Master of Teaching (Secondary) Learning Areas

Requirements

To be eligible for the Master of Teaching (Secondary) and/or Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship you must qualify for at least two learning areas, or one double learning area, as listed below.

You must have completed a major sequence in at least one of your learning areas at a tertiary level.

The following learning areas always require a major sequence:

  • Languages
  • Music
  • Visual Arts and Design

If you qualify for more than two learning areas, you may indicate your two preferred learning areas.

The number of places in some learning areas is capped. Applications are considered, and learning areas are allocated, in the order in which they are received.

Please note: Vocational studies or work experience cannot be used to meet Learning Area requirements. Assessment is based on tertiary studies and must be Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 7 or above to be considered. Equivalent international tertiary qualifications are accepted and will be assessed on application.

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 subjects, with no more than two at first-year level and no less than two subjects at third-year level.

Minor/ 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 subjects, with no more than two at the 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

For further detail on each learning area, refer to the University Handbook for the Master of Teaching (Secondary) or Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship.

Visit our FAQs – Master of Teaching (Secondary) Learning Areas page or FAQs – Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship for answers to some of the most asked questions regarding learning areas.

Please note: Successful applicants for the Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship must obtain Permission to Teach (PTT) from the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT), which can be stricter with learning area assessments.

Learning areas guide

Learning AreaRequirementsAccepted UoM subject codes (not exclusive)

**Accounting

This learning area covers senior secondary VCE Accounting

Major or Minor in Accounting ACCT

Biology

This learning area covers senior secondary VCE Biology

Major or Minor in Biology - includes genetics, human biology, microbiology, botany, zoology, anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, ecology, evolution, physiology

ANAT

ANSC

BIOL

BIOM

BCMB

BMEN

BMSC

BIEN

BOTA

BTCH

PATH

CEDB

ATOC

MEDS

MIIM

NEUR

ZOOL

ECOL

PHYS

VETS

**Business Management

This learning area covers senior secondary VCE Business Management

Major or Minor in Business Management – includes marketing, international business, operations management, change management, human resources, economics or commerce

MGMT

**Commerce

This learning area covers commerce in secondary school years 7 to 10.

Major or Minor in one of the following areas or other approved areas:

  • accounting
  • business management
  • economics
  • finance
  • human resource management
  • legal studies
  • marketing

PLUS a part in another of these areas of study.

ACCT

ACTL

BMGT

FNCE

ECON

BLAW

MKTG

BISY

Chemistry

This learning area covers senior secondary VCE Chemistry

Major or Minor in Chemistry - includes organic, inorganic, instrumental, biochemistry and chemical engineering

CHEM

CHEN

BCMB

**Drama

Single and Double Learning Area available

Single learning area: Drama A

Double learning area: Drama A and Drama B

Learn more about Double Drama

Major or Minor in one of the following:

  • Drama
  • Performance Studies (Drama)
  • Theatre Studies (including practical drama and/or music theatre)

DRAM

THTR

MUST

**Economics

This learning area covers senior secondary VCE Economics

Major or Minor in Economics

ECON

English

NOTE: Requirements for this learning area will change in 2024.

Requirement for 2023:

Major or Minor in English (Literature or Literary studies)

OR

Major or Minor in one of the following:

  • Writing,
  • English Language Studies
  • Linguistics

Plus a part in English (literature or literary studies)

Requirement from 2024 onwards:

A Major in English (Literature or Literary Studies)

OR

A Minor in English (Literature or Literary Studies) and a part in English-related areas such as:

  • communications
  • creative writing
  • linguistics
  • media studies
  • film studies
  • drama/performance arts studies

English: ENGL

Creative writing: CWRI

Linguistics: LING

Environmental Science

This learning area covers senior secondary VCE Environmental Science

Major or Minor in Environmental Science - includes environmental science, environmental engineering, natural resource management, environmental management, biological sciences, chemistry, geography, earth science

ENST

ENVS

ZOOL

ECOL

ERTH

ENSC

GEOL

GEOG

NRMT

FRST

ENEN

**Health

Major or Minor in Health Studies – including at least two of:

  • health and wellbeing
  • public health
  • family
  • human development
  • nutrition

NUTR

HLTH

NURS

POPH

ANAT

BIOL

BIOM

FOOD

CEDB

MIIM

PHYS

History

Major or Minor in History - includes ancient world studies

HIST

ANCW

Humanities

Major or Minor in one of the following areas or other approved areas:

  • Anthropology
  • Australian Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Indigenous Studies
  • International Relations
  • Legal Studies
  • Multicultural Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Sociology

Plus a part in another of these areas of study.

History: HIST, ANCW

Anthropology: ANTH

Criminology: CRIM

Economy: ECON

Geography: ENV, GEOG, GEOL

Politics: POLS, INTS, PADM, PPMN

Legal studies: LAWS

Philosophy: PHIL

Sociology: SOCI

Australian Studies: INDG

Humanities Additional

Note: this learning area is only available to students who have Humanities or History as their first Learning Area.

