Course Structure

Course structure

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:

Place Based Electives 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:

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

Please note: course maps for 2018 are being updated and will be published soon.

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



Semester 2 (Research courework)

Education Research Study

* part of the research pathway.