Teaching (Secondary)

Master of Teaching

Overview

Study the Master of Teaching (Secondary) at Melbourne Graduate School of Education and become a highly effective teacher with specialist knowledge in two learning areas.

In this course you will complete 200 points of study over two years full-time, or you have the option of accelerating your studies to complete the course in 18 months.

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Entry requirements

  • An undergraduate degree from an approved institution.
  • Previous study that satisfies the requirements for two learning areas.

All applicants must also:

Career outcomes

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) will enable you to apply for provisional registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as a secondary teacher.

If you intend to teach outside Victoria, we recommend you check registration requirements with the relevant body.

You may also choose to pursue a career in a related field, such as:

  • policy formation
  • education research
  • assessment and evaluation.

Student experience

Tim Fletcher, Master of Teaching (Secondary) teacher candidate on placement at Princes Hill Secondary College

I gained an understanding of the range of abilities you encounter in every classroom. Learning how to identify and target my teaching towards each student’s readiness to learn has proven an invaluable part of my teaching practice.

Tim Fletcher,
Master of Teaching (Secondary) teacher candidate on placement at Princes Hill Secondary College.

Course structure

  • Course code: MC-TEACHSA
  • 200 points of coursework
  • Full-time study, comprising four semesters over two years, or
  • Full-time study (accelerated mode), comprising three semesters over 18 months with summer and winter term subjects.

The first three semesters focus on teaching in learning areas with a strong emphasis on clinical teaching, preparing you to become an independent teacher who is able to evaluate the impact of your teaching.

Those completing the course in two years will choose to follow either a coursework or research pathway in their second year. The research pathway option is not available in the 18 month accelerated mode.

Coursework pathway

Coursework candidates must complete:

  • compulsory coursework, including a Capstone project
  • 2 x electives (with the option of an enriched placement).

Enriched placements allow you to undertake work experience in different education settings, e.g. in rural Australia, in an indigenous community, or in a museum or art gallery. Eligibility is subject to meeting academic requirements.

Research pathway

Research candidates must complete:

  • compulsory coursework
  • a substantial research project in an area of interest.

Completion of the research option allows progress to a PhD (subject to meeting academic requirements).

The research pathway is only available to students who achieve an average of 75% or above in the first year.

Course structure diagrams

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Master of Teaching (Secondary).

Please note: the Commonwealth Government of Australia now requires all students undertaking initial teacher education courses in Australia to pass a literacy and numeracy test. Attaining a satisfactory standard in this test is a hurdle requirement for successful completion of the course.

For more information see Literacy and Numeracy Test for Master of Teaching students (PDF, 262 KB).

Sample course plan (full-time)

Year 1

Semester 1

Educational Foundations

Introduction to Clinical Practice

Learning area subject

Learning area subject

Clinical Teaching Practice 1 (21 placement days across the semester)
Semester 2

Diverse & Inclusive Classrooms

Integrating Language & Clinical Practice

Learning area subject

Learning area subject

Clinical Teaching Practice 2 (21 placement days across the semester)

Year 2

Semester 1

Becoming a Clinical Practitioner

Contemporary Education Debates

Inclusive Language, Literacy & Numeracy

Researching Education Practice or Education Research Methodology*

Clinical Teaching Practice 3 (21 placement days across the semester)
Semester 2 (Coursework pathway)

Education Research Project

Elective

Elective

Semester 2 (Research courework)

Education Research Study

  • Core subject
  • Elective
  • Learning area subject

Quick reference guide

Master of Teaching (Secondary) Study type Annual fee - 2018
Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative) Coursework $6,349*
Australian Fee Place Coursework $27,904
International Coursework $36,256

*2017 student contribution amount.

See below for more details on:

Domestic students

Australian Government loan programs (e.g. HECS-HELP) are available for domestic students to help you to defer all or part of your tuition fees.

Commonwealth Supported Place

Commonwealth Supported Places are available for all eligible domestic students.

If you receive an offer for a Commonwealth Supported Place, the Australian Government subsidises your fees and you pay a student contribution amount.

You may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution amount through the HECS-HELP loan program.

More information: studyassist.gov.au

Annual fee - 2018
Masters - coursework $6,349*

*2017 Student contribution amount for one Equivalent Full-Time Student Load (EFTSL). Your actual student contribution will be charged by subject.

Australian Fee Place

If you receive an offer for an Australian fee-paying place, you may be eligible to defer your fee payment under the FEE-HELP program.

Fees are not subsidised by the Australian Government but you do not need to repay your FEE-HELP loan until your income reaches a minimum repayment threshold.

More information: studyassist.gov.au

Annual fee - 2018
Masters - coursework $27,904

International students

If you receive an offer for an international fee place you will be responsible for paying your fees at the beginning of each semester.

More information:  futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/fees/grad-intl

 Annual fee - 2018
Masters - coursework $36,256

Scholarships

The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, as well as many third party organisations offer a variety of scholarships to students based on merit and circumstance.

