The Master of Teaching (Secondary) allows you to build on your experience and previous degree to inspire and educate the next generation.

  • This program is designed for those with an approved undergraduate degree to qualify as a secondary school teacher in two years. 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.
  • Undertake 75 days of supervised professional experience placements throughout the program that help to ensure you are job ready.
  • Develop powerful teaching strategies and effective learning activities under the guidance of academics in UQ’s School of Education.

Open up a wide range of career opportunities within an educational setting.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ was ranked 14th in the world in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject for Education. UQ is also ranked as the joint best school for education research in Australia (ERA Outcomes 2015).

  • 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


  • Professional membership

    Accreditation and professional membership

    This program is 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). Graduates may be eligible for membership with the Queensland College of Teachers.

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
  • 742902
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Entry requirements


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.

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.

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