Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Course information for - 2022 entry

Offered at 6 locations

Study mode
Online, Multi-mode
Duration

2 years full-time or 3.5 years part-time. 18 months full-time in accelerated mode.

Fees (first year)*

$3984 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 - February , Semester 2 - July

Overview

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Transform your work and life experience into a teaching career. Graduate ready to design and implement engaging and flexible learning experiences to inspire and positively influence young people. This is a graduate entry, initial teacher education course for those who want to teach in secondary schools. Whether you are looking for a complete career change or are a recent graduate, your undergraduate degree will form the foundations for your specialist teaching areas in this course. This course will prepare you to teach in one or two specialist teaching areas, depending on your undergraduate degree and campus of study. Learn the craft of teaching from highly experienced mentor teachers in a range of educational contexts.

The following senior secondary level teaching areas are available (with some variations from state to state), with students also able to teach in the corresponding subjects in the junior levels:

accounting, business studies, biology, chemistry, design and technologies, drama, earth and environmental studies, economics, English, geography, health, history, ICT and digital technology, language, legal studies, mathematics, media, music, outdoor education, physical education, physics, religious education, society and culture, TESOL, visual arts, vocational studies.

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Professional experience

Gain expertise in your practicums over a total of 60 days in schools. Year 1: 20 days, Year 2: 20 days, 20 days.

Work placement

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. 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. These units apply skills, techniques and processes taught in the Foundations Studies and Professional Studies units.

The practicum will be supported by other forms of in-school experiences, such as school-based tutorials and workshops.

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.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for registration as secondary school teachers in government, independent, Catholic, and other faith-based schools.

If you wish to teach Religious Education in a Catholic secondary school you will be required to have a Graduate Certificate in Religious Education qualification or equivalent (this may vary by diocese). You can study this concurrently with your master's degree at ACU.

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Careers

Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • government, independent and Catholic Schools
  • government, private, and not-for-profit organisations
  • education, training, and research
  • education consultancy
  • adult learning
  • community and advocacy agencies
  • youth agencies

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Master of Teaching (Secondary), a student must complete 160 credit points (cp).

View course rules

Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5

Year 1

Semester 1

EDXX599 (TA 1)

Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 1

10cp

(TA= Teaching Area)

EDXY599 (TA 2)

Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 1

10cp

(TA= Teaching Area)

10cp

EDES591 Foundations of Teaching 2: The Nature of Learning

10cp


EDET590 Effective Teaching 1: Professional Practices

10cp

(15 days placement)

LNTE510 Literacy and Numeracy Diagnostic

0cp

Winter

EDES600 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories, Cultures and Education data-versionlabel=2 >

10cp

EDES590 Foundations of Teaching 1: Understanding Adolescents

10cp

Alternative offering

EDES690 Literacy and Numeracy across the Secondary Curriculum

10cp

Year 1

Semester 2

EDES690 Literacy and Numeracy across the Secondary Curriculum

10cp

EDES601 Special Education and Inclusive Practice

10cp

Education Elective

10cp

(Elective offerings available in

PT2/Semester 1, Semester 2 and Summer) 

10cp

EDET690 Effective Teaching 2: Engaging Learners

10cp

(20 days placement)

(Pre: EDET590)

LNTE511 Literacy and Numeracy Test

0cp

Year 2

Summer

EDES691 21st Century Skills across the Secondary Curriculum

10cp

Education Elective

10cp

(Elective offerings available in

PT2/Semester 1, Semester 2 and Summer) 

10cp

EDET692 Applied Educational Assessment Across the Secondary Curriculum

10cp

Alternative offering

EDES590 Foundations of Teaching 1: Understanding Adolescents

10cp

Year 2

Professional Term 2 or Semester 1

EDXX699 (TA1)

Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 2

10cp

(Pre: EDXX599)

(TA= Teaching Area)

EDXY699 (TA2)

Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 2

10cp

(Pre: EDXY599)

(TA= Teaching Area)

EDET692 Applied Educational Assessment Across the Secondary Curriculum

10cp

Education Elective

10cp

(Elective offerings available in PT2/Semester 1, Semester 2 and Summer; Semester 1 scheduled electives may overlap with placement days)

10cp

Year 2

Professional Term 4

EDET691 Effective Teaching 3: Teacher Inquiry and Evidence-based Practice

10cp

(25 days placement)

This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Semester 1 intake 18-month duration

AQF framework

Masters (Coursework) - AQF Level 9

Exit Points

A student who has successfully completed the following requirements may exit from the course with that qualification. Note that none of these qualifications will lead to teacher registration.

  1. Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies: 80 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:
  2. 40 cp from Education Studies and Effective Teaching units;
  3. 40 cp from Curriculum Studies Units.
  4. Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies: 40 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings.

A student who does not meet the LANTITE requirements may exit with the Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies or Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies if they meet the requirements of those awards.

Additional course information

Students can enrol in units to be studied online and this course may be completed in accelerated mode in 18 months at some campuses.

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.

If you have started your ITE course at another institution and wish to transfer to ACU to complete your studies, please be sure that you have read and understand the requirements for receiving credit for previous studies and those on completing LANTITE.

Entry requirements

An applicant must also 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:
  2. a major study in one teaching area; and
  3. a separate minor study in a second teaching area, that may be separate from or related to the major study area;
  4. 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
  5. the combination of teaching areas identified would usually prepare the applicant to teach across all year levels of secondary schooling.
  6. demonstrate suitability for teaching as evidenced by completion of the relevant State assessment, which will be provided in the application process.


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.

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:

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

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


Admission Requirements for the Internship specialisation

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

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

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2022 Admission.

English language requirements

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

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you

Pathways

Further study

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.

Fees

Course costs

Average first year fee*

$3984 CSP

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.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

Explore your options 

Scholarships

You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

Search our scholarships 

How to apply

Domestic applicants

Brisbane

Apply through ACU

ACU code 1220001581

Deferment

No deferment available.

Staff Profile

Dr Gretchen Geng

School of Education, Melbourne

Dr Gretchen Geng is currently the Deputy of Head of School of Education in Ballarat campus, and the course coordinator of Master of Teaching (Secondary) in Melbourne. Before that, she worked in various schools and universities in Australia for approximate 20 years. Gretchen has strong research interests in improving the quality of curriculum development in teacher education programs and the use of technologies in teaching and learning transformation. She has also been actively involved in consultation work for online ESL education organisations.

Testimonial

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“I chose ACU because it gave me the opportunity to study an area I felt passionately about. I see the need for education to develop young minds and give them options to excel in the real world. My first practical experience was at Murrumba State Secondary College. The experience was incredible, and I really felt like I was giving back to the local community.”

Marcus
Teaching (secondary) student
 

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