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Welcome IF you’re looking to increase your subject knowledge, gain confidence in new area, or simply broaden your career options, studying for a postgraduate qualification could be just the answer.

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With more courses being delivered online than ever before and distance education offered by many institutions, gaining an additional professional qualification doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to lighten your workload at school. This bumper digital edition of Postgrad 2012 features profiles on 43 institutions (see p.8 for the full list of contents). We also talk to educators from across Australia about their decision to take on an extra qualification, how it’s helped their professional practice, and the challenges and rewards. A masters degree is a popular choice among educators. Greg Restal, Master of Education program director at the University of South Australia tells us why it’s such a popular option and the specialisations available (p.12). We also head to the home of Shakespeare (p.30), to find out how technology is helping drama educators across the globe study for a formal qualification in teaching the Bard’s work to school students. Enjoy Postgrad 2012. JO EARP EDITOR

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Case studies and course options My nerdy love of learning Masters still star attraction Be organised and stay course Environmental ed. is growing Study a part of leadership Sponsorship can be a big help From school to uni to masters A look at laptops and learning Maths made more meaningful Taking a classroom break Teaching Shakespeare online

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Institution Profiles Alphacrucis College

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Southern Cross University

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Australian Catholic University

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Swinburne University of Technology

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Avondale College of Higher Education

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Tabor Adelaide

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Bond University

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University of Adelaide

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Charles Darwin University

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University of Ballarat

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Charles Sturt University

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University of Canberra

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Christian Heritage College

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University of Melbourne

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Central Queensland University

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University of New England

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Curtin University

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University of New South Wales

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Deakin University

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University of Newcastle

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Edith Cowan University

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University of Notre Dame

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Flinders University

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University of South Australia

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Griffith University

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University of Southern Queensland

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James Cook University

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University of Sydney

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La Trobe University

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University of Sydney Technology

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Macquarie University

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University of Tasmania

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Monash University

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University of the Sunshine Coast

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Morling College

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University of Western Australia

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Murdoch University

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University of Western Sydney

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Open Universities Australia

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University of Wollongong

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Queensland University of Technology

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Victoria University

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RMIT University

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Acknowledgments The Postgrad 2012 team would like to thank marketing and communications staff at the following institutions for their help in supplying content for profiles: Alphacrucis College; Australian Catholic University; Charles Darwin University; Charles Sturt University; Christian Heritage College; Central Queensland University; Curtin University; Edith Cowan University; Macquarie University; Melbourne Graduate School of Education; Monash University; Morling College; Open Universities Australia; Queensland University of Technology; Tabor Adelaide; University of Ballarat; University of Tasmania; University of Western Australia; and the University of Wollongong. Our thanks to the following institutions for supplying profile photos: Avondale College; Deakin University; Flinders University; Griffith University; James Cook University; La Trobe University; Murdoch University; RMIT; Southern Cross Univeristy; Swinburne University of Technology Online; University of South Australia; University of Southern Queensland; University of the Sunshine Coast; University of Sydney; and the University of Technology Sydney. 8

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Case study

My nerdy love of learning

Juggling a full-time teaching load and a masters degree is challenging, but English teacher Alison Sladen says the keys are time management and asking for assistance when you need it.

IT was an almost “nerdy” love of learning that inspired Alison Sladen to undertake a Master of Education. “Basically, I love all subjects to do with education. With my undergraduate degree I did Art and Education, and I always had such a passion for learning about the intellect and the way in which kids learn and how to enrich their learning,” Sladen explains. “[The] Master of Education actually specialises completely in education, everything to do with education. I just have a passion for learning, basically; I know it sounds a bit nerdy in a way, but I do love learning! I do love studying, and furthering my own ideas and challenging those.” Sladen teaches English at Saint Patrick’s College in New South Wales, and is doing her masters degree through Macquarie University via distance education. “So far I’ve completed the compulsory units, 10

on research, also planning, [and] integrating ICT into the curriculum. Currently I’m doing a unit on leading and managing online environments, so simply how to actually integrate this at a different level, not just the classroom, but also leading others in the process. “As far as my goals, I would love to use it for future opportunities and leadership positions that may come up. Whether that be coordinating in my own curriculum area or more in the way of eLearning coordinator. And just to enrich my experience as well, it’s one for my own teaching currently.” Sladen says organisation is the key to fitting in all her commitments. “I’ve managed to keep up to date, but at times with actually teaching at the same time, you have other commitments such as parent teacher interviews, you have camps, you have lots of things you go on, and it can be a challenge to manage and balance that. As well as knowing how many hours to [study]

each week as you’re not going to classes, you’re having to cover the information yourself, and that’s often difficult to know how long you should spend on it,” she explains. “[But] I guess the nature of my job is that I need to be really organised.” Sladen adds that being in frequent contact with her tutors at Macquarie has also been invaluable. “I’ve found I have more questions, not being with a teacher in a class. My needs have been more, but it’s been met by the staff, so I’m really impressed in that respect.” By the end of 2012 she’ll be half way through her degree, and Sladen says it’s already having an impact on how she operates in the classroom. “The assignments have actually forced me to go beyond what I’ve done in the past, to go beyond what I’m used to, the routine, and actually come up with some new resources,” she explains.

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Masters still star attraction From 2013, there will be six specialisations offered for the Masters of Education course at UniSA. All of the specialisations are at an advanced level so students explore the theories, issues and debates around each of these areas. 1. Educational Leadership and Management This is a new specialisation that will be offered for the first time next year. Students will learn the theory and practice of leadership and management while exploring contemporary issues in educational policy making. They will also focus on leading learning organisations and communities. 2. Early Childhood Leadership Early childhood leadership specifically focuses on the service industries in early education. Students will cover topics like professional learning environments in early childhood education and issues in leading contemporary early childhood services. Leadership, change and improvement will also be investigated.

The Master of Education is the most popular postgraduate course from the education faculty at the University of South Australia.

WHEN teachers decide to take on further study, many choose to take on a Master of Education because it is designed to cover a broad range of sectors and specialisations. The University of South Australia at present has 160 students enrolled in its course, but they expect that number to rise next year when they introduce a new specialisation of study in educational leadership and management. The program director Greg Restall says that part of the popularity of the course stems from the fact that it can only take one year to complete if the student studies full time. “It’s a full time one year equivalent program that can be studied over a period of time, so they can do a quarter time load and that often fits in with the nature of the student that we have,” he says. “Most of them are full time teachers and have family commitments and so forth and find it difficult dedicating to halftime study sometimes, and so a lot of them do it half time but some of them prefer the quarter time option.” The course is fully online so it offers the student flexibility to study wherever they are located. Restall says that there have been 12

students who have gone overseas to work and have continued their studies from Asia, the Middle East, Europe and America. “We have students also studying in outback locations on the APY Lands and out past Alice Springs, so those people have been able to hook up with us online as well,” he shares. The two strands of the course — the research strand and a minor thesis strand — add to the flexibility of the student being able to adapt their program to suit their interests. The research strand is attractive to teachers wanting to research professional development pathways and apply research to small projects. Whereas the minor thesis pathway allows them to do quite a substantial minor thesis of 18,000 words and that then allows them to go on to doctoral studies if they choose to do that, according to Restall. He also acknowledges that the success of the course is due to the fact that teaching staff are well-known for their expertise in the discipline areas they teach in the program. “Without the calibre of staff in the program, it wouldn’t attract so many educators for professional development, leadership and research training,” Restall says.

3. Digital Technologies This specialisation explores debates and issues, providing deeper theoretical understanding of how people learn with ICT. It spans all curriculum areas because all teachers use technology these days in their teaching. 4. Languages Education For teachers of languages other than English this gives students a deeper understanding of the relationship between language and culture. It also explores pedagogies and second language acquisition and assessment. Students cover topics like the languages curriculum, assessing language learning and language learning in the context of diversity. 5. Literacy and Language Education This has a primary school focus but it can include people from early childhood and the secondary and adult sectors as well. It explores issues and debates and theories around literacy and language learning in schools. Students will cover issues like inclusive literacy teaching and perspective on reading comprehension. 6. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Teaching English to speakers of other languages is for ESL teachers and for EFL teachers (English as a foreign language). It s similar to the languages in that it explores concepts of language and culture, second language acquisition, pedagogies, curriculum and evaluation.

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Case study

Be organised and stay course “I think it’s very beneficial. it does help you to understand more about how to teach effectively and why you’re doing certain things, and it helps you to be very reflective in what you’re doing.” Anne-Marie Black tells Postgrad 2012 that her PhD has made her reassess her classroom practice.

ANNE-MARIE Black says that her PhD on the professional development of teachers has already made her rethink her teaching methods. She’s about halfway through a PhD at Australian Catholic University, while also working full time as a Grade 5 teacher at St Peter’s Catholic Primary School Caboolture, in Queensland. “I’m hoping to see the light at the end of the tunnel!” she laughs. “It really helps me to get a better grasp on a lot of the different types of pedagogical practices that are used, and sort of helps you to understand why you do certain practices; just to understand it and have quite a wide repertoire of practices. “I think it’s very beneficial, it does help you to understand more about how to teach effectively and why you’re doing certain things, and it helps you to be very reflective in what you’re doing. But I would say that you need to be organised and basically stick to your plan.” Black is researching teacher’s reactions to a certain professional development model. “I’m looking at the professional development of teachers. So the particular school that I’m focusing on 14

uses a coaching model of professional learning, to focus upon the pedagogical practices to do with guided reading. I’m just having a look to see, well, ‘what’s the school environment like, and what are teacher’s perceptions of the particular professional development model?’,” she explains. “A lot of schools just do the workshop model, where you go off to a professional development session and then you come back and you’ve got to do a two minute spiel at the staff meeting, and a lot of the things that you learn doesn’t really get transferred to the classroom. “This particular model, the coaching model, has a literacy coach who comes in and coaches you within your classroom. I was interested just to see what teachers perceptions of the particular model would be and whether they thought that there was more connection or more relevance to what they do in the classroom, and see if it was more beneficial.” Black says that the topic is connected to what she looked at during her masters degree. “I did a Master of Education (Research), and my topic for that was looking at the attitudes that

students have to reading. So, for my masters, I looked at what do the kids see, and their attitudes to reading, whereas now for the PhD [I’m] looking at more in-depth, sort of delving down into the teachers perspective, so it’s connected in that the topic’s reading.” Working full time and studying on the side makes for a heavy workload, and along with a group of fellow teachers from her school, Black is doing a Brisbane Catholic Education leadership course as well. “It’s one subject of the Master of Educational Leadership, so that’s insane!” she says. Black says she tries to be flexible with her timetable. “What I do is I look at the term and I say, for example, last week we had an arts performance that was on a very grand scale, and so realistically I wasn’t going to get my 1820 hours a week, my targeted amount. Basically you have to factor in, ‘OK, last week was a bit of a down week so I’ve got to catch up’, and just work out where the highs and lows of your teaching time are so that you can dovetail it in. But it requires a lot of planning!”

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Case study

Environmental ed. is growing

Environmental education is becoming increasingly common in schools and PhD student Adam Surmacz knows why.

ATTEMPTING to beat a Guinness World Record isn’t the greatest challenge Adam Surmacz is facing at the moment. He is currently completing his PhD in environmental education part-time at Southern Cross University and he realises the challenges of working at the same time. “The challenges of studying and working are hard,” he says. “Working full-time and studying part-time has been, really, almost impossible.” Surmacz is researching the ways that children’s literature is being used in environmental education. “More specifically [I’m] looking at the kinds of texts that teachers select and the way that students respond to them and the kind of understanding they develop by using picture books,” he explains. “And then also looking at the kinds of picture books that the students can produce to convey their understanding of the environment — so, their understanding and their own ways of understanding.” Surmacz is the environmental education coordinator at Berwick Fields Primary School in Melbourne. “The school has always had an environmen16

tal program,” he says. “It’s six years old now and from the very start our school community wanted a school with an environmental focus … that’s part of the reason that I decided to come here.” Environmental education is becoming increasingly common in schools, according to Surmacz, and he likes that he is now able to network with other environmental education teachers in the area. “When I first started it was hard to find somewhere else that had an environmental education teacher but it’s something that’s becoming a little bit more common now,” he says. His work as a specialist teacher means that he’s working with all students from Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2, and interesting things are always taking place. “My week involves things like climbing in dumpsters to help with washing down the paper for paper recycling, or helping kids with compost buckets or chasing down a stray chook that’s escaped the school,” Surmacz says. He is also currently responsible for the school’s world record attempt at holding the world’s largest energy efficiency lesson. “It’s a whole school thing — 43 grades, 1050

“My week involves things like climbing in dumpsters to help with washing down the paper for paper recycling, or helping kids with compost buckets or chasing down a stray chook that’s escaped ...” kids and 150 staff — all participating in a record attempt. As you can imagine it’s a lot of logistical stuff, meeting their requirements,” he says. “[The record] currently stands at 250 students … because it’s the United Nations Year of Sustainable Energy for All we thought that it would tie in nicely with that.” The challenges of studying and working are hard for Surmacz, but he finds that it has been easier the second time. “I found that when I was studying teaching, having never been a teacher before and doing my graduate diploma, I’d read about things and read about theory and then have to wait until the end of term until I had a placement and I could go in and I might see it or I might have forgotten by that stage what I was reading about. “So I guess that’s one of the advantages of working and studying at the same time. I do get to see a lot of what I’m looking at happening in the classroom. I’m always picking up new books to try or questioning techniques, or new topics to touch on with kids, or new ways to look at the environment and sustainability. So I guess that’s the advantage of it, its keeping me up to date,” he says.

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Study a part of leadership

Teachers like Debra Powell who are interested in a leadership role in schools are encouraged to do some further study.

TO gain an edge over others in leadership positions, Debra Powell says it’s important to take on further study. “If you look at most of the principals that are out there, they’ve actually got one or two masters under their belts, so I think it is really important that they [leaders] do take on extra study,” she says. Powell is undertaking a Master in Education: Leadership and Management at Notre Dame University at present and says that her course has been invaluable, particularly her studies of the strategic management in schools. “It gives you greater knowledge in your particular field because there are some things that you wouldn’t necessarily know just by working … you actually need to have the study behind it. “So things like strategic management, yes, you might be exposed to it at a deputy level but really to know some of the ‘nitty-gritties’ of it, you need to have studied the unit,” she says. Powell got her first taste for leadership in 2009 when she got the opportunity to take on a deputy principal relief role at Perth’s Iona Presentation College when somebody went on leave 20

for a year. When that person’s contract expired at the end of the year, Powell successfully applied for the position permanently and that has been her role ever since. “I became a deputy in 2010 and part of the requirement leading up to that is you have to do an accreditation to lead and two of the units had to be at a masters level,” she explains. “So I started off doing those first two units and then I decided, ‘well, if I’m starting a masters I might has well do the whole lot rather than just do two units out of the eight’, so that’s what I’ve done.” Powell says that she’s been lucky to have some experience in leadership before undertaking her Master in Leadership because she is able to apply practical examples to her coursework. “As a deputy you’ve had experience in the leadership role and doing things at a leadership role that you can actually apply to your studies,” she says. “The unit that I’m going to be starting in a few week’s time on strategic management will be something that I will be able to apply to my

“The unit that I’m going to be starting in a few week’s time on strategic management will be something that I will be able to apply to my particular role, or if I want to be a principal later in life.”

particular role or if I want to be a principal later in life. “It’s being able to apply your situation to your studies which it sort of enhances what you study as well and reinforcing that some of the things that you’re doing are correct,” she shares. Powell says that at times, life can get in the way of her studies and sometimes it’s necessary to defer units, but she doesn’t mind. In one instance she was required to attend a school tour to Canberra, so she had to do an intensive unit to ensure she didn’t fall behind. An intensive unit required her to spend a whole week studying one core subject and completing all the assessments in a short time frame. “It is really hard, but I suppose you’re giving us a week of your holidays and in that short period of time you’ve got two assessments that are due and then you’ve got another assessment due a little while after that. But once that’s done and dusted, it’s finished,” she explains. Powell says that her school has been incredibly supportive of her desire to study and that she hopes she is encouraging others to take up the challenge.

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Sponsorship and flexibility

All staff at Aquinas College in Melbourne are encouraged to take on postgraduate study whenever possible.

UNDERTAKING postgraduate study has become a culture for teachers at Aquinas College in Melbourne. Principal Tony O’Byrne says that he has been particularly keen to indicate to teachers that taking up further study can be essential. “After they’ve been teaching for somewhere between seven and 10 years, and if in fact they want to make teaching their life career, gaining a further credential is pretty necessary,” he says. “What we’ve found is that on a number of occasions where perhaps staff who have become a little bit set in their ways have undertaken generally a masters program, but it could also be an advanced diploma or a diploma course, that they often find the process is renewing of their energy and enthusiasm, so I think it’s really worthwhile,” O’Byrne explains. O’Byrne doesn’t know the exact percentage of staff with a further qualification but he thinks it’s quite large. “One of the ways that we attempt to do this is the Catholic Education Office here in Melbourne will often provide sponsorship opportunities for teaching staff, because one of the challenges of teachers undertaking further qualification is that 22

they generally have to pay, and those costs have been rising of late,” he explains. “And I think that there ought to be some recognition around that for teachers. “One of the things that the school does is that generally where a teacher is undertaking a masters program, we would assist then with some costs for that ... generally, I think it’s around 40 per cent of the costs,” he shares. O’Byrne says that teachers usually don’t need to take time away from their work to complete their studies, but sponsorship allows them the flexibility to assess this option. “Where staff don’t have sponsorship, for example, if their teaching is such that normally on a particular afternoon they don’t have classes and they would normally be expected to remain at school, they might be able to leave early to go somewhere to do their study,” he explains. O’Byrne says that the school tries to recognise the efforts of teachers in this way. He adds that because of the increasing importance to gain these credentials, the school has had to accommodate that. “I think that there’s a much greater need these days. The educational world, like the whole

world, has become more complex. I think the introduction of technology has meant that the work pressures have intensified. “[Postgraduate students] find that much of the material that is presented to them is presented online, so it gives them a better insight into the way younger school students are experiencing school as well. So I think, all round, the whole experience is very helpful,” he says. O’Byrne says that problems can arise when teachers are reluctant to return to the classroom as students. “Teachers who have been teaching for, say, 15 plus years, that if in fact they haven’t gained a further credential, often what you find is that they can become conservative, not cynical as such, but certainly particularly critical in educational reform whether it be just schoolbased or a system or government level. “But what you find is when they’ve gone on to do further study, often they’re more aware of the reasons behind that, they become more aware of the data that has led schools, or systems or governments, to try and enhance education. “So generally they become more supportive and effective teachers and I think it has a very positive spin-off,” he concludes.

