Master of Teaching (Secondary)/Graduate Certificate in Religious Education

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
096831M
Location:
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Melbourne
  • Strathfield
Duration:

2.25 years full-time or equivalent part-time but may be completed in two years.

Entry to this course is governed by the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy. The selection of course entrants is based on academic merit and satisfaction of non-academic capabilities for entry to initial teacher education. In accordance with the mission of ACU, the Faculty of Education and Arts is committed to providing access to education for a diversity of students. ACU provides a range of access and equity schemes which consider additional or alternative factors in assessing applicants, including applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

Late applications are available to this course. Due to the proximity to start of classes, an outcome for late applications is not guaranteed. Applicants will need to upload all required documentation with their application.

Description

This is the combination of the Master of Teaching (Secondary) and the Graduate Certificate in Religious Education.

The Graduate Certificate in Religious Education provides the certification, fundamental knowledge, skills and competencies needed to teach religious education.

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is for graduates who want to become secondary school teachers and have an appropriate undergraduate degree. Graduates will meet the requirements for teaching in Catholic, independent and government high schools and other secondary schools.

Depending on their undergraduate degree this Masters degree will prepare students to teach specialist areas including:

  • Visual arts, media arts, music and/or drama
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Economics and business
  • Humanities and social sciences
  • Languages
  • Health and physical education and outdoor education
  • ICT and digital technologies
  • Science
  • Religious education.

It enables students to adopt a research-based approach to reflective practice. They’ll be able to consider the implications and applications of this approach to their own professional development and its contribution to their students’ learning and wellbeing.

The course provides valuable professional experience through a range of school and community-based placements during the course.

Course duration

2.25 years full-time or equivalent part-time but may be completed in two years.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Brisbane (Attendance)
  • Brisbane (Multi-mode) - (Application not available)
  • Canberra (Attendance)
  • Canberra (Multi-mode) - (Application not available)
  • Melbourne (Attendance)
  • Melbourne (Multi-mode) - (Application not available)
  • Strathfield (Attendance)
  • Strathfield (Multi-mode) - (Application not available)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

No deferment available.

Credit Points

190

Exit Point

A student who has successfully completed the following requirements may exit from the course with that qualification. Note that none of these qualifications qualify a student to teach in Australia.

  1. Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies
  2. Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies

A student who does not meet the LANTITE requirements may exit with the Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies or Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies if they meet the requirements of those awards.

A student who has completed 20 credit points from the Religious Education units and 20 credit points from the Theology units may exit with the Graduate Certificate in Religious Education.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
Canberra
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Canberra
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $8350 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must:

  1. have successfully completed a Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification, with:
    1. a major study in one teaching area; and
    2. a separate minor study in a second teaching area, that may be separate from or related to the major study area;
    3. be able to select from teaching areas that are available within the course and meet the requirements of applicant's local state/territory registration authority; and
    4. the combination of teaching areas identified would usually prepare the applicant to teach across all year levels of secondary schooling.
  2. demonstrate suitability for teaching as evidenced by completion of an assessment available in the relevant State at the time of application

Applicants who completed Bachelor degrees outside Australia should review Admission to Coursework Programs Policy to determine if they are required to meet additional English Language Proficiency requirements for entry into the course.

Applicants seeking teacher registration in Australia should check with state registration bodies to confirm English Language Proficiency requirements for teacher registration.

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

2. Additional Approvals

All students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they may enter a classroom.

These are: Blue Card (Qld), Working with Vulnerable People (ACT) or Working with Children Check (NSW and Vic).

International students must provide a police check from their home country. All students who have lived in another country for twelve months or more must provide a police check from that country for that period.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission.

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Career paths

The Master of Teaching (Secondary)/Graduate Certificate in Religious Education is the combination of the Master of Teaching (Secondary) and the Graduate Certificate in Religious Education, specifically designed to assist students to meet accreditation requirements to teach Religious Education in Catholic Schools in addition to their other teaching areas.

Professional experience

Students must complete a minimum of 60 days professional experience during which time they are required to be available full-time.

The Professional Experience program consists of a minimum of 10 weeks of teaching rounds, usually broken into three blocks.

Professional experience covers all school and community-based experience designed to help students develop professional competence and personal commitment, in accordance with the expressed Catholic philosophy of the University. The professional experience units apply skills, techniques and processes taught in the Foundations Studies and Professional Studies units.

Professional experience units are planned as a specific sequence allowing for progressive development of both classroom-based proficiency and an understanding of the relevance of theory to practice and practice to theory. The practicum will be supported by other forms of in-school experiences, such as school-based tutorials and workshops.

Certain prerequisite units are required before students are placed in schools.

Supervised professional experience is at the heart of all our pre-service teacher education courses and the Faculty will find appropriate placements to suit the needs of your course. Placements will usually be arranged for the scheduled placement period in the professional experience calendar though this may not always be possible.

Professional recognition

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) has been listed on the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) accredited programs list and meets the teacher education component of the qualification requirement for registration (accreditation) as a secondary school teacher in all states and territories.

The Graduate Certificate in Religious Education is the basic certification required to teach religious education.

Other prerequisites to undertaking this course

Requirements for working with  children: All students enrolled  must have the appropriate approvals before they may enter a classroom. These  are: Blue Card (Qld), Working with Vulnerable People (ACT) or Working with  Children Check (NSW and Vic). International students must bring police check  documentation from their own countries. Australian students who have lived in  another country for 12 months or more must provide a police check from that  country for that period.

English language requirements

No score less than 7 in reading and writing. No score less than 8 in listening and speaking.

