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Master of Learning and Teaching (Primary) (MPLT) - MLrnTchPrim

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Start:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
Standard duration:1.5 years full-time in an accelerated program taught in four semesters which is equivalent to 2 years of study, up to 4 years part-time 

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The Australian Federal Government has mandated that all students of initial teacher education programs demonstrate they have been assessed as being in the top 30% of the adult population for personal literacy and numeracy. The Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) is administered and managed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). While this is not a requirement for admission, all students will need to organise and demonstrate a pass result in all components of the LANTITE prior to the final supervised Professional Experience and to graduate from this program.
On successful completion of the Master of Learning and Teaching, students may be eligible for entry into the Doctor of Education, Doctor of Professional Studies or Doctor of Philosophy , provided necessary entry requirements are met.

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Professional accreditation

This program is accredited by the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) and meets the expectations and requirements of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

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Program aims

This postgraduate preservice teacher education program is offered in an accelerated pattern to enable the completion of four semesters of study in one and a half years, which is equivalent to a two year program. The program prepares beginning teachers for employment in primary school (Foundation to Year 6) settings. It is designed for graduates with a Bachelor degree in a field other than education to be eligible to apply for registration to teach in primary school contexts. Following completion of this program, graduates will be equipped to teach the learning areas of the primary school curriculum, with a specialisation in English Literacy, across the years of primary schooling.

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Program objectives

The program objectives align with the seven AITSL Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Level). On successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to demonstrate that they:

  • know primary aged students and how they learn

  • know the content and how to teach it in a primary school environment

  • plan for and implement effective teaching and learning in primary school settings

  • create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments for primary school learners

  • assess, provide feedback and report on primary student learning

  • engage in professional learning to improve practice and learning outcomes for primary school learners

  • engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community, meeting their ethical and legal responsibilities.


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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 09. Graduates at this level will have specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting www.aqf.edu.au.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

Academic entry criteria

  • Completion of a three-year bachelor degree or equivalent (AQF Level 7), in a discipline other than education, with a minimum Grade Point Average of 4.0 out of 7.0, from a recognised tertiary institution.

  • For primary teaching, applicants must have eight units of study that are relevant to one or more of the learning areas of the primary school curriculum. The primary school curriculum areas are English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, The Arts, Health and Physical Education, Languages and Technology. This requirement for discipline studies can be met through further study that is completed from different courses at bachelor degree level or higher.

  • English language requirements apply to applicants whose previous bachelor-level study was completed in a country other than Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom or the United States of America or undertaken in a language other than English. Applicants from a non-English speaking background must attain an IELTS score of at least 7.5 with a minimum of 8.0 in speaking and listening and 7.0 in all other subtests. The minimum English language requirements for these applicants to enter this program are for teacher registration in Australia, as applicable for Category 5 English language requirements.


Non-academic entry criteria

  • Completion of the non-academic entry requirements to demonstrate the applicant’s motivation to teach and suitability for the teaching profession. Details are available from the QTAC initial teacher education webpage.

  • If an applicant has achieved a 'satisfactory' result for one or more components of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) at another institution, the 'satisfactory' result can be carried across with this admission application.

  • Students must be available for a prescribed period of time to undertake the majority of the supervised Professional Experience placements in an Australian school setting, or at another approved site as required by the program. State law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking professional experience/researching with children under the age of 18, are required to possess a current Positive Exemption Card (Blue Card or Exemption Card). Students in other Australian states or in overseas contexts need to ensure they have complied with the equivalent requirements and have registered the details with the USQ Education Placement Office.


All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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Program fees

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a students' higher education and students pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

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Program structure

This program is comprised of 16 courses (refer to the Recommended Enrolment Patterns for either Semester 1 or Semester 2 entry) which consists of nine courses of discipline-specific curriculum and pedagogical studies across the learning areas of the primary school curriculum, three education courses and four professional learning and placement courses. There is a research focus in eight courses, as required by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), for students to achieve AQF Level 9 upon completion of the program.

Students intending to complete the program with four semesters of full time study in 1.5 years are advised on the importance of following the recommended enrolment pattern with a Professional Experience placement every semester. The program has three courses which have blocks of supervised Professional Experience for a total of 60 days, and one course with service learning (50 hours). The Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment (GTPA) is a culminating summative assessment which is completed during the final supervised experience in the capstone course, EDM8100 Evidence of Learning in Teaching.