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From school to uni to masters

Unsure of her job prospects, Shaye Noble decided to gain further qualifications directly after completing her undergraduate education degree — and she’s glad she did.

Shaye Noble is only in her second year of teaching, yet she’s finding that she has more qualifications than some of the teachers who have been at her school for a lot longer. “But they make up for it in experience in the classroom, of course,” she admits. Noble is in the process of completing her masters at the University of Tasmania and hopes to graduate in December. On top of that she has also been undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Religious Education through the University of Newcastle and Broken Bay Institute. Noble says that uncertainty in the job market convinced her to take on further study. “I went straight from school to university and I was unsure if I would get a job straight away, so that was the initial reason I started studying the masters course,” she shares. “And then I did get a full-time job and just kept it going, I was enjoying it,” she says. “I’m doing a general masters so I’m not specialising in a particular area. As part of that, I’ve done a couple of general research subjects and a bit of school leadership and numeracy and literacy subjects and a global education subject — so I haven’t generalised my study at all. 24

“I’ve kept it broad in a few areas that I’d like to do study in,” Noble explains. Although she isn’t a religious person and isn’t required to have any sort of formal religious training to teach the subject, Noble decided to take up a graduate certificate in the subject area so that she could properly accommodate her Prep students at St Thomas More’s Catholic Primary School in Launceston. “I guess I did it to deepen my understanding of religious education and get some more ideas for teaching RE in the classroom,” she explains. “I’ve found it interesting, it’s been quite valuable and there have been lots of practical ideas that I’ve been able to implement in the classroom, so I’ve found that side of it enjoyable I guess. “[I’ve been] learning the theory and then getting the practical teaching ideas that I can do in the classroom.” Noble admits that religious education is something completely new for her, but she finds that the things she’s learning in her postgraduate course are invaluable in her classroom. She also finds that she easily manages her time between full-time work and study.

“I’ve always been quite busy and I’m one of those people who is organised and functions best when I have a lot going on. “Most mornings I’m up a lot earlier than I need to be so I fit in a couple of hours before school and then on the weekends. “I’m quite productive I guess. I need to set aside a big chunk of time and I’ll sit there and keep working until I get the assignment done. I have to do it in one go,” she shares. Noble says that she has been enriched by her further study and would definitely encourage others to take up postgraduate studies if they have the opportunity. “I think any further study helps you be reflective and that’s a big thing in teaching … being a reflective teacher has definitely helped me. “I guess it’s a lot more meaningful when you’re doing postgraduate study and working at the same time. “You can see what you’re doing and how the things you’re researching do make a difference. When you’re at uni you probably don’t get as many opportunities to see the real life examples,” she says.

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A look at laptops and learning

Science head teacher Tim Sloane is using his masters course to research the impact of 1:1 laptop programs. THE Federal Government’s Digital Education Revolution has led to a laptop boom in schools. Although 1:1 programs have ensured staff and students have greater access to technology, science teacher Tim Sloane was sceptical about whether it was being put to the best use. “The catalyst [to my masters] was actually part frustration in many regards. There’s the laptop rollout, the DER as it’s called, and there is a lot of training that’s gone into place for staff on how best to use them,” he explains. Sloane, who works at Concord High School in Sydney’s inner west, began to wonder if the national rollout had been rushed to such an extent that teachers weren’t using the devices effectively. “I thought, ‘Well I can sit back and complain about it, and whinge and whine, or I can get in amongst it and do something productive in terms of figuring out an ideal way in which to use laptops in the classroom’.” That has been the focus of his Master of Education (research) through Sydney University. Sloane is no stranger to research, having moved to the teaching profession from a science research role. “I was doing genuine medical research, basically looking at proteins involved in heart disease and looking at mechanisms to try and [reverse] the process of heart disease. “I ended up doing a Dip Ed because I was 26

working in science research and decided I had a calling of sorts to move into teaching,” he recalls. “It was my science teacher that got me into science in the first place. I loved the research component [of my previous career] but found that in many respects I’d lost the love of ... that accumulation of knowledge and interaction [with others]. “I just decided that I needed to do something different, remembered my old teacher and thought ‘I’m going to do that’.” Having worked as a researcher at the University of New South Wales and completed his Dip Ed at the same location, and his main science degree at Macquarie University, Sloane decided to try a different institution for the masters course. “I just thought I’d like to get a sense of what the different tertiary education systems were like. It’s two years part-time and I’m geared up to hopefully hand in the thesis in November of this year.” He started the qualification prior to being offered the head teacher role at Concord, but wasn’t about to pass up either opportunity. “It’s a steep learning curve because it’s my first head teacher position and all that comes with that. But I enjoy the challenge and I certainly didn’t consider not taking the job or throwing the masters in, given that I was already a year in. “I decided I would push through it and, being

“I always liked [the idea] of a genuine pursuit of a PhD in terms of accumulating knowledge for knowledge sake, so I’d certainly entertain that idea down the track” researched based, I’ve used one of my classes here at Concord as the research participants.” For his research, Sloane has taught a Year 10 science unit with large amounts of interactive and student-focused learning activities — using laptops to deliver content rather than a more traditional, teacher-focused approach. Using students as research participants meant the first port of call for approvals was his principal. And, the project needed to conform to university and education department rules. “It’s certainly a lot of hurdles, because you have University of Sydney ethics and you have the DEC ethics and you can’t proceed without first having both of those in place,” Sloane explains. The research project is already starting to give useful information. Sloane’s aim is to use the findings initially at a faculty level and then hopefully to inform whole school policy. Although he plans to take a break from studying after completing his masters, he hasn’t ruled out the challenge of a PhD in the future. “I’m going to let my nerves settle probably for another year or so. I always liked [the idea] of a genuine pursuit of a PhD in terms of accumulating knowledge for knowledge sake, so I’d certainly entertain that idea down the track ... just to challenge myself and make sure I’m fresh and coming up with new ideas in the classroom.”

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Maths made more meaningful

A keen desire to learn more about teaching maths motivated Keeley Palmer to undertake a graduate certificate.

MAKING maths interesting for students can be quite a challenge for some teachers. So for Keeley Palmer, the decision to take on a Graduate Certificate in Mathematics Teaching at Murdoch University was an easy one. She says that she learned many strategies to bring her lessons at Kununurra District High School in Western Australia to life. “It certainly made a difference because it was lots of ideas and lots of hands-on activities, rather than just working through the text book. “The stuff that I was learning in the course was giving me lots of ideas for actual hands-on activities for them to do to help to make it more meaningful,” she shares. By drawing on her experiences in teaching English, Palmer began to draw similarities between the two subjects that are often seen to be polar opposites. “[Maths is] looking at the world around you, looking for patterns, and using that mathematical way to make sense and order out of the world,” she says. “I thought, ‘That’s what you do when you read novels as well’. It’s all about trying to understand and make sense of things. “To me, they actually seem to be trying to do the same thing; they’re just doing it in a different way.” 28

Palmer says that her graduate certificate also opened her mind to the idea that teaching maths can be about culture as well. “The discoveries — the great mathematicians of the past — you should learn about them in the same way that we learn about Shakespeare and the great writers because they’ve helped us to where we are today and the things we take for granted today. “That’s something that I try to bring into the teaching as well — the personalities and the characters and the people of the past that were part of that mathematical way of looking at things,” she explains. Palmer acknowledges that, at times, there were challenges she faced whilst completing her certificate, but she has managed to handle that as well. “I’ve got three children and I will say that it was tough and at the beginning I thought ‘What have I done?’. “And so I literally had to stay up later at night. I literally had to find extra time in my day. The only way I could do that was to stay up later. “I like to go to bed early and I get up early but it was just something that I told myself to just do this for the next few months and get it done and then it will be over and I can go back to going to bed early again,” she laughs.

what is the new approach to teaching you learned during your graduate certificate in mathematics? 1. One of the most useful things that I came across was from one of our textbooks and they talked about connections. And at the beginning of every unit of the curriculum, when you’re doing your planning, they said think about the connections and there were four areas that you had to connect it to. 2. It really is my underlying philosophy of teaching mathematics since I completed the course. These are the aspects I emphasise when planning a unit of study. • Personal - builds on prior knowledge; • Cognition - connections between mathematical concepts and across the curriculum; • Social - applications and relevance to ‘real’ life; • Cultural - understanding the development of mathematical ideas throughout human culture Keeley Palmer Relief teacher, Kununurra District HS

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Taking a classroom break

Social studies and humanities teacher Tomaz Lasic is taking a break from the classroom to work on a NAPLAN research project. COMBINING study for a demanding postgraduate qualification with a continuing full-time or part-time role in schools can be an extremely difficult task. Having completed his masters in 2007 Tomaz Lasic decided to take a break from the classroom and seek a scholarship to tackle a PhD. “I did my masters part-time while working full-time and it wasn’t a coursework masters, it was research — which is a lot more demanding as well,” he tells Postgrad 2012. “That took its pint of blood really! So I thought I’d wait a bit before doing my PhD. “I did not even entertain the thought [of working while doing my PhD]. I know people do it, but it takes an awful lot of effort and a huge amount of time. “To me it was never an issue of doing the course part-time, I always wanted to do it full-time. So, I had to come across a scholarship ... meagre as it is, it takes the pressure off a little bit,” he adds. Lasic is just starting his PhD study journey, which is part of the Effects of NAPLAN project — funded by the Australian Research Council. Based at Murdoch University, he will work with Dr Greg Thompson to research the impact of so-called high stakes tests like NAPLAN. Lasic says it was a great opportunity to stay connected with the school environment as part of his work will involve interviewing Year 3

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students, their parents and teachers about the effects of the annual tests. “I’m looking forward to it. Teachers’ work has always fascinated me and now I’m in a very fortunate position to [have had] the experience of teaching and the time and space to observe and think and write and probe and ask questions.” When I ask how long his PhD is likely to take, Lasic laughs and says that was the first thing his wife asked him. “The funding for the project runs out after three years, so there’s a very good incentive if you like, for me to finish it within that time.” If all goes to plan, his field work for the NAPLAN research project will begin early next year. Lasic, who is pictured above with one of his former students, has been a high school teacher in the Rockingham area of WA for 12 years. He recalls that he deliberately didn’t make any promises he couldn’t fulfil about returning to his role at SMYL Community College in the future. “I think a number of opportunities will present themselves, whether that’s back in the classroom, in school, in some other educational landscape I don’t know. But I’m pretty confident that something will arise. “I’ve got enough pressure to complete the project, so I was pretty honest about it [with school] and they thought it was fantastic that a teacher was going back to be a student [and wanted to learn].”

“To me it was never an issue of doing the course part-time, I always wanted to do it fulltime. So, I had to come across a scholarship ... it takes the pressure off a little bit.” Indeed, his decision to take a further postgraduate qualification has inspired some of his colleagues to consider their study options. “There’s one guy that is undertaking his masters and I’m kind of a mentor in the process,” Lasic says proudly. “I know there’s a lot of people ... that said they envied me having the time to think and write, and [they’ve] got a desire to do something, perhaps at a masters level. “What’s interesting is that there is this desire among teachers to do research, but I think the idea of doing a masters or a PhD kind of freaks them out.” Lasic believes that if educators were given a smaller, more manageable, research project that they could use to improve their own professional practice, there would be a greater uptake in postgraduate research. “That would be valuable on many counts — the universities would win out of it, the teachers would definitely win out of it because if nothing else it would kick on the profession, keep them motivated and give them something to work on that they’re really passionate about. “And really importantly, which we sometimes tend to forget, it would demonstrate to the kids who they teach that we learn all the time. “That’s the paradox of learning — the more you know the more you realise there is more to know.” 29


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Teaching Shakespeare online

The nature of online study means it’s just as easy to access a postgraduate course overseas. Jo Earp reports. THINK about Shakespeare and you could be transporting yourself to his birthplace of Stratford-Upon-Avon, in Warwickshire. The English county is also home to the University of Warwick and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) — two institutions that have now joined forces to offer an online course to educators across the globe on teaching the Bard’s work to school students. Teaching Shakespeare starts off as an online PD program, but teachers can follow an accredited pathway leading to a Postgraduate Award from the University of Warwick, then combine it with further online or face-to-face modules to convert it into a Postgraduate Certificate. Indeed, the study pathway goes all the way to an MA (Master of Arts) in the Advanced Teaching of Shakespeare. Teachers in Australia can access an online program based around 20 hours of podcasts from academics and specialists, 60 hours of lesson planning material and more than seven hours of film content. “This content can be accessed independently as well through a school or individual licence — or teachers can choose to work through the materials as part of the accredited programme to gain a Postgraduate Award in Teaching Shakespeare,” Professor Jonothan Neelands, of the University of Warwick, tells Postgrad 2012. “As Shakespeare has an important place in the school curriculum in Australia, and with a strong 30

tradition and emphasis on drama, we feel this is a very relevant programme for teachers working at upper primary and secondary levels.” So, how long does it take? The online course is spread over 25 weeks and course coordinators estimate it should take around 30 hours in total. Teachers who finish will get a Postgraduate Award from the university and, as mentioned above, the opportunity to take further models to gain higher postgraduate qualifications. “In future, Teaching Shakespeare and the University of Warwick will be looking to develop relationships with universities in Australia to widen the access and qualification options for teachers,” Neelands explains. The basic course is supported by a tutor from the RSC or the university, who are on hand for feedback, advice, webinars and online tutorials. The film content includes Neelands working with 11- to15-year-olds on Romeo and Juliet, to insights from and interviews with directors Rupert Goold , Michael Boyd and Cicely Berry, and to RSC actors on how they approach Shakespeare’s language and characters. Neelands says it’s a unique resource that can’t be replicated anywhere else in the world. He explains the decision to offer the course online followed the success of face-to-face programs run by the university and the RSC. “The strong evidence-based research around it showed how levels of student and engage-

“Putting this onto a new online platform to deliver the training and resources needed means that it can now be accessed anywhere in the world.” ment and attainment improved following active approaches to teaching Shakespeare. “This led to a desire and need to bring active approaches to even more classrooms globally. Putting this onto a new online platform to deliver the training and resources needed means that it can now be accessed anywhere in the world.” The course is designed for teachers working with students aged eight to 16, although the material can also be used with ESL students aged up to 18. One of the things to consider when you sign up for an online course is how your work will be assessed. In this case, participation in online discussion forums accounts for 20 per cent of marks, a reflective journal accounts for 40 per cent and the remaining 40 per cent of marks are awarded for a practical summative digital film presentation and commentary. Another important question with all postgraduate study is cost. The Postgraduate Award in Teaching Shakespeare online will set you back AUD$1850 (GBP1194). There are two remaining start dates for 2012/13 — December 10, 2012 and a date in February still to be confirmed. Australian educators can apply to the University of Warwick online by logging on to the www.teachingshakespeare.ac.uk site. You’ll need to complete an online form and the whole process typically takes about four weeks. Offers are usually made within two weeks.

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Alphacrucis College At a glance

Postgrad by research 1 course Postgrad by coursework 6 courses Courses by level of qualification Masters: 2, PhD: 0, Grad Diploma: 2, Grad Certificate: 2 Distance education Yes Online courses Yes

Master of Teaching (Primary) Our teacher training award is one of the recent additions to our college. It takes two years and is delivered in mixed modes, online learning and intensive tutorials with an option to exit early after 18 months with a Graduate Diploma. Our unique delivery, sometimes called blended learning, facilitates both the recent graduate, still in study mode, as well as those who are working or raising a family to design their study around them. Each unit has an online component where the students study new materials, engage in online discussion forums and upload their assignments. In addition they come in to our wonderful new campus in the heart of Parramatta’s CBD, for a week long intensive tutorial for each unit. These study weeks are distributed evenly throughout the semester giving the students the opportunity to meet with their peers and staff and to generate a real life community of practice. These tutorials have proven to be pivotal in our program. Not only is much study covered in a relatively short period but more importantly the students get to try their new skills in a safe environment with the support of colleagues and

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friendly staff. In fact within these small groups, typically less than a dozen students in each unit, our students build mentoring relationships as some are currently teaching and taking our award to further their qualifications for career development. Our students typically experience growing confidence as teachers in our environment that combines the flexibility of online learning with the magic of the face to face. This year we are conducting some new research and are using digital technology to conduct qualitative research on highly experienced Christian teachers globally, to seek to understand what is at the very heart of a teacher that enables them to reach into the lives of the young and to inspire them with a love of learning. All our units are taught from the Christian Worldview. This is our distinctive feature that imbues everything we do here in Alphacrucis though we do not restrict enrolments to Christians; we have many different faiths represented as well as those who claim no religious affiliation. Our use of a distinct Worldview creates a rich rationale that unifies the diverse parts together into a whole.

