UQ Master of Teaching 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 ½ years of full-time study. The program is ideal for those looking for a career change or who wish to follow their passion of teaching.
The MTeach program is equivalent to two years of full-time study and at the University of Queensland Teachers College, courses are offered over 18 months, incorporating a summer semester. One of the notable features of this program is a professional experience placement in the first semester of one day per week for 10 weeks. This placement is supported by professional experience classes, which will provide opportunity for reflection upon school-based experiences to inform future practice. The second and third professional experience courses include block placements of 4 weeks’ and 6 weeks’ duration respectively. The professional experience has been designed to be developmental in nature and to provide opportunity for professional development and learning for growth into the role as a beginning teacher.
The distinctive program is the first of its kind in Queensland to meet new national teaching standards as outlined by the Federal Government, so graduates will be job-ready to implement the new national teaching curriculum. Courses have been carefully designed to ensure graduates comply with the Australian professional standards for teachers.
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 the opportunity for professional development and learning for growth into the role as a beginning teacher. All placements are supported by an expert team of university facilitators, whose role is to liaise, visit, observe practice, and support both the pre-service teachers and the school-based mentors and staff.
Students will gain the benefits of being taught by national and international award-wining lecturers and will be thoroughly prepared for a career in the education sector through access to the latest innovations in teaching research taking place within the UQ School of Education.
The Master of Teaching (Primary) program prepares students for employment as primary school teachers (years 1 – 7). It 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)
- History / Geography / Civics
- Health and Physical Education
Entry Requirements for the Master of Teaching (Primary)
- successfully completed, at minimum, a three-year undergraduate degree from a recognized university; and
- have achieved a 65 percent average or above.