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The Master of Teaching is a graduate-entry qualification that prepares graduates for secondary or early childhood teaching. Graduates can teach in secondary schools (up to two subjects), or in early childhood settings (six-weeks to five-years-old) depending on their selected stream.

The degree includes an extended educational research project. Professional experience placements are included throughout the course to enable students to become highly competent and experienced teachers.

Applicants for the Master of Teaching must submit a 1,000-word personal statement outlining their non-academic capabilities. See education non-academic requirements for further information. 

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate an advanced ability to research, synthesise and evaluate ideas and theories related to educational practice

Demonstrate knowledge or research principles and methods related to the field of education and teaching practice

Exercise critical analysis, problem solving and research based decision-making in school-based practice.

Demonstrate application of advanced knowledge in relation to education practice and implement targeted research to inform best practice.


Demonstrate cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories

Demonstrate an ability use creative skills based upon understanding of research methodology in order to develop innovative and creative responses to challenges in an educational setting

Ethical practice

Demonstrate a knowledge of social responsibility, ethics and legal principles consistent with what is expected of an education professional working in a learning community and with students, parents and carers

Demonstrate an awareness of the need for student safety and support within professional frameworks

Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to legislative requirements and codes of conduct relevant to the education profession

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate advanced integrated knowledge and understanding of teaching area disciplines and curriculum frameworks

Demonstrate a research based understanding and knowledge of the pedagogy for effective educational practice

Use data informed decision making to inform professional decisions and generate theoretical propositions for improving teaching performance and educational practice

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate skills in advancing research and pedagogical practice

Demonstrate a commitment to personal and professional development through self-directed learning and reflective practice.

Communication and social skills

Demonstrate an advanced ability to communicate and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions which inform professional decision making to teaching professionals, parents and the wider educational community.

Demonstrate teamwork and leadership skills applicable in professional educational settings

Cultural competence

Apply and integrate an understanding of social, indigenous and cultural diversity, and respect for the identity of all persons, in local and international contexts.

Identify and apply proactive and inclusive strategies to encourage and support student engagement and behaviour including diverse groups of learners such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, migrants and students from non-English speaking backgrounds

Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of inclusion and diverse learning needs

Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for diversity in others and self

Students complete a program of practical in-school teaching experiences during the course, which enable them to put theory into practice as they observe and reflect on classroom dynamics. It also provides opportunities for them to become acquainted with the formal and informal aspects of what occurs in classrooms and schools or early childhood settings and to demonstrate their independent and professional capabilities as teachers.

Students complete four research units that focus on an area of education that is significant to their field of teacher training, or to education as a whole.

They can select the Early Childhood stream, to become an early childhood teacher (six-weeks to five-years-old).


They select the Secondary stream to become a secondary school teacher in up to two of the following subjects:

  • English
  • Human Society and its Environment (HSIE), which comprises modern history or geography, with the optional addition of ancient history, business studies, legal studies, economics, society and culture
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
  • Science
  • Technological and Applied Studies.

Students who plan to teach in only one subject area in a secondary school, can select two elective units from topics including social and emotional wellbeing; drugs, alcohol and sexual health; children's rights; children and the law; and children's protection and participation.

Please note: All teaching subjects are offered online, but require attendance at compulsory on-campus workshops (except for Technology and Applied Studies). 

Depending on their previous study, some students may need to complete additional units, some of which may only be available on campus. All core education units can be studied on campus or online.

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Online Session 1 N/A N/A

Career Outcomes

The Master of Teaching (Secondary stream) has accreditation with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). Courses accredited by NESA  have national accreditation through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

The Masters of Teaching (Early Childhood stream) has accreditation as an early childhood teaching qualification by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

Usually, Australian teacher qualifications are recognised internationally, but students need to check with potential employers and teacher registration authorities in other countries regarding accreditation requirements.

The Australian Government has introduced a Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE), effective from July 2016. All Initial Teacher Education students across Australia will need to successfully complete the national literacy and numeracy test (LANTITE) prior to completing their course. In line with accreditation requirements, at SCU the test needs to be successfully completed prior to undertaking the final professional experience placement.


We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Master of Teaching students must complete 192 credit points, comprising:

  • 2 core units (24 credit points), 
  • 3 research units (48 credit points),
  • 10 units (120 credit points) in the Secondary or Early Childhood stream: 

Secondary stream

  1. 6 Secondary Stream core units (72 credit points),
  2. 2 Secondary Stream units (24 credit points), which must comprise at least 2 sequential units from a Secondary Curriculum Specialisation, 
  3. 2 elective units (24 credit points), and 
  • Both components of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) as required by the Federal Government.
  • Permission to undertake a second two (2) unit sequential Curriculum Specialisation will at all times be at the discretion of the Course Coordinator.
  • Permission to undertake a professional experience placement will at all times be at the discretion of the Head of the School.

