A new way to deliver teacher education
The Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) combines study and classroom teaching in a unique way which allows students to gain the practical experience they need to succeed in teaching, whilst also earning a salary during their studies.
Equipping students to lead classrooms early in their studies
“We started the internship program to create an employment-based pathway for high quality, career-change applicants to immerse themselves in the teaching profession,” Course Coordinator of the Internship program, Dr. Merryn Dawborn-Gundlach says.
While traditional graduate teacher education is a combination of intensive placements and academic study, the internship program has interns teaching in schools whilst continuing their academic studies through online and on campus intensives.
Dr. Dawborn-Gundlach adds, “The great thing about the program is students don’t have to return to full-time university study for two years to qualify and register as a teacher.
“So it’s ideal for people considering a profession in teaching but who don’t wish to return to a typical university course.”
For those looking for such an alternative, the Internship program is the perfect pathway to a career in teaching, and it allows people to make an impact in classrooms straight away.
An innovative curriculum taught by Australia’s leaders in education
The Internship program is an alternative to the Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s (MGSE) acclaimed Master of Teaching (Secondary), which has a strong focus on the direct application of the theory and pedagogy studied at university.
The Internship, however, takes a more immersive approach, with interns teaching in their own classrooms very early in their teacher training.
“This year, we reviewed the program structure from a 3 year program to 2. Now, more of what interns do in the classroom counts towards their assessments and course requirements,” Dr Dawborn-Gundlach says.
Interns succeed with unparalleled support
The program still offers a similar, comprehensive support structure to MGSE’s standard Master of Teaching streams, with face-to-face and online support from the MGSE, as well as mentor support from their school.
Interns also receive a $10,000 bursary to help ease the transition from work into the internship program.
How have interns improved schools?
“Our partnership schools who are employing current interns find the program has several benefits. Many interns have spent time working as professionals in other fields, such as in engineering, journalism, science, law and business, and bring a diverse range of perspectives and transferable skills to the teaching profession.
“These high-quality aspiring teachers have excellent subject content knowledge and often extensive life experiences that feed into their teaching philosophy,” Dr Dawborn-Gundlach says.
One of the strengths of the internship program is sharing interns’ stories of the importance they place on creating lessons that engage all their students.
“Hearing the stories of successes and the positive feedback, and seeing the interns considered for promotion even before they are fully registered, shows the quality of these interns and their ability to rise to the challenges presented to them.”