Bachelor of Science/Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Undergraduate degree

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

Accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching

Top 5 for education in Australia*

60 days of supervised teaching placements

Key facts



4 years full-time or part-time equivalent   

Current Deakin Students

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Course information

Translate your passion for the study of sciences into a career that inspires others, with a Bachelor of Science/Master of Teaching (Secondary) at Deakin. Create unique course combinations with science specialisations and graduate as a qualified secondary school educator. 

Are you ready to join Australia’s largest profession? 

Fast-track your studies and graduate with a postgraduate teaching degree in just four years. This combined course prepares graduates with the attributes, discipline-specific knowledge, professional behaviours and standards required to practice as a secondary school teacher in Australia, teaching from junior secondary to VCE levels.

Start with Deakin’s Bachelor of Science, and alongside your core units, choose two science majors that will lead to your postgraduate specialisations. Create unique course combinations that when paired with teaching, customise your degree and boost your employability. Study disciplines including:

  • animal biology
  • cell biology
  • chemistry and materials science
  • environmental science
  • human biology
  • humanities
  • mathematical modelling
  • plant biology

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 1,400 schools across Australia, arranging more than 7,000 placements per year.

Take part in our study abroad and work-integrated learning programs and gain invaluable experience you won’t find in the classroom. You’ll have the opportunity to be a part of our Global Science and Technology Program, or develop industry-relevant skills through our professional learning placements.

Before beginning your Master of Teaching, 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 Science/Master of Teaching (Secondary), students must complete a total of 36 credit points of units comprising of:

Bachelor of Science studies

Students must complete: 

1.  7 credit points of core science units

2.  2 credit points of units as follows: 

  • Students who have not completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent take SLE133 and SLE155
  • Students who completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent take SLE155 and 1 credit point elective (must be Science course grouped)

3.  6 credit point approved Science major sequence selected from either of the following 2 groups:

Major Group 1: Animal Biology, Cell Biology, Genomics, Human Biology and Plant Biology

Major Group 2: Chemistry and Materials Science, Environmental Science, Geography, Mathematical Modelling

4.  5 credit points of units chosen from another group of the Science majors listed above*

*Note: Students taking a major sequence in Group 1 must choose these 5 units from one of majors in Group 2.  Students taking a major sequence in Group 2 must choose these 5 units from one of majors in Group 1.

5.  Students must complete both units:

SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit point compulsory unit) and;

STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0 credit point unit)

6.  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

Following successful completion of the first 3 undergraduate levels of the course, students with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) above 60 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. A WAM of less than 60 results in an alternative exit from D304 with award S320 Bachelor of Science

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 method area
  • 2 curriculum study units in second teaching method 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

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

    Bachelor of Science structure

    Core Units

  • Ecology and the Environment SLE103
  • Cells and Genes SLE111
  • Physics for the Life Sciences SLE123
  • Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis SIT191
  • Communicating Science Ideas SLE200
  • Science and Society SLE209
  • Community Science Project SLE352
  • Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program SLE010 (0 credit points)
  • Career Tools for Employability STP010 (0 credit points)
  • Plus 2 credit points as follows:

  • Chemistry in Our World SLE133
  • Chemistry for the Professional Sciences SLE155
  • Or

  • Chemistry for the Professional Sciences SLE155
  • And

    1 elective unit (science course grouped)

    Note: Students who have not completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent take SLE133 and SLE155. Students who completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent take SLE155 and a one credit point elective unit (science course grouped).

    Major sequences - Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability

    Students must complete 6 credit points from one of the following:

    Major Group 1:

    Animal Biology

    Cell Biology

    Human Biology


    Plant Biology


    Major Group 2:

    Chemistry and Materials Science

    Environmental Science

    Mathematical Modelling


    Plus 5 credit points of units chosen from another one of the Science majors listed above*

    *Note: Students taking a major sequence in Group 1 must choose these 5 units from one of majors in Group 2. Students taking a major sequence in Group 2 must choose these 5 units from one of majors in Group 1.

