Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary)

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Build a rewarding teaching career by undertaking Deakin's Master of Applied Learning and Teaching.

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Key facts


1.5 years full-time (taken over 4 consecutive trimesters with compulsory study in trimester 3), or part-time equivalent



This course is offered in Cloud (online) mode.

Please note students will be required to attend intensives on campus*

Cloud (online)

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2021 have closed

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Inspire students through applied, inclusive and holistic approaches to teaching by studying the Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary). Enter this VIT-approved course with an undergraduate degree in a minimum of two discipline areas and graduate with the qualifications to teach in secondary schools and other youth settings like VCAL. 

Want to go beyond textbook teaching to make a lasting impact on your students? 

The Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary) focuses on the middle and upper years of schooling and has a strong emphasis on experiential and applied learning pedagogies that enhance student engagement. With expertise in applied methods of teaching, you can work more effectively with your students by connecting theory and classroom discussions to real-world relevance. On top of that, you’ll be trained to teach students in a holistic manner, moulding their studies to their personal strengths, interests and goals.

You’ll thrive under the personalised support of our experienced course academics, access sought-after professional development opportunities and develop your skills through authentic learning, all on the way to becoming a world-class educator.

The course is designed for professionals from other backgrounds who are passionate about sharing their knowledge with future generations and seeking a career change. As a result, the course covers foundational topics, including an introduction to teaching for middle and later years, as well as advanced study areas like applied learning practice and teaching strategies for vocational pathways. In addition, you’ll choose elective units that match your interests and enhance your teaching practice. With themes including social justice, equity in the workplace and personalised learning, electives offer a broader perspective of education and highlight the need for cultural diversity and inclusivity in Australian education participation.

A highlight of the course is the practical learning opportunities that prepare you to teach with confidence and conviction. Every student in the Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary) will undertake at least 75 days of professional experience in schools. This valuable experience allows you to develop your teaching methods, interact with students and work alongside experienced teachers with a wealth of knowledge to pass on.

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Course structure

To be awarded a Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary), students are required to successfully complete 16 credit points comprising:

11 core units (12 credit points)

4 credit points in one of the following two configurations:

  • Option 1: Research Project 
    • EDX701, EDX707 plus 2 credit points of course electives from the list A below
  • Option 2: Research Paper
    • EDX701, EDX712, EDX703, EDX704
  • AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Plus: 75-days of professional experience in schools, and students must successfully complete the Deakin Teaching Performance Assessment.

Students are also required to complete below 2 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.

Core units

  • Australian Literacy Test Zero (0) credit points
  • Australian Numeracy Test Zero (0) credit points
  • Applied Learning: Theories and Practice
  • Middle Years Teaching Strategies (Years 5-9)
  • Later Years Teaching Strategies (Years 10-12)
  • Teaching Strategies for Vocational Pathways
  • Teaching Literacy and Numeracy
  • Teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students
  • Teaching in the 21st Century: Transition to Practice (2 credit points)
  • Youth Identities and Diversities
  • Orientation to the Teaching Profession
  • Introduction to Teaching: Middle Years
  • Introduction to Teaching: Later Years
  • Plus 4 credit points in one of the following two configurations: *

    Option 1: Research Project

  • Research Design Development and Method
  • Independent Research Project for Professional Practice
  • Plus 2 credit points of course electives

    Option 2: Research Paper 

  • Research Design Development and Method
  • Theory and Methodology in Education Research
  • Research Paper A
  • Research Paper B
  • Course Electives List A

  • Contemporary Issues in International Education
  • Personalising Learning
  • Designing Engagement for Learning
  • Social Justice and Difference
  • ECN722 Assessment Frameworks and Equity in the Workplace - Final year of offer 2020

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary)

    2021 course information

    Deakin code
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    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 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:
      • Cloud Campus*

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus*

    Note: students will be required to attend intensives on campus at Waurn Ponds.


    • Trimester 1 - Week 1 (4-days) 9.30am–4.00pm
    • Trimester 2 - Week 1 (4-days) 9.30am–4.00pm

    Additional course information

    Students are required to apply for a Working with Children Check. 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.


    Successful students typically spend about 150-hours in learning and assessment for each one credit point unit. The time required to prepare evidence for credential assessment varies based on the student's existing documentation. 

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Admission to study postgraduate coursework at Deakin is based on recognition of your professional experience and previous qualifications.

    Admission is based on:

    • Bachelor degree in a different discipline, including successful completion of Major and Minor studies in at least two curriculum areas recognised by the regulatory authority (Victorian Institute of Teaching)

    For further information on assessment of secondary methods see

    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.                 

    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.

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate 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

    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.

    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
    $22,600 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $3,950 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

    Learn more about fees.

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above.

    Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:

    • If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
    • If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    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.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. 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 your course.

    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 might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Deakin Application Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Need more information on how to apply?

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

    Research Information

    Students are able to undertake 1 of 2 options for research training and research in the course. Each option has a common foundation that is based on an introductory unit of 1 credit point in research design and method. This research study is then further supported by 1 of the 2 research options:

    • Option 1: application of the research training through a 1 credit point research based project for professional practice
    • Option 2: advanced research training of 1 credit point of either quantitative or qualitative research methods; and Research Paper (2 credit points).

    Entry pathways

    For graduate-entry initial teacher education courses, applicants may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) if additional Australian professional accreditation requirements are also met.

    Students may seek an alternate exit after the successful completion of 4 credit points, please refer to the Graduate Certificate of Applied Learning and Teaching course entry for further information.

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre

    1800 693 888

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    The Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary) equips you with the advanced professional knowledge, skills and attributes required of educators working in high schools and other youth learning contexts where applied and vocational learning are implemented.

    As a graduate, you’ll have the qualifications required to teach in:

    • secondary schools (in subject areas relevant to your undergraduate study areas)
    • the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
    • the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system in Australia (pending your specialist teaching area).
    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Professional recognition

    This initial teacher program is approved by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) against the National Graduate Teacher standards for the purposes of teacher registration in Victoria.

    Graduates intending to apply for registration in Victoria should carefully check all VIT requirements relating to this process.

    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

    Critically analyse and apply specialist knowledge of current theories of young people’s social and cognitive development, along with theories of learning and curriculum to plan, teach, assess and reflect for effective design and innovative learning programs.


    Make critical use of professional judgement to engage in effective and inclusive interpersonal communication in order to create positive learning relationships with students, parents, colleagues and other stakeholders.

    Digital literacy

    Identify, evaluate and implement a range of digital teaching and learning resources and technologies to facilitate creative but safe student engagement in learning with responsible and ethical practice.

    Critical thinking

    Identify, synthesise and critically evaluate context-specific information to make informed judgements to improve students’ learning.

    Problem solving

    Research authentic challenges and opportunities of professional practice to develop and evaluate innovative responses through drawing on relevant literature and professional practice.


    Work and learn independently whilst participating actively and effectively as a member of the teaching profession. 


    Work collaboratively and effectively within interdisciplinary teaching teams in order to enhance professional practice of self and others.

    Global citizenship

    Exercise self-knowledge and ethical responsibility to engage effectively with diverse learners and communities in local and global contexts.

    Approved by Faculty Board June 2019

    * 2019 Student Experience Survey, based on undergraduate students
    # ARWU Rankings 2019
    ~ According to the Voice Project IT Service Quality Support Benchmark Survey
    ^ 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)