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Entry Requirements - Postgraduate

Grad. Dip. SECONDARY

For Secondary teacher education students, the undergraduate degree must be relevant to at least ONE of the following learning areas in secondary schools:

  • English
  • Drama
  • Humanities & Social Sciences (*combination of units across History / Economics / Politics / Geography)
  • Science (*includes chemistry / physics / life sciences / does not include Sports Science)
  • Maths (*can include Engineering majors, but not IT majors)
  • Languages Other Than English (Indonesian / Japanese)
  • English as a Second Language.

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NOTE:

For ENGINEERING graduates, entry will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

For SCIENCE teaching, it will depend if your degree has sufficient units in Physics / Chemistry / Life Sciences.

For MATHS teaching , it will depend if your degree has sufficient units in Trigonometry/ Calculus/ Statistics.

NOTE:

For I.T graduates, Murdoch does not offer a pathway into teaching I.T in schools. IT degrees also do not meet requirements for pathway into MATHS teaching.

M. Teach PRIMARY

The undergraduate degree must have at least one year of full-time equivalent study in following curriculum-related areas.

  • English
  • The Arts
  • Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Science (*does not include Sports Science)
  • Maths
  • Health & Physical Education (* includes Sports Science).

M. Teaching (Primary) is 1.5 years full time (or 2 years if part-time in the first year), and  includes a final year internship.

Research component which can lead to further study options

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NOTE:

Entry to the course is competitive, and requires evidence of consistent and sustained high achievement (grades of CREDIT and above) in the undergraduate bachelor degree.

The admission process may also involve an interview.

Master of Education (Coursework)

Recognised Bachelor's degree or higher, or equivalent training, and a graduate-entry course in Education requiring at least one year of full-time study, or part-time equivalent, OR a recognised Bachelor of Education or higher, or equivalent training, requiring at least four years of full-time study, or part-time equivalent, OR individual applications to be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants with a three-year Bachelor of Arts in Education may be accepted. Applicants will need to demonstrate that experience gained in the BA and any subsequent studies and or professional experience has provided them with the knowledge and skills to undertake the Master of Education.

Participants may apply for credit for professional workplace learning or work completed through accredited professional development courses or continuing education. Credit may also be granted for Masters-level units completed in other courses at Murdoch or at other higher education institutions.

English language requirements: IELTS of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0), or Pearson Academic Test of English 64 with no band less than 58 or TOEFL Internet based of 90 with no band below 20 or equivalent.

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Master of Education (Research)

A Bachelor of Education degree, or equivalent, requiring at least four years of equivalent full-time study;

or

a Bachelor's degree requiring at least three years of equivalent full-time study and have successfully completed a graduate course in education requiring at least one year of equivalent full-time study.

English language requirements: IELTS of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0), or Pearson Academic Test of English 64 with no band less than 58 or TOEFL Internet based of 90 with no band below 20 or equivalent.

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Doctor of Education

Advanced academic study, research preparation and professional experience are required for admission to the course. The entry requirements are the equivalent of a Bachelor of Education (or other relevant degree) with honours from a recognised university and at least two years of relevant professional experience.

Students who have a Master of Education degree by coursework or research will be considered on a case-by-case basis for credit. Students with a Master of Education by coursework degree may be asked to complete a small project as part of the first year of the Education Doctorate. At most students may be granted 16 points of credit; those who have a part-completed MEd will also be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be awarded credit on a pro rata basis, provided these studies were undertaken within the last 10 years. Despite the amount of credit which may be awarded for previous studies, students may be requested to enrol in up to 16 points of coursework at the 600-level, which their supervisor or the student considers to be advantageous either for professional development or for the completion of the dissertation. To count as credit towards the EdD, a student must normally pass the units at Credit level or above.

Candidates who do not meet the admission requirements may be offered a place in a preliminary course designed to prepare them for admission to the doctoral course. The specific studies to be completed within a preliminary course would be determined in each case by the School's Research and Postgraduate Studies Committee.

English language requirements: IELTS of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0), or Pearson Academic Test of English 64 with no band less than 58 or TOEFL Internet based of 90 with no band below 20 or equivalent.

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International students

For entry into PRIMARY & SECONDARY postgraduate courses (Grad Dip Secondary & M.Teach Primary), international students will need to demonstrate English Language competency via the Academic IELTS test, with an overall score of 7.5, (with no individual band less than 7.0 for reading and writing, and no band less that 8.0 for speaking and listening).

This generally does not apply if you are from UK / USA / Canada / Ireland / New Zealand.

For international students wishing to then live and teach in Australia, The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) is the assessing authority for the school teacher occupations listed in the Australian Government Skilled Occupation List.

The following teaching positions are currently on the Australian Government’s Skilled Occupation List (2015):

  • Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Special Needs Teacher

AITSL requires such applicants to provide evidence of English language proficiency by providing Academic IELTS of a score of at least 7.0 for both Reading and Writing; and a score of at least 8.0 for both Speaking and Listening.