Master of Education and Graduate Certificates in Education - Inherent Academic requirements - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Master of Education and Graduate Certificates in Education - Inherent Academic requirements

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At USC, we are committed to facilitating the integration of all students into the University Community.

Reasonable adjustments in teaching and/or assessment methods can be made for students provided those adjustments do not compromise the inherent requirements of the program.

The inherent academic requirements of the Master of Education, Graduate Certificate in Education, Graduate Certificate in Steiner Education and Graduate Certificate in Education Research are the fundamental skills and abilities that the student must be able to achieve in order to demonstrate the essential learning outcomes of these degrees.

This Statement provides realistic information about the inherent academic requirements that you must meet in order to complete your degree and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements so you can make an informed judgement about your ability to fulfil them.

Skills you need

The Master of Education, Graduate Certificate in Education, Graduate Certificate in Steiner Education, Graduate Certificate in Education Research has inherent academic requirements in three categories

  • Communication skills
  • Intellectual, such as conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities
  • Behavioural and social skills

Before you enrol

If you intend to enrol in a Master of Education, Graduate Certificate in Education, Graduate Certificate in Steiner Education, Graduate Certificate in Education Research degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast, look carefully at the inherent academic requirements listed in this statement and think about whether you might experience challenges in meeting them.

If you think you might experience challenges related to English language proficiency, you should discuss your concerns with a Univerity Ability Adviser or School staff.

If you think you might experience challenges related to your disability, health condition or for any other reason, you should discuss your concerns with a University Ability Adviser or School staff.

Reasonable adjustments

Students with disabilities or other special circumstances may be provided with reasonable adjustment to enable them to meet the inherent academic requirements of the Master of Education, Graduate Certificate in Education, Graduate Certificate in Steiner Education, Graduate Certificate in Education Research if the adjustment is:

  • logistically reasonable
  • likely to result in the student being able to perform the skills adequately and in a timely manner
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Communication Skills

The capacity to demonstrate effective communication in English is an essential requirement in academic contexts. This includes the following communication categories:

  • verbal
  • written
Justification

These are inherent academic requirements of Master of Education, Graduate Certificate in Education, Graduate Certificate in Steiner Education, Graduate Certificate in Education Research because:

  • effective verbal and written communication in English is required to communicate with other educational professionals
  • interactivity of communication is fundamental to the education process
  • the ability to read, decode, interpret and comprehend multiple sources of information is fundamental to the production of accurate written communication
  • construction of written assessment tasks in English is required to convey knowledge and understanding or relevant subject matter
Adjustments

Reasonable adjustments must meet the necessary requirement of intelligibility, clarity and accuracy that facilitates effective communication in academic contexts.

Exemplars

As a student you must:

  • construct a range of written and verbal assessments to ethical and academic standards to demonstrate knowledge and understanding
  • paraphrase, summarise and reference in accordance with academic and professional conventions
  • communicate in English intelligibly, effectively and appropriately in tutorials and lectures
  • demonstrate knowledge and proficient use of information and communication technologies such as computers, voice and image recording software for presentations

Behavioural and Social Skills

The capacity to demonstrate core behavioural and social skills is the capacity to demonstrate interpersonal engagement and behavioural stability

Justification

These are inherent academic requirements of the Master of Education, Graduate Certificate in Education, Graduate Certificate in Steiner Education, Graduate Certificate in Education Research because it is essential to establish and maintain effective relationships with academic staff and peers.

Adjustments

The characteristics of any adjustment must support stable, effective and professional interpersonal engagement and behaviour in academic contexts.

Exemplars

As a student you must:

  • participate in a respectful and competent manner in tutorial discussions
  • respond appropriately to feedback in educational contexts

Intellectual – Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities

The capacity to demonstrate:

  • knowledge and cognitive skills
  • reflective skills
Justification

These are inherent academic requirements of the Master of Education, Graduate Certificate in Education, Graduate Certificate in Steiner Education, Graduate Certificate in Education Research because the ability to draw on knowledge and cognitive skills for critical reflection are essential for ethical professional practice in education. Students will need to demonstrate the capacity to locate appropriate and relevant information, process information and critically reflect.

Adjustments

Reasonable adjustments must address capacity to acquire, analyse, critically reflect and apply knowledge.

Exemplars

As a student you must:

  • conceptualise and use appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items
  • engage in critical reasoning using a range of data and information