Prepare to become a future innovator and leader with the Master of Teaching (Secondary). Our tutors deliver content in an innovative way that combines contemporary research with advanced pedagogical skills. The professional experience component of the course places students within a school setting to fulfil the practical elements of their teaching degree over a 60-day period. 

View Master of Teaching (Secondary) course handbook
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Upgrade your skills

  • Comprehensive understanding of relevant study areas
  • Entrepreneurial approach to innovation and development
  • Adaptable to change
  • Sociocultural and economic awareness of teaching environments
  • Ethical consideration in work and community situations

Stretch your career further

  • Secondary school teacher
  • Educational researcher

Key codes

International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Strong industry connections and co-creation

Professional experience places students within a school setting to fulfil the practical elements of their teaching degree: students complete three professional placements at a secondary school, a total of 60 days.

Professional accreditations

Why Swinburne?

Ranked  top 500 worldwide in the subject of Education

Ranked top 20% in Australia for 5-star PG Overall experience

92% of students found employment 4 months after graduating 

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Applicants require a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification that includes at least a major study in one approved secondary teaching area (equivalent to one year full time equivalent study) and a minor in at least one other recognised teaching area (equivalent to half a year of full time equivalent study). 

Victorian Institute of Teaching website


Other requirements

Casper test

All applicants (both standard entry and non-year 12 entry) must sit the Casper test. Casper is a non-academic online test designed to assess an applicant's personal and professional attributes. Please note Swinburne will consider Casper test results taken within the past year. It is an Australian Government accreditation requirement that all initial teacher education courses include non-academic selection criteria. To ensure you don’t miss the Casper test deadlines, register for your sitting or for further information about the test.

Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students

Admission to this course will consider both academic and non-academic results. Applicants applying to transfer from another initial teacher education course must disclose all LANTITE (Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students) attempts. Applicants who have unsuccessfully attempted the LANTITE three or more times will not be eligible to receive an offer.

The university may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements. Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Working with Children Check and Police Check

All enrolled students must maintain a current Working with Children Check (from the appropriate State Authority). A Police Check may also be required by a school prior to a placement. View the list of each state's requirements.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

How credit points work

To qualify for the award of Master of Teaching (Secondary), students must complete 200 credit points comprising:

Core units
Supervised practicum units
Masters Degree

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Understanding Theories of Teaching, Learning & Development
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
Curriculum Development, Assessment and Responsive Pedagogy
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy 1
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
Transformative Technologies in Education
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
Understanding Indigenous Education and Perspectives
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
Assessment and Data
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
Teaching for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
Innovation for Education
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
Educational Leadership and Policy
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
Building and Sustaining Positive Relationships
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
Teacher Professionalism and Ethical Conduct
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy 2
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
Professional Experience 3 (Ready to Teach)
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
Professional Experience 1
Core unit
Professional Experience 2
Core unit

2024 fees

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2024 fees

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Fees are estimates only

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

How do I pay my fees?

FEE-HELP is a loan given to eligible full-fee paying higher education students to help pay part or all of their tuition fees. The Commonwealth Government pays the amount of the loan directly to Swinburne.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Finances
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Eligibility for FEE-HELP

You’re eligible for a FEE-HELP loan if you are studying an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, or UniLink or OUA course at Swinburne, and you:

  • are an Australian citizen doing at least one unit of your course in Australia; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and will be living in Australia for the duration of your course; or
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category visa and meet the special eligibility requirements for New Zealand citizens
  • are undertaking bridging study for overseas trained professionals and will be living in Australia for the duration of this study
  • have not exceeded the new combined Help Loan limit.

The HELP limit is the maximum amount you can borrow from the government in your lifetime towards your education costs. It is fixed and cannot be topped up.

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

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SSAF fee* ($AUD)



Scholarship applications for 2024 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 20 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

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Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

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