Intakes: 

2023: February, July

Duration: 
2 years
Location: 
Fees: 

2023: A$14,600*
* fee per semester

Application due dates:
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 professional-experience opportunities.

Our classes are smaller than many other universities', allowing our tutors to tailor the learning experience to our students. As education experts, we understand how students learn best. You won't be asked to sit in large lectures and take regular tests. Instead, you'll learn in practical workshops, with applicable tasks that prepare you to be an excellent teacher, such as creating lesson plans and presenting relevant research findings.

We offer a range of disciplines, so you can become a teacher in the area you love. Choose from dozens of options, including:

  • arts
  • design & technology (wood, metal and plastics, textiles, food, robotics)
  • languages
  • maths
  • music
  • outdoor education
  • PE
  • science.

In the Master of Teaching, units that are 12 credit points will be delivered over a four-week period, while units that are 24 credit points will be delivered over an eight-week period, using the VU Block Model. With focused timetables and smaller, collaborative classes, you'll have more time to connect with your peers, lecturers and industry partners, helping you to build strong professional networks.

The VU Block Model has improved our student results and engagement, and has won multiple international awards for innovation and excellence.

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.

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.

As a postgraduate student you can take up one of many opportunities to further develop your academic language and study skills. VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

The 'innovative, employment-based Initial Teacher Education' program is an eighteen-month, internship-style program offered as a stream in the Master of Teaching (Secondary) to domestic students*.

Any Australian citizen or resident can be considered, but under-represented groups (Victoria’s African-Australian, Indigenous, and CALD communities in rural and regional areas) will be prioritised.

The program is made up of three intensive phases, each lasting six months.

'Phase 1' is a study-intensive, academic period of five study units (subjects). If you are selected to participate in the program, you will be offered a $15,000 Department of Education and Training scholarship for this phase.

In phases 2 and 3, you will work in a school setting at 0.8 fulltime equivalent (4 days a week), starting as an education support officer or teacher according to your aptitudes and skills. By the end of phase 3, with VIT 'permission to teach', you will be effectively working as a teacher. On the week day that you're not teaching and during the summer/winter breaks, you will complete more study – a total of nine units.

During the program, you will receive support towards acheiving your goals from within your placement school and from a support group made up of representatives from our Indigenous unit, Moondani Balluk, partners Africause and Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre.

Please direct queries about the program to [email protected]

*Students studying on an international visa are not eligible.

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Fast-track your studies

Domestic students may be eligible for an 18-month intensive Master of Teaching (Secondary), with financial support.

African-Australian, Indigenous and rural/regional CALD communities will be priortised for this program.

See: 'Fast-track program with scholarship' on this page.

Careers in teaching

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.

Salaries & job prospects

Find salary information and employment predictions for secondary school teachers on the government job-data site, Labour Market Insights.

Find salary and other job information for special education teachers in Australia on Labour Market Insights.

Course structure

To attain the Master of Teaching (Secondary Education) students will be required to complete 192 credit points in total consisting of:

  • 168 Credit points of Core studies;
  • 24 credit points of Capstone Studies;
  • EED6004: Capstone Research Investigation and EED7004 Engaging the Profession can only be taken towards the end of the course.
  • Students must successfully complete 60 practicum days in a secondary school.

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.

Year 1

Year 2

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. Apply knowledge and skills within classrooms and the school community to develop inclusive cultures of learning where all school students are supported to achieve.  

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.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in two discipline areas that meets AITSL specialised requirements available at:
https://www.aitsl.edu.au/docs/default-source/default-document-library/accreditation_guidelines_2021_17-feb-2021_contents_web_final.pdf?sfvrsn=9276dd3c_0
Applicants will also be asked to complete an assessment of their non-academic attributes. Applicants with a Bachelor's degree from countries other than Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada or the Republic of Ireland will be required to complete IELTS (or equivalent): Overall 7.0 with Listening 7.5, Reading 6.5, Writing 6.5, Speaking 7.5.
Applicants will be assessed on academic performance.

All students need to pass a CASPer test or VU ANAA interview prior to admission.

All students need a 3.5 GPA average for entry into the course.

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.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous 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 chair or academic adviser.

Additional information

Prior to entry into the second year of full time study, students in this course will have to sit the LANTITE test in order to demonstrate that their literacy and numeracy skills are within that expected of the top 30% of the population in Australia. The LANTITE test is a national government requirement for initial teacher education programs.

Students should note that they will be subject to a Working With Children Check before practice placements, in accordance with Department of Education and Training policy.

Satisfactory achievement of the benchmark for literacy and numeracy is a requirement to graduate from the program.

How to apply

We are currently accepting international applications, and we welcome you to apply for this course.

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