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Master of Teaching in Primary Education

Course Description

Are you passionate about education, with a desire to engage and inspire young minds? If so, this specialisation is for you. You will be qualified to teach children aged five to 12 years in primary schools. You will watch your students develop and grow and see their lives transform through your supervision and guidance.

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 primary education you will gain an appreciation of the positive impact and power teaching can have on influencing young people's learning and development.

Throughout this specialisation you will examine the importance of literacy and numeracy in primary education and will study the key elements of the primary curriculum including English and literacies, mathematics, arts, humanities, science, technology, and health and physical education.

You will develop competencies around the development, application and review of effective assessment strategies and will also learn and build a repertoire of positive effective classroom management approaches.

You will gain practical experience through 60 days of supervised teaching practice in primary schools.

This specialisation prepares students to become effective and proactive leaders and educators in primary education 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

Visit the Master of Teaching in Primary Education page on the Monash University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Thomas Heeren

Why did you choose to study at Monash University?

“During my previous jobs in many fields, including medical science, tender publications, scientific editing and publishing, I would often be called upon to teach and train other members of staff. I enjoyed this aspect of my work and so decided to investigate a teaching career.”

Highlights of your time at Monash University?

“If teaching is for you, then you will definitely enjoy this course. One of the many highlights for me is the interaction and genuine interest that the lecturers have in you – they’re very approachable if you have queries. A major highlight has been the professional experience opportunity in two schools - Cicognini and San Niccolò schools – in Prato, Italy. It was greatly satisfying to discover that I could teach children in a different country and have a beneficial impact on their education. Professional experience has been an interesting part of the course overall. Before you know it you are off to a school for several weeks and become a teacher - this can be quite daunting!”

Advice for future students?

“The best advice I can give is to jump right in and be a valuable member of the classroom and school teaching team. You need to make the best of every opportunity that you are given. There is always something to learn, observe and participate in. Having a positive attitude at all times also helps. I find a full day of teaching leaves me with a certain buzz that makes me wonder where the day went!”


Team Monash Elite Student Performer Scheme - No. of awards TBC

The Team Monash Elite Student Performer Scheme is designed to support talented students studying at Monash to represent the University in the areas of Sport, Performing Arts and related disciplines. This program aims to assist students who perform at a state level or higher. Students must represent the University in a Monash Club/Society or at the Inter-University (Varsity) competitions and activities.Benefits:
- $100 to $1000 one-off payment and/or a Monash Sport gym membership.
- Dependant on the sport, the level played and the funding available.Selection
- Must be competing regularly in your discipline, at the highest level in your state, or above.
- Representation of Monash University in your sport (e.g. club, Monash University Club, Monash Australian University Games or Varsity Callenge).
- Your current and past performance in your elected discipline.
- Level at which your sport is played.Retention
- You must maintain satisfactory sporting performance, as determined by TeamMONASH.
- You must regularly represent Monash University in your discipline and participate in the Australian University Games.
- You must not be in receipt of regular payments from other funding bodies for your discipline.

Value of Scholarship(s)

$100 to $1000


- Australian or New Zealand citizen, holder of an Australian permanent resident visa or permanent humanitarian visa or an international student.
- Commencing or continuing undergraduate or postgraduate student enrolled at a Monash campus in Australia, including Monash College.
- Involved in a non-professional sport, performing arts or similar, as recognised by Team Monash.

Application Procedure

You must submit an application form directly to TeamMONASH (http://www.monash.edu/teammonash/talented-student-support/elite-scheme) via their Elite Student Performer Scheme

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) with at least a pass average (50%). Students applying for the Secondary Education specialisation are also required to qualify for two teaching specialist areas or one double teaching specialist area. Students applying for the Primary and Secondary Education specialisation are also required to qualify for one teaching specialist area at secondary level. Applicants must also meet the English language requirements (View Website).

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