Master of Teaching (MTeach) Self Assessment 2017

Master of Teaching 2017 applications for domestic students are now open

Domestic applicants apply here

Master of Teaching 2017 applications for international students are now open

Internatonal applicants apply here

Master of Teaching Information sessions

  • Please email education@unsw.edu.au to be invited to any upcoming Master of Teaching information sessions.

Please use the following questions to assess whether the program is suitable for you:

How do I apply?

Domestic Students

Applications for this program are done via UAC Postgraduate.
2017 applications open on 6 September 2016 and remain open until February 2017 or until all places are filled (depending on demand).

International Students

Applications for this program are  via UNSW Apply Online.

What is the UAC Code for this degree?

The UAC Code for applications is #910201.

Can I study to be a primary teacher at UNSW?

No. UNSW offers secondary teaching only.

What subjects can I teach?

Students choose one double or two single methods to maximise their employment opportunities.

  • English, History, Maths, Music and Visual Arts can be taken as a double or single method. 
  • Science can only be taken as a double method. 
  • All other subjects can be taken as single method courses only. 

Applicants require an appropriate undergraduate degree from a recognised institution with adequate background studies in relevant teaching discipline/s. The guidelines for entry are at or above the BOSTES subject content requirements.

To see if you meet the criteria, please check your previous studies against the MTeach Program Subject Content Entry Requirements below. Note that a maximum of 2 courses at level 1 will be counted towards any teaching specialisation. If you are unsure of your eligibility for a specific teaching method please use our formal pre-assessment tool which is linked at the top of this page.

Subject Content Entry Requirements

Double Method

Please note that 6 UOC = 1 course. (The BOSTES website will always have the latest information)

Teaching SpecialisationDouble Method Requirement
Main teaching specialisation – a major (three years of study, six semester-long courses with at least 2 of these at level (year) 3 or above)
English 24 units in English literature subjects and an additional 12 units in English literature or in linguistics, media studies, communications or creative writing.
History 36 units of credit in history, in areas such as Australian history, contact and Aboriginal history, early modern history, historiography, modern history.
Mathematics 36 units of credit in mathematics subjects (must include algebra and calculus). Only one course (6 units of credit) in statistics may be counted.
Music 36 units including all of the following: musicological study (music history and analysis) in a range of musical styles, periods and genres with a strong component of contemporary and western art music, compositional techniques, music performance studies (a minimum of two years of music performance studies) and preferably Australian music. The study of music and music practice must be developed as a discrete discipline. Vocationally oriented courses are not recognised as equivalent.
Science

24 units of credit in physics, chemistry or biology and at least 12 units of additional credit in a second science. One of the two sciences must be chemistry or physics,
OR
6 units of credit in geology/environmental science, 6 units of credit in biology, 12 units of credit in physics or chemistry and 12 units of additional credit in any permissible science.

Permissible sciences are only physics, chemistry, biology and geology/earth/environmental sciences, not psychology or computer science.

Visual Arts 36 units of credit in visual arts including all of the following: practical studies in 2 and 3 and/or 4 dimensional art forms, art theory/history (a minimum of 12 units of credit), and studio art making practice (a minimum of 12 units of credit). The study of visual arts must be developed as a discrete discipline. Vocationally oriented courses are not recognised as equivalent. 


