Diploma of Secondary School Teaching

Duration2.5 years part-time
Next start termTerm 1, 2024
Study modeOnline
Course codeCC10
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The Diploma of Secondary School Teaching is a professional development course designed for both primary school teachers looking to transition into secondary school teaching and secondary school teachers wanting to add a new teaching area or improve their knowledge in a current teaching area. Benefit from a unique model of supported on-site school and online study involving expert school-based teaching staff on-site and university staff online.

The Diploma of Secondary School Teaching is a professional development course designed for both primary school and secondary school teachers who already hold a teaching registration.

The course will allow primary school teachers who want to transition into secondary schools to teach in either Junior Mathematics and Science; Junior English and History; or one of the teaching areas available in the course.

The Diploma of Secondary School Teaching is also suited for secondary school teachers who want to improve their discipline content knowledge within an existing teaching area or gain discipline content knowledge in order to add a new teaching area.

While completing the course you will benefit from the unique model of supported on-site school delivery and online study, which involves expert school-based teaching staff on-site and university staff online.

The flexibility of this course ensures that your study needs are met and allows you to gain the appropriate content knowledge for the Australian Curriculum areas at a secondary school level.

The Diploma of Secondary School Teaching has been developed in partnership with leading educational authorities, ensuring it is current and relevant. Our University teaching staff are often drawn from their roles as practising teachers. This ensures you have access to some of the most well-connected educators in the field.

Study experience

Career Opportunities

On completion of the Diploma of Secondary School Teaching you will be prepared to make the transition from a primary school teacher to a secondary school teacher or have acquired content knowledge to add a new teaching area.

Structure & Availability


To graduate with a Diploma of Secondary School Teaching you are required to complete seven units totalling 48 credit points to satisfy the Junior English and History and Junior Mathematics and Science majors, or six units totalling 48 credit points for all other majors. Available teaching areas are listed below under Majors and Minors.


For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.


If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.


Online Availability

Term 1, 2024Available Online
Term 2, 2024Available Online

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Health and Physical Education6

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Home Economics6

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Industrial Technology and Design6

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Junior English & History7

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Junior Mathematics & Science7

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Depending upon the Major (Teaching Area) chosen, students may need to attend Residential Schools. Full details of any Residential Schools can be accessed via the on-line CQUniversity Student Handbook.



Student Profile

If you would like to read about the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2023.



Institute Profile

To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2023 view our Institute Profile.


Recommended study

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Applicants are required to provide certified evidence of teacher registration.

Students must meet the inherent requirements for the chosen teaching area (major) pathway selected and must ensure they adhere to any requirements within the scope of teaching these subjects within schools.

Nil security requirements.

You will have to meet this course's inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes.

Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$10,382
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$18,456

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is eight units over two terms). Your fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.

Commonwealth support and government assistance loans

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees if you meet eligibility requirements. If offered a CSP, you may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists you in paying your student contributions. Provided you meet the HECS-HELP eligibility criteria, you may use HECS-HELP to defer part or all of your student contribution fees. Learn more about paying for university.

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

How to apply

StateAdmission Code
QueenslandOnline: 852055

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way. Before you apply, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you do not have a USI, creating one is quick and easy. Simply visit usi.gov.au to create one.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?
View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.

What’s the best way to apply?
  • Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
  • Option 2: Ideal if you have previously studied with CQUni.

To apply for this course you will need to submit your application for this course via the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

Apply via QTAC

Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via QTAC.
As a past CQUni student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity for this course. Your prior study with CQUni must be a completed or partially completed CQUni course or unit such as:
  • CQUni’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
  • A CQUni certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.