Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Master of Teaching (Secondary Education)

The Master of Teaching (Secondary Education) provides graduates of non-education undergraduate degrees with a secondary school teaching qualification.

Notre Dame has a two year Master of Teaching program that doubles the amount of practicum in a Diploma of Education and allows students to take a more graduated approach to the in-school development of teaching competence. It gives them the ability to teach in two learning areas of the secondary curriculum and accreditation to teach Religious Education if desired.

Course Master of Teaching (Secondary Education)
Duration 2 yrs full-time or equivalent part-time
Practical component 20 weeks
Contact hours 12-15 hours per week (full-time)
Requirements Completion of Bachelors degree in a discipline(s) relevant to the secondary school curriculum and provide sufficient content depth for a teaching Major (up to Year 12) and a teaching Minor (up to Year 10 level).
Loan Scheme HECS-HELP
Campus Fremantle
Study Mode Full-time or Part-time, On Campus
Commencement Semester 1 or Semester 2
Professional Accreditation Teachers’ Registration Board of Western Australia
Course CodesCourse Code 5144
CRICOS Code 040441K

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Why study Master of Teaching (Secondary Education) at Notre Dame?
The Secondary teaching course at Notre Dame provides students with:
  • An extensive school experience component amounting to 20 weeks of in-school time over two years.
  • Strong supportive mentoring arrangement.
  • The ability to teach in two learning areas of the secondary curriculum.
  • A focus on the Australian Curriculum.
  • The strong integration of theory and practice.
  • Coursework that is contemporary, practical, interactive and focused on problem solving.
  • Professional reflection on practice.
  • Exposure to emergent learning technologies.
  • Attainment of employer, government and registration requirements.
  • Accreditation to teach Religious Education in a Catholic school (if desired).
  • Requirements to teach in a Catholic school (if desired).
  • All students are required to complete a core curriculum unit in Theology or Ethics at a 500 level.
Course Structure
The following units are taken in an essentially predetermined sequence:

Seven Education Units
  • Planning and Pedagogy
  • Transforming Learning through ICT
  • Teaching Method 1 (Major)
  • Teaching Method 2 (Specialisation)
  • Psychological Principles of Classroom Management
  • Catering for Students with Special Needs
  • Applied Research Methods in Education

Two Theology Units (or substitute)
  • Principles of Primary Religious Education 1
  • Sacraments in the Catholic Tradition

One Justice Studies Unit
  • Education, Service and Community Engagement

One Practicum Unit
  • School Experience: Secondary – Ten weeks (one school term) teaching experience
Six Education Units
  • Working with Indigenous Students
  • Professional Responsibilities of the Teacher
  • Contemporary Issues in Secondary Schooling
  • Advanced Teaching Skills
  • Teaching and Learning Strategies
  • English for the Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Students

Three Theology Units (or substitute units)
  • Scripture and Church (or substitute)
  • Christology (or substitute)
  • Principles of Religious Education 2

One Practicum Unit
  • Teaching Internship – Ten weeks (one school term) teaching experience
Practical Component
Year One
Ten weeks of school experience – one school term with special focus on both curriculum areas (major and specialisation).

Year Two
Ten weeks of school experience – the Teaching Internship. This provides an integrated program of teaching in both Learning Areas and Religious Education (if applicable).
Admission Requirements
Persons seeking admission to this course must have completed a Bachelor degree from a recognised institution with major and specialisation strands in subject areas that support teaching in learning areas of the secondary school curriculum.

Applicants need to have completed at least 8 units in their undergraduate degree that correspond to a major teaching area and at least 4 units that correspond to a specialisation area.
Career Opportunities
Graduates can find employment in Catholic, independent and government schools. Notre Dame Graduates have a very high rate of employment success.