Master of Secondary Teaching

Griffith University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00233E

You can choose to accelerate your studies over 1.5 years or study full-time over two years. If you choose the accelerated option you will be able to apply for registration six months earlier than graduates from other universities.If you are a graduate from a non-education background, perhaps seeking a career change, and wish to teach in secondary school settings, this new degree will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge you need to register with the QCT.You will learn the theory and practice of teaching, as well as about the characteristics of learners and teachers and the social contexts of education. The degree includes education studies, curriculum studies in two nominated teaching areas, and professional experience in secondary school settings. A maximum of four (4) curriculum studies courses will be taken from the curriculum study courses in the undergraduate degree.You will need to be able to identify two of the following Teaching Areas (and students may choose to take teaching areas from another campus and travel to the campus at which those teaching areas are offered):Biology (Gold Coast, Online and Mt Gravatt)#Business (Gold Coast and Online)Chemistry (Gold Coast, Online and Mt Gravatt)#Design Technologies (Gold Coast and Online)Digital Technologies (Gold Coast and Online)Drama (Mt Gravatt and Online)English (Gold Coast, Online and Mt Gravatt)Food and Nutrition (Gold Coast and Online)Geography (Mt Gravatt and Online)Health and Physical Education (Gold Coast, Online and Mt Gravatt)History (Gold Coast, Online and Mt Gravatt)Instrumental Music (Mt Gravatt and Online)#Languages other than English (LOTE) (Mt Gravatt and Online)Mathematics (Gold Coast, Online and Mt Gravatt)Music (Mt Gravatt and Online)Physics (Gold Coast, Online and Mt Gravatt)#Psychology (Mt Gravatt and Online)#Visual Arts (Mt Gravatt and Online)# These teaching areas must be taken at a senior level and, therefore, require a minimum of six subjects in each area in the undergraduate degree. Alternatively, if you have completed at least six subjects in psychology in your Bachelor degree, you may nominate one of the above teaching areas to a senior level (for which you meet the study requirements with a minimum of six subjects) and complete the Learning Enhancement specialist area. In this specialist area, you will gain the skills needed to provide learning support to students with additional needs. You will be able to work in secondary settings where you advise teachers in their planning and/or teach in secondary special education settings. A maximum of four (4) curriculum studies courses will be taken from the curriculum study courses in the undergraduate degree.Note: The Australian Federal Government has mandated that all students of initial teacher education programs demonstrate they have been assessed as being in the top 30%% of the adult population for personal literacy and numeracy. The Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) is administered and managed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). While this is not a requirement for admission, all students will need to organise and demonstrate a pass result in all components of the LANTITE prior to graduation.


  • Adjustments and Differentiation
  • Advanced Literacy and Numeracy within and across the Curriculum
  • Contemporary Influences on Secondary Schooling
  • First Australians, Education and Communities
  • Griffith Dimensions of Learning and Teaching
  • Impact in Secondary Teaching
  • Learning Enhancement
  • Learning Enhancement 1
  • Learning Enhancement 2
  • Listed electives and/or Free-choice electives
  • Pedagogies for Engaged Learners
  • Reading Intervention
  • Research Informed Teaching in Secondary Schools
  • Stepping out as a Professional
  • Supporting Literacy and Numeracy within and across the Curriculum
  • Teaching for Impact
  • The Griffith Teacher Professional Project 1
  • The Griffith Teaching Professional Project 2
  • Understanding Adolescence and Adolescents
  • Understanding Diverse Learners 10 - 18
  • Understanding Impact in Secondary Schools

Standard entry requirements

Non-Education Bachelor degree or equivalent plus Non-academic entry requirements


Griffith University grants credit and recognition of prior learning which may relate to prior formal learning or prior informal and non-formal learning. For more information, please visit the following website: Credit transfer Griffith's innovative Credit Precedent Database allows you to find out what credit decisions have been made in the past. These precedents will give you an idea of what you can expect. View credit precedents for this program

Study pathways

Upon graduation, students with a GPA of 5.0 or higher will be eligible to follow a research pathway via the Master of Education and Professional Studies Research (5608) and then onto a PhD. Graduates may also choose to undertake a Graduate Certificate offered by the School of Education and Professional Studies to further specialise their teaching practice.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Gold Coast Campus International: $45,000 No
  • Full-time : 1.5 years
  • Part-time : 3 years
Mt Gravatt Campus International: $45,000 No
  • Full-time : 1.5 years
  • Part-time : 3 years
Online International: $45,000 No
  • Full-time : 1.5 years

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