Master of Teaching (Secondary)

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  • Qualification:
    Master's Degree
  • Study mode:
    On Campus
  • Payment options:
    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    2 years full time; 4 years part time
  • Start date:
    Set intake dates. Enquire now!
  • Awarded by:
    Edith Cowan University (RTO 4756)
  • Location:
  • Career Outcomes:
    Secondary School Teacher | Dance Teacher | English Teacher | History Teacher | Science Teacher | View All

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Course Rundown

Turn your bachelor’s degree into a rewarding career in education with this Master of Teaching (Secondary) course from Edith Cowan University.

You’ll learn exactly what it takes to handle a high school classroom with confidence. The course will help you connect theory to practice in real classroom settings that prepare you for the realities of the job. You’ll leave the course with a deep understanding of how to succeed as a secondary teacher.

The course offers options across a diverse range of subject areas. You’ll develop a major and a minor specialisation in subjects that you’re passionate about, building on the knowledge you gained from your previous studies.

The professional experience gained in a real secondary education setting is central to the course, giving you experience in the classroom while you’re learning. This course has a professional practice component that requires students to make a full time commitment to their participating school while the practicum is completed.


You may be eligible to apply for a postgraduate course at ECU if you meet the following:

  • Hold a Bachelor Degree from a recognised Australian Institution (or equivalent) that provides sufficient background for an ECU major and minor area of teaching specialisation; AND
  • Meet ECU’s English Competency requirements and any other special admission requirements for the course

In this teaching course, subjects you may study include:

Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) units:

  • Personal literacy
  • Personal numeracy

Students must select two of areas of specialisations, one being a major study and the other a minor study. You should choose your major and minor areas of study based on your previous undergraduate studies.

Year 1 - Semester 1

  • Classroom management and instruction
  • Learning and teaching: from theory to practice
  • Major area of specialisation
  • Minor area of specialisation
  • First Professional Practice

Year 1 - Semester 2

  • Diversity and inclusion: the differentiated classroom
  • Assessment and reporting in teaching
  • Major area of specialisation
  • Minor area of specialisation
  • Second Professional Practice

Year 2 - Semester 1

  • Strategies for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Curriculum enrichment for the major secondary specialisation
  • Literacy and numeracy in teaching and learning
  • Strategies for learning difficulties

Year 2 - Semester 2

All students must complete the following two units:

  • Professional learning: pedagogy, content and technology
  • Final Professional Practice

In addition, students must choose one of the following three options:


  • Inquiry Based Practice
  • Advanced Seminar


  • School-based professional learning: internship


In consultation with the Course Coordinator, students may select two Graduate Certificate of Education units totalling 30 credit points.

Specialisations you can study in this course:

  • Art Education
  • Catholic Education
  • Computing Education
  • Dance Education
  • Design and Technology Education
  • Drama Education
  • English Education
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Health Education
  • Home Economics Education
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Education
  • Instrumental Music Education
  • Languages Other Than English (LOTE)
  • Mathematics Education
  • Media Education
  • Music Education
  • Science Education
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Since opening in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has established itself as the go-to Australian university for a quality learning experience. Students graduate among some of the best in the world and have continued to serve society in many important roles.

ECU produces winners because they are a winner! In 2018 Times Higher Education ranked ECU in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old, and the Good Universities Guide has given them a 5-star rating for teaching quality 12 years straight.

From social work, youth work, nutrition, engineering, technology, management and more, ECU offer a host of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that’ll excel your career and expose you to new levels of success. Enquire today and see where an ECU qualification can lead you!

Students feel happy, well supported and well educated when they study with ECU, in fact, in the 2018 QILT survey, Edith Cowan University received the highest student experience rating of all Australian public universities.

When you study with ECU, you’ll have access to expert course advice, counselling, diversity and disability services, transnational and national program support, student success programs, careers and employability services... just to name a few.

Campus Locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

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Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Master of Teaching (Secondary) from Edith Cowan University.

The course builds on your previous studies, taking your bachelor's degree as a starting point for your specialisation. You can pursue a career in secondary education in subjects that align to your own areas of interest and knowledge, sharing your passion with the next generation of young people.

Graduates of this course are eligible to register with the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA). Registration is required to practice in the profession in the private and government sector.

Curious about where a career in teaching could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Eligible students can apply for a FEE-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Edith Cowan University also offers student loans and scholarship opportunities to eligible applicants.

FEE-HELPYou may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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