Post-grad courses offering flexibility
La Trobe University’s Master of Teaching (P-12) offered by flexible delivery out of its Albury-Wodonga campus has been accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching. In conjunction with the Graduate Diploma in Education (Middle Years) offered flexibly out of the Shepparton campus La Trobe is now able to offer more choice for more students wishing to take up graduate entry teacher education.
The post-graduate courses provide flexible options for students especially those living in remote or rural areas or working full-time as both courses are tailored for people that cannot attend a university campus on a regular basis says Dr Rick Churchill, Coordinator Regional Education Programs, Albury-Wodonga and Shepparton.
‘Now people can be anywhere is Australia and undertake either of these courses while still living in their home communities. This new approach will also provide the communities in which some of our students live, often quite rural, with more teachers in schools,’ says Dr Churchill.
Instead of the traditional format where it is mandatory for students to attend daily classes on campus throughout the semester, these two courses require only 7-10 days of face to face learning each semester while the rest of the curriculum is undertaken online and through professional experience in educational settings.
‘Professional experience placements are essential to teaching curriculum and the benefit of this model is students can undertake that experience in the communities they live,’ says Dr Churchill.
The Master of Teaching (P-12) consists of two years of full-time study, which may be taken in an accelerated mode over 18 calendar months or half-time over 30 calendar months. Students also have the chance to leave after 12 calendar months with a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (P-12) and to finish the rest of the Masters award while working as registered teachers.
‘Nearly every town and every community has a school and sometimes those places are far from tertiary education,’ says Dr Churchill.
‘These courses provide a way to extend teaching and learning throughout more communities using contemporary and flexible means that suit student lifestyles.’
To find out more about the Master of Teaching (P-12) and the Graduate Diploma in Education (Middle Years) visit: www.latrobe.edu.au/courses/primary-and-secondary-teaching/postgraduate
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:
La Trobe University Communications Officer
T: 03 9479 5353 M: 0418 495 941 E: M.Lodwick@latrobe.edu.au