University Handbook 2018

Graduate Diploma in Education (Middle Years)

Course code/s: EGEMYP

This course is being phased out.  No new enrolments will be permitted from 2016. 

Students currently enrolled in this degree will be able to complete their degree under the structure outlined below.

Course details
Location Shepparton
Course Coordinator Dr Caroline Walta
Course Code EGEMYP
Available to International students Yes
CRICOS 069223D
Course duration 1 year full-time
Credit Points 120
Exchange opportunity  
Leave of absence available Leave of absence is not available for this course of study other than in exceptional circumstance and with the approval of the Course Coordinator
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe

Course Description

This one-year course provides a qualification to teach in both primary and secondary schools with a special focus on the middle years of schooling (Grade 5 to Year 10). Students with appropriate undergraduate sub-majors/majors also will be eligible to teach Years 11 and 12. Students interested in working with young adolescents (age 11-16 years) will be well suited to this course.
The course provides practical and intellectually rigorous teacher education delivered through five weeks of intensive face-to-face classes in three blocks and supported by directed online learning throughout the year. While the University will endeavour to place students for practicum experience in venues accessible from their home, this cannot be guaranteed. In some cases, residence ‘away from home’ may be required to complete practicum requirements.

Course Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Engage with curriculum documents and other resources to plan appropriate programs for teaching across the middle years of schooling.
  • Gain practical experience teaching in upper primary and junior secondary context.
  • Engage with issues of student management, student engagement and working with diverse learners.
  • Engage with requirements for professional conduct as teachers.
  • Meet the graduate requirements as outlined in the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) guidelines.

Admission requirements

Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree or approved equivalent with sequences of studies in relevant subjects that satisfy the prerequisites specified for the particular teaching method. This is normally at least a sub-major in each of two recognised subject areas taught in secondary schools. However, applicants with discipline studies in only one secondary school curriculum area are also eligible to apply. Further information on eligibility can be found at (follow the links to Teacher Education and Specialist Area Guidelines). In addition, competence in English is required. Mathematics is recommended to at least Year 11 of secondary schooling.

English requirement

Applicants whose first language is not English will require an IELTS score of 7.5, with no individual band score less than 7.0 and a score of no less than 8.0 in speaking and listening.

Special requirements

The Victorian Department of Education and Training requires a satisfactory criminal record check for all teacher education students undertaking practicum requirements in Victorian Department of Education and Training schools. It is expected that equivalent requirements will exist for all other Victorian schools. Students upon first enrolling in teacher education courses will be required to complete a Working with Children Check application. Students must provide a certified copy of their valid Working with Children card prior to undertaking teaching placements. Confirmation of a criminal record may jeopardise a student’s ability to gain access to a suitable, or any, practicum placement(s) and may therefore delay or prevent completion of the course.

Course structure

EDU1AIM is a not-for-credit online subject that students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester. The subject is designed to enhance students' knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

The course will be delivered by a combination of intensive block mode classes and online learning. The course consists of 120 credit points and is planned around three major areas of study:

  • Approaches to teaching and learning
  • Methodology and curriculum
  • Practical teaching.

A pass in all components of subjects and 80% attendance is required for successful completion of the award.

Semester 1 EDU4IMA  (Weeks 07-28) EDU4MLA (Weeks 07-28) EDU4TPA  (Weeks 07-28) EDU4SMP (Weeks 07-28)
Issues in Education A – Teaching and Learning Methods A – Curriculum in Focus Teaching Practicum A School-based Middle Years Project
Issues in Education B – Teaching in the Middle Years Context of Education Methods B – Integrating Curriculum Teaching Practicum B

Note: LOTE Method is an optional additional Primary method and can be taken at an additional cost by those with the appropriate undergraduate qualification in the Language Other than English.

The following secondary teaching methods are available in the Middle Years program:

Single Methods

Accounting, Art and Craft, Biology, Business Management, Business Studies, Chemistry, Commerce & Business Studies, Dance, Drama, Economics, English, Environmental Science, Geography, Health, History, Home Economics, Humanities, Humanities Additional, Information Technology/Computing, Legal Studies, LOTE, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Outdoor Education, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Science, Science Additional, Technology, Visual Arts

Double Methods

LOTE, Mathematics



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