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Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Postgraduate coursework

Expand your opportunities with a teaching qualification. Teach at the secondary level or apply your skills to a range of roles in almost any sector.

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Accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching

Key facts

Duration

2 years full-time - 16 credit points

Deakin courses can also be studied part-time over a longer period.

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2024 have closed

Current Deakin Students

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

Course overview

Become one of the inspiring individuals empowering future generations through education. Deakin’s Master of Teaching (Secondary) prepares you for a creative, challenging and truly rewarding career.

Looking for an adaptable teaching qualification that opens doors to a diverse range of industries?

As a graduate of the Master of Teaching (Secondary), your employment opportunities will be vast. You’ll be qualified to teach at secondary level anywhere in Australia, with skills that will also enable you to pivot into a broader range of roles. Learn how to think like a teacher and develop an invaluable mindset that can be applied to almost any sector, including education, youth work, corporate learning and development, NGOs, media and community-based organisations.

Learn from highly experienced, passionate teachers who understand first-hand the importance of recognising all students as people first. You’ll discover how to foster well-balanced relationships in the classroom to ensure students build positive connections with their peers, in turn promoting an environment to thrive.

With the option to undertake a specialisation that includes research elements, you will develop practical classroom skills along with critical thinking and evaluative research skills. To ensure you gain a holistic understanding of how students learn, you will also have the opportunity to study and collaborate with early childhood educators, primary and secondary teachers.

You can also choose to participate in Deakin’s Global Education Program and gain a broader perspective on teaching. Experience teaching in a remote community interstate or overseas and develop your skills in intercultural education while improving your resume.

This, combined with at least 60-days of professional placement and your completion of a Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA), benchmarked against national standards of teaching performance, means you will be set for success in the classroom and beyond.

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Course information

Award granted
Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Year

2024 course information

Deakin code
E763
CRICOS code?
088431E Burwood (Melbourne)
Level
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.

Course structure

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is typically 16 credit points.

The exact number of credit points you study depends on how much credit you receive as recognition of prior learning (RPL) – your professional experience and previous qualifications – which can save you time and money

To qualify for the award of Master of Teaching (Secondary), students must complete the following:

  • 7 core units (8 credit points)
  • 2 curriculum study units in a first teaching method area
  • 2 curriculum study units in a second teaching method area
  • A further 4 credit points in one of the following specialisations:
    1. Inclusive Education
    2. Internship
    3. Languages Teaching
    4. Research
    5. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

This course includes 60-days of supervised professional experience, and students must successfully complete the Deakin Teaching Performance Assessment. This must be complete in the final year of study. Successful completion of this course indicates that a student has met the expected standard of performance for each of the Graduate Teacher Standards.

8

Core and Professional experience credit points

4

Secondary curriculum credit points

4

Specialisation credit points

16

Total credit points

Core units

  • Australian Literacy Test (zero (0) credit points)
  • Australian Numeracy Test (zero (0) credit points)
  • Language, Literacies and Learning
  • Numeracy, Social Justice and New Pedagogies
  • Health, Wellbeing and Inclusive Education
  • Promoting Student Wellbeing
  • Professional Experience Placement Units*

  • Orientation to the Teaching Profession
  • Building Capacity in Professional Experience
  • Reflecting On Practice in Professional Experience (2 credit points)
  • *please note unit rules for order in which these must be completed

    Two Second Curriculum Studies units in a first teaching method area

    Two Secondary Curriculum Studies units in a second teaching method area

    Specialisations

    Students to select 4 credit points in one of the following specialisations:

    Inclusive Education

  • Research Design Development and Method
  • Personalising Learning
  • Teaching and Learning in the Inclusive Classroom
  • Independent Research Project for Professional Practice
  • Languages Teaching

    Student must meet the VIT Specialist Area Guidelines for Languages Teaching to enrol in this specialisation.

