Master of Applied Learning and Teaching



The Master of Applied Learning and Teaching is a secondary teacher qualification which qualifies you to work in secondary schools and other youth settings such as VCAL and the Vocational Education & Training System (TAFE). 

The course uses a problem-based approach that is closely aligned with authentic school improvement initiatives and linking theory and practice through strong work-integrated learning partnerships. The course focuses on the middle years and upper years of schooling and has a strong emphasis on experiential and applied learning pedagogies which enhance student engagement. You will be asked to engage critically with your developing expertise in teaching practice and be open to contemporary ideas and research, challenging traditional transmissive approaches to teaching and responding to a need for greater cultural diversity and inclusivity in patterns of Australian educational participation.


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Key facts


This course is 18 months duration over 4 consecutive trimesters, or part time equivalent


This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus*

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus*

    *Note: All students are required to attend intensive on-campus at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

* Note: Students will be required to attend intensives on campus at Waurn Ponds.

Key information

Award granted

Master of Applied Learning and Teaching


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

$23,920 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
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Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

$6,359 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

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Deakin code



Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)

Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Entry requirements

A Bachelor degree in a different discipline, with sufficient prior study in two specialist teaching areas: one of the specialist teaching areas must be equivalent to at least 6 Deakin credit points equivalent with no more than 2 credit points at level 1 and at least 2 Deakin credit points at level 3; the other specialist teacher area must be equivalent to
at least 4 Deakin credit points equivalent with no more than 2 Deakin credit points at level 1.  Alternatively, you can demonstrate sufficient prior study for one specialist teaching area as a double teaching method area, which must be equivalent to at least 10 Deakin credit points equivalent with no more than 4 Deakin credit points at level 1 and at least 2 Deakin credit points at level 3. Double teaching method areas available for study at Deakin are Mathematics, Dance, Drama, Visual Art, Music and Humanities.*

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements, see here.

*Note that the Victoria Institute of Teaching’s Specialist Area Guidelines imposes additional requirements for some specialist teaching areas. Please refer to the guidelines carefully:

Research Information

Students are able to undertake one of three options for research training and research in the course. Each option has a common foundation that is based on an introductory unit of one credit point in research design & method. This research study is then further supported by one of the three research options:

Option 1: application of the research training through a one credit point research based project for professional practice;

Option 2: advanced research training of one credit point of either quantitative or qualitative research methods; and Research Paper (2 credit points);

Option 3: advanced research training of one credit point of either quantitative or qualitative research methods; and Minor Thesis (4 credit points).

Professional Recognition

This initial teacher program is approved by the Victorian Institute of Teaching against the National Graduate Teacher standards for the purposes of teacher registration in Victoria. Graduates intending to apply for registration in Victoria should carefully check all VIT requirements relating to this process.

Career outcomes

The Master of Applied Learning and Teaching aims to prepare graduate teachers with the advanced professional knowledge, skills and attributes required of educators working in high schools and other youth learning contexts where applied and vocational learning are being implemented. 

For more information go to 'My Course My Career'

Course learning outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Apply an advanced and integrated understanding of current theories of young people’s social and cognitive development, learning and curriculum development as applied to the middle and later years of schooling, principles and applications of applied learning in a range of educational contexts, critical perspectives on cultural diversity, social disadvantage and barriers/enablers to young people’s learning and educational success, research informing literacy and numeracy development and applied strategies for youth engagement in schooling, critical engagement with contemporary policy informing educational practice, social justice and schooling, research informing the analysis and use of data for improvement in teaching and learning.

Research and reflect critically on professional practice and the scholarship of teaching.


Use professional judgment to engage in effective and inclusive interpersonal, oral, written and electronic communication skills to create positive learning relationships with students, parents, colleagues and stakeholders.

Apply expert and specialised cognitive, communicative and professional skills to motivate learning in the middle and later years, and independently and collaboratively create new knowledge informing change and improvement in teachers’ professional practice.

Digital literacy

Select, create, apply and evaluate a range of digital teaching and learning resources and technologies to facilitate creative but safe student engagement in learning in accordance with responsible and ethical practice. 

Critical thinking

Apply contemporary theories of learning and research to critically evaluate and synthesise context-specific information relating to students’ learning outcomes, including formative/ summative assessment data, to evaluate teaching approaches and make informed judgements about appropriate pedagogical and assessment strategies to be applied in the middle and later years of schooling

Problem solving

Demonstrate autonomy and critical thinking to investigate authentic problems of professional practice specifically addressing issues of student engagement in learning and inclusive educational practices, and apply professional knowledge, skills and expert judgment in the development and implementation of informed solutions. 


Participate actively as a member of the teaching profession, demonstrating engagement with professional networks and the autonomous development of a responsive professional learning plan. 


Work effectively and collaboratively within the context of professional practice and in an interdisciplinary team to create solutions to authentic problems of teaching practice. 

Global citizenship

Apply advanced knowledge and skills as an educator to develop learning environments and experiences that address cultural diversity and socioeconomic factors to positively influence students’ learning.

Demonstrate and apply the legal and ethical standards required in the teaching profession.

Approved by Faculty Board 2014


Course Structure

To be awarded a Master of Applied Learning and Teaching, students are required to successfully complete 16 credit points comprising:

  • 10 credit points of core units
  • 6 credit points in one of the following 3 configurations:
  • Option 1: Research Project
    • #EDX701, EDX707 plus 4 credit points of electives from the list below
  • Option 2: Research Paper
    • #EDX701, EDX702 or AIX708, EDX703, EDX704 plus 2 credit points of electives from the list below
  • Option 3: Minor Thesis
    • #EDX701, EDX702 or AIX708, EDX705 (2 credit points) and EDX706 (2 credit points)

Students must additionally complete TAE40110 – Certificate IV in Training & Assessment with a Registered Training Provider prior to graduation.

In addition to 75 days of professional experience in schools, students will complete 10 unsupervised professional development days.

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) in order to graduate from their course.

# EDX coded units from 2016 replace the former EXR coded units.  See codes in course structure.

How to apply

Apply direct to Deakin

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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Course pathways

For graduate-entry initial teacher education courses, applicants may be eligible for CPL if additional Australian professional accreditation requirements are also met.

Alternative exits

Credit for Prior Learning

Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

Faculty contact information

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries


Cloud (online) 
Tel 03 5227 1359  

Fee information

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

  • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
  • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

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Scholarship options

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

Additional course information

Students are required to apply for a Working with Children Check. Apply online as a volunteer at

For further information contact the School of Education, Professional Experience office.

Offered campuses

Study online at Cloud Campus

Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

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