Master of Specialist Teaching (STEM)

Specialise in the priority curriculum areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
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Semester 1
Semester 2
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On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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1.5 years
(180 credit points = 1.5 EFTSL)
Entry requirements

The Master of Specialist Teaching (STEM) is designed for teachers looking to specialise in the teaching disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics or those teaching ‘out-of-field’ with a desire to gain formal qualifications in a Victorian Department of Education priority curriculum area.  

You will develop an in-depth understanding of the content and pedagogical knowledge needed to teach STEM in Years 7-10 as well as an appreciation of the critical role that thinking, creativity and innovation in real world contexts play in the engagement of students. A focus on modern techniques of teaching Science will be explored through content in Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Environmental Science. Inclusive teaching approaches are examined as a way to support, extend and manage student diversity in a range of contexts.

STEM disciplines as interlinked and mutually supportive fields of endeavour are a feature of this degree, and the program will explore the use of technologies to operationalise mathematics and science in the development of useful products and systems.

You will explore ethical issues posed in everyday life where scientific advances mean that people potentially have more choices than they would otherwise. 

This program can be completed part-time over 3 years.  The first four subjects are offered part-time via blended delivery of online and block-mode intensives (available online and on campus). The remaining subjects are offered part-time via online learning.

The course offers an opportunity to undertake research with a choice of a research project, or a minor thesis completed in the field of STEM Education.

Our program allows you the option to exit with a Graduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching (Science Education)

We encourage you to view our recent webinar to find out more about the course. 

  • Teacher
  • Science educator
  • Leading teacher
  • Principal
  • Education consultant
  • Tutor
  • Maths educator
  • Primary teacher
  • Secondary teacher
  • Pedagogical leader in children's services
  • Adult education teacher
  • Work in Adult Education settings
  • Academic
  • University educator

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current subject information and cost, click on the individual subject name below, or click here to view current subject information and cost for ALL subjects.

Year 1

Semester 1

EDMST6020, 15 credit points

Semester 2

EDMST6122, 15 credit points
EDMST6123, 15 credit points

Year 2

Semester 1

Coursework Specialisation (2)

Research Specialisation (2)

Entry requirements (year 12)


Entry requirements (non year 12)

Successful completion of a three or four year Initial Teacher Education degree.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: No

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: TQ9

CRICOS code:

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$3,950 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2021

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection. You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per course, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

School of Education

Course coordinator

Clarence Green