The Master of Teaching (Secondary) at UNSW is your fast-track to a career as a high school teacher.

 

Faculty
Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Commencing Terms
Term 1
Duration (Full Time)
1.3 Year(s)

Overview

The UNSW Master of Teaching (Secondary) is a full-time postgraduate teacher education course that will provide you a fast-track to employment as a secondary school teacher. This is an accelerated teaching degree, which includes practical in-school experience. After one year of full-time study, you’ll be eligible for employment as a secondary school teacher.  

At UNSW, we specialise in educational research and teacher education, with a focus on secondary and higher education contexts. Our secondary teaching postgraduate degree is uniquely designed to provide a nationally accredited teaching qualification, and support you as you transition into your first year of teaching. 

Download our information pack for more on the Master of Teaching (Secondary).

Key features

Channel theory into practice

You’ll learn innovative teaching methods that link practice with theory. The degree is founded on in-school experience and learning in practice with ongoing support from experienced UNSW academics. The theoretical concepts you learn in your courses are applied directly to the classroom in this unique site-based degree. 

Professional experience

You’ll undertake up to 80 days of supervised teaching in three schools, giving you professional practice and a wide range of teaching opportunities. With expert supervision from UNSW School of Education staff and site-based teachers, you’ll be immersed in the classroom five days a week during your professional experience (PE) blocks.

Connect with the education sector

You’ll benefit from our strong ties to the education sector. UNSW is a valued partner to industry, community and government organisations, domestically and internationally. We maintain close links with leading public and private schools in Australia and internationally, and are the only university to have a formal partnership with the NSW Association of Independent Schools. 

UNSW School of Education is a preferred provider of professional development and training for the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). The UNSW Master of Teaching (Secondary) is also recognised as a formal teaching qualification in Australia and widely accepted internationally.

Why study this degree at UNSW?

  • Study at a school benchmarked with the highest global rating for Education research (ARC, Excellence in Research for Australia)
  • Gain accreditation with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)
  • Access to Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) for domestic students
  • Be supported by our diverse, collaborative and inclusive Arts, Design & Architecture community.
  • Learn through research-informed teaching
  • Prioritise career success – UNSW won the Australian Financial Review’s Most Employable Students Award in 2020.
  • Benefit from strong industry links and partnerships
  • Access world class alumni connections
  • Join a global top 50 university (QS World University Rankings, 2021)
  • Join a community that’s part of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) universities
Program Code
8926
CRICOS Code
073442C
Campus
Kensington
UAC Code
910201
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
96
Indicative Enrolments
183

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Entry requirements

To enrol in the Master of Teaching (Secondary) you must have completed an undergraduate degree with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60+. Your undergraduate degree will need to meet the following prerequisites for your selected teaching methods or specialisation(s).

First teaching specialisation – a major, consisting of a sequence of at least six units of undergraduate study in a pedagogy area, with no more than two at first year and at least two at third year.

Additional teaching specialisation – a minor consisting of a sequence of at least four units of undergraduate study in a teaching area, with at least two of these at second year or above.

Additional English language requirements:

A very high level of competence in spoken and written English is required equivalent to a Band 5 in HSC English Advanced, Standard English or English as a Second Language, or an overall IELTS score of 7.5, with a minimum of 8.0 in speaking and listening and a minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing, or the equivalent.

Additional requirements:

By the first week of your course in Term 1, you will need to complete your:

  • Working with Children Check
  • Anaphylaxis training

Before going out to your first school placement, you will need to:

 

English language requirements

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

To enrol in the Master of Teaching (Secondary) you must have completed an undergraduate degree with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60+. Your undergraduate degree will need to meet the following prerequisites for your selected teaching methods or specialisation(s).

First teaching specialisation – a major, consisting of a sequence of at least six units of undergraduate study in a pedagogy area, with no more than two at first year and at least two at third year.

Additional teaching specialisation – a minor consisting of a sequence of at least four units of undergraduate study in a teaching area, with at least two of these at second year or above.

Additional English language requirements:

A very high level of competence in spoken and written English is required equivalent to a Band 5 in HSC English Advanced, Standard English or English as a Second Language, or an overall IELTS score of 7.5, with a minimum of 8.0 in speaking and listening and a minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing, or the equivalent.

Additional requirements:

By the first week of your course in Term 1, you will need to complete your:

  • Working with Children Check
  • Anaphylaxis training

Before going out to your first school placement, you will need to:

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Program structure

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is a 1.3 year program consisting of 15 courses and two placements. These courses will be different depending on which teaching specialisation area (method) you choose.

The program generally includes:

  • 6 Core education courses
  • 4 Courses from your teaching specialisation (called methods)
  • 3  Electives
  • 2 Professional placements (including an internship)

Full program structure

Each university year at UNSW has three terms and an optional summer study period. Depending on how you plan your study load, you can fit two or three courses into a term and one elective in a summer term.

The Master of Teaching can be completed in 1.3 years full-time (four-terms), or 3 years (9-terms) part time. The full-time program has a fixed timetable in which you’ll complete four courses each term instead of the usual three.

Below is an example of a standard three-term, full-time study plan: 

First term

  • 2 Core education courses
  • 2 Method courses

Second term

  • 1 Core education course
  • 2 Method courses
  • Professional placement – 4 weeks

Third term

  • 2 Core education courses
  • Professional placement – 9 weeks

Fourth term (Term 1 of your second year)

  • 1 Core education course
  • 3 Education electives*

*Electives

You’ll choose your three electives from the Master of Education courses available – a variety of courses are offered each term. We recommended that two out of three electives you choose focus on students with diverse needs.

Teaching Specialisations

Subject to changing demand, teaching specialisations offered include:

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry/Biology
  • Drama (Theatre and Performance Studies)
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Economics
  • English*
  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
  • Geography
  • Graphics and Multimedia Technology
  • History - Ancient
  • History - Modern 
  • Investigating Science
  • Languages: French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and /or Korean (A high level of competence in spoken and written language is required. A minor without prior studies or background in the language is usually insufficient to qualify as a teacher of the language).
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematics*
  • Music*
  • Physics
  • Science
  • Society and Culture
  • Visual Arts*

*Can be taken as an extended teaching specialisation

You can explore this structure in more detail, or find out what a part-time study load would look like through our sample program. For further information on coursework, course listing, descriptions and timetables please see the UNSW Online Handbook. 

Future careers

This Master of Teaching (Secondary) degree will enhance your career options across a broad range of educational institutions.

Our graduates work as secondary school teachers or as education professionals in other areas related to education and training. Many graduates also progress into specialist fields of education by developing and extending their understanding of a critical area of knowledge.

Accreditation

New South Wales Education Standards Authority

This program is accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) as providing preservice teacher training for graduate students and an advanced initial secondary teaching qualification, for both government and non-government schools.

How to apply

Applications for domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) Postgraduate.

Ready to apply?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$5,925*

Commonwealth Supported Place, Student Contribution Band

*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment.

Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year.

The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included.

 

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$54,720*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$74,700*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

 

Scholarships

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university life accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a local or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey. 


  • Top 50
    Worldwide

    QS World University Rankings, 2022.

  • Most
    Employable Graduates

    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

  • Leading
    Innovation

    #1 Australian uni attended by start-up founders.

"The internship opportunities were fantastic. It connected me directly with my first job through the internship programme as I was offered a contract at Fort Street High School while finishing my degree."

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