Secondary education courses

Help young people grow into confident adults with your secondary teaching degree

Introduction to Secondary education

Do you feel a calling to become a teacher? Earn your secondary teaching degree online and turn into the role model you’ve always wanted to be.

Here at Open Universities Australia, you can compare online courses delivered by universities from across the country. We make it easier to narrow down your options and find your best fit, so you can graduate with the skills you need to succeed in the classroom.

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Louise studied secondary education with Curtin University through Open Universities Australia

What to study to be a teacher

To become a qualified teacher you need a bachelor or postgraduate degree in education.

So what’s the right option for you?

Bachelor degree

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You have an ATAR of 70 or higher or have done VET studies

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Best suits you if:
You have already completed a bachelor degree in any discipline

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Undergraduate certificates

  • Begin your path to becoming a teacher candidate straight away
  • Best for aspiring teachers who are domestic students
  • Flexibly upskill in as little as six months to open up career opportunities
  • Gain a qualification and four subjects to credit toward a bachelor degree
  • Access student loans to support your journey
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Single subjects

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  • Flexibly upskill a specific area in as little as 13 weeks
  • Earn credit with each subject to count towards a bachelor degree
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Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education)

  • 100% online study with a flexibly located placement
  • Graduate directly from the university
  • Become a qualified teacher anywhere in Australia

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Online secondary education certificate

Start with no entry requirements, and gain a certificate qualification on the way to completing your degree.

Curtin University

Work towards your future in secondary teaching

Study 4 core subjects in teaching young people—and get entry and credit in Curtin’s Bachelor Degree. Topics include adolescent development, tech in the classroom, and literacy. Start thinking about your career as a high school teacher.

100% online

6 months full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Online secondary education subjects and short courses

Start small with no entry requirements, and gain entry into a Bachelor of Education.

Curtin University

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 27 May 2024, 25 Nov 2024

Curtin University

UndergraduateCUR-EDS110

Managing the Learning Environment

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 27 May 2024, 25 Nov 2024

Curtin University

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Feb 2024, 26 Aug 2024

Curtin University

UndergraduateCUR-EDC135

Child Development for Educators

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Feb 2024, 26 Aug 2024

Online secondary education degrees

Get ready to make a difference in people's lives and become a teacher by studying a bachelor degree.

Curtin University

Lead your class in a love of literature

Boasting a new course structure, this degree promises to hone your skills as a literacy leader. Gain the skills needed to teach English in Years 7-12 with new subjects and a chance to take on professional experience subjects throughout your degree.  

Online & on-campus

4 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Curtin University

Ground your students’ love of geography

Boasting a new course structure, this degree promises to hone your skills as a geography teacher. Gain the skills needed to teach Geography in Years 7-12 with new subjects and a chance to take on professional experience subjects throughout. 

Online & on-campus

4 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Curtin University

Encourage a passion for performing in learners

Boasting a new course structure, this degree promises to hone your skills as a visual arts teacher. Gain the skills needed to teach The Arts in Years 7-12 with new subjects and a chance to take on professional experience subjects throughout.

Online & on-campus

4 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Australian Catholic University

Confidence, skills and experience to teach prep to Year 12

Positively influence the lives of young people. You’ll develop as a teacher and a person. Explore curriculum, planning, and pedagogy. Learn to engage your learners and be inclusive. Includes supervised work placements to practice teaching in schools.

Online & on-campus

4 years full time or part time equivalent

University of Southern Queensland

UndergraduateUSQ-BES-DEG

Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

Southern Cross University

UndergraduateSCU-SEC-DEG

Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

Get qualified to work as a registered secondary school teacher

Learn to teach young adults in high school. After covering the fundamentals of literacy and numeracy, choose from a wide range of curriculum specialisations. Put theory into practice during your professional experience placement in the classroom.

Online & on-campus

4 years full time or part time equivalent

Southern Cross University

A teaching degree that gives you more options

With the focus on primary teaching, this degree also covers English curriculum in secondary schools. Study the fundamentals of literacy and numeracy. Professional placements in both primary and secondary classrooms help you put theory into practice.

