Subject focus: Teaching programmes in Australia and New Zealand

 Curtin UniversityStudy Options’ monthly course spotlights are designed to give you more detail on the range of programmes available at Australian and New Zealand universities within a subject area.  This month we are focusing on postgraduate teaching programmes.  The majority of these programmes enable to you to qualify as a teacher after studying any UK bachelor degree, although a couple are only available to pre-qualified teachers.

New Zealand offers one type of postgraduate teacher training qualification: The Graduate Diploma in Teaching. The Graduate Diploma in Teaching is very similar to the UK PGCE in that it is a one-year intensive training programme designed to qualify graduates to teach.

Australian universities offer two types of postgraduate teacher training courses; the Graduate Diploma of Education and the Master of Teaching. The Master of Teaching is usually 1.5 or two years in length. Both are recognised teaching qualifications and completing either will make you eligible to apply for Provisional Registration as a teacher in Australia.

In order to be eligible to transfer a teaching qualification back to the UK, students need to gain Full Registration in the country in which they completed their initial teacher training qualification. Just as in the UK, in order to gain Full Registration Australian and New Zealand-qualified teachers are required to teach for a certain amount of time in an education setting after completing their initial teaching qualification. It is important to bear this in mind when considering your course options. The Study Options student advisors can provide you with further advice – please contact us if you’d like more information.

Australian and New Zealand universities also offer postgraduate qualifications, including the Master of Education, for qualified teachers who wish to pursue professional development programmes. These offer students the opportunity to develop and expand their knowledge in a particular area, for example in educational management, special education or educational leadership.

Please note that at postgraduate level ‘Teaching’ courses (eg, Master of Teaching) are generally professional programmes, the successful completion of which will enable graduates to register as teachers. ‘Education’ courses (such as the Master of Education) are focused on the academic study of education. Please check carefully to ensure that the course you apply for will result in the correct outcome! If you are in any doubt, please check with a Study Options advisor.

Education and Teaching

Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education at Curtin University, Western Australia

Curtin’s School of Education is known internationally for the quality of its programmes and was ranked number 37 in the world in the QS World University Ranking By Subject 2014.

The Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary Education) offers an opportunity for graduates from a variety of backgrounds to obtain a teaching qualification that is accredited nationally and recognised internationally.

Many Curtin graduates are employed by The Western Australian Department of Education, the Catholic education system and independent schools in Western Australia. Teaching in Western Australia offers you opportunities to work with students of different ages, from different backgrounds, in various teaching areas and different locations.

Practical Placements

During this course you will practice within a school for four weeks in semester one and five weeks in semester two. This placement will involve supervised teaching segments and teaching assignments that prepare you to graduate ready to work.

You will also be immersed in an e-learning environment using the web extensively to complement your studies.

As secondary school teachers are usually employed to study more than one school subject, it is a requirement of the course that you undertake both a teaching major and teaching minor area of study. The major teaching area qualifies you to teach lower secondary and upper secondary school students.

Major subject specialisations available at Curtin include:

  • The Arts (design, drama, media studies and visual arts)
  • English
  • Languages (Chinese and Japanese)
  • Mathematics
  • Science (biology, chemistry, earth and environmental science, human biology and physics)
  • Social Sciences (economics, geography, history, politics and law)

Minor subject specialisations:

  • The Arts (visual arts, drama, media studies and design)
  • English
  • Languages (Chinese and Japanese)
  • Mathematics
  • Science (human biology, biology, physics, chemistry, earth and environmental science)
  • Social Sciences (history, geography, politics and law, economics)
  • Vocational education and training.

The Department of Teaching in Western Australia has expressed a need for secondary teachers, particularly in the fields of science, mathematics, design and technology and special education needs.

Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education: Key facts

Duration: 1 year

Intakes: February and July

Fees: Total indicative course fee for 2015 is AU$26,800

Entry requirements: A bachelor degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised institution. All applicants must undergo a criminal record screening and obtain a Working With Children check.

Eligibility for credit for prior learning: You can apply to receive credit to reduce the amount of study required to complete this course. This may be granted if you for formal education qualifications, non-formal learning from non-award programmes of study and informal learning through work experience.

Pathway to further study: Graduates may qualify for entry to some Masters degrees. Students may be interested in furthering their qualifications in the Master of Education.

Curtin University

Graduate Diploma of Teaching at the University of Auckland

The Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland offers a Graduate Diploma  in Teaching with three specialisation streams: Early Childhood Education, Primary and Secondary.

The Faculty ranks the highest in New Zealand and in the top 5% of the world’s universities for Education.*

Graduate pathways into teaching

These one-year programmes are specifically designed for graduates who want to enter into a career in teaching.

Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

Quick Facts

Duration: 1 year

Points per degree: 150 (intensive programme)

International student tuition fees (2016): NZ$30,459 or GBP £15,279**

Gain the skills and qualification to get into a rewarding career supporting under-five-year- olds in their learning and development.


  • Strong emphasis placed on practical experience in a variety of early childhood services and centres.

Career outcomes

This qualification prepares graduates to teach in all early childhood services in New Zealand, including early childhood care and education centres, crèches and kindergartens. Graduates can also work overseas.

Graduates will be eligible to apply for provisional registration as a practising professional early childhood teacher.

Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary)

Quick facts

Duration: 1 year

Points per degree: 160 (intensive programme)

International student tuition fees (2016): NZ$32,490 or GBP£16,299**


  • Strong emphasis placed on practical experience in classrooms.
  • Learn the latest teaching techniques and theories, and ways to apply them in school and classroom settings.

Career outcomes

Graduates will be qualified to teach in primary and intermediate schools and will be eligible to apply for provisional teacher registration.

Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary)

Quick facts

Duration: 1 year

Points per degree: 120

International student tuition fees (2016): NZ$24,367 or GBP£12,223**


  • Strong emphasis placed on gaining practical experience in schools and classrooms.
  • Learn the curriculum for your subject area(s) and the essential wider skills and understanding needed to be an effective teacher.

Career outcomes

Graduates will be eligible to apply for provisional teacher registration. They will be qualified to teach at secondary school level, utilising their undergraduate degree to teach one or more secondary school subjects. This programme aims to equip students with curriculum knowledge and management skills to assist them to be confident in the classroom from day one.

Application for Graduate Diploma in Teaching

All overseas qualifications will need to be assessed by the University for equivalence with New Zealand degree qualifications. Personal references, a literacy and numeracy assessment, and an interview are part of the selection process.

*Source: 2015 QS World University Rankings by Subject

**1 NZD = 0.50 GBP as on 29 April 2015

The University of Auckland

Master of Teaching at Monash University, Victoria

Are you seeking a career that provides the opportunity to inspire and nurture future generations and which allows you to share your expertise with young learners? If so, the Monash Master of Teaching is designed for applicants with an undergraduate degree in any discipline who want a rewarding career as a global educator and teacher.

Through engagement with contemporary ideas and practices, you will develop the professional knowledge and skills needed to foster the learning of students of various ages and diverse needs. As a result, you will become an effective educator, able to design learning experiences that ensure your future students have the right balance of challenge and support to progress in areas including the arts and music, English, mathematics, physical education, health and wellbeing, science and humanities.

You will gain professional experience by completing a minimum of 60 days of teaching practice throughout the course in urban, rural, remote or international settings and schools. This includes the opportunity to gain teaching experience in locations such as China, Cook Islands, India, Italy, Malaysia and South Africa.

An education degree provides an excellent basis for diverse careers in the classroom, in government or in private enterprise. When you choose the Master of Teaching at Monash University, you will graduate ready to transform the lives of others through learning.

About the Master of Teaching

This graduate entry course prepares you for a career as an educator in one of five streams:

  • Early years education
  • Early years and primary education
  • Primary education
  • Primary and secondary education*
  • Secondary education*

* Accelerated option available where course can be completed in 1.5 years instead of two years

Degree structure

Each programme is structured in three parts:

Orientation studies - These studies provide an orientation to the field of Education. You will consider the nature of learning and the influences upon it, and the nature of teaching and teachers' work within the broader family and community context.

Specialist education studies - These studies will provide you with advanced knowledge and skills relevant to thoughtful, innovative and evidence-based practice within your chosen specialisation as well as acquiring the broad principles of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.

Applied professional practice (60 days) - Professional experience placements in educational settings relevant to your teaching specialisation will enable you to connect the theoretical components your course with practical aspects of teaching and learning under the valuable guidance of practitioners.

How to apply

Prospective students will need to hold an Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent from another country) with at least a credit average (60%), or qualification/experience or satisfactory substitute that the Faculty of Education considers to be equivalent.

Students applying for the specialisation in Primary and Secondary Education must also have appropriate discipline studies to qualify for one or two specialist teaching areas. For further information and a full list of specialisations contact a Study Options student advisor.

Application process

Admission into this degree is assessed on the results of previous studies, where these studies have taken place and meeting other requirements, including English language and specialisations where applicable.

Accreditation in Australia

Graduates of Monash’s Primary and Secondary specialisations can seek registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) to teach in schools in Victoria.

Early years specialisations are accredited by ACECQA, which qualifies you to work as a teacher in licensed pre-schools and childcare centres.

Tuition fees: Approximately AU$25,500 per year.

Other resources

You can watch a video about the Monash University Master of Teaching here.

