Make a difference through education and inspire future generations by studying the Master of Teaching (Secondary) at CQUni. The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is an initial teacher education course suitable if you already hold a non-education three-year bachelor degree and wish to become a secondary school teacher.
The Master of Teaching (Secondary) will enable you to teach across two teaching areas. This will include a major teaching area (Years 7-12) and a minor teaching area (Years 7-10). These teaching areas are based on your already completed non-education undergraduate degree with a set number of units completed within that degree qualification.
You will complete a professional placement unit in each term of your course commencing with 10 days of observation visits in a range of learning settings in your first term and 20-day placements in each subsequent term based on a full-time study load.
In addition to building the professional knowledge and skills required to teach, the course is designed to foster dispositions for engaging in and contributing to the teaching profession through a commitment to ongoing professional learning.
The design of this course utilises CQUniversity’s three-term structure, therefore a two-year volume of learning masters course can be fast-tracked to be completed in one and a half years when you commence in Term 1. A part-time pathway is also available and is to be completed as per the part-time course planner.
This course can only be studied within Australia and you must be in a location where you can access, or travel to, up to two school sites for the in-school practicum within the course.
- Authentic Learning Experiences
- Fast-track Option
- Flexible Online Study
- Work-integrated learning
The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is an initial postgraduate pre-service teacher education course for those who aim to pursue a career as a secondary school teacher. Graduates are qualified to teach in two discipline teaching areas.
Graduates of the course can apply for registration with the Queensland College of Teachers.
Graduates are qualified to teach in State, Catholic and Independent schools throughout Australia.
The course is also recognised as a teaching qualification for employment in educational settings internationally, however additional requirements may apply in some locations.
Graduates of this course have developed significant skills that enhance employment opportunities in other sectors. In combination with work experience and personal qualities, graduates may pursue employment in a variety of career paths including:
- government departments (e.g. family services, education and health)
- education administration
- community development roles
workplace training developers
Structure & Availability
You are required to complete 15 core units. Your studies will provide you with two teaching areas:
- Major Teaching Area (includes a Year 11-12 subject PLUS the corresponding Year 7-10 curriculum area)
- Minor Teaching Area - Year 7-10 only
Students undertaking an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course are expected to undertake and meet the benchmark in the personal Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE). These two tests (one literacy and one numeracy) are part of the accreditation requirements of this course and there is an expectation that students enrolled in an ITE course will be undertaking the tests and successfully meet the benchmarks prior to graduation. You can find further information about the LANTITE including how to register at the ACER website.
Term 2 commencement
Please note that if you are commencing your studies in Term 2 (July), the units that you are required to complete will be scheduled over two years of full-time study (or part-time equivalent). Check out the Course Planner for more information.
Major teaching areas (Year 11-12)
|Major Teaching Area (Year 11-12)
|Corresponding Year 7-10 Teaching Area*
|Film, Television and New Media
Food and Nutrition
|Digital Technologies or Industrial Technology and Design
|Health and Physical Education
*A Major Teaching Area is taught in Year 7-12 which includes a Year 11-12 subject PLUS the Year 7-10 corresponding teaching area.
Minor teaching areas (Year 7-10)
- Digital Technologies
- Health and Physical Education
- Home Economics
- Industrial Technology and Design
- Media Arts
- Music (Classroom)
- Music (Instrumental) (can only be chosen as a minor teaching area)
Note: You cannot choose two minor teaching areas from the list above. This ensures that you complete one teaching area that covers Year 11-12 requirements.
For information on the units you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.
Credit transfer information
If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.
|Term 1, 2024
|Term 2, 2024
|Term 1, 2025
|Term 2, 2025
Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC) Codes
Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
This course has no residential schools.
Professional Practice - Queensland College of Teachers
Graduates are eligible to apply for provisional registration as a teacher upon completion of the course.
Professional Praxis 4: Transition to Teaching - EDFE20037
Supervised placement as per EDFE20037 Unit Profile
Professional Praxis 3: Enacting Learning and Teaching - EDFE20036
Supervised placement as per EDFE20036 Unit Profile
Professional Praxis 2: Supportive Learning Environments - EDFE20035
Supervised placement as per EDFE20035 Unit Profile
Professional Praxis 1: Understanding learning contexts - EDFE20034
Wider Field Experience as per EDFE20034 Unit Profile
Duration of Professional Practice units
Benefit from supervised placements to graduate classroom ready. Check below for more detail on the length of each placement block.