Online & on-campus

4 years full time or part time equivalent

Southern Cross University

Become a high school teacher with a technology specialisation

Learn to teach tech to teenagers. After covering the fundamentals of literacy and numeracy, choose to specialise your teaching focus from IT, digital media, engineering and more. Put theory into practice during your professional experience placement.

Online & on-campus

4 years full time or part time equivalent

Online secondary education graduate diploma

Searching for a more fulfilling career? Switch to teaching in just one year with a full time graduate diploma.

Curtin University

Switch careers to secondary teaching – in just one year!

An intensive teaching course that covers theory and hands-on experience in real classrooms. You’ll learn to create positive school environments for years 7 to 12 in Australian secondary schools. Become a secondary educator. Pave a pathway to your Masters.

Online & on-campus

1 year full time or part time equivalent

Online secondary education master degrees

Deepen your understanding of education with postgraduate study.

Curtin University

An Initial Teacher Education qualification in order to register as a teacher in Australia

Develop advanced critical skills, knowledge and understanding for best practice in secondary education. Curriculum areas offered are: English, The Arts, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science, and Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS).

Online & on-campus

2 years full time or part time equivalent

Swinburne University of Technology

PostgraduateSWI-MTS-MAS

Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Teach in high schools across Australia

Become a secondary school teacher. You’ll study teaching techniques and the theories of learning. Explore everyday school life during teaching placements. Over the course of 2 years, you’ll enjoy professional support and diverse experiences.

Online & on-campus

2 years full time or part time equivalent

Australian Catholic University

PostgraduateACU-EDS-MAS

Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Develop young minds in secondary schools

Pursue an exciting new career in education based on your life experience and prior studies. Specialist teaching areas include drama, economics, physics, and more. Includes supervised work placements to practice teaching in high school.

Online & on-campus

2 years full time or part time equivalent

Griffith University

PostgraduateGRF-SEC-MAS

Master of Secondary Teaching

Change careers and become a secondary school teacher

Use your qualifications and experiences from other sectors as a pathway to teaching. You’ll learn the theory and practice of teaching, specialising in two teaching areas like biology, drama, or psychology. Includes professional experience in high schools. 

Online & on-campus

2 years full time or part time equivalent

University of Southern Queensland

Teach and support teenagers in high school

Add this approved secondary school teacher qualification to your bachelor degree–and become a registered teacher in just 18 months! Learn to teach Years 7 to Year 12. Study pedagogy. Gain the confidence to educate and inspire young adult learners.

Online & on-campus

2 years full time or part time equivalent

Southern Cross University

PostgraduateSCU-MTE-MAS

Master of Teaching

Specialise in and teach early childhood or secondary education

Become an unforgettable teacher. Start by choosing your specialisation, then explore the relevant learning environment and curriculum. Professional placements develop your classroom confidence. Advanced theoretical knowledge gives you an employment edge.

Online & on-campus

2 years full time or part time equivalent

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Secondary education study FAQs

Why should you study secondary teaching?

If you'd like to do something that truly matters with your career, then high school teaching is a fulfilling choice. You’ll have a direct impact on teenagers in Years 7 to 12 (ages 12 to 18), when they’re still figuring out who they want to be. High school teachers are specialists in one or two subjects, so you’ll introduce them to interests that could end up defining their careers.

Demand for high school teachers in Australia is also very high. It’s estimated that schools will need at least 4,000 extra secondary teachers by 2025, which means your passion and enthusiasm for education will always be needed.

What you'll learn in a secondary teaching degree

When you study your secondary teaching degree online, you have the flexibility to learn about teaching methods and theories at a pace that suits your lifestyle. You can expect to cover essential topics like:

  • leadership and classroom management
  • lesson planning
  • assessment at a secondary school level
  • teaching with technology
  • diversity in the classroom
  • establishing a teacher identity.

You’ll also be required to choose one or two teaching specialisations, which means you can build your career around a special interest. You will explore how to teach young adults from Years 7 to 12 in these curriculum areas only.

What teaching specialisations can you choose?

  • Arts (Visual Arts or Drama)
  • English
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Technologies

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