Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
Location:
  • Brisbane (International)
  • 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, music 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.

Professional Practice Specialisation (Not offered in 2017)

Queensland students who achieve outstanding performance both academically and professionally, identified by attaining a grade point average of credit or above, and who demonstrate strong performance during professional experience placements in the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary), or the first year of the Master of Teaching (Secondary), will be identified and invited to be admitted to the Master of Teaching (Secondary) with a specialisation in Professional Practice from 2015. This specialisation is not necessarily available in all states.

The second year of the Master of Teaching (Secondary)(Professional Practice) will be undertaken through partnership between ACU and secondary schools. Participants will undertake a paid 0.8 teaching load in a secondary school and complete a project focusing on teaching as evidence-based practice (0.2 load).

Each participant in the program will work with a dedicated teacher mentor and university teaching scholar to develop capabilities in three key areas:

  • aligning curriculum, teaching and assessment
  • explicitly connecting national priorities of literacy and numeracy with discipline studies
  • collecting, interpreting and using assessment evidence and school data to improve learning outcomes and for educational accountability

* Entry conditions apply. Subject also to school/employer authority offer of employment at 0.8 load

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability

  • 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.

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
Canberra
  • Semester 1 - Not on offer
  • Semester 2 - July
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - July
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - Not on offer
  • Semester 2 - July
  • Average first year fee: $15440 Fee-Paying (indicative only)
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 also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

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

1.1 To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have successfully completed:

  1. Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification with a Grade Point Average (GPA) equivalent to an Australian Catholic University GPA of 4.0; and
    1. a major study in one teaching area; and
    2. either a separate minor study in a second teaching area, or a double teaching area;
    3. which meet the requirements as teaching areas according to the local state/territory registration authority; and
    4. are teaching areas available within the course.

1.2 For applicants who have successfully completed a Bachelor degree but do not meet subject content requirements or the state/territory requirements, conditional enrolment may, in special circumstances, be approved by the Course Coordinator subject to completion of an additional program of study.

1.3 Advanced standing is available for students who have successfully completed a Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) and meet Faculty Grade Point Average (GPA) and professional experience requirements.

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, a student must have completed the first year of the course, which equates to the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.0 and a demonstrated strong performance in the professional experience units in Year 1.

Canberra, ACT
Apply through UAC
Sydney (Strathfield), NSW
Apply through UAC

Direct Applications

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.

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) specialisation with Professional Practice (available Queensland only) provides an extended professional practice in year 2 of the program for high performing students, identified by attaining a grade point average of credit or above, and who demonstrate strong performance during professional experience placements in year one of the program. The Professional Practice specialisation is not necessarily available in all States.

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is accredited by the Queensland College of Teachers, the NSW Institute of Teachers and the Victorian Institute of Teaching. Accreditation is also recognised by the ACT Teacher Quality Institute. The Master of Teaching (Secondary) specialisation with Professional Practice is accredited only by the Queensland College of Teachers.

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.

Additional information: Deferment is not available. International applicants should check the commencement date for this course and ensure that they are available to commence on time.

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, music 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.

Professional Practice Specialisation (Not offered in 2017)

Queensland students who achieve outstanding performance both academically and professionally, identified by attaining a grade point average of credit or above, and who demonstrate strong performance during professional experience placements in the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary), or the first year of the Master of Teaching (Secondary), will be identified and invited to be admitted to the Master of Teaching (Secondary) with a specialisation in Professional Practice from 2015. This specialisation is not necessarily available in all states.

The second year of the Master of Teaching (Secondary)(Professional Practice) will be undertaken through partnership between ACU and secondary schools. Participants will undertake a paid 0.8 teaching load in a secondary school and complete a project focusing on teaching as evidence-based practice (0.2 load).

Each participant in the program will work with a dedicated teacher mentor and university teaching scholar to develop capabilities in three key areas:

  • aligning curriculum, teaching and assessment
  • explicitly connecting national priorities of literacy and numeracy with discipline studies
  • collecting, interpreting and using assessment evidence and school data to improve learning outcomes and for educational accountability

* Entry conditions apply. Subject also to school/employer authority offer of employment at 0.8 load

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Brisbane
  • 12-Feb-2018 , 16-Jul-2018
Canberra
  • 24-Jul-2017 , 12-Feb-2018 , 16-Jul-2018 , 11-Feb-2019 , 22-Jul-2019
Melbourne
  • 24-Jul-2017 , 12-Feb-2018 , 16-Jul-2018 , 11-Feb-2019 , 22-Jul-2019
Strathfield
  • 24-Jul-2017 , 12-Feb-2018 , 16-Jul-2018 , 11-Feb-2019 , 22-Jul-2019

Deferment

No deferment available.

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: $2625.00 (2017)
  • Average first year fee: $21000.00 (2017)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $42000.00 (2017)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. 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 applying for February 2017 intake onwards 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.

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) specialisation with Professional Practice (available Queensland only) provides an extended professional practice in year 2 of the program for high performing students, identified by attaining a grade point average of credit or above, and who demonstrate strong performance during professional experience placements in year one of the program. The Professional Practice specialisation is not necessarily available in all States.

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is accredited by the Queensland College of Teachers, the NSW Institute of Teachers and the Victorian Institute of Teaching. Accreditation is also recognised by the ACT Teacher Quality Institute. The Master of Teaching (Secondary) specialisation with Professional Practice is accredited only by the Queensland College of Teachers.

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.

Additional information: Deferment is not available. International applicants should check the commencement date for this course and ensure that they are available to commence on time.

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