IELTS band score of 7 (with no band less than 7) and speaking and listening of 7.5
2 years full time (4 years part time) – 16 credit points
Deakin courses can also be studied part time over a longer period
International campus based students undertake their studies at Burwood (Melbourne)
Current Deakin Students
To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook
The Master of Teaching (Secondary) course is fully accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) and prepares graduates for employment as a secondary teacher in Australia and overseas. Alongside core studies, you will complete two secondary curriculum studies from English, TESOL, Languages other than English, Drama, Dance, Media, Visual Arts, Music, Humanities, Commerce and Business, Geography, History, Mathematics, Health, Physics, Biology, Psychology, Chemistry, Science and Environmental Science.
In addition to your curriculum studies, the final stage of the Masters of Teaching (Secondary) course offers you the opportunity to choose one of the following specialisation pathways: Internship, Leadership, Inclusive Education, Languages Teaching, Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages, Internationalisation, or Research.
You’ll be able to teach in secondary schools from junior secondary to VCE levels, as well as taking up education positions within organisations, cultural institutions, TAFE and adult community educational settings.Read More
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:
- 8 core units
- 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:
- Inclusive Education
- Languages Teaching. Note: Students undertaking the Languages Teaching specialisation must have the appropriate prior study of a language, as per the VIT Specialist Area Guidelines
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
- Internationalisation (Only available Cloud (online))
- Leadership (Only available Cloud (online)) and
- Academic Integrity AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
This course includes 60 days of supervised professional experience.
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) in order to graduate from their course.
Core units and teaching methods
Two Secondary Curriculum Studies units in a first teaching method area
Two Secondary Curriculum Studies units in a second teaching method area
Students complete the remaining four credit points from one of the following specialisations:
Inclusive Education, Internship, Internationalisation, Languages Teaching, Leadership of Teaching, Research, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Students to select 4 credit points in one of the following specialisations:
Leadership of Teaching
Only available Cloud (online)
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Student must meet the VIT Specialist Area Guidelines for Languages Teaching to enrol in this specialisation.
Secondary Curriculum Study Units
Commerce and Business
only available Burwood (Melbourne)
only available Burwood (Melbourne)
Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL)
* note prior to 2019 students completed ESS741
* note prior to 2019 students completed EHI701
only available Burwood (Melbourne) and subject to quotas
Subject to quotas
Studies of Societies and Environments
* Note Students undertaking any two of Visual Arts, Dance, Drama or Music as their two teaching method areas that the units will be ECA731, ECA732, ECA735, ECA736
^ Note Media units ECA735 and ECA736 are also used to deliver Visual Arts, Dance, Drama and Music where students are already enrolled in ECA731 and ECA732 for their first Arts discipline method area.
Double - Secondary Curriculum Study units
only available Burwood (Melbourne)
only available Burwood (Melbourne)
[ESM733 offered in alternating years 2019, 2021]
Studies of Societies and Environments
Plus 2 of
2019 course information
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)
Additional course information
All professional experience placements must be undertaken in an Australian school setting. Overseas placements are not permitted.
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.
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. Secondary Teaching applicants must meet the requirement for prior studies from disciplines that enable them to qualify for either two single teaching methods or one double method, in secondary teaching areas offered at Deakin University (see list above in Course structure). For further information on assessment of secondary methods see https://www.vit.vic.edu.au/registering-as-a-teacher/teaching-programs/self-assessment-for-secondary-teaching-methods
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.
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 also meet the minimum English language requirements.
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 your responsibility to ensure that you have the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)
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
Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.
However, international students living in Australia on a student visa, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), must enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students may undertake a maximum of up to one third (or equivalent) of their study as Cloud (online) study. Please note enrolment in one face to face unit in compulsory study periods is only allowed if the student is completing their final unit of study and will not exceed maximum one third (or equivalent) online requirement.
Recognition of prior learning
Am I eligible to receive 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.
As the Master of Teaching is a nationally accredited course, Recognition of Prior Learning is not available for core units (EEE751, EEE752, EEE753, EPR731, EPR732, EPR733). Further, Recognition of Prior Learning is not available for any work experience whether paid or unpaid, qualified or unqualified teacher or teacher aide.
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 and your options for paying.
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 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 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.
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.
How to apply
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 (1 credit point unit) to demonstrate their evidence based professional practice informed by data analysis and scholarship of teaching and learning.
Frequently asked questions
Deakin runs on trimesters, what dates do they each start?
Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?
Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?
Where can I study with Deakin?
Why choose Deakin
There is a strong demand for qualified teachers and graduate starting salaries for teachers are high compared to the graduate average. The increased demand for teachers has also resulted in improvements in teaching conditions, resources and career advancement opportunities. As a graduate of this course you may find employment as a teacher within the private or public education sectors.
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 professional standards for teachers. Graduates of this course who are intending to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) may be required to provide further information. You are advised to check the VIT registration requirements 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.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities
Apply an advanced, integrated understanding of: current theories of child and adolescent development; contemporary theories and early childhood pedagogy; conceptual, cognitive and developmental theories of learning and of barriers to learning to teaching practice, with a particular focus on literacy and numeracy skills of all children.
Demonstrate, analyse and synthesize an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex bodies of knowledge specific to the content areas to be taught and effective pedagogical approaches in secondary education.
Discern and use high level effective interpersonal, oral, written and electronic communication skills with students, their parents, colleagues and other stakeholders to demonstrate empathy, develop rapport and build teacher/ student/ parent partnerships and trust.
Use expert and specialised professional skills in teaching and learning to interpret and develop new knowledge and multimodal skills with students colleagues and the community.
Contribute to scholarly and professional practice and inquiry using a range of communication methods to engage and motivate students and establish positive and inclusive learning environments.
Select, create, curate and evaluate a range of digital teaching and learning resources and technologies to support student engagement and learning in accordance with responsible and ethical practice.
Employ a range of digital resources to analyse and disseminate classroom research as a professional practitioner and in scholarly contexts and/or in leadership roles.
Critically evaluate and synthesise information relating to student learning, using formative and summative assessment data, taking into consideration contemporary theories of curriculum and pedagogy to make judgments about the use of appropriate teaching, learning and assessment strategies and apply this understanding in professional practice, research and/or leadership roles.
Identify, analyse, implement, evaluate and adapt a range of cross-curricula and learning activities in response to the needs of students.
Inquire, research and reflect critically on professional practice and the scholarship of teaching.
Demonstrate expert and specialised knowledge and apply technical and creative skills to research, critically analyse, implement, evaluate a range of problems and issues in the learning environment and communities.
Use leadership, creativity and initiative to identify solutions and develop inclusive and supportive learning environments.
Critically reflect on professional practice and/or leadership role to generate creative approaches to a range of problems encountered in learning environment and communities.
Work autonomously and responsibly and identify and plan for professional development as a reflective practitioner committed to high standards of professional practice.
Actively participate in an/or lead professional learning communities to deepen professional skills in and knowledge of contemporary educational issues.
|Work collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals, families and members of the wider community who share responsibility for the learning and wellbeing of students to optimise student learning.|
Apply advanced knowledge and skills as an educator to develop learning environments and experiences that address cultural diversity and socioeconomic factors to positively influence students’ learning.
Demonstrate and apply the legal and ethical responsibility required in the teaching profession.
Approved by Faculty Board 2014