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Program completion requirements

To graduate from this program, students must complete all 16 units which includes 60 days supervised Professional Experience and 50 hours service learning. All students will need to organise and demonstrate a pass result in all components of the LANTITE prior to commencing the final supervised placement and the GTPA. LANTITE is administered and managed by ACER and is a requirement for graduation from the program.

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Required time limits

This accelerated program is able to be completed by students in a full-time duration of 1.5 years in four semesters which are equivalent to two years of study. Students are able to complete the program part-time, but some courses have pre-requisites and courses are not offered every semester.

Students have a maximum of 8 years to complete this program.

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Specialisation

The program consists of courses to teach across the years of primary schooling and the curriculum learning areas, with a specialisation in English Literacy. In particular, the program makes explicit reference to the elements of effective early reading instruction including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and oral language, with English Literacy as the primary specialisation area.

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Professional experience

Professional Experience is a mandated component of this program. The program requires three full-time supervised Professional Experience blocks in a school setting, totalling 60 days, and a service learning component for 50 hours of work integrated teaching experience.

The program is developmental, and the placements are sequenced with pre-requisites so that they must be attended in order. Professional Experience is an embedded, supervised and assessed requirement in EDM5000 Planning for Learning: Introduction to Curriculum and Pedagogy (15 days), EDM5001 Understanding Learners and Learning (20 days) and in the capstone course EDM8100 Evidence of Learning in Teaching (25 days). The service learning in EDM8004 Teacher Identity (50 hours) is an authentic opportunity to participate in a range of professional practices with educators in schools or the professional community, and to conduct research. Satisfactory completion of both components of the LANTITE is required prior to enrolling in the capstone course, EDM8100 Evidence of Learning in Teaching, for the final supervised placement and the GTPA.

Students intending to complete the program in 1.5 years are advised on the importance of attending a Professional Experience placement every semester by meeting pre-requisites, complying with placement requirements, communicating with the USQ Education Placement Office and by taking sufficient personal and professional responsibility to attend sites as required throughout the program.

The placements in primary schools are organised by the USQ Education Placement Office and the calendar of placement dates are scheduled in advance. At USQ, Professional Experience placements are managed through the InPlace online software management system. The expectation is that students will usually attend two different sites throughout their program and return to a previous school placement site for the GTPA in their final semester of study.

The majority of the supervised placements must be attended in an Australian school setting. Students must be available for a prescribed period of time to undertake a placement in a school or other approved site as required in the program. State law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking professional experience/researching with children under the age of 18, are required to possess a current Positive Exemption Card (Blue Card or Exemption Card) on enrolment. Students must hold a current valid Blue Card throughout the duration of each Professional Experience. The University is legally obliged to warn students that it is an offence for a disqualified person to submit a Blue Card application. Students in other Australian states or in overseas contexts need to ensure that they have complied with the equivalent requirements and have registered the details with the USQ Education Placement Office. Students should keep their Blue Card on them at all times while attending a Professional Experience placement.

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IT requirements

This program is studied through online courses and external placement courses for Professional Experience. For information regarding technology requirements, please refer to the USQ minimum computing standards.

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Other program requirements

Students must maintain good standing in this program. Please refer to the Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Procedure.

Students must also hold a valid Blue Card within Queensland or hold a valid Working with Children Check as well as having completed any further training/certificates relevant to the state in which they are completing their Professional Experience.

Satisfactory completion of both components of the LANTITE will be required prior to commencing the final supervised placement and for graduation from this program.

There is no fee for a student Blue Card, but the program has additional costs associated with LANTITE and Professional Experience. Every effort is made to place students within a reasonable distance of their home; however students are also encouraged to consider a rural, regional or remote placement. There may be costs associated with travel, accommodation, meal expenses, incidentals and the possible loss of income from other paid employment.

All students are expected to commit themselves to the highest standards of personal and professional behaviour as defined by the Queensland College of Teachers ‘Code of Ethics'.

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Articulation

On successful completion of the Master of Learning and Teaching, students may be eligible for entry into the Doctor of Education, Doctor of Professional Studies or Doctor of Philosophy , provided necessary entry requirements are met. Graduates may also choose to undertake a Graduate Certificate to further specialise their teaching practice.

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Related programs

The Master of Learning and Teaching is a suite of three distinct programs to prepare teachers for different sectors of schooling. The Master of Learning and Teaching (Early Years) prepares graduates in the area of early years education, which ranges from birth to eight years of age. The Master of Learning and Teaching (Primary) prepares graduates for the primary years of schooling from Foundation to Year 6. The Master of Learning and Teaching (Secondary) prepares graduates for secondary schooling, which is guided by, but not limited to, two teaching areas.

