Secondary teaching and vocational education


The Victorian Government is offering scholarships to study secondary teaching at university. If you're seeking a rewarding career that will help shape the learning of both children and adults, Deakin’s specialist secondary and vocational education courses will see you graduate with an in-demand qualification.

Choose a secondary teaching and vocational education course that will get you 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, masters 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.

Scholarship opportunities and grants

The Victorian Government is offering scholarships to study secondary teaching at university. Deakin’s eligible programs include:

Employment Based Pathway

Are you enrolled in the Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary) course? You can opt-in to the Teach Today Employment Based Pathway. Combine paid on-the-job training at a local Victorian Government secondary school with online study. You will be eligible for a scholarship while working part time.

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Victorian government placement grants

Grants ($140–$420 per day) are available to support you while completing a teaching placement in an eligible regional or remote Victorian government school.

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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. If you're enrolled to start studies in 2024 and the Casper test is an entry requirement of your course, Deakin will cover your $80 test fee.

Learn more about Casper

#1 in Australia for education and educational research*

Deakin is ranked #5 globally and #1 in Australia for education and educational research by U.S. News and World Report, a global authority in education rankings. You can be assured that what you learn at Deakin 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

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.

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.

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.

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

Secondary teaching at Deakin

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Postgraduate teaching at Deakin

Postgraduate teaching at Deakin

Learn how Deakin empowers you to make a difference in the lives of young people throughout your studies.


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