Single Methods

Teaching SpecialisationFirst Method Requirements
Main teaching specialisation – a major (three years of study, six semester long courses with at least 2 of these at level (year) 3 or above)
Second Method Requirements
Second teaching specialisation – a minor (two years of study, four semester long courses with at least 2 of these at level (year) 2 or above)
Aboriginal (Indigenous) Studies 36 units of credit in Aboriginal Studies in areas such as contact and Aboriginal history, anthropology, Aboriginal literature, Aboriginal language and linguistics. 24 units of credit in Aboriginal Studies in areas such as contact and Aboriginal history, anthropology, Aboriginal literature, Aboriginal language and linguistics.
Business Studies 36 units of credit in business related studies including at least 6 units of credit in finance or accounting, 6 units of credit in business management and remaining units drawn from: business law, economics, human resource management, industrial relations, and marketing. 24 units of credit in business related studies including at least 6 units of credit in finance or accounting, 6 units of credit in business management and remaining units drawn from: business law, economics, human resource management, industrial relations, and marketing.
Dance 36 units of credit in Dance studies including all the following: history and analysis of dance, performance with a technique base in modern/contemporary dance and ballet, applied anatomy, kinesiology, and composition/choreography. Vocationally oriented courses are not recognised as equivalent. 24 units of credit in Dance studies including all the following: history and analysis of dance, performance with a technique base in modern/contemporary dance and ballet, applied anatomy, kinesiology, and composition/choreography. Vocationally oriented courses are not recognised as equivalent.
Drama (Theatre & Performance Studies) 36 units of credit in drama, including performance, production and theory 24 units of credit in drama, including performance, production and theory
Economics 36 units of credit in Economics 24 units of credit in Economics
English 24 units of credit in English literature subjects and an additional 12 units of credit in English literature or linguistics, media studies, communications or creative writing. 18 units of credit in English literature subjects and an additional 6 units of credit in English literature or media studies, communications or creative writing
English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)(ESL) Not available as a first method. 24 units of credit study in linguistics with a specialisation in the English language.
Geography 36 units of credit in geography. 24 units of credit in geography.
Graphics and Multimedia Technology 36 units of credit in graphic design or multimedia design including computer-aided design (CAD) and theoretical studies and practical applications in at least three of the following areas: architecture and architectural drawing (such as Australian), cabinet drawing, computer animation, engineering drawing, furniture drawing, landscape drawing, product and technical illustration. 24 units of credit in graphic design or multimedia design including computer-aided design (CAD) and theoretical studies and practical applications in at least three of the following areas: architecture and architectural drawing (such as Australian), cabinet drawing, computer animation, engineering drawing, furniture drawing, landscape drawing, product and technical illustration.
History 36 units of credit in history, in areas such as Australian history, contact and Aboriginal history, early modern history, historiography, modern history. 24 units of credit in history in areas such as Australian history, contact and Aboriginal history, early modern history, historiography, modern history.
Languages 36 units of credit study in a language other than English, including the spoken and written language, beyond the HSC level. 24 units of credit study in a language other than English, including the spoken and written language, beyond the HSC level.
Legal Studies 36 units of credit in legal studies, including Australian and international law. 24 units of credit in legal studies, including Australian and international law.
Mathematics 36 units of credit in mathematics subjects (must include algebra and calculus). One course (6 units of credit) in statistics may be counted. 24 units of credit in mathematics subjects (must include algebra and calculus). One course (6 units of credit) in statistics may be counted.
Music 36 units of credit including all of the following: musicological study (music history and analysis) in a range of musical styles, periods and genres with a strong component of contemporary and western art music, compositional techniques, music performance studies (a minimum of two years of music performance studies) and preferably Australian music. The study of music and music practice must be developed as a discrete discipline. Vocationally oriented courses are not recognised as equivalent. 24 units of credit including all of the following: musicological study (music history and analysis) in a range of musical styles, periods and genres with a strong component of contemporary and western art music, compositional techniques, music performance studies (a minimum of two years of music performance studies) and preferably Australian music. The study of music and music practice must be developed as a discrete discipline. Vocationally oriented courses are not recognised as equivalent.
Society and Culture 36 units of credit in social sciences, including at least 6 units of credit in sociology, and the remaining units drawn from: Aboriginal studies, anthropology, archaeology, Asian or Pacific studies, civics, cultural studies, government, history, media studies, philosophy, politics, psychology (only 6 units of credit may be counted), religion studies, and social communication. 24 units of credit in social sciences, including at least 6 units of credit in sociology, and the remaining units drawn from: Aboriginal studies, anthropology, archaeology, Asian or Pacific studies, civics, cultural studies, government, history, media studies, philosophy, politics, psychology (only 6 units of credit may be counted), religion studies, and social communication.
Visual Arts 36 units of credit in visual arts including all of the following: practical studies in 2 and 3 and/or 4 dimensional art forms, art theory/history (a minimum of 12 units of credit), and studio art making practice (a minimum of 12 units of credit). The study of visual arts must be developed as a discrete discipline. Vocationally oriented courses are not recognised as equivalent. 24 units of credit in visual arts including all of the following: practical studies in 2 and 3 and/or 4 dimensional art forms, art theory/history (minimum of 12 units of credit), and studio art making practice (minimum of 12 units of credit). The study of visual arts must be developed as a discrete discipline. Vocationally oriented courses are not recognised as equivalent.

Can I study this program part-time?

Yes, but you need to follow a specific plan of study as outlined by the School.

Follow this link to see sample part-time programs plans here.

What courses should I choose in my undergraduate degree to be eligible for the MTeach?

Please use the tables from question 4 above (What subjects can I teach?) in order to choose appropriate courses in your undergraduate study.

When is the last intake for the Graduate Diploma in Education?

2014 was the last intake.
All future applicants need to study the Master of Teaching.

What can I do, for I have not met the entry requirements for a specialisation?

Students can undertake some courses as non-award to make up the requirements. The process for applying for non-award courses is found here.  Please note that completing the relevant non-award course is no guarantee that you will be made an offer in your specialisation area. Your application will still be rigorously assessed and you will need to meet all the entry criteria before an offer decision is made. It is also dependent on space being available in that subject area.

