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Master of  Teaching (Secondary)

Program code: 5685
QTAC code: 742902


St Lucia


2 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

Gain the skills to inspire and educate the next generation by qualifying as a secondary school teacher in the Master of Teaching (Secondary).

  • This two year program is designed for those with an approved undergraduate degree looking to qualify as a secondary school teacher. See Program Details for entry requirements.
  • Learn to cooperatively and critically plan, design, implement and review teaching programs, including developing teaching and learning strategies and curriculum materials.
  • Participate in practical, school-based learning drawing from the latest research into effective teaching methods, and complete 75 days of supervised professional experience placements throughout the program.
  • Develop your passion for teaching with a program that encourages active engagement with local and global communities to promote continuing enhancement of learning for the benefit of all.

Teaching is a challenging and rewarding career, with secondary school teachers in demand worldwide.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ is a leader in education research. It was ranked equal best in Australia in the ERA Outcomes 2015, and 15th in the world in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the best

    Our lecturers and tutors are award winning educators and researchers who are experts in their field. They provide regular educational policy and practice consultancy services for a range of government departments and private organisations. This means our teaching (and your learning) is informed by the latest knowledge.

  • Why study

    Actively shape the future of the next generation


  • Professional membership

    Accreditation and professional membership

    Graduates may be eligible to apply for membership with the Queensland College of Teachers. This program is also accredited by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (completing this degree may not result in automatic accreditation for graduates – please contact the relevant association for details).

Career outcomes

Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as a teacher in Queensland and to work as a secondary school teacher in state and independent schools in Australia and worldwide.

With further study and experience, this program can lead to roles as a head of department, principal, guidance officer, learning support teacher or student adviser.

If you choose to undertake a specialisation in music or a language other than English (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish), there is also the opportunity to work in primary school education.


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria


An approved bachelor degree with a minimum GPA 4.5 from an approved tertiary institution that meets the requirements for two teaching areas of the secondary curriculum in Australian schools. Students will be required to submit a statement addressing non-academic criteria. Please refer to the School of Education Website for further information on entry requirements and becoming a teacher.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Teaching (Secondary) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Teaching (Secondary). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

Students undertaking the Master of Teaching (Secondary) must complete supervised professional experience throughout the program.

Students will complete 75 days of supervised professional experience placements throughout the program. Every effort is made to place students within a reasonable distance of their home, but you can be expected to travel up to 90 minutes one-way due to public transport connections and incur costs associated with travel and possible lost income. Students are generally placed at Brisbane and the south-east corner of Queensland (including the Gold and Sunshine Coasts for secondary teaching) and are also encouraged to consider a rural placement. There may be costs for incidentals such as travel and daily expenses. Students must have a current Blue Card (Working with Children Check) before commencing practicum, and should apply for one through The School of Education three months before their first professional experience. The Teacher Preparation Programs Handbook provides additional information about practicum and school experience requirements and is available from the School of Education.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Queensland College of Teachers

Accreditation body

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is accredited by:

  • Australian Institute For Teaching And School Leadership

Professional registration

Graduates may be eligible for registration with the following professional bodies:

  • Queensland College Of Teachers

Please contact the relevant professional body for details about registration. Completion of the Master of Teaching (Secondary) may not result in automatic registration for graduates.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Master of Teaching (Secondary) are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,566
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

An "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth Supported Place in the Master of Teaching (Secondary) for the 2018 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Allocations of Commonwealth Supported Places for postgraduate programs commenced in 2019 are yet to be determined by he Australian Government.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.
  • From 2018, all students are required to successfully meet the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) standards prior to graduation.
  • UQ committed to fund test costs to the end of 2018. From 1 January 2019 this is no longer available and students must cover this cost. The 2018 fee was $185 ($92.50 per test). ACER lists current fees.
  • Please contact the School of Education for further details ( or visit the School of Education office.
  • For more information on the test, including sample tests and registration information, please visit the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying to QTAC

Apply now to QTAC

All domestic student applications for the Master of Teaching (Secondary) need to be lodged through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

You can list up to six programs in order of preference on your QTAC application. Listing the maximum of six will strengthen your chances of being offered a place at university.

The QTAC code for the Master of Teaching (Secondary) is 742902. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

Apply now to QTAC

Additional application information

Applications for the program from domestic students should be submitted to QTAC.

From 2018 applicants to education programs in Australia must complete non-academic entry criteria. The process is currently under development - please check QTAC's advice.

The following advice has been provided from the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT):

Transferring students
If a student is admitted as a transfer student into an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) program at a new university and they enrolled in their original ITE primary program prior to the implementation of the non-academic selection tool pre-requisite, they are able transfer without meeting the requirement. If a student is being admitted into an ITE program as a new student, the prerequisite will need to be met.

Students accepted into an ITE program who defer the commencement of their study date post Semester 2 2017
A student who has already accepted a placement in an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) program and has deferred their study for a period no longer than one year will not need to submit documentation to address the requirements of the non-academic selection tool.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

A good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a "course" we call a "program".

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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