Australian Catholic University

Master of Teaching (Primary)/Graduate Certificate in Religious Education

Australian Catholic University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00004G

This is the combination of the Master of Teaching (Primary) and the Graduate Certificate in Religious Education. The Master of Teaching (Primary) is for graduates who want to become primary school teachers and have an appropriate undergraduate degree. It provides a pre-service education for beginning teachers. The Graduate Certificate in Religious Education is designed to help students meet accreditation requirements to teach Religious Education in Catholic Schools in addition to their other teaching areas. Graduates are eligible for employment in Catholic and other faith-based schools, government and non-government schools. This Master' s degree prepares primary school teachers who are reflective, independent and flexible thinkers who can apply their skills to improve curriculum offerings and advance their community' s education. It provides students valuable professional experience through a range of school and community-based placements during the course.

Structure

200 credit points. Students must complete a minimum of 60 days professional experience during which time they are required to be available full-time. Professional experience covers all school and community-based experience designed to help students develop professional competence and personal commitment, in accordance with the expressed Catholic philosophy of the University. The professional experience units apply skills, techniques and processes taught in the Foundations Studies and Professional Studies units. Professional experience units are planned as a specific sequence allowing for progressive development of both classroom-based proficiency and an understanding of the relevance of theory to practice and practice to theory. The practicum will be supported by other forms of in-school experiences, such as school-based tutorials and workshops. Certain prerequisite or co-requisite units are required before students are placed in schools. Supervised professional experience is at the heart of all our pre-service teacher education courses and the Faculty will find appropriate placements to suit the needs of your course. Placements will usually be arranged for the scheduled placement period in the professional experience calendar though this may not always be possible. In Victoria, part-time students do not commence the Professional Experience program until the second year of the course. The Professional Experience program consists of a minimum of 9 weeks of teaching rounds, usually broken into two blocks. In Queensland, students are required to complete 100 days of professional experience to be eligible for teacher registration with the Queensland College of Teachers. This involves 80 supervised days and 20 days of observation.

Subjects

  • Early childhood and primary
  • Primary education
  • Religious education
  • Teaching mathematics
  • Theological studies

Standard entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy. To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must: have successfully completed a Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification, with subject content studies equivalent to one year full-time study in one or more learning areas of the primary school curriculum ;demonstrate suitability for teaching as evidenced by completion of an assessment available in the relevant State at the time of application. International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy. Any applicants who completed a Bachelor degree outside Australia should review the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy to determine if they are required to meet additional English Language Proficiency requirements for entry into the course. Any applicant who completed a Bachelor degree outside Australia intending to seek teacher registration in Australia should check with state registration bodies to confirm English Language Proficiency requirements for teacher registration. *Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Melbourne (St Patrick's) International: $60,260 No
  • Full-time : 2.25 years
  • Part-time : 4.5 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) International: $60,260 No
  • Full-time : 2.25 years
  • Part-time : 4.5 years

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