Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I am eligible to apply for Wesley Institute’s Education qualifications?
To apply for our postgraduate Education qualifications, you need an appropriate undergraduate degree.
If you have an Arts degree or a number of subjects in the Key Learning Areas, you may be eligible to study the Master of Teaching (Primary). Check page 10 of the Course Information Booklet, and check the NSW Institute of Teachers’ specific primary requirements.
I’m having trouble assessing my qualifications. How can I get help?
To assess your qualifications, you will need:
- The Course Information Booklet (turn to page 10)
- The application forms
- The NSW Institute of Teachers’ primary requirements.
We cannot officially assess your qualifications until you apply. However, if you have a question, you can call the Student Recruitment Office on 02 9819 8824. Once you are confident you fulfil the admission criteria, send the completed application forms and certified copies to The Education Registrar, Wesley Institute, PO Box 534, DRUMMOYNE NSW 2047.
How long does the Course take?
The Master of Teaching (Primary) is full-time over 2 years in 4 semesters, and part-time over 3 years in 6 semesters.
Why is Orientation Compulsory?
Orientation is built to kickstart you into the Master of Teaching (Primary). You will meet tutors and fellow students, get a course overview and information on Professional Experience. We also run several workshops on Child Protection and Foundations of Teaching & Learning. You will also become Moodle-savvy through the online learning system tutorials.
What is Professional Experience?
Professional Experience subjects are structured practicums in classrooms in at least two different schools throughout the course
The Pre-Service teacher learns and puts into practice the skills of teaching: planning, preparing and delivering lessons and evaluating and reflecting on teaching practice
Professional Experience placements are supervised and guided by qualified practicing teachers and Field Coordinators. You will be assessed and given feedback on the experience.
When do I do the Professional Experiences?
You will undertake the Professional Experience in Semesters 2, 3 & 4 plus 5 days of observation in Semester 1.
Can I choose when I do my Professional Experience?
Your Professional Experience is done in blocks according to a set calendar. Because lecturers set aside this block to supervise students in their placements, the timing of the Experience is not negotiable.
When do I do the Professional Experience if I am a Part Time student?
When studying the Master of Teaching (Primary) over 3 years, you have a little more flexibility in deciding which semester to undertake your Professional Experience, but you still need to do three Practical Experience subjects in different semesters.
Where can I do my Professional Experience?
We help organise professional experience within different types of schools, including State, Independent, Christian, rural, regional, remote and urban. As far as possible, we will endeavour to place you in schools within your local vicinity.
When enrolling into the Master of Teaching (Primary), we ask you to nominate schools in which you would like to complete your Professional Experience. Placements are negotiated by the Teacher Education Manager and the schools.
Who supervises my Professional Experience?
When you start professional experience you will be allocated a mentor and supervisor for the practicum. Your Supervising Teacher will report on your progress to the WI Field Coordinator.
Wesley Institute’s Field Coordinator oversees the practicum experience, visits and observes at least one delivered lesson during the course and provides a point of contact between the Supervising Teacher and WI. They can also be a source of additional mentoring and support for the Pre-Service Teacher.
After studying Wesley Institute’s postgraduate Education courses, will I be prepared for full-time teaching?
The teaching load is increased during Professional Experience and by the last stage you will have almost a full teaching load. Supervision, guidance and mentoring is built into the unit to facilitate the transition from Pre-Service Teacher to a Teaching Professional. Once you have completed the course you will be eligible to register as a teacher and start a fulfilling career!