Master of Clinical Teaching

2 years part-time, fully online.

Course overview

The best way to improve the quality of your teaching

Become part of a whole new class of teachers through the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. With the Master of Clinical Teaching you’ll generate, interpret and evaluate various forms of student data to plan appropriate interventions that support student growth, at individual, group, team and school levels.

Using the latest educational research, discover the key theories around how students learn to accurately identify and address student learning needs.

This course is designed for practising teachers to develop a set of specialised skills in student assessment and observation to improve the quality of their teaching.

By exploring the nature of clinical teaching and the development and use of data, you’ll acquire the skills you need to become a clinical interventionist practitioner.

Studying online with The University of Melbourne

  • Discover the latest evidence based research and learn how it can change your teaching to enhance learning and development outcomes
  • Transform your learning and improve the quality of your teaching
  • Apply what you learn in the classroom to immediately improve student outcomes
  • Open to practising teachers nationally
  • Fully online for total flexibility
  • Complete in two years part time

Course structure

To gain the Master of Clinical Teaching you must complete four core 12.5 point subjects in the first four terms. The next four terms can be completed as either the coursework option, or research pathway option. Four 12.5 point subjects are required for the coursework option, whereas two subjects totalling 50 points are required for the research pathway option.

Year 1
Clinical Teaching and Learning 12.5

Clinical Teaching and Learning

An introduction to clinical practice in schools as a paradigm for learning and teaching. Explore the importance of data, theory and research in informing interventionist teacher practice. This will enhance your capacity to utilise individual student data in determining the student’s zone of proximal development in order to establish the starting point for teaching.

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Evidence-based Practice 12.5

Evidence-based Practice

The major focus of this course is the exploration of research evidence that informs and supports the implementation of Clinical Teaching in classroom contexts. You will use the clinical judgement decision-making model to examine the current evidence base about what works best, what criteria can be developed to make decisions about student success, and how to select, implement, review and communicate research-supported teaching strategies that address identified student needs.

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The Student as Learner 12.5

The Student as Learner

This subject will explore the student as learner and provide a conceptual framework for understanding learning that is compatible with Clinical Teaching. Developmental trends in knowledge acquisition and the processes that facilitate learning will be identified and evaluated.

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Learning from Evidence 12.5

Learning from Evidence

This subject will help you use class- and team-level achievement data to evaluate your own teaching practice and the patterns of achievement among different student groups. It will also build your knowledge and understanding of the strengths and limitations of commonly available student achievement data.

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Year 2 - Coursework
Implementing Clinical Teaching 12.5

Implementing Clinical Teaching

Learn how to use clinical models to target teaching for students’ needs while exploring examples of clinical praxis and case studies of student learning. Get access to tools that will help you improve your teaching and integrate a clinical model into day-to-day teaching practice.

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Researching Education Practice 12.5

Researching Education Practice

An introduction to the different approaches to teacher led research and the important role of research in enabling educators to transform educational practices. Topics to be examined include: undertaking ethical teacher research; accessing, gathering and critically analysing evidence from primary and secondary sources; writing up research, and; translating research into practice. Together these topic areas will provide you with the confidence, knowledge and skills to plan and carry out your own small-scale investigations for your Capstone project and future professional work. The subject will also introduce the research topics that you can choose from for your capstone research project.

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Education Capstone Research Project 12.5

Education Capstone Research Project

This second essential Capstone subject is designed to inform and improve educational practices using either field-based research, a literature review, or the analysis of existing documents or secondary data. You will receive ongoing supervision from a member of academic staff. The Capstone project will culminate with the synthesizing of the findings of your research in a written form such as a conference paper, journal article or report. Where relevant, you will also be expected to report findings to the education community where the research took place.

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Elective - Promoting Student Wellbeing 12.5

Promoting Student Wellbeing

Study the interpersonal and professional skills relevant to the teacher’s role in creating supportive and safe learning environments at a classroom and whole school level. Current research is used to inform critical analysis of contemporary student wellbeing policies, models, and practices, and to examine associated issues such as the teacher-student relationship, social and emotional learning, behaviour management, school-home partnerships and staff wellbeing.

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Elective - Literacy from Birth to Adulthood 12.5

Literacy from Birth to Adulthood

Examine the changing definitions and development of literacy from the early years through to post-compulsory years of schooling. Topics will include areas such as: relationships between language and literacy; social practices of literacy; language and cognitive development; oral and written languages; comprehension; literacy across the curriculum; and in-school and out-of-school literacy practices.

See how teachers, planners and policymakers can cater for diversity in policy and practice, while appreciating the importance of planning effective evidence-based literacy approaches and strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners on a development curriculum.

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Year 2 - Research pathway
Education Research Methodology 12.5

Education Research Methodology

This subject guides you through the structure and design of an education research study including; critical evaluation of the literature; the purposes and characteristics of qualitative and quantitative methodologies and descriptive and statistical techniques for data collection; procedures for preparing and executing a research project including make decisions about design and analysis and ethical considerations for the conduct of the project. You’ll develop and present a research proposal with the support of a supervisor.

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Research Project 37.5

Research Project

In this subject you will negotiate an individual project relating to education with an individual supervisor, including a critical review of relevant academic and research literature, and will conduct and report on a research project relating to educational practice.

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Entry requirements

To apply for the Master of Clinical Teaching, applicants are required to have:

  • An undergraduate degree and a fourth-year level education qualification, or equivalent


  • A four-year education degree.

In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • Prior academic performance.

Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band seven is required.

Note: Previous graduates of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s Master of Teaching will not be eligible for entry to this course.

Fees and scholarships

Online Course Fees (indicative cost for 2017)

100 point program A$23,360          

The typical course fee per year is calculated on the basis of one full-time year of study (1 EFTSL). If a course duration is less than one year, you will pay the indicative total course fee. Actual fees vary depending on the subjects you are taking. The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments, and includes an indexation of 5% per annum. More information about tuition fees.

Financial Assistance

The fees you pay for graduate study will vary depending on the type of enrolment or place you are offered.

If you are an Australian Citizen or Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the Australian Government. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you may choose to defer your tuition fees through FEE-HELP.

Visit the Future Students page for detailed information around financing your graduate study.

Assistance options:


    FEE-HELP is a loan available to eligible students in domestic fee-paying places to help pay for all or part of their tuition fees. The Commonwealth Government sets limits on how much you can borrow. FEE-HELP loans are repaid through the taxation system. No loan fee applies to loans for postgraduate studies.

    Detailed information about eligibility for FEE-HELP is available from the Study Assist website.

  • Domestic scholarships

    The Melbourne Scholarships Program is one of the most generous and comprehensive in Australia – supporting approximately 3000 students at the University. The scholarships program serves to both reward outstanding academic achievement and provide access for students who might otherwise be prevented from undertaking further study. For full details of all domestic graduate scholarships, visit the Future Students website.

    Further information regarding financial aid options for current students is available on the Student Services website.

  • International scholarships

    For overseas online students there are no scholarships available from the University of Melbourne. Companies, home universities, professional organisations and charities may provide scholarships.

Key dates

Term Applications close Term starts
Term 1, 2017 20 November 9 January
Term 3, 201728 May10 July

Apply online

Once you have accessed the online application system, you will require the following code MC-CLINTCH to search for your course. 

Please note: This course is only available to domestic students in 2016 and will be open to international applicants in 2017.

To complete your application you require:

  • A detailed CV (including work history if applicable and specifying if the positions were part time or full time and the number of years/months employed),
  • Transcripts for ALL courses completed including an explanation of the grading system used. Students who have studied at the University of Melbourne do not need to provide this information.

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