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From the dean Let me pose the question: “What should education in a Christian College do for you?” My answer is that education in a Christian College should help you to become more fully a person reflecting the nature of the Creator God and realising your God-given potential. We believe that to prepare and challenge our students to take an active role in shaping their world, we need to create a challenging intellectual learning environment that inspires and transforms. At Alphacrucis College, we offer a community of faculty and staff that share a common encounter with the triune God. This community shares the vision of a world transformed to reflect the beauty and creativity and grace of God. The Master of Teaching (Primary) program prepares you to take an active role in shaping your world and community through teaching the next generation. So, if you have a calling to the vocation of teaching, join with us and change the world. Jacqueline Grey, Academic Dean

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Australian Catholic University At a glance

Postgrad by research 4 courses Postgrad by coursework 8 courses Courses by level of qualification Masters: 4, PhD: 1, Grad Diploma: 8, Grad Certificate: 4 Distance education Yes Online courses Yes

ONE of the leading providers of quality teacher education in Australia, ACU education offers courses which meet the needs of today’s educators. Our courses are developed nationally and offered to address local contexts. At ACU, blended teaching, whether fully online or combined with other delivery modes, is central to providing current and relevant courses and units. We are passionate about teaching and learning and provide flexible and innovative programs in a wide range of discipline areas including early childhood education, mathematics education, educational leadership, religious education, and wellbeing and inclusive education. Our programs are influenced by current policies and research and encourage critical analysis, debate and discussion on topics affecting the education sector. In response to the increasing demand for qualified teachers in early childhood education, the faculty has also developed two new programs with a specific focus on education of children from birth to eight years of age (Master of Teaching, Early Years) and from birth to five years of age (Master of Early Childhood Education). These fully online graduate-entry and

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postgraduate level programs will enable preservice and registered teachers to specialise in a rapidly growing area in education. ACU was also a key participant in the recent $8.8 million Teaching Teachers for the Future project which aims to enable all pre-service teachers to become proficient in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Education. ACU is taking onboard the learnings from this project and the digital resources and ideas developed as part of the project are now being used by staff and students to further embed the use of ICT to facilitate student learning. Ranked ‘at world standard’ in the area of curriculum and pedagogy research in 2010, ACU’s Faculty of Education is home to some of the leading researchers and academics in their field. Our research programs are end-user driven and concerned with the reflective application of advanced knowledge to problems of professional practice. Additionally, the university continues to invest heavily in providing better infrastructure and training opportunities to foster increased research opportunities and collaborations — both discipline-specific and inter-discipline.

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From the dean One of the largest faculties of education in Australia, ACU Education has deeprooted foundations in the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and has a strong commitment to the principles of social justice, community and common good. Our course offerings are guided by these principles and students have the opportunity to volunteer in the local community and engage in practical situations which challenge and prepare them for the real world. For staff and students in the faculty, social justice and equity are living concepts which dictate how we conduct ourselves in our dayto-day lives. We don’t just prepare graduates for the workforce; we nurture educators and policy makers; guide leaders and visionaries; and encourage researchers who work effectively to bring about positive change in their local communities. I welcome you to experience the unique approach that the faculty brings to the important work of educating our teachers and education leaders for the future. Professor Marie Emmitt Executive Dean, Faculty of Education

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Avondale College of Higher Ed. At a glance

Courses on offer include Three Master of Education courses A range of PD short courses in topics such as ICT, Special Needs, Faith and Learning, and PE Check with the college for distance education and online course options

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AVONDALE College is an education institution of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, but it says a growing number of students from other faiths who want to learn within a Christian context are also enrolling. It offers three Master of Education qualifications - two by coursework, including one with honours, and one by research. The Master of Education (coursework) takes one year full-time, but students can choose to take an ‘overload’ and fast-track the course. The units are delivered by a mix of distance learning and resident sessions - either at Avondale’s main Lake Maquarie Campus, or a designated study centre. The college says particular focus is given to the role of Christian educators in relation to moral and faith development. Although it’s a coursework degree, you can opt for a combination of coursework and a project or minor thesis. There are four areas of study available: Educational Administration; Religious Education; Curriculum and Teaching Studies; TESOL (Teaching English as a Second or Other Language).

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The Educational Administration study area includes topic such as: Marketing Management; Communication for Leadership; Teacher and School Effectiveness; and Human Resource Management. If you’d rather go for the Master of Education (Honours) it will take an extra half year of fulltime study, or part-time equivalent. The course structure for the MEd Honours is comprised of one core unit, two research methodology units, two specialisation units and a major thesis. The college says it’s had lots of requests from educators for endorsed professional development short courses. “Professional institutes now mandate compulsory professional development, for example, The NSW Institute of Teachers requires a minimum of 100 hours of professional development every five years to maintain teacher accreditation,” it points out on its website. As well as keeping up to date with professional learning requirements, completing a PD short course can also count as possible credit toward a masters qualification.

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P 1800 991 392 A 582 Freemans Drive/PO Box 19 Cooranbong NSW 2265 E enquiries@avondale.edu.au

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CAMPUS INFORMATION The main campus is away from the hustle and bustle in rural Lake Macquarie, nestled between the lake itself and the Watagan Mountains. If you’re commuting from Newcastle it’s roughly a 45 minute journey by car or train, while Sydney is a little further afield at 90 minutes. If you fancy a surf to wind down from the stresses of study, the Central Coast surf beaches are 30 minutes away. The campus itself boasts the usual sport and study facilities – heated swimming pool, fitness centre, music centre and library. There are also four computer labs on site, and one of them is open until late each evening for personal use. Jo Earp

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Bond University At a glance

Courses on offer include Master of Arts (Language Teaching LOTE) Postgraduate Diploma in LOTE Graduate Certificate in TESOL Check with the university for distance education and online course options

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The name’s Bond ... Bond University. Teachers of English as a Second Language and Languages Other Than English can expand their skills through a number of postgraduate study courses at the Robina campus. Although the university offers a Master of Arts (Language Teaching LOTE) and Master of Arts (Language Teaching TESOL) you can start lower down the postgraduate qualification ladder. The Postgraduate Diploma in LOTE offers specialist training in English language teaching theory and methodology and can be accessed through the Faculty of Humanities. There are three intakes of the course per year — January, May and September, and there are full-time and part-time study options available. The university says most students take four subjects per semester, meaning the eight subject requirement will take two semesters to complete if you study full-time. The subject list includes: Language and Society; Linguistics; and Syllabus Design, which gives teachers an understanding of how to develop a second or foreign language syllabus — covering skills such as selecting lesson content

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and how to evaluate students in the classroom. The course is a mix of weekly lectures and tutorials, but there’s also a hands-on approach to study through practical workshops, and postgraduate students are also asked to give seminar presentations. Bond University also offers a Postgraduate Diploma in TESOL. Like the LOTE version, this course is delivered on campus and usually over two semesters and students are required to select the same eight subjects. As with the LOTE diploma, there’s a teaching practicum element which occurs toward the end of the study period. It involves simulated and classroom environments, with teacher and peer observations. Internships and work placements are also available, but you will need to gain permission from the faculty. If you’d rather continue your professional learning journey with a Graduate Certificate, Bond University also offers a qualification at this level for TESOL. This option will only take one semester fulltime, but there is only one intake a year for this course, in January.

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P 1800 074 074 A 14 University Drive, Robina, QLD 4226 E email form at www.bond.edu.au/about-bond/ contact-us/general-enquiry/index.htm page

Masters options Bond University offers Master of Arts (Language Teaching LOTE), and a Master of Arts (Language Teaching TESOL), both through coursework. Many educators choose to work up to a masters course, having gained previous postgraduate qualifications. In this case, you may be awarded credits for your previous studies. The application process at Bond University requires you to submit academic transcripts (detailed course outlines etc) or certified copies of certificates to the admissions manager at the interview stage. Both of the masters qualifications above require students to take two core subjects, two electives and all eight subjects on the Humanities and Social Sciences list of postgrad subjects. This is the same list accessed for the university’s postgraduate LOTE and TESOL courses at certificate and diploma level (see main story opposite). So, if you’ve already completed one of those courses it’s likely you’ll be able to get extra credit toward your masters qualification. Jo Earp

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Charles Darwin University At a glance

Postgrad by research 1 Postgrad by coursework 5 Courses by level of qualification Masters: 1, PhD: 1, Grad Diploma: 2, Grad Certificate: 2 Distance education Yes Online courses Yes

Principal-in-Residence Gary Fry is applying the final touches to a series of Masters Units that Charles Darwin University’s Centre for School Leadership, Learning and Development will offer to principals from Semester 1 next year. Leading High Learning Outcomes in English and Mathematics for Indigenous Students, Leading Pathways into Indigenous Capacity Building and Leading School Growth through Organisational Management are the first units in a set of 10 that are being developed, initially for remote principals, but ultimately will be offered Australia-wide. Fry said they were a significant and exciting addition to the suite of quality programs and initiatives already on offer to teachers, school leaders and principals through CSLLD, a joint venture between Charles Darwin University and the Department of Education and Training. “They’ll go a long way towards filling a gap in the Northern Territory, and more broadly across Australia, in providing high quality and rigorous masters level training options that dig deep into a variety of critical issues of relevance to remote school principals,” he said. Fry said each of the 10 units was linked to the

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“National Professional Standard for Principals” and recognised the special set of cultural and economic tensions and challenges that principals were likely to encounter in remote schooling contexts. “In remote localities schools ... require strong and deepened leadership to navigate the tensions of isolation and clarity of delivery, but equally are pivotal in building community ownership, participation and delivery of educational services.” The units recognise that many remote principals are relatively young people still learning their craft when they assume their appointments. “Most ... come from urban environments, have had little experiences with Aboriginal people, and often are ill-equipped for isolated living. All of a sudden they’re living in a place without a supermarket or a plumber,” he said. “We’ve designed the units with rigour and relevance, and I’m optimistic they will be challenging, rewarding and will enhance a participant’s leadership skill set.” For a full list of programs provided through the Centre for School Leadership, Learning and Development: http://www.cslld.edu.au/

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P 08 8946 6666 Freecall 1800 061 963 E student.admin@cdu.edu.au courses@cdu.edu.au

Message to Readers The Centre for School Leadership, Learning and Development at Charles Darwin University delivers programs tailored to meet the learning and development demands of educators. Since our establishment last year, we have developed a suite of relevant and motivating programs, giving school leaders more opportunities to grow their knowledge and skills. We offer expertise in preparing staff to succeed in urban as well as geographically isolated areas, Indigenous communities, socioeconomically disadvantaged schools, and for students with low levels of English literacy. My colleagues and I are working hard to enhance our reputation as a wellrespected, responsive and collegiate professional development and research centre. This involves building partnerships with school and education agencies across Australia and overseas. We know that quality teaching and school leadership is at the centre of a good school, and invite you to contact us to discuss what we can do for you. Liz Veel, Senior Director, Centre for School Leadership, Learning and Development

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Charles Sturt University At a glance

Postgrad by research 2 courses Postgrad by coursework 13 courses By qualification Masters: Masters of Ed with 4 streams, PhD: 1, Grad Diploma: 1, Grad Cert: 1, Distance education Yes Online courses Yes

AS education in Australia undergoes considerable re-organisation, there is a renewed emphasis on professional development to prepare teachers for new roles and responsibilities. In addition, the award restructuring process and related change to salary scales has opened up opportunities for career advancement as well as producing demands for professional upgrading in specific areas. Charles Sturt University (CSU) has recognised this growing need and has worked to provide a range of professional development opportunities that allow teachers to upgrade their qualifications in areas of specialisation they are really interested in or passionate about. This includes a wide range of programs at Graduate Certificate level, one Graduate Diploma, and three highly customisable masters programs for educators that reflect contemporary practice and aim to position graduates at the forefront of current thinking. We also offer a Master of Education in Teacher Librarianship for teachers wishing to diversify. CSU’s Faculty of Education consists of a collaborative group of people who are committed

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Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Wagga-Wagga, Orange, Port Macquarie

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to their research and teaching. They bring with them a variety of backgrounds and experiences that span all the stages of schooling and vocational education and training. The mixture of youth and experience that characterises the staff profile creates an environment of enthusiasm, energy and commitment to learning. A further benefit of CSU’s courses is their flexibility. The courses are offered by distance education through a fully supported online teaching environment. This environment has deliberately been built on providing a schedule which is extremely flexible. CSU understands the importance of teachers staying in their local community. The flexibility offered by the distance education courses allows the teachers to maintain their contribution to their community whilst furthering their skills and qualifications. The courses are ideal for teaching professionals who wish to upgrade their existing qualifications or specialise in a particular area of interest, recent graduates of an undergraduate teaching degree and experienced teachers who want to take an active role in leadership.

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P 1300 135 435 F 02 6338 6001 W http://www.csu.edu.au/contacts/enquiry E contact@university.edu.au

From the dean Charles Sturt University is one of the largest educators of teachers in Australia, and, as Dean of the Faculty of Education, I am proud of the opportunities we offer for professional development for teachers. Our staff are passionate about education and committed to delivering timely and relevant programs, including graduate certificates in areas such as Indigenous education and classroom technology, which will help you to make a difference in the classroom. Our master programs, with specialisations in educational leadership and research, provide you with the skills to shape the future of education in Australia and abroad. We also offer a Master of Education in Teacher Librarianship for teachers looking to diversify their skill set. All of these professional development opportunities are available to you through distance education, so regardless of where in Australia you live, you can continue to work while you study. As you think about professional upgrading, I encourage you to consider CSU. Toni Downes 37


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Christian Heritage College At a glance

Postgrad by research 0 courses Postgrad by coursework 14 courses Courses by level of qualification Masters: 4, PhD: 0, Grad Diploma: 5, Grad Certificate: 5 Distance education Yes Online courses Yes

From its beginning in 1986, CHC has been centred on building generations of Christian leaders. Adhering to this vision enables the students of CHC to tackle real world challenges within a Christian framework while making innovative contributions to the communities in which they live and work. CHC prepares its graduates with the necessary attributes, knowledge and problem-solving skills that ensure they stand out from the crowd. CHC combines a commitment to academic excellence with a commitment to Godly truth. We offer: • Quality courses • University level degrees • Biblical perspective • Christian worldview CHC has created a unique environment and culture – a distinction that separates it from large universities. Studying at CHC is a personal and friendly experience, where the focus is on individual support, spiritual growth and encouraging community life.

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Since its inception, CHC has continued to gain recognition as occupying an integral niche within the higher education sector. Our courses are accredited by the Australian Government as equivalent in standard to university programs and are recognised both nationally and overseas. Study now – pay later! Commonwealth Supported Places in preservice teacher education with access to HECS-HELP, and FEE-HELP for all other courses makes studying at CHC absolutely affordable and accessible for all eligible students. Classroom learning is always enhanced in real world, real time experiences. CHC has developed strong relationships with various professional and industry bodies so that students are exposed to the major issues and ideas currently impacting their area of study within a workplace situation. Networking within these bodies also encourages students to develop opportunities for their future. CHC courses offer practicum placements, internships and various other practical experiences in order for students to ground their learning in real world experience.

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P (07) 3347 7900 A 322 Wecker Road, Carindale, Qld 4152 W www.chc.edu.au E enquiries@chc.edu.au

Message to readers We are proud that our graduates consistently rate their course experience as amongst the nation’s best. Our size ensures that we can deliver academic excellence at undergraduate and postgraduate levels – with professional, real-world relevance being our highest priority. Our courses have been developed to allow our students flexible study options. We recognise that study is just one aspect of a student’s life – there is employment to maintain, businesses to run, families to consider and personal commitments to juggle. Many of our courses offer combined work/learning assessment, part time options and study at home opportunities; all of which help students to integrate their work, study and life in a personalised way that provides a balance suitable to them. More than half our academic staff hold doctoral qualifications and have extensive professional experience in their chosen field of study and share a common vision to deliver more than just teaching excellence. Combine this with smaller classes, one-onone mentoring and individualised study, and you have a higher education experience second to none at CHC.

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CQUniversity At a glance

Postgrad coursework courses Master of Learning Management (Specialisation); Grad Certificate of Learning Management (Specialisation); Grad Certificate & Grad Diploma of e-Learning (proposed). Distance education Yes Online courses Yes

CQUniversity has a fine reputation for innovative postgraduate programs which enable students to tailor their degree to areas of interest in the workplace. “You can manage your learning through a structured process that allows flexibility in your chosen specialisation,” says Dean Professor Helen Huntly. For example, the Master of Learning Management is offered by distance education making it accessible anywhere. “You will have the opportunity to develop and research specific topics related to the workplace within a ‘practitioner practice’ framework. “As a registered teacher, with postgraduate specialisations, you are able to work in a variety of educational and leadership settings. Educators with postgraduate specialisations are able to work in management or leadership positions in a variety of professional and community settings. “Upon successful completion of four selected core courses, you may exit the Master of Learning Management (Specialisation) with a Graduate Certificate of Learning Management (Specialisation). Popular specialisations include: Executive Lead-

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Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Emerald, Noosa, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast

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ership; Special Education; and Early Childhood with other options subject to sufficient enrolments including educational multimedia, professional education, middle schooling and teaching English as a foreign language. These programs build on conceptual knowledge, understanding and skills, developed at an undergraduate level, of issues that influence implementation of curriculum and pedagogy and desired educational outcomes. Next year, in 2013, CQUniversity hopes to offer a new Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of e-Learning by distance education. This program is being designed for teachers and trainers in all fields of education including the K-12, VET, Higher Education, business, industry and corporate fields. It will result in professionals who are able to facilitate and drive institutional learning through Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in distance, blended, and face-to-face learning contexts. The program is flexible and supports individualised learning within each individual’s teaching and training context and is delivered wholly online.

