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 5 years maximum.

UON 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 15 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 at21 Oct 2019 3:22 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
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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 15 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

    EDUC6782 - The Global Professional

    EDUC6785 - Educational Foundations

    Academic requirements for program completion

    Total units required

    160 units

    Program duration

    1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 5 years maximum.

    Program requirements

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

    Students must complete 140 units of Core courses and 20 units of Electives.

    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 140 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
    EDUC6782The Global ProfessionalNot currently offered30 units
    EDUC6785Educational Foundations
    • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    20 units
    EDUC6912Aboriginal Education
    • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    10 units


    Complete 20 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.

    20 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
    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

    All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

    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.