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Online course

Master of Teaching (Primary)

  • Qualification

    Postgraduate

  • Duration

    2 years full time or equivalent part time

  • Units

    16

  • Start Date

    Feb, Apr, Jul, Oct

Overview of the course

Overview of the course

Help children get the start they deserve; become a primary teacher. If you have an undergraduate degree and want to take the next step into teaching, a Swinburne Master of Teaching will qualify you to teach in primary schools across Australia. You will build on your prior study and develop effective teaching techniques that engage and inspire your students.

Led by experienced education professionals with recent or current teaching practice, this course combines online learning with teaching placements in in real school classrooms. Our students get great feedback from their placement schools – we ensure you are prepared and supported to make your placement a positive experience.

When you graduate, you’ll be qualified to practice as a primary teacher, with accreditation from the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).

Students will also have the unique opportunity to participate in the Swinburne Teachers and Regional Remote Schools (STARS) program as part of the Access Quality Teaching Initiative.

This course is not available to international students.

 

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What are the entry criteria?

To gain entry to this course, applicants must have completed a recognised bachelor degree relevant in one or more areas of the Primary curriculum and meet the English language requirements.

CASPer suitability tool
From 2018, under the new AITSL and government Initial Teacher Education (ITE) requirements, all students applying to ITE courses across Australia will need meet suitability for teaching (non-academic selection) criteria as a part of course entry criteria.

If you’re looking to apply for our Master of Teaching (Primary) course, you will need to complete the CASPer suitability tool.

Get in touch with a Course Consultant to find out more information.

Swinburne Online gave me more flexibility, more support and more work experience so I could live my dream of being a teacher. My Mentor Teachers often commented on how knowledgeable I was and that I was already displaying working knowledge and skills at the Graduate Teacher level.

Kate, Swinburne Online Graduate

Course Units

Understanding Theories of Teaching, Learning and Development (EDU60017)
Arts and Design Technology in Primary School (EDU70006)
English in Primary School (EDU70007)
Health and Physical Education in Primary School (EDU70008)
Humanities in Primary School (EDU70009)
Mathematics in Primary School (EDU70010)
Science in Primary School (EDU70011)
Supervised Professional Experience 2 (EDU70012)
Understanding Indigenous Education & Perspectives (EDU80012)
Assessment and Data (EDU80013)
Teaching for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (EDU80014)
Supervised Professional Experience 3 (EDU80015)
Literacy Across the Curriculum (EDU80016)
Numeracy Across the Curriculum (EDU80017)
Supervised Professional Experience 1 (EDU60015)
Understanding Behaviour for Classroom Practice (EDU60016)

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

  • Primary School Teacher

    Educate students aged 5-12 years through classroom lessons and educational programs covering a variety of subjects.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

  • Creative Teaching

    Engage students through innovative and imaginative approaches to the curriculum.

  • Research Methods

    Develop a range of research methods that can be used to improve educational outcomes for students.

  • The Digital Age

    Develop a vision for contemporary teaching in a digital age.

  • Teaching the Child

    Take on a holistic approach to focus on ‘teaching the child’ rather than ‘teaching the subject’.

  • Classroom Techniques

    Head into a school to teach independently, and research classroom techniques prior to graduation.

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

  • Demonstrate a broad and deep knowledge of the theories and practice of learning, teaching and pedagogy, across multiple discipline and methodological domains
  • Demonstrate advanced and integrated knowledge of the key issues, policies and theoretical concepts impacting primary education in Australian and global contexts
  • Reflect critically on, synthesise learning, and take responsibility and accountability for quality teaching and personal outputs in the context of primary education practice
  • Apply high levels of independent judgement to synthesise, integrate, justify and apply multiple domains of educational knowledge in novel or new situations in practice
  • Research, evaluate and articulate key issues, stakeholder needs and a range of perspectives in relation to primary education practice in complex scenarios or across multiple domains of knowledge
  • Initiate, develop and manage learning programs, and evaluate innovations, in the context of primary education practice

GTPA

Swinburne University has now incorporated the Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment (GTPA) into the final year of primary professional experience units. This narrative based assignment will allow you to demonstrate your competence in classroom practice by creating a unit plan, lesson plans, assessing, reflecting and appraising your teaching. Connecting the academic program to your professional experience, the GTPA provides quality assurance of graduate readiness, giving you valuable experience to help you progress into your new career.

Course rules

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

  • Two (2) Educational Foundation units (25 credit points)
  • Six (6) Educational Discipline units (75 credit points)
  • Five (5) Advanced Educational units (62.5 credit points)
  • Three (3) Supervised Professional Experience units (37.5 credit points)

In addition, students are responsible for arranging and successfully completing the national Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students 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 (Primary) 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 process 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. A unit of study can only be counted once.

Volume of Learning
The Master of Teaching (Primary) 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).

Maximum Academic Credit
The maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Master of Teaching (Primary) is 100 credit points (normally eight units).

Research Statement
N/A

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

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  • Do I have to purchase learning materials?

    For students undertaking a degree, most of your learning materials are included with a free license provided to you by Swinburne Online. However, in some cases, you will be notified via your student email that you will need to buy specific software or eTexts. For TAFE Business students, all of your learning materials will be available online and are covered by your course fees. You won’t need to purchase any further materials.

  • Which units should I start with?

    When you enrol to study a degree with us, you will nominate how many units you would like to select per teaching period, based on a recommendation from one of our Course Consultants. From here, our enrolments team will allocate you automatically to the units they feel will be best suited to your needs, so you don’t need to worry about choosing units. If you want to choose something different than what you are allocated to, that is no problem, just get in touch with our Student Advisors and they will take care of it for you.

  • Do I need to be logged on to study at specific times?

    You won’t normally have to be online at a specific time. Your course material is available for you from the beginning of each teaching period and you can work through it in the hours that suit you.

    There are some live webinar sessions that run approximately once a month. These are a special opportunity for students to sign in at the same time as their tutors, normally before an assessment deadline. It gives you the chance to ask any questions relating to the assignment in real time and hear other student’s questions and thoughts. We understand that students won’t always be able to make these sessions, so they can be replayed the next day.

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