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Master of Teaching (Secondary) (2020 onwards)
The Master of Teaching (Secondary) program at the University of Newcastle provides a postgraduate pathway into a highly successful and rewarding career in teaching. The program aims to develop graduates who are outstanding teachers who act professionally, ethically and effectively in their professional contexts; who engage in critical enquiry into their practice and the contexts of their practice; and who play a constructive leadership role in public discourse in and beyond education. Graduates of the program will be eligible to seek employment as teachers of students in Years 7 to 12 in a wide range of national and international contexts, including in NSW Government, Catholic and Independent school sectors.
Program learning outcomes
On successful completion of the program students will have:
- Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the historical, philosophical and socio-cultural contexts of education and their implications for contemporary schooling.
- Demonstrate a sophisticated, specialised, holistic understanding of curriculum, assessment and pedagogy as they apply to diverse secondary school and discipline contexts.
- Critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise complex concepts, problems, and theories in order to shape and implement curriculum responsive to the needs of diverse learners 7-12
- Engage critically with and in educational research such that research and inquiry inform and continuously shape evolving praxis within and across their teaching areas.
- Work constructively and innovatively to build generative relationships between school, home and community, and leverage these relationships to the benefit of their students.
- Demonstrate ethical and well-informed professional judgement and high levels of professional autonomy, adaptability, responsibility and collegiality, in the application of expert educational knowledge to diverse school and classroom contexts.
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Admission to the program is available to domestic and international students. All applicants must hold a completed Bachelor degree that satisfies the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) requirements for accreditation, in order to be assessed for admission. Admission to the program will be based on an interview, a written piece of work and the Grade Point Average of the completed undergraduate degree, as described under Additional Selection Criteria.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.
Applicants to this program must meet one of the following English Language Proficiency admission requirements:
- An overall IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each subtest and a minimum of 8.0 in speaking and listening.
- A Level 4 score in all four skill areas in ISPLR.
- A PEAT test result of Band A in each of the four skill areas.
The test results must be no more than two years old at the time of application. Only applicants who meet the English language requirements for the program will be invited to interview for a place.
Additional selection criteria
- Grade Point Average - Interviews and written work will be jointly used to determine the applicant's eligibility for admission. All applicants are then ranked on the basis of their GPA.
- Interviews - Only applicants who meet the IELTS requirements for the Program will be invited to interview for a place.
- Written Statement - Written piece of work.
If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.
Compulsory program requirements
This degree requires students to participate in placements in NSW Department of Education or other NSW school or service providers via the completion of teacher observations and small group participation and 70 days of professional experience across three placements. Placements may extend beyond normal semester times and students must meet their own associated travel and accommodation costs, where applicable. During placement, students will be subject to the policies and procedures of the placement facility. Students must meet all the Education Placement Requirements , including a NSW Working with Children clearance. Students must check the professional experience website for all placement information.
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Academic requirements for program completion
Total units required
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.
International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au
The Master of Teaching (Secondary) program is offered as a 2 year full time program or part-time equivalent. The program requires the successful completion of 160 units that are normally offered as 40 units per semester for four semesters.
Each semester of study is 'bookended' by an MTeach Conference (comprising of a series of lectures and presentations by researchers and teachers) and an MTeach Showcase (comprising demonstrations of learning over the semester by MTeach students). Over the course of each academic year, students work in 'Professional Learning Communities', supported by School of Education staff, to engage in problem- and project-based learning and work in their PLCs in each of their courses.
Students complete the equivalent of 70 days formal professional experience in relevant school settings, along with school experience integrated with coursework via the School of Education Teach Outreach program. Formal professional experience placements are supervised by school and university staff, and students are expected to demonstrate a range of professional teaching competencies as part of the successful completion of the program.
The following teaching areas do not allow for a second teaching area: Music, Technology and Visual Arts.
Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.
- 2015 Program Plan 864.3 KB
- 2016 - Semester 1 - Program Plan 994.7 KB
- 2016 - Semester 2 - Program Plan 954.4 KB
- 2017 - Semester 2 - Program Plan 955.7 KB
- 2017-2018 - Semester 1 - Program Plan 809.9 KB
- 2018 - Semester 2 - Program Plan 438.4 KB
- 2018 Semester 1 Program Plan 1.2 MB
- 2019 - Semester 2 - Program Plan 340.1 KB
- 2019 Semester 1 Program Plan 478.3 KB
- Procedure for Concurrent Enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Theology 89.4 KB
- Professional Experience Unit Information re Student Practical Placements
- Master of Teaching (Secondary) Schedule
Students who commenced the Master of Teaching (Secondary) prior to Semester 1, 2015 will continue in their Program and no transition arrangements are necessary. The School of Education will teach out the existing Programs structures to these students.
For individual requests to transition into the new Program structure, please contact your Program Officer or Program Convenor.
Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program
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|EDUC6711||Curriculum Design and Quality Teaching||10 units|
|EDUC6735||Learners, Learning and Teaching||10 units|
|EDUC6740||Students with Special Needs in Diverse Contexts||10 units|
|EDUC6741||Literacies, Language and Learning||10 units|
|EDUC6751||Knowledge and Communication Technologies||10 units|
|EDUC6772||The Adolescent Learning Environment||10 units|
|EDUC6773||The Reflective Secondary Teacher||10 units|
|EDUC6774||The Practicing Professional||10 units|
|EDUC6911||Schooling, Identity and Society||10 units|
|EDUC6912||Aboriginal Education||10 units|
Directed Courses Group A
Choose 20 units from the following directed courses
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|EDUC6171||Extended Studies in Visual Arts 1||10 units|
|EDUC6180||Specialist Studies in Music 1||10 units|
|EDUC6190||Extended Studies in Mathematics 1||10 units|
|EDUC6236||Specialist Studies in History 1||10 units|
|EDUC6243||Specialist Studies in Languages 1||10 units|
|EDUC6245||Specialist Studies in Technology 1||10 units|
|EDUC6250||Specialist Studies in English 1||10 units|
|EDUC6336||Specialist Studies in Drama 1||10 units|
|EDUC6345||Specialist Studies in Technology 2||10 units|
|EDUC6360||Specialist Studies in Geography and Commerce 1||10 units|
|EDUC6371||Specialist Studies in Visual Arts 1||10 units|
|EDUC6380||Extended Studies in Music 1||10 units|
|EDUC6390||Specialist Studies in Mathematics 1||10 units|
|EDUC6552||Specialist Studies in Science 1||10 units|
|EDUC6652||Extended Studies in Science 1||10 units|
Directed Courses Group B
Complete 20 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.
Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them. However, the Faculty suggests the following course options that may complement your program or major.
A full list of courses that are available to study as an elective can be found in the course handbook.
|EDUC6166||Inquiry as Stance: Researching Teaching||10 units|
The Master of Teaching (Secondary) program shall be awarded with distinction where students achieve a grade point average of 6.0 or above and completed 50% or more of the degree at the University of Newcastle.
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.
All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.
International students intending to seek accreditation to teach should seek clarification of accreditation requirements with their proposed/intended employment authority prior to undertaking the program. Responsibility for clarification of suitability of undergraduate qualifications for employment with an employing authority rests with the student.
AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.
Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.