Secondary education Education

Secondary education Education

It’s during secondary school that young people acquire the skills that improve their opportunities for good jobs or further education.

Macquarie’s secondary education program is University-wide, meaning you learn teaching subjects from experts in each key learning area. You’ll be taught by academics who are also researching the latest approaches to teaching.

Careers in secondary education

Become a secondary teacherBecome a secondary school teacher

Be an expert in your field and inspire your students to do the same.

Become an ESL teacherBecome an ESL (English as a second language) teacher

Teach English to students who are migrants, refugees or children from culturally diversed backgrounds.

Become a education teacherBecome a special education teacher

Help feel the gap of qualified special educators across Australia.

A special education qualification also prepares you for careers as a learning support teacher or in related professional areas including:

  • respite care
  • early intervention
  • disability services
  • post-school employment support

Professional experience

Our Participation and Community Engagement (PACE) programs provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to apply what they learn in a real classroom setting and develop teaching competency prior to graduation.

Nicola RustenNicola Rusten and Victoria Thwaites
Education students
"Teaching in the Tiwi Islands was an incredible experience, both professionally and personally. It gave me the opportunity to experience education in a unique setting and helped me to develop skills that will enhance my future teaching." Read more

Tricia Mirasol - Master of Special Education Tricia Mirasol
Macquarie’s special education and MUIS scholar
"I like that we have a practicum component for each subject and we get to experience hands-on learning by seeing how theories are practiced at different special schools across Sydney. I have made a lot of good friends from different countries and learnt about different cultures." Read more

Graduate outcomes

Jann RobinsonJann Robinson
Principal of St Luke's Grammar School

“The Master of Educational Leadership challenged me to think more broadly about education and about the nature of leadership. The course was pivotal in helping me to identify what really mattered to me in educating young people and in refining my own thinking about leadership.

I found the course was invaluable as I took up the role of Principal and, in particular, in thinking about how systems work, what it means to lead in an educational setting and to see the importance of research to drive improvement rather than just hunches.

One highlight was hearing from current heads and being able to do some individual research as part of my studies. It is a course I have encouraged a number of colleagues to undertake as they think about leading in schools.” Jann Robinson, Principal, St Luke's Grammar School.

Our expertise in secondary education

Redesigning Australia's education

Our research supports educators to be innovators and change agents. You will collaborate with leading education researchers to design innovative learning experiences that will have significant outcomes for Australia's future.

Gain from our extensive expertise in augmented, virtual reality and technology to create inspirational learning environments. Some examples of our pre-service teachers work include:

  • designing modules of work using augmented reality to help children achieve science and history outcomes
  • using Minecraft to help children achieve Mathematics and HSIE outcomes
  • utilising 3D Printing so that their students could design environmentally sustainable houses or even new animals that were adapted to their environment.

International leader in education research

Lori Lockyer Education expert, Professor Lori Lockyer is leading educational technology research in collaboration with peers and researchers from education, neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Her research has revolutionised digital learning environments and influence the quality of teaching in schools and universities in Australia and globally. Her outstanding achievement has gain recognition in Australia and globally with Platinum Learning Impact Award by the IMS Global Learning Consortium.

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