Associate Degree in Teaching (Pacific Focus)

Why study the Associate Degree in Teaching (Pacific Focus) at UNE?

The Associate Degree in Teaching (Pacific Focus) is a unique teacher education course developed specifically for educators in Pacific Island contexts. The course offers three career pathways for graduates and is a gateway to completing further studies toward a Bachelor of Education (Pacific Focus). This initial-teacher education qualification encompasses working with children in Early Childhood Education, Primary Education, and Secondary Education.

Being a teacher is a rewarding career and this program aims to provide Pacific Island educators with necessary professional skills and qualifications to meet the needs of current and future generations of students. Students will have opportunities to develop their skills, knowledge and aptitudes for contributing to one of the largest professions worldwide.

This course is a two-year pre-service teaching qualification. It is designed to suit the Pacific context and meets requirements of Pacific Island Nation Education Acts that require a two-year teaching qualification. This course is not accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Career Opportunities

Early childhood, primary or secondary school teacher in Pacific Island Countries; education related career choices.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

2 Years Full-time
Up to 6 years Part-time

FEES

International

2018 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Online

Official Abbreviation AssocDTeach(PacFocus)
Course Type Undergraduate
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Course Duration
  • 2 Years Full-time
  • Up to 6 years Part-time
Fees International
Total Credit Points 96
Entry Requirements

A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).

English Language Proficiency

A candidate shall comply with the University's English Language Requirements for Admission Rule.

Literacy and Numeracy Requirements

Candidates undertaking the Secondary Mathematics specialisation are required to enrol on a non-award basis in the unit MTHS100 Introduction to Quantitative Skills and complete this unit within 12 months of commencing the Associate Degree in Teaching (Pacific Focus).

Candidates undertaking the Secondary Science specialisation are required to enrol on a non-award basis in the units MTHS100 Introduction to Quantitative Skills and CHEM100 Introductory Chemistry and complete these units within 12 months of commencing the Associate Degree in Teaching (Pacific Focus).

Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements

All students intending to undertake a professional experience placement in Australia whose work is categorised as 'practical training as part of an educational or vocational course'; in schools or other educational institutions (e.g. pre-schools, kindergartens and child care centres) must complete an International Criminal Background Check.

Working with Children Check*

All students intending to undertake a professional experience placement whose work is categorised as 'practical training as part of an educational or vocational course', in schools or other educational institutions (eg pre-schools, kindergartens and child care centres), must complete a Working with Children Check application or appropriate overseas equivalent eg Nauru police records check.

Child Protection Awareness Training*

All teacher education students must complete online Child Protection and Awareness Training prior to the commencement of their first professional experience placement in a school setting.

Anaphylaxis Training*

All teacher education students must complete a course in anaphylaxis management prior to the commencement of their first professional experience placement in a school setting.

*These requirements are subject to change. Students are referred to the Office for Professional Learning - Professional Experience Placement webpage for current information (including requirements for other states).

Fit for practice/Informed Consent Information

Prospective candidates should only accept an offer of a place in this course if they are able to meet the following ?Fit for Practice? requirements:

(a) abide by relevant UNE Rules and Procedures, for example, Student Behavioural Misconduct Rules, and any relevant School of Education Policies, for example, the Professional Experience Policy for professional placements;

(b) exercise sound judgement based on cognitive, mental and physical health and be able to respond appropriately to demands of teaching situations;

(c) demonstrate personal resilience and persistence to cope and maintain wellbeing under stressful situations;

(d) demonstrate satisfactory academic progression prior to professional placement;

(e) safeguard the University's integrity and demonstrate duty of care to students/children while engaged in professional experience;

(f) show personal maturity to ensure that a professional relationship is established with students/children;

(g) communicate to students/children with clarity and in an appropriate manner that relates to their age profile;

(h) possess and model the literacy and numeracy skills expected of teachers in interactions they have within the classroom and broader settings;

(i) be able to create, evaluate and reflect on the physical and emotional safety of students/children in a variety of situations and environments; and

(j) be able to establish and maintain effective professional relationships with colleagues and the broader school/early childhood community.

Candidates who have or who develop a disability that may or will prevent them from meeting the above professional experience requirements should contact Student Support to see if reasonable adjustments are practicable.

Candidates who have difficulties in meeting some of the above professional experience requirements will be required to contact the Office for Professional Learning to put in place remedial and/or counselling activities through a pro-active approach to improve their teaching practice.

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

Students are required to complete 40 days of embedded Professional Experience for Primary and Secondary specialisations, and 55 days of embedded Professional Experience for the Early Childhood Education specialisation.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Academic Colours

Violet (BCC 179)

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Associate Degree in Teaching (Pacific Focus) in 2018.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and the Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).

English Language Proficiency

A candidate shall comply with the University's English Language Requirements for Admission Rule.

Literacy and Numeracy Requirements

Candidates undertaking the Secondary Mathematics specialisation are required to enrol on a non-award basis in the unit MTHS100 Introduction to Quantitative Skills and complete this unit within 12 months of commencing the Associate Degree in Teaching (Pacific Focus).

Candidates undertaking the Secondary Science specialisation are required to enrol on a non-award basis in the units MTHS100 Introduction to Quantitative Skills and CHEM100 Introductory Chemistry and complete these units within 12 months of commencing the Associate Degree in Teaching (Pacific Focus).

