For successful completion of the Master of Teaching Primary/Secondary Program and to be eligible to apply for accreditation as a teacher in NSW, all teacher education students will need to meet the following participation and enrolment requirements.
Assessment of Suitability for Teaching
It is a NESA requirement that Initial Teacher Education providers include a continuum of non-academic evaluation of students’ suitability for teaching during programs. UNSW meets this requirement as follows.
All UNSW Master of Teaching Primary students must successfully complete five core education courses (30 UOC) and eight disciplinary-specific curriculum and pedagogy courses (48 UOC) before undertaking their final professional experience placement in schools.
All UNSW Master of Teaching Secondary students must successfully complete a full year (48 UOC) of studies in their specific disciplinary content area (e.g., Maths, Science, Economics, Arts, etc.) before undertaking any discipline-specific curriculum and pedagogic studies (Methods) or professional experience placements in schools.
As a way of ensuring students are progressing through the program effectively, we undertake extensive evaluation of teacher suitability for their specific teaching areas and continually monitor and evaluate the relationship between these measures, their performance during professional experience and graduate outcomes, including a level of self-efficacy.We do this via:
- Microteaching assessments,
- Using direct observation of all professional experience placements, including the placement as a teaching assistant,
- Multiple critical assessment tasks,
- A teaching performance assessment (TPA), and
- A set of inherent requirements used by a range of UNSW teacher education providers.
In addition to this, before their first supervised professional experience placement , all teacher education students must:
- 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.
- 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 therefore must complete a Working with Children Check.
- Complete Anaphylaxis Training - The Department of Education (DEC) require that all initial Teacher Education Students have training in managing anaphylaxis. Students must complete the free 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.
- Confirm that they are fit for their school placement and meet the inherent requirements of a teacher education student. This self-assessment is completed prior to EVERY placement and submitted through the online placement system (OPS)
English Language Proficiency
It is a NESA requirement that all teacher education students can effectively communicate with students, colleagues and the broader education community daily. In addition to satisfying UNSW entry requirements, oral and written communication skills are assessed regularly as part of all coursework and professional experience. One of the NESA mandated ways this is assessed is via the LANTITE test.
The School of Education (SED) requires students meet a minimum attendance requirement of 80% of all scheduled classes (i.e. lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars) for all courses (see student policies and procedures for further information).