IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent
4 years full time
To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook
Do you want to combine your passions within the sciences with your desire to inspire others to learn?
The combined course Bachelor of Science/Master of Teaching (Secondary) prepares graduates with the attributes, discipline-specific knowledge, professional behaviours and standards required to practice as a secondary school teacher in Australia, teaching from junior secondary to VCE levels.
The course combines a postgraduate teaching qualification with undergraduate discipline studies in Science relevant for teaching. The fast-tracked postgraduate level of study means that graduates are ready to teach after just 4 years of study. This postgraduate level initial teacher education degree gives you the edge to get ahead in the employment market.Read More
To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Science/Master of Teaching (Secondary), students must complete a total of 36 credit points of units comprising of:
Bachelor level studies
Students must complete:
1. 7 credit points of core science units
2. 2 credit points of units as follows:
- Students who have not completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent take SLE133 and SLE155
- Students who completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent take SLE155 and 1 cp elective (must be Science course grouped)
3. A 6 credit point approved Science major sequence selected from:
- One of Animal Biology, Cell Biology, Human Biology, Genomics, Natural History and Plant Biology
- Chemistry and Materials Science
- Environmental Science
- Mathematical Modelling
4. 5 credit points of units chosen from another group of the Science majors listed above
5. Students must complete both units:
SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit point compulsory unit) and;
STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)
6. 4 credit points selected from:
- EDU201 Educational Psychology
- EDU202 Educators and Learners
- EDU203 Literacy, Numeracy and Education
- EDU303 Education, Communication and Technology
- EDU301 Culture, Diversity and Participation in Education
- EDU302 Education and Humanitarian Development
Following successful completion of the first 3 undergraduate levels of the course, students with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) above 60 progress to the postgraduate level of the course. Students cannot progress to the postgraduate level of study without completing all 24 credit points at undergraduate level. A WAM of less than 60 results in an alternative exit from D304 with award S320 Bachelor of Science.
A Working with Children Check is required before commencing school experience in Trimester 3 of Year 3.
Postgraduate level studies
Students must complete:
- 8 core teaching units
- 2 curriculum study units in first teaching specialist area
- 2 curriculum study units in second teaching specialist area
This course includes 60 days of supervised professional experience.
Students are also required to complete below two zero (0) credit point units ELN010 and ELN011 as part of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) and
Plus 2 credit points as follows:
1 elective unit (science course grouped)
Note: Students who have not completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent take SLE133 and SLE155. Students who completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent take SLE155 and a one credit point elective unit (science course grouped).
Major sequences - Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability
Students must complete 6 credit points from one of the following:
Plus 5 credit points of units chosen from another one of the Science majors listed above
Note: Students taking a major in Animal Biology, Cell Biology, Human Biology, Genomics, Natural History or Plant Biology must choose these 5 units from one of Chemistry and Materials Science, Environmental Science, Geography or Mathematical Modelling.
Plus 4 credit points selected from:
8 core teaching units
Plus two Secondary Curriculum Studies units in a first teaching method area
Plus two Secondary Curriculum Studies units in a second teaching method area
Secondary Curriculum Study Units
Teaching method area
Curriculum studies units
Science (Secondary Senior), specialist science area Biology
Science (Secondary Senior), specialist science area Chemistry
Chemistry and Materials Science
Science (Secondary Senior), specialist science area Environmental Science
Bachelor of Science / Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).
Additional course information
Students are required to apply for a Working with Children Check before commencing school experience in Trimester 3 of Year 3.
For further information contact the School of Education, Professional Experience office.
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Mandatory student checks
Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.
Students are required to complete units in Trimester 3 of the third year of study.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table. Some courses may have additional entry requirements. Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.
Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL.
Non Year 12 Form: Applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal History online.
All Applicants must complete an additional selection tool for non-academic attributes prior to entry into the Master of Teaching component of the course during their third year of study. Deakin University is using the CASPer assessment tool. CASPer is an online, video-scenario based situational judgement test, designed to measure non-academic suitability for teaching
IELTS / English language requirements
Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies. It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)
Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.
Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).
You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.
Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2018 students (PDF, 783.5KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.
Fees and scholarships
Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.
A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships
Teaching and education courses at Deakin lead to a career that can make a profound and lasting contribution to the future by positively educating and influencing the lives of students. Teaching is the largest profession in Australia, with more than 200 000 teachers working across 10 000 schools, teaching more than three million students. It is a rewarding career that offers creativity, flexibility and opportunity.
For more information go to 'DeakinTALENT '
Deakin’s Bachelor of Science / Master of Teaching (Secondary) is accredited with the VIT as a nationally accredited course for the purposes of teacher registration in Victoria. Graduates intending to apply for registration in Victoria should carefully check all requirements relating to this process specified at vit.vic.edu.au
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Please refer to the Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) of the single degree.
How to apply
Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC
Credit for prior learning
If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.