  • Research Design Development and Method
  • Teaching and Learning in Languages Classrooms
  • CLIL Pedagogy
  • Independent Research Project for Professional Practice
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • Research Design Development and Method
  • Pedagogy for TESOL and EAL Learners
  • Pedagogic Grammar
  • Independent Research Project for Professional Practice
  • Research

  • Research Design Development and Method
  • Theory and Methodology in Education Research
  • Research Paper A
  • Research Paper B
  • Internship

  • Internship (4 credit points)
  • Secondary Curriculum Study Units

    Learning Area 1: English

    Single Method: English

  • English Curriculum Inquiry
  • English Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • Dual Method: English/EAL

  • English Curriculum Inquiry
  • English Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • Pedagogy for TESOL and EAL Learners
  • Pedagogic Grammar
  • Learning Area 2: Mathematics

    Single Method: Mathematics

  • Mathematics Curriculum Inquiry
  • Mathematics Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • Double Method: Mathematics

  • Mathematics Curriculum Inquiry
  • Mathematics Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics 7-10: Geometry and Measurement
  • Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics 7-10: Algebraic Thinking and Function
  • Learning Area 3: Science

    Single Method: One of Science, Biology, Chemistry, Env. Science, Physics or Psychology

  • Science Curriculum Inquiry
  • Plus one of

  • Biology Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • Chemistry Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • Environmental Science Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • Physics Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • Psychology Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • General Science Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • Dual Method: Two of Science, Biology, Chemistry, Env. Science, Physics or Psychology

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

  • Biology Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • Chemistry Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • Environmental Science Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • Physics Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • Psychology Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • General Science 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

  • Humanities Curriculum Inquiry
  • Humanities Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • History Curriculum Inquiry
  • History 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
  • Single Method: Languages - TESOL

  • Pedagogy for TESOL and EAL Learners
  • Pedagogic Grammar
  • Dual Method: Languages - LOTE and TESOL

  • Teaching and Learning in Languages Classrooms
  • CLIL Pedagogy
  • Pedagogy for TESOL and EAL Learners
  • Pedagogic Grammar
  • Learning Area 6: Health and PE

    Single Method: Health

  • Health Curriculum Inquiry
  • Health Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • Single Method: Home Economics

  • Home Economics Curriculum Inquiry
  • Home Economics Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • Single Method: Physical Education

  • Physical Education Curriculum Inquiry
  • Physical Education Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • Learning Area 7: The Arts

    Single Method: Arts - One of Dance, Drama, Music 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 different arts methods: Dance, Drama, Media, Music 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 - Two of the same arts methods: Music, Drama, Visual Arts or Dance only

  • Arts Education Curriculum Inquiry
  • Arts Education Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years
  • Arts Education Critical Inquiry
  • Arts Education Research Inquiry Senior Years
  • Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

    Additional course information

    Course duration

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Students 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.

    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.

    Inherent requirements

    It is expected that all students will be able to abide by, and ensure their behaviour is in accordance with the Victorian Institute of Teaching Code of Conduct.

    Immunisations

    Immunisation and/or vaccination requirements will be communicated by the Professional Experience Office in line with the Department of Education and Training's directions at the time of placement.

    For further information contact the School of Education, Professional Experience Office.

    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 standard holiday breaks. Learn about key dates at Deakin.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

    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 online 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 can only be completed face to face at Burwood or as online study. Trimesters where students are likely to be undertaking large blocks of placement might require units to offer intensive study face to face. 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 online study.

    Entry requirements

    Admission criteria

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You willl need to meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor degree in a different discipline

    In addition, you are required to meet the requirement for prior studies from disciplines that enable you to qualify for either 2 single teaching methods or 1 double method, in secondary teaching areas offered at Deakin University (see what we offer under Course Structure).

    For further information on assessment of secondary methods see Specialist teaching methods.

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 7.0 (with no individual band less than 7.0) speaking and listening 7.5
    • TOEFL iBT: minimum overall score of 102 (with minimum score of 24 in reading and speaking, 27 in listening and writing)
    • PTE Academic: minimum score of 65 (with no communication band less than 65) speaking and listening 73

    English-speaking education:

    • completion of a bachelor or master degree in a recognised English-speaking country or completion of DUELI English for Teaching program, with a WAM of 60. 

    Non-academic requirements

    All applicants must sit the Casper test. Casper is a requirement for many of the initial teacher training courses in Victoria. It is a non-cognitive online test designed to assess an applicant's personal and professional attributes.

    Learn more about how to register for Casper and deadlines for sittings for VTAC applications and direct applications.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning.  
     
