Accreditation summary template

National summary statement about the accreditation process

The accreditation process involves a rigorous assessment of an initial teacher education (ITE) program against a set of nationally agreed standards. Accreditation standards and procedures are designed to ensure that all graduates of ITE meet the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the Graduate career stage. This ensures the program is of high quality and prepares pre-service teachers for the teaching profession. The process also includes an assessment of a provider’s quality assurance and continuous improvement mechanisms, as well as ensuring that the provider has a nationally endorsed teaching performance assessment which all graduates must successfully complete.

In Queensland, each program is assessed by a panel of nationally trained assessors that includes school leaders, employers, practising teachers and higher education representatives. A mandatory site visit involving forums with school partners, graduates, ITE students and the teaching staff of the ITE program is embedded in Queensland reaccreditation processes. Panels make a recommendation to the QCT’s Professional Standards Committee, which holds responsibility for granting accreditation and determines the length of the accreditation period. A maximum of five years accreditation may be granted.

More information on the accreditation process may be found at:

Jurisdiction QLD
Provider University of Southern Queensland
Program title Master of Learning and Teaching (Secondary)
Program type Postgraduate
Program duration in equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) 2 years
Minimum program duration 1.5 years
Stage of schooling Secondary
Mode(s) of delivery Online
Campus location(s) Online
Date of current accreditation 20/11/2020
Accreditation outcome* Five-year accreditation period granted
Accreditation expiry date (optional) 31/12/2025
Quality assurance processes in place

Quality assurance processes include, but are not limited to:

  • Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment data
  • Final Professional Experience Report data
  • Performance data for Critical Tasks
  • Evidentiary portfolio
  • Provider surveys of school leaders
  • Provider surveys of graduates
  • Professional Partnerships Survey
  • Program experience surveys
  • National collections such as QILT.

Program description and rationale

To graduate with a Master of Learning and Teaching (Secondary) students are required to complete 16 units, including core educational studies and units in two chosen discipline teaching areas. This postgraduate preservice teacher program is offered in an accelerated pattern to enable the completion of four semesters of study in one and a half years, which is equivalent to a two year program.

Discipline teaching areas:

  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Science
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Dance
  • Design and Technology
  • Digital Technology
  • Drama
  • Earth & Environmental Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Film, Television & New Media
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Geography
  • Health & Physical Education
  • History
  • Legal Studies
  • Languages
  • Marine Science
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Study of Religion
  • Visual Art.

The Master of Learning and Teaching (Secondary) includes 60 days of supervised professional experience in a secondary school or other approved educational context.

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* Nationally accredited ITE programs delivered in Queensland are subject to ongoing monitoring, including:

  • submission of an annual report on the operation of the program
  • prior approval of any significant changes to the program
  • employment of only registered teachers to supervise or assess the work of a preservice teacher in a prescribed school.