Master of Teaching (Secondary)

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) contains 60* days of professional experience in a secondary school setting which are embedded in the units EDIT501, EDSP525 and EDCX504.

All professional experience placements in a school setting must meet the following requirements to be counted for placement. The school must:

  • Assess teacher proficiency against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers;
  • Use NESA approved syllabuses or equivalent Australian syllabuses;

All placements must be in a mainstream classroom unless otherwise specified.

For the secondary components of the course, Teacher Education Students will be required to teach both junior and senior classes.

*Candidates who elect to complete an extra 20 days of placement will do so in PREX304 as a separate unit provided it meets the course rules on the Course and Units Catalogue.

Before undertaking the final placement, all Teacher Education Students in this degree must complete and pass both components of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students.


Please select a unit from the list below for more in-depth details about placement:

EDIT501 (PrEx 20 days)

This Placement and Information Technology

This placement is embedded in the unit EDIT501. While the unit content is about learning Information Technology (IT), the placement is not directly related to IT so does not need to be in a computer class. Information Technology is covered in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers as part of the whole of teaching.


Specific Information

This is a 20 day block placement in a secondary school setting where the pre-service teacher will be assessed against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. The pre-service teacher will work towards being responsible for a minimum of 8-10 hours* of teaching per week** by the end of their placement in their curriculum area(s) of study.

*Depending upon timetables of the school, the pre-service teacher may have to adjust this to accommodate. 

**As this is the first placement, this face-to-face teaching time may vary according to the ability of the pre-service teacher and the supervising teacher's judgement.


Placements that can be accepted

  • Mainstream secondary school classrooms in the pre-service teacher's curriculum area(s) of study

A Placement in a Distance Education setting may be acceptable in EDIT501 as long as it meets the requirements of the pre-service teacher's curriculum methods of study. Acceptability will need to be assessed by the Office for Professional Learning.


Placements that cannot be accepted

  • Placement in a primary school classroom
  • Placement solely in an area not being studied by the pre-service teacher
  • Work in a tutoring agency
  • Work as an au pair
  • Employment as a governess (or equivalent position) 
  • Employment as teacher's aide (or equivalent position such as a Learning Support Officer)
  • Special Education settings
EDSP525 (PrEx 20 days)

This Placement and Classroom Behaviour Management

This placement is embedded in the unit EDSP525. While the unit content is about classroom behaviour management, the placement is not completed in a special education setting or behaviour class. Classroom and behaviour management is part of the whole of teaching and is covered in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.


Specific Information

This is a 20 day block placement in a secondary school setting where the pre-service teacher will be assessed against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. The pre-service teacher will be responsible for a minimum of 10 hours* of teaching per week in their curriculum area(s) of study.

*Depending upon timetables of the school, the pre-service teacher may have to adjust this to accommodate. 


Placements that can be accepted

  • Mainstream secondary school classrooms in the pre-service teacher's curriculum area(s) of study.

Placements that cannot be accepted

  • Placement in a primary school classroom
  • Placement solely in an area not being studied by the pre-service teacher
  • Work in a tutoring agency
  • Work as an au pair
  • Employment as a governess (or equivalent position) 
  • Employment as teacher's aide (or equivalent position such as a Learning Support Officer).
  • Distance Education settings
  • Special Education settings

A Placement in a Distance Education setting may be acceptable in EDIT501 as long as it meets the requirements of the pre-service teacher's curriculum method(s) of study. Acceptability will need to be assessed by the Office for Professional Learning.

EDCX504 (PrEx 20 days)

This Placement and Aboriginal Education

This placement is embedded in the unit EDCX504. It is not a requirement of the placement to be completed in a setting with a specific ratio of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students. Cultural perspectives and understanding, differentiation of curriculum, disability support strategies and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education strategies are included in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.


Specific Information

This placement must be completed in a 20 day block in a secondary school setting where the pre-service teacher will be assessed against all of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. The pre-service teacher will be responsible for a minimum of 14 hours* of teaching per week in their curriculum area(s) of study.

*Depending upon timetables of the school, the pre-service teacher may have to adjust this to accommodate. 


Graduate Level Placements 

This is the final placement where the pre-service teacher is assessed against all of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the Graduate Level as per the requirements of BOSTES.


Placements that can be accepted

  • Mainstream secondary school classrooms in the pre-service teacher's curriculum area(s) of study

Placements that cannot be accepted

  • Placement in a primary school classroom
  • Placement solely in an area not being studied by the pre-service teacher
  • Any placement type that varies from a mainstream classroom setting

A Placement in a Distance Education setting may be acceptable in EDIT501 as long as it meets the requirements of the pre-service teacher's curriculum method(s) of study. Acceptability will need to be assessed by the Office for Professional Learning.

PREX304 (20 days) - Elective or Special Requirement

Information regarding this placement

This placement is the unit PREX304 and is an elective unit. Consult the Courses and Units Catalogue or relevant study plans to ascertain whether or not you can complete PREX304.

If PREX304 is elected, this unit will become the Graduate Level placement.


Specific Information

This placement must be completed in a 20 day block in a secondary school setting where the pre-service teacher will be assessed against all of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. The pre-service teacher will be responsible for a minimum of 14 hours* of teaching per week in their curriculum area(s) of study.

*Depending upon timetables of the school, the pre-service teacher may have to adjust this to accommodate. 


Graduate Level Placements 

This is the final placement where the pre-service teacher is assessed against all of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the Graduate Level as per BOSTES requirements.


Placements that can be accepted

  • Mainstream secondary school classrooms in the pre-service teacher's curriculum area(s) of study. 

Placements that cannot be accepted

  • Placement in a primary school classroom
  • Placement solely in an area not being studied by the pre-service teacher
  • Any placement type that varies from a mainstream classroom setting

A Placement in a Distance Education setting may be acceptable in EDIT501 as long as it meets the requirements of the pre-service teacher's curriculum method(s) of study. Acceptability will need to be assessed by the Office for Professional Learning.