The accreditation process involves a rigorous assessment of an initial teacher education (ITE) program against a set of nationally agreed standards. Accreditation standards and procedures are designed to ensure that all graduates of ITE meet the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the Graduate career stage. This ensures the program is of high quality and prepares pre-service teachers for the teaching profession. The process also includes an assessment of a provider’s quality assurance and continuous improvement mechanisms, as well as ensuring that the provider has a nationally endorsed teaching performance assessment which all graduates must successfully complete.
In Queensland, each program is assessed by a panel of nationally trained assessors that includes school leaders, employers, practising teachers and higher education representatives. A mandatory site visit involving forums with school partners, graduates, ITE students and the teaching staff of the ITE program is embedded in Queensland reaccreditation processes. Panels make a recommendation to the QCT’s Professional Standards Committee, which holds responsibility for granting accreditation and determines the length of the accreditation period. A maximum of five years accreditation may be granted.
More information on the accreditation process may be found at: www.aitsl.edu.au/deliver-ite-programs/standards-and-procedures.
|Provider||University of the Sunshine Coast|
|Program title||Master of Teaching (Primary)|
|Program duration in equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL)||2 years|
|Minimum program duration||2 years|
|Stage of schooling||Primary|
|Mode(s) of delivery||On Campus / Online|
|Campus location(s)||Sunshine Coast|
|Date of current accreditation||31/12/2017|
|Accreditation outcome*||Five-year accreditation period granted|
|Accreditation expiry date (optional)||30/12/2022|
|Quality assurance processes in place||
Quality assurance processes include, but are not limited to:
Program description and rationale
To graduate with a Master of Teaching (Primary) students are required to complete 17 units, including curriculum knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge and effective classroom teaching in their area of specialisation. Students will be eligible to enter the program if they satisfy discipline knowledge requirements in an undergraduate degree from a recognised institution.
The learning/subject areas for specialisation are: English and Science.
The Master of Teaching (Primary) includes 60 days of supervised professional experience in primary schools.
For further information including entry requirements and career opportunities, please visit: Master of Teaching (Primary).
University of the Sunshine Coast graduates have successfully passed the national literacy and numeracy test (LANTITE), the final Queensland Professional Experience Reporting Framework (QPERF); and the Quality Teaching Performance Assessment (QTPA).
* Nationally accredited ITE programs delivered in Queensland are subject to ongoing monitoring, including: