The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Start dates
  • Trimester 1 - 28 Jan 2020
  • Trimester 2 - 11 May 2020
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


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

Program code: 40204

Program handbook


The Master of Teaching (Secondary) 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

The final trimester contains a showcase during which students demonstrate their learnings in their chosen stream.

Students complete 35 hours teacher observations and small group participation and 60 days formal professional experience in relevant school settings.

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.

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:

  • 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.
  • Demonstrate an advanced, integrated understanding of the complex 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 school 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 in a school setting.
  • Engage critically with and in educational research such that research and inquiry inform and continuously shape evolving praxis.
  • 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.


Information correct as at9 Aug 2020 7:53 am
Program code40204
AQF level

Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Australian students - 1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Term typeTrimesters
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Education and Arts
Contributing schools
  1. School of Education
Relevant University rules and policies

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Admission to the program is available to domestic students only.

In order to be assessed for admission, all applicants must hold a completed Bachelor degree, that satisfies the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) requirements for accreditation.

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.

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.

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 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.

Post-admission requirements

  • Anaphylaxis Training

  • Working With Children Check

  • Child Protection Awareness Training

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.

EDUC6772 - The Adolescent Learning Environment

EDUC6785 - Educational Foundations

EDUC6913 - The Global Professional

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

160 units

Program duration

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

Program requirements

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) 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 should seek advice from the Program Convenor if completing Electives to meet the NESA Subject Content Knowledge (SCK) requirements of the teaching area(s).

Program Convenor approval is required to complete Electives at the 1000 or 2000 level to meet SCK requirements only.

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

Program plans

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.

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

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EDUC6740Students with Diverse Needs
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6772The Adolescent Learning Environment
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6775Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment in Secondary Schools
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
20 units
EDUC6776Design, Delivery and Innovation in Secondary Schools
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Callaghan)
20 units
EDUC6781Contemporary Literacies
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Callaghan)
20 units
EDUC6785Educational Foundations
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
20 units
EDUC6912Aboriginal Education
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6913The Global ProfessionalNot currently offered20 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

Suggested electives

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.

EDUC3800Intercultural Understanding for Educators10 units
EDUC3802Applied Learning in Diverse Contexts10 units
EDUC4809Historical Consciousness, Public Memory, and Nation Building10 units
EDUC6005Social Justice and Early Childhood Education10 units
EDUC6006Contemporary Issues and Early Childhood10 units
EDUC6018Contemporary Issues in ICT and Education10 units
EDUC6036Educational Leadership and ICT10 units
EDUC6038ICT in Education10 units
EDUC6080Whole School Approaches to Supporting Student Behaviour10 units
EDUC6081Using Resources in Behaviour Problems10 units
EDUC6088Teaching Methods and Techniques in Special and Inclusive Education10 units
EDUC6108Current Issues in Secondary Schools10 units
EDUC6352Australian School Leadership10 units
EDUC6353Leading and Managing Educational Change10 units

Additional information

Additional Information (Prospective Students)

All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.

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 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.