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Master of Learning and Teaching (Secondary)

Master of Learning and Teaching (Secondary) (MSLT)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • External
  • -
  • 2 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Jan, May, Sep


  • Want to be a teacher and already have a bachelor degree in another discipline? The Master of Learning and Teaching (Secondary) allows you to become a registered high school teacher in just 18 months.
  • Be equipped with the teaching methods, behaviour management skills, and confidence to work, inspire and educate adolescents and young adults.
  • Want a chance to receive $20,000 to cover study expenses, a second-year paid internship on fulltime salary, and an offer of permanent employment upon graduation? UniSQ is one of only two universities in Queensland to offer prospective students the opportunity to apply for the government’s Turn to Teaching Internship Program. Find out if you are eligible at the Department of Education website.
  • Choose from 22 teaching areas of specialisation, with credit available for prior learning and industry experience.
  • With 60 days of placement in a non-classroom setting, you’ll be prepared to teach the leaders of our future.

Further study

Upon completion of the Master of Learning and Teaching (Secondary), you are eligible to apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Thinking of studying in 2024? UniSQ will be delivering flexible new ways of teaching, with different calendar offerings, making the balance of study and life easier. Read more in our new academic calendar FAQs

Professional accreditation

As a graduate, you are eligible to apply for registration as a teacher through the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). This degree meets the expectations and requirements of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

Career outcomes

  • As a teacher shortage looms, there has never been a better time to follow this path. Teaching provides a great starting salary and excellent job security while providing a vital service to your community.
  • You will be highly employable in the state, Catholic or independent school sectors.
  • Want the skills you acquire training to be a teacher but not necessarily keen to be in the classroom? Teaching-related skills of communication and educational management are also in demand in careers such as sport and leisure centre management, personal training, life coaching and other professions in the human services.

Entry requirements

  • Completed a 3-year bachelor degree, or equivalent, in a discipline other than education with a minimum GPA of 4.0 out of 7.0.
  • Applicants are accepted into the Master of Learning and Teaching (Secondary) based on their discipline studies from their academic transcript and qualifications, i.e. in relation to vocational education areas. For secondary teaching in two teaching areas, applicants must have studied six units that are relevant to a major teaching area and at least another four units that are relevant to a contrasting subject area or a different discipline area. The secondary discipline studies requirements can be met through further study that is completed from different courses at bachelor degree level or higher.
  • While not a requirement for admission, students need to pass the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) prior to the final supervised professional experience placement and to graduate from this degree. Students can register for the LANTITE through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). If an applicant has achieved a 'satisfactory' result for one or more components of the LANTITE at another institution, the 'satisfactory' result can be carried across with this admission application.

Non-academic entry requirements

  • Complete a questionnaire and provide written statements to address the key competencies of effective teachers. The criteria for selection includes capabilities such as motivation to teach, suitability for the teaching profession, learning activities and leadership responsibilities. Refer to the selection guidelines for initial teacher education courses

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires one or more of the following criteria: a minimum of IELTS 8.0, or equivalent, for speaking and listening, IELTS 7.0 for reading and writing, or an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


UniSQ offers a number of bachelor degrees for you to study to help you meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 16 units.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 16
Total 16

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Professional experience / Education placements

You will also need to complete 60 days of supervised professional experience. This experience provides you with opportunity to put theory into practice and to build significant industry connections. Students are required to attend the majority of placements in settings within Australia. 

To support you throughout your professional experience, there are many opportunities to receive financial support and scholarships. Learn more about the available support.

All students must be able to meet professional requirements expected of teachers within this degree, including holding a current Positive Exemption Card (Blue Card or Exemption Card), or equivalent.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 4445
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 23600

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2024. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Professional experience costs

This degree includes a professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.


At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to UniSQ.

The closing dates for applying directly to UniSQ are:

  • Semester 3, 2023 - applications close on 13 November and Semester 3 study period commences on Monday 13 November, 2023.


You can select to start your study in Trimester 1, 2 or 3.

Study period  Application closing date Orientation  Study period start date Finish date
Trimester 1, 2024  Monday 22 January Monday 15 January Monday 22 January Friday 26 April 
Trimester 2, 2024 Monday 13 May Monday 6 May Monday 13 May  Friday 16 August
Trimester 3, 2024 Monday 2 September Monday 26 August Monday 2 September Friday 6 December 

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

Discover further information on applying to study at UniSQ that is relevant to you.

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How long does a Master of Learning and Teaching (Secondary) take to complete?

The time it takes you to complete a Master of Learning and Teaching or Master of Secondary Teaching qualification will vary depending on your study mode as well as the education provider you choose.

In general, masters degrees (including a Masters in Secondary Education or an equivalent) take the majority of students 1- 2 years to complete. 

At UniSQ, a Master of Learning and Teaching (Secondary) will take you approximately two years to complete. Some students choose to study part-time which increases the time it takes to finish the required courses.

What are the entry requirements?

In most instances, to qualify for entry into a postgraduate education degree such as a Masters in Teaching Secondary or a Masters of Secondary Education you will need to have completed an undergraduate qualification.

At UniSQ, students must have completed a 3-year bachelor degree (or equivalent) to enter the Masters of Learning and Teaching (Secondary). Your acceptance into the degree is based on your discipline studies from your academic transcript and qualification.

You will also be required to complete a questionnaire and a written statement detailing the key competencies of effective teachers.

For further information, please view the entry requirements section of this page. 

Can I study the course part-time?

Yes you can! When you study a Masters in Secondary Teaching qualification at UniSQ, you benefit from many flexible study options.

Balance your life, work and family commitments by studying the number of courses that fit into your lifestyle. If circumstances change, you can adjust your subject enrolment to meet your needs. Take one subject at a time, study over summer, or take extra subjects when life allows it.

If you’ve been considering enrolling in a masters degree but are just not sure about the logistics involved or what the best option is for you, then remember we’ve got a wonderful team of experts ready to talk, email or live chat with you today.