Be in demand for a rewarding science-teaching career, with a Bachelor of Science/Master of Teaching (Secondary Education) at VU.
There is a huge shortage of qualified science and maths teachers in Australia. Our Bachelor of Science/Master of Teaching (Secondary Education) leads to a career that is both needed and valued. It combines a science degree with a Master of Teaching (Secondary), which has accreditation from the VIT to teach in Australian schools.
You'll benefit from intensive hands-on laboratory and fieldwork experience in your chosen science discipline, accessing modern laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment.
When you progress to your teaching masters, you'll gain significant workplace experience to prepare you for the real world of teaching through our extensive partnerships.
Choose a major in our Bachelor of Science that matches your interests, and work with one of our advisers to pick units that are compatible with the teaching subject methods offered in the Master of Teaching (Secondary Education).
A recent Australian Education Union national school survey highlighted the shortage of maths and science teachers around the country.
In the State of Our Schools 2016 Report, 51 per cent of responding principals had maths and science classes taught by teachers without a specialisation in those subjects. It also showed that 37 per cent of those principals had openings for maths and science teachers (ABC news).
This puts you in an excellent position to find work when you graduate.
- other researchers
- not-for-profit organisations
- the community.
The collaborations with schools and community organisations will be particularly beneficial to your teaching career.
Our Women in Science & Engineering program supports our current university students, and inspires women to choose engineering and science careers.
We run hands-on workshops in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines for secondary-school students. This gives you the opportunity to encourage future mathematicians and scientists, as well as practise your teaching skills.
Footscray Park has everything you need, all set a pleasant stroll from the Maribyrnong River and parklands.
- aquatic and fitness centre
- modern science laboratories
- learning common spaces with WiFi, tables and chairs
- restaurants and café
- state-of-the-art science equipment.
Our library gives you constant access to online resources from wherever you are. It has 300 computers, and several study rooms for your use.
VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.
Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.
We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice and can show you effective ways to study and manage your time.
Our programs include:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
Careers in science education
When you graduate from the Bachelor of Science/Master of Teaching (Secondary Education), and have passed the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education, you can register with the VIT to teach maths and science in secondary schools.
You'll be able to teach secondary science subjects such as biotechnology, chemistry, and ecology and environmental management.
You'll also be well-placed to deliver training and development outside the school setting, in:
- community settings.
The following average salaries are from the government site, Job Outlook:
- secondary school teachers, A$78,000 (Job Outlook)
- training and development, A$80,600 (JobOutlook).
To attain the Bachelor of Science, students will be required to complete 288 credit points of study (equivalent to 24 units), consisting of:
- 96 credit points (8 units) of Core first year units
- 96 credit points (8 units) of Major studies
- 96 credit points (8 units) of second Major studies
- 96 credit points (8 units) of Minor studies.
Students must have successfully completed the Bachelor of Science before they can commence the Master of Teaching (Secondary Education).
To complete the Master of Teaching (Secondary Education) students will be required to complete 192 credit points in total consisting of:
- 96 credit points Core units
- 48 credit points Discipline Studies
- 48 credit points from Option A or Option B
Students are required to pass the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) in order to be eligible to graduate from their Victorian Institute of Teaching-accredited program.
- 48 credit points Thesis unit/s
- 48 credit points Capstone unit and Elective unit
- Thesis and capstone units can only be taken towards the end of your course.
- To be eligible to apply for doctoral study, it is recommended that students choose to complete the Minor Thesis units(EED6031 and EED6032).
- Students are required to pass the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) prior to commencement of the second year placement units.
- Students will need to monitor the VIT website for details in relation to the tests that will be considered; a link to advice and fact sheets about the test and to the external test provider. Refer to www.vit.vic.edu.au
We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.
From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.
All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.
You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:
- educator-led delivery
- group work
- laboratory and practical work (where it applies).
You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.
Find out more about our First Year Model.