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Exit points

A student who chooses not to complete or who does not maintain good standing in this program will be permitted to exit with a lesser qualification as set out below, provided that they have met the requirements of that program. This means:


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Credit

Candidates eligible for admission into this program may be eligible for up to eight units of credit on the basis of successful completion of relevant, equivalent postgraduate level study completed at a recognised university or institution.

Credit approved in this program will not automatically apply to other specialisations or USQ programs. Claims for credit should be submitted prior to or at the time of enrolment. Each claim will be assessed on individual merit in line with the Credit and Exemptions Procedure.

For instructions on applying for credit, please view information on Recognition of prior learning.

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Recommended enrolment pattern - Semester 1 entry

For a student to be eligible to graduate in 1.5 years, they must successfully complete these set courses in this strict pattern:


CourseYear of program and semester in which course is normally studiedEnrolment requirementsComments
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
EDM5007 Cultivating Supportive Learning Environments11,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MELT or MPLT or MSLT Enrolment is not permitted in EDM5007 if EDC2100 or ESB2100 has been previously completed
EDM5010 Literacy Learning in the Early Years11,3Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MELT or MPLT
EDM5100 HPE and Wellbeing Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies 111,3Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MELT or MPLT
EDM5000 Planning for Learning: Introduction to Curriculum and Pedagogy11,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPLT or MSLT 15 days Professional Experience
EDM5002 Diversity in Educational Contexts11,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPLT or MSLT
EDM5003 Science Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies12,3
EDM5005 Mathematics Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies 112.3
EDM5001 Understanding Learners and Learning11,2,3Pre-requisite: EDM5000 or EDM5014 20 days Professional Experience
EDM8000 Assessment for Learning11,3Pre-requisite: EDM5000
EDM8006 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies 2: Arts & Technologies11,2,3Pre-requisite: EDM5001
EDM8007 Literacies Learning in Diverse Contexts11,2,3Pre-requisite: EDM5010
EDM8004 Teacher Identity11,2,3Pre-requisite: EDM5000 and EDM5001 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MOLT or MPLT or MSLT 50 hours Service Learning
EDM8005 Mathematics Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies 221,2Pre-requisite: EDM5001 and EDM5005
EDM8008 Inquiring through the Humanities21,2Pre-requisite: EDM5001
EDM8014 English Literacy and Special Educational Needs21,2Enrolment is not permitted in EDM8014 if EDM8002 has been previously completed.
EDM8100 Evidence of Learning in Teaching21,2Pre-requisite: EDM5001 and (EDM5016 or EDM8000) 25 days Professional Experience (GTPA)

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Recommended enrolment pattern - Semester 2 entry

For a student to be eligible to graduate in 1.5 years, they must successfully complete these set courses in this strict pattern:


CourseYear of program and semester in which course is normally studiedEnrolment requirementsComments
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
EDM5002 Diversity in Educational Contexts11,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPLT or MSLT
EDM5003 Science Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies12,3
EDM5007 Cultivating Supportive Learning Environments11,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MELT or MPLT or MSLT Enrolment is not permitted in EDM5007 if EDC2100 or ESB2100 has been previously completed
EDM5000 Planning for Learning: Introduction to Curriculum and Pedagogy11,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPLT or MSLT 15 days Professional Experience
EDM5005 Mathematics Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies 112,3
EDM5010 Literacy Learning in the Early Years11,3Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MELT or MPLT
EDM5100 HPE and Wellbeing Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies 111,3Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MELT or MPLT
EDM5001 Understanding Learners and Learning11,2,3Pre-requisite: EDM5000 or EDM5014 20 days Professional Experience
EDM8000 Assessment for Learning21,3Pre-requisite: EDM5000
EDM8005 Mathematics Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies 221,2Pre-requisite: EDM5001 and EDM5005
EDM8008 Inquiring through the Humanities21,2Pre-requisite: EDM5001
EDM8004 Teacher Identity21,2,3Pre-requisite: EDM5000 and EDM5001 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MOLT or MPLT or MSLT 50 hours Service Learning
EDM8006 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies 2: Arts & Technologies21,2,3Pre-requisite: EDM5001
EDM8007 Literacies Learning in Diverse Contexts21,2,3Pre-requisite: EDM5010
EDM8014 English Literacy and Special Educational Needs21,2Enrolment is not permitted in EDM8014 if EDM8002 has been previously completed.
EDM8100 Evidence of Learning in Teaching21,2Pre-requisite: EDM5001 and (EDM5016 or EDM8000) 25 days Professional Experience (GTPA)