Early Childhood stream

  1. 10 Early Childhood Stream core units (120 credit points).
  • Permission to undertake a professional experience placement will at all times be at the discretion of the Head of the School.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access and Inclusion website. If you have a disability or health condition which may impact on your ability to meet these requirements please refer to the Student Access and Inclusion website for further information and contact details.

Course structure

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.

Note 1:

Includes professional experience placement in a secondary school.

Note 2:

Sequential units in a curriculum specialisation are indicated by their naming; e.g. Curriculum Specialisation: Visual Arts I and Curriculum Specialisation: Visual Arts II.

Note 3:

Double-weighted unit.

Note 4:

Enrolment in 2 additional Secondary curriculum specialisation units requires Course Coordinator approval.

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes


EDU81001 Understanding Children and Adolescents Introductory
EDU83001 Learning and Support Frameworks Introductory


Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
EDU81002 The Learning Environment Introductory
EDU83003 Inclusive Teaching Advanced
EDU81003 Learning through Literacy and Numeracy Introductory
EDU83002 Curriculum, Assessment and Technology Advanced
TCH81003 Professional Experience I: Enhancing Student Learning Introductory Note 1
TCH83001 Professional Experience II: Evaluation to Improve Teaching Practice Advanced Note 1


Note 2

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
EDU01021 Curriculum Specialisation: Personal Development, Health, Physical Education I Intermediate Note 2
EDU01022 Curriculum Specialisation: Personal Development, Health, Physical Education II (Lifestyle) Advanced Note 2
EDU01143 Curriculum Specialisation - Music I Intermediate Note 2
EDU01144 Curriculum Specialisation - Music II Intermediate Note 2
EDU01145 Curriculum Specialisation: Mathematics I Intermediate Note 2
EDU01146 Curriculum Specialisation: Mathematics II Advanced Note 2
EDU01153 Curriculum Specialisation: Visual Arts I Intermediate Note 2
EDU01154 Curriculum Specialisation: Visual Arts II Advanced Note 2
EDU01246 Curriculum Specialisation: Science I Intermediate Note 2
EDU01247 Curriculum Specialisation: Science II Advanced Note 2
TCH10007 Curriculum Specialisation: Human Society and its Environment I Intermediate Note 2
TCH10008 Curriculum Specialisation: Human Society and its Environment II Advanced Note 2
TCH10174 Curriculum Specialisation: English I Intermediate Note 2
TCH10175 Curriculum Specialisation: English II Advanced Note 2
EDU10631 Technology Pedagogy and Curriculum I Intermediate Note 2
EDU10632 Technology Pedagogy and Curriculum II Advanced Note 2
EDU72001 Curriculum Specialisation Performing Arts I Intermediate
EDU72002 Curriculum Specialisation Performing Arts II Intermediate Note 2


Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
TCH81002 Play and Pedagogies in Early Childhood Education Introductory
TCH81001 Professional Experience in Early Childhood Education I: Pre-schoolers Introductory
TCH82001 Professional Experience in Early Childhood Education II: Infants and Toddlers Intermediate
TCH82002 Principles and Practice in Early Childhood Education Intermediate
TCH20003 Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood Intermediate
TCH20002 Children, Families and Communities Intermediate
TCH10518 Early Childhood Matters Advanced
CYS03342 Children's Rights: Policy into Practice Intermediate
CYS03345 Strengthening Young People's Social and Emotional Wellbeing Intermediate
TCH10519 Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood Advanced


EDU00751 Critical Literature Review Advanced
EDU93001 Research Methods in Education Advanced
EDU00754 Research Project Advanced Note 3


Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
CYS03345 Strengthening Young People's Social and Emotional Wellbeing Intermediate
CYS03342 Children's Rights: Policy into Practice Intermediate
EDU30007 Advanced Secondary Curriculum Pedagogy I Advanced
EDU30008 Advanced Secondary Curriculum Pedagogy II Advanced
EDU00298 Co-operative Learning Skills in the Classroom Advanced
EDU00352 English as an Additional Language/Dialect Advanced
EDU00353 Teaching the Gifted Intermediate
EDU10003 Learning Technologies Intermediate
TCH30001 Casual Teaching Advanced
TCH10005 Positive Behaviour Support Intermediate