Program Overview

The UNSW Master of Teaching (Secondary) is a full-time postgraduate teacher education course that will provide you a fast-track to employment as a secondary school teacher. This is an accelerated teaching degree, which includes practical in-school experience. After one year of full-time study, you’ll be eligible for employment as a secondary school teacher.  

At UNSW, we specialise in educational research and teacher education, with a focus on secondary and higher education contexts. Our secondary teaching postgraduate degree is uniquely designed to provide a nationally accredited teaching qualification, and support you as you transition into your first year of teaching. 



  Course Duration

19 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 57,300


IELTS: 7.5 TOEFL: 102

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The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is a 1.3 year program consisting of 15 courses and two placements. These courses will be different depending on which teaching specialisation area (method) you choose.

The program generally includes:

  • 6 Core education courses

  • 4 Courses from your teaching specialisation (called methods)

  • 3  Electives

  • 2 Professional placements (including an internship)

Full program structure

Each university year at UNSW has three terms and an optional summer study period. Depending on how you plan your study load, you can fit two or three courses into a term and one elective in a summer term.

The Master of Teaching can be completed in 1.3 years full-time (four-terms), or 3 years (9-terms) part time. The full-time program has a fixed timetable in which you’ll complete four courses each term instead of the usual three.

Below is an example of a standard three-term, full-time study plan: 

First term

  • 2 Core education courses

  • 2 Method courses

Second term

  • 1 Core education course

  • 2 Method courses

  • Professional placement – 4 weeks

Third term

  • 2 Core education courses

  • Professional placement – 9 weeks

Fourth term (Term 1 of your second year)

  • 1 Core education course

  • 3 Education electives*


You’ll choose your three electives from the Master of Education courses available – a variety of courses are offered each term. We recommended that two out of three electives you choose focus on students with diverse needs.

Teaching Specialisations

Subject to changing demand, teaching specialisations offered include:

  • Aboriginal Studies

  • Biology

  • Business Studies

  • Chemistry

  • Chemistry/Biology

  • Drama (Theatre and Performance Studies)

  • Earth and Environmental Science

  • Economics

  • English*

  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)

  • Geography

  • Graphics and Multimedia Technology

  • History - Ancient

  • History - Modern 

  • Investigating Science

  • Languages: French, Spanish, Chinese, 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*

*Can be taken as an extended teaching specialisation

To enrol in the Master of Teaching (Secondary) you must have completed an undergraduate degree with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60+. Your undergraduate degree will need to meet the following prerequisites for your selected teaching methods or specialisation(s).

First teaching specialisation – a major, consisting of a sequence of at least six units of undergraduate study in a pedagogy area, with no more than two at first year and at least two at third year.

Additional teaching specialisation – a minor consisting of a sequence of at least four units of undergraduate study in a teaching area, with at least two of these at second year or above.

Additional English language requirements:

A very high level of competence in spoken and written English is required equivalent to a Band 5 in HSC English Advanced, Standard English or English as a Second Language, 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.

Additional requirements:

By the first week of your course in Term 1, you will need to complete your:

  • Working with Children Check

  • Anaphylaxis training

Before going out to your first school placement, you will need to:

  • Undertake the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)

English language requirements

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • English language tests and university English courses

  • Prior study in the medium of English

  • Other qualifications

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level.

IELTS 7.5 overall (min 7.0 in writing & reading, 8.0 in speaking & listening)

TOEFL 102 overall (min. 27 in writing, 24 in reading, 28 in listening, 26 in speaking)


2022 Indicative First Year Fee


2022 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


This Master of Teaching (Secondary) degree will enhance your career options across a broad range of educational institutions.

Our graduates work as secondary school teachers or as education professionals in other areas related to education and training. Many graduates also progress into specialist fields of education by developing and extending their understanding of a critical area of knowledge.

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