Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Course Code2058
CRICOS Code083268G
Course duration /
Study mode

Course duration: 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent 
Study mode: On-campus or Distance Education

LocationAvondale Campus - Lake Macquarie
Fee Support

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP)*

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The Master of Teaching (Secondary) course is for eligible graduates of a bachelor degree who desire to transition into a teaching career. 
The Master of Teaching (Secondary) (MTch (Sec)) is a graduate entry teaching course, offered on-campus or via distance education. It is designed to produce graduate teachers who are reflective, creative and confident in the classroom, and to equip students with the necessary skills to teach in Christian, independent and state high school systems both in Australia and overseas. The course provides the opportunity to explore and critically analyse a wide range of educational literature and research to examine the application of these findings to professional practice. Throughout the course, you will engage in practical experience opportunities in a variety of relevant high school environments.

Career Opportunities

  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Secondary Mathematics Teacher
  • Secondary Science Teacher
  • School Chaplain 
  • Tutor

Admission Criteria


Entry into the MTch (Secondary) course requires a suitable Australian bachelor's degree (or equivalent) that meets the content requirements of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). That is, applicants' undergraduate degrees need to include some units related to at least one secondary teaching area. The course convenor will need to undertake an assessment of each candidate's transcript to ensure the unit content requirements have been completed, prior to enrolment into this program. MTch (Secondary) students will have to have met the minimum subject content knowledge requirements in at least a first teaching area prior to graduation.



Applicants for initial teacher education (ITE) courses must also meet non-academic entry requirements.  The non-academic requirement for this course consists of a written statement that you need to supply as part of the application process for entry into this course.  See the following link for



Literacy and Numeracy Tests (LANTITE)

All teacher education students will need to successfully pass the Australian Council for Educational Research Literacy and Numeracy tests (LANTITE) to be eligible to apply for their Professional Experience placement in their final year.

Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) 

The TPA is conducted within the final professional experience placement of all Education degrees. The TPA reflects the elements of planning, teaching, assessing and reflecting. Each section is equally weighted (25%) and is deemed to be reflective of classroom teaching practice. The TPA assesses 31* out of 37* of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at Graduate level (*depending on context) which have been mapped across tasks within each section of the TPA.

Each of the TPA tasks will be graded as Exceeds Expectations, Demonstrated or Not Demonstrated except for the lesson observation in the Teaching section which is graded by the Tertiary Supervisor as Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory. Each section of the TPA must be passed for TES to meet the criteria for passing the TPA. The TPA will be graded overall as either a Pass (Satisfactory) or Fail (Unsatisfactory). 

All Teacher Education Students must successfully complete the TPA as a requirement for graduation.

Working With Children Check

All education students are required to have the relevant state working with children check prior to participating in their first professional experience.

Anaphylaxis and Child Protection Certificate

Education students are also required to complete the anaphylaxis and child protection training prior to participating in their first professional experience.



Overseas applicants will have their qualifications assessed by Avondale Admissions in line with the Admission Policy for Undergraduate Higher Education Courses found at  Overseas applicants are also required to satisfy Australian Government visa requirements


Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English to the satisfaction in one of the following two ways:

  • Provide documentary evidence that their initial education was conducted in the English language.
  • Successful completion of at least two years of tertiary study conducted in the English language in Australia, or in another country where English is the official language, within the last two years.

International applicants may also be required to undertake an English language test (Academic IELTS). Applicants must score an overall score of 7.5 or more, with a minimum of 7.0 in each separate band.

Course Structure

Course duration: Two years full-time (or part-time equivalent). 
Study mode: On-campus or Distance education
Maximum time for completion: Six years

The MTch (Secondary) course is a graduate entry professional qualification designed to successfully prepare secondary teachers. It consists of sixteen 6-credit point units (96 credits points) normally studied over four semesters full-time or the equivalent part-time. The course composition is set out below.


The course structure is based on four semesters (each of 13 weeks in duration), with four units normally completed in each semester.  The course is comprised of:

  • 14 Education Units (10 Core Education Units + 4 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies Units)
  • 2 Directed Electives

Course Grid - Unit Sequence



Suggested Units




Introduction to Teaching


Managing the Secondary Classroom


Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies - Assessment & Planning


Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies - ICT & Learning

Professional Teaching Experience I (July - 20 days)



Understanding Students with Special Education Needs


Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies - _________

(Every odd year only available in distance mode)


Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies - _________

(Every odd year only available in distance mode)


Evaluating Literacy & Numeracy


Professional Teaching Experience II (June - 10 days)


Directed Elective


Relationships Development & Learning


Exploring Research in Education


Preparation for the Teaching Workplace

Professional Teaching Experience III (July - 30 days)


Directed Elective


Exploring Multicultural & Indigenous Education


Exploring a Personal Philosophy of Christian Education


Research & Pastoral Care


Components and Descriptions


Core Education Units

These units cover a range of current educational topics designed to prepare pre-service teachers to successfully teach young people including: Classroom Management; Relationships and Development; and Students with Special Education Needs.

Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Units

These units provide pre-service teachers with the opportunity to apply quality-teaching principles to specific teaching areas. Literacy education, classroom safety, curriculum development, ICT and teaching strategies are each dealt with specifically for normally two chosen teaching areas.

Content of the Course of Study - All units are worth 6 Credit Points 

Core Education Units

  • EDUC23100 Introduction to Teaching
  • EDUC50101 Relationships, Development & Learning
  • EDUC50102 Understanding Students with Special Education Needs
  • EDUC50104 Preparation for the Teaching Workplace
  • EDUC50105 Exploring Research in Education
  • EDUC50106 Research & Pastoral Care
  • EDUC50107 Exploring Multicultural & Indigenous Education
  • EDUC50108 Exploring a Personal Philosophy of Christian Education
  • EDUC50109 Evaluating Literacy & Numeracy  
  • EDUC53101 Managing the Secondary Classroom

Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Units

  • EDUC55103 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies - Assessment & Planning
  • EDUC25104 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies - ICT & Learning

and normally at least two units from the following list covering their chosen teaching areas.

  • EDUC35103 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies – Ancient History
  • EDUC35104 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies – Biology
  • EDUC35105 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies – Chemistry
  • EDUC35106 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies – Commerce and Business Studies
  • EDUC35107 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies – English
  • EDUC35108 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies – Geography
  • EDUC35109 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies – Health and Physical Education
  • EDUC35110 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies – Information Technology
  • EDUC35111 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies – Legal Studies
  • EDUC35112 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies – Mathematics
  • EDUC35113 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies – Modern History
  • EDUC35114 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies – Music
  • EDUC35115 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies – Outdoor Education
  • EDUC35116 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies – Physics
  • EDUC35117 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies – Religion
  • EDUC35118 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies – Technologies I
  • EDUC35119 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies – Technologies II
  • EDUC35120 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies  – Visual Arts

Directed Electives 

The MTch (Secondary) course includes two directed electives. In consultation with the Course Convenor students who do not fully meet prerequisite discipline study requirements choose to complete two units of relevant discipline studies as elective units. Alternatively, students that have fully met prerequisite discipline study requirements are directed to complete either additional relevant discipline studies to strengthen their teaching field and/or additional education units to strengthen their educational understandings.


To find out more about any of the units listed here, copy the unit code and then search for that unit here.

Practical Experience

The goal of professional experience in the workplace is to prepare pre-service teachers to take charge of classrooms and cope with the demands of teaching within a Secondary school context. School placements provide opportunities for pre-service teachers to:

  • experience the teaching role in a variety of settings;
  • observe links between theory and practice;
  • apply knowledge to practice at regular intervals during their course; and
  • work towards achieving the Graduate Teaching Standards in the domains of Professional Knowledge, Professional Practice and Professional Engagement.

Students in the MTch (Secondary) course normally complete a unit involving a professional experience in three of the four semesters of their course. The first professional teaching placement for full-time students is scheduled after semester one and is normally 20-days in duration. Pre-service teachers normally complete their second placement of 10 days at the conclusion of semester three and another placement of 30 days prior to semester four. In total students within the MTch (Secondary) course achieve 60 days of teaching experience in schools.

These placements are normally taken in registered secondary schools. While the majority of students complete their placements in New South Wales schools, there is the option of gaining wider experience in other states. 

Professional experience placements link closely to Professional Development and Experience units and form part of the assessment for these units. This ensures strong links between theory and practice within the course.


This course has dual accreditation (one academic, the other professional).  Avondale is a self-accrediting Higher Education Provider, and the Master of Teaching (Secondary) course is offered within the terms of the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF).  The course is nationally registered with the Tertiary Education and Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA).  This course is also accredited by the New South Wales Education Studies Authority (NESA). Graduates are qualified to teach in the government and private school sectors in Australia and overseas and are eligible for teacher accreditation using the standards of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) as regulated by the state teacher accreditation authority.

Registration and Self-Disclosure


All students are required to successfully pass the National Literacy and Numeracy test to be allowed to participate in their placement scheduled after semester 3. While this is not an admission requirement it is a requirement that will need to be passed to enable all students to graduate from this course.


  • NSW Department of Education and Training Prohibited employment declaration and Consent to employment screening forms need to be completed before visiting any NSW school. All pre-service teachers are required to satisfy NSW requirements by completing the Working with Children check at
  • If pre-service teachers plan on doing a placement outside of NSW, it is their responsibility to make sure they have met the Working with Children/Police Check requirements for the state in which they complete their placement. The Professional Placement Officer will help with this process which may take up to six weeks to complete.
  • Pre-service teachers must complete anaphylaxis training before entering a school or centre.

Note: If students become ineligible to visit schools for professional placement or are barred from attending at a school for any reason, they will not be able to complete this degree.

Where to get further information

Course Enquiries

Student Administration Services

Phone: +61 2 4980 2377
Monday-Thursday, 9.00am-5pm
Friday, 9.00am-12.00noon

Student Experience Survey

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching


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"As a distance student, the element of the course I most enjoyed was communicating with my tutors and fellow students. This reminded me I was truly part of the Avondale student community."
- Jayne Vivien Kaiser