Teaching (Secondary) means studying to become a high school teacher for Grades 7-12. Teaching is no doubt one of the most popular study options in Australia. According to PayScale, a secondary school teacher can make up to AU$72,651 yearly.

According to the website, Seek, there are over 12,602 jobs available under Education services, which indicates that job growth for education is as fast as other occupations.

Why study Teaching (Secondary) in Australia?

1. Top Rankings

Australian universities are well-known for their teaching quality, and their qualifications are recognised worldwide. According to QS Ranking 2021, there are ten universities listed among the world’s Top 100 in the Education discipline.


2. No specific background needed.

If you are a high school graduate, you can either start with a Diploma course and study your way into a Bachelor’s degree, or you can use your final high school examination results to apply for a Bachelor’s course.

If you have any Bachelor’s degree, doing a Teaching (Secondary) Master’s degree often requires no background in Education. Simply ask us for more information!


3. Multiple Start Dates

Australian universities normally have 2 intakes each year which makes it more flexible for international students to commence their program based on their individual situation.


4. Post-Study Work Visa

By studying 2 years or more in a higher education Teaching (Secondary) degree, students will be eligible for a 2-4-year Post-study Work Visa. Graduates can utilise these visa opportunities to get more work experience. For Teaching (Secondary) students, they can also use this work visa to prepare for their future migration options.

Career outcomes after graduation

  • Secondary School Teacher 
  • Education policy and program implementation 
  • Training and development roles in private and public organisations 
  • Education and outreach roles
  • Developing products for the education services industry 
  • Learning Designer 
  • Entertainment industry roles 
  • Consultancy 
  • Education Research 

Course Options

  • Diploma of Educational Studies 
  • Bachelor of Education 
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching
  • Graduate Diploma in Teaching 
  • Master of Teaching (Secondary) 
  • PhD 

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements 

  • For the Diploma course, normally applicants are required to have completed Year 12 or equivalent and attained IELTS 5.5   
  • For the Bachelor’s course, normally applicants are required to have completed Year 12 or a Diploma course and attained IELTS 6.5 (Note: some schools require IELTS 7.5) 
  • For the Master’s course, normally applicants are required to have completed a Bachelor’s degree and attained IELTS 7.5  

What courses might you study for your Teaching (Secondary) degree in Australia?

  • Numeracy across the Curriculum
  • A Sociological Orientation to Education
  • Education and Society
  • Culture Studies: Indigenous Education
  • Inclusive Practices for Diverse Learners
  • Managing Challenging Student Behaviours Related to Complex Trauma
  • Building Inclusive Secondary Classrooms

Professional Accreditation

For most universities in Australia, their Teaching (Secondary) degrees are accredited by AITSL.

Expected salary as a Secondary Teacher in Australia

The medium base annual salary for a graduate secondary teacher is AU$73,629.

(Statistics from Teach Queensland)

School Recommendations

Diploma Level

  • University of the Sunshine Coast – Diploma in Education Studies
  • QUT College – Diploma of Educational Studies

Bachelor’s Level

  • Queensland University of Technology – Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
  • University of Queensland – Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
  • Griffith University – Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
  • UNSW – Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
  • Monash University – Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Primary and Secondary Education
  • La Trobe University – Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

Master’s Level

  • Australian Catholic University – Master of Teaching (Secondary)
  • Deakin University – Master of Teaching (Secondary)
  • Queensland University of Technology – Master of Teaching (Secondary)
  • Southern Cross University – Master of Teaching (Secondary)
  • University of New England – Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Interested in studying Teaching (Secondary) in Australia?

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