Master of Applied Learning and Teaching

Postgraduate coursework

Build a fulfilling career path in the field of teaching by undertaking Deakin's postgraduate course, the Master of Applied Learning and Teaching.

Domestic student information

Key facts


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


This course is offered in Cloud (online) mode.

Please note students will be required to attend intensives on campus at Waurn Ponds.

Cloud (online)
Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

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 the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and the Vocational Education and 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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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, EDX712, EDX703, EDX704 plus 2 credit points of electives from the list below
  • Option 3: Minor Thesis
    • EDX701, EDX712, EDX705 (2 credit points) and EDX706 (2 credit points)

Students must additionally complete TAE40110 – Certificate IV in Training and 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.

Key information

Award granted
Master of Applied Learning and Teaching
2018 course information
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.

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:
    • Cloud Campus*

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.

Course duration - additional information

Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.


Successful students typically spend about 150 hours in learning and assessment for each one credit point unit. The time required to prepare evidence for credential assessment varies based on the student's existing documentation. 

Entry requirements

Entry information

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate 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.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Entry will be based on performance in:

  • a Bachelor degree in a different discipline including successful completion of Major and Minor studies in at least two curriculum areas recognised by Australian schools.                     

All Applicants must complete an additional selection tool for non-academic attributes. 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.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
$22,144 for 1 yr full-time* - Full-fee paying place
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Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
$6,444 for 1 yr full-time* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

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The available fee places for this course are detailed above.

Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:

  • If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
  • If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

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.

* One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. 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 your course.

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

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

HELP schemes

You may be eligible for the Government's HELP schemes. These schemes cover your tuition fees and can help make studying significantly more affordable.

It doesn't matter how much you earn, you may still be eligible for some of these HELP schemes.

Learn more about your HELP scheme options.

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The estimated course fee is based on the tuition fee costs applicable to a domestic full time student commencing the course in Trimester 1 and studying full time for the duration of the course but:

  • does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
  • does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries awarded to the student (including the 15% Deakin Alumni Postgraduate Course Fee Bursary);
  • assumes the maximum number of units that need to be successfully completed actual number completed may be reduced if Credit for Prior Learning is granted;
  • assumes that no exceptional, or non-typical, circumstances apply to the proposed course of study;
  • assumes that the options that the user selects are appropriate for the course of study that they intend to undertake;
  • where fees are estimated for future years those fee will be subject to annual increases in accordance with increases in the cost of course delivery.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

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Postgraduate bursary

If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

Graduate outcomes

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 'DeakinTALENT'

Professional recognition

This initial teacher program is approved by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) 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.

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.

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


Application information

How to apply

Apply direct to Deakin

Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal if you are only applying for one course. 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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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 and 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).

Entry pathways

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

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  

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