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Master of Teaching (Secondary)

  • Masters (Coursework)

Become one of the inspiring individuals empowering future generations through education. Deakin's Master of Teaching (Secondary) prepares you for a creative, challenging and truly rewarding career.Looking for an adaptable teaching qualification that opens doors to a diverse range of industries?

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Course Code
E763, 088431E

About this course

Become one of the inspiring individuals empowering future generations through education. Deakin's Master of Teaching (Secondary) prepares you for a creative, challenging and truly rewarding career.

Looking for an adaptable teaching qualification that opens doors to a diverse range of industries?

As a graduate of the Master of Teaching (Secondary), your employment opportunities will be vast. You'll be qualified to teach at secondary level anywhere in Australia, with skills that will also enable you to pivot into a broader range of roles. Learn how to think like a teacher and develop 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.

With the option to undertake a specialisation that includes research elements, you'll develop practical classroom skills along with critical thinking and evaluative research skills. 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, primary and secondary teachers.

You can also 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 at least 60 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 2 single teaching methods or 1 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 assessment tool. 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 (Secondary) prepare you well for a diverse range of roles, including:
  • 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 (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:

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 4 credit points, whichever is the greater.

Recognition for Prior Learning in the Master of Teaching (Secondary) 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.

Graduate outcomes

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