The UNE Master of Teaching (Secondary) is a graduate initial teacher education program that provides you with a supportive and intellectually challenging way to build your expertise as a sought-after secondary teacher. Combining theoretical knowledge with practical experience, this degree will open the door to a variety of secondary teaching opportunities.
Group 1 Compulsory Teaching Units
48 credit points
Complete the following units:
Aboriginal Education (EDCX513) – 6 credit points
Literacies and Numeracies in Context (EDEE500) – 6 credit points
ICT in Education (EDIT502) – 6 credit points
Planning for Effective Learning (EDLT500) – 6 credit points
Inclusive Teaching: PrEx 30 Days (EDSP510) – 6 credit points
Teaching for Cultural Diversity-EAL/D Students (EDUC503) – 6 credit points
Classroom Management and Research: Online PrEx 10 days (EDUC540) – 6 credit points
Research Project and Professional Experience: PrEx 20 days (EDUC550) – 6 credit points
Group 2 Curriculum Units
Teaching English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Investigating Science, Physics
Human Society and its Environment (HSIE)
Group 3 Listed Elective Teaching Units
Visual Arts and Children (EDAE315) – 6 credit points
Drama Skills for Secondary Teachers (EDAE317) – 6 credit points
Curriculum and the Social Context of Schooling (EDCX301) – 6 credit points
History of Australian Education (EDCX335) – 6 credit points
Sociology of Education (EDCX346) – 6 credit points
Religion in Australia (EDCX377) – 6 credit points
Grammar and Text Types for the Secondary Classroom (EDEE321) – 6 credit points
Social Computing Tools: Blogs, Wikis and Beyond (EDIT313) – 6 credit points
Digital Learning Essentials (EDIT426) – 6 credit points
Talent Development in Mixed-ability Classes (EDLT321) – 6 credit points
Advanced Learning Theory 1 (EDLT390) – 6 credit points
Mathematics for the Inclusive Classroom (EDME340) – 6 credit points
Health Promotion in Schools and the Community (EDPE343) – 6 credit points
Secondary Education Sport Supervision (EDPE347) – 6 credit points
STEM Education in the Middle Years (EDSE353) – 6 credit points
Development and Learning in Childhood and Adolescence (EDSP245) – 6 credit points
Autism: Evidence Based Intervention (EDSP354) – 6 credit points
Educational Intervention for Children with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (EDSP387) – 6 credit points
Religious Education (EDSS375) – 6 credit points
Investigating Education for Sustainability (EDUC328) – 6 credit points
Reflective Practitioner 1 (EDUC456) – 6 credit points
Professional Experience 4 (20 days) (PREX304-6) – 6 credit points
A candidate shall:
hold a relevant AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree of a recognised Australian University or tertiary institution (or overseas equivalent as assessed Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR)), with a minimum GPA of 4.0;and
satisfy the School of their suitability for teaching through the satisfactory completion of a Personal Statement for Initial Teaching Education Course Entry.
Applicants' undergraduate (and appropriate postgraduate) studies must include units meeting the NESA subject content requirements for their intended teaching area/s in the secondary school curriculum areas, as detailed below.
First Teaching Area
Candidates in their undergraduate (and appropriate postgraduate) studies will have successfully undertaken the equivalent of three-quarters of a year (0.75 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) of discipline study, usually comprising sequential units taken over three years. In most programs, this requirement equates to six units, with no more than two units at first-year level and no fewer than two units at third-year level.
Additional Teaching Area/s
Candidates wishing to be qualified to teach an additional or second secondary teaching area (for flexibility of employment) are generally required to have successfully undertaken the equivalent of half a year (0.5 EFTSL) of discipline study, usually comprising sequential discipline study taken over two years. In most programs, this requirement equates to four units, with no more than two units at first-year level. The University assesses applicants' eligibility for teaching areas based on the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Subject Content Knowledge Requirements.
Candidates need to complete a minimum of 24 credit points (cp) in curriculum methods units with the exception of students qualifying to teach Computing as their First (and only) Teaching Area, who complete 18 credit points (cp) in curriculum methods. Students qualifying to teach a single First Teaching Area, with no Additional Teaching Area in English, Mathematics, Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Investigating Science, Physics, or Music, study 4 units (24 cp) of curriculum methods. Students qualifying to teach in two different areas, study 12 cp in each area.
Applicants who are 12 credit points short of meeting the discipline prerequisite for a specific teaching area may be permitted to enrol in the relevant curriculum unit provided they enrol concurrently in the appropriate prerequisite discipline unit or units. All discipline prerequisites for curriculum units must be passed prior to or concurrently with Master of Teaching (Secondary) candidature. Such discipline prerequisite units are in addition to the program of study in the Master of Teaching and incur an additional cost.