What are the English language proficiency requirements?

A very high level of competence in spoken and written English is expected: A Higher School Certificate minimum Band 5 in Standard English, English as a Second Language, or Advanced English or equivalent and/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.
Please note that once accepted into the program, you will also need to pay for and pass the new national literacy and numeracy test.

Important Note:
All applicants, domestic or international, must meet the above criteria and submit evidence with the MTeach application.
The Master of Teaching English language requirements are higher than those required for admission to other programs at UNSW. Prior study in the English language does not exempt students from having to submit this evidence - see the UNSW English Language Requirement Policy here.
IELTS is the only independent international English test score that will be accepted for entry into this program.
UNSW Global pathway English programs are not valid for entry into the Master of Teaching.

English is not my first language, but I have an Undergraduate degree from an Australian University. Do I still have to sit the IELTS or PEAT exam?

You may be required to do so as part of our assessment process, depending on the subjects studied in your previous degree. The Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES), which accredits all student teachers from UNSW, requires all teachers to be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in English. The School of Education applies this selection criteria for prospective students to ensure that our graduates face no obstacles when seeking accreditation as employing authorities can and do set their requirements. Read more...

Note that if you have obtained the majority of your qualifications (including background undergraduate study) in a country where English is not the main language and you apply to work for the Department of Education (DoE) you may also need to sit a specially designed English language test for teachers even if you have already completed your teaching qualification and gained your NSW accreditation to teach. You should contact the DoE directly for more information.

Can I start mid-year?

No. Intake only occurs for Semester 1 each year.

Does my degree from overseas qualify me to study the MTeach?

It can. As long as you have met the entry requirements outlined above (What subjects can I teach?).
You may be asked for additional information following your application to determine the equivalency of your courses to those of UNSW.  

What is the personal statement that I have to complete on my UAC form?

When submitting your application through UAC Postgraduate, you will need to upload a Personal Statement via UAC’s Electronic Document Lodgement service.

In addition to meeting the graduate and background studies requirements, you must submit a personal statement outlining your suitability for secondary teaching. Your statement should be no more than 150 words and include your reasons for wanting to be a teacher and why you are best suited for that role.

If you need to upload your personal statement, change your contact details, Teaching Method preferences or add studies that you didn’t include in your application, you can use UAC’s Check & Change.

How much will the overall program cost?

EDST course fees can be found here.

Fee estimator will give approximate overall cost.

Commonwealth supported places are offered in the Master of Teaching.

Can I do the course online?

No, our MTeach degree is an intensive program with set placement dates. While some of our courses are offered online, as blended or as intensive courses, students in this program are expected to attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials in some courses.

I completed my degree 20 years ago, is there a time limit?

There is no strict time limit as long as the degree is relevant and meets the requirements outlined above.
However, you may need to show evidence of recent practice or other forms of knowledge retention, if requested by the assessors.    

What subjects do I choose?

Program plans and a timetable of courses being offered in each semester, can be found here.
Course outlines and descriptions can be found here.  Timetabling changes may require amendments to these plans for the 2017 intake. These will be updated for Semester 1, 2017 once finalised.

I have professional experience in the method area I want to teach, is this enough to meet the method requirements?

No, unfortunately professional experience cannot substitute for the units of credit required to be considered for a teaching method.

I finish my undergraduate degree in summer semester 2017, can I apply to start in 2017?

Yes, you can apply for the 2017 intake, however, your application will not be assessed until UAC receive your final grades and process your complete application.
As places are competitive and summer semester results are often received too late in the application process, it is possible you will miss out on an offer in your area of specialisation.

Can I transfer to UNSW from my MTeach degree at another instutution?

No you cannot start our MTeach course midway. You will need to reapply via UAC during our annual intake and commence your Master of Teaching at UNSW with the rest of that year's cohort.

You can, however, apply for advanced standing for courses you have already completed, if those courses are equivalent to any within the UNSW program. 

See advanced standing rules and guidelines here.

How can I track the status of my application?

You can track your application status via UAC using your UAC number -  see the Check & Change button tab here.

BOSTES Teacher Accreditation - Literacy and numeracy tests

From 2016 NSW teacher education students will need to pass a literacy and numeracy test to start their final professional experience placement.
A NSW Great Teaching, Inspired Learning (GTIL) initiative, the test will help to ensure that future teachers graduate with personal literacy and numeracy levels at least equivalent to those of the top 30 per cent of the population.

Why is there a NSW test?
Who needs to sit the test in February?
Where and when will the one-off test be available?

Visit the BOSTES website for more information.