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Master of Teaching (Secondary) (NSW, ACT and QLD)

Available at

  • Brisbane Campus Qld
  • Canberra Campus ACT
  • Melbourne Campus Vic
  • Strathfield Campus NSW


160 cp
Minimum duration: 2 years full-time or equivalent part-time.


Equivalent of an Australian university three year Bachelor/Diploma that meets the required prerequisites into teaching subject methods in a particular state.

This course has as its foundation the conviction that the quality of education in a society is closely associated with the preparation of teachers. The aim of this course is to assist participants in developing professional expertise, attitudes and values that will equip them to develop in others sound knowledge, skills and ideals and a capacity and readiness to undertake responsibilities in the community. Quality of education depends also on teachers being prepared to meet the challenge of continued growth in knowledge, accelerating technological development, evidence-based decision making, social change and heightened community expectations.

Successful completion of this course enables graduates to apply for registration to teach in Catholic, state or independent schools in their state.

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: a further 80 credit points includes 3 core units and a 20 credit point directed field-based research project as well as 3 elective units.

Core units encompass learning, and learning technologies, human development and special needs, teaching and classroom management and Catholic education and schooling. Teaching studies consists of a selection of two single methods or a double method. Professional practice consisting of a minimum of forty-five days of supervised teaching will be organised.

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.

Professional Experience

Students must complete professional experience units during which time they are required to be available full-time.

Certain prerequisite or co requisite units are required before students are placed in schools. For example, EDFD529 and the two or three teaching methods (Curriculum and Teaching units) must be either completed before undertaking a teaching round or are concurrent units with the teaching round unit.

Working with Children Check

Students accepting a place in this course are required to participate in a number of professional placements throughout their program. In order to participate in professional experience it is the responsibility of each student to ensure that they are able to successfully complete the child protection screening required in their state. Students, who are not cleared for working with children and therefore not be able to be placed in a compulsory professional placement, will not be able to complete their course.

In Victoria, all students must apply for and obtain a Working With Children Check before they will be permitted to participate in the Professional Experience Program.

There are no exceptions to this requirement and no student will be placed in a school without a valid Working With Children Check.

Students must obtain an application form for a Working With Children Check (WWCC) stamped with a University Stamp at Enrolment or during the enrolment period. It is the student's responsibility to submit the application form and, upon receiving the Working With Children Check/Card, submit the original Working With Children Check/Card and a copy of the original to Professional Experience personnel at the appropriate campus.

The Professional Experience personnel will sight the original Working With Children Check/Card, verify its authenticity and return it to the student. The copy will be placed in the student's Professional Experience file. Students must carry the WWCC every time they visit a school or work with children as part of their University Course.

International students must obtain and present their relevant police check from their home country and from any other country/ies where they have been domiciled for twelve months or more for the last ten years. These police checks must be sighted and authenticated before students will be permitted to undertake a Professional Experience in schools.

English Language Requirements

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 7.0, including an individual score of 6.0 for all tests; or

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 600 and TWE rating of 5.0; or a computer-based score of 250 with a minimum essay rating of 5.0; or an internet-based total of 100 with a minimum writing score of 25.

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