Pathways to further study

Master of Teaching (Secondary) is a pathway to doctoral studies.

More course information

Non-academic assessment - suitability for teaching
Applicants who apply for entry into this initial teacher education course will be required to complete a non-academic assessment. The assessment is to demonstrate suitability for teaching and will be part of your application when applying for admission into this course. Please visit our Suitability for teaching page for more information.

Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)
Students will be required to demonstrate they have achieved approved benchmarks in literacy and numeracy as demonstrated through the Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE). Successful completion of LANTITE is a requirement for course completion.

If you have started your ITE course at another institution and wish to transfer to ACU to complete your studies, please be sure that you have read and understand the requirements for receiving credit for previous studies and those on completing LANTITE.

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

Description

This is the combination of the Master of Teaching (Secondary) and the Graduate Certificate in Religious Education.

The Graduate Certificate in Religious Education provides the certification, fundamental knowledge, skills and competencies needed to teach religious education.

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is for graduates who want to become secondary school teachers and have an appropriate undergraduate degree. Graduates will meet the requirements for teaching in Catholic, independent and government high schools and other secondary schools.

Depending on their undergraduate degree this Masters degree will prepare students to teach specialist areas including:

  • Visual arts, media arts, music and/or drama
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Economics and business
  • Humanities and social sciences
  • Languages
  • Health and physical education and outdoor education
  • ICT and digital technologies
  • Science
  • Religious education.

It enables students to adopt a research-based approach to reflective practice. They’ll be able to consider the implications and applications of this approach to their own professional development and its contribution to their students’ learning and wellbeing.

The course provides valuable professional experience through a range of school and community-based placements during the course.

Course duration

2.25 years full-time or equivalent part-time but may be completed in two years.

Start dates and campus availability

Melbourne
  • 15-Feb-2021
Strathfield
  • 15-Feb-2021

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

No deferment available.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Credit Points

190

Exit Point

A student who has successfully completed the following requirements may exit from the course with that qualification. Note that none of these qualifications qualify a student to teach in Australia.

  1. Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies
  2. Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies

A student who does not meet the LANTITE requirements may exit with the Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies or Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies if they meet the requirements of those awards.

A student who has completed 20 credit points from the Religious Education units and 20 credit points from the Theology units may exit with the Graduate Certificate in Religious Education.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $2925.00 (2021)
  • Average first year fee: $24700.00 (2021)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $55575.00 (2021)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Essential requirements for admission

International students must have an IELTS of no score less than 7.0 in reading and writing and no score less than 8.0 in listening and speaking, plus an Australian three-year Bachelor's Degree or equivalent with a Grade Point Average (GPA) equivalent to an Australian Catholic University GPA of 4.0.

Students must also nominate two subject areas for which, based on their Bachelor studies, they believe they are qualified to teach. The Faculty of Education and Arts will assess students' suitability for these methods during the admissions process.

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Career paths

The Master of Teaching (Secondary)/Graduate Certificate in Religious Education is the combination of the Master of Teaching (Secondary) and the Graduate Certificate in Religious Education, specifically designed to assist students to meet accreditation requirements to teach Religious Education in Catholic Schools in addition to their other teaching areas.

Professional experience

Students must complete a minimum of 60 days professional experience during which time they are required to be available full-time.

The Professional Experience program consists of a minimum of 10 weeks of teaching rounds, usually broken into three blocks.

Professional experience covers all school and community-based experience designed to help students develop professional competence and personal commitment, in accordance with the expressed Catholic philosophy of the University. The professional experience units apply skills, techniques and processes taught in the Foundations Studies and Professional Studies units.

Professional experience units are planned as a specific sequence allowing for progressive development of both classroom-based proficiency and an understanding of the relevance of theory to practice and practice to theory. The practicum will be supported by other forms of in-school experiences, such as school-based tutorials and workshops.

Certain prerequisite units are required before students are placed in schools.

Supervised professional experience is at the heart of all our pre-service teacher education courses and the Faculty will find appropriate placements to suit the needs of your course. Placements will usually be arranged for the scheduled placement period in the professional experience calendar though this may not always be possible.

Professional recognition

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) has been listed on the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) accredited programs list and meets the teacher education component of the qualification requirement for registration (accreditation) as a secondary school teacher in all states and territories.

The Graduate Certificate in Religious Education is the basic certification required to teach religious education.

Other prerequisites to undertaking this course

Requirements for working with  children: All students enrolled  must have the appropriate approvals before they may enter a classroom. These  are: Blue Card (Qld), Working with Vulnerable People (ACT) or Working with  Children Check (NSW and Vic). International students must bring police check  documentation from their own countries. Australian students who have lived in  another country for 12 months or more must provide a police check from that  country for that period.

English language requirements

No score less than 7 in reading and writing. No score less than 8 in listening and speaking.

Pathways to further study

Master of Teaching (Secondary) is a pathway to doctoral studies.

More course information

Non-academic assessment - suitability for teaching
Applicants who apply for entry into this initial teacher education course will be required to complete a non-academic assessment. The assessment is to demonstrate suitability for teaching and will be part of your application when applying for admission into this course. Please visit our Suitability for teaching page for more information.

Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)
Students will be required to demonstrate they have achieved approved benchmarks in literacy and numeracy as demonstrated through the Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE). Successful completion of LANTITE is a requirement for course completion.

If you have started your ITE course at another institution and wish to transfer to ACU to complete your studies, please be sure that you have read and understand the requirements for receiving credit for previous studies and those on completing LANTITE.

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