Discipline

Secondary teaching

Our unique secondary education courses enable you to specialise in arts or science while gaining your teaching qualification. You’ll benefit from extensive school placements in a variety of settings to help you hone your interests as a future teacher.

Master of Teaching (Secondary): offered online, study and learn anywhere, anytime

Work-ready: access 1400 professional experience programs across Australia

Career opportunities

As a graduate you’ll be eligible for employment as a secondary school teacher in Australia and overseas, qualified to teach from junior-secondary to VCE level. Plus, you’ll be qualified to teach at least one of the following to secondary school students:

  • humanities (history, SOSE, psychology)
  • languages (English, TESOL, LOTE)
  • mathematics
  • visual and performing arts (drama, dance, media, music and visual arts).

You’ll also be able to gain employment with:

  • community and youth performance companies 
  • community arts offices 
  • government departments
  • private academies and agencies
  • private industries and services 
  • TAFE and adult education institutions.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any credit for prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor’s and bachelor’s with honours are all undergraduate degrees.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

New CASPer assessment

From 2018, students applying to all initial teacher education courses will be required to take the CASPer assessment. CASPer is an online, video-scenario based situational judgement test, designed to measure non-academic suitability for teaching.

Potential students might like to think about good teachers that they remember and why they have these enduring memories.

Glenn Auld

Senior Lecturer In Language And Literacy Education

Get a head start on your career

Our professional experience program is a critical part of every Deakin teaching student’s course experience. Working with over 1400 schools across Australia, we’ll arrange at least 80 days of work experience for you in schools where you’ll learn from experienced teachers.

Recent Deakin research

Re-engaging 'at-risk' youth in secondary education 
Michael Robin Mautner examines, through psychosocial study, how 'at-risk' youth may re-engage in secondary education.

Research with us

If you’ve got a big idea to bring to secondary school teaching or practice, do a higher degree by research with us. We’ve got just the right partnerships to bring your paper to life.

Learn about research at Deakin

Our community

We’ve got links with a number of industry partners, including:

  • Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics (RECSAM)
  • Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD)
  • National Taiwan Normal University 
  • International Centre for Classroom Research, University of Melbourne
  • various schools
  • universities in Germany, Sweden and Mexico.

What do our students and staff say?

Secondary teaching at Deakin

Student Shona Scorringe talks about studying secondary teaching at Deakin and the value of work placements.

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