Master of Teaching (Secondary)

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Master of Teaching (Secondary)


Program summary

Dr Kenneth Young
Program coordinator

Dr Kenneth Young

Share your knowledge with the next generation.

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is for graduates with non-Education bachelor degrees who want to qualify to teach their disciplines in secondary schools. For admission to the program, your bachelor degree disciplines must align with the current subject offerings of Queensland schools.

  • Build on your existing subject knowledge with discipline-specific courses that will get you ready for the classroom
  • Learn how to assess students’ learning needs, design lesson plans and manage a diverse classroom
  • Complete Supervised Professional Experience in three blocks, totalling 60 days of practice teaching, with the opportunity to gain experience in rural and remote areas throughout Queensland
  • Enhance your knowledge and skills through ongoing professional development seminars and employment forums, meeting with representatives from major employers, The Queensland College of Teachers, teacher unions and international recruiters

This program replaces the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) from Semester 2, 2017. The Master of Teaching is a two-year equivalent program delivered intensively over 18 months (or equivalent part-time).

USC Secondary Education graduates are in demand and experience a high level of employment. According to QILT (Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching), 85.7% of USC teacher education graduates are employed full time – one of the highest rankings of all Australian public universities.

Admission requirements

Research has shown that the most effective teachers are those who have academic capability, literacy and numeracy skills, and personal characteristics (non-academic capabilities). Entry to this program requires that applicants meet academic and non-academic criteria.

Academic qualifications

Applicants must have completed a non-Education Bachelor's degree (AQF Level 7), or equivalent, with a minimum GPA of 4.0 from a recognised tertiary institution. In addition, applicants must satisfy the discipline study requirements of at least one-quarter of a degree in a nominated first teaching area and one-sixth of a degree in a nominated second teaching area. Teaching Area One and Teaching Area Two must be from contrasting subject areas or different discipline areas and contain no more than 2 introductory courses in each area.

Discipline studies suitable for secondary include:

Teaching Area One: accounting; agricultural science; biology; business, chemistry; Chinese; dance; drama; earth and environmental science; English; film, television and new media; French; geography; German; health and physical education; history; Indonesian; information and communications technology; Italian; Japanese; marine science; mathematics; music; physics; psychology; Spanish; study of religion; technology studies; visual arts.

Teaching Area Two: Chinese; dance; design and technologies; digital technologies; drama; economics and business; English; French; geography; German; health and physical education; history; Indonesian; Italian; Japanese; mathematics; media arts; music; science; Spanish; visual arts.

Applicants from a non-English speaking background must attain an IELTS score of at least 7.5 with a minimum of 8.0 in speaking and listening and 7.0 in all other subtests. Refer to English language requirements

Personal statement requirement

As part of your application, you are required to complete an online questionnaire to demonstrate your motivation for, and understanding of, the program and profession. In the questionnaire, you will be asked to rank a series of statements in order of what you think is most to least important. You will also need to write a 600-1000 word personal statement on why you think you would make a great teacher, and why influencing the future appeals to you.

After you have submitted a QTAC application for this program, QTAC will contact you with further information about the written statement and how to complete your application.

More information is on the QTAC website.

Post-admission requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 60 days of Supervised Professional Experience in a school setting under the supervision of a Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) registered teacher. Students must obtain a Blue Card (or link their existing Blue Card to USC) prior to commencing supervised professional experience. Applications should be submitted at least 12 weeks prior to the SPE start date. View the Blue Card Fact Sheet for further information. Blue Cards are free-of-charge for Education students when applying through the School of Education at USC.

Students will also need to successfully complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students. For more information on this Government initiative please visit the Students First website. Further information on the test, including sample test questions and registration information, please visit the Australian Council of Educational Research website.

Career opportunities

Teacher in secondary schools (Years 7-12), education consultant, corporate trainer.


Graduates are eligible for registration with the Queensland College of Teachers *.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.

Program structure

Required courses (12) 144 units

EDU712 Diversity and Inclusion
EDU713 Individual Learner Needs
EDU714 Professional Experience: Managing Learning Environments
EDU715 Literacy and Numeracy across the Curriculum
EDU716 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Perspectives in Teaching and Learning
EDU717 Using Data for Learning
EDU718 Teacher as Researcher
EDU719 Teacher as Global Practitioner
EDU720 Professional Experience: The Professional Teacher
EDU764 Quality Teaching and Learning
EDU765 Professional Experience: Orientation to the Profession
EDU766 Assessing Learning

Required Senior curriculum courses (2) 24 units

Select 2 Senior curriculum courses associated with your teaching areas from:

EDU727 Teaching Senior Secondary Arts 1
EDU728 Teaching Senior Secondary Arts 2
EDU736 Teaching Senior Secondary Business
EDU738 Teaching Senior Secondary English
EDU740 Teaching Senior Secondary Geography
EDU742 Teaching Senior Secondary History
EDU744 Teaching Senior Secondary HPE
EDU746 Teaching Senior Secondary Languages
EDU748 Teaching Senior Secondary Mathematics
EDU760 Teaching Senior Secondary Science 1
EDU761 Teaching Senior Secondary Science 2
EDU763 Teaching Senior Secondary Technology
EDU793 Teaching Senior Secondary Curriculum
EDU794 Teaching Senior Secondary Psychology^

Required Junior curriculum courses (2) 24 units

Select 2 Junior curriculum courses associated with your teaching areas from:

EDU725 Teaching Junior Secondary Arts 1
EDU726 Teaching Junior Secondary Arts 2
EDU729 Teaching Junior Secondary Business
EDU737 Teaching Junior Secondary English
EDU739 Teaching Junior Secondary Geography
EDU741 Teaching Junior Secondary History
EDU743 Teaching Junior Secondary HPE
EDU745 Teaching Junior Secondary Languages
EDU747 Teaching Junior Secondary Mathematics
EDU749 Teaching Junior Secondary Science 1
EDU759 Teaching Junior Secondary Science 2
EDU762 Teaching Junior Secondary Technology

^available 2019

Total units: 192

Recommended study sequence

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

To commence supervised professional experience (SPE) you must:

  • Obtain a Blue Card (or link your existing Blue Card to USC) prior to commencing supervised professional experience. Applications should be submitted at least 12 weeks prior to the SPE start date. View the Blue Card Fact Sheet for further information
  • Complete PrePlace and a Student Placement Agreement (further information will be provided by the placement office upon enrolment)
  • Make provision for transport to attend teaching practice placements
  • Visit Education - Supervised Professional Experience (SPE) for more information regarding requirements for placements
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified two year (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods including essays, seminar presentations, reports and in-class tests. Not all courses will necessarily include all methods
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • When enrolling, please refer to the Recommended Study Sequence
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students

Applications for admission to the Master of Teaching (Secondary) and the Master of Teaching (Primary) are made through the QTAC website.

Applicants who have had an enrolment in the past two years in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree program at USC must apply directly to Student Central by completing and submitting the Application for postgraduate coursework form.

Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.

International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).

Continuing students

Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.

To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

Need assistance?

View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dates.

Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling or contact Student Central.

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