Information on this page is for Australian residents

Start date:
25 February 2019
Duration: 
2 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Blended
Face to Face

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 presentating 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.

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 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.

Many of our students are juggling other commitments. There is flexibility to take a break during your study and restart if you need to, or power through and graduate sooner.

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.

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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.

The number of job openings for secondary school teachers is expected to grow over the next 5 years (JobOutlook).

Salaries

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 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

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(Minor Thesis A (Part-Time) and Minor Thesis B (Part-Time)).
  • 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.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), Full-fee

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:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. 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.

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.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a discipline that meets VIT specialisation requirements available at:
https://www.vit.vic.edu.au/media/documents/publications-and-forms/forms/Specialist_Area_Guidelines_2015.pdf
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.

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.

Additional information

Applicants will be assessed on academic performance.

Prior to entry into the third semester 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, as per Victorian government requirements for initial teacher education.

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.

How to apply

All applicants must complete an A141 - Master of Teaching supplementary form.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

Apply direct to VU

Apply direct to VU using our admission centre submit applications for one or more courses, track and save your progress and upload additional information.

Direct applications are due on 17 February 2019 for our next intake which starts on 25 February 2019.

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