ISJ April 2013: The Master of Teaching at the University of Melbourne: a clinical model for pre-service teacher preparation
Melody Anderson & Rannah Scamporlino
Ensuring a quality teacher in every classroom is crucial if our schooling is to promote equity and excellence and to create intelligent and informed citizens, consistent with the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians, (MYCEETA, 2008).
It is broadly acknowledged that the quality of the teacher is the most significant factor in influencing student achievement (Richardson & Watt 2006; Barber and Mourshed 2007; Hattie 2009). The challenge is provision of high quality teachers (Darling-Hammond and Baratz-Snowen 2005; Dinham 2008) and thus the nature and effectiveness of pre-service teacher education becomes an important focus.
This paper outlines the Master of Teaching program, introduced in 2008 at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne.