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Master of Teaching (Secondary)

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Secondary teaching is a rewarding career for those who enjoy supporting and encouraging young people.

If you have a strong academic record and wish to explore exciting roles in the teaching profession, CSU's Master of Teaching (Secondary) may be ideal for you.

  • Why study this course?

    Designed for students of diverse backgrounds, CSU's Master of Teaching (Secondary) builds on previously acquired knowledge and experience. You'll be qualified to teach subjects related to the curriculum method studied (major), based on your previous tertiary study. You may add a second teaching area (minor) if you've completed appropriate undergraduate study.

    Advance your understanding of teaching processes and outcomes

    As well as high-level practical competence, this degree provides an in-depth understanding of theory and research findings and enhanced skills in interpreting, applying and conducting classroom research.

    Study in the digital age

    Full-time and part-time online study is available to complement your work and lifestyle commitments.

    Learn from nationally recognised leaders

    CSU's dedicated teaching staff have made substantial contributions to research, policy and curriculum development over many years.

    Gain practical experience while you study

    Work placements ensure that by the time you graduate you will have gained significant professional experience.

    We're here to help

    Benefit from the friendly, personalised support and academic assistance CSU offers, including continual contact with your Subject Coordinator throughout work placements.

  • Career opportunities
    Teaching is a rewarding career offering diverse opportunities. Secondary teachers work professionally as classroom teachers, executive teachers, principals and assistant principals. Employment opportunities for teaching graduates also exist in public administration and safety, health care and social assistance. CSU’s Master of Teaching (Secondary) may also be used as a pathway to further postgraduate study and a career in research.
  • Professional recognition

    This course is accredited by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) until 31 December 2019.

  • Workplace learning
    Professional experience

    There are two blocks of a six-week teaching professional experience in the course. The first professional experience placement must be completed before enrolling in the second. In order to meet course and accreditation requirements, students will be expected to undertake professional experience placements in two different and diverse settings.

    In undertaking the professional experience placements, students need to be mindful of relevant protocols. Students should not make arrangements for placements prior to discussions with staff in the Professional Experience Office.

    More about protocols on professional experience in the Faculty of Arts and Education

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    EPT508 Professional Experience Research
    EPT441 Professional Experience 1
    EPT442 Professional Experience 2

    Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students

    From 1 July 2016, all students must pass the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) before being able to register with their state-based teacher institute or equivalent body. From January 2017, all students will need to pass the test before undertaking their final professional experience placement. This computer-based test consists of both multiple choice and short answer questions and is designed to assess personal literacy and numeracy capabilities. The purpose of the test is to demonstrate to future employers that early career teachers have high levels of literacy and numeracy. CSU has a range of support options specifically for initial teacher education students preparing for the Test. More information about the test is available at teacheredtest.acer.edu.au

    Anaphylaxis Training for all Initial Teacher Education Students

    The NSW Education Standards Authority (ESA), previously the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES), now requires that all initial teacher education students have training in anaphylaxis. In order to meet this requirement, ALL students must complete the training module found at http://etraining.allergy.org.au. The online module takes approximately one hour to complete.

    On successful completion of the online module, participants will receive a certificate of completion. A copy of this certificate must be attached to your application for your professional experience placement. ESA suggests that students also present a copy of their certificate of completion to principals at the commencement of their professional experience placements. The training must be successfully undertaken every two years and students will need to ensure that their certificate of completion is current.

    The NSW Department of Education advises that students who do not successfully complete this training, as verified by the university, will not be able to undertake professional experience activities in NSW public schools.

    Working with Children Check

    All teacher education students in Australia must comply with the working with children legislation requirements of the state / country of where their placement is occurring. Students will be required to provide evidence to the Faculty of Arts and Education’s Professional Experience Unit of a Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter prior to undertaking any placement in a school or early childhood service. The checks are intended to identify people who have convictions for such things as violence or sexual offences and who may put clients'/children’s personal safety or health at risk. Traffic violations and other minor offences are not of interest.

    Prospective students should be aware that not passing a Working with Children Check will make it difficult for them to complete a teacher education course satisfactorily because of the unavailability of suitable school or preschool professional experience placements.

    The Working with Children Check expires every five years. You will be required to ensure it remains current and valid to the end of the final placement in the course. Please note that a WWCC can take an extended period of time, so it is recommended that you commence the process early to prevent timing problems. The Australian Institute of Family Studies provides useful information and links relevant to the Australian states and territories. Information on the current Working with Children Check must be uploaded to the student’s information site on InPlace.

    Child Protection Awareness Training

    Students must also complete child protection awareness training. Where this is not possible face to face, an online training course is available. This training needs to be renewed annually. See: Child protection awareness training e-learning module

  • Subjects

    Curriculum areas available in the course include Agriculture, Design and Technology, Drama, English, Information Technology, Mathematics, Physical Development Health Physical Education (PDHPE), Science, Society and Environment, Teacher Librarianship and Visual Art.

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The proposed Master of Teaching (Secondary) course structure will consist of a total of 16 subjects (128 credit points) including entry level credit. The proposed structure for the Master of Teaching (Secondary) will be:


    Education subjects (16 subjects)

    The sixteen Education subjects will be organised as follows:
    1. Foundation Education Studies - 10 subjects;
    2. Professional Experience - 2 subjects;
    3. Curriculum Studies - 2 subjects; and,
    4. Restricted electives – 2 subjects

    In the Master of Teaching (Secondary) Graduate Entry, students will be required to complete the 16 Education subjects (128 credit points) as specified in the Master of Teaching (Secondary) structure mentioned above.

    Students who do not meet the BOSTES content/discipline requirements will be offered a place in the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary). Students may apply for entry to the Master of Teaching degree upon successful completion of BOSTES content/discipline requirements and year one of the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) course.

    1. FOUNDATION EDUCATION STUDIES SUBJECTS (10 subjects)
    EEA406 Managing the Classroom Environment
    ELN402 Literacy strategies for Learning
    ESC407 Classroom Technologies
    EEP505 Education in the 21st Century
    EEP424 Pedagogies in Diverse Classrooms
    EEP425 Education in the 21st Century
    EEE503 Assessment and Reporting
    EED504 Learning and Development 7-12
    EED502 Successful Teaching
    EEB505 Indigenous Australian Studies for Teachers
    ESS509 Principles of Inclusive Education

    2. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (2 subjects)
    EPT441 Professional Experience 1
    EPT508 Professional Experience Research

    3 CURRICULUM STUDIES SUBJECTS (2 or 4 subjects)
    Visual Art
    EMA441 Curriculum Method 1: Visual Art
    EMA442 Curriculum Method 2: Visual Art

    Society and Environment
    EMH441 Curriculum Method 1: Society & Environment
    EMH442 Curriculum Method 2: Society & Environment

    English
    EML441 Curriculum Method 1: English
    EML442 Curriculum Method 2: English

    Drama
    EML443 Curriculum Method 1: Drama
    EML444 Curriculum Method 2: Drama

    Mathematics
    EMM441 Curriculum Method 1: Mathematics
    EMM442 Curriculum Method 2: Mathematics

    PD/H/PE
    EMR441 Curriculum Method 1: Personal Development/Health/Physical Education
    EMR442 Curriculum Method 2: Personal Development/Health/Physical Education

    Science
    EMS441 Curriculum Method 1: Science
    EMS442 Curriculum Method 2: Science

    Technology and Applied Studies
    EMT410 Curriculum Method: Technology Studies
    EMT446 Curriculum Method: Technologies

    Agriculture
    EMT441 Curriculum Method 1: Agriculture
    EMT446 Curriculum Method: Technologies

    Information Studies
    EMT443 Curriculum Method 1: Information Technology
    EMT444 Curriculum Method 2: Information Technology

    Design and Technology
    EMT447 Introductory Technologies and Design Curriculum
    EMT445 Curriculum Method 1: Design and Technology

    Teacher Librarianship
    ETL401 Teacher Librarianship
    ETL402 Literature across the Curriculum


    4. RESTRICTED ELECTIVES (2 subjects)
    EML436 Multimodal Writing or (Curriculum Method 1 - second teaching area)
    ESC413 Web Pedagogies or (Curriculum Method 2 - second teaching area)

    The two restricted electives are to be undertaken where a student has a single teaching area. These subjects replace the second set of Curriculum Method subjects in the Course Structure.

