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
- Economics and business
- Humanities and social sciences
- Languages other than English
- Health and physical education and outdoor education
- ICT and digital technologies
- 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