Master of Secondary Teaching (Coursework)

Course code: #5700



Master of Secondary Teaching (Coursework)

Quick facts

  • Annual tuition (2023)

    $31,500 AUD

  • Application fee

    $50 AUD

  • Duration

    2 years

  • PSW

    4 years

  • Min GPA

    4 out of 7

  • CRICOS code


Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

These are mandatory and all come with course.


These items are optional and you can choose them as you wish after applying for the course.


Term start& deadline Deadline
Fall-March 31-January-2024 2024-01-31
Fall-March 31-January-2026 2026-01-31
Fall-March 31-January-2025 2025-01-31
Fall-March 31-January-2027 2027-01-31


Master of Secondary Teaching

You can choose to accelerate your studies over 1.5 years or study full-time over two years at Griffith

If you choose the accelerated option, you can apply for registration six months earlier than graduates from other universities.

This new degree will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to register with the QCT.

You will learn the theory and practice of teaching, as well as about the characteristics of learners and teachers and the social contexts of education. 

The degree includes education studies, curriculum studies in two nominated teaching areas, and professional experience in secondary school settings. 

A maximum of four (4) curriculum studies courses will be taken from the curriculum study courses in the undergraduate degree.

You will need to be able to identify two of the following Teaching Areas (and students may choose to take teaching areas from another campus and travel to the campus at which those teaching areas are offered):

  • Biology (Gold Coast, Online and Mt Gravatt)#
  • Business (Gold Coast and Online)
  • Chemistry (Gold Coast, Online and Mt Gravatt)#
  • Design Technologies (Gold Coast and Online)
  • Digital Technologies (Gold Coast and Online)
  • Drama (Mt Gravatt and Online)
  • English (Gold Coast, Online and Mt Gravatt)
  • Food and Nutrition (Gold Coast and Online)
  • Geography (Mt Gravatt and Online)
  • Health and Physical Education (Gold Coast, Online and Mt Gravatt)
  • History (Gold Coast, Online and Mt Gravatt)
  • Instrumental Music (Mt Gravatt and Online)#
  • Languages other than English (LOTE) (Mt Gravatt and Online)
  • Mathematics (Gold Coast, Online and Mt Gravatt)
  • Music (Mt Gravatt and Online)
  • Physics (Gold Coast, Online and Mt Gravatt)#
  • Psychology (Mt Gravatt and Online)#
  • Visual Arts (Mt Gravatt and Online)

# These teaching areas must be taken at a senior level, requiring a minimum of six subjects in each area in the undergraduate degree.

Alternatively, suppose you have completed at least six subjects in psychology in your Bachelor's degree. 

In that case, you may nominate one of the above teaching areas to a senior level (for which you meet the study requirements with a minimum of six subjects) and complete the Learning Enhancement specialist area. 

You can work in secondary settings where you advise teachers in their planning and/or teach in secondary special education settings. 

A maximum of four (4) curriculum studies courses will be taken from the curriculum study courses in the undergraduate degree.

Work-integrated learning

Students will undertake 12 weeks of supervised professional practice—total work placement (hours): 450.

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Total costs



Cost of living 1 person $8,568
Accommodation 1 bed room $16,300
Tuition 1 person $31,500

Hourly wage

Min wage

23.23 AUD / 1 hour

in Australia every student can work 48 hour per fortnight

Required documents

  • Academic transcripts
  • Award certificates
  • A key/guide to a grading system
  • Official English language translations of documents not in English
  • IELTS or TOEFL test results if English is not your native language
  • Passport or Visa Documents

Language requirements

not required
not required









The Direct Entry Program (DEP) pathway is not accepted for this program.

Academic background and requirement

Non-Education Bachelor's degree or equivalent plus Non-academic entry requirements

Applicants will need a completed Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) that does not lead to teacher registration (with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7-point scale) with a significant breadth of study to address the range of teaching areas expected by employers.

Applicants must also complete non-academic entry requirements to be eligible for this program.

The key learning areas include The Arts; English; Health and Physical Education; Mathematics; Science; Humanities, Social Sciences, and Technology.

Note: Completing the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) is not an entry requirement for this program. 

However, if you have achieved a 'satisfactory' result for one or more components of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) at another institution, the 'satisfactory' result can be carried across with your program application. 

You are not eligible to apply for a place in the program if one or more component of LANTITE remains at 'unsatisfactory' after two test attempts for that component. 

Griffith University does not support reset of LANTITE test attempts.


Teaching area requirements for Secondary Education

Within this program, students must have two teaching areas or one teaching area plus the Learning Enhancement Specialisation. 

Option 1: Two teaching areas to Senior requires two distinct teaching areas with a minimum of six relevant courses in each area, e.g. Mathematics and Biology. 

Option 2: One teaching area to Senior (requiring six relevant courses) with a second teaching area to Junior or years 7-10 (requiring four relevant courses) 

Option 3: One teaching area to Senior (requiring six relevant courses) and Learning Enhancement as a specialisation (requiring six courses in Psychology). 

Career opportunities

  • Primary School Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Grade-Level Teacher
  • Subject-Specific Teacher (e.g., Math Teacher, English Teacher)
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Reading Specialist
  • Curriculum Coordinator

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