* Melbourne-based campuses only
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
|1.||Locate, evaluate and apply scientific information efficiently and effectively;|
|2.||Identify and solve problems with intellectual independence using scientific principles in a range of situations taking into consideration social, cultural, economic and environmental factors;|
|3.||Exhibit high levels of numeracy skills in the analysis and interpretation of quantitative scientific data;|
|4.||Communicate effectively in spoken and written forms on a range of scientific and mathematical topics to peers, professional and community groups;|
|5.||Apply an evidence-based research approach, formulate and test hypotheses in a chosen scientific discipline;|
|6.||Respond with social and cultural awareness within local and global environments;|
|7.||Devise and apply scientific methodology, individually and with peers, to undertake laboratory exercises, scientific research and practical investigations, employing ethical principles and practice and industry and research protocols;|
|8.||Critically examine historical and contemporary issues in post-primary education at a local, national and international level;|
|9.||Review different pedagogical theories and academic concepts of teaching that support the diversity of learners found in post primary educational settings;|
|10.||Critically review curriculum materials and resources that support the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives across the curriculum in schools with a view to promoting reconciliation in today's society;|
|11.||Analyse the literacy and numeracy learning needs of students across the full range of abilities including students with disabilities and special learning needs;|
|12.||Plan, implement and evaluate a range of educational practices that support the diversity of students in post primary education;|
|13.||Analyse the efficacy of classroom teaching practices through reflective discussion that draws upon pedagogical theories;|
|14.||Employ advanced skills in research to work with educational stakeholders in educational settings;|
|15.||Design, conduct and report educational inquiry / research;|
|16.||Apply knowledge and skills within classrooms and the school community to develop inclusive cultures of learning where all school students are supported to achieve;|
|17.||Communicate clearly and effectively through presentations and interactive activities, key concepts that related to the graduate's specialist teaching area.|
What's a unit?
A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.
Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.
Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.
If you enrol in a:
- Commonwealth Supported Place, your fees are partly subsidised by the Australian Government.
- full-fee paying place, you’ll need to pay the full amount for all units you study.
To calculate the total cost of your course:
- Select which units you’d like to study.
- Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
- Add up the relevant amounts.
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
We can help with fee assistance and advice.
Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about the University's admission requirements for all applicants, and our commitment to admissions transparency.
Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.
Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.
The minimum criteria for admission varies depending on your education background. If you’re not sure which criteria applies to you, use the help tool on this page or make an enquiry and we can assist.
- Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (e.g. VCE) or
- an Australian or overseas equivalent or
- an International Baccalaureate (IB).
Importance of ATAR for this course
We consider both ATAR and other criteria
ATAR is not a consideration. We use other criteria
Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.
A study score of at least 20 in Mathematics (any).
Why is ATAR not applicable?
You will not need an ATAR score to meet the admission requirements for this course. Only the successful completion of your secondary school studies, and any additional prerequisites. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their prior experience, ATAR, age, socioeconomic or educational background.
This information is for people who have completed an accredited award at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.
Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent).
Completion of the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (or equivalent).
Completion of a Certificate IV in a related Science/Health discipline.
This information is for people whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course.
Full or partial completion of an Australian Higher Education award (or equivalent).
Completion of two units of Higher Education studies.
Completion of a bridging or enabling course eg. Foundation course or equivalent.
This information is for applicants who left secondary school more than two years ago and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then.
Five years (minimum) work/life experience in the Health Sciences or similar.
Applicants that completed an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate more than two years ago..
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English (or equivalent).
A study score of at least 20 in Mathematics (any).
Students will also have to satisfy the national requirements for teacher registration through satisfactory completion of the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students prior to starting the Master of Teaching (Secondary Education) or within the first year of the program.
Selection will also include completion and results of a non-academic attributes assessment CASPer (or equivalent) test. CASPer is an online test designed to assess and applicant’s personal and professional attributes and is a requirement for many initial teacher training courses in Victoria.
Students should note that they will be subject to a Working With Children Check (police checks) before practice placements, in accordance with Department of Education and Training policy.
Pathways & credits
There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.
If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.
Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.