Teaching (Secondary)

Master of Teaching


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 a Place Based Elective).

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:

  • 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

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

  • Core subject
  • Compulsory placement
  • Elective
  • Learning area subject
* part of the research pathway.

Quick reference guide

Master of Teaching (Secondary) Study type Annual fee - 2018
Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative) Coursework $6,444
Australian Fee Place Coursework $27,904
International Coursework $36,256  

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 $6,444*

* 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


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 and Scholarships pages or check 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 Teaching (Secondary). 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 2019 Master of Teaching are now open.

Start year intake, 2019


Round 1: closes 25 October 2018


Round 1: closed
Round 2: closes 6 December 2018

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 from domestic and international applicants.


If you are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please submit your application online using the button below.

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If you are an international applicant, please submit your application using the button below or through one of the University's overseas representatives.

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Course entry options

Domestic secondary school students with a high ATAR may be eligible to apply for the Master of Teaching (all streams) at the same time as their undergraduate degree through a Graduate Degree Package.

Recent University of Melbourne undergraduate students may be eligible for guaranteed entry, which offers 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. Applications must be submitted by Round 1 closing date.

Supporting documentation

You may be required to provide the following supporting documentation: