What will I learn?

Are you a passionate graduate whose keen to positively shape Australia’s young minds? UC’s two-year Master of Secondary Teaching will provide you with the knowledge and skills to pursue your passion and enter a career as a teacher of students in Years 7–12.

With the delivery of the Australian Curriculum in mind, discover pedagogical problem-based learning approaches within classroom and school settings and numerous ways to reflect upon your own professional learning objectives.

Informed by the latest research, this postgraduate course for pre-service teachers includes 60 days of professional experience within Canberra region secondary schools.

Like all Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) accredited education programs, UC’s Master of Secondary Teaching requires students to successfully complete a Professional Experience component and pass the moderated Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) that takes place within a school.

Study the Master of Secondary Teaching at UC and you will:

master the skills required for lesson planning and effective teaching and learning
critically reflect on the ways in which educational theory and research informs teaching practice
develop effective ways to collaborate as part of a team and interpret evidence and data
increase your ability to reason and make evidence-based decisions
empower learners with your strong subject and pedagogical knowledge
establish and maintain ethical and respectful relationships with students, colleagues and parents
promote participation and inclusion and develop the strengths and needs of students from diverse cultural, linguistic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds
strengthen your professional leadership
engage with schools in the Canberra region and build your own network of experienced professional and mentors.

Career opportunities

A UC Master of Secondary Teaching degree is an accredited qualification and offers graduates the chance to acquire the skills needed to pursue a career in teaching and a pathway to a range of other lifelong learning careers.

Graduates can work in such roles as:

secondary school teacher
relief teacher
adult educator
children’s author
curriculum adviser
flexible learning developer
professional trainer, coach or tutor
life coach or development executive
international school teacher
education entrepreneur
foreign aid worker/educator
academia, including pedagogy researcher
policy design and implementation.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Education



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$28,500.00 (15,25,696) per year

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

Application deadline

1 December 2021

More details

Start date

7 February 2022, 1 August 2022


University of Canberra

11 Kirinari Street,


Australian Capital Territory,

2617, CANBERRA, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or equivalent as approved by the University. Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Overall score of 79 with no skill score below: R: 13, L: 12, S: 18, W: 21; Pearson Test of English (PTE): 58 with no skill score below 50; Cambridge English Scale (CES): 176 with no individual sub-score below 169; Occupational English Test (OET): No grade lower than 'C' in any of the sub-tests; UC English Language Proficiency Test: Minimum overall grade of 'C'.

For international students

Entrants to graduate entry programs have a discipline-specific bachelor or equivalent qualification relevant to the Australian Curriculum or other recognised areas of schooling provision including at least a major study in one teaching area and, preferably, a second teaching area comprising at least a minor study.

To be eligible you must have an overall IELTS Academic score (or equivalent) of 7.5, a score of not less than 8.0 in both speaking and listening, and no band score below 7.0. TOEFL iBT: Overall score of 102 with: R: 24; L: 24; S: 23; W: 27; Pearson Test of Academic English: 73 with no skill score below 65; Cambridge English Scale: 191 with no sub-score below 185; Occupational English Test: No grade lower than 'B' in any of the sub-tests.

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


About University of Canberra

The University of Canberra has some of the highest graduate employment rates in Australia combined with above average starting salaries.

  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide
  • Ranked among top 10 best universities in Australia
  • Work-Integrated-Learning incorporated into every degree
  • Generous scholarships for international students