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Master of Teaching (Secondary) STEM

Approved Abbreviation: MTeach(Sec)STEM


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1848.1

AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 095774A


Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2018 or later.

This course is an accredited professional teaching qualification for students possessing an appropriate bachelor’s degree. It prepares graduates for careers in secondary school settings in particular science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM) in NSW, other Australian states and internationally. The course provides a strong qualification in secondary STEM education, and is taught on campus and in schools, through innovative blended teaching and learning approaches. Graduates meet the Australian Professional Standards for Graduate Teachers, required for registration with the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards. There are two early exit points. The Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) STEM is for students not seeking a professional teaching qualification.

Study Mode
Two years full-time

Course Advice

NameEmail
Dr Kay CarrollEnquirieseducation@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternal See above

Accreditation
The Master of Teaching (Secondary) STEM is a professional teaching qualification for students possessing an appropriate bachelor’s degree. It has been fully accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). Graduates meet the Australian Professional Standards for Graduate Teachers.

Admission

Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM) and these units must match with the secondary STEM subject content requirements of the NSW Education Standards Authorities (NESA).

NESA Subject Content Knowledge Requirements

Where these undergraduate STEM study requirements are not met, applicants may be offered concurrent enrolment in up to four undergraduate units of study.

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 5 in undergraduate study.

Applicants are required to successfully complete the non-academic capability assessment.

Additional Information for Applicants

Applicants are required to commit to attend a school two days per week during each semester in order to complete the Professional Experience in schools’ requirement, in addition to lectures and tutorials.

Current students transitioning from Western Sydney Bachelor of Science (Pathway to Teaching Secondary/Primary) are required to meet all of the above admission requirements.

All other Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

International students who did not complete their undergraduate degree in Australia must also meet English Language proficiency requirements and must provide evidence to satisfy the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) as in the following

  • An Academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test Report Form (TRF) that shows an overall score of at least 7.5 and:
  • a score of at least 7.0 for Reading and Writing; and
  • a score of at least 8.0 for Speaking and Listening.
  • The IELTS test scores must appear on a single IELTS TRF and be the result of a test undertaken during the 12-month period prior to submitting an application.

Or

An applicant has completed study assessed by AITSL as comparable to at least four years of full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education (university) study, that results in a qualification/s comparable to the education level of an Australian bachelor degree or higher (must include a recognised initial teacher education qualification) undertaken in Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States. Details of acceptable proof are available on the University's International website

English Language Entry Requirements

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Special Requirements Prerequisites

Prior to enrolling in units 102086 - Designing Teaching and Learning, 102510 - Secondary Professional Practice 1 - STEM, 102513 - Secondary Professional Practice 2 – STEM & 102511 - STEM Pedagogies in Practice, students must:

• Satisfactorily complete Child Protection Awareness training

• Satisfactorily complete Working with Children Check

Link to Working with Children Check

• Satisfactorily complete Anaphylaxis training

Link to Anaphylaxis training

QuEST – NON-ACADEMIC CAPABILITIES SELECTION

From 2018 students with an offer to enrol in an accredited initial teacher education course are required to complete an online interview to assess your capabilities, in other words, your talents and personal attributes that are relevant to the teaching profession. Western Sydney University refer to this compulsory assessment as QuEST about which you will receive an email prior to the start of the teaching session.

Refer to the Australian Institute for Teaching and Leadership (AITSL) website for more information and the Selection Guidelines: Factsheet.

Additional Requirement

Satisfactorily complete the School of Education Academic Literacy TASK and Numeracy TASK for:

102510 Secondary Professional Practice 1 - STEM

Course Completion Prerequisites

Prior to enrolling in 102513 Secondary Professional Practice 2 - STEM students must have:

• Satisfactorily completed the national Literacy and Numeracy TEST which pre-service teachers are required to pass prior to their final professional experience placement (NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Link to National Literacy and Numeracy TEST

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 160 credit points as per recommended sequence below.

Year 1

Autumn session

102508STEM foundations
102081Adolescent Development and Teaching
102083Diversity, Social Justice and Learning
102086Designing Teaching and Learning

Spring session

102082Pedagogy for Positive Learning Environments
102087Secondary Curriculum 1A
102090Secondary Curriculum 2A
102510Secondary Professional Practice 1 - STEM

Students may exit at this point with a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) STEM after the successful completion of 80 credit points of study.

1853.1 Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) STEM (exit only)

Year 2

Autumn session

102513Secondary Professional Practice 2 - STEM
102088Secondary Curriculum 1B
102091Secondary Curriculum 2B
102511STEM Pedagogies in Practice

Spring session

102085Aboriginal & Culturally Responsive Pedagogies
102089Secondary Curriculum 1C
102512Researching STEM Education for Future Leadership
102746Inclusive Education: Principles and Practices

Note: From 2020 unit 102746 - Inclusive Education: Principles and Practices replaces 102084 - Inclusive Education - Theory, Policy & Practice.

Optional unit

Students who have satisfied the NESA undergraduate subject content requirements in Design and Technology undertake an optional 102092 Secondary Curriculum unit 2C (Tech Yr11-Yr12) to meet NESA teaching area requirement for Technology key learning areas.

102092Secondary Curriculum 2C

Start Year Intake Accelerated Mode

Note: Students with a GPA 5 on commencement of the course will be invited to enrol in the accelerated mode. A GPA of 5 must be maintained to continue in the accelerated mode after entry.

Year 1

Autumn session

102508STEM foundations
102081Adolescent Development and Teaching
102083Diversity, Social Justice and Learning
102086Designing Teaching and Learning
102746Inclusive Education: Principles and Practices

Spring session

102082Pedagogy for Positive Learning Environments
102087Secondary Curriculum 1A
102090Secondary Curriculum 2A
102510Secondary Professional Practice 1 - STEM
102512Researching STEM Education for Future Leadership

Summer A

102085Aboriginal & Culturally Responsive Pedagogies

Year 2

Autumn session

102088Secondary Curriculum 1B
102091Secondary Curriculum 2B
102513Secondary Professional Practice 2 - STEM
102511STEM Pedagogies in Practice
102089Secondary Curriculum 1C

Optional unit

Students who have satisfied the NESA undergraduate subject content requirements in Design and Technology undertake an optional 102092 Secondary Curriculum unit 2C (Tech Yr11-Yr12) to meet NESA teaching area requirement for Technology key learning areas.

102092Secondary Curriculum 2C

Equivalent Core Units

The core unit listed below counts towards completion of this course for students who passed this unit in 2019 or earlier.

102084 - Inclusive Education - Theory, Policy & Practice



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