Griffith University

Master of Secondary Teaching

Griffith University

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

This program replaces the Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) from 2018 - a change sought by the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) in response to government requirements. Accelerated over 1.5 years, this degree will enable students to apply for teacher 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.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 and Mt Gravatt)# Business (Gold Coast only)# Chemistry (Gold Coast and Mt Gravatt)# Design Technologies (Gold Coast only) Digital Technologies (Gold Coast only) Drama (Mt Gravatt only) Earth and Environmental Science (Gold Coast and Mt Gravatt)# English (Gold Coast and Mt Gravatt) Health and Physical Education (Gold Coast and Mt Gravatt) History (Mt Gravatt only) Instrumental Music (Mt Gravatt only)# Languages other than English (LOTE) (Mt Gravatt only)# Mathematics (Gold Coast and Mt Gravatt) Music (Mt Gravatt only) Physics (Gold Coast and Mt Gravatt) Psychology (Mt Gravatt only) (offered from 2019) Visual Arts (Mt Gravatt only)# 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.


  • Advanced Literacy and Numeracy within and across the Curriculum
  • Conservatorium Ensemble Studies
  • Contemporary Influences on Secondary Schooling
  • First Australians, Diverse Cultural Identities and Communities
  • Griffith Dimensions of Learning and Teaching
  • Learning Enhancement 1
  • Learning Enhancement 2
  • Pedagogies for Engaged Learners
  • 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 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 <abbr title="Grade Point Average GPA</abbr> of 5.0 or higher will be eligible to follow a research pathway via the /Program/5608/Overview Master of Education and Professional Studies Research (5608) and then onto a <abbr title="Doctor of Philosophy PhD</abbr>. 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: $42,000 No
  • Full-time : 1.5 years
  • Part-time : 3 years
Mt Gravatt Campus International: $42,000 No
  • Full-time : 1.5 years
  • Part-time : 3 years
Online International: $42,000 No
  • Full-time : 1.5 years

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