Fast facts


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

Face to Face


1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 6 years maximum.

Program code: 40204

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, which you will study in three trimesters per year, incorporates 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.

For more information about this program, please check out our Master of Teaching (Secondary) admissions booklet.

Why study with us?

  • Graduate within 16 months: producing graduates ready to enter a rewarding career as a secondary teacher; this program will have you teaching within 16 months due to our trimester model.
  • Be recognised internationally: the University of Newcastle's School of Education is ranked in the world's top 150 for education (QS World University Rankings by subject 2020).
  • 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. You will be able to immediately seek accreditation to teach in NSW government schools.
  • Graduate work-ready: students undertake 60 days of formal professional placement in schools and 5 days of Work Integrated Learning.
#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 150 ? for Education
95% Employed ? within four months of graduating

What you will study

You will complete 130 units of core courses, including 40 units of courses which focus on your area of teaching specialisation, and 30 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 Teaching, including an emphasis on pedagogy and assessment; and
  • The Integration of New Technologies into the curriculum

You can undertake teacher preparation in the following disciplines: Aboriginal studies, business studies, drama, economics, English, geography, history, languages, legal studies, mathematics, music, PDHPE, science, technology, and visual arts. 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 60 days of formal professional experience in the classroom and 5 days of Work Integrated Learning in educational settings. You will have the opportunity to build relationships with staff in 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 schools, service, or relevant education facility. 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

Career opportunities

At the completion of your Master of Teaching (Secondary) you will be equipped with the appropriate theoretical and practical skills and knowledge to flourish as a successful secondary school teacher. You will enter the education system as a capable and professional individual with a well-developed sense of professional ethics. You will be eligible to apply for registration with the NSW Education Standards Authority*, essential for employment as a teacher in NSW. Your postgraduate qualification will also support registration as a teacher in other jurisdictions both nationally and internationally.

*The Master of Teaching (Secondary) program has been submitted for accreditation with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

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 example career pathways:

  • Classroom Teacher;
  • School Counsellor;
  • Teacher Librarian;
  • Head Teacher of a teaching discipline; and
  • School Executive and Principal