Secondary teaching and school counselling

In NSW, school counsellors must be qualified teachers who also have qualifications in psychology sufficient for membership of the Psychology Board of Australia. As well, they require specific additional training in school psychology and school counselling to prepare them to work as school counsellors across all sectors: early childhood, primary, secondary and special education.

The University of Sydney does not offer an undergraduate course for school leavers seeking to qualify directly as school counsellors. Instead, it allows psychology graduates the opportunity to undertake the required counselling subjects while also qualifying to teach a secondary-school subject. Candidates would normally be required to complete studies in all of the following:

  • school counselling

  • school psychology

  • education as a social science

  • professional and curriculum studies (teaching methodology).

Prerequisites for graduate-entry applicants

Graduates with a first degree that includes Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited psychology honours or an equivalent accredited fourth year of training in psychology, will be eligible for admission to the Master of Teaching (School Counselling) provided they also have sufficient studies to meet the prerequisites for admission to the Master of Teaching in an additional secondary-school curriculum area offered by the University.

The detailed prerequisites are available in the graduate-entry section of "Future students".