Graduate-entry programs

The Faculty of Education and Social Work offers graduate-entry programs for people who already hold a university degree and are seeking to qualify as either a teacher or social worker. The program resulting in a teaching qualification is the Master of Teaching. Implemented in 1996, it was the first of its kind in Australia, and remains one of the most successful. The program for university graduates seeking to qualify as social workers – the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) – enrolled its first students in 2011. Both the Faculty's graduate-entry programs require study totalling two years, full time. Neither program has a Semester Two intake.


Applications for the Master of Teaching and Master of Social Work (Qualifying) are submitted directly to the University via the Sydney Student Applications Portal (not through the UAC). "Apply now" links for each graduate-entry course are provided on the webpage that contains information about that course: Social Work; Early-childhood teaching; Primary teaching; Secondary health & physical education teaching; Secondary teaching; and School counselling. Once an application is begun, it will be allocated a unique Application Identification Number. Applicants should record this number because it is needed in order to access the Applications Portal and accept an offer of enrolment.

Applications open in late August and close in late October.

Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) is a graduate-entry degree in social work. Candidates undertake four semesters of study, including 140-days' Field Education and at least one unit of research offered in the postgraduate-level Master of Social Work program.

The program has been designed for people who already have a bachelor’s degree as well as extensive work experience in human services and are seeking a professional qualification to practice as social workers in Australia. Further information about the program, including entry requirements and course structure is published on the "Social Work" link on the left of this page.

Master of Teaching

The Master of Teaching is graduate-entry teacher-education degree. Candidates undertake four semesters of study, including a 45-day internship. The program has been designed for people who have a bachelor's degree and are seeking a teaching qualification. Applicants must have an initial degree with a range of undergraduate studies appropriate to their chosen teaching specialisation/s.

The Master of Teaching has neither a mid-year intake nor a distance mode. 'Reduced-load' mode is likely to be offered again in 2016, whereby a candidate may enrol in fewer units than a full-time student. However, reduced-load candidates still need to be available for classes on any or all weekdays, 9am–6pm, and Professional Experiences units must be undertaken full time.

Available designations

The Master of Teaching program is available in the following designations:

  • Early Childhood – to qualify to teach children in preschools and childcare centres.
  • Primary – to qualify to teach schoolchildren from K–6.
  • Secondary Health and Physical Education – to qualify to teach only health and physical education (with no other curriculum areas) to schoolchildren from Years 7–12.
  • Secondary – to qualify to teach schoolchildren from Years 7–12.
  • School Counselling – for a career in counselling children in education environments from preschool to Year 12. In this program candidates specialise in one secondary teaching/curriculum area as well as in school psychology.

Why the MTeach at Sydney University?

Students report a range of reasons for choosing to study the Master of Teaching at the University of Sydney rather than undertake a shorter, diploma course, elsewhere.

Higher quality

Because the MTeach program is designed to prepare high-quality graduates for the demanding teaching profession, it is more academically rigorous than the Diploma of Education.

Better experiences

Our extensive program of experiences at partnership schools (school visits, two practicum blocks and a nine-week internship) provides our students with unrivalled preparation for teaching.

Greater diversity

Our wide range of subject areas allows our MTeach candidates to choose whether to specialise in teaching one curriculum area or qualify for accreditation in two.

Fantastic reputation

The University of Sydney has an international reputation for excellence. Many of our MTeach students are offered full-time employment before completing their degrees. Our graduates' outstanding performance in their profession has contributed to the reputation the program has – in Australia and overseas – for providing leadership and innovation in teacher education.

Leading teaching staff

Because faculty teaching staff are highly regarded researchers in their fields, students are exposed to cutting-edge methodologies in research and education. The course promotes a teaching-and-learning environment that integrates self-directed inquiry and case-study learning experiences in small-group seminars, augmented by lectures, tutorials and ICT-based learning experiences.