a row.

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    Good Universities Guide

    In the 2021 Good Universities Guide, ECU graduates have given us a 5-star rating for teaching quality, skills development, student support, learning resources, learner engagement and overall student experience.

    The 5-star rating for undergraduate teaching quality has now been achieved for 14 straight years.

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  • THE Impact Rankings 2020

    THE Impact Rankings

    ECU has been ranked number 9 in the world for Quality Education and is in the top 100 overall in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact rankings, showing how the global higher education sector is working towards the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

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Course overview

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

I83

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $4,000

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup
Mount Lawley FT PT PT
South West FT PT PT
Online FT PT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Early closing date 22-02-2021

This course has an early closing date for applications. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you apply by this date.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

I83

CRICOS code

098289A

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $31,700

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

2 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup
Mount Lawley FT
South West FT
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Early closing date 22-02-2021

This course has an early closing date for applications. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you apply by this date.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    All applicants are required to have completed at least one year of full-time equivalent study relevant to one or more learning areas of the primary school curriculum. Entrants to graduate entry programs must have a discipline-specific bachelor or equivalent qualification relevant to the Australian Curriculum or other recognised areas of schooling provision, and satisfy non-academic criteria, in addition to satisfying academic entry criteria. Applicants' non-academic capabilities will be assessed based on completion of a Non-Academic Requirements for Teacher Entry (NARTE) online questionnaire.

    Academic admission requirements (Band 6) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree; or
    • Equivalent prior learning including at least five years relevant professional experience.
  • Students must attain an IELTS Academic with an average level of 7.5 or more, across the four components of listening, speaking, reading and writing; no score below level 7.0 in any of these components; and, a score of 8.0 or more in the components of speaking and listening.
    Note:

    • If secondary education and degree studies were completed within a period of 2 years before applying for registration in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or the USA, applicants do not need to provide proof of English competency.
    • Applicants who have completed their secondary education in South Africa in English and have an undergraduate degree taught in English from a South African University are deemed to have met English language requirements for entry to the Master of Teaching.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley, South West or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time at Mount Lawley, South West or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time at Mount Lawley, South West or Online

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley, South West

Course Structure

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LIT1200Personal Literacy
NUM1200Personal Numeracy

Students must complete the above two units LIT1200 (Personal Literacy) and NUM1200 (Personal Numeracy). The Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia requires that all students who enrol in a pre-service teacher education course (undergraduate and graduate) from 1st January 2017 will have to successfully complete tests about their personal levels of literacy and numeracy to graduate, and therefore, be eligible for registration as a teacher. Students who enrol in the Master of Teaching (Primary) will need to complete successfully both components of the personal Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) to enrol beyond 120 credit points within their course).

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
EDU6015Learners and Learning10
LAN6015Language Education10
AED6205Teaching the Arts10
MPE6105Primary Mathematics Education10
WPL6105First Professional Practice20
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
EDU6205Positive Learning Environments10
HSS6215Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences (Primary)10
ICT6050Technologies10
HPE6104Teaching Health and Physical Education10
WPL6205Second Professional Practice20
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
EDF6202Aboriginal Contexts in Primary Education15
CUR6020Programming and Assessment in Numeracy15
SCE6103Primary Science Education15
CUR6010Programming and Assessment in Literacy15
Year 2 - Practicum 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
WPL6335Third Professional Practice10
TPA6120Teaching Performance Assessment10

Year 2 - Semester 2

OPTION 1: Professional Learning - Specialisation Mode
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
EDU6260 ^Transition to Teaching10

Students mst also complete one of the following specialisations: - English - Art - Catholic Education - Health and Physical Education - Humanities and Social Sciences - Mathematics - Science - Music

OPTION 2: PROFESSIONAL LEARNING - INTERNSHIP MODE
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
EDU6337 ^Internship40

^ Core Option

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Specialisations you can study in this course

Course notes

Important course notes

  • The internship unit (EDU6227) enables final year Pre-Service Teachers to fulfill a diversity of roles and/or assume increasing responsibility for the tasks and duties normally performed by employees in an approved context that may include school, community or industry.
    Further information regarding Professional Experience can be found at:
    https://www.ecu.edu.au/schools/education/professional-experience

    Attendance requirements

    Generally host Schools and Centres require that the Pre-Service Teachers attend the placement on a full time basis and otherwise meet their specific attendance requirements of the particular placement. There is limited scope for ECU to negotiate any deviations from these requirements

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    The Department of Education Western Australia and cooperating non-government schools have the right to determine 'fit and proper persons' to enter and practice in schools. For these reasons, all Pre-Service teachers 18 years of age and over will be required to have a current Department of Education Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) and a current Working with Children Check, or the equivalent clearance issued by the relevant State authority before commencing this period of Professional Practice

