Master of Teaching Secondary

Charles Darwin University
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2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Master's degree

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About this program

Master of Teaching Secondary

Make a difference in young people's lives with a Master of Teaching Secondary. If you already hold a bachelor degree in a relevant field other than education, this course will enable you to become a teacher in two years. Study either online or on campus, part-time or full-time, with additional flexibility to switch between study modes. On graduating, you will be eligible to register as a teacher in middle, secondary and senior colleges, in all states and territories in Australia.

Graduate ready to plan and deliver engaging experiences for different learning styles and be prepared for new and changing educator roles. You will develop your awareness of the environmental and cultural influences on teaching and learning and explore the needs of learners and communities with diverse linguistic and cultural orientations, including Indigenous learners.

Choose to specialise in your area of prior qualification in:

  • English
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Visual Arts
  • Music
  • Digital Technologies
  • Languages, and Languages Other Than English
  • Sciences
  • Humanities (history, geography, Indigenous studies)
  • Business (accounting, economics, business studies, legal studies)
  • Mathematics

Apply your learning with 60 days of professional experience in middle, secondary and senior colleges.

As a teacher, your levels of personal literacy and numeracy will be broadly equivalent to the top 30% of the Australian population.

Admission requirements

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree or equivalent international qualification comprising of a major sequence (6 units) and a minor sequence (4 units) in two of the following secondary teaching areas: science areas such as chemistry, biology/ecology, environmental science, physics; mathematics; English; health and physical education; visual arts; music; digital technologies; languages other than English; humanities areas such as geography, history and Indigenous studies; business enterprises such as economics, legal studies, accounting and business studies.

Note: if you have not completed a second teaching (4 units) area you may be eligible for entry. Please contact Student Central for advice before submitting your application to study.

Additional admission requirements

Applicants must complete the Teaching Capabilities Statement used to demonstrate suitability for study and work in the teaching profession.

Essential requirements

Working with Children Check:

A Working with Children Check is required before you can undertake your practical placements. If your Working with Children Check is not cleared, you will not be able to undertake practice teaching placements and therefore, will not meet the requirements of the course.

National Police Clearance:

In some jurisdictions preservice teachers may be required to have a National Police Clearance prior to commencing placement.


COVID-19 digital certificate may be required to be shown in the jurisdiction of the educational settings.

English language requirements:

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either:

  • two years higher education (tertiary) study in English in either Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America.
  • undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed for the program.

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Program content

You will study a range of units, including professional experience in a range of school settings. The units are designed to develop skills, strategies and dispositions for facilitating positive development and learning in students you will teach. Necessary skills and understandings for a range of middle, secondary and senior colleges and capacities such as building family and community partnerships, leadership, advocacy and quality improvement systems are developed across the course.

  • 2023 HE unit offerings are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 November 2022.
  • This course is being accredited for 2023 and some changes may apply.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

All students must pass prior to graduation the ACER Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) as required by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). The cost of the testing will be met by the student. Refer to

Please check the pre-requisite and assumed knowledge requirements prior to enrolment.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

This course has a requirement of 60 days of Professional experience.
Professional Experience units MUST be undertaken in the following sequences: EPE529, EPE635

Compulsory Core units totalling 120 credit points as per the list of units detailed below:

  • EIE501 Inclusive Education, Policies and Practice
  • ELA513 English as an Additional Language
  • EMG505 Research Methodologies in Education
  • EPE529 Secondary Professional Experience 1
  • EST501 Managing the Classroom Environment and Student Wellbeing
  • EST504 Digital Technologies and Education
  • EST508 Assessment and Reporting
  • EST511 Integrating Indigenous History, Cultures and Learning in Teaching Practice
  • EST521 Developing New Teaching Content
  • ETL502 Secondary Schooling Operations and Practices
  • ETL503 Learner Development
  • EPE635 Professional Experience: Assessment for Graduate Teachers
  • LAN020 Literacy and Numeracy (LANTITE) (0cp)

Specialist Elective (4 units, 40cp)

Group A:

If entering course with two curriculum areas of study, complete 20cp from two relevant curriculum areas below (1 and 2 of same discipline):

Business Enterprises: Complete all of:

  • ECM317 Secondary Business Enterprises 1
  • ECM318 Secondary Business Enterprises 2

English: Complete all of:

  • ECM381 Secondary English 1
  • ECM382 Secondary English 2

Health and Physical Education: Complete all of:

  • ECM311 Secondary Health and Physical Education 1
  • ECM312 Secondary Health and Physical Education 2

Humanities: Complete all of:

  • ECM333 Secondary Humanities 1
  • ECM334 Secondary Humanities 2

Languages other than English (LOTE): Complete all of:

  • ECM351 Secondary Languages Other Than English 1
  • ECM352 Secondary Languages Other Than English 2

Mathematics: Complete all of:

  • ECM361 Secondary Mathematics 1
  • ECM362 Secondary Mathematics 2

Music: Complete all of:

  • ECM331 Secondary Music 1
  • ECM332 Secondary Music 2

Science: Complete all of:

  • ECM301 Secondary Science 1
  • ECM302 Secondary Science 2

Technologies: Complete all of:

  • ECM341 Secondary Technologies 1
  • ECM342 Secondary Technologies 2

Visual Arts: Complete all of:

  • ECM313 Secondary Visual Arts 1
  • ECM314 Secondary Visual Arts 2


If entering course with one curriculum areas of study, complete 20cp from Group A (1 and 2 of same discipline) and the two units below:

  • TES502 Introduction to English Linguistics
  • EMG501 Contemporary Issues in Education

Program delivery

You can study the Master of Teaching Secondary online as an external student, on campus as an internal student, or as a mix of both. All students access learning materials online and are encouraged to interact in a range of modes to develop professional dialogue and networks.


Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

Check the CDU website for more information about fees and charges.


On graduating, you will be eligible to register as a teacher in all states and territories in Australia, providing you meet all other requirements. Registration is currently being approved.

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Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a sustainable, innovative, creative and inclusive new world university located in northern Australia teaching 24,000 students from more than 69 nationalities across 11 campuses and training centres, in over 100 regional and remote locations; and...

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Why study at Charles Darwin University

High Graduate Salaries

CDU is ranked the number one Australian university for postgraduate employment outcomes.

Leader in Online Learning

CDU is a pioneer in e-learning and has been delivering courses online for almost 20 years. While you are studying online with CDU, you'll be studying with an innovative multi-sector university that is a leader in research and online study delivery.


With small class sizes, lecturers know your name and provide personalised support and advice.


You will receive support from academic staff and the dedicated International Student Support team, who will work with you throughout your studies to ensure your success.


Our main campus in Casuarina is surrounded by nature, with bike paths linking the University to the tropical surrounds, including a beautiful beach a few minutes away. Affordable public transport connects the campus to the Darwin Central Business District (CBD).

Dual-sector university is a pathway for everyone, from VET and undergraduate courses to postgraduate and higher degrees by research.

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