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Master of Teaching (Secondary)

This program is for graduates with non-Education bachelor degrees wanting to qualify to teach disciplines in secondary schools. For admission, your bachelor degree disciplines must align with the current subject offerings of Queensland schools.

In this program you will:

  • Build on existing subject knowledge with discipline-specific courses preparing you for the classroom
  • 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 opportunity to gain experience rurally and remotely
  • Attend ongoing professional development seminars and employment forums
  • Meet with employer representatives, The Queensland College of Teachers, teacher unions and international recruiters

Commonwealth Supported Place's (CSP's) available

All eligible domestic applications will receive a guaranteed CSP, reducing the program cost to you significantly.

Commonwealth Teaching Scholarships commencing 2024

Applications are now open for Initial Teacher Education students to receive a scholarship of $10,000 per year of study.





2 years 2 years Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2024 fees (A$)

A$4,440 / A$20,400 - 2024 Fees CSP / Fee-paying
CSP / Fee-paying
A$28,000 Annual fee
Annual fee

QTAC code

017291 017292 From 2023


  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
* Duration note: 18 month accelerated option available for Semester 1 and Semester 2 commencement.

First year only offered at this location.

Career opportunities

  • Corporate trainer
  • Education consultant
  • Teacher in secondary schools (Years 7-12)


Graduates may be eligible to become members of:

  • Queensland College of Teachers

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
Total courses
Total units
2 years 2 years
UniSC program code
Program coordinator
Program structure
Required courses (12) 144 units

EDN700 Professional Experience: The Professional Teacher
EDU712 Diversity and Inclusion
EDU713 Individual Learner Needs
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
EDU764 Quality Teaching and Learning
EDU765 Professional Experience: Orientation to the Profession
EDU766 Assessing Learning
EDU798 Professional Experience: Managing Learning Environments

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 Health and Physical Education
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

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all UniSC courses are available on every UniSC campus.

Study sequences

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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.

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) program at USC offers the following teaching areas:

Accounting#, Agricultural Science, Biology, Business#, Chemistry, Chinese#, Drama, Dance, Design and Technology#, Digital Technologies#, Earth and Environmental Science, Economics and Business#, English, Film, Television and New Media, French#, Geography, German#, Health and Physical Education, History, Indonesian#, Italian#, Japanese#, Legal Studies#, Marine Science, Mathematics, Media Arts, Music, Physics, Psychology, Science, Spanish#, Study of Religion and Visual Arts.

#The following teaching areas are not available at UniSC Moreton Bay: Accounting, Business, Chinese, Design and Technology, Digital Technologies, Economics and Business, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Legal Studies and Spanish.

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.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you also need to meet the minimum English language requirements for your chosen program. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you may like to enrol in one of our English Language Programs.

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. 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. Further information on the test, including sample test questions and registration information, please visit the Australian Council of Educational Research website.

Recommended prior study
Program requirements
In order to graduate you must:
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.
WIL notes

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
  • It is no longer a requirement that students in Master of Teaching (Secondary) are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

    Please note that some placement host organisations have chosen to continue requiring COVID-19 vaccination. If you are not fully vaccinated, it is important to know that placement opportunities in your program may be limited and may result in a delay to your placement.

    UniSC still strongly recommends that all students undertaking placement are fully vaccinated and provide evidence of this vaccination status to the University.

Inherent academic requirements

Prospective students must consider the Inherent Academic Requirements before applying to study this program.

Refer to Master of Teaching - Inherent Academic Requirements

UniSC strongly supports the rights of all people to pursue studies. The University embraces diversity and endeavours to accommodate all students.

What are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs)?

The IARs of a program are those fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the program, while maintaining the academic integrity of that program.

Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.

UniSC is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, placement and other activities to enable students to participate in their program.

Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the IAR.

Consideration is given to a student's cultural and religious background/beliefs, which may impact on participation in their program or course. For further information contact Student Support.

Why are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs) important?

IARs ensure the academic integrity of a program is maintained and preserves the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students.

How does this affect you?

To successfully complete a program at UniSC, you need to be able to meet all the Inherent Academic Requirements.

If you are applying for a program, you should read the IAR statement carefully to ensure you are able to meet them.

If you have a disability or chronic health condition, contact a UniSC Disability Advisor to talk about the adjustments that may be put in place so you can meet the requirements.

CSP estimate
Fee-paying estimate
A$20,400 - 2024 Fees
Annual tuition fee (A$, 2024)

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

International fee-paying places

Annual tuition fees are based on 2024 rates and the equivalent full-time student load as per the recommended study sequence in the relevant program.

Actual fees payable are based on the actual enrolment load in a teaching period (excluding Study Abroad and Postgraduate Qualifying Pathway).

All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (A$).

Fee-paying places

A fee-paying place is not covered by any government subsidy, and you are required to pay the full cost of the courses you are studying.

If you accept a fee-paying place, you can defer the cost of your studies via a FEE-HELP loan. Eligibility for a FEE-HELP loan is the same as for a Commonwealth-supported place. You must:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

UniSC's Master of Teaching (Secondary) program has been included as part of the Queensland Government's Turn to Teaching Internship Program (TTT Program).

If you are looking for a career change and have decided to become a teacher, the Turn to Teaching Internship Program (TTT Program) is a 2-year program which will help you get into the classroom in 12 months and will provide you with:

  • financial support while you study an eligible Initial Teacher Education (ITE) program
  • a paid teaching internship with support in the classroom while you gain professional experience
  • a permanent teaching position in a Queensland state school following completion of your studies
  • the opportunity to start making a difference in the lives of young Queenslanders sooner than most teacher preparation pathways.

No matter what kind of future you’re looking for, you can find it at UniSC. Our programs offer the choice and flexibility you need to get started on any career goal.

Visit How to apply for simple steps to submit your international student application and start your UniSC experience today.

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Domestic applicants apply for admission through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). Some applicants may be eligible to apply direct to UniSC if they meet certain criteria.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

QTAC code

Location QTAC code
Sunshine Coast 017291
Moreton Bay 017292
Graduate with two distinct teaching areas
18 month accelerated pathway available
2nd in Australia for postgraduate student support Good Universities Guide 2023

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