Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education

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Develop extensive knowledge and understanding of the teaching and learning process. We emphasise mentoring and support as you learn the practice and theory of education through our school and community partnership program.

Successful completion gives you the qualification to teach in secondary schools. The course is recognised by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT), the teacher registration authority for all schools.

If applying via direct entry or submitting supplementary information with an Internal Course Application, please complete the Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education Supplementary Information Form  - A136

Course essentials


This course enables you to teach one or more subjects to secondary school students. Because teachers are motivators, managers, communicators, facilitators and mentors, you could enjoy many other career paths during your working life.

Job titles

  • Secondary school teacher
  • University lecturer and/or tutor

Organisations employing secondary school teachers

As a graduate of this course, you will find employment with secondary schools. With appropriate experience, the qualification can also lead to employment with a university or other tertiary education provider.


The average salary for a full-time secondary teacher and special education teacher is A$78,000 a year (Job Outlook). The average salary for a university lecturer and/or tutor is around A$94,200 a year (Job Outlook).

Employment rates

Over the four years to 2017, the number of job openings for secondary school teachers is expected to be high; employment for special education teachers is expected to grow moderately; and employment for university lecturers and tutors is expected to remain relatively steady (Job Outlook).

Partnerships and placements

VU places a high importance on workplace learning, and through our educational partnerships with local schools – especially in Melbourne's western region – our teaching students experience valuable workplace learning environments.

Community-based research

Staff from VU’s College of Education are involved in research projects that investigate improving educational engagement, access and performance across diverse groups and communities.

Study pathways

To find out more about the pathways available for this course, please contact the College of Education.

Advanced Standing (previously known as Recognition of Prior Learning)

Get credit for your work, study and life experience through our Advanced Standing process.

Find out more about Advanced Standing.

Course objectives

Graduates of this course will be able to:

  1. Critically examine historical and contemporary issues in post primary education at a local, national and international level;
  2. Review different pedagogical theories and practices that support the diversity of learners found in post primary educational settings;
  3. Plan, implement and evaluate a range of educational practices;
  4. Use critical analytical and communication skills to evaluate, discuss and debate key theories and academic concepts of teaching and learning;
  5. Produce written reports and essays which demonstrate evidence of independent thought and wider research;
  6. Apply knowledge and skills within classrooms and the school community to develop inclusive cultures of learning where all school students are supported to achieve;
  7. Communicate clearly and effectively through presentations and interactive activities, key concepts that related to the graduate's specialist teaching area.

Units and electives

Students in the Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education must complete four core units of study (48 credit points), consisting of two teaching and learning units and two praxis inquiry units, and four discipline studies units (48 credit points). All units are subject to availability.

Year 1, Semester 1

Plus 2 (two) Part 1 Discipline Studies units (24 credit points) chosen from list below

Year 1, Semester 2

Plus 2 (two) corresponding Part 2 Discipline Studies units (24 credit points) chosen from list below

Discipline Studies units

Admission information

  • Applicants must hold an approved Bachelor degree or equivalent Diploma from a recognised tertiary institution and have completed the pre-requisite studies for their chosen teaching methods which generally involved completion of at least one sub-major in that subject area, except in the case of LOTE which requires completion of a major. Further information on teaching method requirements is available from the Victorian Institute of Teaching website (follow the Teacher Education Program link for information about the 'Standards for initial teacher education'.) Applicants who do not meet the English language requirement may fulfil this requirement via the IELTS (Academic) test, with an average score of 7.5 across all four bands, with no score below 7.0 in any band and no score less than 7.5 in speaking and listening. Alternatively, applicants may meet the English language requirement with an internet-based TOEFL result of 104 with no individual score less than 26. PRACTICAL PLACEMENT: Students should note that they will be subject to safety screenings (police checks) before practice placements, in accordance with Department of Education and Early Childhood Development policy.

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Applications have closed for this course.

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