Master of Teaching (Secondary) - 2016 and 2017

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) contains 60* days of professional experience in a secondary school setting which are embedded in the units EDUC540, EDUC550 and PREX560.

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.

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:

EDUC540 (PrEx 10 days)

The unit EDUC540 is an innovative approach to the observation placement undertaken by teacher education students by introducing them to foundational theories, principals and skills for effective student and teacher learning. It meets the requirements of 10 days of professional experience by allowing students to observe structured lessons taught by classroom teachers. No school is organised for this placement. More information regarding this unit and its assessment and professional experience requirements can be found on the Course and Units Catalogue.

EDUC550 (PrEx 20 days)

Research Project and Professional Experience

This placement is embedded in the unit EDUC550. The placement component requires students to complete an assignment while on professional experience as part of the unit. The assessment will be based on action research methodology where students will analyse their professional situation, determine an action research question, investigate it during their professional experience and reflect on these experiences in the unit. Students should consult the Course and Units Catalogue for more information. 


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 and complete an assessment task lined to the unit. The pre-service teacher will be responsible for a minimum of 12 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
PREX560 (PrEx 30 days)

Professional Experience/Internship

This placement is in the unit PREX560. There is no embedded content as part of this unit.


Specific Information

This placement must be completed in a 30 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 teacher education students may have to adjust this to accommodate.


Graduate Level Placements

This is the final placement where the teacher education students is assessed against all of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the Graduate Level as per the requirements of NESA.


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