Major or Minor in one of the following areas or other approved areas:

  • Anthropology
  • Australian Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Indigenous Studies
  • International Relations
  • Legal Studies
  • Multicultural Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Sociology

PLUS a part in another of these areas of study.

History: HIST, ANCW

Anthropology: ANTH

Criminology: CRIM

Economy: ECON

Geography: ENV, GEOG, GEOL

Politics: POLS, INTS, PADM, PPMN

Legal studies: LAWS

Philosophy: PHIL

Sociology: SOCI

Australian Studies: INDG

**Legal Studies

This learning area covers senior secondary VCE Legal Studies

Major or Minor in legal studies, law or criminology

BLAW

LAWS

Languages

Note: Learn more about taking an approved language test and the Statement of Equivalence.

Major study in a Language (other than English)

Applicants with other qualifications and native speakers 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
  • Spanish

Other languages may be available on request.

CHIN

CLAS (Latin)

FREN

GERM

HEBR

INDO

ITAL

JAPN

SPAN

Mathematics

Major or Minor in Mathematics MAST

**Media Studies

This learning area covers senior secondary VCE Media Studies

Major or Minor in Media Studies - includes screen studies, journalism, film and TV, digital media

MECM

FLTV

JOUR

SCRN

**Music

Single learning area: Music A

Double learning area: Music A and Music B

A Major sequence in Music Performance (or demonstrated performance skills equivalent to a final year Bachelor of Music recital)

AND

A Major sequence in Musicology subjects (eg music language, music history, orchestration, arrangement)

AND

Successful completion of an audition and interview.

MUSI

**Physical Education

Major in Physical Education – includes sport science, exercise science and/or human movement.

Minor in Physical Education may be considered if accompanied by relevant additional study/experience.

 

Physics

This learning area covers senior secondary VCE Physics

Major or Minor in Physics - includes electronics, , astrophysics, cosmology. Engineering units may be considered upon review of unit statements for appropriate physics content.

PHYC

ELEN

ENGR

CVEN

MCEN

**Politics

This learning area covers senior secondary VCE Politics

Major or Minor in Politics - includes International Relations.

POLS

INTS

PADM

PPMN

**Psychology

This learning area covers senior secondary VCE Psychology

Major or Minor in Psychology

PSYC

Science

This learning area covers secondary science in years 7 to 10.

Major or minor in one of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science (Geology), Environmental Science, General Science, or Physics; or a degree in biomedicine.

Biology: ANAT, ANSC, BIOL, BIOM, BCMB, BMEN, BMSC, BIEN, BOTA, BTCH, PATH, CEDB, ATOC, MEDS, MIIM, NEUR, ZOOL, ECOL, PHYS, VETS

Chemistry: CHEM, CHEN, BCMB

Environmental science: ENST, ENVS, ZOOL, ECOL, ERTH, ENSC, GEOL, GEOG, NRMT, FRST, ENEN

Physics: PHYC, ELEN, ENGR, CVEN, MCEN

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Major or Minor in Linguistics or in a second language (i.e. not the student’s first language)

LING (See codes for Languages)

Visual Arts & Design

Single and Double Learning Area available.

Single learning area: Visual Arts and Design A

Double learning area: Visual Arts and Design A and Visual Arts and Design B

Major in Visual arts and/or Design which includes at least a part in a practical studio area.

FINA

ARCH

DPSS

GDES

** Not available in Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship.


Case Study

The following University of Melbourne student has completed 300 credit points (24 standard subjects) across 6 semesters of study. Based on the subjects they have completed, they have completed 2 majors and a minor that would be considered under the learning area requirements.

Level 1Sem. 1 MULT10019 Arts in Florence HIST10012 The World Since World War II GERM10004 German 1 EDUC10048 Creativity, Play and the Arts
Sem. 2 INST10001 International Politics POLS10003 Introduction to Political Ideas GERM10005 German 2 EDUC10049 Creative Projects - Digital Technologies
Level 2Sem. 1 HIST20069 Modern European History: 1789 to 1914 HIST20013 The Holocaust and Genocide GERM20004 German 3 EDUC20064 Concepts of Childhood
Sem. 2 POLS20025 International Relations: Key Questions HIST20068 The French Revolution GERM20005 German 4 EDUC20062 Youth Arts: Expressing Cultural Identity
Level 3Sem. 1 POLS30018 European Integration: Politics of the EU HIS30015 The Modern Middle East GERM30005 German 5 EDUC30065 Ethics, Gender and the Family
Sem. 2 HIST30010 Hitler's Germany HIST30060 Making History GERM30006 German 6 EDUC30067 Youth and Popular Culture

This student has majors in History and German, and a minor in Politics.

They are provisionally eligible for the following learning areas:

  • History
  • Politics
  • Humanities
  • Humanities Additional
  • Language (German)
  • TESOL