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Presented by Stephen Keast, Course Advisor Clayton Campus Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) Clayton Campus Information Session 2010 Intake The Faculty of Education, Clayton Campus Grad.Dip.Ed (Sec) at Monash Course Structure Full Time Course Structure Part Time Year 1

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presented by stephen keast course advisor clayton campus

Presented by Stephen Keast, Course Advisor Clayton Campus

Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)

Clayton CampusInformation Session

2010 Intake

course structure part time
Course Structure Part Time

Year 1

Semester 1: EDF4005 Productive Classrooms

EDF41xx Core Curriculum Unit

EDF4730 Professional Experience 1a (10 days)

Semester 2: EDF4007 Schooling and Diversity

EDF44xx Curriculum Specialism Unit

EDF4733 Professional Experience 2a (15 days)

Year 2

Semester 1: EDF4004 Curriculum and Assessment

EDF4xxx Core Curriculum Unit or Curriculum Elective Unit

EDF4731 Professional Experience 1b (10 days)

Semester 2: EDF4006 Professional Engagement

EDF44xx Curriculum Specialism Unit

EDF4734 Professional Experience 2b (15 days)

course structure
Course structure

The four Core Education units engage with broader theories and practices that mediate teaching and learning, covering pedagogy, curriculum and assessment, including:

  • Education as a profession
  • The relationship between teaching and learning
  • Psychology of students, particularly adolescents
  • Social context of education
  • Implementation of learning strategies, including learning technologies
  • Communication skills, including literacy skills
  • Classroom management
  • Assessment
  • Research and evaluation in curriculum and teaching
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Course structure

Core Curriculum Units (Semester 1: Years 7-10)

  • cross-disciplinary or trans-disciplinary units, with a particular focus on years 7-10 curriculum
  • draw on more explicit connections between traditional discipline constructs (eg. as in Victorian Essential Learning Standards VELS)
  • encourage students to build their own meaningful and authentic links between discipline areas traditionally viewed as discrete and unconnected
  • act as prerequisite studies for the Curriculum Specialism units studied in Semester 2

Curriculum Elective units(Semester 1: Years 7-10)

  • available to students whose two curriculum specialisms have the same pre-requisite core curriculum unit
  • reflect the growing diversity in school curriculum offerings and settings
  • enable Grad Dip students to develop in-depth understandings in areas previously only available to Double Degree students
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Course structure

Curriculum Specialism units (Semester 2: Years 7-12)

  • closely related to existing specialism units that have been offered before 2008 (Years 7-12)
  • reflect your eligibility for VTAC “teaching methods”
  • approaches to teaching, learning and assessment in your specialist area(s)
  • curriculum – local, interstate and overseas
  • expectation that your ‘content knowledge’ is developed in previous studies
  • reflect more traditional framing of discipline areas
  • usually require core curriculum unit as a prerequisite
  • include both 7-10 curriculum and post-compulsory (VCE)
teaching specialisms
Teaching Specialisms

Specialisms available on and off campus

Accounting, Biology, Business Management, Chemistry, Economics, English, Geography, Health, History, Computing/Info Tech, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music (single and double), Outdoor Education, Physical Education, Physics, Science, Social Education, Visual Arts (single and double)

Specialisms available ON Campus (Clayton) only

Drama, ESL, Jewish Studies, Legal Studies, LOTE (single and double)

curriculum specialisms
Curriculum Specialisms
  • Applicants must be eligible for two single curriculum specialisms or a double curriculum specialism.

  • All applicants will be assessed for specialism eligibility as part of their VTAC application.
  • Applicants who list ESL and/or LOTE must submit a “Supplementary form”

  • Tick Yes to the any other methods box to indicate if you are prepared to accept an offer for specialisms other than what you have entered in specialisms A and B. By ticking the 'yes' box you will then be considered for any other specialisms for which you are eligible.
  • You will not be considered for teaching specialisms for which you do not have the appropriate academic background (work experience does not count)
professional experience units
Professional Experience Units

