Master of Teaching (Secondary)

  • CRICOS Code: 093406G

Course overview

  • 2 years full time
  • On Campus (Parkville)
  • Available to domestic and international students


  • Become a highly effective secondary teacher
  • Flexible study: 2 years full-time | 18 months accelerated | 3 years extended
  • Unparalleled support during your studies and placements
  • Graduate extremely employable
  • Become eligible for apply for provisional teacher registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)
  • Link authentic real world professional experiences with disciplinary theory

Exciting Master of Teaching News: The Melbourne Graduate School of Education is pleased to announce that we will be launching a new Master of Teaching curriculum for 2022. Our academic team has redeveloped our Initial Teacher Education courses, with you, the Teacher Candidate, at the centre. Continuing our high level of quality, our new courses will offer greater flexibility and more specialised preparation to best prepare you for your future in teaching. We will be sharing the new program in November. To get the news first, please register your interest.

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The course focuses on secondary school teaching (ages 12 to 18 years). You will be qualified to teach two learning areas, while also receiving an introduction into a third learning area to expand your knowledge and employability. With a focus on student-centred learning, the Master of Teaching (Secondary) curriculum brings together theory and practice in a way that will give you powerful insights into young people and how they learn. Benefiting from an extensive network of partner schools across all sectors, you’ll become an active part of a school early in your studies. This allows you to connect what you learn at university with what you learn while teaching. The teacher placements you undertake are across a wide variety of schools, giving you a broad experience of different types of education settings.The course promotes a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing and being. There is a focus on wellbeing for both the student and the teacher, along with prioritising sustainable practices. You will be prepared to become leaders in the profession and extend your capabilities through work integrated learning that links authentic real world professional experiences with disciplinary theory.

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) 2022 course will be submitted to the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) for accreditation. Once accredited, the Master of Teaching (Secondary) will allow graduates to apply for registration to teach in Australian schools. Please note: The Master of Teaching courses offered prior to 2022 are accredited.

Who is the course for?

If you hold an undergraduate degree in any field, and are interested in becoming a secondary teacher, this degree is for you. Students who have completed a Bachelor degree at the University of Melbourne have access to a Guaranteed Entry pathway into the Master of Teaching. This includes early admission into the Master of Teaching. The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is also ideal for those looking to make a career change into teaching after working in an unrelated field.

If you’re a year 12 student, you can secure your place in the Master of Teaching program with one of our new Graduate Degree Packages, comprising both a Bachelor’s and Master’s qualification.

Learn more about Graduate Degree Packages

Why choose the Master of Teaching (Secondary) with us?

Our renowned qualification is known for producing some of the best teachers in the country, with both independent and government schools often approaching us directly with job opportunities for teacher candidates. The reputation of the University of Melbourne is strong and globally recognised, particularly for education where MGSE has been ranked #1 in Australia and #14 in the world.*

We’re the only initial teaching degree in Australia to use an Evidence-Based Teaching framework, putting research at the heart of what we do. This integrates theory and practice, ensuring teacher candidates develop the professional skills to assess, identify and support students’ individual learning needs, and to work with learners of all abilities.

These factors combined mean you will finish your course confident of gaining employment. We rank with a high employment rate, with 95.9 per cent of our graduate’s gaining employment within the first four months of graduating.^

Support while you learn

With international, regional and rural opportunities and an extensive network of placement schools available for our teacher placements, our placement support is the most comprehensive of all programs in Victoria. We take pride in the excellent support we offer our Master of Teaching (Secondary) students from enrolment, throughout their studies, and beyond. You will receive ongoing support – unlike any other university – both on campus and while on placement. As you learn, you will be supported by a Mentor Teacher and a Teaching Specialist.

Indigenous Support and Knowledge

We offer a range of support services here at the University of Melbourne for Indigenous students, via Murrup Barak. Find out more here. We are also working to empower all teachers to integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in their teaching through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Curricula project. Find out more here.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021: Education

^Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching, Graduates Outcomes Survey 2018-2020