Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Postgraduate coursework

Advance your opportunities in the teaching field by gaining a postgraduate qualification. Apply to study a Master of Teaching (Secondary) course.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS band score of 7 (with no band less than 7) and speaking and listening of 7.5

Duration

2 years full time (4 years part time) – 16 credit points

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

Campuses

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

Course information

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) course is a professionally accredited initial teacher education course that prepares graduates for employment in secondary teaching, along with a range of other education-related fields.

Alongside core studies, you will complete 2 secondary curriculum studies in 1 or more Learning Areas from the Australian Curriculum including:

  • English/literacy
  • mathematics
  • science (science, biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics, or psychology)
  • humanities and social sciences (HASS) (geography, philosophy, sociology, economics, business, history, legal studies or global politics)
  • languages (including TESOL)
  • the arts (dance, drama, media, music or visual arts)
  • health.

In addition to your curriculum studies, the final stage of the Masters of Teaching (Secondary) course offers you the opportunity to choose 1 of the following specialisation pathways:

  • internship
  • inclusive education
  • languages teaching
  • teaching English to speakers of other languages, or
  • research.

Graduates will 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. 

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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. Languages Teaching
    3. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
    4. Research
    5. Internship 

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.

11

Core units and teaching methods

4

Specialisation

15

Total units

Core units

  • Australian Literacy Test ELN010 (zero (0) credit points)
  • Australian Numeracy Test ELN011 (zero (0) 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
  • Managing Teaching in Professional Experience EPR732
  • Reflecting On Practice in Professional Experience EPR735 (2 credit points)
  • Two Secondary 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 EDX701
  • Personalising Learning EIE701
  • Teaching and Learning in the Inclusive Classroom EIE702
  • Independent Research Project for Professional Practice EDX707
  • Languages Teaching

  • Research Design Development and Method EDX701
  • Teaching and Learning in Languages Classrooms ETL710
  • CLIL Pedagogy ETL716
  • Independent Research Project for Professional Practice EDX707
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • Research Design Development and Method EDX701
  • Pedagogy for EAL Classrooms ETL700
  • Pedagogic Grammar ETL705
  • Independent Research Project for Professional Practice EDX707
  • Research

  • Research Design Development and Method EDX701
  • Theory and Methodology in Education Research EDX712
  • Research Paper A EDX703
  • Research Paper B EDX704
  • Internship

  • Internship EPR704 (4 credit points)
  • Secondary Curriculum Study Units

    Learning Area 1: English

    Single Method: English

  • English Curriculum Inquiry ECL761
  • English Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years ECL762
  • Dual Method: English/EAL

  • English Curriculum Inquiry ECL761
  • English Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years ECL762
  • Pedagogy for EAL Classrooms ETL700
  • Pedagogic Grammar ETL705
  • Learning Area 2: Mathematics

    Single Method: Mathematics

  • Mathematics Curriculum Inquiry ESM724
  • Mathematics Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years ESM725
  • Double Method: Mathematics

  • Mathematics Curriculum Inquiry ESM724
  • Mathematics Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years ESM725
  • Problem Solving and Modelling ESM704
  • Exploring Space and Number ESM733
  • Learning Area 3: Science

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

  • 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
  • Physics Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years ESS745
  • Psychology Curriculum Study 2 ESP706
  • General Science Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years ESS755
  • Dual Method: Two of Science, Biology, Chemistry, Env. Science, Physics or Psychology

  • 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
  • Physics Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years ESS745
  • Psychology Curriculum Study 2 ESP706
  • General Science Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years ESS755
  • Learning Area 4: Humanities

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

  • Humanities Curriculum Inquiry EHU701
  • Humanities Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years EHU702
  • Single Method: Humanities - History

  • Humanities Curriculum Inquiry EHU701
  • History Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years EHI702
  • Dual Method: Humanities/SOSE with History - one of Geography, Philosophy, Sociology, Economics, Business, Legal Studies or Global Politics - plus History