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P (07) 4930 9777 F (07) 4930 9018 A Bruce Highway, Rockhampton, Qld 4702 E http://contactus.cqu.edu.au

From the dean We’re looking forward to working with teachers in a range of professional settings to enhance their student outcomes, leadership and career progression. The Master of Learning Management is an innovative postgraduate program allowing you to tailor your degree to areas of interest in the workplace. You will manage your learning through a structured process that allows flexibility in your chosen specialisation. The Master of Learning Management is offered by distance education making it accessible anytime, anywhere. This means that you can study at a time and location that suits you! You will have the opportunity to develop and research specific topics related to the workplace within a ‘practitioner practice’ framework. As a registered teacher, with postgraduate specialisations, you are able to work in a variety of educational and leadership settings. Professor Helen Huntly, Dean of Education 39


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Curtin University At a glance

Masters by research 1, by coursework 2 Doctorate by research 2, by coursework 0 Grad diploma: 1, Grad certificate: 1, Postgrad diploma: 1, Postgrad certificate: 1 Distance education Yes Online courses Yes

Curtin is the largest university in Western Australia and is committed to excellence and innovation in teaching and research. Through collaboration with business, industry and over 90 universities worldwide, Curtin’s teaching and research staff deliver strong theoretical foundations for students, and a practical basis for turning their thoughts into reality. With a focus on real world issues, courses are both comprehensive and practical, producing industryready graduates who will make tomorrow better. At Curtin’s School of Education, you are prepared for professional practice in a wide range of education-related fields. There a number of programs designed to suit your needs, whether you are interested in upskilling, obtaining professional recognition, or changing career direction: •Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), an initial teaching qualification for graduates wishing to teach English to speakers of other languages; •Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education, for those wishing to become secondary education teachers who have completed a Bachelor degree or equivalent in a secondary-school subject area;

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•Master of Education, for educators wishing to build upon their knowledge and skills in their specialist teaching area; •Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics), for educators who are already in the field of language teaching and who wish to upgrade their professional qualifications. For trained educators wishing to delve deeper into their areas of interest and build upon their research, we offer: Master of Philosophy; Doctor of Education (EdD); Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). If you are particularly interested in area of science and mathematics education, there are internationally recognised postgraduate programs run jointly by Curtin’s School of Education and Curtin’s Science and Mathematics Education Centre (SMEC). Whatever your pathway, you will find Curtin’s School of Education a professional, supportive and collegial setting for learning. There are a number of scholarships available for people from different backgrounds, such as low-income, highachieving, regional or Indigenous backgrounds. Simply visit education.curtin.edu.au or call the School of Education on (08) 9266 7030.

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P +61 8 9266 1000 +61 8 9266 9266 W curtin.edu.au A GPO Box U1987, Perth, WA 6845

Message to readers Welcome to the School of Education at Curtin University. Our school has served Western Australia’s education community since 1974. We prepare professionals for practice in a wide range of educationrelated fields and our school is known throughout Australia for the quality of its programs, excellent teaching and the success of its graduates. We are proud of our strong research record which is demonstrated in our research grants, staff publications, and conference presentations, and by our high number of postgraduate research students. Our school offers pre-service courses in early childhood, primary and secondary teaching, which offer a comprehensive range of major and minor secondary curriculum areas. For those who have completed a degree such as Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, we offer the Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education, which prepares graduates for teaching in secondary settings. For trained teachers, there are opportunities for masters by both coursework and research, and Doctoral awards for those wishing to pursue a research higher degree. Associate Professor Lina Pelliccione Head of the School of Education

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Deakin University At a glance

Courses on offer include Doctor of Philosophy Master of Arts – Education Master of Education (Special Educational Needs) Check with the university for distance education and online course options

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http://deakin.edu.au/study-at-deakin/find-a-course/ education-and-teaching

A LOVE of continued professional learning is usually what drives educators to take a postgraduate qualification such as a masters or doctorate, but they also give your promotion credentials a boost. Deakin University offers a Master of Education (Educational Leadership and Administration) as a coursework only or combined coursework and research paper study option. If you’re looking to make the move into a leadership position at school a specialised qualification like this one could give you a cutting edge. There are a variety of study unit options, depending on whether you go for coursework only, coursework with a research paper or coursework with a minor thesis. One thing worth bearing in mind is that if you do intend to progress to a PhD in the future the coursework only option won’t qualify you for entry and you’ll need to undertake extra research studies. Deakin University has developed 10 generic units focused on contemporary educational issues for masters programs. These include: Internationalising the Curriculum - a unit that

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Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Warrnambool

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recognises teaching is becoming increasingly globalised. It explores the implications of internationalisation and globalisation on education, both in terms of teaching practice and curriculum content, and the impact on learning. In terms of leadership skills, the unit on Leading and Managing Learning Organisations includes exploration of questions about ethical and moral leadership. Students also consider what it means to manage change, manage staff and manage accountability. Rather than just focusing on the technology itself, the New Technologies in Education and Training unit looks at effective use of IT from an academic research base. Students will be expected to immerse themselves in an online learning environment for this study unit, and take part in online discussions. As with all the generic units, students can tailor them toward their own special interest. The Master of Education (Educational Leadership and Administration) is only offered off-campus and takes one year to complete if studying full-time. Contact the university for more information.

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P 1300 DEGREE (1300 334 733) A 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125 (Melbourne Burwood Campus) E enquire@deakin.edu.au

Distance education A growing number of postgraduate students are combining their studies with full-time work, and juggling family life in amongst it all. Distance education is a great way to access a course. Deakin University says 10,000 of its students choose to study off-campus. Distance options for educators include the Master of Teaching qualification – which for 2012 has been offered at the university’s Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool campuses, as well as off-campus. You take exactly the same course as oncampus students. Resources and support available to distance education students include a pack of study materials and online study skills workshops. Distance education students can also book study skills consultations over the phone, via the eLive system or on Skype. Some off-campus courses may incorporate optional weekend schools - where students get a chance to meet face to face with academic staff and other students taking the course, outside of normal working hours. Jo Earp 41


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Edith Cowan University At a glance

Postgrad by research 2 courses Postgrad by coursework 11 courses Courses by level of qualification Masters: 2, PhD: 1, Grad Diploma: 3, Grad Certificate: 7 Distance education Yes, some courses Online courses Yes, some courses

At Edith Cowan University (ECU) we have a large range of postgraduate courses that are specifically designed to help practising teachers further develop their leadership and teaching skills. Our courses are a great way to open up new and alternative career paths in teaching as they have been developed in collaboration with partnership schools to forge strong links between experience and applied education research. Specialisations are available in Early Childhood; Educational Leadership; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); Behaviour Management; Learning Difficulties; Literacy Education; and Special Education. The wide range of graduate certificate courses available provide opportunities for today’s teachers to extend their knowledge and to develop specialist skills through projects that are directly relevant to the needs of their classrooms. Further studies for a Master of Education by coursework are also available in a range of flexible study modes. Research degrees at both masters and PhD are also available. Our Graduate Diploma in Education, which has specialist streams in Early Childhood Studies;

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Primary or Secondary Teaching, also provides entry into teaching for graduates with an existing degree in another discipline and provides an option for people seeking a career change into teaching. At ECU, the road to a career in Education is truly open. ECU offers courses at our Mount Lawley, Joondalup and South West campuses; a wide range of entry pathways; has supportive teaching staff; provides an extensive range of well equipped facilities to support all areas of learning; develops professionally ready and confident teachers for a rewarding career; has a wide range of specialisations and flexible modes of delivery; and offers research degrees that are well supported by nationally and internationally recognised staff. At ECU’s School of Education, your study will be supported through many rewarding classroom experiences in our partnership schools. Our team of educators have established research centres through the Fogarty Foundation at Roseworth Primary School and Ashdale Secondary College, to provide students with observation rooms and video facilities to support and enrich our teaching program.

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P 134 ECU (134 328) Outside Australia: (61 8) 6304 0000 A 270 Joondalup Dr, Joondalup WA 6027 E enquiries@ecu.edu.au

Message to readers ECU’s School of Education is proud of its successful postgraduate teaching program, which helps current teachers further enhance their skills and allows future teachers the chance to embark on a new career. Here at ECU, we fully respect your professional experience and where-ever possible will support applications for recognition of your prior learning. All our courses are designed to build on your professional experience and take an applied and research informed approach. Our wide range of specialisations and flexible modes of delivery allow you to personalise your studies to your own professional learning needs. Students undertaking our research degrees are well supported by our staff who include nationally and internationally recognised experienced researchers accustomed to providing excellent mentoring for beginning researchers. We look forward to you joining our dynamic, collegial postgraduate community. Dr Jan Gray, Director of Postgraduate Programs, School of Education

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Flinders University At a glance

Courses on offer include Graduate Certificate in Organisational Learning Master of Education Doctor of Education Check with the university for distance education and online study options

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http://www.flinders.edu.au http://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/education/

THE postgraduate program at Flinders University offers a comprehensive range of teaching related courses at varying levels. The School of Education has a strong research orientation which contributes to the vibrant honours, masters and doctoral programs they offer. These courses attract many local, interstate and international students. Teaching and research activities are supported by the library, modern computing facilities, gymnasium and sporting fields. The School of Education has a new building on the North Ridge of the Flinders Bedford Park campus with a range of facilities recently installed. Flinders also boasts a high calibre of teaching staff with 95 per cent of permanent academic staff having doctorates or currently studying them. The Graduate Certificate in Education (IBMYP) is designed for teachers who are relatively new to the teaching of International Baccalaureate. The key aim of the course is to instil an understanding of IB and the way it should be implemented at schools. It is also offered at masters level, although this level is targeted at teachers who have a solid background in this area.

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Bedford Park (Adelaide); Barossa, Port Lincoln, Mt Gambier, Renmark, Victor Harbor, Hamilton, Warrnambool (VIC); Alice Springs, Casuarina, Darwin, Katherine, Nhulunbuy (NT)

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Flinders University also offers a Graduate Certificate in Education (Behaviour) that provides teachers, administrators and managers the opportunity to study behaviour and the issues associated with it. A feature of this course is the fact that it is completely online, meaning that students have the flexibility to study and engage in discussion at their own leisure. The School of Education at Flinders also offers the opportunity for students to pursue high level study to further their career in education. There are two options for qualified candidates to choose from: a doctor of philosophy (PhD) and a doctor of education (EdD). Each of the options differs in terms of application criteria, the availability of credit, the amount of coursework, and the length of research undertaken. The PhD involves research only, and students are expected to produce a thesis of 80,000 to 100,000 words upon completion of their degree. An EdD, by comparison, is a three year full-time program that involves a combination of both coursework and research. The program of research typically involves smaller scale studies than those undertaken for a PhD.

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P +61 8 8201 2441 A Room 4.69, Education Building, Sturt Road, Bedford Park SA 5042 E eduinfo@flinders.edu.au

State-of-the-art Flinders University’s Bedford Park campus is located in the heart of Adelaide. With 1000 students currently enrolled in higher degree research and 4000 in higher degree coursework, its postgraduate program is a strong feature of the university. The School of Education at Flinders University boasts a state-of-the-art purpose designed building. The focus of the school’s research is working with government and industry to address real world education issues and challenges. The School of Education also engages with local, national and global communities. The role of staff in the School of Education is to provide degrees that are inspirational, promote an enthusiasm for learning, equip teachers with professional expertise and develop lifelong learners. For research purposes, the staff at Flinders are responsible for generating and advancing knowledge that will inform the scholarly community, their industry partners and society. They are encouraged to use a variety of methods and audiences when providing understanding and critique to students in their classes Rebecca Vukovic

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Griffith University At a glance

Courses on offer include Graduate Certificate in Education Studies (Behaviour Management) Graduate Certificate in Education Studies (ICT Edu) Check with the university for distance education and online study options

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http://www.griffith.edu.au http://www.griffith.edu.au/education

THE School of Education and Professional Studies is one of the largest and newest teaching areas at Griffith University. Established in 2011, it operates across three campuses on the Gold Coast, Logan and Mt Gravatt. The university prides itself on its ability to employ leaders in teaching and learning, and the way it utilises innovative technologies. Teachers looking to participate in further study have plenty of courses to choose from. For those interested in doing a graduate certificate, there is a wide range of options, including Early Childhood, Leadership, and Special Education. The Graduate Certificate in Industrial Technology and Design aims to develop skills at an advanced level and to enhance professional standing and career advancement prospects. It also provides a basis for existing teachers to educate industrial technology and design secondary school students. Griffith University also offers a comprehensive masters program, with research components that allow students to focus on issues of significance to them and their context.

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Mt Gravatt, Logan, Gold Coast, Nathan, South Bank

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The Master of Applied Theatre and Drama Education with Honours is an example of the way teachers can choose to specialise their masters program in a certain way. This particular qualification expands on the knowledge and understanding of teachers, around the pedagogy and practice of drama education. The Doctor of Education offers an individualised and research-based pathway of study. Students are able to focus on a discipline of professional interest, which provides quite a bit of flexibility. This qualification is a mix of coursework and sustained research, and students are required to prepare a dissertation upon completion. Griffith University also offers a Doctor of Philosophy and considers it to be their premier research training degree. The PhD is awarded on the basis that a thesis is prepared under supervision that makes an original, significant and extensive contribution to knowledge and understanding in a particular field of study. Visit the university website (see below) for more on postgrad study options.

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P +61 7 5552 8636 F +61 7 5552 8599 A Parklands Drive, Southport Qld 4222 W http://www.griffith.edu.au/

Autism Centre of Excellence Griffith University launched it Autism Centre of Excellence in May this year to address the educational issues associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The plan is to prepare the next generation of educators and professionals working with autism and further enhance the skills of current professionals. Supporting the learning of people with autism from early childhood to further education and employment is also a focus. The centre draws on expertise from areas like education, health and behavioural sciences. In the field of learning difficulties, Griffith prides itself on delivering postgraduate education courses, particularly in special education. A new scholarship, starting in Semester 2 2012, has been introduced by the Queensland education department to allow state school teachers to undertake a Graduate Certificate in Autism Studies at Griffith University. Two cohorts of up to 30 teachers will be supported to undertake the program on a part-time basis. Rebecca Vukovic

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James Cook University At a glance

Courses on offer include Graduate Certificate of Research Methods Master of Education – Sustainability Doctor of Education Check with the university for distance education and online course options

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http://www-public.jcu.edu.au/education/ http://www-public.jcu.edu.au/courses/postgrad/ education/index.htm

THE School of Education at James Cook University has a range of postgraduate programs for teachers, administrators and school leaders. It prides itself on its strong commitment to community engagement, and a particular focus on education for sustainable futures. Postgraduate courses give practising educators a chance to develop their professional knowledge, but they also open up a pathway to more in-depth research opportunities. As expected, there’s a commitment to global connections, but JCU also points out that the regional and rural communities it serves have diverse needs, so there’s also a strong philosophy of cultural and social inclusion. For those wanting to work in the Catholic sector, the university offers a Graduate Certificate of Catholic Education through its Cairns and Townsville campuses. The course is a collaboration between JCU and the Townsville and Cairns Catholic Education Offices. Comprising 20 hours of face-to-face teaching, and a number of learning tasks, students can opt for either a five day block delivery or two weekends mode.

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Cairns, Townsville, Brisbane, Mackay, Mt Isa, Thursday Island, Singapore

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There are four core subjects, each giving three credit points toward the 12 point requirement: Catholic Religious Education (1-4). For example, the focus for Catholic Religious Education 1 is Scripture and postgraduate students will “research and apply a number of methodologies for teaching scripture texts in the primary and secondary classroom” as part of the study topic. Another postgraduate qualification at the same level is the Graduate Certificate of Education for Sustainability. It’s available at Cairns and Townsville, but can also be studied off-campus. Candidates are expected to complete it in six months if studying full-time. There are also part-time options; however the maximum time to complete is two years. All students take a core subject (Education for Sustainability) plus three additional subjects. Options include: Field Studies in Tropical Geography; Indigenous Environmental Management; Co-Learning for a Sustainable Future; and an individual action project. The courses detailed above are being offered in 2012, so you’ll need to check with the university for 2013 information.

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P 1800 246 446 A 1 James Cook Drive, Townsville, QLD 4811 (Townsville Campus) E EnquiriesTownsville@jcu.edu.au

travel grant SCHOLARSHIPS James Cook University has travel grants available to students who want to expand their knowledge and skills by studying at an overseas institution. A maximum of four grants, each worth $2500, are awarded each year to domestic students who are enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree through the Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences. In the case of postgraduate students, to be eligible to apply, you will also need to have completed six months of full-time study toward your qualification and have achieved a credit average or better. You may be asked to take part in an interview as part of the application and selection process. Closing date for applications is May 15 and November 15 each year. Visit the James Cook University website for detailed application information and selection criteria. Jo Earp

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La Trobe University At a glance

Courses on offer include Graduate Certificate in Outdoor and Environmental Education Master of Teaching (P-12) Check with the university for distance education and online study options

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http://www.latrobe.edu.au

LA Trobe University offers teaching, as well as outdoor and environmental education degrees to suit the varying interests of postgraduate students. The Faculty of Education accommodates 2200 students every year. The university offers close to 40 different postgraduate courses for teachers, grouped by four separate areas of study: outdoor and environmental education, professional development, specialised education, and teaching. Each area of study offers a range of graduate certificates, graduate diplomas and masters courses. The professional development study area offers students the choice of Educational Leadership and Management, and Educational studies. The leadership and management program develops the skills of teachers as effective and reflective educational administrators, leaders or managers in different educational environments. The education studies strand covers subjects like Classroom Management, Curriculum and Pedagogy, Student Welfare and Cultural Studies — amongst others. These units cover a range of study interests and are available at a graduate certificate, graduate diploma and masters level.

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Melbourne, Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Franklin Street, Mildura, Shepparton, ACN in Sydney

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The specialised education area of study offers both Adult Education and Applied Linguistics. The latter is for teachers who are qualified in LOTE or TESOL looking to advance on their knowledge, or for teachers in other subject areas looking for a change of direction. Graduates are prepared for roles in the planning, administration and delivery of TESOL and other language and literacy programs in schools. Roles such as tutors, lecturers, ESL or language teachers, and curriculum coordinators will be open to them after taking these courses. The Teaching area of study covers Primary, Secondary and Middle Years education, as well as Special Education. The Master of Special Education is for graduate teachers who would like to gain the knowledge and skills for work in special education. La Trobe’s program facilitates professional knowledge to improve learning outcomes for students who experience learning difficulties or disabilities. La Trobe also offers a research program dedicated to teaching and outreach activities. Research is a way to gain maximum benefits from the university experience.