Discipline Study Requirements for Admission to NSW Graduate
Entry Programs for First Teaching Area
A major in agriculture drawn from areas such as agricultural science, agricultural technology, horticulture, agronomy, primary industries and rural science. The major must include studies of plants and animals, animal care, agricultural enterprises, chemical safety.
A major in business related studies, including at least one unit of finance or
accounting and one unit of business management, with the remaining units
drawn from: business law (Australian/English), economics, human resource
management, industrial relations, marketing, finance, accounting and business management.
Information Processes and Technology - A major in computing or computing
technology including at least two units that develop skills in information and
communications technologies and information systems, e.g. database
design including relational databases and communication systems/networking,
coding and systems management, and skills in designing and producing digital
products including non-visual programming languages.
Software Design and Development - A major in computing or computing
technology including at least two units that develop skills in the design and
development of software for example programming in a computer-based
language and system analysis, design, development and testing.
A major in drama including all of the following: performance, production,
theory, and preferably Australian drama. Drama studies must be developed as a discrete discipline. Vocationally oriented courses are not recognised as equivalent.
A major in economics.
A major in English with at least three units of a strong core of textual studies
including literature. Other units may include studies in communications,
creative writing, linguistics, media studies, film studies, drama or performance arts studies.
A major in geography that includes units in both physical and human geography. Units in earth & environmental science may be considered upon review of units for appropriate discipline knowledge.
Ancient History - Major in history in areas such as ancient history; archaeology; and historiography (including one unit in medieval or modern history).
Modern History - A major in history drawn from areas such as ancient history, archaeology and historiography. One unit in medieval or modern history must be included.
A major in a language including study of the spoken and written language. Units counted towards the major must be above an introductory level of study.
Where the language is an Aboriginal language there will be specific cultural
requirements.Native speakers of a language must hold an undergraduate degree and may
obtain verification from an Australian university indicating that their level of
competency in reading, writing, speaking, listening and culture is equivalent to the completion of a major in that language.
A major in law or legal studies including the Australian legal system.
A major in pure or applied mathematics that must include algebra and calculus.
One unit only of statistics may be counted provided it is studied as a stand-alone unit.Engineering units may be considered upon review of unit statements for
appropriate mathematical content.
Mathematics/Physics: (First Teaching Area Only)
A minor in mathematics (including algebra and calculus and no more than
one unit of statistics) and a minor in physics.
Engineering units may be considered upon review of unit statements for appropriate mathematical or physics content.
Music (First Teaching Area Only):
A major in music 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 four units) 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.
Sciences (First Teaching Areas Only):
Biology - A major in science including four units in biology including at least two units at 200 level or above.
Chemistry - A major in science including four units in chemistry including at least two units at 200 level or above. Engineering units may be considered upon review of unit statements for appropriate chemistry content.
Earth and Environmental Science - A major in science including three units in earth & environmental science, including at least two units at 200 level or above, and one unit in biology.
Investigating Science - A major in science including two units in general, interdisciplinary or applied science and one unit in each of chemistry, physics, earth & environmental science, and biology. Engineering units may be considered upon review of unit statements for appropriate science content.
Physics - A major in science including at least four units in physics including at least two units at 200 level or above. Engineering units may be considered
upon review of unit statements for appropriate physics content.
Society and Culture:
A major in social sciences including at least one unit of sociology and the
remaining units drawn from areas such as Aboriginal studies, anthropology,
archaeology, Asian or Pacific studies, civics, cultural studies, government,
history, philosophy, politics, religion studies, social communication and sociology
Studies of Religion:
A major in the study of religion including comparative religions and culture.
English as an Additional Language/ Dialect (EAL/D):
A major in discipline knowledge relevant to EAL/D such as linguistics and/or language studies that provide a grounding in the English language, how it works and a very high level of competency in spoken and written English, and intercultural communication.
English Language Requirements
All applicants must meet a minimum of one of the following criteria:
English is the applicant's first language; or
Satisfactory completion, within five years of the date of application for admission to UNE, of at least one year of full-time or equivalent full-time study at senior secondary, post-secondary or tertiary level in a country in which English is the primary official language or co-official language and in which English was the sole medium of instruction and assessment for the particular period of study claimed; or
A pass grade or better in an English language subject at Australian Year 12 level or overseas equivalent; or
An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic overall score of at least 6.0 with no sub-band less than 5.5*; or
Equivalent Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 213 in the computer-based test or at least 79 in the internet-based test with no less than 22 in the written component*; or
A Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic minimum overall score of 57 with no skill less than 50*
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