    The key subjects to apply to this course from 201530 are:
    EEE503 Assessment and Reporting
    EED502 Successful Teaching
    EEB505 Indigenous Studies for Teachers
    ESS509 Principles of Inclusive Education

    Enrolment pattern

    Full-time 2 years – Commencing Session 1

    Year 1
    Session 1
    ELN402 Literacy strategies for Learning
    ESC407 Classroom Technologies
    [ ] Curriculum Method 1 (First Teaching Area)
    EML436 Multimodal Writing or [ ] Curriculum Method 1 (Second Teaching Area)
    Session 2
    EEA406 Managing the Classroom Environment
    EEP424 Pedagogies in Diverse Classrooms
    [ ] Curriculum Method 2 (First Teaching Area)
    EPT441 Professional Experience 1

    Year 2
    Session 1
    ESS509 Principles of Inclusive Education
    EED502 Successful Teaching
    EEB505 Indigenous Australian Studies for Teachers
    EED504 Learning and Development 7-12
    Session 2
    EEE503 Assessment and Reporting
    ESC413 Web Pedagogies or [ ] Curriculum Method 2 (Second Teaching Area)
    EEP505 Education in the 21st Century
    EPT508 Professional Experience Research


    Part-time 4 years – Commencing Session 1
    Year 1
    Session 1
    [ ] Curriculum Method 1 (First Teaching Area)
    EML436 Multimodal Writing or [ ] Curriculum Method 1 (Second Teaching Area)
    Session 2
    EEP424 Pedagogies in Diverse Classrooms
    [ ] Curriculum Method 2 (First Teaching area)

    Year 2
    Session 1
    ELN402 Literacy strategies for Learning
    ESC407 Classroom Technologies
    Session 2
    EEA406 Managing the Classroom Environment
    EPT441 Professional Experience 1

    Year 3
    Session 1
    EED502 Successful Teaching
    EED504 Learning and Development 7-12
    Session 2
    ESC413 Web Pedagogies or [ ] Curriculum Method 2 (Second Teaching Area)
    EEP505 Education in the 21st Century

    Year 4
    Session 1
    ESS509 Principles of Inclusive Education
    EEB505 Indigenous Australian Studies for Teachers
    Session 2
    EEE503 Assessment and Reporting
    EPT508 Professional Experience Research

    Full-time 2 years – Commencing Session 2
    Year 1
    Session 2
    ELN402 Literacy strategies for Learning
    ESC407 Classroom Technologies
    EEA406 Managing the Classroom Environment
    EEP424 Pedagogies in Diverse Classrooms

    Year 2
    Session 1
    [ ] Curriculum Method 1 (First Teaching Area)
    EML436 Multimodal Writing or [ ] Curriculum Method 1 (Second Teaching Area)
    EPT441 Professional Experience 1
    EEB505 Indigenous Australian Studies for Teachers
    Session 2
    [ ] Curriculum Method 2 (First Teaching area)
    ESC413 Web Pedagogies or [ ] Curriculum Method 2 (Second Teaching Area)
    EED502 Successful Teaching
    EED504 Learning and Development 7-12

    Year 3
    Session 1
    EEE503 Assessment and Reporting
    ESS509 Principles of Inclusive Education
    EEP505 Education in the 21st Century
    EPT508 Professional Experience Research

    Part time 4 years – Commencing Session 2
    Year 1
    Session 2
    ELN402 Literacy strategies for Learning
    ESC407 Classroom Technologies

    Year 2
    Session 1
    [ ] Curriculum Method 1 (First Teaching Area)
    EML436 Multimodal Writing or [ ] Curriculum Method 1 (Second Teaching Area)
    Session 2
    EEP424 Pedagogies in Diverse Classrooms
    [ ] Curriculum Method 2 (First Teaching area)

    Year 3
    Session 1
    EED502 Successful Teaching
    EED504 Learning and Development 7-12
    Session 2
    EEA406 Managing the Classroom Environment
    EPT441 Professional Experience 1

    Year 4
    Session 1
    ESS509 Principles of Inclusive Education
    EEB505 Indigenous Australian Studies for Teachers
    Session 2
    ESC413 Web Pedagogies or [ ] Curriculum Method 2 (Second Teaching Area)
    EEP505 Education in the 21st Century

    Year 5
    Session 1
    EEE503 Assessment and Reporting
    EPT508 Professional Experience Research

    Relevant sets of Curriculum Method subjects for each teaching area.

    Agriculture
    EMT441 Curriculum Method 1: Agriculture
    EMT446 Curriculum Method: Technologies

    Drama
    EML443 Curriculum Method 1: Drama
    EML444 Curriculum Method 2: Drama

    Design and Technology
    EMT447 Introductory Technologies and Design Curriculum
    EMT445 Curriculum Method: Design and Technology

    English
    EML441 Curriculum Method 1: English
    EML442 Curriculum Method 2: English

    Information Studies
    EMT443 Curriculum Method 1: Information Technology
    EMT444 Curriculum Method 2: Information Technology

    Mathematics
    EMM441 Curriculum Method 1: Mathematics
    EMM442 Curriculum Method 2: Mathematics

    PD/H/PE
    EMR441 Curriculum Method 1: Personal Development/Health/Physical Education
    EMR442 Curriculum Method 2: Personal Development/Health/Physical Education

    Science
    EMS441 Curriculum Method 1: Science
    EMS442 Curriculum Method 2: Science

    Society and Environment
    EMH441 Curriculum Method 1: Society & Environment
    EMH442 Curriculum Method 2: Society & Environment

    Teacher Librarianship
    ETL401 Teacher Librarianship
    ETL402 Literature across the Curriculum

    Technology and Applied Studies
    EMT410 Curriculum Method: Technology Studies
    EMT446 Curriculum Method: Technologies

    Visual Art
    EMA441 Curriculum Method 1: Visual Art
    EMA442 Curriculum Method 2: Visual Art

    The two restricted electives are to be undertaken where a student has a single teaching area. These subjects replace the second set of Curriculum Method subjects in the Course Structure.

  • Admission information

    There are two entry points to the Master of Teaching (Secondary):

    1. Admission directly to the Master of Teaching (Secondary) will be on the grounds of acceptable BOSTES Undergraduate requirements for entry into Secondary Teaching. A Grade Point Average of 4 or
    above must have been attained in applicant’s Undergraduate studies.

    2. Entry to the Master of Teaching (Secondary) through the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) degree is possible on the completion of the first scheduled year of study (8 subjects) for the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary).
    Students must have attained a Grade Point Average of 4 in their undergraduate degree or in their first year of study (8 subjects) for the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary).

    English Language Proficiency Entry Requirements for Teacher Education Preparation Programs

    English Language Proficiency entry requirements for non-Anglophone International students are: an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.5 (with no score below 7 in reading and writing, and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening).

    Note: Please refer to relevant National or State employing bodies for their English language proficiency requirements when seeking employment.

    This is a graduate-entry degree. For entry into this course, you must hold a prior Bachelor's degree and have an appropriate academic background as determined by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), previously the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Education Standards (BOSTES). Your degree must have six appropriate discipline subjects as the basis of your curriculum method major.

    There are two entry points to the Master of Teaching (Secondary):

    1. Admission to the Master of Teaching (Secondary) Graduate Entry will be on the basis of successful completion of an acceptable undergraduate degree that includes the equivalent of three-quarters of a year (0.75 Equivalent Full-Time Study Load – EFTSL) of discipline study, usually comprising sequential discipline study taken over three years. In most programs, this equates to six units, with no more than two units at first year level and no fewer units than two units at third year level. You must have attained a Grade Point Average of 4 or above in your undergraduate studies.

      You must upload a verified copy of the transcript and your completed undergraduate degree with your application.
    2. Entry to the Master of Teaching (Secondary) through the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) is possible on the completion of the first scheduled year of study (8 subjects) for the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary). You must have attained a Grade Point Average of 4 in your undergraduate degree or in your first year of study (8 subjects) for the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary).

    Content requirements

    Your undergraduate (or any postgraduate) degree/s must contain a major in the first subject you intend to teach and a minor in any additional subjects you would like to teach.

    A major is defined as six sequential semester-long units of undergraduate study. Two subjects must be at level one, two subjects at level two and three subjects at level three.

    A minor is defined as four semester-long units of undergraduate study. At least two of these units must be at level 2 (year 2) or above.

    You should note that some secondary school subjects have very specific requirements. For example, to be a science teacher you need to have studied chemistry or physics at university level, and to be a PDHPE teacher you need to have studied both practical sports and contemporary adolescent health issues at university level.

    Entry requirements are based on the NESA accreditation requirements for entry to teacher education courses. You can find an overview of these requirements on the NESA website.

    CSU will assess to what extent the studies in your undergraduate degree meet the NESA content requirements for teaching particular secondary school subjects. NESA does not provide this assessment. If you have a previous written prescription from NESA or the relevant employing authority in another state, it is requested that you include a copy with your application.

    Applicants with more than two undergraduate level subjects to complete will have their application deemed ineligible. Applicants are encouraged to complete the necessary undergraduate requirements and then reapply.
    If, in CSU's opinion, you have met the NESA requirements, you are then regarded as eligible for consideration for the course. Entry is then based on competitiveness of applicants.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPPGYYNOESA
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJESA
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaCGSYYNEESA

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 128 credit points (sixteen subjects).

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  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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