    Not sure if you can get into Deakin postgraduate study? Postgraduate study doesn’t have to be a balancing act; we provide flexible course entry and exit options based on your desired career outcomes and the time you’re able to commit to your study.  

    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 4 credit points, whichever is the greater.

    Recognition for Prior Learning in the Master of Teaching (Secondary) is restricted by the professional accreditation structures of the course. Students are encouraged to apply for RPL for comparable curriculum discipline units completed at postgraduate level.

    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

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $4,445 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. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are available for this course.

    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.

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    What is FEE-HELP?

    FEE-HELP loans cover up to 100% of tuition fees for eligible students. By taking out a FEE-HELP loan, the government pays your tuition fees directly to Deakin, and the balance is repaid from your employment income - but only once you're earning over $51,550.

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    • does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries awarded to the student (including the 10% Deakin alumni discount);
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    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

    Victorian Government education scholarship

    You may be eligible to receive up to $9,000 as part of the support provided by the Victorian government to become a secondary teacher. Visit vic.gov.au for details.

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    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

    This is a graduate entry teaching course that introduces research based practice throughout the core professional studies units (a total of six credit points), which includes demonstrating their application of knowledge and skills through their 60 days of professional practice in education based contexts e.g. secondary schools. As part of the series of core professional studies units, students are also required to complete a capstone assessment in the final year (2 credit point unit) to demonstrate their evidence based professional practice informed by data analysis and scholarship of teaching and learning.

    Contact information

    Our friendly advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your study options, support services and how we can help you further your career.

    Careers

    Career outcomes

    As one of the largest growing employment industries in Australia, education and training is projected to grow by 11.2% by May 2023* – that’s 11,300 new jobs or 11,300 career opportunities to explore.
    The knowledge and skills you will develop through the Master of Teaching (Secondary) prepare you well for a diverse range of roles, including:
    • secondary teacher in a public, independent or private school academic adviser
    • youth worker
    • museum educator
    • policy manager in a not-for-profit organisation
    • education consultant in local or federal government.
    For more information go to DeakinTALENT.
    *Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018 Employment Projections (for five years until May 2023).

    Professional recognition

    The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as an initial teacher education program that meets the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) program standards and the Australian professional standards for graduate teachers.

    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

    Contribute to critical, professional debates about education theory; local, national and global trends; curriculum; Indigenous and intercultural perspectives; and legal, professional and ethical codes and standards, and critique and apply these understandings to inform their own practice.

    Communication

    Apply critical thinking, pedagogical knowledge and effective interpersonal, oral, written and multimodal communication skills to demonstrate empathy, foster learner agency, establish positive and inclusive learning-friendly environments, and build effective professional partnerships and trust with families/caregivers, teaching colleagues and other stakeholders.

    Digital literacy

    Act in accordance with the ethical and legal frameworks and policy that inform responsible and ethical practice in digital environments, and critically discuss, evaluate and employ a range of appropriate digital literacies, resources and technologies for professional/community/learner engagement and agency.

    Critical thinking

    Contribute to critical and professional debates about education trends, theory, policy and research and use these understandings to critically reflect on and evaluate own teaching practices and diverse learning data sets to make informed evidence-based judgements for enhancements and innovations to improve learner agency and outcomes.

    Problem solving

    Collaboratively and independently use evidence and research to identify, prioritise and creatively respond to problems that arise in professional learning and practice.

    Self-management

    Engage autonomously and responsibly with critical self-reflection, self-assessment and feedback from others, to inform their own learning, plan for professional development and to balance academic demands with self-care /self-management.

    Teamwork

    Actively and collaboratively participate in, and/or lead learning communities, involving learners, families, community members, colleagues and the broader profession to deepen understandings of education and to optimise learning and learner well-being.

    Global citizenship

    Engage in research, and with the legal and ethical obligations of the teaching profession, to develop informed positions on and approaches to educational transformation as applied to learner agency and citizenship; Indigenous and intercultural issues; global education trends and issues; and, social justice and sustainability.

    Approved by Faculty Board 2019

    * U.S. News & World Report, Best Global Universities Subject Rankings 2022–2023