Monash University

Master of Teaching (Primary) at Murdoch University, Western Australia

The School of Education is recognised locally, nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence in its teaching, research and professional services. The School is committed to social justice and inclusivity, building partnerships locally and globally, and graduating effective practitioners and lifelong learners.

The Master of Teaching (Primary) is a two-year full-time equivalent (or three-years part-time) initial teaching qualification for graduates who hold a Bachelor's degree in a non-Education field relevant to primary teaching. It offers graduates a professional preparation for teaching in primary schools, or for a wide range of other careers with an education focus and qualifies students to apply for post-study work rights.

The Master of Teaching (Primary) enables students to develop the specialist knowledge, skills and capabilities needed to be an effective educator.  Graduates will have advanced and integrated understanding of the body of knowledge appropriate for primary school practitioners, and will have acquired the expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills necessary to practice independently in the classroom. Students are supported in becoming effective educators with a strong grounding in learning, teaching and curriculum.

The extended Professional Internship is a key component of this unique course, providing cutting-edge professional experiences and enabling students to engage with contemporary schooling practices throughout the two years of the course. Research is also a key component, with students developing research skills that culminate in a school based research project. The course is designed to maximise opportunities for students to make connections between theory and practice and to build in-depth understanding of concepts in authentic school settings.

Career Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course graduates will be able to seek registration from the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA) and from other accrediting bodies across Australia.

Murdoch graduates are employed in government and non-government schools and other education related occupations across Australia and throughout the world.

The course consists of the following 15 core units:

All units are worth 3 credit points except for Professional Internship B: Research in Practice, which is 6

Year One Semester One

  • Transition to Teaching
  • Understanding the Learner and the Learning Environment
  • Mathematics in the Primary Curriculum
  • English in the Primary Curriculum

Year One Semester Two

  • Professional Experience: Strategies for Effective Teaching
  • Strategies for Effective Learning and Teaching
  • Numeracy and Learning
  • Literacy and Learning

Year Two Semester One

  • Professional Internship A: Differentiation within Diverse Contexts
  • Understanding Diversity and Inclusion in Educational Settings
  • The Integrated Curriculum in Primary Schools (HASS/HPE/Arts)
  • Science in the Primary Curriculum

Year Two Semester Two

  • Professional Internship B: Research in Practice (6 credit points)
  • Case Study Research Project
  • Introduction to Research for Teachers

Course Details

Duration: 2 years

Annual Course Fees: AU$25,560

Master of Education at Macquarie University, New South Wales

The Master of Education is a cohesive programme of study designed to enhance knowledge, skills, and professional development of educators and others with a background in education studies.

This programme is suitable if you are already qualified as a teacher, or other professional who requires a strong knowledge of education.

This programme will build your capacity to make an effective contribution to the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative, evidence-based, solutions to challenges arising from changing educational environments.

The core studies cover educational research, the nature of educational organisations, the process of learning and teaching, and the role and use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in education.

You will have the opportunity develop your skills in three key abilities:

  • To access the most up to date sources of research and scholarship in education
  • To analyse and synthesise this sometimes highly technical literature
  • To effectively communicate the results to both academic and non-academic audiences.

Subjects are designed to refine and enhance your knowledge and skills by applying them to authentic problems, tasks, and scenarios. Students can choose from three specializations (one specialisation and 12cp at 800 level or above OR two specialisations):

  • Advanced Practices in Learning and Teaching
  • Higher Education
  • ICT in Education

Course overview

Duration: 1.5 years

Estimated annual fee: AU$28,992

Entry requirements:

  • Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in education; or Australian level 7 qualification or recognised equivalent with 18 months full-time equivalent work experience relevant to the chosen specialisation.
  • IELTS of 7.0 overall with minimum 7.0 in each band, or equivalent.
  • Note: This programme does not lead to a professional teaching qualification

What will you study? Required units

  • Introduction to Educational Research
  • Current Topics in Education 1 
  • Innovation and Change in Educational Organisations
  • Curriculum Studies​


  • Educational Institutions as Organisations
  • Learning Technologies: Contexts and Future 
  • Quality, Performance and Regulation in Higher Education
  • Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • Higher Education Contexts and Futures 


  • The Master of Education is structured in such a way as to be equally beneficial to anyone involved in learning and teaching, educational development and design, or administration and support in TAFE, higher education, government, non-government organisations, or industry.
  • Provides professional development of teachers and those working in education 
  • Offer flexible study options to give you the chance to study the degree by distance education 
  • Knowledge management, critical thinking, and communicative capabilities acquired through this degree will serve not only to enhance the educational institution in which you work and the capacities of your professional community, it will also to lay the foundation for your own lifelong learning.

Career options

  • This degree is designed to assist career advancement of teachers and those working in education and policy development in the public or private sector


  • Macquarie University ranked 50-100 in QS University Ranking for Education
  • 5-star QS Ranking

Macquarie University

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