ACU (Australian Catholic University)

Start a rewarding career in Teaching in Australia!

Start a rewarding career in Teaching in Australia!

Australian Catholic University is a public university and a leader in teacher education. ACU's Faculty of Education is the largest in Australia providing you the opportunity to study in 4 major cities around Australia: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra.

If you have already completed a Bachelor Degree, you have the opportunity to launch your career in primary/secondary teaching or educational leadership with a postgraduate degree from ACU. 

For more than 100 years ACU and its predecessor colleges have educated teachers, producing high-quality graduates who are:

  • accredited to teach in Australia’s state, private and Catholic schools
  • committed to high standards of professional excellence
  • equipped with nine weeks of classroom teaching experience
  • socially responsible and highly employable
  • prepared for a seamless transition from the university to the profession

Secondary teaching

If you wish to become a high school teacher, ACU offers two postgraduate courses leading to secondary teacher registration in Australia:

Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)

  • One-year condensed program
  • 10 units of study
  • 45 days professional experience
Master of Teaching (Secondary)
  • Two-year program
  • 16 units of study
  • Minimum of 45 days professional experience
Graduates from either course will meet the requirements for secondary teaching in Catholic, independent and government secondary schools in Australia. The courses are accredited by teacher registration bodies in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.

Professional experience involves supervised placement in secondary schools and the community. It is a valuable and practical opportunity to apply the skills, techniques and processes taught in the course.

Secondary school teachers are responsible for teaching up to two main subject areas to students aged 12-18 years. To pursue secondary teaching, you need to have appropriate undergraduate qualifications in two of the below subject areas:

  • Commerce and business studies
  • Computing
  • Creative and performing arts
  • Economics
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Languages other than English
  • Mathematics
  • Personal development and physical education
  • Religious studies
  • Science
  • Technology

Primary teaching

If you wish to become a primary school teacher, ACU offers the Master of Teaching (Primary) that leads to primary teacher registration in Australia:

Master of Teaching (Primary)

  • Two-year program
  • 16 academic units
  • Education research project
  • Minimum of 45 days professional experience
It prepares primary school teachers who are reflective, independent and flexible thinkers who can apply their skills to improve curriculum offerings and advance their community’s education. Primary school teachers are responsible for teaching a wide curriculum to students aged 5-12 years.

Graduates from either course will meet the requirements for secondary teaching in Catholic, independent and government secondary schools in Australia. The courses are accredited by teacher registration bodies in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.

Professional experience involves supervised placement in secondary schools and the community. It is a valuable and practical opportunity to apply the skills, techniques and processes taught in the course.

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Other Programs

Master of Education
This course is designed for educators or those working in educational contexts who wish to pursue further studies in a specialised area. It will not lead to a teaching qualification.

The Master of Education (Coursework) enables teachers and educators to develop their scholarship and expertise further. The course enhances career advancement opportunities as a teaching professional or leader, education administrator, researcher or policy maker.


Master of Educational Leadership

This course is a research driven, practically orientated  program designed to support the capabilities of current and aspiring  educational leaders wishing to enhance their leadership capacity within the  context of their professional settings.  Participants explore theories of educational leadership, management and  administration (ELMA), and learn to apply them appropriately to their own  contexts including Catholic and faith-based educational organisations defined as those organisations affiliated with  a religious group or established Church (Buckingham, 2010).

Taught by active researchers and  experienced practitioners, this course explicitly integrates theory and  practice to enable graduates to apply the latest research, and the knowledge  and skills to improve their organisations with effective leadership informed by  defensible ethical and moral principles.