First Semester

EDF4730 (3 pts) and EDF4731(3pts) Professional Experience 1a and 1b

Second Semester

EDF4733 (3 pts) and EDF4734(3pts) Professional Experience 2a and 2b

Successful completion of these units will provide evidence of competency in your Professional Practice (teaching rounds) and the successful completion of the requirements for Teacher Registration (a minimum of 45 days of supervised teaching practice). You cannot complete the course without satisfactorily completing the required amount of supervised teaching days.

contact hours
Contact Hours

Full time Course - Clayton

Full time classes are held during the day, generally anywhere between 9am - 6pm over most weekdays. Some specialism units in Semester 2 may have workshops that run until 8pm. A full time student can expect approximately 12-16 hours of class contact during university teaching periods. Students are expected to be available 5 days a week for classes. All units are to be completed on campus at Clayton.

VTAC Code 94111 (CSP) 94112 (Fee paying)

Part time Course -Clayton

A part time student can expect approximately 6-8 hours of class contact. Part time core education units are held in the evening (currently 5 - 8 pm Monday 1st year, Thursday 2nd year). However, students can request to attend day time classes for their core units. Specialism units are held during the day.

VTAC Code 94121(CSP) 94122 (Fee paying)

  • For each contact hour you are expected to spend 3-4 hours in private or small group study
gippsland campus
Gippsland campus
  • Off Campus Course – (administered through Gippsland campus) Part time course completed over two years with one curriculum specialism ( 5 weeks fieldwork placement) each year

VTAC Code 94201 (CSP) 94202 (Fee paying)

  • On Campus/mixed mode Course – Gippsland campus– Full timecourse completed in one year with core units on campus Gippsland (usually 1 day per week, possibly on Tuesdays in 2010)

VTAC Code 94221 (CSP) 94222 (Fee paying)

teaching practice
Teaching Practice

Full time students are placed for 50 days and must complete a minimum of 45 days of supervised teaching practice. The rounds are scheduled in a 5 week block in Semester 1 and a 5 week block in Semester 2. Students are expected at school from 8:15am to 4:30 pm each day.

  • Part time students are required to complete 25 days per year, which is scheduled in a 2-week block in semester 1 and a 3-week block during semester 2. These are undertaken on a full time basis.
  • During the placement period, there are no classes held at the university.
  • Students must be available to undertake placement at the scheduled time, including outside of the nominated placement period where restricted placement availability applies.
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Teaching Practice
  • All placements are allocated by the Professional Placements Office on your behalf
  • Students are required to complete an online Professional Placement Questionnaire after enrolment. This questionnaire allows students to provide the Professional Placements Office with key criteria referred to when making student placement allocations
  • Pre-service teachers may be allocated to a placement that requires travel of approximately 60 minutes by car or 75 minutes by public transport from their place of residence as registered with the University or as advised via the Placement Questionnaire. All pre-service teachers should be prepared to travel this distance to an allocated placement.  (NB. Secondary pre-service teachers undertaking a hard to place specialism, should be prepared to travel for a longer time frame).
  • It is important to note that students are required to be at school for a full day (8.15am – 4.30 pm).
  • Only one placement may be undertaken in a school in which you are currently employed.
working with children check
Working with Children Check
  • It is mandatory for all students to complete the Working with Children (WWC) Check . If you already hold a WWC check a second WWC check is not required however you do need to register the University as one of your Organisations.
  • A WWC for student teachers (volunteers) is free provided it is not used for paid child-related work. The cost for paid workers with children is $76.10*.
  • The Working with Children (WWC) Check helps to protect children from sexual or physical harm by checking a person's criminal history for serious sexual, violence or drug offences and findings from professional disciplinary bodies.

*as at 1 July 2009

teaching practice dates 2010 subject to change
Teaching Practice Dates 2010 (subject to change)

Full Time Students

Round 1

12th April – 14th May (5 weeks)

Round 2

16th August – 17th September (5 weeks)

Part Time Students

Round 1: 3rd May – 14th May (2 weeks)

Round 2: 30th August – 17th September (3 weeks)

