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Master of Teaching (Primary)

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CSU's Master of Teaching (Primary) is designed to graduate primary school educators who are reflective practitioners and future leaders in various educational settings.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Master of Teaching (Primary) is designed to educate teachers who are committed to education and the transformation of individuals, schools and society. It provides students an opportunity to develop the strengths from their undergraduate degree and to deepen and refine their capacity for critical reflection. Graduates will develop an advanced understanding of teaching and learning processes and outcomes and the ability to analyse teaching practices and educational issues to improve their own practice.

    While maintaining a focus on higher levels of practical competence, this degree provides a greater depth of understanding of theory and current research findings and enhanced skills in interpreting, applying and conducting classroom research. It provides a strong foundation for future professional development and is ideal for those who might wish to fast track into leadership roles.

    Students will develop effective skills in the teaching of the full range of subject knowledge as a dynamic aspect of children's curricular experience. Graduates will be responsive to the rights of diverse learners and community groups.

    In an online setting, you will engage in scholarly activities associated with learning and teaching, and explore the complexities of assessment and evaluation, with the aim of becoming a creative and innovative teacher.  The first year of this course focuses strongly on practical skills for teachers, while the second year provides an opportunity to more deeply explore research and theoretical issues of education.

    Students will get the opportunity to test theories and practice teaching skills in two 30-day practicum placements. The course includes a research component in the second year professional experience placement.

  • Career opportunities

    Graduates of this course will meet the requirements of a four-year trained teacher and are eligible for accreditation in NSW. Employment possibilities include teaching in government and non-government schools. Applicants from other states should contact their state teacher registration authority prior to commencement to ensure their eligibility for accreditation.

  • Professional recognition

    This course is accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) until 31 December 2019.

  • Credit and pathways

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    Students who do not meet NESA requirements for discipline content subjects will be offered a place in the Bachelor of Teaching
    (Primary) where they can complete the discipline content subjects as required by NESA http://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/home/ . Once students have completed the NESA requirements within the Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) they can apply for entry to the Master of Teaching (Primary). Students must have attained a Pass Grade Point Average (GPA 4) in their undergraduate degree or in their first year of study for the Bachelor of Teaching (Primary).

    In order for a student to gain credit for a professional experience, the applicant must demonstrate to the Director, Professional Experience Unit that the completed task was indeed equivalent to a practicum, that is, the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) had provided the student with an opportunity to satisfy the requirements of a typical practicum. Typically, that would require the pre-service teacher to demonstrate that she/he has developed the skills,knowledge and understanding of the role of a teacher through:

    - systematic observation of colleague's teaching and professional dialogue about such observations;
    - teaching in a classroom in a collaborative role with an experienced colleague;
    - the development of structured teaching and learning materials that are systematically evaluated;
    - the development of a professional portfolio;
    - discussion of personal teacher development with a supervising colleague on a regular basis;
    - engagement in professional dialogue with independent (university) personnel;
    - formal assessment of teaching competence by a supervising teacher.

    For any student who is conditionally employed within a primary school setting and is successful in gaining Professional Experience Credit, the credit will only apply to EPT432 Professional Experience 1. It is a course requirement that students must complete professional experience in two diverse settings, as such, the student must then complete EPT433 Professional Experience 2 practicum requirements at a different school setting.

    Any student who completed professional experience as part of another incomplete degree may apply to have that professional experience recognised as equivalent in the same manner that they would apply for credit for other subjects.

  • Workplace learning

    In the first year of this course, students will undertake a 30-day practicum placement, allowing them to better develop an understanding of the relationship between content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge and to demonstrate the development of skills essential to being an effective teacher.

    In the second year placement, students will have the opportunity to further refine these skills while also undertaking a small research project as a component of their professional experience subject.

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    EPT508 Professional Experience Research
    EPT432 Professional Experience 1

    Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students

    From 1 July 2016, all students must pass the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) before being able to register with their state-based teacher institute or equivalent body. From January 2017, all students will need to pass the test before undertaking their final professional experience placement. This computer-based test consists of both multiple choice and short answer questions and is designed to assess personal literacy and numeracy capabilities. The purpose of the test is to demonstrate to future employers that early career teachers have high levels of literacy and numeracy. CSU has a range of support options specifically for initial teacher education students preparing for the Test. More information about the test is available at teacheredtest.acer.edu.au


    Anaphylaxis Training for all Initial Teacher Education Students

    The NSW Education Standards Authority (ESA), previously the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES), now requires that all initial teacher education students have training in anaphylaxis. In order to meet this requirement, ALL students must complete the training module found at http://etraining.allergy.org.au. The online module takes approximately one hour to complete.

