Start dates
  • Trimester 1 - 25 Jan 2021
  • Trimester 2 - 10 May 2021

AUD34,025 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees


2 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.5
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.5

Find out more about IELTS.

Program code: 40228
CRICOS code: 102960C

Program handbook


The Master of Teaching (Secondary Studies) program at the University of Newcastle provides a postgraduate pathway into a highly successful and rewarding career in teaching. This innovative program is taught in trimester mode, enabling our graduates to enter the workforce rapidly and well prepared. The program aims to develop graduates who are outstanding teachers who act professionally, ethically and effectively in their professional contexts; who engage in critical inquiry in their practice and the contexts of their practice; and who play a constructive leadership role in public discourse in and beyond education.

Each trimester of study enables students to focus on a particular research stream in their coursework – thus enabling them to personalise their learning. These streams are:

  • globalism/social justice
  • innovation and technology, and
  • research and leadership

Students will complete two professional experience placements (the first which orients them to secondary teaching, and the second as an in-country internship).

Graduates of this program, will be eligible to seek employment as secondary teachers in a wide range of international contexts. (Graduates should check on local accreditation/registration requirements to determine the suitability of this program).


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship
  • knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and or learning
  • cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship
  • cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
  • cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
  • communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with high level personal autonomy and accountability
  • demonstrated an advanced, integrated understanding of the complex contexts of education and their implications for contemporary schooling.
  • demonstrated a sophisticated, specialised, holistic understanding of curriculum, assessment and pedagogy as they apply to diverse school contexts.
  • critically analysed, reflected on and synthesised complex concepts, problems, and theories in order to shape and implement curriculum responsive to the needs of diverse learners in a school setting.
  • engaged critically with and in educational research such that research and inquiry inform and continuously shape evolving praxis.
  • worked constructively and innovatively to build generative relationships between school, home and community, and leverage these relationships to the benefit of their students.
  • demonstrated 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.


Information correct as at26 Oct 2021 11:29 pm
Program code40228
AQF level

Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • International students - 2 years full-time.
Term typeTrimesters
  • International students - AUD34,025 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
    Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code102960C

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Admission to the program is available to International students only and requires:

  • the successful completion of a qualification equivalent to a completed Bachelor degree, with at least one year of full-time equivalent studies relevant to one or more areas of the secondary school curriculum in their own state, country or territory or the country in which they intend to teach, and
  • a written piece of work

All Applicants must have an English Language proficiency equivalent to an IELTS Overall Score of 6.5, with a Section Minimum in all areas of 6.5.

Admission to this program is restricted to applicants from countries where there is no reciprocal accreditation with the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Prior to admission to the program, applicant’s must verify their eligibility to undertake placement with the relevant education authority and be qualified to teach in their chosen state, country or territory.


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 for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.5.

Credit transfer

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 for more information on applying for credit.

Compulsory program requirements

This degree requires students to participate in two placements in two distinct settings:

  1. Completion of 20 days of  teacher observations in a NSW Department of Education or other NSW school or service providers; and
  2. Completion of 50 days of supervised practice in a secondary setting in their own state, country or territory or the country in which they intend to teach.

Placements may extend beyond normal trimester 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.

Post-admission requirements

  • Anaphylaxis Training

  • Child Protection Awareness Training

  • Working With Children Check

Compulsory program requirements - Review of progress

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses in order to progress in their program.

EDUC6916 - Australian Secondary Education

EDUC6917 - International Internship: Secondary

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

160 units

Program duration

2 years full-time.

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

Program requirements

The Master of Teaching (Secondary Studies) program requires the successful completion of 160 units.

Students must complete 130 units of Core courses and 30 units of Electives (with no more than 20 units at the 3000 level).

Students will be required to undertake the final Internship course, EDUC6917 International Internship: Secondary, in their own state, country or territory or the country in which they intend to teach.

Students must only complete courses that form part of the program.

Program structure

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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Core Courses

Complete the following 130 units of core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EDUC6740Students with Diverse Needs
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6775Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment in Secondary Schools
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
20 units
EDUC6776Design, Delivery and Innovation in Secondary Schools
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Callaghan)
20 units
EDUC6781Contemporary Literacies
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
20 units
EDUC6912Aboriginal Education
  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6916Australian Secondary EducationNot currently offered10 units
EDUC6917International Internship: SecondaryNot currently offered40 units


Complete 30 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.

30 units

Additional information

Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

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.

International students

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.

Additional support

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 College 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.

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