Students should refer to the online calendar for the most up to date placement information

monash grad dip ed sec
Monash Grad.Dip.Ed. (Sec)
  • Emphasis on small group organisation
  • No exams!
  • Core Education units are graded
  • Curriculum Specialism and Professional Experience units are Pass Grade Only (PGO)
  • Attempts to develop close working relationships among staff and students
  • Range of teaching practice opportunities - independent, Catholic & government schools; country teaching possibilities, indigenous and overseas prac – Maningrida, Cook Islands, South Korea, South Africa see
  • Program continually reviewed & updated
monash grad dip ed sec at clayton
Monash Grad.Dip.Ed. (Sec) at Clayton
  • Portfolio preparation
  • Language and cultural support (orientation program for one week prior to commencement of course)
  • Mock Interviews / Resume Booklet
  • Links to further studies - Monash Education has a large range of postgraduate courses.
  • Opportunities to undertake elective courses, eg: Certificate IV Training & Assessment
  • Camp/Ball/Revue/Education Students Association
  • Science Overnight Camp early March, Lord Somers Camp. All Science, Geography, PE and Outdoor Ed specialism students required to attend.
selection process
Selection Process

Selection of new students is based on:

  • academic merit determined by Grade Point Average (GPA) and /or post-secondary academic record. Remember to include all qualifications, not just the most recent.
  • the availability of supervision and teaching practice facilities
  • proof of English proficiency
  • supplementary information provided in the Personal Information (Pi) form. It is recommended that applicants complete this section. The Pi form can only be accessed through MyInfo once you have submitted your application.
  • Completion of supplementary forms for ESL & LOTE specialisms.
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Selection Process
  • In accordance with VIT (Victorian Institute of Teaching) and as part of your VTAC application, you will be assessed for specialism eligibility. Applicants eligible for only 1 single specialism will not be selected. You should apply for the specialisms you feel most relevant to your studies and tick the "yes" to any other method option on the form.
  • Social Education (SOSE) applicants must have studies in at least two social science areas.
  • (General) Science applicants must have studies in at least two Science areas.
  • LOTE – native speakers must obtain a “Statement of Equivalence” from a recognised university Language Department (see link below)

Applicants are responsible for incurring the costs of the Statement of Equivalence

  • By ticking "yes“ to any other method you will be considered for any other

specialisms for which you are assessed as eligible.

  • A police record check/Working with Children check is NOT required with your VTAC application but will be required for teaching practice (special arrangements are made upon enrolment).
vtac application dates
VTAC Application Dates

Closing Date for timely VTAC applications

5.00 pm on Wednesday 30 September

Final Closing Date for late applications

(with late fee)

5.00 pm on Friday 13 November

No Very Late Applications

closing dates see vtac guide p 609
Closing dates (see VTAC Guide p 609)

Documentation/Pi forms 2 Oct 5pm (timely)

Documentation 11 Dec 5pm (final)

Pi form 11 Dec 5pm (final)

Change of address 7 Jan 2010 5pm

applying for the course
Applying for the course
  • Australian and New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents must apply online via the VTAC website:
  • International applicants and applicants in transition for granting of permanent residence cannot apply via VTAC, they must apply through Monash International Recruitment Services

It is recommended that visa holders check the Monash University ESOS page to see if their visa subclass classifies them as a domestic or international applicant

Domestic applicant*

International applicant*

* You must seek independent advice from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship on your visa subclass

completing the vtac form online
Completing the VTAC Form online

Refer to VTAC Graduate Entry Teaching section (from page 609 of the VTAC guide)

  • The VTAC Online Application is VTAC's web-based application process. MyInfo is also part of the VTAC website and allows you to access information related to your application. You can access the Pi form and print off the Documentation Cover Sheet through MyInfo. If you are made an offer for the course, notification will be made available through MyInfo.
  • You are advised to carefully read the information as you proceed.
  • At the completion of your application print off the “Acknowledgement of Application”. This provides you with a record of your application details.
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Completing the VTAC Form online
  • Make sure you include all your post-secondary qualifications
  • Include courses to be completed in 2009
  • Read the instructions carefully about requirements for additional documentation
  • You have 4 course preferences
  • You must select from the drop down lists the relevant course code (CSP or full fee)
  • CSP course codes end in 1, Full fee course codes end in 2
  • You must also select your specialisms/methods
  • We recommend applicants tick Yes to ‘any other method’
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Completing the VTAC Form online

CSP vs. Fee paying Course Places

  • VTAC has a different code for each type of course: full time and part time.
  • This code also differs depending on the type of fee category an applicant wishes to apply for.

For Example: Full time, Clayton 94111 (CSP) Full time, Clayton 94112 (Fee paying)

Part time, Clayton 94121 (CSP) Part time, Clayton 94122 (Fee paying)

  • Please ensure that you select the correct course and fee code when completing the form.
  • This year there were some applicants who accidentally selected the full fee option and were offered a place they could not afford.
  • The University cannot take any responsibility for an applicant completing the form incorrectly.
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Completing the VTAC form online

Change of Preference

All paid applicants have the opportunity to change their preferences on the VTAC website.

Timely Applicants

3 August – 30 October (5pm)

All Applicants

30 November – 7 December (5pm)

extra requirements
Extra Requirements
  • You may need to supply certified documentation by December 11 (final closing date) - see page 611 of the VTAC guide.
  • If you wish to apply for a LOTE (Languages other than English) teaching specialism you must fill in a LOTE Supplementary form and submit by 13 November
  • If you wish to apply for ESL (English as a second language) specialism you must fill in a ESL Supplementary form by 13 November.

If you do not have a second language or linguistics background you will be required to complete additional hours of study to meet VIT requirements.

english requirements
English Requirements
  • Applicants to graduate courses with a practicum component need to provide evidence of how they fulfil the minimum English language requirements in one of the two ways listed below. Note that the Faculty reserves the right to assess oral proficiency through a separate interview
  • At least three years of study in an English medium institution# and one of the following:
    • A pass in units 3 & 4 in any VCE English subject or what is judged by the Faculty to be an equivalent
    • Completion of all secondary schooling entirely in English in an English medium institution#
    • At least three years of further full-time tertiary study or full-time communicatively demanding work conducted in English*.
  • A score on an English language proficiency test meeting one of the following sets of minimum requirements:
    • An overall score on the IELTS (academic) of at least 7 with a score of at least 7.0 on Speaking and Writing and at least 6.5 on Reading and Listening.
    • Internet-based TOEFL of 100 with at least 25 on Writing and Speaking scores and at least 22 on Reading and Listening. A faculty interview to assess oral proficiency may also be required.
  • # An English medium institution is one where English is the language of instruction and assessment for the entire institution. Documentary evidence in the form of a letter or transcript is required from the institution at which the study was undertaken.
  • * Communicatively demanding work conducted in English is defined as work where communication in oral and written forms is conducted in English at least 50% of the time, and where this English medium communication involves the ability to negotiate solutions to problems, explain processes and concepts, provide persuasive arguments, critique written information and provide constructive feedback, all at a high level
english language test
English Language Test

You may register for the IELTS (academic) through Monash University English Language Centre

Places are filling rapidly, so apply as soon as possible.

After sitting the test you must supply VTAC with a certified copy of your results prior to 5pm on 11 December.

dates for vtac offers
Dates for VTAC Offers

First Round Offers

Monday 11 January 2010Offers will be posted by VTAC, available in the press and by logging on to MyInfo on the VTAC website.

Second Round OffersFriday 22 January 2010Offers will be posted by VTAC and by logging on to MyInfo on the VTAC website.

accepting your offer
Accepting your offer
  • Enrol in the course offered to you on the specified date/time specified in your offer letter or on MyInfo.
  • You MUST attend on campus (Clayton applicants) to enrol. Enrolment for first round will be before 16 January 2010. If you do not enrol your offer is cancelled.
  • If you are considering deferring your offer you must complete the relevant application form and submit it to the Faculty prior to the enrolment date. This ensure your place will be held by Monash University for the following year. You can only defer your place for 12 months only (no mid year intake)
  • If you cannot attend enrolment you will need to organise a proxy (with signed authorisation proxy form or written authorisation) to attend on your behalf. If you anticipate that you will be away during the time that offers are made, you MUST check MyInfo to see if you are made an offer in a timely manner, and organise a proxy for enrolment.
  • A small number of second round offers may be made. Second round enrolment takes place between 27 – 28 January 2010.
course commencement
Course Commencement

Full Time Course:Monday 1 March, 2010

Part Time Course:Monday 1 March, 2010

Semester 1 1st March – 4th June

Mid semester break 2nd – 9th April (Easter)

