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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.
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:
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.
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 is accredited 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:
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To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:
You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.
Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:
This program is available for domestic students only.
The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is a 160-unit postgraduate qualification, with assessment for admission available for applicants who have one of the following qualifications or equivalent:
For admission, the applicants’ qualification must satisfy the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) requirements for accreditation.
Admission to the program is based on a SimTeach screening, a 500 word written piece of work and the Grade Point Average of the completed undergraduate degree. The SimTeach screening is a short, immersive teaching simulation, where you will simply introduce yourself, engage with the student avatars and try to teach them abouth something of interest to you (for example food, sport, how to apply sunscreen, etc.).
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 7.5 with no subtest result below 7.0 for reading and writing subtests, and no subtest result below 8.0 for listening and speaking subtests.
This degree requires students to participate in placements in NSW Department of Education or other NSW school or service providers via the completion of 35 hours teacher observations and small group participation, and 60 days of professional experience across two placements.
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.
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Applications for 2022 will open on 03 September 2021 and will close on 05 December (Trimester 1) and 17 April (Trimester 2).
Before submitting your application, take the time to review the details on the SimTeach screening process available at How do I apply for the Master of Teaching programs?
Before submitting your application, please have a look at the Master of Teaching admissions booklet, and take time to review the SimTeach screening process schedule.
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