Secondary teaching – languages
In NSW and other Australian states prospective teachers of a language other than English (LOTE) usually need to obtain accreditation to teach the language of their choice as well as a second subject, which may be a second language other than English.
People who are interested in a career teaching a language other than English would normally be required to complete university studies in all of the following:
- a language
- a second teaching area, for example, English, geography, another language, mathematics or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
- education as a social science
- professional and curriculum studies (teaching methodology).
Recommended studies for HSC students
The undergraduate degree-pathway for high-school students who are contemplating a career in LOTE teaching requires five-years' study and results in the award of a double degree: Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education: Humanities and Social Sciences) and Bachelor of Arts.
Although no prerequisites exist for programs resulting in LOTE teaching accreditation, Year 10 students who are hoping to pursue a career teaching a language other than English and who are about to choose their HSC subjects would benefit from studying that language for their HSC as well as subjects relevant to the second teaching area in which they are interested.
Prerequisites for graduate-entry applicants
Graduates with a first degree that includes studies appropriate to teaching a language other than English may be eligible for admission to the Master of Teaching. Undergraduate studies that are generally appropriate for entry into the MTeach for LOTE include a Bachelor of Arts with a major in a language. The detailed prerequisites are available in the graduate-entry section of "Future students".