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Swinburne University of Technology

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Master of Teaching (Secondary)

  • Masters (Coursework)

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Course Code
MA-TEASC, 100750
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Domestic Fees
$6,684 per year / $13,368 total
International Fees
$27,560 per year

About this course

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is a postgraduate, initial, teacher education qualification. This course embraces innovative delivery techniques and combines contemporary research and advanced pedagogical knowledge and skills, with practicum opportunities. Graduates are prepared to be future educational leaders and innovators with a strong identity of themselves as teachers and teacher researchers. Professional experience places students within a school setting to fulfil the practical elements of their teaching degree: students complete three professional placements at a secondary school, a total of 60 days.

Graduates are qualified to teach Years 7 to 12 and have the opportunity to apply for positions in both government and non-government secondary schools. In addition, graduates are prepared to be future educational leaders and innovators, with a strong sense of identity as teachers and researchers in the industry.

The degree is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). Graduates can apply for registration in all Australian states and territories.

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Career pathways

Swinburne intends that its teaching programs assist all its graduates to be:
  • capable in their chosen professional, vocational or study areas
  • entrepreneurial in contributing to innovation and development within their business, workplace or community
  • effective and ethical in work and community situations
  • adaptable to change
  • aware of local and international environments in which they are contributing (e.g. sociocultural, economic, and natural)

Students with these attributes are highly sought after by employers who increasingly seek people with well-developed generic skills, in addition to professional competencies.

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Master of Teaching (Secondary), students must complete 200 credit points comprising:
  • 11 core units (162.5 credit points)
  • 3 supervised practicum units (37.5 credit points)
Units normally carry 12.5 credit points each. In each year, eight units normally constitute a full-time load of 100 credit points and four units normally constitute a part-time load of 50 credit points.Maximum Academic CreditThe maximum level of credit that can be grated for the Master of Teaching is 100 credit points (normally eight units)In addition, students are responsible for arranging and successfully completing the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) normally within three attempts through the Australian Council for Education Research prior to completing 100 credit points of study.Academic Progress - special requirementsIn addition to the standard academic progress rules, the Master of Teaching (Secondary) has the following additional academic progress rules which are established in accordance with Academic Courses Regulation 62(2):1. A student is classified as 'at risk' of unsatisfactory progress if they:(a) behave in a manner which breaches the Swinburne Student Charter whilst on a teaching placement2. A student is classified as having 'unsatisfactory progress' if they:(a) fail to successfully complete the National Literacy and Numeracy test (LANTITE) prior to completing 100 credit points of studies or following three attempts(b) fail a Teaching Placement unit(c) have their teaching placement terminated early by a school. In the case of early termination of a teaching placement by a school, the student will be deemed as having 'unsatisfactory progress' and a progress review processes will commence within 2 weeks of the cessation of the placement. Students who are identified as having unsatisfactory progress will be subject to the show cause provisions in the Progress Review section of the Academic Progress Policy.

Credit for prior study or work

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about credit.