Teaching (Secondary) self assessment

The UNSW Master of Teaching (Secondary) is an accelerated preservice program designed to support students in their transition into first year teaching and to nurture future leaders of the profession.

You will undertake up to 80 days of school experience, including at least 60 days of supervised teaching practice in at least two different secondary schools, giving you maximum exposure to a wide range of teaching opportunities. With expert supervision from UNSW School of Education staff and site-based teachers, you will be immersed in the classroom 5 days a week during your professional experience (PE) block periods.

As a graduate, you will gain accreditation with NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and will be eligible to work in all states across Australia, as well as internationally.

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

Bold - can be taken as an extended teaching specialisation

You must meet certain subject content requirements to be eligible to teach in the specialisation of your choice. Click below to download the subject content requirements for each specialisation.

Subject content requirements for each specialisation (PDF)

IMPORTANT: Due to timetabling, not all teaching methods are compatible to be studied together. Click below to download a list of incompatible methods in 2019

Incompatible methods (PDF)


Satisfied all the requirements to apply?

If you have satisfied all the requirements and are eligible to apply for the Master of Teaching (Secondary), prepare your personal statement outlining why you will be suitable for secondary teaching and apply now.

Apply now

If you have any further questions, please direct them to the School of Education: education@unsw.edu.au

Frequently asked questions

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 are the English language proficiency requirements?

A very high level of competence in spoken and written English is required to participate successfully in this program. For English language requirements, please see www.unsw.edu.au/english-requirements-policy.

All applicants, domestic or international, must meet the above criteria and submit evidence with the MTeach application. Prior study in the English language does not exempt students from having to submit this evidence.

Please note that once accepted into the program, you will also need to pay for and pass the new national literacy and numeracy test.

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 (Secondary)?

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?

Fee estimator will give approximate overall cost.

Commonwealth supported places are offered in the Master of Teaching.

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.