Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and 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)2 years FT, 4 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Berwick, Clayton)
Off-campus (Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9904 7167 (Berwick) or +61 3 9905 2888 (Clayton) or +61 3 9902 6367 (Gippsland) or email or or or visit

Course coordinator


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • The course at Berwick is accelerated and can be completed in 1.5 years studied in extended semesters. Part-time students normally study the units outlined for each full-time year over two years, however as some units may have prerequisites/co-requisites or specific semester offerings, part-time students should consult the course adviser about their pattern of study before selecting units.
  • Some units are undertaken at Clayton campus. This course requires students to undertake off-campus placements.


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, and implementation and evaluation of the school curriculum. Students gain valuable classroom experience by completing professional placements.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of, and a commitment to, working as an ethical secondary teacher who understands and respects diverse social, cultural, religious and ethnic contexts and can respond flexibly in meeting individual student's needs
  • demonstrate the capacity to engage in research-led teaching, critical inquiry and reflective practice
  • integrate theories of learning and teaching and apply them 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. Students will only be given permission to complete a placement in their place of employment in exceptional circumstances and if they will receive the required level of supervision. Where permission is granted, students will not be permitted to undertake more than 50 per cent of the placement in their place of employment. 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 consists of four core units, teaching method units and depth studies units, as well as professional experience placements.


Students must complete:

  • EDF5010 Professional experience 1A*
  • EDF5011 Professional experience 1B*
  • EDF5012 Professional experience 2A*
  • EDF5013 Professional experience 2B*
  • EDF5014 Professional experience 3A*
  • EDF5015 Professional experience 3B*
  • EDF5806 Policy and practice of education
  • EDF5807 Theory and practice of learning and teaching
  • EDF5808 Fostering student engagement in education
  • EDF5809 Teacher as a professional
  • method study 1 (Parts A and B)
  • method study 2 (Parts A and B)
  • two depth study units

* Includes a number of days of professional placement. Refer to unit entry for details.

Teaching method units

Students select teaching method units in the two teaching specialisms of their choice. For a full list of teaching method units and their prerequisites visit

Depth study units

Depth study units provide opportunities to develop expertise in one of three streams:

(a.) Advanced professional learning: This stream enables students to select units of interest to advance their professional knowledge in a range of areas including but not limited to literacy studies, educational technologies, music education, mathematics and science education, inclusive and special education, and gifted education.

(b.) Practitioner inquiry: This stream enables students to engage in a school-based practitioner inquiry.

(c.) Research: This stream enables students to develop their understanding of research and their experience in undertaking a research project that may lead them to doctoral (PhD) studies.

Students select two depth study units from a suite of options subject to discussion with the course adviser. Availability of units may vary from year to year. More information is available at

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit the Master of Teaching (Secondary) early may apply to graduate with the following, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

  • Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) after successful completion of 72 points of study.


Master of Teaching (Secondary)