Bachelor of Science/Master of Teaching (Secondary Education)

VU course code: ECST | Level of study: Undergraduate
5.00 years
29 July 2024
21 July 2024


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).

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your educational achievements and work experience, as well as your skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a related course or unit(s). We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for course ‘credits’, where you are granted a unit or units towards your qualification for equivalent previous study or work experience, so you can graduate sooner.

ATAR requirements

No minimum ATAR required

This course does not have a minimum ATAR requirement for entry. Read the entry criteria for this course below.

Why ATAR is not applicable

You do not need an ATAR score to apply for this course. Instead, you need to have successfully completed secondary school and to meet any requirements outlined below. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their ATAR, age, education or socioeconomic background.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

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

AND either

  • 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.

Option A

  • 48 credit points Thesis unit/s


Option B

  • 48 credit points Capstone unit and Elective unit

Additional Notes

  • 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

Fees & Scholarships

University fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer (including our generous scholarship program).

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is subsidised by the government, reducing it to the amount listed here. Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens will qualify for a CSP place. If your course is not Commonwealth supported, or you don't qualify, you'll pay full fees.

Learn more about Commonwealth Supported Places




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:

  • industry
  • government
  • workplaces
  • community settings.


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