  • Humanities Curriculum Inquiry EHU701
  • Humanities Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years EHU702
  • History Curriculum Inquiry EHI701
  • History Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years EHI702
  • Dual Method: Humanities/SOSE - two of Geography, Philosophy, Sociology, Economics, Business, Legal Studies or Global Politics - without History

  • Humanities Curriculum Inquiry EHU701
  • Humanities Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years EHU702
  • Humanities Critical Inquiry 7 - 10 EHU703
  • Humanities Research Inquiry Senior Years EHU704
  • Learning Area 5: Languages

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

  • Teaching and Learning in Languages Classrooms ETL710
  • CLIL Pedagogy ETL716
  • Single Method: Languages - TESOL

  • Pedagogy for EAL Classrooms ETL700
  • Pedagogic Grammar ETL705
  • Dual Method: Languages - LOTE and TESOL

  • Teaching and Learning in Languages Classrooms ETL710
  • CLIL Pedagogy ETL716
  • Pedagogy for EAL Classrooms ETL700
  • Pedagogic Grammar ETL705
  • Learning Area 6: Health and PE

    Single Method: Health

  • Health Education: Curriculum Study ESH702
  • Senior Health and Human Development: Curriculum Study ESH703
  • Learning Area 7: The Arts

    Single Method: Arts - One of Dance, Drama, Music or Visual Arts

  • Arts Education Curriculum Inquiry ECA731
  • Arts Education Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years ECA732
  • Single Method: Arts - Media

  • Arts Education Critical Inquiry 2 ECA735
  • Arts Education Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years 2 ECA736
  • Dual Method: Arts - Two different arts methods: Dance, Drama, Media, Music or Visual Arts

  • Arts Education Curriculum Inquiry ECA731
  • Arts Education Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years ECA732
  • Arts Education Critical Inquiry 2 ECA735
  • Arts Education Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years 2 ECA736
  • Double Method: Arts - Two of the same arts methods: Music, Drama, Visual Arts or Dance only

  • Arts Education Curriculum Inquiry ECA731
  • Arts Education Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years ECA732
  • Arts Education Critical Inquiry ECA733
  • Arts Education Research Inquiry Senior Years ECA734
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Teaching (Secondary)
    Year

    2020 course information

    Deakin code
    E763
    CRICOS code?
    088431E
    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.

    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

    Additional course information

    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: http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/

    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. 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. https://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/organisations/victorian-teacher-information.

     

    Course duration - additional information

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

    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: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements may be made for students with a disability or further needs. 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 can only be completed face to face at Burwood or as Cloud 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 Cloud study. 

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the 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

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

    Admission is based on:

    All applicants must complete an additional selection tool for non-academic attributes. 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.

    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.

    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)

    Cloud studies

    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 1 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 1 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.

    Recognition for Prior Learning in the Master of Teaching 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 - 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 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 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

    Apply now

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    If you're applying to study in Trimester 3 (November), 2019:

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant 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.

    If you're applying to study in Trimester 1 (March), 2020:

    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. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


    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.


    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 (1 credit point unit) to demonstrate their evidence based professional practice informed by data analysis and scholarship of teaching and learning.

    Frequently asked questions

    What are the key study start dates?

    Browse all start and finish dates for Deakin’s main study periods. You’ll also find dates relating to applications and prospective student events, plus a list of all public holidays and study breaks.

    How much does it cost to study at Deakin?

    Your tuition fees will depend on the type of student you are, the course you study and the year you start. Fees are based on an annual amount; they don't cover the entire duration of the course.

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    Can I speak to someone in person about my study options?

    Yes! We regularly host a range of events including 1:1 consultations and information sessions, to assist you with your study options and career planning. Check out our upcoming events or contact our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 for more information.

    Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

    Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.

    Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

    In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    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. You might also find employment in a range of other education related fields including policy, consultancy, NGOs, research or community-based organisations (e.g. museums, outdoor education, arts institutions, etc.)

    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 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

    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

     


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