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P (+61 3) 9479 2546 F (+61 3) 9479 3070 A Plenty Rd and Kingsbury Drive, Bundoora E education@latrobe.edu.au

Faculty of Education The Faculty of Education at La Trobe University offers a diverse collection of outdoor professional courses at its Bendigo campus. It is located at the purpose-built Ironbark Centre, which is adjacent to natural bushland giving easy access to excellent fieldwork spots. Its outdoor courses provide a range of opportunities for students who are seeking careers in the outdoors. Flexibility is allowed to students to select specialisations that best fit their skills, aptitude, interests and employment goals. Students are required to do practical experience as part of these courses. Previous locations include the Australian Alps, the Murray River, Port Phillip Bay, the South-West Tasmanian wilderness and the Whitsunday Islands. Environmental knowledge and practical experience are a focus for the units. Students can focus on outdoor skills such as rock climbing, canoeing and cross country skiing and have the option to specialise in natural history or education for sustainability. Although the emphasis for this course is teachers, other career pathways can include nature based guiding, rangers, education officers and environmental education. Rebecca Vukovic

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Macquarie University At a glance

Postgrad by research 3 courses Postgrad by coursework 36 courses Courses by level of qualification Masters: 18, Grad Diploma: 14, Grad Certificate: 14 Distance education Yes Online courses Yes

AT Macquarie University our postgraduate courses assist career advancement of teachers and those working in education, by giving graduates the skills to move into senior leadership and management roles in schools and educational settings. Our leading facilities include: • The Child and Family Study Centre (Mia Mia) provides unique opportunities for observational studies for units in child development, curriculum studies and early childhood education. • The Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre delivers comprehensive teacher professional learning and support programs to meet the individual needs of teachers and their classes. • The renowned MULTILIT® program was developed at the Macquarie University Special Education Centre (MUSEC). In 2013 Macquarie University will adopt a new postgraduate research degree structure, making it the first Australian university to fully align with European, North American and Asian qualifications. With greater international recognition for their qualifications, graduates of the new degree will enjoy enhanced employment opportunities

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and pathways to further study overseas. Consistent with the well-known ‘Bologna model’, the two-year full-time Master of Research will replace honours as the main pathway to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy. Five reasons to choose education and teaching at Macquarie: 1. Early childhood education is one of the country’s fastest growing job markets and a Macquarie degree will give you an edge; 2. The Institute of Early Childhood has a proud 100-year history; 3. Access to our on-campus school for children with special needs and disabilities, and the worldclass early childhood centre Mia Mia, contribute to your learning experiences; 4. Our expertise in learning technologies is embodied by the Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre and the Macquarie E-Learning Centre of Excellence; 5. Research conducted in the Children and Families Research Centre, focusing on the developmental, social and educational factors affecting children and families in Australia, is incorporated into our teaching.

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P +61 2 9850 7111 F +61 2 9850 7433 A Balaclava Road, North Ryde, NSW E education@mq.edu.au

Message to readers Educators shape the future. They change destinies, enrich lives and empower individuals to realise their full intellectual and social potential. They promote the intrinsic value of learning, reinforce the enduring values on which our society is grounded and challenge injustice. They are the critical interpreters of knowledge and the principal means by which the intellectual endeavours of previous generations are enriched and passed onto future generations. They build the human capital on which our economic and social wellbeing is founded. Macquarie University has a strong postgraduate focus and offers research programs at both the Masters and PhD levels. Many of these programs are designed to support the continuing professional learning needs of practitioners in early childhood, primary and secondary schools, TAFE and higher education settings. Your study program can be undertaken online, through face-to-face components, or by a combination of modes, both by coursework and research. We are always available to discuss your professional learning needs and postgraduate study options. John Hedberg, Head of Department

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Monash University At a glance

Masters by research 2, by coursework 12 PhDs in psychology 2, in education 1 Postgrad diplomas by coursework 3 Plus 10 shortcourses and PD programs Distance education Yes Online courses Yes

Extend your knowledge. Enhance your career. Broaden your options. A postgraduate qualification from the Faculty of Education will help you achieve all of these things. We have a range of programs to suit people from all backgrounds. With an outstanding reputation for producing successful graduates, the Faculty of Education is a smart choice for people who want to take the next step in their careers. The Faculty of Education enjoys an enviable reputation in Australia’s education community. During your studies, you will benefit from learning alongside our experienced academics and the country’s leading researchers in fields such as early childhood education, science, mathematics and gifted education and counselling and psychology. A postgraduate qualification from the Faculty of Education will extend your qualifications and enhance your professional standing and employability. You will gain new perspectives and skills to apply in your career and strengthen your current experience. We offer programs in teaching, education, adult learning, community development, counselling, organisational leadership

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and psychology. Study on campus at one of our distinct destinations (Berwick, Clayton, Gippsland and Peninsula) or by off-campus learning. The faculty is a diverse intellectual community with a wide range of perspectives, methodologies and approaches to teaching and learning. We have a strong international focus, and are involved in collaborative projects globally. Students and staff come to our faculty from all over the world. Studying at the Faculty of Education gives you the skills and knowledge for an exciting and varied career. Monash graduates are widely recognised as confident, competent and well-educated, with a sound knowledge of theoretical foundations. Graduates have successful careers in a range of professions including: teaching, school leadership, counselling, psychology, human resources, organisational leadership, sport and outdoor recreation, early childhood education and adult and community education. Many graduates also choose a career in educational research. We welcome you to join us at the Faculty of Education at Monash.

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P +61 (0) 3 9905 0014 E edu-courseinfo@monash.edu

From the dean At the Faculty of Education the focus of our work is learning and development — the learning and development of individuals of all ages, and of organisations and communities. We are committed to advancing the public interest through high quality, innovative and ethical research, teaching and community service that takes seriously the complexity of the local and global horizons of a public university. To this end, we will create and pursue opportunities that strengthen and sustain a vibrant intellectual community. Our research strengths lie in early childhood, primary and secondary education, gifted education, inclusive and special education, maths, science and music education, leadership and policy development, sport and outdoor recreation, educational and developmental psychology and counselling. I hope you will come to experience it for yourself. John Loughran, Dean, Faculty of Education

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Morling College At a glance

Postgrad by research 0 courses Postgrad by coursework 2 courses Courses by level of qualification Masters: 3, PhD: 0, Grad Diploma: 2, Grad Certificate: 0 Distance education Yes Online courses None

Southland College began in 1988 as the Institute of Christian Tertiary Education (ICTE). Its establishment was in response to the needs of teachers in Christian Schools for postgraduate study from a Christian worldview. In 2004 the ICTE changed its name to Southland College and became a wholly owned subsidiary of Morling College which is now the Higher Education Provider through which the postgraduate courses are accredited. Our offices are located on the leafy campus of Morling College in Macquarie Park, Sydney. We offer a suite of postgraduate courses, written from a Christian worldview, that aim to equip and enable you to better fulfil your role in as a Christian educator. The courses are designed to challenge and stimulate your thinking and practice in education in general and Christian schooling in particular. Our courses are delivered via distance education which means you have the flexibility to study at the times that suit you. Our units are accessible online. We are here to help and serve you. Talk to us

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about the choice of course that best suits your needs. Our courses include: • Master of Education • Master of Education (Leadership) • Graduate Diploma of Education (Postgraduate) • Bachelor of Education (Conversion) • Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)/ Master of Teaching (Secondary) The testimony of those who have undertaken courses with us is that their thinking has been transformed and their practice of Christian education has been significantly enhanced. Enrol and be inspired by experienced professionals in Christian schooling. Our courses are accredited through the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities (DEC). In addition, the Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) and Master of Teaching (Secondary) are Approved Programs of Initial Teacher Education listed on the NSW Institute of Teachers website under the name of Morling College.

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P (02) 9878 0201 A 120 Herring Rd, Macquarie Pk NSW 2113 E info.southland@morling.edu.au W www.southland.edu.au

Message to readers Greetings! Here at Southland, our students are strongly committed to the ministry of teaching and learning in Christ’s name. We pray that as you undertake your studies, God’s Spirit will guide you and transform your thinking and practice as you are better equipped and enabled in your role in Christian education. Southland College is located at Morling College in Macquarie Park, Sydney. All its degree courses are taught on behalf of Morling College. Southland College contributes to Morling’s vision which is: Equipping the whole believer to take the whole gospel to the whole world. Dr Pamela Harvey, Southland Principal

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Murdoch University At a glance

Courses on offer include Postgraduate Certificate in International Education in Schools Master of Arts in Education for Sustainability Check with the university for distance education and online study options

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THERE is no shortage of postgraduate courses for educators to choose from at Murdoch University. The School of Education offers over 20 programs for existing teachers looking to gain a further qualification or skills in a certain area. Murdoch prides itself on being flexible in how students choose to study and the university claims to employ great academic thinkers who care about putting students on the right path. The School of Education is recognised locally, nationally and internationally as a centre for teaching, research and professional services. Whether teachers are interested in early childhood, primary, secondary or tertiary and adult education, the school has a range of courses. Murdoch offers graduate certificates ranging from Inclusive Learning to Mathematics and lots more in between. The Graduate Certificate in Inclusive Learning celebrates diversity in the classroom. Students will explore how to make learning adjustments to help students with special needs, learning difficulties and disabilities in a range of settings. Murdoch’s Graduate Certificate in Drama

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Teaching is designed to allow teachers to specialise in performing arts. As a specialist drama teacher, you’ll have the opportunity to inspire students to gain confidence, improve the way they communicate and pursue their acting and performing ambitions. Teachers with a major other than physics or chemistry, who are interested in teaching science can take up the Graduate Certificate in Science Teaching. The course focuses on the skills and expertise needed to teach science to lower secondary school students. Murdoch also offers a range of graduate diploma and masters courses for teachers looking to commit to a full year of extra study. The graduate diplomas on offer include early childhood and care, primary and secondary education, education studies and tertiary education. A masters degree is often very attractive for practising teachers because the university provides the flexibility to complete it online. If you’re considering advanced research, Murdoch offers a three year full-time PhD stream with applied research in areas such as educational policy, leadership and PD.

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P 1300 MURDOCH (1300 687 3624) F +61 (08) 9360 6491 A 90 South Street, Murdoch, WA 6150 E study@murdoch.edu.au

School of Education The School of Education at Murdoch University maintains a Curriculum Resource Centre (CRC) to give students access to current teaching resources. The CRC is situated on two campuses – the South Street Campus and the Rockingham Campus. The South Street Campus has a variety of resources to extend the knowledge of teachers in the area of early childhood, special education, languages, primary, secondary and multicultural education. The Rockingham Campus provided students with a range of resources to support primary education, as well as the access to childcare and assistant teacher resources maintained by the Challenger TAFE within the Rockingham Campus Community Library. All resources are constantly being updated and students can follow changes via the CRC website or blog. The CRC maintains the blog to notify students of unexpected closures, news at the centre or issues like borrowing limits and return policies. All students can use the CRC, but only education staff and students at the uni can borrow resources. Education students can continue to borrow from the CRC for one year after they’ve ceased their formal studies. Rebecca Vukovic

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Open Universities Australia At a glance

Overall 118 postgraduate qualifications Distance education Yes Online courses Yes. You can access online higher education from anywhere in Australia and overseas, so long as you have an internet connection.

Open Universities Australia (OUA) is the leading provider of access to online higher education. The Bachelor of Education (Primary) taught by Curtin University, continues to be the most popular course amongst OUA’s community of over 55,000 students. But what happens if you’ve already attained your undergraduate qualification and are looking for the next step? There is a world of opportunities for teachers who can and often do move into other areas. You could find yourself transitioning into education research or consultancy, or for those looking for a more subtle change, it could simply mean enhancing your skills in the classroom itself. Intelligence and resilience are core skills required of teachers and principals in the classroom today and into the future. These professionals are increasingly faced with special circumstances including dealing with students who speak languages other than English, who are from single parent homes or disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as more special needs students in mainstream classrooms. With OUA, you can pursue postgraduate inter-

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ests in these areas and the specialisation offering includes Teaching English as a Second Language, eLearning or Science and Mathematics. The Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) taught by Monash University, builds on undergraduate major and minor studies to enable people to teach subjects such as English, History and Media as specialisations. With a choice of more than 1400 units and 170 courses to study online, your options are endless and you may even find yourself considering branching out into a completely new career. OUA’s postgraduate options include qualifications in Business, Arts, Health and Science. The education and qualification that you receive is taught by one of over 20 leading universities or higher education providers that form part of the OUA community. This also means that you graduate with a qualification from that university, not OUA. So, if you’re looking at taking the next step in your career with a postgraduate qualification or thinking about changing directions completely, do it online with OUA. It’s a tertiary education that fits in with your changing lifestyle.

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P 1300 156 176 (within Australia) +61 3 8628 2555 (International) W www.open.edu.au/postgrad

FROM THE CEO Education is an important part of many people’s lives, and as teachers, you know that more than anyone else. With the ever evolving nature of our jobs today and society around us, the need to continually update our skills and adapt to changing environments has become a must. For some of you the logical conclusion is to further your studies and attain a postgraduate qualification to either help you change jobs or change careers completely. Here at Open Universities Australia, we’re proud to offer more than 100 postgraduate qualifications from leading Australian universities and providers. You can graduate with a qualification from these providers, across a range of areas including arts, business, education, health and science. The OUA difference is that you can keep your current job, maintain your personal and family commitments and study online at a time and place that suits you. I encourage you to give online education a go and experience the difference for yourself. Paul Wappett 51


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Qld University of Technology At a glance

Postgrad by research 3 courses Postgrad by coursework 4 courses Courses by level of qualification Masters: 3, PhD: 2, Grad Diploma: 1, Grad Certificate: 1 Distance education Yes Online courses Yes

QUT Master of Education: Be more than just competitive. Be truly inspirational. Education professionals who want to enhance their competitiveness or change their careers can now do so at one of the nation’s leading education faculties, but with the added benefit of greatly improved flexibility. QUT’s Master of Education offers intensive real world learning with a range of diverse and current study areas, combined with the flexibility to study at your own pace. The QUT course offers the chance to specialise in a number of study areas — as wide-ranging as Leadership and Management, TeacherLibrarianship, ICT, TESOL and Inclusive Education. This range of specialisations makes the course well suited to teachers, non-school educators, administrators and education policy developers. In developing the course, QUT staff recognised that educators have a busy schedule that limits their ability to work within a restrictive study structure. QUT’s Master of Education not only has a large online component to allow participants to study when and where they wish,

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but also offers the opportunity to align their study to their own work situations. With a rich heritage based on excellence in teacher training and research, QUT’s Faculty of Education courses are regularly reviewed to keep them highly relevant. Lecturers maintain close links with education practice, and the international reputation of the faculty puts graduates in an excellent position when it comes to securing roles at higher levels of the education sector. For more information visit qut.edu.au/masterof-education.

Tracey Axelsen, QUT Master of Education (School Guidance and Counselling) graduate.

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P +61 7 3138 3947 A Kelvin Grove campus, Victoria Park Road Kelvin Grove Qld 4059 E educationenq@qut.edu.au

From the dean QUT’s Faculty of Education is one of Australia’s leading education faculties. We are recognised as one of the top three Australian faculties of education in research excellence. We pride ourselves on our comprehensive range of exciting postgraduate options available to educators and those aspiring to join the education profession, and the flexibility of our learning environment. We are committed to ensuring our postgraduate programs are innovative and relevant. Our lecturers maintain close links to education practice and actively engage with partners in schools, communities and government through service programs, professional development programs, collaborative research, and consultancies. Our staff work to enhance teaching and research right across the world — with European Union-funded programs, in Malaysia, China, Bangladesh and Samoa. We have attracted many highly experienced educators from Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, and Malaysia to complete professional development courses delivered by our expert academic staff. We look forward to sharing the next part of your lifelong learning journey with you. Professor Wendy Patton Executive Dean, Faculty of Education

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RMIT University At a glance

Courses on offer include Graduate Diploma in Education (Educational Leadership and Management) Grad Certificate in Careers Ed. and Development Check with the university for distance education and online course options

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THERE is an increasing demand across Australia for qualified early childhood teachers. RMIT offers a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching for primary qualified teachers who want to move into the field. The course gives you the necessary skills and knowledge to work in traditional early childhood settings such as Kindergartens and early learning centres, but it can also be a route into government agencies and community service organisations. Rather than asking students to juggle the demands of their school teaching role with university work, the program is offered through intensive study on Saturdays and during school holidays. Study unit topics include Technology and the Environment, Inclusive Education and Early Childhood Language and Literacy, and there is also an Applied Education Project element. The course is based at the Bundoora campus and takes one year full-time or two years parttime to complete. RMIT also delivers some of its postgraduate courses online, allowing for even greater flexibil-

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ity. The Graduate Certificate in Career Education and Development is delivered entirely online, but it’s not about studying in isolation. Online students are supported by a program leader, who will coach and mentor you through the program, and you’ll be able to keep in touch with fellow students through online networks. At the other end of the postgraduate study scale – RMIT also offers masters qualifications in education, either by coursework or research, and an Education PhD. If you opt for a Master of Education (Coursework) it will take you one-and-a-half years if you study full-time, but there is an option to study part-time. There’s an option to complete a minor thesis, and the delivery methods can be a mix and match of whatever suits you best – face-to-face, online, blended, and clustered supervision if you decide to go for the minor thesis. As with all PhDs, the entry requirements include completion of a research course, or an equivalent research project. And, it’s a hefty commitment – four years full-time or eight years part-time.

