Australian Catholic University

Master of Teaching (Secondary)/Graduate Certificate in Religious Education

Australian Catholic University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00004G

This is the combination of the Master of Teaching (Secondary) and the Graduate Certificate in Religious Education. The Graduate Certificate in Religious Education provides the certification, fundamental knowledge, skills and competencies needed to teach religious education. The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is for graduates who want to become secondary school teachers and have an appropriate undergraduate degree. Graduates will meet the requirements for teaching in Catholic, independent and government high schools and other secondary schools. Depending on their undergraduate degree this Masters degree will prepare students to teach specialist areas including: Visual arts, media arts, music and/or drama English Mathematics Economics and businessHumanities and social sciences Languages Health and physical education and outdoor educationICT and digital technologies Science Religious education. It enables students to adopt a research-based approach to reflective practice. They' ll be able to consider the implications and applications of this approach to their own professional development and its contribution to their students' learning and wellbeing. The course provides valuable professional experience through a range of school and community-based placements during the course.


190 credit points. Students must complete a minimum of 60 days professional experience during which time they are required to be available full-time. The Professional Experience program consists of a minimum of 10 weeks of teaching rounds, usually broken into three blocks. Professional experience covers all school and community-based experience designed to help students develop professional competence and personal commitment, in accordance with the expressed Catholic philosophy of the University. The professional experience units apply skills, techniques and processes taught in the Foundations Studies and Professional Studies units. Professional experience units are planned as a specific sequence allowing for progressive development of both classroom-based proficiency and an understanding of the relevance of theory to practice and practice to theory. The practicum will be supported by other forms of in-school experiences, such as school-based tutorials and workshops. Certain prerequisite units are required before students are placed in schools. Supervised professional experience is at the heart of all our pre-service teacher education courses and the Faculty will find appropriate placements to suit the needs of your course. Placements will usually be arranged for the scheduled placement period in the professional experience calendar though this may not always be possible.


  • Accounting
  • Business studies
  • Drama
  • Early childhood and primary
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Media
  • Music
  • Pathways to teaching
  • Psychology
  • Religious education
  • Secondary education
  • Study of religions
  • Teaching mathematics
  • Theology
  • Visual arts

Standard entry requirements

  • An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy. To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must: have successfully completed a Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification, with: a major study in one teaching area
  • Anda separate minor study in a second teaching area, that may be separate from or related to the major study area
  • Be able to select from teaching areas that are available within the course and meet the requirements of applicant's local state/territory registration authority
  • Andthe combination of teaching areas identified would usually prepare the applicant to teach across all year levels of secondary schooling. demonstrate suitability for teaching as evidenced by completion of an assessment available in the relevant State at the time of applicationApplicants who completed Bachelor degrees outside Australia should review Admission to Coursework Programs Policy to determine if they are required to meet additional English Language Proficiency requirements for entry into the course. Applicants seeking teacher registration in Australia should check with state registration bodies to confirm English Language Proficiency requirements for teacher registration. International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy. 2. Additional ApprovalsAll students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they may enter a classroom. These are: Blue Card (Qld), Working with Vulnerable People (ACT) or Working with Children Check (NSW and Vic). International students must provide a police check from their home country. All students who have lived in another country for twelve months or more must provide a police check from that country for that period. *Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Blacktown (St Josephine Bakhita) International: $57,247 No
  • Full-time : 2.25 years
  • Part-time : 4.5 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) International: $57,247 No
  • Full-time : 2.25 years
  • Part-time : 4.5 years
Canberra (Signadou) International: $57,247 No
  • Full-time : 2.25 years
  • Part-time : 4.5 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) International: $57,247 No
  • Full-time : 2.25 years
  • Part-time : 4.5 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) International: $57,247 No
  • Full-time : 2.25 years
  • Part-time : 4.5 years

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