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CL05 - Master of Teaching (Secondary)


At a glance

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is an initial teacher education course for those who already hold a non education three year Bachelor degree and wish to become a secondary school teacher. The Master of Teaching (Secondary) will equip you the the appropriate evidence to apply for provisional teacher registration with the Queensland College of Teachers, the administering body in Queensland.

Study modes Online
Units/credits 15/96
Availability Online Study
Duration 1.5 years full-time, 3.5 years part-time
Intake dates March
QTAC Code 851465

Career opportunities

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.



The Master of Teaching (Secondary) will enable you to teach across two teaching areas. 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. Details on major and minor teaching combinations are available in the handbook > 'More Details'

The design of this course utilises CQUniversity’s 3 Term structure, therefore a 2 year volume of learning Master program can be completed in 1.5 years. A part-time pathway is also available and is to be completed as per the part-time structure provided.

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.

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. For further information about the LANTITE including how to register please refer to

Why Study at CQUniversity

Education is one of Australia's largest professions, with career opportunities in schools, TAFE and vocational education, universities and training organisations, as well as in the public and private sector.

Make a difference
Many future educators have a desire to make a difference in the lives of the people they teach and to share their passion for learning.

Work integrated learning
Our education courses have a key focus on work integrated learning. When studying education you will benefit from early, frequent and extended professional practice. This practice is effectively integrated with theory, providing you with a thorough understanding of education to ensure that you are classroom-ready. Due to the close and continuing relationship between schools and CQUniversity, we have the support of schools in welcoming students on practical placements.

Structure and assessment

Program Structure

You are required to complete 15 core units.

Course information

For example courses you could study as part of the Master of Teaching (Secondary) program please click here.

If you have any questions regarding this program, call 13 27 86.

Work integrated Learning

You will be required to complete compulsory work-integrated learning (in-school practicum) in each term of study. Further details regarding practicum/work placement can be found here.

Credit transfer information

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

Entry requirements

Course Requirements

To successfully complete your studies, you may be required to demonstrate that you can meet course requirements associated with your course. For more information on these course requirements please view the ‘Course Requirements’ section found under the ‘What do I need to start?’ page under the ‘Getting Started’ tab of the Student Handbook . Additional information on student placements and work integrated learning can also be found in the Student Handbook, on the ‘Course Features’ page under ‘Getting Started’.

Entry Requirements

In addition to your prior academic study you will also be assessed on non-academic criteria for entry to this course. The non academic criteria is designed to allow you to demonstrate that you meet the identified key capabilities of successful teaching required by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership and illustrates your understanding of and motivations about studying a Master of Teaching (Secondary).


  • You must have graduated with a 3 year non-education Bachelor degree or equivalent from a university or college 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.
  • The GPA within the Bachelor's degree must be at least 4.0
  • Applicants with undergraduate degrees that were obtained ten or more years ago will need to supply certified evidence of current relevant professional work experience in the area of their speciality (eg letters from employers). This experience must link to your previous undergraduate study.
  • Applicants with a degree that was completed overseas, must provide evidence to support the qualification is equivalent to an Australian three year Bachelor degree.


All applicants must provide a mandatory written statement in support of your non-academic capabilities, demonstrating you hold the key attributes and motivations to become an effective teacher, as outlined by AITSL (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership).

In your written statement you will need to provide details on:

  • Why you are interested in becoming a teacher,
  • Why you believe teaching is a great career choice,
  • Your involvement in personal learning and leadership activities,
  • Your participation in community or volunteering activities that promote learning.

Further information on what is specifically required will be provided during the application process.

English Requirements

International Students

Domestic Students
If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Further information is available in the handbook under 'Getting Started' > 'What do I need to start?' > 'Entry Requirements'.

International Students
Students admitted to postgraduate education courses at CQUniversity under the International English Language Testing System will meet the AITSL assessment criteria with overall band score of at least 7.5 overall with of a score of at least 7.0 for Reading and Writing and a score of at least 8.0 for Speaking and Listening. The IELTS test must have been undertaken during the 24 month period prior to submitting an application for admission or have successfully undertaken an AQF Level 7 equivalent qualification in an English speaking country (Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada and Ireland) with a GPA4 and not more than 5 years old.

Fees and scholarships


Degree-level students should check their Offer Letter to confirm the type of place they have been offered as this determines which fees apply to their enrolment. Students offered

  • Commonwealth supported places are liable to pay Student Contributions;
  • domestic full-fee places are liable to pay Tuition Fees;
  • international full-fee places are liable to pay International Tuition Fees.

In addition to these fees, degree-level students pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee. NOTE: Some students who are exempt from paying Student Contributions and Tuition Fees, e.g. Research Higher Degree candidates, will be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Fees are calculated upon enrolment, and recalculated after any enrolment change made prior to census date. Fees are also recalculated after administrative changes or updates are made to a student record, e.g. changes to citizenship status or Fee Liability Category.

Once calculated, fees can be viewed by logging into MyCentre, which also allows students to view and print Fee Notices on demand. The due date for payment is detailed on the Fee Notice.

PLEASE NOTE that paper Fee Notices are not issued by CQUniversity – students must access their Fee Notices in MyCentre.

For current degree-level fee schedules and information about HELP schemes, please select from the following:


Please see our Scholarships site for scholarships that you may be interested in.

How to Apply


Now that you've decided to study with CQUniversity, the next step is to apply. You can apply to study Master of Teaching (Secondary) via QTAC.

For further information

If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 13 27 86.

You can also register your interest to stay up-to-date with course developments, application timelines and events happening in your area.

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Key dates

30 APR
Online Chat Session
23 MAY
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