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.

Excellent industry links: our courses are developed in consultation with VIT
Professional experience program: access over 1400 schools across Australia

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.


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.

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

Potential students might like to think about good teachers that they remember and why they have these enduring memories.

Glenn Auld

Senior lecturer In Language and Literacy Education

Get a head start on your career

Our professional experience program is a critical part of every Deakin teaching student’s 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.

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.

Learn more about researching with us

Recent Deakin research

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.

Secondary teaching at Deakin

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

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