Master of Teaching and Learning (Secondary)

Courses and Study Australian courses Master of Teaching and Learning (Secondary)

Enhance your career by achieving a highly respected Master of Teaching and Learning (Secondary). Your qualification will give you an edge in a competitive educational workplace - and your abilities will be valued if you aspire to work in an Australian, international, Indigenous or rural, regional, remote community.

This qualification equips you to teach in government, Catholic and independent schools.

International Students considering teacher registration in Australia will need to meet the Queensland College of Teachers English Language Proficiency requirements.

Townsville, Cairns
Start dates
2 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
An appropriate AQF Level 7 bachelor degree which includes subjects in two teaching areas appropriate to curriculum in Australian secondary schools

Career opportunities

Whether you're an Australian or international postgraduate, this two-year full-time (or equivalent part-time) James Cook University (JCU) Masters course will equip you to make a difference to the success of students and the secondary school or college at which you are employed.

You will gain capabilities that will be sought after, especially to address the recurrent shortage of secondary teachers - particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), English, and Languages - in the North and Far North Queensland regions.

Course highlights

Throughout your JCU Masters studies, you will be supported by JCU's highly-awarded teaching staff. With the particular focus, this degree has on the inextricable links between professional knowledge, professional practice and professional engagement, you'll gain:

  • Qualifications that are valued by school leaders in government, Catholic and independent schools, and that satisfy requirements for teacher registration at state and national levels
  • A qualification that is portable internationally
  • Opportunities to participate in an international or community-based experience as part of your internship
  • A total of 80 placement days, with a highlight in the final phase of your studies of a 20-day extended placement - so you'll be ready to make a difference at your school from day one
  • Deep knowledge of approaches to foster learning for Indigenous, rural and remote students, with a special focus on the needs of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Course overview

In line with the developmental approach, you'll experience as you study towards this JCU Masters degree, the course is structured into phases focusing on:

  • Learners and learning
  • Teaching for learning
  • Leading for learning and change.

As a highlight of your studies, you'll take part in an internship or service learning experience focused on teachers as researchers for learning.

Among the units you will study are:

  • Learners and Learning in Secondary School Contexts
  • Literacy and Numeracy for Secondary Teachers
  • Teaching and Learning in Diverse Secondary School Contexts
  • Information Technology across the Curriculum
  • Teachers as Leaders for Learning and Change
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
  • Collecting, Analysing and Reporting Data: Leading for Learning
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classrooms and Communities.

Note: You may need to undertake placements away from the campus at which you are enrolled, at your own expense. To learn more about Professional Placements and Internships, visit Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

Important additional requirements

Before the start of your first placement, you will be required to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland Police.

Graduate teachers must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their enrolment in the course.

Prior to undertaking your final professional experience, all pre-service teachers must satisfactorily complete the Literacy and Numeracy initial Teacher Education Test (LANTITE).

This course is pending accreditation.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

All applicants for initial teacher education courses (pre-service teachers) must satisfy both academic and non-academic entry criteria.

Your application must also include a written personal statement that outlines:

  • Why you want to be a secondary school teacher, and
  • If you have any involvement in personal learning and leadership activities.

Your academic criteria is measured against previous study. You must have successfully completed an AQF level 7 Bachelor degree with a minimum of 6 subjects in one teaching area (two at third year level) and 4 subjects in a second teaching area relevant to the Australian secondary school curriculum, especially: English, mathematics, chemistry, physics, technologies, humanities, languages, and industrial technology and design (manual arts). Complete the self-audit form (PDF, 550 KB) to assess your first and second teaching areas.

Submit your personal statement and self-audit form to as soon as possible.

English Language Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the following English language proficiency requirements:

  • An overall score of 7.5 in Academic IELTS with no sub-score less than 8 for Speaking and Listening and no sub-score less than 7 for Reading and Writing.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you can apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Application due date: 31 December.

You must apply no later than 15 December if you do not hold a valid Suitability to Work with Children card (Blue Card).

Pathway into course

Please consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.