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P +61 (03) 9925 7480 A School of Education, RMIT, Building 220, Level 4, Room 5 Plenty Rd, Bundoora, VIC E study@rmit.edu.au

School of Education RMIT University’s School of Education has been supporting education professionals for over 50 years. Based in Bundoora, Melbourne, the School of Education is also home to the RMIT UNEVOC Centre. This is a UNESCO international centre for technical and vocational education and training. The network means postgrad students have access to TAFE delivered VET (TVET) activities and centres around the world. The School of Education lists its expertise as covering the areas of curriculum, educational processes and applied education. It has 35 academics. The university says – in addition teacher and principal roles – former graduates have gone on to teach overseas, worked as education officers in Australia, and delivered industry and community programs. Indeed, the School of Education’s Postgraduate Education booklet points out: “No longer the domain of just the classroom, teachers are needed everywhere. It’s hard to imagine what life would be like without them.” Jo Earp 53


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Southern Cross University At a glance

Courses on offer include Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice Graduate Certificate of Childhood and Youth Studies Master of Education Check with the university for distance education and online study options

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WITH campuses located on the Gold Coast, Tweed Heads, and in Lismore and Coffs Harbour, Southern Cross is a contemporary university that offers postgraduate courses in an inspiring and supportive learning environment. The School of Education is a dynamic learning community dedicated to fostering excellence across early childhood, primary, secondary, vocational education and training and higher education and almost all of our education related postgraduate degrees are offered by distance education. We offer a diverse range of postgrad courses, including the Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, which aims to deliver practical benefits by equipping academics with the requisite pedagogic knowledge, skills and perspectives. The course enhances opportunities to plan and develop research careers, and to engage with the pedagogy of research supervision. It fosters independent learning, and participants are encouraged to negotiate projects to meet their own interests, and the needs of their teaching area. Our Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Childhood and Youth Studies are

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designed to meet the needs of people working, or intending to work, with children, young people and their families. The course aims to equip participants with the knowledge and skills of professionals, enabling them to respond more effectively to the issues that impact children, young people and families across a range of contexts. Our Masters and Graduate Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (VET) aims to provide candidates with skills and knowledge to design, implement and evaluate effective teaching and learning programs. The course explores the theoretical underpinnings of adult learning and the national requirements of the VET sector. Our Master of Education is a coursework degree that aims to extend the professional skills and knowledge of practising teachers and other professionals in educational fields. The degree enables students to gain an introduction to educational research and to choose to learn in individual areas of interest, including educational leadership, information technology, learning pedagogies, research and evaluation and evidence-based practice.

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P 1800 626 481 (free call within Australia) A Military Rd, East Lismore, NSW 2480 E Future student enquiry form: www.scu. edu.au/students/prospective/index.php/64/

VET Qualifications The Master and Graduate Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (VET) equips candidates with the skills needed to design, implement and evaluate effective teaching and learning programs. These qualifications assist graduates to shape their own teaching practice in response to their students’ needs. Units are delivered completely by distance education, opening the course up to participants nationwide. Academic staff are available to provide ongoing consultation, providing students with the opportunity to seek study advice and resolve problems as they arise. Opportunities may also be available to participate in workshops online, oncampus or at other locations. The Master of VET is one-and-a-half years full-time or three years part-time, while the Graduate Diploma of VET is one year full-time or two years part-time, with total units being 12 for the Masters and eight for the Graduate Diploma. Grant Quarry

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Swinburne Univ. of Technology At a glance

Courses on offer include Graduate Certificate in Educational Technologies Master of Teaching (Primary) See breakout box below for information about Swinburne Online

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http://www.swinburne.edu.au/ http://www.future.swinburne.edu.au/

A GENERATION of tech-savvy students means teachers also need to keep up with the latest technology and how to embed it effectively into their professional practice. To meet this professional learning need, Swinburne University of Technology this year introduced a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technologies for teachers working in primary and secondary schools. Rather than simply training teachers to use technology and gain confidence with new tools, there’s a focus on student engagement and learning outcomes. It is a part-time course that takes a minimum of 12 months to complete, with intakes in Semester 1 and Semester 2. There are four compulsory units, each offered in six week study blocks. The first study unit looks at design and delivery of a school curriculum (the course incorporates the new Australian Curriculum) that can be supported or enhanced by ICT. Teachers will explore opportunities for innovation, but also consider some of the barriers to technology integration in schools. There’s also a

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look at cyber safety, security, filtering and legal issues surrounding copyright, privacy and intellectual property. The unit focusing on the teacher explores innovation, cloud computing, basic infrastructure requirements such as storage and networks, creating “classrooms of the future” and how educators can design more effective physical and virtual learning spaces. In the third unit of study the focus shifts specifically to the learner. It includes a look at different learning styles in relation to technologies, personalised learning, social networking and online collaboration, the creation of digital media and how video and computer games can be used in an educational context. The final unit of study explores technology leadership in schools and ICT peer coaching. Teachers will get a chance to look at case study examples of innovation, and there’s a section on developing eLearning plans. The course is very much hands-on and the study content itself is delivered through a mix of classes on campus (at Hawthorn) and online study.

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P 1300 275 794 A 196 Flinders St, Melbourne, VIC 3000 (Melbourne CBD campus) W www.future.swinburne.edu.au/contact/

Swinburne Online This is a joint venture of SUT and SEEK Limited. It has just launched a new online Master of Teaching (Primary) program. Professor Kay Lipson, Academic Dean of Swinburne Online, says the course is ideal for people looking to make a career change and make a difference. “Teachers today are going to be dealing with tech-savvy students. We’re educating 21st century teachers for 21st century learners. “Our course takes students through the latest technology, educational theories and practical skills needed to teach any level of primary education. They’ll also gain practical professional experience through supervised placement in a primary school. “Best of all, our online programs are flexible, designed to meet the educational needs of busy working adults.” Professor Lipson says the online Master of Teaching (Primary) caters well to rural and remote students from all over Australia looking to remain in their community while gaining a formal qualification. Visit www.swinburne.edu.au/online for more information. Jo Earp 55


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Tabor Adelaide

At a glance

Postgrad by coursework Master of Education; available as online course

From the dean Are you considering a Master of Education? Is it time to take the steps needed? Nowadays teaching is more than just classroom teaching. Many teachers want to continue to grow professionally through developing the skills of research and application. They are looking to develop professionally and in the process further their qualifications and experiences. Career promotion often relies on demonstrating your level of achievement through your qualifications. The School of Education, at Tabor Adelaide, understands why teachers and educators might need further qualifications, but more importantly we understand the importance of providing successful outcomes for busy teachers and educators. We are keen to guide you as you undertake subjects that are both empowering and rigorous. We acknowledge that many teachers/ educators may not have studied for a long time and that they might be feeling daunted as they

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consider undertaking a postgraduate degree. The Master of Education program, at Tabor Adelaide, makes available staff that will provide you with support, encouragement, rigor and academic excellence. We are particularly keen to equip beginning postgraduate students with successful frameworks. Master of Education Studies can be undertaken online and with intensives, and the scope and sequence of subjects will provide students with school based research and will lead to a greater understanding of leadership, classroom practice and educational philosophy. I encourage you to visit Tabor Adelaide via our website at www.taboradelaide.edu.au or to contact Dr. David Wescombe Down, or myself, on (08) 8373 8777, to discuss your needs. I look forward to the possibility of working with you one day as you achieve your Master of Education with Tabor Adelaide.

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Dr. Frank Davies Head of School of Education

Professional Options can include subjects such as Teachers as Classroom Researchers and Evidence-based Middle Schooling Practice.

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P (08) 8373 8761 F (08) 8373 8701 A 181 Goodwood Road, Millswood SA 5034 E cpartington@adelaide.tabor.edu.au

The Master of Education degree is a professional development and research program for educators, teachers, principals and other education professionals. It is firmly grounded in the Christian faith-view of education and seeks to be a means of personal and professional development in the profession. A total of 96 credit points are required, with a minimum of 24 credit points from Professional Paradigm subjects, 36 points from Research subjects and the balance from Professional Options subjects. Tabor Adelaide is learner-centric and an inclusive national leader, across all educational sectors, in Master of Education coursework related to educational leadership, the conducting of school-based research and cutting-edge Middle Schooling practice, and is well positioned to assist you to continue your professional development as a quality educator.

Dr. David Wescombe-Down Education Postgraduate Studies Coordinator

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University of Adelaide At a glance

Courses on offer include Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics Graduate Certificate in Art History Master of Education (Teaching) Check with the university for distance education and online course options

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THE School of Education at the University of Adelaide offers postgraduate programs designed for teachers, trainers, educational consultants or anyone wishing to study education at a postgraduate level in a supportive, high quality environment. The university’s innovative and contemporary programs can help you discover leadership pathways tailored to your chosen field, you can interact with people who share your passion for educating, open up your career to new opportunities in Australia or overseas or enjoy the flexibility of selected online study options, allowing greater balance between work, life and study. At UA there are several education postgrad options. The Master of Education is designed for education professionals who wish to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of education and curriculum development, by undertaking several related specialisation in curriculum areas or area of education, or anyone who wants to enjoy the academic and intellectual challenge. The Professional Certificate in Education aims to provide specialist training in education in such areas as Science, Maths, History, Educa-

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tional Leadership, Research Methods, Online Learning, Higher Education, Measurement and Assessment, and Publication Skills Education. The Graduate Certificate in Education is designed for those wanting to further specialise in curriculum areas (or an area) of education, change their specialist teaching curriculum areas or want to change the direction of their career, ie. higher education, organisation management. The Graduate Diploma program is designed to develop the theoretical knowledge, values, practical experience and skills of professional teachers. Equally, it aims to develop an understanding of the nature of the educative process, the directions it could take, and the ways and means by which it may best be achieved and sustained. The program provides a systematic study of issues in education such as professional practice; learning and motivation; the social context of education; student-teacher interaction; and curriculum and assessment in the Australian context. UA also offers a Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies.

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P 1800 061 459 F (03) 0000 0000 A Level 8, 10 Pulteney St, Adelaide SA 5005 E pghub@adelaide.edu.au

PUBLICATION SKILLS EDUCATION Are you a teacher of English as a second or foreign language, needing to help science researchers write publishable articles for international refereed journals? This year the University of Adelaide launched an exciting new initiative to address the acute need worldwide for skilled educators who can effectively train novice authors of all language backgrounds to write publishable science articles in English. Educators delivering this kind of training need to integrate knowledge and skills in several domains: English language and research communication, technology, science literacy, and pedagogy. The university’s postgrad courses take an interdisciplinary approach, aiming to equip those with an existing knowledge and skill base with complementary understandings and strategies from the other domains. Courses are taught in intensive mode during June and July, either as components of a Professional Certificate in Education, a Graduate Certificate in Education, or as nonaward courses. Grant Quarry 57


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University of Ballarat At a glance

Postgrad by research Masters and Doctoral levels Postgrad by coursework Includes Master of Education Studies, Master of Special Ed, Grad Dip in Primary, Grad Dip in Secondary Distance education Yes, some courses Online courses Yes, some courses

The University of Ballarat has introduced two new innovative education post-graduate programs. The Master of Special Education and Master of Education Studies are both designed for current teachers who would like to further their studies. Both have a flexible system of delivery. The Master of Special Education program is an exciting and flexible program designed to meet the needs of teachers and other professionals (such as social workers and lawyers) wishing to work with people with particular learning needs, including students with disabilities and gifted students within regular schools, special schools and the wider community. The program offers students a critical familiarity with issues and questions relevant to the fields of disability studies and special education, and their relevance to our professional roles. As a four-year trained graduate you are able to study part-time over two years to gain a masters qualification. The Master of Special Education is taught at weekend schools so people can teach full time while they study. It’s also a highly flexible program where people can do their study and assessment around their

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particular interests. There are small classes and a high level of personal contact. The Master of Education Studies is designed for educators working in a range of sectors who wish to upgrade their qualifications. Both three and four-year trained graduates can enter the program. Students can exit with a graduate diploma or complete their masters. It is delivered off campus and students are provided with maximum flexibility. A mid-year entry point is available also. ‘Scaffolding learning’ is incorporated and provides those who have not studied for a while with a structured pathway that supports their success. The program offers a research pathway that provides students with the opportunity to research a topic they develop. After completing research induction courses students are provided with a supervisor who facilitates their completion of a minor thesis. Successful completion of this research pathway allows students to be considered for doctoral studies. These two programs from the University of Ballarat are an innovative way to provide postgraduate programs to modern-day teachers.

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P 1300 225 527 A Chancellor Drive, Mt Helen, Vic 3353 E info@ballarat.edu.au

A bit of background The University of Ballarat (UB) is Australia’s only regional multi-sector university. We are the third oldest site of higher learning in Australia, and offer secondary schooling, TAFE, higher education, and research opportunities. We have six campuses: the Mt Helen, SMB and Camp Street campuses in Ballarat, and the Horsham, Stawell and Ararat campuses. We also work with a range of partner institutes across Australia and the world. UB has around 20,000 international and domestic students. We are committed to serving regional Victorian communities, yet have a broad national and international outlook.

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University of Canberra At a glance

Courses on offer include Graduate Diploma in Education in Secondary Teaching Master of Education Studies Check with the university for distance education and online course options

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Through its Education degrees, the University of Canberra is committed to producing highly skilled teachers capable of adapting to rapidly changing 21st Century learning environments. There are a number of postgraduate options available for future students to choose from. These range from short term professional development courses like Graduate Certificates in Education, to the Master of Education degree. There is also extensive support available to postgraduate students, including courses in research methodology, accesses to work spaces, necessary equipment and funding, and student and staff seminars. Students studying the Graduate Certificate in Education can specialise in Educational Leadership, Early Childhood Education or Steiner Education. The course also complements the Graduate Certificates in Inclusive Education. Students can also opt to study Tertiary Education, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and Foreign Language Teaching at Graduate Certificate Level. The Graduate Diploma in Education in Secondary Teaching is ideal for non-teaching profes-

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sionals who wish to gain skills in secondary education. The course covers areas such as promoting classroom responsiveness and positive learning outcomes for students. Prospective students can choose from five master by coursework options. The Master of Education allows students to choose from coursework, coursework and thesis or thesis only options, depending on their individual needs. The Master of Education Studies will be available from 2013, and aims to equip students for the challenges of teaching in the 21st Century classroom. Also available from 2013 is the Master of Teaching. The course is aimed at those who are already fully qualified teachers and who plan to work in secondary schools, and provides connections between educational theory and practice. Areas of study include Education Foundations, Enhanced Learning in Professional Contexts, and Responding to Individual Needs. The University of Canberra offers two higher research degrees; the Master of Education (Research) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Education).

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P 1300 301 727 F (02) 6201 5999 A University Drive, Bruce, ACT 2617 E study@canberra.edu.au

Campus information The University of Canberra campus is located in the suburb of Bruce in the ACT. It is walking distance from the shopping and entertainment precinct, and is also 12 minutes by car or bus from the Canberra civic centre. On-campus facilities include cafes, restaurants, lounges, a bar, numerous food outlets, lawns, study areas, shops, banks, a hairdressing salon, and student accommodation. The student union organises regular social events for students. There are also clubs, societies and sports clubs that students can join. State-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities are also available to students. These include a large library, various computer labs, multi-media production studios and editing suites, as well as child care and preschool centres where Early Childhood Education students can undertake internships, and the Ngunnawal Centre, a meeting place and learning support facility for indigenous students. Prospective students are able to take a virtual tour of the University of Canberra campus on the university website. Katharine Rivett

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The University of Melbourne At a glance

Postgrad by research 7 courses Postgrad by coursework 25 courses Courses by level of qualification Masters: 25, PhD: 2, Grad Diploma: 0, Grad Certificate: 16 Online courses Contact the Graduate School of Education for information about online study options

The University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education is a vibrant and exciting place to study. Our environment is supportive and studentfocussed and our courses are challenging. Home to a number of internationally recognised experts, including Professor Stephen Dinham, Professor John Hattie (pictured below right), Professor Collette Tayler and Professor Patrick Griffin, we are at the cutting edge of teaching and research in education. Our new facilities are designed for graduate education students, offering a range of contemporary learning and social spaces. We offer a wide range of courses for professionals working in education and related areas. Whether you are looking to take the next step in your career, or simply explore an area of interest, we will have a course that suits you. Delivered by leaders in their fields, our courses have been designed with busy professionals in mind. They are professionally relevant; informed by a powerful combination of the latest research and on-the-ground experience. Many of our courses offer the opportunity to apply your learning directly, through work-based

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projects. Most are also delivered flexibly, through on-campus weekend intensives, evening classes or distance learning. Our newest course for education professionals is the Master of Instructional Leadership. This course will give you the skills to help lift student achievement, improve your school’s performance and lead teaching and learning. It has been structured to fit into aspiring leaders busy schedules, and includes a combination of intensive deliveries over two years. Teaching will be led by Professor John Hattie, Professor Stephen Dinham, Professor Patrick Griffin, Associate Professor Lea Waters, Dr David Gurr, and Dr Lawrie Drysdale.

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P 13 MELB (13 6352) A 234 Queensberry St, Carlton VIC 3053 E www.education.unimelb.edu.au/contact

From the dean The Melbourne Graduate School of Education is an exciting place to be. We are at the forefront of innovation in education, working with partners in early childhood settings, schools, tertiary institutions, governments and beyond, seeking new and improved ways to support Australia’s education system. We are proud of our excellent research record. Home to eight research centres and a number of internationally recognised experts, we hold a leading position in Australian education research, building on a long and proud history. For education professionals and professionals whose career has a significant education interface, we offer high quality, research-led professional development and further study. Whether you join us to study, work or collaborate, we look forward to welcoming you warmly to a productive and collegial environment. Professor Field Rickards, Dean, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

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University of New England At a glance

Courses on offer include Graduate Certificate in Education Studies Graduate Certificate of International Schooling, Education and Development Check with the university for distance education and online study options

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The School of Education at the University of New England offers a range of postgraduate degree options for prospective students who want to further develop their teaching careers. Its Graduate Certificate in Education Studies provides a pathway for those looking to pursue a Masters qualification at a later date. Units include areas such as Maths, Social Science, PE, English, Science, Creative Arts and Early Childhood. A new specialisation, Career and Transition Education, will also soon be added. Those interested in a more specialised qualification can choose from several graduate certificates in targeted areas, including eLearning, Gifted and Talented Education, Indigenous Australian Education, Special Education, TESOL and School Leadership. The Graduate Certificate of eLearning is aimed at those involved in internet based teaching and learning, and is delivered online, while the Graduate Certificate of Gifted and Talented Education enables teachers to meet the specific needs of intellectually and academically gifted children. Particular attention is given to cultural differences in this course.

