Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 2014 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
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Berwick, Clayton)
Off-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) or

Course coordinator


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course of study must be completed in a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 6 years, and enrolment must be continuous.
  • 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 experience placements.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

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 school 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.

Credit for prior studies

Students who have studied before may be eligible for credit for prior studiescredit for prior studies (

Research component

This course includes the option of an independent research dimension requiring the knowledge and application of research principles and practices applicable to a field of professional work or learning, or a capstone experience comprising professional experience.

Mandatory checks and security clearances

Before participating in a professional placement in any educational setting students must meet specific security clearancessecurity clearances ( that apply to the state or territory where the placement is being undertaken.


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 at times determined by the faculty.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for registrationregistration ( 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 core units, teaching method units and depth study units, and professional experience units.


Students must complete:

(a.) four core units (48 points):

  • 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

(b.) four teaching methods units (24 points):

  • method study 1 (Part A)
  • method study 1 (Part B)
  • method study 2 (Part A)
  • method study 2 (Part B)

(c.) two depth study units (24 points)

(d.) six professional experience units to complete 60 days of supervised school experience (0 points):

  • EDF5010 Professional experience 1A
  • EDF5011 Professional experience 1B
  • EDF5012 Professional experience 2A
  • EDF5013 Professional experience 2B
  • EDF5014 Professional experience 3A
  • EDF5015 Professional experience 3B

Teaching method units

Students select teaching method unitsteaching method units ( in the two teaching specialisms of their choice.

Depth study units

Students select two depth study unitsdepth study units ( from a suite of options subject to discussion with the course adviser. Availability of units may vary from year to year.

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

(1.) Advanced professional learning: Students select units in an area 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, TESOL, inclusive and special education, and gifted education.

(2.) Professional inquiry: Students engage in a school-based professional inquiry. This stream enables engagement with schools at a professional level, with students working in partnership with a school to investigate an educational issue that is of mutual interest.

(3.) Research*: Students develop their understanding of research and their experience in undertaking a research project that may lead them to doctoral (PhD) studies. Students expand their understanding and appreciation of educational research perspectives, methods and research ethics and conduct a supervised piece of rigorous academic research around a topic of interest which demonstrates capacity for doctoral study.

*Eligibility for the research pathway is not determined at point of entry but can only be completed by invitation.

Refer to the relevant course mapcourse map ( for the Master of Teaching (Secondary) for course progression advice.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit this course early and 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 and required professional experience units.


Master of Teaching (Secondary)