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Master of Teaching (Primary and Secondary)

  • Masters (Coursework)

If you're unsure whether to study primary or secondary teaching, there's no need to decide - you can do both. Deakin's Master of Teaching (Primary and Secondary) gives you the ultimate flexibility to work at any level in any school.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Course Code
E765, 088436M

About this course

If you're unsure whether to study primary or secondary teaching, there's no need to decide - you can do both. Deakin's Master of Teaching (Primary and Secondary) gives you the ultimate flexibility to work at any level in any school.

Looking to boost your career with an adaptable teaching qualification that enables you to move up, down, across and between classrooms?

The Master of Teaching (Primary and Secondary) is the perfect choice for those who like to be agile. As a graduate, you'll have the ability to work in a K-12 school or pivot between primary and secondary. You'll develop a suite of transferable skills and an invaluable mindset that can be applied to almost any sector, including education, youth work, corporate learning and development, NGOs, media and community-based organisations.

Learn from highly experienced, passionate teachers who understand first-hand the importance of recognising all students as people first. You'll discover how to foster well-balanced relationships in the classroom to ensure students build positive connections with their peers, in turn promoting an environment to thrive.

To ensure you gain a holistic understanding of how students learn, you'll also have the opportunity to study and collaborate with early childhood educators, as well as primary and secondary teachers.

You can choose to participate in Deakin's Global Education Program and gain a broader perspective on teaching. Experience teaching in a remote community interstate or overseas and develop your skills in intercultural education while improving your resume.

This, combined with an extensive 80 days of professional placement and your completion of a Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA), benchmarked against national standards of teaching performance, means you'll be set for success in the classroom and beyond.

Entry requirements

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.deakin.edu.au/courses/find-a-course/education-and-teaching/specialist-teaching-methods

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.

Admissions information

Applicant indicator profile report of all applicants applying to Deakin University Graduate Entry Teaching (GET) courses in Trimester 1, 2019.

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

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

Career pathways

As one of the largest growing employment industries in Australia, education and training is projected to grow by 11.2% by May 2023* - that's 11,300 new jobs or 11,300 career opportunities to explore.
The knowledge and skills you'll develop through the Master of Teaching (Primary and Secondary) prepares you well for a diverse range of roles, including:
  • primary or secondary teacher in a public, independent, or private school
  • academic adviser
  • youth worker
  • museum educator
  • policy manager in a not-for-profit organisation
  • education consultant in local or federal government.
For more information go to DeakinTALENT.
*Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018 Employment Projections (for five years until May 2023).

Course structure

The Master of Teaching (Primary and 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 (Primary and Secondary), students must complete the following:

  • 11 core units (12 credit points)
  • 2 curriculum study units in a first teaching method area
  • 2 curriculum study units in a second teaching method area

All Secondary will have two methods (disciplines) as reflected in their undergraduate major and minor sequences related to the Australian Curriculum. At point of selection, students are advised which methods they will need to complete based on their undergraduate major and minor sequences.

In addition there is one 0 Credit Point Compulsory Unit for All Students in the Faculty of Arts and Education and two 0 Credit Points Compulsory Units for All Primary and Secondary Initial Teacher Education Students.

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Australian Literacy Test ELN010
  • LANTITE Literacy (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Australian Numeracy Test ELN011
  • LANTITE Numeracy (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

This course includes 80 days of supervised professional experience, and students must successfully complete the Deakin Teaching Performance Assessment.

^EPR units have early enrolment dates so that Professional Experience Placements can be arranged. Please check the PEO website.

Credit for prior study or work

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 (Primary and Secondary) is restricted by the professional accreditation structures of the course. Students are encouraged to apply for CPL 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.

Graduate outcomes

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