Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Course information for - 2023 entry

Study mode
2 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$4120 CSP

Start dates
Not on offer, Not on offer


Transform your work and life experience into a teaching career. Graduate ready to design and implement engaging and flexible learning experiences to inspire and positively influence young people. The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is a graduate entry, initial teacher education course for those who want to teach in secondary schools. Whether you are looking for a complete career change or are a recent graduate, your undergraduate degree will form the foundations for your specialist teaching areas in this course. This course will prepare you to teach in one or two specialist teaching areas, depending on your undergraduate degree and campus of study. Learn the craft of teaching from highly experienced mentor teachers in a range of educational contexts.

The following senior secondary level teaching areas are available (with some variations from state to state), with students also able to teach in the corresponding subjects in the junior levels:

Physical Education, English, Mathematics, History, Business, Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Religious Education/Studies of Religion.

Professional experience

Students must complete a minimum of 60 days of professional experience, during which time they are required to be available full-time. See sample program map.

Work placement

Supervised professional experience is at the heart of all our pre-service teacher education courses and the faculty will find appropriate placements to suit the needs of your course. Professional experience units are planned as a specific sequence allowing for progressive development of both classroom-based proficiency and an understanding of the relevance of theory to practice and practice to theory. These units apply skills, techniques and processes taught in the Foundations Studies and Professional Studies units.

The practicum will be supported by other forms of in-school experiences, such as school-based tutorials and workshops.

Placements will usually be arranged for the scheduled placement period in the professional experience calendar though this may not always be possible. The Professional Experience program consists of a minimum of 60 days of teaching rounds, usually broken into three blocks.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for registration as secondary school teachers in government, independent, Catholic, and other faith-based schools.


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • government, independent and Catholic Schools
  • government, private, and not-for-profit organisations
  • education, training, and research
  • education consultancy
  • adult learning
  • community and advocacy agencies
  • youth agencies

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Master of Teaching (Secondary), a student must complete 160 credit points (cp).

View course rules

Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5

Year 1 - Term 1

EDET590 Effective Teaching 1: Professional Practices data-versionlabel=2 >

EDES591 Foundations of Teaching 2: The Nature of Learning data-versionlabel=2 >

LNTE110 Literacy and Numeracy Diagnostic

Year 1 - Term 2

EDXX599 (TA1)

Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 1


EDXX599 (TA2)

Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 1


LNTE100 LANTITE - Literacy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students AND LNTE101 LANTITE - Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students

Year 1 - Term 3

EDET690 Effective Teaching 2: Engaging Learners data-versionlabel=2 >

Elective A


Year 1 - Term 4

EDES601 Special Education and Inclusive Practice data-versionlabel=2 >

EDES690 Literacy and Numeracy across the Secondary Curriculum data-versionlabel=2 >

Year 2- Term 1

EDXX699 (TA1)

Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 2


EDXX699 (TA2)

Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 2


Year 2- Term 2

EDET692 Applied Educational Assessment Across the Secondary Curriculum data-versionlabel=2 >

EDES590 Foundations of Teaching 1: Understanding Adolescents data-versionlabel=2 >

Year 2- Term 3

EDES600 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories, Cultures and Education

EDES691 21st Century Skills across the Secondary Curriculum data-versionlabel=2 >

Year 2- Term 4

EDET691 Effective Teaching 3: Teacher Inquiry and Evidence-based Practice data-versionlabel=2 >

Elective B


This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Master of Teaching (Secondary) ACU Online – 4 Terms Term 1 intake Course Map

AQF framework

Masters (Coursework) - AQF Level 9

Exit Points

A student who has successfully completed the following requirements may exit from the course with that qualification. Note that none of these qualifications will lead to teacher registration.

  1. Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies: 80 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings.
  2. Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies: 40 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings.

A student who does not meet the LANTITE requirements may exit with the Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies or Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies if they meet the requirements of those awards.

Additional course information

Students can enrol in units to be studied online and this course may be completed in accelerated mode in 18 months at some campuses.

Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)

Students will be required to demonstrate they have achieved approved benchmarks in literacy and numeracy as demonstrated through the Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE). Successful completion of LANTITE is a requirement for course completion.

If you have started your ITE course at another institution and wish to transfer to ACU to complete your studies, please be sure that you have read and understand the requirements for receiving credit for previous studies and those on completing LANTITE.

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must:

  1. have successfully completed a Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification, with:
  2. a major study in one teaching area; and
  3. a separate minor study in a second teaching area, that may be separate from or related to the major study area;
  4. be able to select from teaching areas that are available within the course and meet the requirements of the applicant's local state/territory registration authority, and
  5. the combination of teaching areas identified would usually prepare the applicant to teach across all year levels of secondary schooling.
  6. demonstrate suitability for teaching as evidenced by completion of the relevant State assessment, which will be provided in the application process.

Applicants who completed Bachelor degrees outside Australia should review the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy to determine if they are required to meet additional English Language Proficiency requirements for entry into the course.

Applicants seeking teacher registration in Australia should check with state registration bodies to confirm English Language Proficiency requirements for teacher registration.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission.

English language requirements

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • No score less than 7 in reading and writing. No score less than 8 in listening and speaking.

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

  • A minimum of 65 in reading and writing and a minimum of 79 in listening and speaking

Test of English as a Foreign Language – Academic (TOEFL)

  • No score less than 24 in reading, 27 in writing, 28 in listening and 26 in speaking

ACU English Language Test

  • A++ (85 or above)

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)

  • A minimum of 185 in reading and writing and 200 in listening and speaking.

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Further study

Graduates of this course may be eligible for entry into further postgraduate coursework degree programs. Master of Teaching (Secondary) is a pathway to doctoral studies.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$4120 CSP

All costs are calculated using current rates  and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

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You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

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“I chose ACU because it gave me the opportunity to study an area I felt passionately about. I see the need for education to develop young minds and give them options to excel in the real world. My first practical experience was at Murrumba State Secondary College. The experience was incredible, and I really felt like I was giving back to the local community.”

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