Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Postgraduate coursework

Expand your opportunities in teaching by gaining additional qualifications. Apply to study Deakin's postgrad course, the Master of Teaching (Secondary).

Key facts

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
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 Teaching (Secondary) course is fully accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) and prepares graduates for employment as a secondary teacher in Australia and overseas. Alongside core studies, you will complete two secondary curriculum studies from English, TESOL, Languages other than English, Drama, Dance, Media, Visual Arts, Music, Humanities, Commerce and Business, Geography, History, Mathematics, Health, Physics, Biology, Psychology, Chemistry, Science and Environmental Science. 

In addition to your curriculum studies, the final stage of the Masters of Teaching (Secondary) course offers you the opportunity to choose one of the following specialisation pathways: Internship, Leadership, Inclusive Education, Languages Teaching, Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages, Internationalisation, or Research. 

You’ll be able to teach in secondary schools from junior secondary to VCE levels, as well as taking up education positions within organisations, cultural institutions, TAFE and adult community educational settings.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Master of Teaching (Secondary), students must complete 16 credit points as follows:

  • 8 core units
  • 2 curriculum study units in a first teaching method area
  • 2 curriculum study units in a second teaching method area
  • A further 4 credit points in one of the following specialisations:
    1. Inclusive Education
    2. Internship
    3. Languages Teaching.  Note: Students undertaking the Languages Teaching specialisation must have the appropriate prior study of a language, as per the VIT Specialist Area Guidelines
    4. Research
    5. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
    6. Internationalisation (Only available Cloud (online))
    7. Leadership (Only available Cloud (online)) and

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) in order to graduate from their course.

12

Core units and teaching methods

4

Specialisation

16

Total units

Core units

Year 1

  • Australian Literacy Test ELN010 (zero (0) credit points)
  • Australian Numeracy Test ELN011 (zero (0) credit points)
  • Teaching: Promoting Successful Learning EEE751
  • Planning and Assessment with Diverse Learners EEE752
  • Planning for Learning in Professional Experience EPR731
  • Managing Teaching in Professional Experience EPR732
  • Two Secondary Curriculum Studies units in a first teaching method area

    Two Secondary Curriculum Studies units in a second teaching method area

    Year 2

  • Becoming a Professional Educator EEE753
  • Promoting Student Wellbeing EEH730
  • Reflecting On Practice in Professional Experience EPR733
  • Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum EXC725
  • Students complete the remaining four credit points from one of the following specialisations:

    Inclusive Education, Internship, Internationalisation, Languages Teaching, Leadership of Teaching, Research, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

    Specialisations

    Students to select 4 credit points in one of the following specialisations:

    Internship

  • Internship EPR704 (4 credit points)
  • Research

  • Research Design Development and Method EDX701
  • Theory and Methodology in Education Research EDX712
  • Research Paper A EDX703
  • Research Paper B EDX704
  • Leadership of Teaching

    Only available Cloud (online)

  • Theories and Models of Leadership: Introduction ELT711
  • Leadership Communities of Learners ELT712
  • Researching the Leadership of Teaching ELT713
  • Leadership of Teaching Profile ELT714
  • Inclusive Education

  • Personalising Learning EIE701
  • Teaching and Learning in the Inclusive Classroom EIE702
  • Designing Engagement for Learning EIE703
  • Supporting Communication in Inclusive Classrooms EIE704
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • Pedagogy for EAL Classrooms ETL700
  • Innovation in Language Curriculum ETL704
  • Pedagogic Grammar ETL705
  • Learning An Additional Language ETL711
  • Languages Teaching

    Student must meet the VIT Specialist Area Guidelines for Languages Teaching to enrol in this specialisation.

  • Multilingualism and Multilingual Education in Global Contexts ETL709
  • Teaching and Learning in Languages Classrooms ETL710
  • Learning An Additional Language ETL711
  • CLIL Pedagogy ETL716
  • Internationalisation

  • Contemporary Issues in International Education EEG701
  • Professional Learning Theory and Practice in International Education EEG702
  • Governance and Capacity Building in International Education EEG703
  • Internationalising Curriculum in Education EEG704
  • Secondary Curriculum Study Units

    Biology 

  • Science: Curriculum Study ESS744
  • Senior Biology: Curriculum Study ESS767
  • Chemistry 

  • Science: Curriculum Study ESS744
  • Curriculum Studies (Senior Chemistry) ESS768
  • Commerce and Business

  • Humanities Societies and Environments A EHU701
  • Commerce and Business Studies Curriculum Study B ECB704
  • Dance 

    only available Burwood (Melbourne)

  • Arts Education Curriculum Study 1 ECA731
  • Arts Education Curriculum Study 2 ECA732
  • Drama 

    only available Burwood (Melbourne)

