Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education

Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titleMTeach(Sec)
CRICOS code074395G
Total credit points required96
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Berwick)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Full-time study only. This course features extended semester durations.
  • Some units are undertaken at Clayton campus. This course requires students to undertake off-campus placements.


NOTE: This course has had one or more changes made to it since publication on 1 October 2011. For details of change/s, please consult the change register at

This course prepares graduates for teaching in secondary schools and provides them with the opportunity to build on strengths developed in their undergraduate degree. Secondary education studies focus on adolescent learning and the nature of education, classroom teaching and practice in schools, education and its relationship to society and planning, implementation and evaluation of the school curriculum. Students gain valuable classroom experience by completing professional placements.


Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of, and a commitment to, working as an ethical teacher who understands and respects diverse social, cultural, religious and ethnic contexts and their effect upon professional practice
  • demonstrate a capacity to engage in research lead teaching, critical inquiry and reflective practice
  • integrate theories of learning and teaching and be able to apply these as appropriate in classroom teaching, school leadership, and curriculum construction
  • design, plan and evaluate teaching and learning, ensuring students' understanding and development
  • utilise a range of technologies to inform and develop practice.


Students must complete teaching practice which consists of a minimum of 60 days of satisfactory supervised school experience. Those students who are employed in schools must complete a minimum of 50 per cent of supervised placement in a setting other than the school in which they are employed. Students will only be permitted to complete a placement in their place of employment if they receive the required level of supervision. Students must be available to undertake placements on a full-time basis and attend their placement for full days at times determined by the faculty.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for registration and employment as secondary school teachers in the government, Catholic and independent school systems in Victoria. For interstate and overseas positions, applicants are advised to check with local authorities.


This course comprises four core units, method studies units and depth studies units, as well as fieldwork placements.


Year 1

EDF5806 Policy and practice of education

EDF5807 Theory and practice of learning and teaching

Core method study unit 1

Core method study unit 2 or Curriculum elective unit

EDF5808 Fostering student engagement in education

EDF5809 The teacher as a professional

Method study 1 (Specialism)

Method study 2 (Specialism)

Year 2

Depth study 1

Depth study 2

Units available

Core curriculum units

Students select two of the following core curriculum units, or one core curriculum unit and one elective curriculum unit from the following list. Students are advised to consult the list of curriculum specialist units and their prerequisites before choosing the core curriculum units:

  • EDF4110 Arts education
  • EDF4111 Business education
  • EDF4112 English language and literacy education
  • EDF4113 General science education
  • EDF4114 Health, outdoor and physical education
  • EDF4115 Information, communication technologies and new media
  • EDF4116 Mathematics and numeracy education
  • EDF4117 Second language pedagogy
  • EDF4118 Social and environmental education
  • EDF4119 The world of Jewish education

Elective curriculum units

  • EDF4510 Connecting curriculum
  • EDF4511 ESL in content areas
  • EDF4512 Gifted education
  • EDF4513 Indigenous and traditional education in a global world
  • EDF4514 Vocational and workplace learning

Curriculum specialism units

Students select two of the following curriculum specialism units. Students are advised to check the prerequisites for their specialism units before selecting their core curriculum units:

Please note the following:

(i.) some curriculum specialism units may only be available in off-campus mode every second year.

(ii.) the availability of any of the curriculum specialism units from year to year is dependent on the faculty's ability to provide appropriate tutorial assistance, supervision and teaching practice facilities.

Alternative exit(s)

Upon successful completion the first year (72 credit points), students are able to exit with the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary).


Master of Teaching (Secondary)