Master of Teaching

Southern Cross University

Program Description

Master of Teaching

Southern Cross University

If you are looking for flexible and economical postgraduate study options to access an immediate career change, then consider the Master of Teaching.

This 2 year, online Master of Teaching award not only enables you to develop your expertise through enabling you to undertake an educational research project but gives you the foundational skills, knowledge, and practice to be a qualified teacher.

You will hone your research and critical thinking skills, undertaking a significant research investigation of an area of education that interests you under the supervision of an expert in the field. You will also have a choice of major in early childhood or, in secondary teaching with a specialization in a selection of fields, from English to Art, Maths to Music, Science to Dance and more.

Graduates will be qualified to teach in New South Wales and Queensland, and, having completed a Masters degree, will signify achievement of specialist expertise which is highly attractive and sought after by employers.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will typically work as teachers in either secondary schools or in early childhood settings, nationally and internationally. Some graduates may pursue work in a range of training and development settings in industry, the public service, and the arts.

Professional Recognition

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 recognized 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.

Professional Placement

Students complete a program of practical in-school teaching experiences during the course, which enables 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.

Major Areas of Study

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.

Assessment methods

The assessment methods used in this course vary from unit to unit. Most units have a progressive assessment with grades typically allocated across a combination of assessment tasks due at different times during the study period. Some units may also include a formal examination at the end of the study period. Assessment requirements for each unit are advised in writing to students at the commencement of each study period with clear guidelines, due dates, and the weighting for each assessment task

Teaching methods

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of a podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Please note: Online students may be required to attend compulsory on or off-campus workshops.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated March 20, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Online
Start Date
Start date
2 - 4 years
Part time
Full time