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UNE also offers a Graduate Certificate of International Schooling, Education and Development, aimed particularly at those working in the area of international schooling and negotiating its social, cultural, global and local contexts. The Master of Education degree is designed for educators already working in school settings. As well as the undesignated program pathway, students can chose from eight specialisations depending on their needs and interests. The specialisations are: Indigenous Australian Education; eLearning; Gifted and Talented Education; International Schooling and Development; School Leadership; Special Education; TESOL; and Literature and New Literacies. The School of Education also offers for higher degree by research options. These are the Master of Education (Research), the Doctor of Education, the Doctor of Philosophy, and the Professional Doctorate. If you’re worried about the competing demands of combining work and study, The University of New England is also well known for its flexible study options – see the breakout box for more information.

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P 02 6773 3333 A Armidale NSW 2351 Australia W http://yourfutureaskune.custhelp.com/

Off-campus education UNE is one of the leading providers of off-campus education in the world, which makes its degrees a great option for those attempting to balance their postgraduate study with full or part-time work. Indeed, it has provided off-campus study options since 1938. Many of the School of Education’s postgraduate degrees are delivered off-campus in distance education mode. Students can receive each week’s learning materials online to access whenever best suits them. Content might include reading materials, discussion boards, podcasts, reading material, videos or quizzes. Online facilities allow distance education students to ask questions, order library books and reading materials, and submit assignments at any hour of the day. Some distance education units are also available online, or delivered via intensive schools, usually held during holiday breaks. At the beginning of 2012, the university changed to a trimester system – giving students a wider choice when it comes to how many units of study they wish to complete each year. Katharine Rivett

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University of New South Wales At a glance

Courses on offer include Graduate Certificate in Education Graduate Diploma in Education Master of Teaching Check with the university for distance education and online study options

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www.unsw.edu.au

THE School of Education at the University of New South Wales offers a variety of postgraduate qualifications for prospective students, all with an emphasis on the most current educational research. There are two graduate certificate qualifications on offer. The Graduate Certificate in Education is for already qualified teachers who wish to expand their expertise in teaching a particular subject, such as Aboriginal studies, economics, languages or music. The Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership, meanwhile, is for those aiming to move up into positions of leadership in schools or other educational settings. The Graduate Diploma in Education prepares students to teach in secondary schools, and consists of the first three semesters of the Master of Teaching. A number of highly regarded masters degrees are also on offer at the University of New South Wales. They are suitable for teachers, adult educators, and trainers in industry and commerce. The Master of Education in Education Studies offers students a high degree of professional development. Another more specialised program

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is the Master of Education in Assessment and Evaluations, which is for those interested in the role assessment and evaluation, measurement, assessment for learning, testing, educational evaluation, policy, and research methodologies. The Master of Education in Gifted Education is for teachers who want to improve their understanding of working with academically gifted students, as well as learning how to develop specific curriculum and teaching methods to suit their learning needs. The Master of Educational Leadership is for both aspiring and current leaders. It aims to deepen student understanding of recent developments in the theory and practice in the field. The University of New South Wales was ranked in one survey as being among the top three universities in Australia for specialist studies in education, and there are several postgraduate research options available in the School of Education. These are the Doctor of Philosophy, the Master of Education by Research, the Master of Education by Research in Applied Linguistics, Master of Educational Leadership by Research, and the Master of Philosophy (Higher Education).

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P 02 9385 1844 A The University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, 2052 (main campus) E studentrecruitment@unsw.edu.au

Campus information The University of New South Wales has three campuses, but the main campus is in Kensington, just a few kilometres outside the Sydney CBD. The Paddington campus houses the College of Fine Arts (COFA). COFA is one of the country’s premier art and design schools, offering courses in painting, sculpture, film, art history and is currently being redeveloped with new teaching spaces and a gallery. The University College at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) is located in Canberra. The ADFA is the main centre for tertiary education for the Australian Defence Force. For new students there is also a recentlylaunched mobile app called Uni-Verse, an official mobile guide to the University of New South Wales. The app features maps, places to get food, university news and a guide to campus events. The university runs a Postgrad Week from September 24-27 to showcase its course options to prospective students. Visit www. postgradexpo.unsw.edu.au for more. Katharine Rivett

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University of Newcastle At a glance

Courses on offer include Graduate Certificate in Music Technology Master of Early Childhood Education Master of Special Education Check with the university for distance education and online study options

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www.newcastle.edu.au

THE University of Newcastle offers a number of postgraduate programs in education for those looking to expand their expertise. The School of Education is the largest school within the university, with over 4500 students and 800 postgraduate students. Students can opt to complete their studies either face-to-face, on campus, or online. The School of Education has a reputation for delivering quality postgraduate education in areas including: Pedagogy and Professional Learning; Special Education and Disability Studies; Educating Boys; and Advanced Curriculum Studies. It currently offers seven postgraduate education qualifications. The Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies is available in nearly 30 areas of study. These include: Aboriginal Education; Deaf and Hard of Hearing Early Intervention; Emotional Disturbance and Behaviour Disorders; Engaging Families and Communities; and Special Education. The Master of Early Childhood Education offers two pathways – one for practising teachers who already posses a relevant degree in early childhood education, and another for teachers

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Newcastle, Central Coast, Newcastle City precinct, Port Macquarie, Sydney CBD, Singapore

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with an undergraduate qualification in Early Childhood Teaching (or equivalent). The Master of Educational Studies blends theory and practice and is best suited to those wanting to gain a postgraduate qualification in a variety of contexts, or who want to update their current skill set. Areas of study include: Comparative and International Education; Engaging Families and Communities; International Curriculum Studies, and more. The Master of Leadership and Management in Education introduces students to new research and practice in the leadership, management and the administration of schools and other educational institutions, while the The Master of Special Education is ideal for those looking to update their knowledge in the field, and specialises in imparting best teaching practice. There are also Master of Teaching qualifications for both primary and secondary. The Master of Teaching also includes intensive hands-on training, with two teaching placements built into the degree. Visit the University of Newcastle website for more details and application information.

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P (02 4921 5000 A University Drive, Callaghan, NSW, 2308 W https://askuon.custhelp.com/ (online enquiries and questions)

Campus Information The main campus is located in the suburb of Callaghan. It features outstanding architecture within a bushland setting, as well as a large sporting complex. Sports facilities include a heated, 50-meter indoor pool, a gymnasium, martial arts studios, and indoor basketball and volleyball courts. The Callaghan campus is also well serviced by public transport. The University’s Central Coast campus is located at Ourimbah – an Indigenous word meaning place of learning. This campus is affiliated with the Central Coast Community College and Central Coast Conservatorium of Music. The university also has a presence on two sites in the Newcastle CBD, where facilities for drama, art, music, law, medicine and business students are located. The Port Macquarie campus offers both university and TAFE programs to around 4000 students, while the Sydney CBD campus offers postgrad business degrees. There’s also an international campus in Singapore, which houses 1100 students in partnership with the PSB Academy. Katharine Rivett 63


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University of Notre Dame At a glance

Courses on offer include Three Master of Education courses Graduate Certificate in Education (Curriculum) Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood) Check with the university for distance education and online course options

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http://www.nd.edu.au/

THE University of Notre Dame’s Fremantle campus is proud of its small class sizes and caring community atmosphere. Committed to the excellence, social justice and pastoral care of students and staff, the university offers a uniquely personal approach to teaching and learning. The School of Education is committed to the continuing professional development and further education of experienced educators and school leaders. It aims to serve the needs of teachers working at, or preparing for, Early Childhood Education, Primary, Middle and Secondary schools. While Notre Dame’s courses are especially suited to the requirements of Catholic schools, they are designed also to meet the needs of other independent and government schools. The Graduate Certificate in Education (Return to Teaching) is a refresher course for teachers who need to update their curriculum planning knowledge and to gain greater confidence as they consider re-entering the profession. The units concentrate on updating these teachers’ skills in relation to curriculum and

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planning matters. The Master of Teaching Conversion (Primary) provides secondary trained teachers with the background and practical training necessary for working in the Primary Education sector and includes a five week practicum. The Master of Education is a comprehensive postgraduate degree that provides an opportunity for educators with practical experience to continue their professional development and to develop both an in-depth knowledge and understanding in a key professional area. Units are available in a mix of modes: external, intensive or semester and areas of specialisation available include Curriculum, Early Childhood, Leadership and Management, Religious Education and Special Learning Needs. The Graduate Certificate in Religious Education provides a specialised program for those wishing to develop their religious education skills and qualifications. It is suited to those in leadership positions and teachers working in the areas of Religious Education. For more in-depth coverage of the Graduate Certificate in Education programs, see right.

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P (08) 9433 0533 or (08) 9433 0150 A Cnr of Phillimore and Mouat Streets, Fremantle, WA 6959 E education@nd.edu.au / future@nd.edu.au

Graduate Certificates The graduate certificate program provides flexible learning options with the opportunity for participants to upgrade their qualification to a Master of Education on completion of four further units. The Graduate Certificate in Education (Curriculum) provides a specialised study for those wishing to develop their understanding of contemporary curriculum. The Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood) enables primary trained teachers to gain a professional, industryrecognised qualification. It is also taken by leaders in schools for a broader understanding of the early childhood setting, but who don’t wish to acquire a teaching qualification in ECE. The Graduate Certificate in Education (Leadership & Management) provides study for teachers wishing to develop their leadership skills and qualifications. The Graduate Certificate in Education (Special Learning Needs) provides specialised study for those wishing to develop their special needs skills and qualifications. And, the Graduate Certificate in Religious Education is for those wishing to develop their religious education skills and qualification. Grant Quarry

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University of South Australia At a glance

Courses on offer include Graduate Certificate in Aboriginal Studies Master of Teaching (Junior Primary and Primary) Master of Catholic Education Check with the university for distance education and online study options

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THE Master of Teaching (Secondary) at the University of South Australia aims to produce graduates ready to meet the demands of the dynamic 21st Century classroom with a creative and innovative approach. Upon completion of this course, students will be equipped to teach in two learning areas for students in Years 8 to 12. The program, which is taught at the Mawson Lakes Campus, traditionally takes two years to complete but it can be completed in 18 months if undertaken in an accelerated mode. It incorporates theory based learning in the areas of education studies, curriculum, and pedagogy, with the practical element of a minimum 60 day professional experience placement. Placements are completed in the learning areas in a secondary school setting allowing students to develop the skills gained through their courses in a real and relevant environment. Courses in the secondary specialisation include: Studies of the Ethical and Social Contexts of Education; The Nature of Learning and the Skills Required to Establish a Learning Environment; Delivering Educational Programs Associ-

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City East, City West, Magill, Mawson Lakes, Whyalla, Mount Gambier Regional Centre

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ated with their Curriculum Areas (learning area courses); and Planning for the Diverse Teaching Needs of Adolescent Learners. Students may also choose from a number of electives, covering areas such as Arts, Catholic Studies, Languages, Design and Technology, and Leading VET in Schools, just to name a few. Applicants for the secondary specialisation require a three-year degree from a recognised tertiary institution. In addition, secondary applicants need two learning areas in their undergraduate degree from the following learning areas: Arts (Dance, Drama, Music or Visual Arts), English, Mathematics, Health and PE, History/Geography, Languages, Design and Technology, and Science. A postgraduate study in education can be used to demonstrate to prospective employers your commitment to your field. This course might be of interest if you are looking at moving into a new role of furthering your career. It’s one of a range of masters courses on offer at the university. Visit the university website for more information.

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P +61 8 8302 6611 A Mawson Lakes Boulevard, Mawson Lakes SA 5095 E study@unisa.edu.au

CAMPUS INFORMATION The Mawson Lakes Campus is 20 minutes from Adelaide’s CBD. One of six UniSA campuses, Mawson Lakes is home to many of the university’s education students. According to UniSA, students enjoy access to modern teaching, learning and research facilities including a well stocked library, internationally recognised research institutes and centres and the famous Technology Park – an IT hub used by over 85 companies. Manicured green spaces and wetland areas, funky cafés, and numerous leisure activities can also work to enhance the experience. Ideally located only 40 minutes from the world-renowned Barossa Valley wine region, the all important balance between work and play is not hard to achieve. Mawson Lakes is easily accessible from the city as well as the northern suburbs of Adelaide. The Mawson Interchange is a major local transport hub. It is only a five-minute walk from the campus. Buses are also available on the campus. Driving and cycling to Mawson Lakes are also popular transport options for students, however parking spaces can be limited. Chelsea Attard

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University of Southern Qld At a glance

Courses on offer include Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics Master of Learning and Development Doctor of Education Check with the university for distance education and online study options

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http://www.usq.edu.au/ http://www.usq.edu.au/handbook/2012/edu/ DEDU.html#programsummary

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) offers a range of postgraduate options, including a Doctor of Education. This research based program gives students the capacity to design and conduct a report on a topic which is relevant and in line with their professional interests. The university points to students having a close collaborative relationship with a supervisor, providing maximum support and training, so that they may accomplish their study goals and further their careers. USQ postgraduate students publish actively and are often called upon to present seminars, papers and workshops within the faculty and at national and international conferences on emerging conceptual and methodological directions in the field. Collaborative staff research groupings are encouraged so that both students and the wider community can benefit from the diverse and detailed information that comes from shared knowledge. The Doctor of Education can be completed in three years full-time, or six years part-time.

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However, you may find minimum completion periods can be waived in cases where exceptional progress has been made. While studying for your doctorate, you may wish to include two single unit electives normally offered at postgraduate level. These electives don’t have to be offered within the Education Faculty – they can be offered through another faculty at USQ, or even another recognised university. This allows you to customise your study to include courses that are of particular interest, or might add extra value to your doctorate, which wouldn’t otherwise be included. The benefit of studying for a doctorate comes from the in-depth knowledge you will gain in a specialised field, and a doctorate qualification may also impress prospective employers. Once you’ve completed your studies, you may find yourself eligible to take on a new role such as acting school principal or technical and vocational college director. Alternatively, you might be able to move into training and development facilities, become a university academic or find yourself managing a campus or centre.

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P +61 7 4631 5315 F +61 7 4635 5550 A West Street, Darling Heights,QLD 4350 E study@usq.edu.au

Distance education Distance education has become a popular mode of study, with 75 per cent of the USQ student body choosing this option. USQ provides a flexible program that allows students to study when and where they want, cutting out travel time between university and home and allowing students to remain in the workforce. The courses undertaken by distance education students are no different to those on-campus students are studying, both groups even share the same lecturers. Students can switch between off-campus, online, and on-campus study modes to suit changes in lifestyle, providing the particular course is offered in all three modes. USQ says its able to provide distance learners with a high level of support, and students say one of the great things about the program is they feel a part of the uni. Some courses also have residential schools, giving an opportunity to attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials. These are often optional, but for some courses residential schools may be mandatory so it’s best to check with the university. Chelsea Attard

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University of Sydney At a glance

Courses on offer include Graduate Certificate in Learning Science and Technology Master of Philosophy in Education Check with the university for distance education and online study options

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Master of Education (Special Education) As a teacher with a range of different students, from various backgrounds and with different learning styles in your class, it can sometimes be difficult to address and accommodate for these differences. This coursework based program may be of interest if you’re looking to develop the skills required to specialise in the teaching of children with special education needs or perhaps become a leader in this area within your school. The University of Sydney says the Master of Education (Special Education) aims to prepare students to meet challenges that may arise in the classroom such as early language and learning issues, disruptive behaviour, and determining the best way to go about teaching students with learning difficulties. The university offers a range of more than 70 elective units so that students can tailor their learning to suit specific outcomes they might wish to achieve. For example a student wanting to address behaviour in the classroom might look at studying Understanding Challenging Be-

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haviour, which focuses on pro-social approaches to managing behaviour for persons with disabilities. Those more concerned with helping students overcome learning difficulties could be interested in Teaching Learning Difficulties – Basics, which the university says places special emphasis on self-directed learning in students with disabilities, learning difficulties and behaviour disorders. Other units cover topics including Management and Leadership, Education Policy, Meeting Special Education Needs Through Curriculum, Human Development, Intercultural Learning, Learning and Individual Differences. According to the University of Sydney, graduates who complete eight units of study from this specialisation will be recognised by the New South Wales Department of Education and Training as Special Educators. It must be noted that the Master of Education (Special Education) will not provide students with professional recognition on its own. It is best to contact the university if you have any doubts about additional qualification requirements.

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P 1300 362 006 A Regimental Crescent, The University of Sydney NSW 2006 E info.centre@sydney.edu.au

scholarships One of the hardest things to deal with when returning to study is the cost, particularly if you need to stop work or drop back to part-time work. The University of Sydney offer scholarships to help with the cost of undertaking postgraduate study and also advertise external scholarships which could be of assistance. One postgraduate scholarship option to keep in mind is the Marion Macaulay Bequest Masters of Teaching Scholarship, which offers $6000 to students who will enrol in Masters of Teaching in the Faculty of Education and Social Work who intend to commence their internship in the current academic year. Another option for financial support comes through the Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS). Funds are allocated to schools and faculties depending on the number of higher degree research students that were enrolled in the previous year. These funds are awarded to eligible applicants on a competitive basis. Contact the University of Sydney to check your eligibility for scholarships. Chelsea Attard

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Univ. of Sydney Technology At a glance

Courses on offer include Graduate Diploma in TESOL Master of Education in Popular Education and Social Change Check with the university for distance and online course options

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http://datasearch2.uts.edu.au/fass/education/ courses/masters/index.cfm

Master of Education in Indigenous Studies The Master of Education when taken with a major in Indigenous Studies could serve students who wish to extend their knowledge of the issues and developments in Indigenous education as well as those who want to pursue a leadership role in this area. Learning will cover topics such as research perspectives, which aims to develop students’ critical research reading skills. The university points out that these will be relevant to those who later go on to implement or engage with research to inform educational policy and practice. Research, Ethics and Indigenous Cultural Heritage focuses on issues and considerations for teachers working with Indigenous communities. Education and Social Change looks at commercial advertising, social marketing, therapy programs, and popular education and how they seek to bring about social change. The Master of Education in Indigenous Studies can be completed in one year of full-time or two years of part-time study, depending on subject

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choices. Those considering studying this course can note it is offered in block mode, which involves an intensive period of study with students attending classes scheduled over one or more weeks during the semester. Block mode can be a method of study which is preferable if you wish to keep working while you study, some electives may not be offered in this mode however, so it is best to check with the university. Alternatively you might wish to study a Master of Education with no specified major, which opens up a wider range of subject options and specialisations. The university points to its strength in adult and school education, providing students with opportunities to study learning and education across many educational sectors. Depending on major and electives chosen, job opportunities for graduates may include, but are not limited to roles in Indigenous development, higher education, educational policy making, eLearning, or social movement and vocational education and training.

