Secondary teaching and vocational education


If you're seeking a creative, rewarding and challenging career that will help shape the learning experiences of both children and adults, Deakin’s specialist secondary and vocational education courses will see you graduate with an in-demand qualification.

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Get work-ready

Undertake one of our highly-regarded specialist teaching qualifications and watch your career soar. With the advanced knowledge and classroom skills you'll develop through industry-led curriculum and professional experience placements, you'll be ready to teach today and into the future.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Career opportunities

As a graduate you’ll be eligible for employment as a secondary school teacher in Australia and overseas, qualified to teach from junior secondary to senior secondary level. You’ll also be able to gain employment with:

  • community and youth performance companies 
  • community arts offices 
  • government departments
  • private academies and agencies
  • private industries and services 
  • TAFE and adult education institutions.

Discover the education and teaching course for you

Our education and teaching course finder tool makes it easy for you to find the right course. By answering just a few questions, the tool will provide you with the best options to match your career goals and interests.

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CASPer test

CASPer is an online, video-scenario based situational judgement test, designed to measure non-academic suitability for teaching. Students applying to all initial teacher education courses are required to take the CASPer assessment.

Learn more about CASPer

Hands-on teaching experience

Our professional experience program is a critical part of every initial teacher education course experience. Working with over 1400 schools across Australia, we’ll arrange at least 60 days of work experience for you in schools where you’ll learn from experienced teachers.

Excellent links with the education sector

Our courses are developed in consultation with principals, teachers and the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT), ensuring they address the needs of industry. Our teaching staff are passionate about applied learning and teaching, and have many years of experience in the sector.

A world-class education

Deakin's education discipline is ranked 32nd in the world by the prestigious QS World University Rankings by subject 2020, so you can be assured that what you learn is relevant to the sector and your career.

I chose to do the Master of Applied Learning and Teaching because of its contemporary social justice approach to inclusive education for young people and adults.

Zoe De Jong

Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary) graduate

Research with us

If you’ve got a big idea to bring to secondary school teaching or practice, do a higher degree by research with us. We’ve got just the right partnerships to bring your paper to life.

Education research in action

Re-engaging 'at-risk' youth in secondary education – Michael Robin Mautner examines, through psychosocial study, how 'at-risk' youth may re-engage in secondary education.

Learn more about researching with us

Secondary teaching at Deakin

Student Shona Scorringe talks about studying secondary teaching at Deakin and the value of work placements.

Browse other disciplines within education and teaching

Choose an area that you're interested in and learn how Deakin's extensive range of study options and experiences can help turn your dreams into reality.

*2019 Student Experience Survey, based on undergraduate students
#ARWU Rankings 2020
^Australian Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 winner
~According to the Voice Project IT Service Quality Support Benchmark Survey
^^Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2020 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)