Teaching is a vital profession, promising a career that is challenging, rewarding and different with every new day. With a Master of Teaching from Curtin University, you’ll gain expertise in either Primary or Secondary school teaching – putting you in a position to inspire, and positively influence the lives of the next generation.
Are you teacher material?
If you love learning, and count empathy as one of your greatest strengths, teaching could be the career for you.
- Do you enjoy talking to and meeting new people?
- Have you ever enjoyed coaching a sports team, drama, dance or music group?
- Do others naturally gravitate toward you for help? Do you have the patience to make sure they fully understand?
- Do you enjoy sharing what you know, and get excited when you see someone have an ‘aha’ moment?
As a teacher, you get to be a part of your students’ growth and success. The enjoyment of seeing someone else gain knowledge and be successful is at the heart of being a great teacher.
Other typical traits include being organised, being able to manage your time well, and to be able to follow specific instructions, such as curriculum guidelines. A passion for education, life-long learning and resilience will also help you succeed.
When you start out as a brand new teacher-in-training, don’t worry– you don’t need to have all these skills and attributes on your first morning. You’ll develop them as you progress through your degree, and become profession-ready by graduation.
About Curtin’s Master of Teaching courses
Through Curtin, you can study primary (years one to six) or secondary (years seven to 12) education.
If you choose to specialise in Primary School education you will study all curriculum areas. If you choose Secondary School studies, you’ll be required to choose at least one major teaching area, including:
- Humanities and social science
Additional areas of learning include created technologies, which looks at important technical skills such as programming, and how teaching professionals can use the latest technology to enhance their teaching.
The Masters has a strong commitment to diversity. You’ll discover how best to cater to the wide range of student populations here in Australia, and embed the right curriculum to meet their needs.
What’s exciting about the Masters is you have four opportunities to work in a school during the degree. During these practicums, you’ll develop the practical classroom skills that accompany the theoretical knowledge studied throughout your university degree. Practicums run for 10 day, 15 or 25 days at a time, giving you a strong connection between theory and practice. By studying this course through OUA and Curtin, you will have more professional experience days than required for accreditation – a fact we’re proud of.
What it’s like to study online
Apart from a few fixed requirements, like starting dates, assessment due dates or exams– you’re free to study on your own terms. You’ll decide when and where you attend your online lectures or seminars, when you’ll collaborate online and how your study time fits around your lifestyle.
Curtin University aren’t new to online study – they’ve been in the game for years. They take great care in ensuring that the quality of your study experience online is equal to that on campus. Take for example Curtin’s Collaborate sessions, which are online virtual classrooms. You can watch tutorials and chat to students and tutors in real-time, or catch up on the action at a later date. If you ever get stuck, your tutors will only be a phone call or email away.