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Intakes: 
2018: February and July
Duration: 
2 years
Location: 
Fees: 
2018: A$11,400 per semester

We are currently accepting applications for this course

Overview

Prepare for a rewarding career as a secondary school teacher with the practical experience offered through a Master of Teaching (Secondary Education) at Victoria University.

You will gain significant workplace experience to prepare you for the real world of teaching. Through our extensive partnerships, you will undertake supervised teaching placements and have access to many different professional-experience opportunities.

We offer a range of disciplines, so you can become a teacher in the area you love. Choose from dozens of options, including arts, music, languages, maths, science, outdoor education and PE.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Victoria Institute of Teaching (VIT), which means you will be eligible for registration to teach in the whole of Australia.

Workplace learning

You will gain extensive work experience, supervised by experienced teachers and supported to take on increasing responsibility. We also offer a range of additional professional experience opportunities, including:

  • teaching in rural/remote areas
  • international placements
  • partnerships with local sports or arts organisations.

Flexible timeframes

You can complete the Master of Teaching (Secondary Education) over 24 months or 18 months as a full-time enrolled student. The 18-months option requires that you complete some units of study and teaching placement in summer and winter semesters, and is subject to demand and availability.

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Teaching careers

Graduates of the Master of Teaching (Secondary Education) who have passed the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education are eligible for registration as secondary teachers with the Victoria Institute of Teaching (VIT)

You'll be ready to work as a secondary teacher in your chosen discipline area, including:

  • business
  • computing
  • creativity and the arts
  • English
  • health
  • humanities
  • languages other than English (LOTE)
  • mathematics
  • music
  • outdoor education
  • physical education
  • psychology
  • technology
  • teaching English as a second language
  • science
  • student welfare.

You'll also be able to pursue careers in a range of education-related industries and organisations, that could include:

  • special-education teacher
  • educational-publishing editor or writer
  • museum or gallery educator
  • corporate learning and development
  • tutor
  • education-supply liaison officer
  • outdoor education specialist
  • student welfare officer.

The number of job openings for secondary school teachers is expected to be high (JobOutlook).

Salary

The average annual salary of a secondary school teacher in Australia is $77,012 (JobOutlook). The average annual salary of a special education teacher in Australia is $78,312 (JobOutlook).

Course structure

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 Numercy 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

OR
Option B

  • 48 credit points Capstone unit and Elective unit

It is possible to complete the course in 18 months if some units of study and teaching placement are completed in Summer and Winter semesters. Unit of study offerings in Summer and Winter are subject to demand and availability of school placements.

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 www.vit.vic.edu.au

Plus the following four Discipline Studies Units

Plus one of the following two options:

Option A

24 credit points (1 unit) chosen from the Elective units listed below

Option B

Elective units

On successful completion of this course, students 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 academic concepts of teaching that support the diversity of learners found in post primary educational settings;  
  3. 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;  
  4. Analyse the literacy and numeracy learning needs of students across the full range of abilities including students with disabilities and special learning needs;  
  5. Plan, implement and evaluate a range of educational practices that support the diversity of students in post primary education;  
  6. Analyse the efficacy of classroom teaching practices through reflective discussion that draws upon pedagogical theories;  
  7. Employ advanced skills in research to work with educational stakeholders in educational settings;  
  8. Design, conduct and report educational inquiry / research;  
  9. Apply knowledge and skills within classrooms and the school community to develop inclusive cultures of learning where all school students are supported to achieve;  
  10. 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.

Credits

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.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Bachelor/Honours degree: Applicants must hold an approved Bachelor degree or equivalent, from a recognised tertiary institution. The course completed must include the pre-requisite studies for their chosen teaching methods. Further information on teaching method requirements is available from the Victorian Institute of Teaching website www.vit.vic.edu.au Selection will include completion and results of a non-academic attributes assessment currently set as the CASPer test. CASPer is an online test designed to assess an applicant's personal and professional attributes and is a requirement for many of the initial teacher training courses in Victoria.
  • International: International students, whose approved 3 or 4-year degree is from a non-English speaking country are required to demonstrate a minimum IELTS of 7.0 overall (Speaking & Listening 7.5, Reading & Writing 6.5) or equivalent. International applicants must apply directly to Victoria University. Selection will include completion and results of a non-academic attributes assessment currently set as the CASPer test. CASPer is an online test designed to assess an applicant's personal and professional attributes and is a requirement for many of the initial teacher training courses in Victoria.

English language requirements

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

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.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

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