Prerequisites for MTeach (School Counselling)

Prospective students for the graduate-entry school counselling degree will need to have:

  • completed a fourth year of tertiary studies in psychology that has met the standards required of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), for example, a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

  • sufficient tertiary studies in a secondary-school curriculum area to meet the prerequisites for that area listed in the table below, noting that a psychology major is a suitable prerequisite for students entering Society and Culture teaching, with the addition of geoscience in Year 1, Semester One of the program.

Teaching training is part of the preparation to become a school counsellor; however, this degree is specifically designed to prepare suitably qualified persons in psychology to work in schools as a school counsellor, rather than as a classroom teacher. The honours or equivalent fourth year in psychology is required for eligibility for provisional registration as a psychologist in Australia.


Conditional offers and concurrent studies

Applicants who are one unit (equivalent to one quarter of a semester of full-time study) short of meeting the prerequisites for the secondary-school curriculum area of their choice may be given special permission to study the necessary unit with another faculty or at another institution concurrently with their MTeach studies. The conditions of enrolment by special permission for concurrent studies are listed on the general prerequisites page for graduate-entry teaching.


Curriculum-area prerequisites for the MTeach in school counselling

Curriculum areas are reviewed annually. Those with insufficient enrolments will be cancelled.

SubjectTeaching Area

Aboriginal Studies

2-year sequence (4 units) in Aboriginal Studies with 2 units at level 2 or above in areas such as contact and Aboriginal history, anthropology, Aboriginal literature, Aboriginal language and linguistics.

Classical Hebrew & Judaism

2-year sequence (4 units) in Classical Hebrew, with at least 2 units at level 2 or above. (In University of Sydney Faculty of Arts, this is equivalent to 24 credit points, with at least 12 credit points of Senior Classical Hebrew). Note: Yeshiva study is not automatically, nor necessarily, recognised as equivalent to tertiary study.

Drama

2-year sequence (4 units) in drama, with at least 2 units at level 2 or above. Studies must include 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.

Economics/Business Studies

Business studies – 2-year sequence (4 units) in business-related studies, with at least 2 units at level 2 or above. Studies must include at least 1 unit of finance or accounting and 1 unit of business management (but may include more than one unit of any of these three), with any remaining unit/s drawn from:

  • marketing
  • economics
  • industrial relations
  • human-resource management
  • business law (Australian/English)

or

Economics – 2-year sequence (4 units) in economics, with at least 2 units at level 2 or above.

English

2-year sequence (4 units) in English, with at least 2 units at level 2 or above that have a strong core of literary studies.

Geography

2-year sequence (4 units) in geography, with at least 2 units at level 2 or above.

History

Satisfy either of the following:


Ancient history – 2-year sequence (4 units) in history – with at least 2 units at level 2 or above – in areas such as ancient history and archaeology.

or

Modern history – 2-year (4 units) in history – with at least 2 units at level 2 or above – in areas such as Australian history, contact and Aboriginal history, early modern history, historiography and modern history.

Languages

2-year sequence (4 units) ) in a language other than English, with at least 2 units at level 2 or above.

Not all languages are catered for in the program. The specific languages that are offered in any one year will be subject to enrolment numbers and the availability of practicum placements for the professional-experiences component.

Mathematics

2-year sequence (4 units) in mathematics, with at least 2 units at level 2 or above. Studies must include algebra and calculus.

1 unit only of statistics may be counted provided it was studied as a stand-alone unit.

No more than 1 unit of study taught outside a department or school of mathematics (for example, in engineering, science or business subjects) can be counted.

Science

Biology – 2-year sequence (4 units) in science, with at least 2 units at level 2 or above. Studies must include 2 units in biology and 2 units in either chemistry or physics.


Chemistry – 2-year sequence (4 units) in science, at least 2 units at level 2 or above. Studies must include 2 units in chemistry and 2 units in one of physics, biology, or earth and environmental science.


Earth and environmental science – 2-year sequence (4 units) in science, with at least 2 units at level 2 or above. Studies must include all of the following:

  • 1 unit in biology
  • 1 unit in geology or environmental science
  • 2 units in chemistry or physics.


Physics – 2-year sequence (4 units) in science, with at least 2 units at level 2 or above). Studies must include 2 units in physics and 2 units in one of biology, chemistry, or earth and environmental science.

Society and Culture, and Legal Studies

Note: A psychology major can be used as a prerequisite for teaching Society and Culture for the School Counselling designation only, and only if a geography-related unit of study is undertaken as concurrent study in Year 1, Semester One of the MTeach (School Counselling).

Satisfy either of the following:


Legal studies/commerce – 2-year sequence (4 units) in the social sciences, with at least 2 units at level 2 or above. Studies must include at least 2 units in legal studies and 1 unit in a commerce-related discipline area (applicants may ask the faculty for special permission to undertake concurrent studies to meet this requirement). Examples of other possible study areas are Aboriginal studies, anthropology, archaeology, Asia or Pacific studies, civics, cultural studies, government, history, media studies, philosophy, politics, psychology (only 1 unit may be counted), religion studies, social communication and sociology.

or

Geography/society and culture – 2-year sequence (4 units) in the social sciences, with at least 2 units at level 2 or above. Studies must include at least 1 unit in a geography-related discipline area (candidates may apply to the faculty for special permission to undertake concurrent studies to meet this requirement) and, preferably, at least 1 unit in sociology. Examples of other possible study areas are Aboriginal studies, anthropology, archaeology, Asia or Pacific studies, civics, cultural studies, government, history, media studies, philosophy, politics, psychology (only 1 unit may be counted), religion studies and social communication.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

2-year sequence (4 units) in English, linguistics or a language. Applicants who do not have English as their first language are required to meet the NSWIT English-language requirements in order to undertake the professional experiences components of the course (in-school teaching practice).