    Plus 4 credit points selected from: 

  • Educational Psychology EDU201
  • Educators and Learners EDU202
  • Literacy, Numeracy and Education EDU203
  • Culture, Diversity and Participation in Education EDU301
  • Education and Humanitarian Development EDU302
  • Education, Communication and Technology EDU303
  • Master of Teaching structure

  • Australian Literacy Test ELN010 (zero (0) credit points)
  • Australian Numeracy Test ELN011 (zero (0) credit points)
  • 7 core units (8 credit points)

  • Language, Literacy and Learning EEE754
  • Numeracy, Social Justice and New Pedagogies EEE755
  • Health, Wellbeing and Inclusive Education EEE756
  • Orientation to the Teaching Profession EPR731
  • Promoting Student Wellbeing EEH730
  • Building Capacity in Professional Experience EPR732
  • Reflecting On Practice in Professional Experience EPR735
  • Plus two Secondary Curriculum Studies units in a first teaching method area

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

    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 (4 units for dual/double), across 1 or 2 learning areas.

    Note: D304 permits a choice between learning areas 2 or 3 from the Secondary Curriculum learning areas of 1:English, 2:Mathematics, 3:Science, 4:Humanities, 5:Languages, 6:Health and PE, 7:The Arts.

    Learning Area 2: Mathematics

    Single method: Mathematics

  • Mathematics Curriculum Inquiry ESM724
  • Mathematics Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years ESM725
  • Learning Area 3: Science

    Single method: One of Science, Biology, Chemistry, Env. Science

  • Science Curriculum Inquiry ESS744
  • Plus one of

  • Biology Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years ESS767
  • Chemistry Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years ESS768
  • Environmental Science Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years ESS742
  • General Science Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years ESS755
  • Dual method: Two of Science, Biology, Chemistry, Env. Science

  • Science Curriculum Inquiry ESS744
  • Sustainability and Environmental Education ESS741
  • Plus two of

  • Biology Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years ESS767
  • Chemistry Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years ESS768
  • Environmental Science Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years ESS742
  • General Science Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years ESS755
  • Key information

    Award granted

    Bachelor of Science / Master of Teaching (Secondary)


    2020 course information

    VTAC code
    1400510311 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    CRICOS code?
    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)

    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

    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:

    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.

    Participation requirements

    Professional Experience Placements are a compulsory component of the course and a requirement for registration as a graduate teacher. Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here:

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

    Students are required to check the placement calendars published on the Professional Experience Office website each year. Placement takes priority over employment and placement periods are generally block placements of 5 full time days per week over 2-5 weeks.

    Course delivery is blended and students are required to dedicate time to weekly engagement with located or cloud teaching and learning activities and resources. This is recommended at combined total 8-10 hours per week per unit including active learning/engagement either face to face or online, and independent study.

    Some units will require students to attend schools or institutions for site-based learning and teaching experiences. Some units will require students to attend schools or institutions for site-based learning and teaching experiences. Some units can only be completed face to face at Burwood or as Cloud study. Students are advised to check the unit delivery options for each required unit. 

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    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

    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

    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 for prior learning 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

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    Not applicable
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $9,375 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    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.

    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 through VTAC have now closed.

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Application Portal.

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    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Science/Master of Teaching (Secondary) with our pathways finder.

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre

    1800 693 888

    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.

    Top 27 for education worldwide*

    Top 1% of universities worldwide^

    Top 10 university in Australia^

    #1 university in Victoria for student satisfaction#

    Career outcomes

    Graduates of the Bachelor of Science/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 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.

    *QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
    ^ARWU Rankings 2019
    #Year on year, our undergraduate students are the most-satisfied students of all Victorian universities. Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).
    * Application close dates vary. Some courses have limited places, apply early to avoid missing out.

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