    On successful completion of the online module, participants will receive a certificate of completion. A copy of this certificate must be attached to your application for your professional experience placement. ESA suggests that students also present a copy of their certificate of completion to principals at the commencement of their professional experience placements. The training must be successfully undertaken every two years and students will need to ensure that their certificate of completion is current.

    The NSW Department of Education advises that students who do not successfully complete this training, as verified by the university, will not be able to undertake professional experience activities in NSW public schools.


    Working with Children Check

    All teacher education students in Australia must comply with the working with children legislation requirements of the state / country of where their placement is occurring. Students will be required to provide evidence to the Faculty of Arts and Education’s Professional Experience Unit of a Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter prior to undertaking any placement in a school or early childhood service. The checks are intended to identify people who have convictions for such things as violence or sexual offences and who may put clients'/children’s personal safety or health at risk. Traffic violations and other minor offences are not of interest.

    Prospective students should be aware that not passing a Working with Children Check will make it difficult for them to complete a teacher education course satisfactorily because of the unavailability of suitable school or preschool professional experience placements.

    The Working with Children Check expires every five years. You will be required to ensure it remains current and valid to the end of the final placement in the course. Please note that a WWCC can take an extended period of time, so it is recommended that you commence the process early to prevent timing problems. The Australian Institute of Family Studies provides useful information and links relevant to the Australian states and territories. Information on the current Working with Children Check must be uploaded to the student’s information site on InPlace.

    Child Protection Awareness Training

    Students must also complete child protection awareness training. Where this is not possible face to face, an online training course is available. This training needs to be renewed annually. See: Child protection awareness training e-learning module

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course structure for students entering the Master of Teaching (Primary) degree consists of 16 core subjects (128 points).  All subjects have a value of 8 points.

    CORE SUBJECTS
    Education Subjects

    EEE503 Assessment and Reporting
    EED503 Learning and Development K-6
    EED502 Successful Teaching
    EEA406 Managing the Classroom Environment
    EEB505 Indigenous Studies for Teachers
    ESS509 Principles of Inclusive Education

    Professional Experience
    EPT432 Professional Experience 1
    EPT508 Professional Experience Research

    Curriculum Method
    EML440 Primary English Curriculum: Understanding Language and Literacy
    EML439 Primary English Curriculum
    EMM410 Mathematics in the Primary Years
    EMM209 Mathematics: Content & Pedagogy
    EMS406 Science and Technology Curriculum
    EMH419 Curriculum Studies: Society and Environment
    EMA410 Teaching and Assessing the Creative Arts
    EMR408 PDHPE Curriculum and Pedagogy
     

    KEY SUBJECTS
    Key subjects contain critical information that students must master in order to progress in their course.  Passing a key subject is one of the indicators of satisfactory academic progress in a course.  Student must pass key subjects at no more than two attempts.  Key subjects for the Master of Teaching (Primary) course are as follows:

    EED503 Learning and Development K-6
    EED502 Successful Teaching
    EEB505 Indigenous Australian Studies for Teachers
    ESS509 Principles of Inclusive Education

    Enrolment pattern

    MASTER OF TEACHING (PRIMARY) part-time:

    SESSION 1 (February) commencement -

    Year 1 – Session 1

    EML440 Primary English Curriculum: Understanding Language and Literacy
    EMM209 Mathematics: Content & Pedagogy

    Year 1 - Session 2
    EML439 Primary English Curriculum
    EMM410 Mathematics in the Primary Years

    Year 2 – Session 1
    EMS406 Science and Technology Curriculum
    EMH419 Curriculum Studies: Society and Environment

    Year 2 - Session 2
    EMA410 Teaching and Assessing the Creative Arts
    EPT432 Professional Experience 1

    Year 3 – Session 1
    EMR408 PDHPE Curriculum and Pedagogy
    EED502 Successful Teaching

    Year 3 - Session 2
    EEE503 Assessment and reporting
    ESS509 Principles of Inclusive Education

    Year 4 – Session 1
    EEB505 Indigenous Australian Studies for Teachers
    EED503 Learning and Development K-6

    Year 4 - Session 2
    EEA406 Managing the Classroom Environment
    EPT508 Professional Experience Research
     

    MASTER OF TEACHING (PRIMARY) full-time:

    SESSION 1 (February) commencement -

    Year 1 – Session 1

    EML440 Primary English Curriculum: Understanding Language and Literacy
    EMM209 Mathematics: Content & Pedagogy
    EMS406 Science and Technology Curriculum
    EMH419 Curriculum Studies: Society and Environment

    Year 2 - Session 2
    EML439 Primary English Curriculum
    EMM410 Mathematics in the Primary Years
    EMA410 Teaching and Assessing the Creative Arts
    EPT432 Professional Experience 1

