Teaching (Secondary)

• Eligible for employment after only one year of study*.

• Gain practical experience in the classroom and bring real-world scenarios into the classroom

• Commonwealth supported places for eligible students.

*full-time students only


Your pathway to becoming an education professional

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) at UNSW is an accelerated postgraduate initial secondary teacher education program.

Our Secondary Teaching courses are uniquely designed to provide a nationally accredited preservice teaching qualification and, at the same time, support students in their transition into their first year of teaching. They offer you the opportunity to learn innovative teaching methods that link practice with theory.

As a student of Secondary Teaching you will gain advanced skills in effective unit and lesson planning, assessment and reporting.

Emphasis is placed on enhanced communication skills to ensure effective classroom communication, the practice of reflective teaching and the desire to continually improve professional knowledge and practice.

Accredited teaching qualifications

Our Master of Teaching is recognised as an initial secondary teaching qualification for both government and non-government schools in New South Wales and in all other states in Australia. It is also widely accepted as a teaching qualification overseas.

The postgraduate program encourages active engagement with members of the teaching profession and the wider community.

For practising secondary teachers

We also offer the Graduate Certificate of Teaching which is designed to enable qualified practising secondary teachers to update and/or add an additional teaching area to their formal preservice teacher qualifications.


What will you study?

Students in the Secondary Teaching Masters program will complete the following:

  • a range of core courses and method courses
  • 80 days of professional experience, including at least 60 days of supervised teaching practice in at least two different secondary schools
  • two electives drawn from any area in the Master of Education program

The program can be completed both full-time and part-time. For example program plans please go here.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to study the Master of Teaching (Secondary) must have completed an undergraduate degree which included study that meets the prerequisites for your selected teaching methods or specialisation(s)

Teaching Specialisations

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) requires you to study one extension or two single teaching areas to prepare for your secondary teaching specialisation(s). The method courses available are:

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Dance
  • Drama (Theatre and Performance Studies)
  • Economics
  • English*
  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Graphics and Multimedia Technology
  • History - Ancient
  • History - Modern
  • Languages: French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Indonesian, 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 area specialisation

Complete our self–assessment for entry

For English language requirements, please see www.unsw.edu.au/english-requirements-policy

Complete our self–assessment for entry

For English language requirements, please see www.unsw.edu.au/english-requirements-policy.

Additional requirements

Prior to their first school placement, all NSW teacher education students will be required to:
  • Undertake and pass The Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE). For further details please visit the NESA website.

Tests are available through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website. To book the test, click here.

  • Undertake a Working with Children check

The Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998 introduced mandatory requirements for background checking of people working with children. All Teacher Education Students must complete a Volunteer Working with Children Check having listened to a child protection lecture online and successfully completed a quiz.
Complete this check by going online at Working with Children Check

  • Complete Anaphylaxis training

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and the Department of Education (DEC) now require that all initial Teacher Education Students have training in managing anaphylaxis. Students must complete the anaphylaxis e-training module provided by the Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) in conjunction with practice using an adrenaline autoinjector training device. The e-training is a free, online module available here

  • Confirm that they are fit for their school placement and meet the inherent requirements of a teacher education student. This is to be filled out prior to EVERY placement through the online placement system (OPS)


Progress your career in the classroom

This Master of Teaching (Secondary) degree will enhance your career options and professional advancement within a broad range of educational institutions.

Graduates of the program work as secondary school teachers or as education professionals in other areas related to education and training.

Many of our graduates progress into specialist fields of education by developing and extending their understanding of a critical area of education.


Research pathways

The Master of Teaching (secondary) can be a gateway to higher research study.

If you are interested in pursuing a research career we encourage you to study research methodology and undertake a research project during your course.

UNSW handbook

Degree program structure and academic rules information:

If you are a current student, please refer to the Online Handbook in the year you commenced your degree.

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