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What will I learn?

Gain an advanced understanding of learning approaches in rural and remote communities with a focus on the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Establish an evidence-based approach to teaching as a basis for your ongoing career development.

What to expect

Learn to develop curriculum that enhances learning outcomes for all students and apply teaching strategies for various contexts. Become an adaptable and responsible teacher with expert judgement and critical problem solving skills.

Career Opportunities

Excel in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms with the Master of Teaching and Learning (Secondary) at JCU. This qualification is valued by government, Catholic, and independent schools in urban and regional Australia. Your skills will also transfer well to international settings.

JCU Master of Teaching and Learning (Secondary) graduates are highly valued in North Queensland and culturally diverse communities.

Graduates go on to work in Australian, international, rural, regional, and remote schools.

You could find work as a secondary teacher with specialist skills in Indigenous education, diverse student needs, and regional teaching experience.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Master of Teaching and Learning (Secondary), graduates will be able to:

  • Apply an advanced and integrated understanding of teacher professional knowledge, practice and engagement in urban, regional, remote and/or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school-community environments.
  • Analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information, data, problems, concepts, theories and recent developments in the fields of teaching and learning in professional practice and research contexts.
  • Design, implement and evaluate curriculum, assessment and differentiated learning opportunities, with a view to enhanced learning outcomes for all students, including those from diverse cultural, linguistic and socio-economic backgrounds and with specific learning needs.
  • Demonstrate professional numeracy and literacy content mastery, the ability to apply strategies for teaching numeracy and literacy in a variety of curricular contexts, and evaluate the success of such application.
  • Reflect on current dispositions, skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others.
  • Critically review regulatory requirements, ethical principles and, where appropriate, cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts.
  • Demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement, agency, adaptability and responsibility in planning, decision-making, solving complex problems and leading curriculum and community engagement initiatives.

Which department am I in?

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$30,400.00 (16,27,409) per year

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

Start date

21 February 2022


Townsville City Campus

City Arcade, 383 Flinders Street,



4810, TOWNSVILLE, Australia

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$30,400.00 (16,27,409) per year

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

Start date

21 February 2022


Cairns City campus

36 Shields Street,



4870, CAIRNS, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants require a degree equivalent to an Australia Bachelor degree. English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS: 6.0 (no component lower than 6.0); TOEFL (internet-based): 74 (minimum writing score of 18); Pearson (PTE Academic): 52 (no component less than 52); C1 Advanced/C2 Proficiency: 169 (no component less than 169).

For international students

Student must have successfully completed an appropriate bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution which includes completion of subjects in two teaching areas appropriate to curriculum areas in Australian secondary schools; that is subjects that link to the national school curriculum (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)) and/or the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) .

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of an overall score of 7.5 in Academic IELTS (or equivalent) with sub-score no less than 8 in Speaking and Listening and no less than 7 in Reading and Writing.

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


About James Cook University

James Cook University (JCU) is ranked among the top 2% of universities in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2020.

  • Ranked in the top 250 of universities in the world
  • Rated as “world-class or better” in 83% areas of research
  • Top 100 universities in the world for UN SDG
  • Rated 5 stars for employment, student support and skills