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This course provides graduates of other degrees with the opportunity to qualify for a teaching profession in one year of full-time study. Read more

Professional Recognition

This course provides graduates of other degrees with the opportunity to qualify for a teaching profession in one year of full-time study. Successful graduates can register with the Queensland College of Teachers. International students should consult the relevant authority in their home country.

Who will I teach?

The Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) focuses on the education of students in Years 7 to 12. The junior secondary years (Years 7-10) is an exciting phase of learning, while the senior secondary years (Years 11-12) are a critical time for young people as they develop their plans for post-secondary education and work.
You will learn to teach two secondary areas of teaching in Years 7 to 10, specialising in one related secondary area of teaching in Years 11 and 12.

Professional Experience

An integral part of becoming a teacher is gaining practical experience in schools. You will be required to complete 55 days of professional experience in secondary school settings during the course plus an additional 20 days of wider professional education. Placements are allocated in government and non-government schools.

Blue card

You will need a Blue Card (a working with children check issued by the Queensland Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian) before commencing your professional experience.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary), graduates will be able to:
*Demonstrate broad and coherent understanding of professional knowledge, practice and engagement with depth in the National Professional Standards for Teachers
*Demonstrate broad and coherent understanding of underlying principles and concepts, and teaching and learning approaches for the tropics in the areas of Indigenous education, education for sustainability, rural and regional education
*Review critically, analyse, evaluate, consolidate and synthesise professional knowledge, practice and engagement and apply the findings to enhance outcomes for diverse students
*Communicate professional knowledge clearly and coherently through oral and written modes to students and key stakeholders in professional practice and engagement
*Identify and solve problems and make informed decisions in diverse professional contexts with well-developed judgement and initiative
*Demonstrate dispositions required for effective teaching that embrace responsibility and accountability for professional knowledge, practice and engagement including collaboration with stakeholders.

Award title

GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF EDUCATION (SECONDARY) GDipEd(Secondary)

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the following English language proficiency requirements:
An overall IELTS of 7.5 with no component lower than 8 in Speaking and Listening and no score below 7 in Reading and Writing.
Note: All students must attain an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.5 (with no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas, and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening) upon completion as required by the Queensland College of Teachers. The cost of the testing will be met by the applicant. English test results must be no more than two years old.

Why JCU?

James Cook University offers professional development opportunities, student flexibility through course design and structure, as well as a successful history in securing funding for major research programs.

Application deadlines

Last Friday in October the year before commencement

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The Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary Education) offers an opportunity for graduates from a variety of backgrounds to obtain a teaching qualification that is accredited nationally and recognised internationally. Read more
The Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary Education) offers an opportunity for graduates from a variety of backgrounds to obtain a teaching qualification that is accredited nationally and recognised internationally.

This course enables those with approved qualifications to become certified secondary teachers. As secondary school teachers are usually employed to teach more than one school subject, it is a requirement of the course that you undertake both a major and minor area of study. Your major teaching area is based on the content of your bachelor degree. Your minor teaching area will be a curriculum area that you have studied to a lesser degree and/or an area where you have gained professional experience.

Major Teaching Specialisations

The major teaching area qualifies you to teach lower secondary school and upper-secondary school students.

Major subject specialisations include:

-The Arts (Design, Drama, Media Studies, Visual Arts)
-English
-Languages (Chinese and Japanese)
-Mathematics
-Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Physics, )
-Social Sciences (Economics, Geography, History, Politics and Law).

Minor Teaching Specialisations

The minor teaching area qualifies you to teach lower secondary school students up to year 10.

Minor subject specialisations include:

-The Arts (Visual Arts, Drama, Media Studies, Design)
-English
-Languages (Chinese and Japanese)
-Mathematics
-Science (Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science)
-Social Sciences (History, Geography, Politics and Law, Economics).

This course is not suitable for qualified teachers wishing to change their qualification and/or subject specialisations.

Professional recognition

This course is recognised both nationally and internationally.

Career opportunities

Teaching at any level is a rewarding and interesting career. The Western Australian Department of Education and Training, as a matter of policy, employs teaching graduates from each institution in Western Australia. Many Curtin graduates are also employed by the Catholic education system and independent schools in Western Australia.

Credit for previous study

Applications for credit for recognised learning (CRL) are assessed on an individual basis.

2016 Curtin International Scholarships: Merit Scholarship

Curtin University is an inspiring, vibrant, international organisation, committed to making tomorrow better. It is a beacon for innovation, driving advances in technology through high-impact research and offering more than 100 practical, industry-aligned courses connecting to workplaces of tomorrow.

Ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, the University is also ranked 25th in the world for universities under the age of 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2015 Curtin also received an overall five-star excellence rating in the QS stars rating.

Curtin University strives to give high achieving international students the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised education through offering the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship will give you up to 25 per cent of your first year tuition fees and if you enrol in an ELB program at Curtin English before studying at Curtin, you will also receive a 10 per cent discount on your Curtin English fees.

For full details and terms and conditions of this scholarship, please visit: curtin.edu/int-scholarships and click on Merit.

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During your undergraduate study, did you develop expertise in, and a passion for particular subject areas? Perhaps music, mathematics or languages. Read more
During your undergraduate study, did you develop expertise in, and a passion for particular subject areas? Perhaps music, mathematics or languages. Would you like to share this knowledge and passion with adolescent learners? If so, this specialisation will prepare you to become a highly effective teacher in your discipline area(s).

Building on the content knowledge developed in your undergraduate degree, you will acquire the knowledge, skills and professional values required to become an effective educator as you qualify to teach adolescents from 12 to 18 years of age in secondary schools in two teaching areas or one double teaching area.

You will gain an understanding of learning at the heart of teaching by examining the learning process and the aspects that influence it. Drawing on contemporary theories, concepts and practices of secondary education you will gain an appreciation of the positive impact and power teaching can have on influencing young people's learning and development.

You will actively develop secondary teaching and learning strategies which address a diverse range of students' cognitive, social and emotional needs, and will build a repertoire of approaches to manage their learning within the classroom. You will learn to develop and foster relationships with families and communities and develop the skills to create sustainable partnerships across networks.

You will undertake specialist study which will provide the knowledge required to become a teacher in two subject areas (or one double teaching area) such as such as English, mathematics, the sciences, history, social education, languages, the arts, business, and health and physical education.

You will gain professional experience through 60 days of supervised teaching practice in secondary education settings.

This qualification will prepare you for a future as an expert specialist teacher capable of leading innovation in a range of secondary school settings.

Visit the website http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/teaching-d6001?domestic=true

Course Structure

The course is structured in three parts. Orientation studies, relevant across all specialisations, and specialist education studies come together and are applied in context in professional experience and inquiry.

Part A: Orientation studies
These studies provide an orientation to the field of Education. You will consider the nature of learning and the influences upon it, and the nature of teaching and teachers' work within the broader family and community context within which children's and young people's learning takes place. You will also develop your understanding of literacy as the basis of how we learn, both formally and informally, across the age span.

Part B: Specialist education studies
These studies will provide you with advanced knowledge and skills relevant to thoughtful, innovative and evidence-based practice within your chosen specialisation. You will acquire both the broad principles of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment that underpin the teaching and learning of children and young people in varied education settings, and the specific knowledge required to apply these principles in particular school learning areas.

Part C: Applied professional practice
Professional experience placements in educational settings relevant to your teaching specialisation will enable you to connect the theoretical components your course with practical aspects of teaching and learning under the valuable guidance of practitioners. You will also study the complex and powerful role that teachers have as leaders in classroom, school, and community settings, with the power to change, and develop strategies to enable you to take your place as an active contributor to shaping education locally and globally. If you are in a single sector specialisation, you will also have the opportunity to undertake an extended professional project.

For more information visit the faculty website - http://www.study.monash/media/links/faculty-websites/education

Find out how to apply here - http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/teaching-d6001?domestic=true#making-the-application

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Applicants for enrolment in the graduate-entry degree in secondary education must hold a bachelor degree that satisfies the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) requirements for accreditation. Read more
Applicants for enrolment in the graduate-entry degree in secondary education must hold a bachelor degree that satisfies the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) requirements for accreditation. The MTeach (Secondary) requires candidates to specialise in one or two teaching areas, depending on what they wish to teach. Applicants wishing to teach science, maths or languages are permitted to study these as "double method" areas, which means candidates do not need to qualify in a second teaching area. All available curriculum areas, including the three that have double-method options, are offered as "single method" qualifications. In every instance where an applicants choose to study two "single method" curriculum areas, their undergraduate studies in at least one of these must meet the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) prerequisites as a core teaching specialisation (1st Teaching Method). The second of the two "single method" curriculum areas may then be undertaken as a lesser specialisation (2nd Teaching Method), which may only need to have been studied as a 'minor' in the candidate's undergraduate degree. Some areas such as 'Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages' and 'Classical Hebrew and Judaism' can only be studied as a 2nd Teaching Method.

To ask a question about this course, visit http://sydney.edu.au/internationaloffice/

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