  • Arts Education Curriculum Study 1 ECA731
  • Arts Education Curriculum Study 2 ECA732
  • English 

  • English Education A ECL761
  • English Education B ECL762
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) 

  • Pedagogy for EAL Classrooms ETL700
  • Pedagogic Grammar ETL705
  • Environmental Science 

  • Science and Environmental Sustainability: Curriculum Study (Years 7-10) ESS741
  • Senior Environmental Science: Curriculum Study ESS742
  • Geography 

  • Humanities Societies and Environments A EHU701
  • Humanities Societies and Environments B EHU702
  • Health 

    Burwood (Melbourne) every year, Cloud (online) in alternating years 2016, 2018

  • Health Education: Curriculum Study ESH702
  • Senior Health and Human Development: Curriculum Study ESH703
  • History 

  • History A EHI701
  • History B EHI702
  • Humanities

  • Humanities Societies and Environments A EHU701
  • Humanities Societies and Environments B EHU702
  • Languages Teaching

  • Teaching and Learning in Languages Classrooms ETL710
  • CLIL Pedagogy ETL716
  • Mathematics 

  • Mathematics: Curriculum Study ESM724
  • Senior Mathematics: Curriculum Study ESM725
  • Media 

    only available Burwood (Melbourne) and subject to quotas

  • Arts Education Curriculum Study 5 ECA735
  • Arts Education Curriculum Study 6 ECA736
  • Music 

  • Arts Education Curriculum Study 1 ECA731
  • Arts Education Curriculum Study 2 ECA732
  • Physics

  • Science: Curriculum Study ESS744
  • Senior Physics Curriculum Study ESS745
  • Psychology 

    Subject to quotas

  • Psychology Curriculum Study 1 ESP705
  • Psychology Curriculum Study 2 ESP706
  • Science 

  • Science: Curriculum Study ESS744
  • Resources in the Contemporary Science Curriculum ESS755
  • Studies of Societies and Environments

  • Humanities Societies and Environments A EHU701
  • Humanities Societies and Environments B EHU702
  • Visual Arts

  • Arts Education Curriculum Study 1 ECA731
  • Arts Education Curriculum Study 2 ECA732
  • Double - Secondary Curriculum Study units

    Dance 

    only available Burwood (Melbourne)

  • Arts Education Curriculum Study 1 ECA731
  • Arts Education Curriculum Study 2 ECA732
  • Arts Education Curriculum Study 3 ECA733
  • Arts Education Curriculum Study 4 ECA734
  • Drama

    only available Burwood (Melbourne)

  • Arts Education Curriculum Study 1 ECA731
  • Arts Education Curriculum Study 2 ECA732
  • Arts Education Curriculum Study 3 ECA733
  • Arts Education Curriculum Study 4 ECA734
  • Mathematics 

    [ESM733 offered in alternating years 2019, 2021]

  • Problem Solving and Modelling ESM704
  • Senior Mathematics: Curriculum Study ESM725
  • Mathematics: Curriculum Study ESM724
  • Exploring Space and Number ESM733
  • Music 

  • Arts Education Curriculum Study 1 ECA731
  • Arts Education Curriculum Study 2 ECA732
  • Arts Education Curriculum Study 3 ECA733
  • Arts Education Curriculum Study 4 ECA734
  • Studies of Societies and Environments

  • History A EHI701
  • History B EHI702
  • Humanities Societies and Environments A EHU701
  • Humanities Societies and Environments B EHU702
  • Visual Arts

  • Arts Education Curriculum Study 1 ECA731
  • Arts Education Curriculum Study 2 ECA732
  • Arts Education Curriculum Study 3 ECA733
  • Arts Education Curriculum Study 4 ECA734
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Teaching (Secondary)
    Year
    2019 course information
    VTAC code

    1400592141 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400592142 - Burwood (Melbourne), Fee-paying
    1400692141 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400692142 - Cloud (online), Fee-paying

    Deakin code
    E763
    CRICOS code?
    088431E
    Level
    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:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Additional course information

    Students are required to apply for a Working with Children Check.  Apply online as a volunteer at https://online.justice.vic.gov.au/wwccu/onlineapplication.doj 

    All professional experience placements must be undertaken in an Australian school setting. Overseas placements are not permitted. 

    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.

    Participation requirements

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: http://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

     

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    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.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    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.

    Applicants who intend to teach in a State other than Victoria should seek confirmation from the relevant employing authority that the content and structure of their initial degree will qualify them for employment in that State on satisfactory completion of this course.

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

    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.

