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Master of Teaching (Primary Education) Wednesday 1 July 5:30PM – 6:00PM Wednesday 1 July
5:30PM – 6:00PM
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More than 1300 new teachers are needed each year

The next four years will see 90,000 extra students enrolling into Victorian schools. To meet that growth the state needs in excess of 1300 teachers each year.

Develop the skills that will prepare you to teach in all areas of the primary curriculum. Take up the challenge of engaging and teaching Australia’s next generation of children.

Meet the challenge

Associate Professor, Dr Mark Vicars will be on hand to talk about how you – with VU’s help – can bring your best to teaching.

Dr Vicars has over 24 years experience in the field with:

  • Extensive international, multi-sector experience of teaching and learning in Australia and Asia.
  • Generating international opportunities for collaborative partnerships focused on the teaching/research nexus.
  • A philosophy of praxis that is underpinned by principles of social justice.
  • Researcher at VU’s Institute for Sustainable Industries & Liveable Cities.
Master of Teaching (Secondary Education) Wednesday 1 July 6:30PM – 7:00PM Wednesday 1 July
6:30PM – 7:00PM
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Make a difference

This course prepares graduates to be effective and innovative secondary teachers, capable of making a difference in young people’s lives.

Develop skills that can enable you to engage with the different ways students learn so you can help the next generation of Australian citizens fulfill their potential.

Hear from an expert on young people and education

Associate Professor and published author Dr. Marcelle Cacciattolo at VU’s College of Arts & Education, will take you through the benefits of this course. Her work in the teaching and research fields will provide unique insights into your role as a teacher of young Australians.

Over the last decade Dr Cacciattolo’s research has been cross-disciplinary, involving health sciences and education-based research that explored a variety of topics including young people and their wellbeing.

She has a wide range of experience, including:

  • Current leader of the Discipline Group Initial Teacher Education in VU’s College of Arts & Education.
  • Worked for such organisations as VicHealth, Beyond Blue and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
  • Published two edited books titled Engaging the disengaged: Inclusive approaches to teaching the least advantaged (2013) & The Praxis of English Language Teaching and Learning (PELT) (2015).
Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education Wednesday 1 July 7:30PM – 8:00PM Wednesday 1 July
7:30PM – 8:00PM
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Demand for quality teaching

Teaching our youngest members of society can be challenging job, and right now there’s huge demand for quality teachers.

This session will explore how VU’s Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education can help you engage with your pupils to become a creative and responsive teacher.

Hear from an experienced teacher

Sarah Jobson is an early childhood consultant and experienced teacher and has a background in research around childcare workers and how they can develop their responsive caregiving and quality practice.

She has worked in Steiner, Montessori and Reggio inspired settings, including playgroups and has lectured at universities in Melbourne and China.

She’ll be on hand to talk through the graduate diploma and early childhood education practice and implementation.

Graduate Certificate in Planetary Health Thursday 2 July 6:00PM – 7:00PM Thursday 2 July
6:00PM – 7:00PM
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The current convergence of the consequences of global record temperatures and the coronavirus pandemic has brought planetary health onto centre stage. Planetary health addresses the intersect between the health of the planet and the health of communities understanding that each profoundly effects the other.

VU’s new course takes a place-based approach to finding local solutions, whilst sharing learning with communities around the world. Graduates will gain knowledge and skills in designing and applying innovative responses to problematise, address and resolve current and emerging issues in their workplace and communities to achieve transformational change.

This unique course is developed and will be taught by VU academics and researchers from across disciplines and fields reflecting the transdisciplinary nature of a place-based planetary health approach.

Learn more at our webinar


Deputy Vice Chancellor Research Professor Corinne Reid will facilitate a Q&A with Course Chair Associate Professor Jeannie Rea and academics teaching in the program and invite questions from listeners

  • Associate Professor Jeannie Rea is Chair of the Graduate Certificate in Planetary Health and has extensive experience in research, development and teaching in trailblazing postgraduate programs drawing upon decades of academic and professional experience in local to global interventions organising in response to the joint challenges of environmental destruction and inequity amongst people and communities.
  • She is also currently Senior Project Manager for VU’s Place-based Planetary Health initiative.

  • Professor Corinne Reid is the lead in VU’s whole of university commitment to place-based Planetary Health and is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor responsible for the VU Research Portfolio.
  • She formerly held a Chair in Psychological Therapies in the School of Health in Social Science, The University of Edinburgh and continues to be a Senior Fellow of the Global Health Academy.

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