Secondary teaching

Secondary teaching at UQ

Secondary school teachers are instrumental in shaping young adults into who they will become.  Choose from the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) offered as dual program or the Master of Education (Secondary), where you will learn to guide students’ inquisitive minds, developing high-level academic knowledge and professional skills across teaching and learning, leadership, development, diversity and communication, and gain a broad understanding of the Australian Curriculum, while also specialising in key areas of interest in your second program.

These programs provide you with the opportunity to explore, create and develop new knowledge through practical, school-based learning.

Blue Card required

To do any kind of work with children in Queensland you need a current Blue Card issued by the Queensland Government. To be allowed to go on prac (be placed in a school) therefore, you need a current card issued via or linked to the UQ School of Education. If you are not eligible for a Blue Card or are unwilling to submit to the vetting process you cannot complete the requirements of these programs. Find out more about Blue Cards here.

I DO NOT have a university degree and I would like to teach in secondary schools

Apply via QTAC or online for entry into:

All Bachelor of Education (Secondary) dual degrees are four years full time (or equivalent) programs, the exception being the Bachelor of Music (Honours)/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) program which is five years. Each of these dual degree programs provide students with the knowledge to teach in two areas.

Teaching areas are, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Chinese, Digital Technologies, Drama, Earth and Environmental Science, Economics, English, Film, TV and the New Media, French, Geography, German, History, Legal Studies, Mathematics and Advanced Mathematics, Music and Choral and Instrumental Music, Physics, Psychology and Spanish.

The non-education degree undertaken provides the content knowledge for two teaching areas, while the education degree provides the skills and knowledge for the teaching of the content.

If you are an international student wanting to study Secondary Education but have not met the English language requirements the 3+ 2 Education Pathway may be for you. 
3+2 Education Pathway

This is a five year degree pathway where students undertake 3 years at the undergraduate level (B Arts, B Science, B Business Management, B Music (Hons*) ) followed by 2 years at the postgraduate level (Master of Teaching –Secondary ).

During their undergraduate studies students must complete a minimum of six courses for two of the below teaching areas. Of these six courses students can only complete two level one courses, and they must complete two third year courses.  The remaining two courses can be at level two or level three.

*BMusic(Hons) is a 4 year program.

Teaching Areas:

Students must choose at least one study area from Part B. The second study area can be from Part B or Part C.

Part B Part C
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Digital Technologies
  • Drama
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Health and Physical Education
  • History
  • Japanese
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Spanish
  • Accounting
  • Advanced Mathematics
  • Economics
  • Film, TV and the New Media
  • Legal Studies
  • Choral and Instrumental Music
  • Psychology

On successful completion of their bachelor degree students can progress to the Master of Teaching (Secondary) program if they meet the required GPA of 4.5/7 and other requirements at time of entry. 3+2 Education pathway students will be given a CoE of 5 years’ duration, which is comprised of 3 years for the undergraduate program and 2 years for the postgraduate Masters, conditional on meeting the progression requirements.

Students who have studied a 3 year bachelor degree in Australia will be deemed as meeting the higher IELTS requirements as per the UQ’s English Language Proficiency requirements:   

I DO have a university degree and I would like to teach in secondary schools

Check that you meet these prerequisites:

  • Hold a completed Bachelor degree from an approved institution in a field other than education with a minimum GPA (Grade Point Average) of 4.5
  • Have studied two teaching areas, the requirements being a minimum of six courses for each teaching area, with at least two being from third year and a maximum of two being from first year  
  • Applicants from a non-English speaking background are required to have completed an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) examination with an overall score of 7.5 with minimums of 8.0 in Speaking and Listening and 7.0 in Reading and Writing

If you meet these prerequisites apply via QTAC for entry into the Master of Teaching (Secondary) program. 

For further information on Entry Requirements please refer to the MTeach Minimum Entry Requirements guide.

Teaching areas include:






Digital technologies


Earth and environmental sciences




Film, Television and New Media*




Health and Physical Education



Legal Studies*


Mathematics – Advanced*


Choral and Instrumental Music*




*Senior areas: You cannot study two senior areas together.

Yitong (Coco) Bu

Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Coco Bu, secondary teaching student

“My studies not only helped me gain an in-depth understanding of the context in my teaching areas, but also gave me the flexibility to participate in exchange study in the UK and in gaining leadership opportunities.”