JCU’s unique teacher education program
James Cook University is Australian’s tropical university. Students who choose to study at JCU are exceptional and eager to become part of a university community that is committed to aiding those who live in remote communities. While JCU is famous for its focus on tropical medicine and environmental sciences, all its courses have an underlying purpose: Marshalling broad intellectual strengths, the university seeks knowledge-based ways to help the world’s tropical regions prosper.
First offered in 2016, the JCU Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary) prepares teachers to critically respond to the challenges of northern Queensland and the Tropics, through a theoretically informed practice-based approach with provision for learning experiences in urban, rural and remote school-community environments.
- High-quality candidates: JCU uses selection criteria that ensure students have the academic background and dispositions necessary to be high-quality primary teachers.
- Regional focus: The degree, similar to JCU’s strategic intent, focuses on providing consequential experiences to prepare student as an educator for rural and remote areas, in addition to urban contexts, so they can respond confidently to the diversity of classrooms.
- Research informed: The program is grounded in foundations of high-quality initial teacher education and ensures student development in acquiring the knowledge and skills that inform practice in JCU partners’ schools. Special attention is given to preparing students to make evidence-based decisions associated with students’ learning.
- Work Integrated Learning (WIL): Students will be linked to a school for each phase and be provided the opportunity to engage with the school over the phase and your practicum, under mentored conditions, to maximise professional learning.
- Subject specialisation: Your first degree provides you with the background to have subject specialisation in the primary grades. Of particular interest are teachers with specialisations in mathematics (numeracy), science, information and communication technology (ICT) and English (literacy).
- Capstone: The teacher education program concludes with a 20-day capstone experience in the final phase of study, as a school-based internship or community-based service learning opportunity that requires students to conduct a research-based professional inquiry within this setting.
Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary)Program: Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary)
Location: Cairns or Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 1.5 years
Application deadline: JCU has a general application deadline of December 1; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.