Semester 2 19th July – 22nd October

Mid semester break 27th September – 1st October

You must be able to start the course on time, and must be able to attend all classes and complete placement during the allocated teaching practice periods. You may be required to complete supplementary teaching practice in the exam period (three weeks after the end of each semester).

fees indicative
Fees (indicative)

Local Students

  • Commonwealth supported place (CSP) $6,637.00 (1.25 years course completed in 1 calendar year) Australian citizens, Australian Permanent Resident Visa holders and New Zealand citizens are eligible for this type of place
  • Full fee place $18,750.00 (1.25 years completed in 1 calendar year)

Full fee places (full time and part time) are offered in addition to CSP places. Applicants must meet the selection criteria.

International Students

  • Full fee place $21,875.00 (1.25 years completed in 1 calendar year). International students must study full time.

There are no University or Faculty based scholarships for this course, however, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development offers scholarships to students who are enrolled in the Grad Dip Ed course.

  • Maths and Science Graduate Scholarships (Applications close October 5th)
  • Teaching scholarships (Applications advertised Recruitment online from mid August 2009 onwards)

The Scholarships benefits include a cash payment and ongoing employment, in order to attract the 'brightest and best' teacher graduates to teach in Victorian government schools, particularly in curriculum and geographic areas with recruitment difficulties.


other financial assistance
Other financial assistance
  • “The "Student Teacher Practicum Scheme" provides principals in Government Schools with an opportunity to participate in the training of student teachers and, in turn, enables student teachers to experience a rural or outer metropolitan placement. This also provides the school with the opportunity to see student teachers at work and assess their skills should a suitable vacancy arise in the future.”

There are two kinds of allowance:

  • Payment of $1,000 or $1,600 will be paid to student teachers who are required to live away from their current place of residence and are undertaking their placement in a designated priority or rural government school for which a Department "rurality status" rating has been accorded (most country schools except the larger regional centres).
  • Payment of a travel-only allowance of $300 to help meet commuting costs where students are required to travel more than one hour from their current place of residence to a designated rural government school for which a Department "rurality status" rating has been accorded or a government school in an outer metropolitan growth area currently deemed to be the Local Government Areas of Cardinia, Casey, Hume, Melton, Whittlesea and Wyndham.

Payment of an allowance under the scheme is not automatic. Please check the website above for eligibility and application processes.

Other assistance

  • “Returning to Earning” grants of up to $1000 to support parents to return to work after an absence caring for children. Grants and online application form are expected to be available in January 2010. Please refer to the website for further information and to register interest.

teacher salaries
Teacher Salaries

Salaries for Teacher Class in Victorian Government Schools

Effective from :

Classification and subdivision

4 Jan 2009 3 Jan 2010 2 Jan 2011

Leading Teacher

LT‐3 $84,767 $87,064 $89,423

LT‐2 $82,417 $84,650 $86,944

LT‐1 $80,134 $82,305 $84,536

Classroom Teacher


E‐4 $77,546 $79,648 $81,806

E‐3 $70,479 $72,389 $74,351

E‐2 $68,360 $70,212 $72,115

E‐1 $66,304 $68,101 $69,946


A‐5 $64,000 $65,735 $67,516

A‐4 $62,227 $63,913 $65,645

A‐3 $60,502 $62,141 $63,826

A‐2 $58,825 $60,420 $62,057

A‐1 $57,195 $58,745 $60,337


G‐2 $54,070 $55,535 $57,040

G‐1 $52,571 $53,996 $55,459

advanced standing credit
Advanced Standing/Credit
  • Applications for Advanced Standing (Credit) are only considered after a person is enrolled in a course. Advanced standing/credit is never guaranteed.
  • Credit for Diploma of Education units is generally only granted to people who have undertaken recent studies (within the last 5 years) in similar postgraduate teaching courses.
  • All applications for Advanced Standing (Credit) are considered on an individual basis.
myths and realities of teaching
Myths and Realities of Teaching
  • It is easy
  • I know how to teach, I was a student once
  • Teaching is telling, learning is listening
  • Teaching is part-time
any questions
Any questions?

Good luck!