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What will I learn?

This nationally accredited course provides the opportunity for those with a passion in a particular subject specialisation and the desire to work with young people, to become secondary teachers.

Students study their preferred areas of specialisation, in addition to a suite of core education units that address key educational needs of young people. Graduates of this course will have the flexibility to take up employment in both private and government secondary schools. A central feature of this course is the range of professional practice experiences Pre-Service Teachers undertake throughout their training. This provides valuable and diverse employability skills and enables them to connect theory to practice.

Music Education Major

Focuses on classroom music teaching.

Students have the option to complete a minor in instrumental music teaching and conducting/ensemble direction, and can also undertake electives in primary and early childhood music teaching. The major is offered in conjunction with the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and students undertaking this major opt to specialise in either Classical, Jazz or Contemporary music. Under certain circumstances, students may undertake crossover units from other streams.

Learning Outcomes

  • Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts to create positive learning environments in music.
  • Communicate knowledge and ideas clearly in both written and oral formats.
  • Critically reflect using accredited standards, mentor feedback and the ECA Code of Ethics to demonstrate responsibility and accountability and plan for continued collaborative and autonomous professional learning and development.
  • Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge in depth regarding the Australian curriculum and teaching strategies for secondary music education.
  • Demonstrate leadership, exercise professional judgement and collaborate to plan, problem solve and make decisions in music.
  • Exercise critical thinking and judgement to plan and implement music programs for a range of students with diverse abilities and needs, and assess the outcomes.
  • Review, analyse and synthesise knowledge of teaching strategies to plan for the content of music teaching.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates will be eligible to seek employment in both government and non-government secondary schools teaching Music, and have the option to also work as specialist Kindergarten to Year 6 Music teachers.

Possible future job titles

Secondary Music Teacher, Kindergarten to year 6 Music Specialist Teacher, Specialist Instrumental Teacher.

Which department am I in?

School of Education



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$31,500.00 (16,86,296) per year
Estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $31,500

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected July 2022

More details

Start date

14 February 2022


Mount Lawley Campus

2 Bradford Street,


Western Australia,

6050, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Minimum requirements for secondary school results can change, depending on the country where you completed secondary study. International Baccalaureate Diploma - Minimum of 24 points (Minimum of 28 points for Law), consisting of aggregate from 3 higher level & 3 subsidiary level. Standard Entry 24, Higher Entry 28.. English Language Requirements accepted: Academic IELTS: An overall band score of 6.0, with no individual band less than 6.0; TOEFL: Minimum score of 550, including Test of Written English of 5 or better; TOEFL iBT: Minimum score of 70, with no individual score less than 17; PTE Academic: PTE Academic 52, with no scores less than 50; University of Cambridge [Cambridge English: Advanced] (CAE) or Cambridge C1 Advanced - An overall score of 169, with no individual band less than 169.

For international students

All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course.

  • AQF Cert IV;
  • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;
  • University Preparation Course;
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;
  • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment; or
  • Experience Based Entry Scheme.

Minimum requirements for secondary school results can change, depending on the country where you completed secondary study.

All applicants are required to complete a practical test on their chosen instrument, and complete a short aural/theory test. It is desirable that all applicants have Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Grade V level of performance, with equivalents considered.

English competency requirements

  • International students must attain an Academic IELTS with an average level of 7.5 or more, across the four components of listening, speaking, reading and writing; no score below level 7.0 in any of these components; and, a score of 8.0 or more in the components of speaking and listening.
  • Pearson English Test (PTE) Academic - 52, with no scores less than 50. (Results are valid for two years only.)
  • TOEFL iBT - Minimum score of 70, with no individual score less than 17.
  • TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) - Minimum score of 550, including Test of Written English of 5 or better.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Edith Cowan University (ECU)

Edith Cowan University is in the top 2.5% of world universities in the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

  • Among world’s top 100 best young universities (THE)
  • Offers a range of industry-relevant programmes
  • World-class research profile
  • Enjoys broad industry connections