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 Griffith University
Program title Master of Secondary Teaching
Program type Postgraduate
Program duration in equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) 2 years
Minimum program duration 18 months
Stage of schooling Secondary
Mode(s) of delivery On Campus / Online
Campus location(s) Gold Coast, Mt Gravatt
Date of current accreditation 18/11/2022
Accreditation outcome* Five-year accreditation period granted
Accreditation expiry date (optional) 31/12/2027
Quality assurance processes in place

Quality assurance data collection processes include, but are not limited to:

  1. Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment data
  2. Final Professional Experience Report
  3. Performance data for Critical Tasks
  4. Student retention data
  5. Program completion data
  6. Preservice teacher case studies
  7. Provider survey of graduates- interest areas, employment and registration
  8. Professional Partnerships Survey
  9. Program experience focus groups

National collections such as QILT.

Program description and rationale

To graduate with a Master of Secondary Teaching students are required to complete 16 units, including discipline-specific curriculum and pedagogical studies and a primary specialisation. Students have the option to fast-track the Masters and become a teacher within 1.5 years.


The learning areas available for specialisations are:




Design and Technology 

Digital Technologies



Food and Nutrition 


Health and Physical Education  


Instrumental Music

Languages Other Than English

Learning Enhancement




Psychology, and 

Visual Arts.


The Master of Secondary Teaching includes 60 days of supervised professional experience in secondary schools.

For further information including entry requirements and career opportunities, please visit:

Griffith University’s Master of Secondary Teaching graduates have successfully passed the national literacy and numeracy test (LANTITE), the final Queensland Professional Experience Reporting Framework (QPERF) and the Graduate Teaching Performance Assessment (GTPA).

* 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.