Master of Teaching (Secondary)

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Course essentials

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is a two year full time postgraduate program designed to prepare students for registration as secondary teachers.

This course involves significant learning in the workplace through project partnerships and prepares teachers in a wide range of discipline areas including:

  • business
  • English
  • health
  • mathematics
  • physical education
  • science
  • technology.

In 2016, there is an option to exit after one year with a Graduate Diploma that fulfils the current Victorian Institute of Teaching registration requirements.


Graduates of the Master of Teaching (Secondary) are eligible for registration as teachers and can pursue careers in a range of educational related industries and organisations.

Study pathways

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past 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.

Course objectives

By completion of this course, graduates 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. Plan, implement and evaluate a range of educational practices;
  4. Analyse the efficacy of classroom teaching practices through reflective discussion that draws upon pedagogical theories;
  5. Employ advanced skills in research to work with educational stakeholders in educational settings;
  6. Design, conduct and report educational inquiry / research;
  7. Apply knowledge and skills within classrooms and the school community to develop inclusive cultures of learning where all school students are supported to achieve;
  8. Communicate clearly and effectively through presentations and interactive activities, key concepts that related to the graduate's specialist teaching area.

Course structure

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

  • 72 credit points Core units
  • 48 credit points Discipline Studies
  • 24 credit points Elective unit to be selected from the list below
  • 48 credit points Thesis unit/s OR Capstone unit and Elective unit

Additional Notes

  • All units are subject to availability.
  • AED5001 must be taken prior to, and not concurrent with, thesis or capstone unit.
  • Thesis and capstone units can only be taken at the end of your course.
  • To be eligible to apply for doctoral study, it is recommended that students choose to complete Minor Thesis (AED6001 (F/T) or EED6031 and EED6032 (P/T)) option, or complete the unit EED6011 along with EED6004.

Year 1, Semester 1

Plus 24 credit points (2 units) Discipline Studies units (Part 1) chosen from list below

Year 1, Semester 2

Plus 24 credit points (2 units) Discipline Studies units (Part 2) chosen from list below

Year 2, Semester 1

Plus 24 credit points (1 unit) chosen from Elective units list below

Year 2, Semester 2

Choose ONE of the following three options:

Option A

Plus 24 credit points (1 unit) chosen from Elective units list below

* To be eligible to apply for doctoral studies students undertaking this option should also complete EED6011

Option B

Option C

Discipline Studies units (two corresponding units for each discipline)

Elective units

Admission requirements

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.

  • Other: 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. This generally involves completion of at least one sub-major in that subject area, except in the case of LOTE which requires completion of a major. Sub-major constitutes half a year of full time study with no more the two units at first year and a major is a total of three quarters of a year of study with sequential units taken over three years. Further information on teaching method requirements is available from the Victorian Institute of Teaching website (follow the Teacher Education Program link for information about the 'Standards for initial teacher education'.) Applicants who do not meet the English language requirement may fulfil this requirement via the IELTS (Academic) test, that is by attaining an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.5 (with no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas, and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening), Alternatively, applicants may meet the English language requirement with an internet-based TOEFL result of 109 with no individual score less than 26, with 27 for speaking and 28 for listening.

    Students should note that they will be subject to safety screenings (police checks) before practice placements, in accordance with Department of Education and Early Childhood Development policy.

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