Secondary Teaching


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

Method courses

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) requires students to study one double or two single methods to prepare them for their secondary teaching specialisation(s).

Double method courses
  • English*
  • History*
  • Mathematics*
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Studies or Physics)
  • Music*
  • Visual Arts*
Single method courses
  • Aboriginal (Indigenous) Studies
  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)**
  • Languages: French, German, Spanish,Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean
  • Legal Studies
  • Drama (Theatre and Performance Studies)
  • Geography
  • Graphics and Multimedia Technology
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Dance
  • Society and Culture

*Can also be completed as a single method course
**Available as a second teaching specialisation only

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).

Complete our self–assessment for entry

Eligible students must also meet the English language proficiency requirements which are outlined in full in the UNSW handbook (see below).


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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