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Master of Teaching (Secondary)

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) consists of 14 units, and will see you undertake the following studies:

  • 13 core units
  • one credited placement
  • two not-for-credit placements.

Your two not-for-credit placements are embedded into specific theory units, which will set you on a strong path to put theory into practice as you develop your teaching skills.

Core units

Understanding Theories of Teaching, Learning and Development

Curriculum Development, Assessment and Responsive Pedagogy

Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy 1

Transformative Technologies in Education

Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum

Understanding Indigenous Education & Perspectives

Assessment and Data

Teaching for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Innovation for Education

Educational Leadership and Policy

Building and Sustaining Positive Relationships

Teacher Professionalism and Ethical Conduct

Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy 2

Professional Experience 3 (Ready to Teach)

On successful completion of this Course students will be able to:

  • Analyse, plan and implement highly effective learning programs for chosen methods in secondary education through an understanding of human development incorporating both theoretical and evidence-based research.
  • Maximise student learning outcomes through the integrated application of learning areas, disciplines and pedagogical approaches in secondary education.
  • Critically analyse the impact of global and local education policy, leadership and practice on secondary education systems from a socio-political perspective.
  • Apply critical thinking to understanding ethical approaches to designing and implementing learning programs in secondary education where robust and rigorous evaluative tools are used to measure impact on student learning and wellbeing.
  • Plan, teach and assess student learning with integrity, using ethical and professional approaches to practice in secondary education.
  • Partner innovatively and ethically with industry, communities and families to maximise opportunities for student learning, outcomes and life achievements as well as professional growth.
  • Investigate complex local and global issues, including the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and masterfully articulate the implications of these issues and provide potential solutions to bring about positive change in secondary education.
  • Create and design innovative learning programs in secondary education that are responsive to student learning needs, underpinned by theoretical and evidence-based practices and aligned with jurisdictional curriculum and regulatory expectations.

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Master of Teaching (Secondary) students must complete 200 credit points comprising:

  • Thirteen (13) Core units of study (187.5cp)
  • Two (2) Supervised Practicum units (two non-credit units)
  • One (1) Supervised Practicum unit (12.5cp).

In addition, students are responsible for arranging and successfully completing the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) through the Australian Council for Education Research prior to completing 100 credit points of study.

Academic Progress – special requirements

In addition to the standard academic progress rules, the Master of Teaching (Secondary) has the following additional academic progress rules which are established in accordance with Academic Courses Regulation 62(2):

1. A student is classified as ‘at risk’ of unsatisfactory progress if they:

(a) behave in a manner which breaches the Swinburne Student Charter whilst on a teaching placement

2. A student is classified as having ‘unsatisfactory progress’ if they:

(a) fail to successfully complete the National Literacy and Numeracy test prior to completing 100 credit points of studies.

(b) fail a Teaching Placement unit

(c) have their teaching placement terminated early by a school. In the case of early termination of a teaching placement by a school, the student will be deemed as having ‘unsatisfactory progress’ and a progress review processes will commence within 2 weeks of the cessation of the placement.

Students who are identified as having unsatisfactory progress may be subject to the show cause provisions in the Progress Review section of the Academic Progress Policy. Students may be eligible to undertake Work Integrated Learning for 0cps. A unit of study can only be counted once.

Volume of Learning

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) consists of a total of 200 credit points. Units normally carry 12.5 credit points (cps). A standard annual full-time load comprises eight (8) units (100cp), and a standard annual part-time load comprises four (4) units (50cp).The volume of learning of the Master of Teaching (Secondary) is typically 2 years full time or equivalent. Students may complete the course in 18 months when studying full time in all available teaching periods.

Maximum Academic Credit

The maximum level of credit that can be grated for the Master of Teaching is 100 credit points (normally eight units)

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