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.
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.