Master of Teaching (School Counselling)

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

If your ambition is to make a positive difference to the lives of children and adolescents, then this is the program for you. The Master of Teaching (School Counselling) qualifies you to become a school counsellor as well as a qualified teacher in one area of the secondary school curriculum.



In New South Wales, school counsellors are qualified teachers who also have postgraduate qualifications in psychology (honours or the equivalent of a fourth year of study in psychology) sufficient for eligibility for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.

On completion of this degree, you may choose to complete the necessary additional requirements to become a registered psychologist, which includes a period of nine terms of supervised practice.

Gain hands-on experience with 40 days of teaching practice in schools in two blocks, a school counselling professional experience in Year One, a 25-day internship in school counselling in Year Two and a small-scale applied psychology research project. This experience will ensure you develop the confidence, knowledge and skills to become a successful school counsellor/school psychologist working across early childhood, primary, secondary and special schools.

Course outline

Study plan

Year 1

Semester 1CPEDMT5010 Special and Inclusive Education3

EDMT5676 Teaching and Learning5

EDMT5679 Aboriginal Education: Secondary Schools2

EDMT5623 School Psychology 16

EDMT5625 Professional Studies 1 (Psychology)2

EDMT5XXX Curriculum 1*6

Semester 2CPEDMT5009 School Psychology Practicum4

EDMT5502 Teachers and Learners: School Communities6

EDMT5673 School Psychology 26

EDMT5675 Professional Studies 2 (Psychology)2

EDMT5XXX Curriculum 2*6

Year 2

Semester 1CPEDMT5681 MTeach Professional Experience 12

EDMT6125 Special Education: Inclusive Schools3

EDMT6500 Schools and their Communities5

EDMT6630 Information Technology: Secondary School2

EDMT6623 School Psychology 36

EDMT6XXX Curriculum 3*6

Semester 2CPEDMT6004 Applied Research Psychology8

EDMT6635 School Counselling Internship14

EDMT6629 MTeach Professional Experience 22

*Curriculum Methods, from which you choose one area that you are qualified to undertake for the Teaching Curriculum component of your School Counselling degree training. See the Faculty website for details.

Curriculum 1Curriculum 2Curriculum 3Commerce Curriculum 1 (EDMT5003)Commerce Curriculum 2 (EDMT5004)Business Studies Curriculum 3 (EDMT6627)

Economics Curriculum 3 (EDMT6605)

Legal Studies Curriculum 3 (EDMT6006)

Drama Curriculum 1 (EDMT5604)Drama Curriculum 2 (EDMT5654)Drama Curriculum 3 (EDMT6604)

English Curriculum 1 (EDMT5607)English Curriculum 2 (EDMT5657)English Curriculum 3 (EDMT6607)

Geography Curriculum 1 (EDMT5608)Geography Curriculum 2 (EDMT5658)Geography Curriculum 3 (EDMT6608)

Society and Culture
 Curriculum 3 (EDMT6005)

History Curriculum 1 (EDMT5609)History Curriculum 2 (EDMT5659)History Curriculum 3 (EDMT6609)

Languages Curriculum 1 (EDMT5611)Languages Curriculum 2 (EDMT5661)Languages Curriculum 3 (EDMT6611)

Mathematics Curriculum 1 (EDMT5613)Mathematics Curriculum 2 (EDMT5663)Mathematics Curriculum 3 (EDMT6613)

Science Curriculum 1 (EDMT5617)Science Curriculum 2 (EDMT5667)Science Curriculum Elective: Biology (EDMT6014)

Science Curriculum Elective: Chemistry (EDMT6015)

Science Curriculum Elective: EES (EDMT6016)

Science Curriculum Elective: Physics (EDMT6017)

TESOL Curriculum 1 (EDMT5622)TESOL Curriculum 2 (EDMT5672)TESOL Curriculum 3 (EDMT6622)

Master of Teaching (School Counselling) students complete 96 credit points (cp). Full-time students enrol in 24cp in each semester. Students normally complete a combination of core education and curriculum and professional units of study and practicum placements. The first three full-time semesters of the Master of Teaching total 72 credit points. Once the 72 credit points have been achieved students undertake extensive professional experience of 45 days in schools from the beginning of their final semester. The first 25 days are the School Counselling internship, and the second 20 days are the second Teaching Professional experience: EDMT6629 For further information regarding the course structure, please

visit the Faculty of Education and Social Work website

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Further course information

Progression rules

Candidates must successfully complete each unit of study to meet the course requirements and graduate with a school counselling and a single method teaching qualification. Except with the permission of the Dean, a candidate must complete all unit of study requirements specified for each year, before proceeding to the next year. Candidates must complete a minimum of 72 credit points in Education before completing the Internship and the Applied Research Psychology project and Conference in the final semester of the degree.