    As the Master of Teaching is a nationally accredited course, credit for prior learning is not available for core units (EEE751, EEE752, EEE753, EPR731, EPR732, EPR733). Further, credit for prior learning is not available for any work experience whether paid or unpaid, qualified or unqualified teacher or teacher aide.

    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.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $22,200 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $6,566 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

    Learn more about fees.

    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.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

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    FEE-HELP loans cover up to 100% of tuition fees for eligible students. By taking out a FEE-HELP loan, the government pays your tuition fees directly to Deakin, and the balance is repaid from your employment income - but only once you're earning over $51,956.

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    • does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
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    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.

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    Research Information

    This is a graduate entry teaching course that introduces research based practice throughout the core professional studies units (a total of six credit points), which includes demonstrating their application of knowledge and skills through their 60 days of professional practice in education based contexts e.g. secondary schools. As part of the series of core professional studies units, students are also required to complete a capstone assessment in the final year (1 credit point unit) to demonstrate their evidence based professional practice informed by data analysis and scholarship of teaching and learning.

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    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

     

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    Tel 03 9246 8100
    artsed@deakin.edu.au

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    How do I apply?

    We provide step-by-step guidance online to make applying to Deakin easy. And, with three study periods a year, the next intake is never far away. Learn more about the application process and entry requirements by visiting our How to apply page.

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    Find out the application open and close dates for your course by visiting our Key dates page.

    Missed the application cut-off? The good news is Deakin has three study periods a year, which means the next intake is never far away.

    How do fees work?

    Fees are paid according to the units you study each trimester.

    Don’t worry, you don’t need to pay your course fees upfront. There are different loans available depending on the type of student you are and the course you’re applying for.

    For more information on fees, including payment assistance, and understanding what type of student you are, visit our Fees hub.

    If we haven’t answered your question, our student enquiries team is ready to help.

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    There is a strong demand for qualified teachers and graduate starting salaries for teachers are high compared to the graduate average. The increased demand for teachers has also resulted in improvements in teaching conditions, resources and career advancement opportunities. As a graduate of this course you may find employment as a teacher within the private or public education sectors.

    For more information go to 'DeakinTALENT '

    Professional recognition

    This course is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as an initial teacher education program against the Australian professional standards for teachers. Graduates of this course who are intending to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) may be required to provide further information. You are advised to check the VIT registration requirements carefully.

    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, integrated understanding of: current theories of child and adolescent development; contemporary theories and early childhood pedagogy; conceptual, cognitive and developmental theories of learning and of barriers to learning to teaching practice, with a particular focus on literacy and numeracy skills of all children.

    Demonstrate, analyse and synthesize an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex bodies of knowledge specific to the content areas to be taught and effective pedagogical approaches in secondary education.

    Communication

    Discern and use high level effective interpersonal, oral, written and electronic communication skills with students, their parents, colleagues and other stakeholders to demonstrate empathy, develop rapport and build teacher/ student/ parent partnerships and trust.

    Use expert and specialised professional skills in teaching and learning to interpret and develop new knowledge and multimodal skills with students colleagues and the community.

    Contribute to scholarly and professional practice and inquiry using a range of communication methods to engage and motivate students and establish positive and inclusive learning environments.

    Digital literacy

    Select, create, curate and evaluate a range of digital teaching and learning resources and technologies to support student engagement and learning in accordance with responsible and ethical practice.

    Employ a range of digital resources to analyse and disseminate classroom research as a professional practitioner and in scholarly contexts and/or in leadership roles.

    Critical thinking

    Critically evaluate and synthesise information relating to student learning, using formative and summative assessment data, taking into consideration contemporary theories of curriculum and pedagogy to make judgments about the use of appropriate teaching, learning and assessment strategies and apply this understanding in professional practice, research and/or leadership roles.

    Identify, analyse, implement, evaluate and adapt a range of cross-curricula and learning activities in response to the needs of students.

    Inquire, research and reflect critically on professional practice and the scholarship of teaching.

    Problem solving

    Demonstrate expert and specialised knowledge and apply technical and creative skills to research, critically analyse, implement, evaluate a range of problems and issues in the learning environment and communities.

    Use leadership, creativity and initiative to identify solutions and develop inclusive and supportive learning environments.

    Critically reflect on professional practice and/or leadership role to generate creative approaches to a range of problems encountered in learning environment and communities.

    Self-management

    Work autonomously and responsibly and identify and plan for professional development as a reflective practitioner committed to high standards of professional practice.

    Actively participate in an/or lead professional learning communities to deepen professional skills in and knowledge of contemporary educational issues.

    Teamwork

    Work collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals, families and members of the wider community who share responsibility for the learning and wellbeing of students to optimise student learning. 

    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 responsibility required in the teaching profession.

    Approved by Faculty Board 2014

     


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