Visit the Financial Support & Scholarships page or the University of Melbourne's Scholarship site for more information.

Financial support

Youth Allowance and Austudy are available to eligible students undertaking the Master of Education. Visit Centrelink for more information.

Student Support (Financial Aid) provides student loans, advice and advocacy around Government student payments, grants based on financial need (including housing/rent assistance grants) and welfare support. Book an appointment to speak with a specialist staff member.

For more information on financing your studies, visit financial support and scholarships.

Application dates

Applications for the 2018 Master of Teaching are currently being accepted. Apply directly to the University of Melbourne.

Start year intake, 2018

Domestic and international

Round 1 closes: 31 October 2017

Round 2 closes: 8 December 2017

Application process

1. Complete the Teacher Capability Assessment Tool

You must complete the Teacher Capability Assessment Tool (TCAT) prior to applying.

TCAT takes approximately 70 - 90 minutes to complete and contains both long and short answers used to assess your suitability for Melbourne Graduate School of Education courses.

Complete the TCAT

2. Submit your application

Applications for the 2018 Master of Teaching are currently being accepted.

Apply directly to the University of Melbourne

We accept direct online applications from domestic and international applicants.

Apply directly to the University

International applicants can apply online or through our overseas representatives.

Recent University of Melbourne undergraduate students may be eligible for guaranteed entry, which gives them the opportunity to secure a place in the Master of Teaching before all other applicants. If you meet the eligibility criteria we will identify you as a guaranteed entry applicant when we assess your application.

Supporting documentation

You may be required to provide the following supporting documentation:

To be eligible for the Master of Teaching (Secondary) you must have completed previous study in disciplines to satisfy the requirements for two learning areas.

Definitions

Major study

A total of three-quarters of a year of successful full-time higher education study, usually comprising sequential discipline study taken over three years, e.g. a part in each of the first, second and third years of study, or equivalent study. In most programs this equates to six units, with no more than two at first year level and no less than two units (subjects) at third year level.

Minor or sub-major study

A total of half a year of successful full-time higher education study, usually comprising sequential discipline studies taken over two years, e.g. a part in each of the first and second years of study, or equivalent study. In most programs this equates to four units, with no more than two at first year level.

Part

Successful higher education study in a subject having the weighting of at least one quarter of a year of full-time study. In most programs, this equates to two units.

Learning areas

Accounting

Major or minor in accounting.

Art

Visual Arts & Design
Major in visual arts and/or design including theory/history together with a part in a practical studio area.

Visual Arts & Design (Additional)
Major in visual arts and/or design including theory/history together with a part in a practical studio area.

Note: this specialist area is only available to students enrolled in the secondary learning area: Visual Arts and Design.

Business Management

Major or minor in business management.

Commerce and Business Studies

Two minors in business studies selected from: accounting, business management, data processing, economics, human resource management, legal studies, marketing.

Drama

Major or minor in drama, performance studies (drama), or theatre studies (including practical drama).

Economics

Major or minor in economics.

English

  • Major or minor in English (literature or literary studies) or
  • Major or minor in writing, English language studies or linguistics, together with a part in English (literature or literary studies).

Health

Major or minor covering the areas of health, human development, family and nutrition.

History

Minor in history.

Humanities

Minor in one of the following: anthropology, Australian studies, classical studies, criminology, economics, environmental studies, geography, history, legal studies, international relations, multicultural studies, philosophy, politics, sociology, or other approved area, together with a part in another of these areas of study.

Legal Studies

Major or minor in legal studies.

Languages

Major study in the language.

Applicants with other qualifications will need to arrange to have these assessed by a language department at an Australian university as being of equivalent proficiency.

Approved languages: Chinese/Mandarin, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Latin and Spanish. Other languages may be available on request.

Mathematics

Major or minor in mathematics.

Media Studies

Major or minor in media studies.

Music A

  • A major sequence in music performance and musicology, and
  • All candidates must be recommended on the basis of a successful audition and interview.

Music B

Meets the entry requirements for Learning Area: Music A.

Note: This learning area is only available to students enrolled in the secondary learning area: Music A.

Physical Education

A degree in human movement studies, physical education or approved equivalent.

Politics

Major or minor in politics – includes international relations.

Psychology

Major or minor in psychology.

Science – General

  1. Major or minor in one of biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics together with a part in another of these areas of study.
  2. Major or minor in general science.

Science – Senior Secondary

Major or minor in one of the following specialist science areas:

  • Biology – includes genetics, human biology, microbiology, botany, zoology
  • Chemistry – includes biochemistry
  • Environmental Science – includes areas such as environmental science, environmental engineering, natural resource management, environmental management, biological sciences, chemistry, geography, earth science
  • Physics – includes electronics, engineering.

Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE)

Major or minor in one of the following:
anthropology, cultural studies, economics, environmental studies, geography, history, Indigenous studies, legal studies, philosophy, politics, sociology together with a part in another of these areas of study.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

  1. Major or minor in linguistics or
  2. Major or minor in a second language (i.e. not the student’s first language).