University Handbook 2018

Master of Teaching (Secondary)

This Course is being phased out. No new enrolments will be permitted from 2016

Students currently enrolled in this degree will be able to complete their degree under the structure outlined below.

Course Details
Location Bendigo Bundoora
Course Coordinator Dr Rebecca Miles
Course Code EMTS EMTS
Available to International students Yes Yes
CRICOS 084950C
Course duration 1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit Score 240 points
Exchange opportunity No
Leave of absence available Leave of absence is not available for this course of study other than in exceptional circumstance and with the approval of the Course Coordinator
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe

Course Description

Add a secondary teaching qualification to your existing Bachelor's with this two-year degree. You'll graduate with the skills and knowledge you need to work in government, independent and Catholic schools across Australia.

Your subjects will cover state and national curricula, curriculum theory, teaching methodologies and classroom management. You will learn in a blend of online and face-to-face environments. A team of experienced academics and practicing secondary school teachers will guide you through your online modules. The face-to-face component includes three 5 day intensive blocks which will allow you to engage in collaborative and cross-disciplinary learning through communities of practice. To build your professional experience in secondary teaching, you will also undertake 60 days of supervised teaching practice.

The flexible structure of this course means you can study through an accelerated 18-month path, or extend your study time over 30 months.

You will specialise in two teaching subjects from disciplines that match those studied in your undergraduate degree. Choose from mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, general science, psychology, health education, physical education, outdoor education, technology education, humanities, history, business studies, geography, information technology,  English, arts (visual, media, drama), student welfare, health education, English as an Additional Language (EAL), vocational education and training (VET) and  English as an additional language and student well -being (LOTE).

During your last semester, you will develop your research skills and undertake a practitioner project , thereby building a pathway to further research studies in education.

This course is accredited against national standards by the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Upon course completion each student's academic record is released to VIT for teacher registration purposes. Students who do not want their academic record released to VIT must notify their Course co-ordinator in writing or email before the end of teaching in their last subject.


The course consists of 240 credit points (2 EFTSL) delivered over an 18-month period for full-time accelerated students. Full-time extended study over 30 months is also available.

Admission requirements

Applicants must hold an Australian Bachelor degree or approved equivalent with a sub-major in two disciplines taught in secondary schools. English competency is required and Year 11 Mathematics is recommended.

English requirement

Applicants whose first language is not English will require an IELTS score of 7.5, with no individual band score less than 7.0 and a score of no less than 8.0 in speaking and listening.

Special requirements

The Victorian Department of Education and Training requires a satisfactory criminal record check for all teacher education students undertaking practicum requirements in Victorian Department of Education and Training schools. It is expected that equivalent requirements will exist for all other Victorian schools and for schools in other states. Students upon first enrolling in teacher education courses will be required to complete a ‘Working with Children Check’. Students must provide a certified copy of their valid Working with Children card prior to undertaking teaching placements. Confirmation of a criminal record may jeopardise a student’s ability to gain access to a suitable, or any, practicum placement(s) and may therefore delay or prevent completion of the course.

Course structure

Course content is delivered through blended online learning and 15 days of face-to-face classes, delivered in three five-day intensive blocks at our Bendigo and Melbourne (Bundoora) campuses. Students choose to attend at their preferred campus.

Dates for the three on-campus intensives in 2016 are listed below.

Intensive Blocks Start Date End Date
1 Monday 15 February Friday 19 February
2 Monday 11 July Friday 15 July
3 Monday 28 September Friday 30 September

Subjects are 15 credit points except where indicated.

LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

First year

Intensive Block 1
EDU5MLE  (WK 08-21)  Managing Learning Environments
EDU5PFL (WK 08-21)  Planning for Learning
EDU5MTS  (WK 08-21)  Methods of Teaching (Secondary) (30CP) *
Intensive Block 2
EDU5MA1 or EDU5MB1  (WK 22-34)  Secondary Method Cluster A/B *
EDU5MA2 or EDU5MB1 or EDU5MB2  (WK 22-34)  Secondary Method Cluster A/B
EDU5CED   (WK 22-34)  Contemporary Education *
EDU5PSA    (WK 24-34)  Professional Experience Secondary A
Intensive Block 3
EDU5PED  (WK 35-47)  The Professional Educator*
EDU5EDL  (WK35-47) Educational Leadership
EDU5LNS (Wk35-47)  Literacy and Numeracy in Secondary Schools *
EDU5PSB (WK35-47)  Professional Experience Secondary B

* Students taking the full-time extended study over 30 months take these subjects in the first year.

The remaining Year One subjects are then taken in the second year.

Second year

Weeks 02-08 EDU5TRS
Teacher as Researcher
Weeks 04-30 EDU5PRP
Practitioner Research Project (30 CP)
Semester 2 EDU5PSC
Professional Experience Secondary C

Secondary Methods

Students choose two Secondary Method Cluster subjects from disciplines that match those studied in your undergraduate degree. Valid combinations are EDU5MA1 and EDU5MA2 (two methods in cluster A); EDU5MA1 and EDU5MB1 (one method from each cluster); and EDU5MB1 and EDU5MB2 (two methods in cluster B).

Cluster A includes Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, General Science, Psychology, Health Education, Physical Education, Outdoor Education, Technology Education and Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Cluster B includes Humanities, History, Business Studies, Geography, Information Technology, English, Arts (Visual, Media and Drama), LOTE, English as an Additional Language and Student Wellbeing.


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