Bachelor of Arts / Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Undergraduate degree

Fast-track your studies and gain a postgraduate teaching qualification with Deakin's specialised arts teaching degree.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent


4 years full time

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

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. 

Fast-track your studies and graduate with two versatile degrees, including a postgraduate teaching degree, in just four years. The 14 arts majors on offer, including history, media studies, drama and politics, complement your teaching expertise while diversifying your career options. 

In both streams of study, you’ll be prepared for the rigours of professional life through practical learning. Deakin’s Professional Experience Program provides the perfect preview to your future role in teaching. Get a taste for what it’s like to be a secondary educator and develop your skills in the real world alongside experienced teachers. 

Are you ready to join Australia’s largest profession?

In the arts stream of this combined degree, you can tailor your studies around your interests, creating unique combinations of majors and minors. 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:

  • anthropology
  • Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian or Spanish
  • children’s literature
  • history
  • media studies
  • philosophy
  • 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. Working with more than 1400 schools across Australia, we’ll arrange at least 60-days of placements for you in schools where you’ll learn from experienced teachers. Students also have access to specialised teaching spaces on campus to prepare for teaching.

You can also add a global perspective to your degree by undertaking a study tour, internationally focused internship in Australia or overseas, language study, or longer study abroad exchange experience.

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.

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Course structure

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 the following listing OR 1 approved Arts major sequence of at least 8 credit points selected from the following list and a Dance or Drama minor sequence of at least 4 credit points:

  • 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
  • History
  • Dance (minor only)
  • Drama (minor only)
  • 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 6 credit points at level 3

Students are also required to complete

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit) in order to graduate from their course.

    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)

    Bachelor of Arts structure

    Students to select:

    2 of the below arts major sequences (8 credit points each)


    1 arts major sequence (8 credit points) AND 1 arts minor sequence (4 credit points)

    Anthropology  Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

    Arabic  Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

    Children's Literature  Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

    Chinese  Burwood (Melbourne) only

    Dance  (minor only) Burwood (Melbourne) only 

    Drama  (minor only) 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

    Plus 4 electives selected from another Arts major discipline 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.

    Plus 4 credit points selected from: 

  • Educational Psychology
  • Educators and Learners
  • Literacy, Numeracy and Education
  • Education, Communication and Technology
  • Culture, Diversity and Participation in Education
  • Education and Humanitarian Development
  • Secondary Curriculum Study Units

    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:Mathemathics, 3:Science, 4:Humanities, 5:Languages, 6:Health and PE, 7:The Arts.

    Learning Area 1: English

    Single method: English

  • English Curriculum Inquiry
  • English Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • Learning Area 4: Humanities

    Single method: Humanities - Geography, Philosophy, Sociology, Economics, Business, Legal Studies or Global Politics

  • Humanities Curriculum Inquiry
  • Humanities Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • Single method: Humanities - History

  • Humanities Curriculum Inquiry
  • History Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • Dual method: Humanities/SOSE with History - one of Geography, Philosophy, Sociology, Economics, Business, Legal Studies or Global Politics - plus History

  • History Curriculum Inquiry
  • History Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • Humanities Curriculum Inquiry
  • Humanities Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • Dual method: Humanities/SOSE - two of Geography, Philosophy, Sociology, Economics, Business, Legal Studies or Global Politics - without History

  • Humanities Curriculum Inquiry
  • Humanities Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • Humanities Critical Inquiry 7 - 10
  • Humanities Research Inquiry Senior Years
  • Learning Area 5: Languages

    Single method: Languages - Language Other Than English (LOTE)

  • Teaching and Learning in Languages Classrooms
  • CLIL Pedagogy
  • Learning Area 7: The Arts

    Single method: Arts - One of Dance, Drama or Visual Arts

  • Arts Education Curriculum Inquiry
  • Arts Education Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • Single method: Arts - Media

  • Arts Education Curriculum Inquiry 2
  • Arts Education Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years 2
  • Dual method: Arts - Two of Dance, Drama, Media or Visual Arts

  • Arts Education Curriculum Inquiry
  • Arts Education Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • Arts Education Curriculum Inquiry 2
  • Arts Education Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years 2
  • Double method: Arts - Dance, Drama or Visual Arts only

  • Arts Education Curriculum Inquiry
  • Arts Education Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • Arts Education Critical Inquiry
  • Arts Education Research Inquiry Senior Years
  • Master of Teaching Structure

  • Australian Literacy Test (zero (0) credit points)
  • Australian Numeracy Test (zero (0) credit points)
  • 7 core units (8 credit points)

  • Language, Literacy and Learning
  • Numeracy, Social Justice and New Pedagogies
  • Health, Wellbeing and Inclusive Education
  • Orientation to the Teaching Profession
  • Promoting Student Wellbeing
  • Building Capacity in Professional Experience
  • Reflecting On Practice in Professional Experience
  • Plus 2 Secondary Curriculum Studies units in a first teaching method area

    Plus 2 Secondary Curriculum Studies units in a second teaching method area

    Major sequences

    Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.


    Key information

    Award granted

    Bachelor of Arts / Master of Teaching (Secondary)


    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400510301 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400610301 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    CRICOS code?
    089566D Burwood (Melbourne)
    Approval status

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

    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7/9.

    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)

    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

    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

    Teacher Education Graduation requirements

    Students undertaking an initial teacher education course must pass an approved literacy and numeracy test in order to be eligible to graduate and apply for teacher registration. Learn more about the literacy and numeracy test.

    Working with Children Check

    Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking professional placements as part of this course. Learn more about Working with Children Checks.

    Participation requirements

    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.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL.

    Non Year 12 Form: Applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal History online.

    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

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.  

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

    Admissions information

    Applicant indicator profile report of all applicants applying to Deakin University Graduate Entry Teaching (GET) courses in Trimester 1, 2019.

    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate course requirements.

    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

    Admissions information

    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

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
    Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    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 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 eight 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 international student fees.

    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

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    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

    Professional recognition

    This course is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as a nationally accredited course and students are eligible to apply for registration with VIT upon graduation. If you intend to apply for registration in Victoria or interstate you 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.