The University of Newcastle, Australia


Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


2 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.



Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019

$30,855 (indicative annual fee, 2019)
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 - 7.5
  • IELTS section minimum - 7.0 (R,W), 8.0 (L,S)

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UON program code: 11715
CRICOS code: 064600B

Study Secondary Teaching

If you are searching for a rewarding career that will use your communication and leadership skills to shape the future of Australia’s students, then the Master of Teaching (Secondary) is for you. Using your existing degree as a foundation, the Master of Teaching (Secondary) offers a highly-regarded teaching program.

Our program incorporates an emphasis on Quality Teaching, the NSW model of pedagogy which was developed and refined by researchers at the University of Newcastle. The courses you will study will develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions you will need for a successful career in teaching.

Why study with us?

  • Graduate within two years - producing graduates ready to enter a rewarding career as a secondary teacher; this program will have you teaching within two years.
  • Be recognised internationally - the University of Newcastle's School of Education is ranked in the world's top 100 for education (Shanghai Ranking's global ranking of academic subjects 2018, QS World University Rankings by subject 2019).
  • Become an industry expert – you will graduate with communication and leadership skills that will enhance the learning and shape the futures of secondary students.
  • Work anywhere in the world - our Master of Teaching (Secondary) is recognised nationally and internationally.
  • Graduate work-ready - students undertake 70 days of formal professional placement in schools.
#5 in Australia ? for overall postgraduate education experience
#6 in Australia ? for overall postgraduate teaching quality
#7 in Australia ? for overall postgraduate student satisfaction
World top 100 ? for Education
95% Employed ? within four months of graduating

What you will study

You will complete 100 units of core courses,  40 units of directed courses (focused on your area of teaching specialisation), and 20 units of electives. In the core courses you will examine concepts and theories in the following learning areas:

  • educational philosophy, psychology, and sociology
  • language as a social practice
  • the principles and practice of quality teaching
  • the use and conduct of educational research
  • the integration of new technologies into the curriculum

You can undertake teacher preparation in the following disciplines: English, drama, mathematics, science, music, visual arts, languages, technology, Aboriginal studies, history, geography, business studies, economics, legal studies, and human society and its environment. Excluding the areas of visual arts, technology, and music, you can qualify in two teaching areas.

In addition to your on-campus work, you will complete 70 days of formal professional experience in the classroom. You will have the opportunity to build relationships with staff in local schools. Upon graduation you will be ready to embark on your career with confidence.

This degree requires students to participate in placements in NSW Department of Education or other NSW school or service. 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.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

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Career opportunities

At the completion of your Master of Teaching (Secondary) you will be equipped with the theoretical and practical skills and knowledge to flourish as a secondary school teacher. You will be eligible to apply for registration with the NSW Education Standards Authority, essential for employment as a teacher in NSW. Your qualification will also allow you to register as a teacher in NSW and in other states in Australia as well as overseas.

You will be prepared to begin your career teaching students from Year 7 through to Year 12 and have the opportunity to embark on some of the following career pathways:

  • secondary Teacher
  • head teacher of a teaching discipline
  • deputy school principal
  • school principal
  • university lecturer/academic