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Master of Teaching (Secondary)

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate

  • Duration

    1.5 years full time or equivalent part time

  • Units

    14

  • Start Date

    Feb, Apr, Jul, Oct

Overview of the course

Become a secondary school teacher for the 21st century. 

As a secondary school teacher, you’ll have a crucial role to play in the development of young Australians as they decide on the direction they want to take beyond high school 

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, there has been an increased recognition that education will be fundamental to rebuilding the economy.  

Due to the shortage of secondary school teachers, the Department of Education and Training (DET) is seeking to increase the supply of quality teachers, and support the broad economic recovery. 

Swinburne Online’s Master of Teaching (Secondary) can be studied in an accelerated mode that allows you to join the workforce quickly, or at your own pace if it’s your longer term plan. The course blends in-school experience with online coursework, with the goal of equipping future teachers with a holistic skill set that balances teaching methods with care for secondary students’ wellbeing.

Increasing innovation within school settings is a focus, as is preparing secondary school students for the enriching, technology-centric careers that will define the future workforce.  

Upon graduation, you will be eligible for provisional registration by the Victorian Institute of Teaching as a secondary teacheror – by reciprocal arrangements – with teacher education authorities in other states. 

This course is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). To check reciprocal arrangements, please contact VIT or the registering authority in the state/territory you wish to register to teach.

Placements are flexible

Professional experience, or placements in secondary school settings, form part of the Masters of Teaching (secondary) course. Placements are a key part of your education course and are a requirement for teacher registration.

Swinburne Online offers pre-service teachers the unique opportunity to engage in a flexible placement model during each Quarter. This means pre-service teachers are able to choose dates within each Quarter to complete the required number of days specified for each Professional Experience. This flexible model supports Swinburne Online pre-service teachers to organise placements around their work or family commitments.

During this time, all Swinburne Online pre-service teachers are also enrolled in a professional experience or placement unit and are supported by eLearning Advisors (eLAs), who are also teachers themselves. They are passionate professionals with years of industry experience, specially trained for teaching online students. They will help to guide pre-service teachers through their unit content and are on-hand to help with any placement related questions.

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Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment (GTPA) 

Swinburne University has incorporated the narrative-based GTPA into the final year professional experience units. This narrative-based assignment will allow you to demonstrate your competence in classroom practice by creating a unit plan, lesson plans, assessing, reflecting and appraising your teaching.

What are the entry criteria?

Entry requirements

Applicants require a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification that includes at least a major study in one approved secondary teaching area (equivalent to one year full time equivalent study) and a minor in at least one other recognised teaching area (equivalent to half a year of full time study). Both undergraduate and postgraduate prior study can be considered in your teaching area(s) method(s) assessment.  For approved teaching areas, please visit the Victorian VCE study design and ACARA subject areas.

Students will also require a valid Working with Children Check from the appropriate state authority. A Police Check may also be required by a school prior to a placement. For a list of each state’s requirements, see the careforkids website.

CASPer suitability tool
From 2018, under the new AITSL and government Initial Teacher Education (ITE) requirements, all students applying to ITE courses across Australia will need meet suitability for teaching (non-academic selection) criteria as a part of course entry criteria.

If you’re looking to apply for our Master of Teaching (Secondary) course, you will need to complete the CASPer suitability tool.

Get in touch with a Course Consultant to find out more information.

Additional requirements

Admission to this course will consider both academic and non-academic results. All applicants must sit a selection assessment for non-academic personal and professional attributes.

Applicants applying to transfer from an initial teacher education course from another Provider must disclose all LANTITE (National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students) attempts.

Applicants who have unsuccessfully attempted the LANTITE three or more times will not be eligible to receive an offer.

English Language Literacy

Evidence of English language proficiency is not required if the applicant has completed a bachelor degree in English in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada or the Republic of Ireland.

