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Master of Teaching

2016 | 2017 | 2018

About this course

The Master of Teaching is a graduate-entry qualification that prepares graduates for secondary or early childhood teaching. Graduates can teach in secondary schools (up to two subjects), or in early childhood settings (six-weeks to five-years-old) depending on their selected stream.

The degree includes an extended educational research project. Professional experience placements are included throughout the course to enable students to become highly competent and experienced teachers.

Career opportunities

Graduates will typically work as teachers in either secondary schools or in early childhood settings, nationally and internationally. Some graduates may pursue work in a range of training and development settings in industry, the public service and the arts.

Professional recognition

The Master of Teaching (Secondary stream) has accreditation with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). Courses accredited by NESA  have national accreditation through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

The Masters of Teaching (Early Childhood stream) has accreditation as an early childhood teaching qualification by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

Usually, Australian teacher qualifications are recognised internationally, but students need to check with potential employers and teacher registration authorities in other countries regarding accreditation requirements.

The Australian Government has introduced a Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE), effective from July 2016. All Initial Teacher Education students across Australia will need to successfully complete the national literacy and numeracy test (LANTITE) prior to completing their course. In line with accreditation requirements, at SCU the test needs to be successfully completed prior to undertaking the final professional experience placement.

Professional placement

Students complete a program of practical in-school teaching experiences during the course, which enable them to put theory into practice as they observe and reflect on classroom dynamics. It also provides opportunities for them to become acquainted with the formal and informal aspects of what occurs in classrooms and schools or early childhood settings and to demonstrate their independent and professional capabilities as teachers.

Major areas of study

Students complete four research units that focus on an area of education that is significant to their field of teacher training, or to education as a whole.

They can select the Early Childhood stream, to become an early childhood teacher (six-weeks to five-years-old).


They select the Secondary stream to become a secondary school teacher in up to two of the following subjects:

  • English
  • Human Society and its Environment (HSIE), which comprises modern history or geography, with the optional addition of ancient history, business studies, legal studies, economics, society and culture
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
  • Science
  • Technological and Applied Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • Dance*
  • Drama*

Students who plan to teach in only one subject area in a secondary school, can select two elective units from topics including social and emotional wellbeing; drugs, alcohol and sexual health; children's rights; children and the law; and children's protection and participation.

Please note: All teaching subjects are offered online, but require attendance at compulsory on-campus workshops (except for Technology and Applied Studies). 

Depending on their previous study, some students may need to complete additional units, some of which may only be available on campus. All core education units can be studied on campus or online.

*University approval pending

Assessment methods

The assessment methods used in this course vary from unit to unit. Most units have progressive assessment with grades typically allocated across a combination of assessment tasks due at different times during the study period. Some units may also include a formal examination at the end of the study period. Assessment requirements for each unit are advised in writing to students at the commencement of each study period with clear guidelines, due dates, and the weighting for each assessment task

Teaching methods

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Please note: Online students may be required to attend compulsory on or off-campus workshops.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
  • Recognition of informal learning
    Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.

The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Table of contents

Admission requirements

Applicants’ qualifications must meet the requirements for admission for:

  1. secondary graduate study as advised by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards' Graduate Teacher Standard Descriptor 2.1.1 (Subject Content Knowledge) or be able to meet these requirements by completing no more than two units which on all occasions will be undertaken as part of the degree; or
  2. early childhood (Birth to 5 years) graduate study as advised by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

To meet the minimum English language requirement an applicant must satisfy one of the following criteria:

  1. have completed senior secondary study equivalent of Australian Year 12 where:
    1. the required study was undertaken in either Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), the United States of America, Canada or the Republic of Ireland; and
    2. the language of instruction was English; or
    3. achieved a minimum test score equal to or above the minimum listed below:
      1. International English Language Test System (IELTS). The applicant must have a minimum overall score of 7.5, including a minimum result of 8.0 in both the speaking and listening modules and 7.0 in reading and writing; or
      2. International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR). The applicant must have a score of at least 4+ in each of the four areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Master of Teaching, a candidate shall successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A; and
    2. ten (10) additional units which comprise:

for a Secondary stream

  1. all units listed in Part B; and four (4) units including two (2) sequential units from Part C, and
  2. two (2) additional sequential units from Part C, or
  3. two (2) units from Part F.

for an Early Childhood stream

  1. all units listed in Part D of the Schedule of Units in accordance with ACECQA’s admission requirements
  1. all units listed in Part E.
  2. Both components of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) as required by the Federal Government.

Permission to undertake a professional experience placement will at all times be at the discretion of the Head of the School of Education.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access and Inclusion website. If you have a disability or health condition which may impact on your ability to meet these requirements please refer to the Student Access and Inclusion website for further information and contact details.

Advanced standing

Candidates may be granted advanced standing in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Recognition of Prior Learning policy.

  1. Candidates may only be granted advanced standing for one (1) Early Childhood Professional Experience unit.

Schedule of units


How to apply

Admission into the Master of Teaching, secondary stream, is assessed on the basis of an applicant having completed a relevant undergraduate degree. As part of that degree the applicant has ideally undertaken a major area of study in a recognised teaching discipline or key learning area (KLA) consisting of at least six units and a minor area of study consisting of at least four units (a maximum of two units at first year level) in another recognised teaching discipline.

Applicants who have only completed one study area in a recognised teaching discipline can still gain admission to the course but will only qualify to teach in one secondary subject. As part of the Masters award, applicants may be able to select elective units that can be used towards a recognised minor study area.

For admission into the Master of Teaching, early childhood stream, you must have completed a degree relevant to education. 

Domestic students

Applications for this course are made directly to SCU via our online application service.

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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'