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Combine your passion for the arts with a desire to inspire the generations of tomorrow, with a Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary) at Deakin. Our school-based learning programs and teaching practicums ensure you’re ready to teach today and into the future.
Are you ready to join Australia’s largest profession?
Fast-track your studies and graduate with a postgraduate teaching degree in just four years. You’ll gain hands-on teaching experience and will be supported in all aspects of professional experience. Plus, you’ll have ongoing communication with staff to ensure that you have the best opportunity to develop as a teacher.
Start with Deakin’s Bachelor of Arts, allowing you to design your studies around your interests, creating unique combinations of majors and minors to customise your learning. While studying your undergraduate degree, you’ll also be building your foundation knowledge that will take you into your postgraduate studies. Choose from relevant arts disciplines that will form your teaching specialisations, including:
- Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian or Spanish
- children’s literature
- media studies
- politics and policy studies or sociology
- visual arts or photography.
During your postgraduate studies, Deakin’s Professional Experience Program is a key part of your course, ensuring you have the practical skills needed from day one of your teaching career. Our professional experience team works with more than 1400 schools across Australia, arranging more than 7000 placements per year to develop professional readiness for success in the education sector.
You’ll also have the opportunity to add a global perspective to your degree by studying abroad. Head to the US to study history, or capture images of renowned landmarks while studying photography in the Czech Republic.
Before beginning your Master of Teaching (Secondary), prospective education students need to successfully complete the CASPer test – an online, video scenario-based test that lets you demonstrate your suitability for a teaching career.Read More
To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary), students must complete a total of 36 credit points of units comprising of:
Bachelor of Arts studies
1. 2 approved Arts major sequences of at least 8 credit points each selected from:
- One of Anthropology, Philosophy, Politics and Policy Studies or Sociology
- One of Children's Literature or Literature Studies
- One of Arabic or Chinese or Indonesian or Spanish
- One of Visual Arts or Photography
- Media Studies
2. 4 elective units selected from another of the groups of Arts major disciplines listed above.
Note: Students taking a major in Anthropology, Philosophy, Politics or Sociology must select 2 credit points of units in one of the others of these or from the A300 majors of Geography and Society/History among their electives.
3. 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
4. Students must complete no more than 10 credit points at level 1
5. Students must complete at least 4 credit points at level 3
Following successful completion of the first 3 undergraduate levels of the course, students with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) above 60 and meet the entry requirements for the Master of Teaching (Secondary) will 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. An alternative exit from D303 with an A300 Bachelor of Arts award is available to students with a WAM of less than 60.
A Working with Children Check and completion of CASPer selection is required before commencing school experience in Trimester 3 of Year 3.
Master of Teaching (Secondary) studies
Students must complete:
- 7 core units (8 credit points)
- 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, and students must successfully complete the Deakin Teaching Performance Assessment.
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
Bachelor of Arts structure
Students to select 2 of the listed arts major sequences (8 credit points each)
Plus 4 electives selected from another Arts major discipline listed
Note: Students taking a major in Anthropology, Philosophy, Politics or Sociology must select 2 credit points of units in one of the others of these or from the A300 majors of Geography and Society / History among their electives.
Plus 4 credit points selected from:
Master of Teaching Structure
All Secondary candidates will have 2 methods (disciplines) as reflected in their undergraduate major and minor sequences related to the Australian Curriculum.
Candidates undertake 2 curriculum studies units (as prescribed) per method (four units for dual/double), across one or two learning areas.
Note: D303 permits a choice between learning areas 1, 4, 5 or 7 from the Secondary Curriculum learning areas of 1:English, 2:Mathmathics, 3:Science, 4:Humanities, 5:Languages, 6:Health and PE, 7:The Arts.
Learning Area 1: English
Single method: English
Learning Area 4: Humanities
Single method: Humanities - Geography, Philosophy, Sociology, Economics, Business, Legal Studies or Global Politics
Single method: Humanities - History
Dual method: Humanities/SOSE with History - one of Geography, Philosophy, Sociology, Economics, Business, Legal Studies or Global Politics - plus History
Dual method: Humanities/SOSE - two of Geography, Philosophy, Sociology, Economics, Business, Legal Studies or Global Politics - without History
Learning Area 5: Languages
Single method: Languages - Language Other Than English (LOTE)
Learning Area 7: The Arts
Single method: Arts - One of Dance, Drama or Visual Arts
Single method: Arts - Media
Dual method: Arts - Two of Dance, Drama, Media or Visual Arts
Double method: Arts - Dance, Drama or Visual Arts only
Secondary Curriculum Study Units
7 core units (8 credit points)
Plus 2 Secondary Curriculum Studies units in a first teaching method area
Plus 2 Secondary Curriculum Studies units in a second teaching method area
Bachelor of Arts Structure Majors
Students to select 2 of the below arts major sequences (8 credit points each)
Anthropology Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Arabic Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Children's Literature Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Chinese Burwood (Melbourne) only
Dance Burwood (Melbourne) only
Drama Burwood (Melbourne) only
History Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Indonesian Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Literary Studies Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Media Studies Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Philosophy Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Photography Burwood (Melbourne) only
Politics and Policy Studies Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Sociology Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Spanish Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Visual Arts Burwood (Melbourne) only
Bachelor of Arts / Master of Teaching (Secondary)
2020 course information
1400610301 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
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
New course version commencing 2020
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. Apply online as a volunteer at https://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/
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
Working with children check Successful Applicants are required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking professional experience placements in education settings, as part of this course. For more information see: http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/
Interstate applicants must check the requirements and meet all conditions for undertaking professional experience in schools for their state or territory before undertaking professional experience placements as part of this course. Some state procedures and requirements require more time and this can impact whether students can be approved to undertake a placement in their first trimester of study.
The Working with Children Check (Check) and a Police Check are different checks. Under the Working with Children Act 2005 (the Act) if you are doing child-related work and are not exempt, you must have a Check even if you already have a Police Check. The Police Check is not an assessment by a government agency. https://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/organisations/victorian-teacher-information.
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.
Ask a question about studying at Deakin
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
Applicants should have successfully completed a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, including Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL.
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 test. CASPer is an online, video-scenario based situational judgement test, designed to measure non-academic suitability for teaching
The Faculty offers alternative entry options for mature age and other special categories of applicants. Information about these is available in the VTAC guide and on the Deakin University’s website at https://www.deakin.edu.au/study-at-deakin/apply
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 ComparED website.
Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.
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 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.
Recognition of 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.
Credit is not available for any work experience whether paid or unpaid, qualified or unqualified teacher or teacher aide against the academic professional experience units.
You can also refer to the Recognition of 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
Learn more about fees.
The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Recognition of 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.
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
How to apply
Applications through VTAC have now closed.
Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.
For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.
Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.
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Why choose Deakin
Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.
Teaching 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’s a rewarding career that offers creativity, flexibility and opportunity.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary) are qualified to teach in secondary schools within Victoria, in the private, independent, or public education sectors.
Your specialisations and advanced knowledge will also open doors to roles in:
- community services
- government agencies
- not-for-profit organisations.
For more information go to DeakinTALENT
This course is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as an initial teacher education program against the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) program standards and the Australian professional standards for graduate teachers. Graduates of this course who are intending to apply for registration in Victoria or interstate may be required to provide further information. Applicants are advised to check the registration requirements in their state or territory, 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.
Please refer to the Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) of the single degree.
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^Australian Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards, 2017, 2018, 2019 winner
^^Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)
**QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
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