For Bachelor degrees completed in other countries, the following criteria applies:
• IELTS (Academic Module): Overall 7.0 with no individual band below 7.0 and a score of no less than 7.5 in speaking and listening; or
• Swinburne English Language Centre: EAP 5 Advanced level with overall 75% and all skills 70% or above
• TOEFL iBT: minimum score 95 (Reading no less than 20, Writing no less than 22)
• Or equivalent measures available at the Swinburne English Language Requirements page.

The date of the assessment must be no more than 2 years prior to the time of application for registration.

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Specialist teaching areas

To undertake the Master of Teaching (Secondary) you are required to qualify for two specialist teaching areas, with at least one being a major teaching area.

Major teaching area

A major will be equivalent to three-quarters of a year of prior full-time study, usually comprising sequential discipline study taken over three years. In most programs, this equates to six units, with no more than two at first-year level and no fewer than two at third-year level.

Minor teaching area

A minor will be equivalent to half a year of prior full time study, usually comprising sequential discipline study taken over two years. In most programs, this equates to four units, with no more than two at first-year level.

Select each tab below to see the full list of specialist teaching areas offered at Swinburne Online.

Humanities and Social Sciences

• Geography
• History
• Humanities and Social Sciences
• Philosophy
• Politics
• Religion and Society
• Sociology

Mathematics, Science and Movement

• Agricultural and Horticultural Studies
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Environmental Science
• Food Studies
• Health and Human Development
• Mathematics
• Physical Education (must be a major)
• Physics
• Psychology
• Science

Technologies and the World of Work

• Accounting
• Applied Computing
• Business Management
• Economics
• Industry and Enterprise
• Legal Studies
• Product Design and Technology
• Systems Engineering

Performing and Visual Arts

• Dance
• Drama
• Media
• Music (must be a major)
• Theatre Studies
• Visual Art (must be a major)
• Visual Communication Design

English and Languages

• English
• English as an Additional Language
• Languages (must be a major)
• Literature

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Career & Learning

Career opportunities

  • Secondary School Teacher

    Teach young learners in a high school classroom as they explore discipline areas within their education, and begin to form an understanding of their future direction in life.

  • Curriculum Designer

    Help guide curriculum development, taking into account the changing needs of the Australian workforce, and the changing skills young Australians will need to succeed in the job market and navigate the modern world.

  • Learning Designer

    Develop integrated online course content for secondary school students, ensuring content is accessible and pedagogically sound.

What you will learn

  • Curriculum knowledge

    Learn how best to teach the national and state curriculum in various classroom contexts.

  • Learning environments

    Create innovative learning environments that harness the power of educational technology to facilitate dynamic learning.

  • Interpersonal and leadership skills

    Develop communication skills to explore educational leadership and policy, while navigating relationships with colleagues, students and their families.

  • Assessment strategies

    Use both qualitative and quantitative assessment methods to evaluate student progress and extend student learning.

  • Teaching pedagogy

    Analyse core teaching pedagogies – which focus on literacy and numeracy – as they are best applied across a range of subject areas.

  • Indigenous education perspectives

    Develop an understanding of contemporary and historical Indigenous education perspectives, as a means to better engage with and advocate for Indigenous children and their families.

  • Equity, diversity and inclusion

    Strengthen your understanding of equity and diversity in education. Why it matters, and a teacher’s responsibility to cultivate an inclusive learning environment that meets the needs of all students.

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Course Units

The course consists of:

Core Units

Understanding Behaviour for Classroom Practice (EDU60016)
Understanding Theories of Teaching, Learning and Development (EDU60017)
Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy 1 (EDU60050)
Transformative Technologies in Education (EDU70013)
Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum (EDU70014)
Understanding Indigenous Education & Perspectives (EDU80012)
Assessment and Data (EDU80013)
Teaching for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (EDU80014)
Innovation for Education (EDU80018)
Educational Leadership and Policy (EDU80019)
Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy 2 (EDU80060)

Supervised Practicum Units

Professional Experience 1 (EDU70015)
Professional Experience 2 (EDU80020)
Professional Experience 3 (Ready to Teach) (EDU80021)
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