This postgraduate pre-service teacher education program is offered in intensive mode to enable completion in one and a half years. The program provides professional preparation for teaching in primary school (Prep to Year 6) settings. It is designed for graduates from a non-education background wishing to teach in this context. The program covers the theory and practice of teaching concentrating on the characteristics of learners; the social and educational contexts of education; curriculum studies and professional experience in relevant settings.
Admission requirements Students will need a completed Bachelor degree (or equivalent) with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 (on a 7.0 point scale) and sufficient breadth to address the range of teaching areas expected by employers. These key learning areas include: The Arts; English; Health and Physical Education; Mathematics; Science; History, Geography and Technology. You can explore these key learning areas further on the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority website https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/ . While prior work or relevant professional experience is a not a requirement for eligibility for admission, applicants will be encouraged (for the purposes of selection) to include in their application a statement and/or evidence relating to the nature of any previous experience which they feel would be relevant to their suitability for teaching - for example, additional certification such as in community learning settings.
Language requirements These requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic Module: *An average band score of 7.5 *A score of at least 8.0 for Listening and Speaking *A score of at least 7.0 for Reading and Writing.
OR International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR): *A score of at least 4 in each of the areas of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.
Working with children check Information for placements within Queensland Before undertaking professional experience placements, all students in this program are required to: *undergo the Working with Children Check and *be issued with a Blue Card.
Students must hold a current valid Blue Card throughout the duration of each professional experience. Students may be asked to present their Blue Card to facility staff on the first day of each placement and should keep their Blue Card on them at all times while attending a professional experience placement. The University is legally obliged to warn students that it is an offence for a disqualified person to sign a Blue Card application form. Further information may be obtained from the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian, the Education Professional Experience Office or from any Student Centre. Blue Card applications can be obtained from the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian website http://www.ccypcg.qld.gov.au/bluecard/index.html and completed forms can be lodged at any Student Centre. There is no cost to a student if they apply for a student Blue Card through a Griffith Student Centre.
My career opportunities Graduates of the Master of Teaching Primary will be eligible for provisional teacher registration and able to teach in Primary and Early Years settings anywhere in Australia.
Program accreditation Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the Queensland College of Teachers. This qualification is recognised nationally. To be eligible for registration, International and Domestic applicants with English as a second language must provide evidence of a standard of English language proficiency equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 7.5 (academic) with no score below 7 in any of the four skill areas and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening.
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