Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Entry to this course is governed by the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy. The selection of course entrants is based on academic merit and satisfaction of non-academic capabilities for entry to initial teacher education. In accordance with the mission of ACU, the Faculty of Education and Arts is committed to providing access to education for a diversity of students. ACU provides a range of access and equity schemes which consider additional or alternative factors in assessing applicants, including applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

From 2018 applicants who apply for entry into this initial teacher education course will be required to complete a non-academic assessment. The assessment is to demonstrate suitability for teaching and will be part of your application when applying for admission into this course. Please visit 'Suitability for teaching' for more information.

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
Location:
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Melbourne
  • Strathfield
Duration:

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

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The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is for graduates who want to become secondary school teachers and have an appropriate undergraduate degree. Graduates may be eligible for employment in Catholic and other faith-based schools, independent and government high schools and other secondary schools.

Depending on your undergraduate degree, this Master’s degree will prepare you to teach specialist areas including:

  • Visual arts, media arts, music and/or drama
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Economics and business
  • Humanities and social sciences
  • Languages other than English
  • Health and physical education and outdoor education
  • ICT and digital technologies
  • Science
  • Religious education.

It enables students to adopt a research-based approach to reflective practice. They’ll be able to consider the implications and applications of this approach to their own professional development and its contribution to their students’ learning and wellbeing.

The course provides valuable professional experience through a variety of school and community-based placements during the course.

Students who undertake the Master of Teaching (Secondary) may also concurrently complete the Graduate Certificate in Religious Education to gain accreditation to teach religious education in Catholic schools.

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability

  • Brisbane (Multi-mode)
  • Canberra (Multi-mode)
  • Melbourne (Multi-mode)
  • Strathfield (Multi-mode)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Deferment

No deferment available. International applicants should check the commencement date for this course and ensure that they are available to commence on time.

Credit Points

160

Exit Point

A student who has completed the specified requirements may exit from the course with the Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies. This does not provide a qualification to teach.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings
Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Canberra
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
  • Average first year fee: $6560 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)
Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

An applicant must comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must:

  1. have successfully completed a Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification, with:
    1. a major study in one teaching area; and
    2. a separate minor study in a second teaching area, that may be separate from or related to the major study area;
    3. be able to select from teaching areas that are available within the course and meet the requirements of applicant's local state/territory registration authority; and
    4. the combination of teaching areas identified would usually prepare the applicant to teach across all year levels of secondary schooling.
  2. demonstrate suitability for teaching.

Applicants who completed Bachelor degrees outside Australia should review Admission to Coursework Programs Policy to determine if they are required to meet additional English Language Proficiency requirements for entry into the course.

Applicants seeking teacher registration in Australia should check with state registration bodies to confirm English Language Proficiency requirements for teacher registration.

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

2. Additional Approvals

All students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they may enter a classroom.

These are: Blue Card (Qld), Working with Vulnerable People (ACT) or Working with Children Check (NSW and Vic).

International students must provide a police check from their home country. All students who have lived in another country for twelve months or more must provide a police check from that country for that period.

3. Admission Requirements for the Professional Practice specialisation

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Teaching (Secondary) (Professional Practice) specialisation, an applicant is required to:

3.1  have completed the first year of the course with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.0 and a demonstrated strong performance in the professional experience units in Year 1,

OR

3.2  be from an approved sponsored cohort and meet the Master of Teaching (Secondary) course entry requirements.

Each course has a different ATAR/OP cut off and these vary each year. The table below shows the range of scores achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. Please note some of these scores may have been adjusted by various entry schemes. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2017

ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer
75th percentile ATAR to receive an offer
Median ATAR to receive an offer
25th percentile ATAR to receive an offer
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer
75th percentile ATAR to receive an offer
Median ATAR to receive an offer
25th percentile ATAR to receive an offer
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer
75th percentile ATAR to receive an offer
Median ATAR to receive an offer
25th percentile ATAR to receive an offer
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2017
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
13 92.86%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
International students L/N N/P
All students 14 100%
  • L/N – Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.
  • N/P – Not published due to low enrolment numbers.
Applicant background 2017
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
67 82.72%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
International students 14 17.28%
All students 81 100%
Applicant background 2017
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
88 93.62%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
International students 6 6.38%
All students 94 100%

Further information

Brisbane, Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Canberra, ACT
Apply through UAC
Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC
Sydney (Strathfield), NSW
Apply through UAC

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) course is designed to prepare secondary teachers to meet the requirements for teaching in Catholic, independent and government schools.

Students must complete a minimum of 60 days professional experience during which time they are required to be available full-time.

Professional experience covers all school and community-based experience designed to help students develop professional competence and personal commitment, in accordance with the expressed Catholic philosophy of the University. The professional experience units apply skills, techniques and processes taught in the Foundations Studies and Professional Studies units.

Professional experience units are planned as a specific sequence allowing for progressive development of both classroom-based proficiency and an understanding of the relevance of theory to practice and practice to theory. The practicum will be supported by other forms of in-school experiences, such as school-based tutorials and workshops.

Certain prerequisite units are required before students are placed in schools.

Supervised professional experience is at the heart of all our pre-service teacher education courses and the Faculty will find appropriate placements to suit the needs of your course. Placements will usually be arranged for the scheduled placement period in the professional experience calendar though this may not always be possible.

The Professional Experience program consists of a minimum of 10 weeks of teaching rounds, usually broken into three blocks.

This program has been listed on the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) accredited programs list and meets the teacher education component of the qualification requirement for registration (accreditation) as a secondary school teacher in all states and territories.

Requirements for working with children: All students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they may enter a classroom.

