The Master of Teaching (Primary) consists of 72units over either 1.5 or two years. The 1.5 year accelerated degree is undertaken as 45-units in the first year and 27-units in the final semester as a full-time load or the equivalent on a part-time basis, while the 2-year equivalent consists of 36 units per year.
The program of study commences with an introduction to teaching and educational research, investigation of learners and the factors which impact on their development and well-being, and anexploration of teaching in and through the Expressive Arts. Evidence-based models are introduced to understand the structure and nature of literacy and language development in the early years, and there are opportunities to develop the repertoire of practice required to teach literacy and English in primary settings. The first professional experience has a strong focus on building professional relationships, proactive and responsive classroom management, and developing the ability to reflect on and respond to professional feedback.
Primary curriculum topics in Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS), Mathematics, Science, Design Technologies, Health and Physical Education, numeracy and digital technologies develop pre-service teachers’ capacity to plan for effective and innovative learning and assessment supported by well-developed pedagogical reasoning and disciplinary knowledge and skills. Professional studies topics examine differentiation and inclusive educational practices, and critical indigenous pedagogical approaches. In the final semester, pre-service teachers demonstrate their capacity to assume the roles and responsibilities of a graduate teacher, make explicit their personal professional philosophy of education and prepare to transition into the teaching profession.