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The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is for graduates with non-Education Bachelor degrees who want to qualify to teach their disciplines in secondary schools. 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).
For admission to the program, your Bachelor degree disciplines must align with the current subject offerings of Queensland schools.
This program is designed to build on your existing subject knowledge with discipline-specific courses that will get you ready for the classroom. You’ll learn how to assess students’ learning needs, design lesson plans and manage a diverse classroom.
You will undertake 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.
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 full-time employed – one of the highest rankings of all Australian public universities.
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.
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.
Personal statement requirement
As part of your application, you will need to write a 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.
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.
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Graduates are eligible for registration with the Queensland College of Teachers *.
* External accreditation pending approval
Application and admission advice
Contact Student Central
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What will I study
Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your Recommended Study Sequence.
Required courses (12)
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)
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
Required Junior curriculum courses (2)
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 Health and Physical Education
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
Total units: 192
Recommended study sequence
Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 192 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- Complete a minimum of 60 days of supervised teaching practice in schools.
- 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
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
- Completing this program within the specified two year (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per teaching session
- 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
- There are two study periods in the year; January–July and July–December. For more information, refer to the Education Programs Calendar.
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the general postgraduate admission requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements
- Refer to the application dates for cut-off dates and deadlines
Apply online through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC)
Exception: Students currently enrolled in or have completed study in a USC degree program in the previous two years must apply directly to Student Administration by completing and submitting the Application for postgraduate coursework.
Apply direct to USC International
International students should contact USC International
How to enrol
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester enrolment dates.
- Current students
- Step 1 - Enrol in your courses
- Step 2 - Select your class times
- How to enrol once Class selection has opened
- Headstart, Cross-institutional and Visiting students
- New students
- Plan your study
- Confirm your enrolment
- More information
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester dates.
Enrolling is a 2 step process:
Note: If you enrol in a course but don't select a class time (step 2), you'll be charged the fee for the course at census date. You can swap, drop or add courses up until the end of week 2, and remove courses from your enrolment up until census date. View key dates in the academic calendars.
View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide.
All students (excluding Headstart, Cross institutional and Visiting students)
Tip: Select your classes as soon as Class selection opens as classes can fill quickly.
* We will be in contact with you to let you know when the Timetable Planner is available and Class selection opens.
If class selection is open and you are yet to enrol in your courses, you can enrol in your courses and select your class times in one step.
Check the Academic Calendar for Class selection open date to confirm.
View the instructions in the video below or the How to enrol when class selection has opened PDF Guide (565KB).
Complete and submit a Class preference form to select your class times.
Domestic students: Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.
International students should view the Getting Started Guide for International students for enrolment steps.
Before you re-enrol it's important to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.
Follow the Planning your study instructions to plan your courses for the upcoming semesters/trimesters/sessions. You can vary your study load between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in each study period. If you need some assistance, contact Student Central.
View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the courses you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, your course details can be found in My Courses in Blackboard.
To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.
Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.