Capstone experience

Students undertake their internship of 25 days in a Senior Psychologist Education (SPE) team within a group of schools in the second semester in the second year of the program. Internship placements are approved by the Faculty, and students undertake their placements in school counselling. During the internship students are assigned to one or more mentor school counsellors under the overall guidance of the Senior Psychologist Education (SPE). The field mentor, who is a school counsellor, monitors the intern in their work in the schools and is responsible for writing a report, and following an observation and a discussion with the tertiary mentor, plus checking of a portfolio, these items form the basis of the assessment.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The University of Sydney has an international reputation for excellence. Many of our Master of Teaching students are offered full-time employment before completing their degrees.

Course accreditation

The Master of Teaching School Counselling (MTeach) is a graduate-entry professional teaching qualification to become an accredited teacher in NSW and other Australian jurisdictions and a school counsellor in NSW. It is open to students who already have an undergraduate degree and Honours or equivalent in Psychology.

Further study

The University of Sydney is Australia's premier research University, and the faculty is a world-class research centre in the humanities, human services and related fields. Several higher research degrees are available within the Faculty of Education and Social Work, including Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Social Work, Master of Philosophy in Education, Master of Philosophy in Social Work, and Master of Education (Research).

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit. Admission to Master of Teaching candidature requires: (a) a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; and (b) completion of the curriculum area specialisation requirements specified by the Faculty; and (c) completion of any additional qualifying courses prescribed by the Faculty. (3) English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. In exceptional circumstances, the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who in the opinion of the Faculty have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award. See specific requirements for entry to the MTeach (School Counselling).

Other study options

The Faculty of Education and Social Work offers a wealth of experience and expertise in the development and delivery of professional development activities. Please visit our webpageto find out about the range of consultancy and customized programs, conferences, colloquial and symposia, and professional learning courses offered by the faculty. The Faculty of Education and Social Work is a Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES)' endorsed provider of professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Professional Competence.

Admission

Admission requirements

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit. Admission to Master of Teaching candidature requires: (a) a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; and (b) completion of the curriculum area specialisation requirements specified by the Faculty; and (c) completion of any additional qualifying courses prescribed by the Faculty. (3) English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. In exceptional circumstances, the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who in the opinion of the Faculty have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students


The requirement to complete literacy and numeracy testing applies to all students enrolled in the BEd (Primary); BEd (Health and PE); BEd (Secondary:Humanities and Social Sciences)/BA; BEd (Secondary: Maths)/BSc; BEd (Secondary: Science)/BSc; and all Master of Teaching programs except MTeach (Early Childhood).


Information about LANTITES for students commencing their studies in 2017 and beyond will be required to have successfully completed testing as follows:

For the MTeach program, testing must be completed before the second year of candidature, that is, during Year One of the program.


Useful links


To register to take the test, go to https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au.

For information about teacher-accreditation requirements in NSW, including the testing, go to the website of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) at http://www.educationstandards.nsw.edu.au





Inherent requirements for Master of Teaching (School Counselling)

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, the Faculty of Education and Social Work has identified inherent requirements for the coursework-award in Master of Teaching (School Counselling). In order to successfully complete such a course, students must possess the qualities and skills listed in the document below.

http://sydney.edu.au/education_social_work/future_students/resources/inherent-requirements/IR-EC-230915.pdf (pdf, 68kB)

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. Applications open on the last Friday in August (10am) of the preceding year. All applications, including supplementary documentation, must be uploaded and completed by 4pm on the last Friday in October of the preceding year. Only completed applications will be assessed. Complete applications received after this time will only be considered if places are still available.

This program has annual Semester 1 intake only. Applicants are advised to download the supplementary application forms before commencing their online application.

For more information about the application process, please visit the MTeach applications page on the Faculty of Education and Social Work website.

Ancillary expenses

Due to government legislation, students are required to undergo external training in child protection, first aid and anaphylaxis. For additional incidental fees, please refer to the unit of study outlines.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University; or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent). Applicants are also advised to download the supplementary forms before commencing their online application.

For more information about the application process, please visit the MTeach applications page on the Faculty of Education and Social Work website.

Ancillary expenses for international students

Due to government legislation, students are required to undergo external training in child protection, first aid and anaphylaxis. Furthermore, students applying for accreditation may be required to undergo further language testing, as BOSTES currently only recognises PEAT and IELTS results. For additional incidental fees, please refer to the unit of study outlines.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount

The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.