These are: Blue Card (Qld), Working with Vulnerable People (ACT) or Working with Children Check (NSW and Vic).

International students must bring police check documentation from their home country. All students who have lived in another country for 12 months or more must provide a police check from that country for that period.

No score less than 7 in reading and writing. No score less than 8 in listening and speaking.

Graduates of this course may be eligible for entry into further postgraduate coursework degree programs. Master of Teaching (Secondary) is a pathway to doctoral studies.

Course structure

The Master of Teaching has two separate and distinct stages.

  1. Stage 1: 80 credit points, comprising 4 units educational studies and 4 units curriculum studies. These units include a field-based learning component.
  2. Stage 2: 80 credit points, including 3 core units, 1 field-based research project, 1 practicum unit and 1 elective unit.

Core units encompass learning, and learning technologies, human development and special needs, teaching and classroom management and Catholic education and schooling. Teaching studies consist of a selection of two single methods or a double method. Professional practice consisting of supervised teaching will be organised to comply with state teacher registration requirements.

Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)

Students will be required to demonstrate they have achieved approved benchmarks in literacy and numeracy as demonstrated through the Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE). Successful completion of LANTITE is a requirement for course completion.

Domestic Students

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is for graduates who want to become secondary school teachers and have an appropriate undergraduate degree. Graduates may be eligible for employment in Catholic and other faith-based schools, independent and government high schools and other secondary schools.

Depending on your undergraduate degree, this Master’s degree will prepare you to teach specialist areas including:

  • Visual arts, media arts, music and/or drama
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Economics and business
  • Humanities and social sciences
  • Languages other than English
  • Health and physical education and outdoor education
  • ICT and digital technologies
  • Science
  • Religious education.

It enables students to adopt a research-based approach to reflective practice. They’ll be able to consider the implications and applications of this approach to their own professional development and its contribution to their students’ learning and wellbeing.

The course provides valuable professional experience through a variety of school and community-based placements during the course.

Students who undertake the Master of Teaching (Secondary) may also concurrently complete the Graduate Certificate in Religious Education to gain accreditation to teach religious education in Catholic schools.

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Brisbane
  • 12-Feb-2018
Canberra
  • 12-Feb-2018 , 11-Feb-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020
Melbourne
  • 12-Feb-2018 , 23-Jul-2018 , 11-Feb-2019 , 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020
Strathfield
  • 12-Feb-2018 , 23-Jul-2018 , 11-Feb-2019 , 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 25% of the program online.

Credit Points

160

Exit Point

A student who has completed the specified requirements may exit from the course with the Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies. This does not provide a qualification to teach.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings
  • Unit Fee: $2756.00 (2018)
  • Average first year fee: $22048.00 (2018)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $44096.00 (2018)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

International students must have an IELTS of no score less than 7.0 in reading and writing and no score less than 8.0 in listening and speaking, plus an Australian three-year Bachelor's Degree or equivalent with a Grade Point Average (GPA) equivalent to an Australian Catholic University GPA of 4.0. Students must also nominate two subject areas for which, based on their Bachelor studies, they believe they are qualified to teach. The Faculty of Education and Arts will assess students' suitability for these methods during the admissions process.

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) course is designed to prepare secondary teachers to meet the requirements for teaching in Catholic, independent and government schools.

Students must complete a minimum of 60 days professional experience during which time they are required to be available full-time.

Professional experience covers all school and community-based experience designed to help students develop professional competence and personal commitment, in accordance with the expressed Catholic philosophy of the University. The professional experience units apply skills, techniques and processes taught in the Foundations Studies and Professional Studies units.

Professional experience units are planned as a specific sequence allowing for progressive development of both classroom-based proficiency and an understanding of the relevance of theory to practice and practice to theory. The practicum will be supported by other forms of in-school experiences, such as school-based tutorials and workshops.

Certain prerequisite units are required before students are placed in schools.

Supervised professional experience is at the heart of all our pre-service teacher education courses and the Faculty will find appropriate placements to suit the needs of your course. Placements will usually be arranged for the scheduled placement period in the professional experience calendar though this may not always be possible.

The Professional Experience program consists of a minimum of 10 weeks of teaching rounds, usually broken into three blocks.

This program has been listed on the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) accredited programs list and meets the teacher education component of the qualification requirement for registration (accreditation) as a secondary school teacher in all states and territories.

Requirements for working with children: All students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they may enter a classroom.

These are: Blue Card (Qld), Working with Vulnerable People (ACT) or Working with Children Check (NSW and Vic).

International students must bring police check documentation from their home country. All students who have lived in another country for 12 months or more must provide a police check from that country for that period.

No score less than 7 in reading and writing. No score less than 8 in listening and speaking.

Graduates of this course may be eligible for entry into further postgraduate coursework degree programs. Master of Teaching (Secondary) is a pathway to doctoral studies.

Course structure

The Master of Teaching has two separate and distinct stages.

  1. Stage 1: 80 credit points, comprising 4 units educational studies and 4 units curriculum studies. These units include a field-based learning component.
  2. Stage 2: 80 credit points, including 3 core units, 1 field-based research project, 1 practicum unit and 1 elective unit.

Core units encompass learning, and learning technologies, human development and special needs, teaching and classroom management and Catholic education and schooling. Teaching studies consist of a selection of two single methods or a double method. Professional practice consisting of supervised teaching will be organised to comply with state teacher registration requirements.

Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)

Students will be required to demonstrate they have achieved approved benchmarks in literacy and numeracy as demonstrated through the Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE). Successful completion of LANTITE is a requirement for course completion.

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