Master of Teaching (Secondary) (MC-TEACHSR) // Attributes, outcomes and skills
About this course
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The secondary stream of the Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Teaching will provide graduates with provisional registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this course graduates will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to:
- Be highly-skilled teachers, with the theoretical frameworks and practical ability to produce effective learning for each individual student.
- Be engaged intelligently and passionately in the educational venture, and have the ability not only to adapt to, but also to lead change.
- Articulate a coherent set of beliefs about learning and teaching, based soundly on leading-edge theory and evidence-based research.
- Display a solid understanding of discipline knowledge and knowledge about education, and of how they interact in effective pedagogy.
- Understand the links between planning, teaching and evaluating for learning.
- Plan for students' teaching and learning bringing to bear an informed awareness of child and adolescent development.
- Generate and interpret the classroom data to enable individualized programming of developmental learning for each student.
- Respond flexibly in catering for the different learning needs of individual students, including those with special needs.
- Utilise a range of teaching approaches that foster both independent and cooperative learning.
- Structure their teaching to provide rich and creative learning environments.
- Develop in their students the capacity for vigorous but respectful critique and for curiosity in learning.
- Demonstrate an awareness of cultural diversity and its implications for society and education.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the significance of written and spoken language as fundamental to education.
- Utilise a variety of technologies in the classroom to assist learning.
- Function effectively across the various relationships involved in the professional life of a teacher.
- Demonstrate the level of competency in literacy and numeracy expected of the teaching profession.
- Be leaders and advocates in education, responsive to legislation, policy and the global human rights issues of participation, access and inclusion.
- Understand Secondary education as part of a spectrum of learning and development, linked to primary schooling and to post-schooling outcomes of further study and/or employment.
- Have a thorough understanding of the particular needs of students in the middle years of schooling.
- Be expert in the disciplines they teach and committed to continual updating of their discipline knowledge;
- Mediate knowledge of the discipline for their students knowledge through appropriate pedagogy.
- Be able to intelligently and creatively plan, implement and critique mandated curriculum.
The program is built on the premise that students coming into the program will have a firm foundation of disciplinary knowledge and analytical skills, and will bring with them a diversity of educational and life experiences. The program will emphasise the importance of the research evidence base as a foundation for excellent educational practice, as well as developing further the students' capacity for critical inquiry and professional reflection. Underpinning the program is a strong partnership with early childhood settings and schools and with educational systems that will support the intelligent engagement in professional practice at an advanced level. Special emphasis will be placed on the students' capacity to teach the diverse range of students, and to promote equity in education. Students will have the opportunity to undertake teaching practice in international settings, which will enhance their cultural awareness and expand their understanding of global education. They will understand the policy landscape and the processes for making policy at school and system level, so that they can intervene and justify producing change.
Last updated: 24 January 2023