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- Secondary Education Major (MTeach)
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
If you want to become a secondary school teacher, but have a degree in an area other than teaching, this course gives you the qualification you need.
Highly ranked course
Curtin is ranked in the top 100 in the world for education.
Accredited by the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia, and the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.
Top 1 %
Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.
Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021.
This major is designed for those who wish to teach years 7–12.
You can specialise in one or two of six curriculum areas (depending on your study background), which will qualify you to teach those subject areas of the secondary school curriculum.
- Health and Physical Education
- Humanities and Social Sciences (economics, geography, history, politics
- and law)
- Science (physics, chemistry, biology, human biology, psychology, earth and
- environmental science)
- The Arts (visual arts, drama, media).
The Secondary Education Major is part of the Master of Teaching.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
How to apply
This major sits within the the Master of Teaching degree. To apply for this major, you will need to apply for the Master of Teaching. In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.
Applying as a postgraduate student is easy. For information tailored to your situation, visit our easy to follow instructions to get your application started.
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- You will be immersed in an e-learning environment, using the web extensively to complement your studies.
- You will be encouraged to participate in the learning process and benefit from a focus on group interaction and continuous assessment.
- We are proud to receive consistently positive feedback from employers who say Curtin teachers are of excellent quality and well prepared for the education industry.
This course is recognised nationally as an initial pre-service teaching qualification. Initial Teacher Education courses in Australia are accredited by the relevant authority in the state or territory in which the institution providing the qualification is based.
Accordingly, the Master of Teaching course provided by Curtin University is fully accredited by the Teachers’ Registration Board of WA (TRBWA) and graduates of the course are able to register as practising teachers with the registration body in their home state or territory, based on the course accreditation provided by the TRBWA.
- Secondary school teacher
- International Baccalaureate teacher
- Policy development officer
- Special programs officer
- Trainer, mentor or coach
- Curriculum designer
What you'll learn
- demonstrate a capacity for leadership through critical thinking and reflective and innovative practices based on local, national and international research and engagement in ongoing professional learning
- apply principles of social justice to create and manage positive, safe and ethical learning environments that support a diversity of learners to engage in meaningful learning
- communicate professionally and engage collaboratively with colleagues, parent/carers, and the community
- apply relevant theory and research to enhance the learning experiences and outcomes of learners from a diversity of backgrounds and of aspirations
- apply high-level discipline knowledges and understandings to demonstrate pedagogical capabilities, including planning and delivering effective teaching and learning experiences in the technologically enhanced learning environment, with demonstrated impact for all learners
- apply high-level discipline and well-developed pedagogical knowledges to generate and critically analyse diverse sources to support situated professional judgements when assessing and reporting on learning
- demonstrate cultural responsiveness and respectful engagement with local First Peoples and a diversity of cultures
- demonstrate effective and creative literacy and numeracy competencies across a range of professional contexts
You must have a bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised institution with studies relevant to the curriculum areas offered at Curtin. Specifically, a major teaching area equivalent to a total of three-quarters of a year of successful EFTSL, comprising of sequential discipline study. This equates to six units, with no more than two at first-year level and no fewer than two units at third-year level. Applicants wishing to qualify with a minor teaching area must also have equivalent to a total of half a year of successful EFTSL, comprising of sequential discipline study. This equates to four units, with no more than two at first-year level. Applicants may be eligible for entry based on previous studies in a major teaching area only.
Applicants will also be required to engage in assessment of non-academic attributes in order to reflect on their suitability for teaching. Students will be responsible for meeting any costs associated with this assessment process.
You also need to meet a minimum standard of English Language Proficiency, as you are required to teach others in English during your professional experience placements.
Entry to this course will not be possible based on work experience alone. This is consistent with current practice for courses in the School of Education. This course is not suitable for qualified Secondary teachers wishing to change their subject specialisation.
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||7.5|
Other requirements and notes for this course
Some lectures in this course may be attended by both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Working with Children Clearances and Certifications
Students will be required to have a current and valid Working with Children clearance as required by the state or country in which the placement provider is located. They will also need to meet any other relevant State requirements before engaging in any work with children or professional experience. If students have any doubt about their eligibility to acquire these clearances they should contact the local Teacher Registration Authority.
Students are also required to provide evidence of successful completion of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students (LANTITE) prior to graduation. The test is managed by ACER and details of the test (for example, sample questions, the Test Window dates, and registration) can be found at: https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/. Students are responsible for meeting the costs associated with taking these tests, which are a national requirement applicable to all teaching graduates.
Professional experience placements
All students are required to successfully complete compulsory professional experience placements in schools as part of designated units throughout the course. Professional experience placements must be undertaken in a registered school where the language of instruction is English.
Placements are undertaken on a full-time basis for the number of days shown in a continuous block and students need to plan carefully to ensure they are able to meet this commitment. The total number of days of professional experience in the course will satisfy all states' requirements for teacher registration. No more than 25% of professional experience days may be undertaken in schools outside Australia. Therefore, students will only be able to complete one 3 week placement outside Australia and will be required to complete all other placements within Australia.
None of the four professional experience placements can be broken or split into shorter periods.
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)
Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
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- Curtin course code: MJRP-TCHSC
- Last updated on: May 23, 2022