Master of Secondary Teaching

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





2 yrs FT/1.5 yrs FT equivalent
3 to 4 years part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

$6,684.00* per year (more)
* 2020 indicative annual CSP fee

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Admission requirements

  • Non-Education Bachelor degree or equivalent plus Non-academic entry requirements


Commencing in

Trimester 1

Next start date

Trimester 1, 2020 (more)

Applications close

Friday, 31 January 2020

Why choose this program?

You can choose to accelerate your studies over 1.5 years or study full-time over two years. If you choose the accelerated option you will be able to apply for registration six months earlier than graduates from other universities.

If you are a graduate from a non-education background, perhaps seeking a career change, and wish to teach in secondary school settings, this new degree will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge you need to register with the QCT.

You will learn the theory and practice of teaching, as well as about the characteristics of learners and teachers and the social contexts of education. The degree includes education studies, curriculum studies in two nominated teaching areas, and professional experience in secondary school settings.

You will need to be able to identify two of the following Teaching Areas (and students may choose to take teaching areas from another campus and travel to the campus at which those teaching areas are offered):

  • Biology (Gold Coast and Mt Gravatt)#
  • Business (Gold Coast only)#
  • Chemistry (Gold Coast and Mt Gravatt)#
  • Design Technologies (Gold Coast only)
  • Digital Technologies (Gold Coast only)
  • Drama (Mt Gravatt only)
  • Earth and Environmental Science (Gold Coast and Mt Gravatt)#
  • English (Gold Coast and Mt Gravatt)
  • Food and Nutrition (Gold Coast) (subject to QCT approval)
  • Health and Physical Education (Gold Coast and Mt Gravatt)
  • History (Mt Gravatt only)
  • Instrumental Music (Mt Gravatt only)#
  • Languages other than English (LOTE) (Mt Gravatt only)#
  • Mathematics (Gold Coast and Mt Gravatt)
  • Music (Mt Gravatt only)
  • Physics (Gold Coast and Mt Gravatt)
  • Psychology (Mt Gravatt only) (offered from 2019)
  • Visual Arts (Mt Gravatt only)

# These teaching areas must be taken at a senior level and, therefore, require a minimum of six subjects in each area in the undergraduate degree.

Alternatively, if you have completed at least six subjects in psychology in your Bachelor degree, you may nominate one of the above teaching areas to a senior level (for which you meet the study requirements with a minimum of six subjects) and complete the Learning Enhancement specialist area. In this specialist area, you will gain the skills needed to provide learning support to students with additional needs. You will be able to work in secondary settings where you advise teachers in their planning and/or teach in secondary special education settings.

Related programs

Code Program title Campus Intake
5587 Master of Primary Teaching Gold Coast, Mt Gravatt, Online Trimester 1 only
5700 Master of Secondary Teaching (this program) Gold Coast, Mt Gravatt Trimester 1 only
4202 Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching Gold Coast, Mt Gravatt, Online Exit point only
3286 Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching Gold Coast, Mt Gravatt, Online Exit point only

The Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (3286) and the Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching (4202) do not lead to teacher registration.

Attendance information

The Master of Secondary Teaching program is offered full-time and part-time. International students must complete 75% of the program via face-to-face on-campus. The program designates which courses may be completed online.

Professional experience is a mandated component of this program. The placements in secondary schools are organised by the School of Education and Professional Studies. Upon enrolment into the program, students will be asked to provide information to facilitate their placements.

Managing study interruptions

Leave of absence
Students may not take a leave of absence in this program without the approval of the Program Director. The Program Director will review applications for leave of absence relative to the maximum time available to complete the program, availability of required courses and the sequential nature of the program which necessitates completion of certain courses prior to continuing into professional experience placements.

Student Income Support

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.

Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.

Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.

My career opportunities

Graduates of the Master of Secondary Teaching will be qualified to teach students in public and private secondary schools anywhere in Australia as well as at equivalent levels overseas.

Program accreditation

The Master of Secondary Teaching is accredited by the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT).

To obtain registration with the Queensland College of Teachers, graduating teachers must have evidence to demonstrate that their English language proficiency meets the minimum requirements for registration.

Before I enrol

Working with Children Check (Blue Card)

Information for placements within Queensland

Before undertaking professional experience placements, all students in this program are required to:

  • undergo the Working with Children Check and
  • be issued with a Blue Card.

Students must hold a current valid Blue Card throughout the duration of each professional experience. Students may be asked to present their Blue Card to facility staff on the first day of each placement and should keep their Blue Card on them at all times while attending a professional experience placement.

The University is legally obliged to warn students that it is an offence for a disqualified person to submit a Blue Card application. Further information may be obtained from Queensland Government Blue Card Services, the Education Professional Experience Office or from any Griffith Student Centre.

Blue Card applications must be submitted online by the student via the Queensland Government Blue Card Services website. There is no fee for a student Blue Card.

Pathways to further study

Upon graduation, students with a GPA of 5.0 or higher will be eligible to follow a research pathway via the Master of Education and Professional Studies Research (5608) and then onto a PhD. Graduates may also choose to undertake a Graduate Certificate offered by the School of Education and Professional Studies to further specialise their teaching practice.

Commonwealth supported students

  • The fee is indicative of an annual full-time load (80 credit points) in a program categorized to one of the Australian Government's three broad discipline areas (student contribution bands). A student's actual annual fee may vary in accordance with his or her choice of majors and electives. The Australian Government sets student contribution amounts on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying postgraduate (domestic) students

Indicative annual tuition fee

The indicative annual tuition fee is calculated based on a standard full-time study load which is usually 80 credit points.

The indicative annual tuition fee is based on current conditions and available data and should only be used as a guide. These fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying postgraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program prior to 2014 is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student commenced the program.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program from 2014 onwards is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Master of Secondary Teaching (5700)

Year of study Fee category/Band Fee per CP Tuition fee 80cp
2020 Fee Band 21.0 $262.50 $21,000.00
2019 Fee Band 20.0 $250.00 $20,000.00
Tuition fees for your degree program
Changing programs

If a postgraduate student changes to a different program they will be subject to the approved program fee for the trimester in which they are enrolled.

Further information

Additional fee information

This postgraduate program has Commonwealth Supported Places. If you are eligible, the Australian Government will contribute to the cost of this program but you will also be required to make a contribution.

Quotas are applied for admission to the Commonwealth Supported Places. Where demand exceeds the number of available places, not all eligible applicants who meet minimum program entry requirements may be offered a place. Assessment for admission is based on meritorious performance. If you are not successful in gaining a Commonwealth Supported Place, you may be eligible for a Fee-Paying Postgraduate place.

This program has been approved by the Australian Government for student income support (for example, Youth Allowance and Austudy). Students should contact Centrelink for more information about their eligibility for student income support payments.