The Master of Teaching (Secondary) prepares you to be a highly effective teacher with specialist knowledge in two learning disciplines.
- An undergraduate degree from an approved institution
- Previous study that satisfies the requirements for two learning areas.
All applicants must also:
- meet English language requirements
- complete the Teacher Capability Assessment Tool (TCAT) prior to applying.
- 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 half of the course focuses 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 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 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:
- Master of Teaching (Secondary) - course map (PDF, 163 KB)
- Master of Teaching (Secondary) - accelerated course map (PDF, 158 KB).
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).
We also now offer the Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship where you can get paid to teach while studying for your degree.
The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is currently being re-accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).
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.
For information on course fees for domestic and international students visit the Future Students website.
Australian Government loan schemes are available for domestic students to help you to defer all or part of your tuition fees, depending on the type of offer you receive:
- if you receive an offer for an Australian fee-paying place, you may be eligible for the FEE-HELP loan program
- if you receive an offer for a Commonwealth Supported Place, you may be eligible for the HECS-HELP loan program.
With both schemes, you do not need to repay the loan until your income reaches a minimum repayment threshold.
For more information on these schemes, visit Study Assist.
Youth Allowance and Austudy are available to eligible students undertaking the Master of Teaching. Visit Centrelink for more information.
For more information on financing your studies, visit financial support and scholarships.
How to apply
Recent University of Melbourne undergraduate students have the opportunity to secure a place in the Master of Teaching before all other applicants are considered. For more information, visit guaranteed entry. Open to both international and domestic applicants.
Direct to the University of Melbourne
We accept online applications year-round from both domestic and international applicants. Domestic applicants may be eligible to receive an early offer before VTAC offers are released. International applicants can apply online or through our overseas representatives .
Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)
VTAC administers the application process for Graduate Entry Teaching for Victorian institutions. Open to domestic students only, you can apply for either a Commonwealth Supported Place or an Australian Fee Place.
Note: VTAC applications cannot be made for our new Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) degree. Applicants interested in this course should apply through Guaranteed Entry or direct to the University of Melbourne.
Applications for the 2017 Master of Teaching intake have now closed. Application dates for the 2018 intake will be published soon.
- Complete the Teacher Capability Assessment Tool (TCAT) prior to applying.
- Submit your course application through:
If you are submitting your application through guaranteed entry or directly to the University, you may be required to provide the following supporting documentation:
- previous academic transcripts
- evidence of degree completion (testamur)
- evidence of English language proficiency
- evidence of completion of the Teacher Capability Assessment Tool (TCAT).
VTAC applicants should see the documents required page on the VTAC website.
- On-campus at Parkville, and
- Placements in schools.
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The clinical teaching model taught me to constantly evaluate the impact of my lessons to meet the needs of each student. During the 60 days of teaching placements I learned the necessary skills for classroom behaviour, how to deal with parents, as well as resources and ideas for my learning areas, chemistry and maths. This really helped me get through my first year of teaching.
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