High achievers study teaching

12 February 2013

Domestic students starting the University of Melbourne's Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) this month have achieved an average GPA of 6 out of 7 (the equivalent of a distinction) in their undergraduate studies.

Their Primary and Secondary colleagues are not far behind, achieving an average GPA of 5.7 out of 7 in their undergraduate degree in both courses - the equivalent of a high credit.

Melbourne Graduate School of Education Dean, Professor Field Rickards, says the scores show teaching is attracting high quality graduates.

"We have heard a lot recently about sliding ATARs into teaching degrees. However, this is certainly not the case for all teaching degrees. Our experience shows that offering a high quality course at masters level attracts high quality candidates," he said.

Offered by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education since 2008, the Master of Teaching is a clinical graduate teaching course that focuses on the University-school partnership and diagnosing students' individual learning needs.

Candidates are in schools two days per week from early in their studies, with the University funding half the salary of an expert teacher in partnership schools to provide the necessary support, along with a dedicated academic staff member.

Graduate studies are the most appropriate preparation for teachers, according to Professor Rickards.

"In countries with high performing education systems, like Finland, teachers must complete a masters degree before they can qualify," he said. "Our Master of Teaching shows that replicating this approach in Australia is worth considering."

Entry requirements for the Master of Teaching:

There is no minimum GPA requirement for entry into the Master of Teaching. However places are competitive and, because the course is growing in popularity, the quality of selected candidates is increasing every year. Read more about entry requirements for Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary.