Course information for - 2021 entry

Offered at 5 locations

Study mode
Fees (first year)*
$3944 Commonwealth Supported
Start dates
Semester 1 - February , Semester 2 - July



Become the kind of teacher who is confident, adaptable and able to design and implement engaging and flexible learning experiences to meet the needs of all students in the classroom. This is a graduate entry, preservice teacher education course for those who want to become secondary school teachers. Whether you are looking for a complete career change or are a recent graduate, you can use your undergraduate degree to inform your specialist teaching areas in this secondary school course. Depending on your undergraduate degree and campus of study, this course will prepare you to teach in two specialist areas.


Professional experience

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

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

If you wish to teach 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.

This program has been accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching and listed on the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) accredited programs list.



Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • secondary school education
  • academia
  • religious education
  • education research
  • play education specialist
  • learning designer 
  • adult learning 
  • curriculum development
  • education consulting 
  • government education policy making

Course details

Course structure

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

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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;
  3. 40 cp from Curriculum Studies.
  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.

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 an assessment available in the relevant State at the time of application.

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.

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.

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,


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

Disclamer :

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


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.

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.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$3944 Commonwealth Supported

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 


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.  

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How to apply


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.



“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.”

Teaching (secondary) student

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