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P (02) 9514 2000 F (02) 9514 3939 A PO Box 123, Broadway NSW 2007 E ugs@uts.edu.au

Scholarships The University of Sydney Technology offers scholarships to help ease the financial burden of returning to study. The Lindsay Croft Memorial Scholarship was established in 1996 in memory of Lindsay Croft, a former UTS student and Aboriginal student advocate, who sadly lost his life in a car accident before completing his studies. This scholarship of $1250 per semester for two years is available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in the first year of postgraduate study at UTS. The Diversity Access scholarship program assists students from low socio-economic backgrounds who are unable to achieve their study goals because of additional hardship. Recipients are selected by providing evidence of either the entitlement to Commonwealth income support payments, or comprehensive information demonstrating exceptional financial hardship. This scholarship awards payments of between $600 and $2500 per semester. For more scholarship information and to check your eligibility, contact UTS directly. Chelsea Attard

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University of Tasmania At a glance

Postgrad by research 3 courses Postgrad by coursework 5 courses Courses by level of qualification Masters: 3, Doctorates: 2, Grad Diploma: 0, Grad Certificate: 0 Distance education Yes Online courses Yes

Tasmania is a state renowned for its natural beauty, lifestyle and history. The University of Tasmania is one of the oldest universities in Australia with a proud record of scholarship. The Faculty of Education is a research-led faculty with staff undertaking research of national and international significance. The faculty works extensively with schools and other community stakeholders, and is committed to providing high standard, quality teacher education programs. Our programs blend theory and practice together and focus on teaching as an important, challenging and rewarding career. The Faculty of Education at UTAS provides its programs both through distance education and an on campus delivery, and its pre-service teacher education programs are full accredited by the relevant teacher registration authorities. In addition to our Bachelor of Education primary and early childhood programs, we offer the Master of Teaching award for students who already hold a degree and who wish to become a teacher. The faculty has a strong focus on outdoor education, physical education, food studies and textiles, providing specialist qualifications

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Sandy Bay Campus, Hobart Newnham Campus, Launceston Cradle Coast Campus, Burnie

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in both these areas. It has also introduced the newly accredited Bachelor of Education (Applied Learning) for teachers working or hoping to work in the VET sector. To ensure our graduates are fully prepared for the teaching environment, we provide students with extensive in-school and in-classroom learning opportunities to practice and develop as teachers and as future school leaders. Our postgraduate coursework program (Graduate Certificate of Education and Master of Education) is designed for the professional education community and busy teachers. Being a research led faculty, we welcome expressions of interest from prospective local, national and international Higher Degree by Research students, with opportunities for full-time or part-time study towards a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Education (EdD) degree or Master of Education (MEd) (Research). Working alongside an experienced researcher on a selected topic provides the postgraduate student with an opportunity to better advance the profession of education and the individual’s own research interests.

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P 1800 061 512 (inside Australia) +61 3 6324 3265 A Newnham Campus, Blding A, Rm A 222 E www@educ.utas.edu.au

From the dean The Faculty of Education at UTAS is active and research-led and responsive to the growing demands for educators here and overseas. We value our strong relationships with key stakeholders that represent the diversity of the education sector and the community. With three campuses located in Hobart (Sandy Bay), Launceston (Newnham) and Cradle Coast (Burnie), we harness the natural advantages of our state and the university to offer a range of teaching and learning opportunities for our students. In the Faculty of Education, surrounded by Tasmania’s natural beauty, you will find energy, vitality, enthusiasm and excitement about the future. We seek students who share these qualities to help us create that future together. Professor Ian Hay PhD MAPS Dean, Faculty of Education 69


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Univ. of the Sunshine Coast At a glance

Courses on offer include Graduate Certificate in Professional Learning Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary) Master of TESOL Education Check with the university for distance education and online course options

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http://www.usc.edu.au/study/courses-andprograms/study-areas/education.htm

Master of TESOL Education A Master of TESOL Education could be a practical method of entry into Teaching English as a Second Language. But, it could also act as an opportunity to broaden your professional horizons. The University of the Sunshine Coast says students often gain a deeper understanding of the structure and use of the English language while studying the major factors behind the successful learning of another language and how to bring these into the classroom. The university also says that they discover techniques for incorporating communicative teaching methodologies into their practice. Whether you are looking to teach an ESL class, or simply have a few new ESL students in your classroom, a postgraduate degree in TESOL could be an effective source of professional development for someone who hopes to cater for students from various backgrounds, using intercultural language learning principles and interlanguage phonology. The Master of TESOL Education at the Univer-

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sity of the Sunshine Coast can be completed in one year of full-time study, or two years part-time. According to USC, the course features small tutorial groups and a face-to-face learning styles that are important to the development of interpersonal skills which will be invaluable to you as an ESL teacher. In addition to compulsory units, you are able to choose three elective units to complement the core program. There is a range of elective options, including specific and in-depth language-based units such as The English Language. This unit looks at structure and usage of the English language, traditional and functional grammar, and a wide range of English language aspects needed to teach English. And, there are broader topics such as Leadership for Learning Communities which, among other things, explores social capital in the context of globalisation. Students are assessed through a combination of assignments, peer-teaching activities and project work for this degree.

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P +61 7 5430 2869 A Locked Bag 4, Maroochydore DC, Queensland 4558 E sheinfo@usc.edu.au

Campus information The Sippy Downs Campus is centrally located within the Sunshine Coast region and is approximately a one hour drive from Brisbane. Off-campus study hubs in Noosa, Caboolture and Gympie cater to students living in and around these areas, with some courses and campus facilities made available within the hubs. It’s best to check with the university to see if part or all of your course is available to study in an alternative location. The Sippy Downs library features a general and reserve collection and computer laboratories, audio visual equipment and printing facilities. On the ground floor, the Masters Students Centre provides exclusive swipe-card access to ‘masters student only’ study areas, and if the hustle and bustle of student life gets to be too much, students can also access relaxation areas. USC offers a range of sporting facilities and clubs for the active student. Facilities include a gym, a pool, an athletics track and sporting stadium. Social sport and interuniversity competitions help students achieve a healthy work-life balance. Chelsea Attard

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University of Western Australia At a glance

Postgrad by research 4 courses Postgrad by coursework 19 courses Courses by level of qualification Masters: 7, PhD: 2, Grad Diploma: 8 Grad Certificate: 1 Distance education No Online courses Yes

IN 2012 The University of Western Australia (UWA) has joined the ranks of the world’s top 100 universities – one of only five in Australia to achieve this milestone – by rising 14 places to 96 on the Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities, the world’s foremost indicator of excellence in higher education. The achievement forms part of the University’s goal to reach the world’s top 50 by 2050, and coincides with UWA’s Centenary celebrations: 2013 marks 100 years since the University’s first intake of 184 students in a single wooden building in Irwin Street, Perth. The University now has more than 24,000 students and 3500 staff. The Faculty of Education at UWA maintains a tradition of excellence while taking on the challenges of developing educational practices for both global and local needs. The faculty attracts the highest quality students who are destined to become talented educators positively impacting on the lives of young people. Faculty staff work on research projects, publications and conference presentations to provide the tools to shape tomorrow’s national and international educational practices. The international reputation of the fac-

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ulty and the high standing of its staff are reflected in the strong demand for the higher degrees the faculty offers in Hong Kong and Singapore. In addition to its highly regarded initial teacher education programs, the Faculty of Education also offers a range of postgraduate professional degrees for those colleagues who are already in a professional or educational setting. The Master of Education, Doctor of Education and Doctorate of Philosophy are programs that offer a stimulating, rigorous and highly motivating program of study at the postgraduate level. In 2013 the faculty will offer the new Master of Curriculum Studies course and a Graduate Diploma in Curriculum Studies, both aimed at broadening practising teachers’ knowledge and skills in curriculum specialisations aligned with the Australian Curriculum and the National Professional Standards for Teachers. The courses also prepare teachers to integrate the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) into their pedagogical practice, ensuring that UWA graduates remain at the forefront of their profession and able to thrive in a rapidly evolving educational environment.

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P (+61 8) 6488 2388 A 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, Perth WA 6009 E gse@uwa.edu.au

From the dean The Faculty of Education welcomes prospective students to study at The University of Western Australia. We offer postgraduate qualifications designed to produce the highest quality Graduate Diploma, Master’s and Doctoral graduates. For those wishing to become teachers, we offer postgraduate courses in Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary teacher preparation. Our high quality staff will support you in all curriculum areas with an emphasis on integrating emerging technologies. For current teachers thinking about furthering their studies, we provide an excellent environment for them to do so. We have world class educators who will assist you in your studies either in a research or coursework format. For aspiring school leaders, we have a range of Masters and Doctoral qualifications that link theory and practice and are conducted in mixed modes of delivery. Practising school leaders are welcome to join these programs designed for their professional enrichment. Helen Wildy, Winthrop Professor and Dean

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University of Western Sydney At a glance

Courses on offer include Graduate Certificate in Education (Social Ecology) Graduate Certificate in Special Education Studies Master of Teaching (Birth-5 Years/Birth-12 Years) Check with the university for distance education and online study options

Sources www.uws.edu.au

The Master of Education (Leadership) provides educators with the opportunity to continue their professional development in a way that will enhance reflective professional practice and personal advancement opportunities. Graduates will develop skills in the areas of transformative leadership and learning, researching practice, curriculum and pedagogy, evaluation of education and social programs, educational leadership and more. The Master of Teaching (Birth-5 Years/Birth-12 Years) provides participants with key knowledge, skills and understandings required for working as a qualified teacher with children and their families in prior-to-school and primary school settings. This course is appropriate for people wanting to work as a teacher in preschool, long day care or in a primary school setting. The Master of Teaching (Primary) provides professional teaching qualifications for students who already have a first degree with appropriate qualifications for primary teaching. The course prepares graduates for careers in primary school settings and other educational fields in NSW and beyond.

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The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is designed for graduates who, through their first degree, have the skills and understandings required for teaching in one or two subject areas in high schools. The course focuses on practical issues in schools, and teaching and learning, through a balance of on-campus classes, theory, and a variety of professional experiences. The Master of Special Education is a qualification that enables teachers to work with students with special needs across a range of settings. It is designed to enable participants to specialise in working in early childhood intervention, inclusive settings, supported settings or gifted education. The Master of Education (Social Ecology) explores the dynamic inter-relationships between the personal, social, environmental and ‘spiritual’ domains, while the Graduate Certificate in Education (Social Ecology) will help participants develop skills in the areas of environmental education, environmental advocacy, ecological systems, environmental futures, critical and transformative learning and leadership and other areas of interest.

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P 1300 897 669 F 02 9678 7160 A Locked Bag 1797, Penrith, NSW, 2751 E study@uws.edu.au

Facts and figures The University of Western Sydney has more than 2000 students enrolled in primary, secondary and early childhood teacher education programs, special education, social ecology, Indigenous education, and in research and professional postgraduate programs. The UWS School of Education was identified in the top 10 education faculties in Australia (study by Melbourne University’s ‘Melbourne Institute’). It ranked second in New South Wales on the basis of research performance and student satisfaction in program and teaching quality. UWS has an established Education Chapter of the UWS Alumni, and continues to build links with past graduates. The Education Knowledge Network provides information on professional learning, seminars, research and school partnerships, and short courses for education professionals. UWS postgraduate programs are strongly career orientated to provide participants with analytical and problem solving skills and keep you abreast of trends and changes. Chelsea Attard

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University of Wollongong At a glance

Postgrad by research 4 courses Postgrad by coursework 20 courses Courses by level of qualification Masters: 2 (10 majors), PhD: 3, Grad Diploma: 6, Grad Cert: 11 Distance education Yes Online courses Yes

Studying in the Faculty of Education at the University of Wollongong (UOW) is the foundation of a fulfilling career — one that empowers students of all ages and backgrounds with the gift of education. Our student-centred approach ensures you maximise your potential, whether you are embarking on your career or professionally developing it. Postgraduate study requires focus, time and commitment. You already have other responsibilities—your current job, your family, the life you’ve spent years building. That’s why many of our courses offer the flexibility to study fulltime or part-time. At UOW, we don’t believe the present should get in the way of the future. All of our programs are designed to suit the developmental needs of teachers, trainers and educational designers. Our programs will not only enhance your teaching skills, they will open doors to career development in schools, roles as an educator in the field and in educational design in higher education contexts. Our programs reflect the high level of expertise and industry links the faculty has been able to forge through its research. Research programs

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are supervised by academics in touch with the latest global trends in education teaching and methodologies. Our coursework degrees offer sound theoretical foundations and extensive practical skills that address the broader aspects of education and training, including strategic planning, management, administration and policy. The postgraduate program with the Faculty of Education is delivered both on campus and by distance education. The structure of your on campus study will vary depending on which the subjects chosen. All subjects are supported by online resources. At all of our campuses you’ll find supportive, knowledgeable staff, modern resources and friendly student-centred environment. Whether you are interested in Research or in Professional Development, UOW offers a range of programs in the following areas: Adult Education, Early Years Education, Literacy Education, Interdisciplinary Studies, TESOL, IT in Education and Training, Special Education, Educational Leadership, Gifted Education. Please visit uow.ed.au/educ for more information on the Faculty of Education.

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P 1300 367 869 F +61 2 4221 4392 A Northfields Ave, Gwynneville NSW 2500 E uniadvice@uow.edu.au

From the dean There are a number of reasons why a qualification from the Faculty of Education at UOW is highly valued. It’s not only the nature of our programs, the international teaching opportunities, the reputation of our staff and our cutting-edge teaching practices, but it’s also our use of the latest educational technology and a graduate employment rate well beyond other similar institutions. These factors contribute to the high quality of the qualification you will obtain with us. At UOW our postgraduate programs are designed to prepare you with the latest findings and contemporary practices from around the globe. Whether you are looking for a career change or looking to develop your current skillset, UOW has the courses to help you develop a practical and relevant skills base, critical in today’s education market. Professor Paul Chandler Dean, Faculty of Education 73


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Victoria University At a glance

Courses on offer include Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education Master of Teaching Check with the university for distance education and online study options

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http://www.vu.edu.au/

Victoria University offers a number of flexible study options for postgraduate students, with an emphasis on learning on-the-job and working in community settings. The Postgraduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education is ideal for those who want to be Kindergarten teachers. The degree has a focus on student mentoring and the qualification can be upgraded by adding another year of study. The Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching qualifies students to work in early childhood settings and gain recognition from the Victorian Institute of Teaching. The Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education focuses on working in high schools in areas including Maths, Computing, Science, Physical Education, the Humanities, and English as a Second Language. The Master of Education (Research Degree) is designed to meet the needs of a variety of professionals already working within educational settings. Those who choose not to complete the full masters qualification can still graduate with either a Graduate Certificate in Education or a Graduate Diploma in Education. Students can

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choose to do a thesis relating to areas including: The Effects of Family and School Relationships on Learning; The Social Basis of Schooling; Multimedia, Online Learning and Computer-Enhanced Learning; Science Education, Wilderness Adventure Based Therapy; and more. Those who choose to undertake the Master of Teaching degree will gain the skills necessary to process more quickly into leadership positions at their schools. Some key elements of the program are workplace learning, a choice between face-to-face, burst mode and online learning, and cross-sectoral learning opportunities. The School of Education offers PhD supervision in a variety of areas for those undertaking the Doctor of Philosophy qualification. These include: School Change and Reform, Young People at Risk; Language and Literacy; Equity and Inclusive Teaching; Adult and Community Education; and Experiential Learning. For those keen to undertake substantial research in an area not already offered by Victoria University, it is possible for the School of Education to facilitate co-supervisory links with other universities.

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P 03 9919 4000 A 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne (City Flinders Campus) W http://www.vu.edu.au/contact-us

Campus information Victoria University has 11 campuses located throughout the western suburbs and the Melbourne CBD. The City Flinders campus is home to the university’s multimedia and postgraduate business courses, while hairdressing, health and beauty, office administration and retail training courses are held at the City King Campuses. The Victoria Law School and library, two moot courts, postgraduate business programs and undergraduate law courses can be found at the City Queen campus. The Footscray Nicholson campus has a focus on TAFE courses, while the Footscray Park campus is home to sports science facilities. The Melton campus runs local industry and community based courses, while TAFE programs such as cabinet and furniture making are found at the Newport campus. The university’s St Albans campus is the centre for health and nutrition research. Facilities on this campus include a sleep laboratory, a wet lab for marine studies, and an osteopathy clinic, while the Werribee campus is home to a veterinary clinic, children’s centre, sport and fitness centre and an industry skills training complex. Katharine Rivett

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Morling Education Southland College

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Our courses include: ‡ Master of Education ‡ Master of Education (Leadership)

For further information visit www.southlandcollege.com Morling College · 120 Herring Road, Macquarie Park NSW 2113 p: +61 2 9878 0201 · f: +61 2 9878 2175 · e: enquiries@morling.edu.au postgrad

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