    Year 2 – Session 1
    EMR408 PDHPE Curriculum and Pedagogy
    EED502 Successful Teaching
    EEB505 Indigenous Australian Studies for Teachers
    EED503 Learning and Development K-6

    Year 2 - Session 2
    EEE503 Assessment and reporting
    ESS509 Principles of Inclusive Education
    EEA406 Managing the Classroom Environment
    EPT508 Professional Experience Research
     

    MASTER OF TEACHING (PRIMARY) part-time:

    SESSION 2 (July) commencement -

    Year 1 – Session 2

    EML440 Primary English Curriculum: Understanding Language and Literacy
    EMM209 Mathematics: Content & Pedagogy

    Year 2 – Session 1
    EMH419 Curriculum Studies: Society and Environment
    EMM410 Mathematics in the Primary Years

    Year 2 - Session 2
    EML439 Primary English Curriculum
    EMA410 Teaching and Assessing the Creative Arts

    Year 3 – Session 1
    EMS406 Science and Technology Curriculum
    EPT432 Professional Experience 1

    Year 3 - Session 2
    EEE503 Assessment and reporting
    ESS509 Principles of Inclusive Education

    Year 4 – Session 1
    EMR408 PDHPE Curriculum and Pedagogy
    EED502 Successful Teaching

    Year 4 - Session 2
    EEB505 Indigenous Australian Studies for Teachers
    EPT508 Professional Experience Research

    Year 5 – Session 1
    EEA406 Managing the Classroom Environment
    EED503 Learning and Development K-6
     

    MASTER OF TEACHING (PRIMARY) full-time:

    Session 2 (July) commencement -

    Year 1 – Session 2

    EML440 Primary English Curriculum: Understanding Language and Literacy
    EMA410 Teaching and Assessing the Creative Arts
    EMM209 Mathematics: Content & Pedagogy
    EMH419 Curriculum Studies: Society and Environment

    Year 2 – Session 1
    EML439 Primary English Curriculum
    EMS406 Science and Technology Curriculum
    EMM410 Mathematics in the Primary Years
    EPT432 Professional Experience 1

    Year 2 - Session 2
    EEE503 Assessment and reporting
    ESS509 Principles of Inclusive Education
    EEB505 Indigenous Australian Studies for Teachers
    EED502 Successful Teaching

    Year 3 – Session 1
    EED503 Learning and Development K-6
    EMR408 PDHPE Curriculum and Pedagogy
    EEA406 Managing the Classroom Environment
    EPT508 Professional Experience Research

  • Admission information

    Applicants for the Master of Teaching (Primary) must meet the following requirements:

    A Bachelor’s Degree (or AQF equivalent) in any discipline.
    AND
    Completion of 8 subjects that identify with the NESA curriculum for K-6 (may be within Bachelor Degree)
    AND
    English Language Proficiency must be demonstrated by:• Completing an Academic IELTS (or equivalent) with an overall score of 7.5 (with no score below 7 in reading and writing, and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening). Testing results must be within two years from the date of your application for admissions.
    OR
    • Completing a TOEFL IBT with an overall score of 102 (with a score of 23 or above in reading and writing, and a score of no less than 27 for speaking and listening). Testing results must be within two years from the date of your application for admissions.
    OR
    International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR) with a score of Level 4 in all four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, undertaken at approved testing sites where the assessment is teacher focused. Testing results must be within two years from the date of your application for admissions.
    OR
    • Were born in one Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, USA, United Kingdom or South Africa and have completed at least one qualification in one of  those countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was  English.
    OR
    • If you were not born in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, USA, United Kingdom or South Africa but have completed senior secondary study or at  least a diploma in one of these countries and the  language in which the qualification was undertaken was English.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Access to allowances for study

    Students in the Masters degree may be eligible for student income support from the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE). Eligible students undertaking approved Masters degrees will be able to access Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY, ABSTUDY or Pensioner Education Supplement. To be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and AUSTUDY, students will still need to be studying full-time and to satisfy all other Youth Allowance and AUSTUDY program requirements, including personal, parental or partner income tests. Students who have queries about masters courses and their income support entitlements should contact Centrelink on 13 2490 for further information.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNJETP
    DirectOnlineAlbury-WodongaFPPGYYNOETP
    DirectOnlineAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNEETP

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    The minimum requirements for graduation will be the satisfactory completion of the subjects (normally 16 subjects or 128 points) specified as meeting the requirements of the Master of Teaching (Primary) within this course. Students may obtain credit for the equivalent of 8 subjects based on their previous completion of approved studies in an appropriate post graduate degree.

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  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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