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Master of Teaching Primary - Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q1. What are the closing dates for application to the Master of Teaching (Primary) and where do I apply?

A: All students will be able to apply online. For more information:

Review the Master of Teaching Primary how to apply information for closing dates, for:

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Q2. What is the selection process for entry to the Master of Teaching (Primary)?

A: Selection is competitive and is based on the AITSL program entry standards (www.aitsl.edu.au/deliver-ite-programs/standards-and-procedures). Entrants are selected according to academic and non-academic characteristics. All applicants must submit a personal statement based on AITSL program entry standards and inherent requirements. The GSE Personal Statement template must be used. The minimum WAM for entry is 60% although in some circumstances this cut-off can be waived if the applicant has relevant work experience or other relevant mitigating circumstances. In such cases, the candidate may be invited for an interview.

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Q3. How long is the course?

A: The Master of Teaching (Primary) is a two year course. Mid-year commencement is only available as part-time mode of study.

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Q4. Where can I find information on fees?

A: Fee information.

International students should review the international fees or contact the fees team via AskUWA.

Mid-year commencement is not available to International students.

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Q5. Are there any pre-requisites for the Master of Teaching (Primary)?

A: The pre-requisite for the Master of Teaching (Primary) is a three-year bachelor’s degree. This undergraduate degree must include at least one year of full time equivalent study relevant to one or more learning areas of the primary school curriculum.

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Q6. How many weeks of teaching practice are there?

A: Review the teaching practice timetable for the specific dates of teaching practice. Pre-service teachers must be available during the scheduled professional practice periods as per the Graduate School of Education calendar. Pre-service teachers are required to give a full-time commitment to the school at which they are undertaking their practicum during the scheduled days.

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Q7. Where can I find information on police clearances for professional practice?

A: A professional practice checklist has been prepared for you to review including details on prerequisite clearances information. Pre-service teachers are not permitted to participate in professional practice without a National Police History Check (NPHC) through the Department of Education (DoE) and a Working with Children Check (WCC).

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Q8. Can I study externally?

A: No, the course is not offered externally.

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Q9. Is the workload heavy?

A: While the workload is not unlike that of a graduate teacher, it is heavier than in a typical undergraduate year. Although the contact time varies between semesters, prospective students should note that there is a great deal of out-of-class work to be done in preparation for workshops, seminars, assessment tasks and Professional Practice.

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Q10. Why a Master's degree?

A: The Master of Teaching degree involves two years of intensive study of education that prepares highly skilled professionals who have a deep understanding of teaching and student learning and the potential for future leadership roles.

The core component of the course is the teaching of literacy and numeracy. The program has a strong clinical focus on teaching children who have difficulty in reading and maths. Students will be introduced to the breadth of learning required in primary teaching including science, music, dance, visual arts, health and physical education and have the opportunity to practise their teaching skills in two extended school placements.

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Q11. Where can I find further information regarding the course?

A: Review the course information. For enrolment information please see Course advice.

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Q12: Do I need to sit the National Literacy and Numeracy Test?

Yes. The National Literacy and Numeracy Test is a required part of the course and you will need to provide us with your results to pass the core unit EDUC5000. See the Federal Government StudentsFirst site for further details. Please pay attention to the ACER test windows and when these results are released as you will need to provide us with proof of completion to graduate and complete the course.

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Q13: Do I need to attend orientation?

A compulsory teacher education induction day is held the week before formal classes commence. It is very important that you attend. You will need to complete forms for professional practice, apply for a Working with Children Check and National Police Clearance, undertake a compulsory literacy test and receive important information about the course.

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