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Teachers College in Australia

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  • University of Queensland Teachers College in Australia

University of Queensland Teachers College in Australia

Program Overview - Master of Teaching (Primary)
& Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)

Click here to apply to the UQ Teachers College in Australia
University and Faculty: University of Queensland
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Program: Master of Teaching (Primary)
Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)
University Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
City Population: 2.1 million
Student Population: 46,000
Campus Location: St. Lucia, Queensland
Program Duration: 1 - 1.5 years (4 semesters)
Semester Intake: February each year
Next Intake: February 2015
Est. Total Tuition: $45,120 AUD & $22,560 AUD (2015)

New for 2014, the Master of Teaching (Primary) is a teacher preparation program specifically designed for people with an undergraduate degree to qualify as a primary school teacher in 1.5 years of full-time study. The program is ideal for those looking for a career change or who wish to follow their passion for teaching.

The program consists of periods of on-campus lectures, tutorials and workshops, alternated with blocks of professional placements in schools. Strong emphasis is placed on classroom practice with placements designed to provide opportunity for professional development and learning for growth into the role of beginning teacher. All placements are supported by an expert team of university facilitators, whose role is to liaise, visit, observe practice, and support the pre-service teachers and school-based mentors.

Students will gain the benefits of being taught by national and international award-winning lecturers and will be thoroughly prepared for a career in education through access to the latest innovations in teaching research taking place within UQ's School of Education.

The primary years of schooling (years 1-7) are a crucial stage of learning for all children. From the early years to the later years of primary school, teachers need specialist preparation as they are required to teach across subject areas and to have the skills and knowledge to understand and manage the diverse issues related to early and middle childhood.

The field of study provides the skills and knowledge necessary for teaching to complement the current knowledge and skills gained in the first degree. Students will be qualified to teach in all areas of the primary curriculum:

  • Arts (including Drama, Dance, Media, Music and Visual Arts)
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History / Geography / Civics
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Technology

This program is 1.5 years full time, the equivalent of 2 years (4 semesters) full time, offered intensively over 18 calendar months by using a summer semester.

The Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) at the University of Queensland is a 1-year teacher preparation program for students who already hold a tertiary degree.

The Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) is designed for students who want to qualify as teachers in Grades 7 through 12.

The Graduate Diploma in Education program at UQ offers practical, school-based learning and draw on the latest research regarding effective teaching methods, ensuring graduates are well equipped to meet the challenges of a teaching career.

Program courses will challenge participants to use their knowledge, expertise and experience to design environments that will engage students in the learning process and cater to a variety of learning styles. Participants learn to cooperatively and critically plan, design, implement and review relevant syllabi, which include developing teaching and learning strategies as well as curriculum materials.

Graduates will have developed a personal theory of teaching that fully considers the role of teachers in the promotion of a socially just and inclusive society. This program encourages active engagement with local and global communities to promote the continuing enhancement of learning for the benefit of all.

Unique Features of the Program

The program at the University of Queensland includes 18 weeks of lectures and small group tutorials drawing on the latest research about effective teaching methods. It also includes workshops designed to prepare and support students for their roles as teachers and professionals.

Students undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) must complete 75 days of supervised practicum scheduled in two extended blocks (7 to 8 weeks), one in each semester of the program.

Staff at the University of Queensland has won multiple national and university teaching awards, complementing the School of Education as one of Australia's leading universities in educational research.

Why Canadians Like the Program

The University of Queensland is located in a part of the world well known for its relaxed lifestyle, scenic subtropical surroundings and access to world-renowned tourist attractions.

Canadian students love that fact that they don't feel like a number within the School of Education. Students maintain a close relationship with their professors, where they feel comfortable seeking advice.

Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

The Master of Teaching (Primary) and the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) programd offered at the University of Queensland is accredited by the Queensland College of Teachers. With these qualifications, students are also eligible to apply for teacher certification in Canada.
 

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Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

To be eligible for admission, you must have
  • successfully completed, at minimum, a three-year undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution; and
  • have achieved a 65 percent average or above.
For the Master of Teaching (Primary) program, applicants must meet the necessary prerequisites for two of the following curriculum areas: Arts (including Drama, Dance, Media, Music and Visual Arts); English; Mathematics; Science; History, Geography, Civics; Health and Physical Education; Technology

For the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) program, applicants must also meet the requirements for two teaching methods. The university is generally looking for four to five full credits in a first method and another three to four full credits in a second method. For example, if one would like English as their first teaching method and History as their second, they would be required to have completed five full credits in English and four full credits in History within their undergraduate degree.

UQ Secondary Teaching Methods

Accounting, Agriculture, Biology, Business Organization & Management, Chemistry, Chinese, Computing and Information Processing, Drama, Economics, English, English Second Language, French, Geography, German, Health and Physical Education, History, Hospitality Studies, Japanese, Legal Studies, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Physics, Science 21, Spanish, Special Needs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People Studies, Studies in Religion, Study of Society, Study of Society and the Environment, Tourism Studies.

Total Number of Places in the Program: no set quota

Application Deadline: November 15, 2014; however, late applications may be accepted by UQ Teachers College. Please contact Rachel Brady for more information.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Rachel Brady

 
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