    Further information can be found at http://www.ecu.edu.au/schools/education/professional- practice/clearances

    Professional practice rules

    During the placement, it is imperative that Pre-Service Teachers always demonstrate professionalism and respect for industry partners. Pre-Service Teachers must abide by the professional standards set out in the ECU Student Code of Conduct and comply with the applicable University policies and rules.
    The Student Code of Conduct can be found at: http://policysearch.ecu.edu.au/PolicySearch/Record/767/file/document
    The host School/Centre has absolute discretion to terminate the Pre-Service Teachers placement prior to completion of the placement. Situations where this discretion has been exercised are typically where the School/Centre has had concerns about Pre-Service Teacher's conduct or performance. ECU may also withdraw a Pre-Service Teacher from placement in certain circumstances. Early termination or withdrawal from the professional practice placement may result in a Fail grade for this unit.

  • Central to this course is an extensive program of Professional Experience in schools culminating in a final Teaching Practicum in the final semester of the course. Students have the shared responsibility for the education, safety and well-being of children in schools, therefore the teaching profession demands the highest professional standards and personal ethics.
    Students will complete a 4 week placement (WPL6105) and a 5 week placement (WPL6205) in Year 1 and a 6 week placement (WPL6335) in Year 2.

    Further information regarding Professional Experience can be found at: https://www.ecu.edu.au/schools/education/professional-experience

    Attendance requirements

    Generally host Schools and Centres require that the Pre-Service Teachers attend the placement on a full time basis and otherwise meet their specific attendance requirements of the particular placement. There is limited scope for ECU to negotiate any deviations from these requirements.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    The Department of Education Western Australia and cooperating non-government schools have the right to determine 'fit and proper persons' to enter and practice in schools. For these reasons, all Pre-
    Service Teachers 18 years of age and over will be required to have a current Nationally Coordinated
    Criminal History Check (NCCHC) and a current Working with Children Check, or the equivalent clearance issued by the relevant State authority before commencing this period of Professional Experience.

    Further information can be found at http://www.ecu.edu.au /schools/education/professionalpractice/
    clearances

    Professional practice rules

    During the placement, it is imperative that Pre-Service Teachers always demonstrate professionalism and respect for industry partners. Pre-Service Teachers must abide by the professional standards set out in the ECU Student Code of Conduct and comply with the applicable University policies and rules.
    The Student Code of Conduct can be found at: http://policysearch.ecu.edu.au/PolicySearch/Record/767/file/document
    The host School/Centre has absolute discretion to terminate the Pre-Service Teachers placement prior to completion of the placement. Situations where this discretion has been exercised are typically where the School/Centre has had concerns about Pre-Service Teacher's conduct or performance. ECU may also withdraw a Pre-Service Teacher from placement in certain circumstances.
    Early termination or withdrawal from the professional practice placement may result in a Fail grade for this unit.

  • Students will need to graduate to be eligible to register with the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA). Registration with the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA) is required to practice in the profession.

    Graduates must meet the Teacher Registration Board of WA (TRBWA) literacy and numeracy proficiency requirements prior to graduation for teacher registration in Western Australia. Further information is available at http://www.trb.wa.gov.au

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, evaluate and synthesise teaching theory and practice in authentic situations.
  2. Apply communication and collaboration skills to design innovative curriculum, learning and assessment activities in primary education.
  3. Reflect critically on a complex body of education knowledge, research principles and methods to demonstrate mastery of primary teaching.
  4. Use high level self management skills to initiate, plan and execute an extended practicum.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA)

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Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $4,000 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $31,700 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

This course creates quality graduates ready to take up employment in education learning environments.

Possible future job titles

Primary Teacher

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Student stories

  • Melissa Dowding

    Primary Education student

    "Inspiring children is the greatest feeling in the world"

    Melissa Dowding's experiences teaching dance to school students as a choreographer compelled her to pursue a teaching career through studying Primary Education at ECU.

  • April Lotay

    April Lotay

    ECU Master of Teaching (Primary Education) student

    "There is an immense amount of support and inspiration on campus."

    Before I even considered becoming a teacher, I knew ECU created the best teachers from what I heard amongst my teacher friends.

    ECU’s Master of Teaching offers specialisations, enabling us students to graduate as an expert in our chosen field. I also really enjoyed the long practical placements, and gained loads of hands-on experience.

    There is an immense amount of support and inspiration on campus. The lecturers are passionate and genuinely want each of us to be the best teacher we can be. I've made great friends in my course and we all support each other. It's not a competitive environment which is refreshing. It's supportive, fun and motivating.

  • Michelle Guest

    Master of Teaching student, Michelle Guest

    "ECU graduates are well-respected by the industry."

    Master of Teaching student Michelle Guest explains why she changed career to study teaching at ECU.

Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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