Additional Requirements

All students intending to undertake a professional experience placement in Australia whose work is categorised as 'practical training as part of an educational or vocational course'; in schools or other educational institutions (eg pre-schools, kindergartens and child care centres) must complete an International Criminal Background Check.

Working with Children Check*

All students intending to undertake a professional experience placement whose work is categorised as 'practical training as part of an educational or vocational course', in schools or other educational institutions (eg pre-schools, kindergartens and child care centres), must complete a Working with Children Check application or appropriate overseas equivalent eg Nauru police records check.

Child Protection Awareness Training*

All teacher education students must complete online Child Protection and Awareness Training prior to the commencement of their first professional experience placement in a school setting.

Anaphylaxis Training*

All teacher education students must complete a course in anaphylaxis management prior to the commencement of their first professional experience in a school setting.
*These requirements are subject to change. Students are referred to the Office for Professional Learning - Professional Experience Placement webpage for current information (including requirements for other states).

Fit for Practice/Informed Consent Information

Prospective candidates should only accept an offer of a place in this course if they are able to meet the following "Fit for Practice" requirements:

  • abide by the relevant UNE Rules and Procedures, for example, Student Behavioural Misconduct Rules, and any relevant School of Education Policies, for example, the Professional Experience Policy for professional placements;
  • exercise sound judgement based on cognitive, mental and physical health and be able to respond appropriately to demands of teaching situations;
  • demonstrate personal resilience and persistence to cope and maintain wellbeing under stressful situations;
  • demonstrate satisfactory academic progression prior to professional placement;
  • safeguard the University's integrity and demonstrate duty of care to students/children while engaged in professional experience;
  • show personal maturity to ensure that a professional relationship is established with students/children;
  • communicate to students/children with clarity and in an appropriate manner that relates to their age profile;
  • possess and model the literacy and numeracy skills expected of teachers in interactions they have within the classroom and broader settings;
  • be able to create, evaluate and reflect on the physical and emotional safety of studnets/children in a variety of situations and environments; and
  • be able to establish and maintain effective professional relationships with colleagues and the broader school/early childhood community.

Candidates who have or who develop a disability that may or will prevent them from meeting the above professional experience requirements should contact Student Support to see if reasonable adjustments are practicable.

Candidates who have difficulties in meeting some of the above professional experience requirements will be required to contact the Office for Professional Learning to put in place remedial and/or counselling activities through a pro-active approach to improve their teaching practice.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) two years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to six years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 96 credit points which includes 40 days of embedded Professional Experience for Primary and Secondary specialisations, and 55 days of embedded Professional Experience for the Early Childhood Education specialisation.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units
(including 40 days embedded Professional Experience for Primary and Secondary specialisations; and
55 days Professional Experience for the Early Childhood Education specialisation)
42 cps
ONE Approved Specialisation 54 cps
Total 96 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Associate Degree in Teaching (Pacific Focus).

Exit Pathways

Candidates who discontinue their studies in thecourse may be eligible to exit with the non-accredited, non-teaching qualification, Diploma in Educational Studies, on completion of 48 credit points at 100-level or above.
Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Diploma in Educational Studies must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirements of the Associate Degree in Teaching (Pacific Focus). This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University or external body requirements.

Progress and Conduct

1. Any candidate who has not met the above Literacy and Numeracy requirements prior to the end of year one of their candidature will be asked to show cause as to why their candidatur should not be discontinued.

2. In addition to the above:
(a) any candidate undertaking the Secondary Mathematics specialisation, who has not completed the non-award unit MTHS100 prior to the end of year one of their candidature will be asked to show cause as to why their candidature should not be discontinued; and
(b) any candidate undertaking the Secondary Science specialisation, who has not completed the non-award units MTHS100 and CHEM100 prior to the end of year one of their candidature will be asked to show cause as to why their candidature should not be discontinued.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

The course aims to provide students with the knowledge, skills and qualifications to be effective two-year trained educators in Early Childhood, Primary or Secondary Education in the Pacific Island Context, demonstrating and applying in this context broad knowledge and skills relating to the seven elements prescribed by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. know their students and how students learn;
  2. know their subject/content and how to teach that content to their students;
  3. plan for and implement effective teaching and learning;
  4. create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments;
  5. assess, provide feedback and report on student learning;
  6. continually improve by engaging in professional learning; and
  7. continually engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will have the broad theoretical and technical knowledge to effectively plan and deliver education in Early Childhood, Primary or Secondary school settings. They will understand the cultural contexts and global perspectives of both their own teaching discipline and schooling in general and the diversity of the student population. They will be able to demonstrate intercultural competence specifically as it relates to educational issues in the Pacific context.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to communicate clearly and coherently with students, colleagues, parents and other community members.

Problem Solving

Graduates will be able to demonstrate initiative and judgement in devising solutions to a variety of problems of different degrees of complexity.

Information Literacy

Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of digital resources and tools and their safe, legal and ethical use, and be able to apply this knowledge in a school or workplace setting.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of social factors affecting educational outcomes, particularly those within the Pacific context, through their ethical conduct. They will demonstrate an understanding that their personal beliefs and actions impinge on others.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will understand the importance of life-long learning and will be equipped with the skills to pursue professional and personal development.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates will be able to work independently and collaboratively with others to achieve educational and professional goals.

How to Apply

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