Professional Praxis 1 - Learning, Teaching and Planning
10 observation visits in a range of settings where learning occurs to conduct observations. These settings may include schools, tutoring centres, coaching venues, and other suitable sites.
Professional Praxis 2 - Supportive Learning Environments
|20-day block placement in an Australian school.
Professional Praxis 3 - Enacting Learning and Teaching
|20-day block placement plus one-day induction and orientation at the discretion of the site in an Australian school.
|Professional Praxis 4 - Transition to Teaching
|20-day block placement in an Australian school plus five one-day contextual visits leading up to the block placement.
There are three key components to gain successful entry to the Master of Teaching (Secondary) as outlined below:
Academic Requirements (Pre-requisite Qualification)
- A completed 3 year non-education Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor degree, or overseas equivalent qualification, with a minimum overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 4.0 which has been completed within the last 10 years* that demonstrates sufficient knowledge development in two recognised teaching areas:
- Major Teaching Area: Study equivalent to a total of three-quarters of a year of successful full time higher education study, comprising sequential discipline study taken over three years. This equates to six units, with no more than two at first year level and no fewer than two units at third year level.
- Minor Teaching Area: Study equivalent to a total of half a year of successful full time higher education study, comprising sequential discipline study taken over two years. This equates to four units, with no more than two at first year level.
*Degrees must have been completed/conferred within the last 10 years from the date of term commencement for the relevant intake term. Applicants who completed their Bachelor degree ten or more years ago will need to supply a letter of employment which demonstrates professional experience in the same area as their undergraduate degree. Letters of employment must be presented on a company letterhead as well as signed and dated by a delegated authority. The letter must contain position title, duties performed and length of service.Non-Academic Requirements (Key Capabilities)
All applicants must provide a mandatory written statement in support of your non-academic capabilities, demonstrating how you hold the key attributes and motivations to become an effective teacher, as outlined by AITSL (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership). You may consider the prompts mentioned below in each question to frame your response. For your application to be considered, you must write 200-500 words for each of the questions below:
- Tell us what has inspired you to become a teacher and tell us why you think teaching is a good career choice for you. (In your response, describe who and what has inspired you to become a teacher and describe the types of skills and abilities you will bring to teaching.)
- Describe one or two leadership, community and/or learning & development activities that you have engaged in. (In your response describe how these leadership, community and/or learning & development activities demonstrate your conscientiousness and coping strategies when you are faced with challenges.)
- Describe how you manage your time when you are both planning and coordinating activities in your personal schedule. (In your response provide examples of how you have put both your planning and coordinating skills to use.)
- Tell us about one or two times where you have utilised your problem-solving skills to achieve an outcome. (In your response explain what you learned, regardless of whether the outcome you achieved was positive or undesirable.)
English Language Proficiency
Applicants are required to provide evidence of their completed 3 year non-education Bachelor level qualification with an overall Grade Point Average of at least 4.0, which has been completed within Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland or United States of America.
If you do not satisfy the above requirement, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:
- An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 7.5 with a minimum 7.0 for Reading and Writing and 8.0 for Speaking and Listening.
Each student will be assessed individually.
COVID-19 vaccination is no longer a mandatory requirement for workers in early childhood, primary and secondary education settings. Decisions on mandatory vaccinations will instead be made by the owner or operator of these settings and as such students undertaking work-integrated learning will need to adhere to the individual education setting requirements.
Students must meet the inherent requirements for teaching and must ensure they adhere to any requirements within the scope of teaching across the curriculum learning areas.
This course requires you to possess a Working with Children Check (WWCC) to enable you to participate in work integrated learning in schools and other learning sites.
Fees & Scholarships
2024 Indicative Fees
|Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee
|Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee
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
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.
- Option 2: Ideal if you are a past CQU student.
Option 1: In most situations, you will need to apply via the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC)
To apply for this course you will need to submit your application via QTAC.
Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via QTAC.
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes
Option 2: If you have studied with CQUniversity before, apply directly to CQUniversity
As a past CQU student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity for this course.
To apply directly to CQU, you must have successfully completed a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course or higher education course (such as an undergraduate or postgraduate course) with CQU. You must also hold a completed non-education bachelor degree as outlined within the Entry Requirements section above.
Applicants who are not CQU Alumni must apply via QTAC.