Prerequisites for the Master of Teaching

The prerequisite requirements for each stream of the Master of Teaching are listed in detail in the pages dedicated to the individual streams; however, regardless of the stream being undertaken, there are four general prerequisites for admission:

  • Completion of a first degree at an accredited university, for example, a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science. TAFE qualifications and work experience are not sufficient for admission.

  • A good academic record. The program has high academic standards, so applicants who have a pattern of 'fail' grades or conceded passes will not be offered a place.

  • Proficiency in the English language and mathematics. Good oral communication is essential. If English is not your first language, you may need to provide evidence of English proficiency. For more information, please refer to the English Language Requirements page.

  • Completion of university studies in the subject area(s) you wish to teach. At a minimum you must satisfy the accreditation requirements of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for each teaching area in which you intend to qualify.

The prerequisite requirements published on this website are subject to change. Please check for any updates prior to applying.

Conditional offers to secondary teaching and school counselling

Applicants who are one unit of study (equivalent to one quarter of a semester of full-time study or 0.125 EFTSL) short of meeting the prerequisites for admission to the Master of Teaching (Secondary) or Master of Teaching (School Counselling) may be given special permission to study the deficient unit in another faculty or institution while undertaking their Master of Teaching. Permission for concurrent study is conditional upon the availability of places and:

  • preference will be given to applicants who meet all the prerequisites at the time of enrolment

  • may involve payment of full fees for concurrent coursework

  • will only be granted to applicants who have a good academic record (for example, a credit average, or honours or higher degree)

  • will only be given if the additional unit does not impinge on attendance at compulsory timetabled courses

  • the onus is on the applicant to find a suitable unit of study to meet the subject prerequisites specified in their conditional offer

  • the unit must be taken in the first semester – concurrent study in the second, third or fourth semesters of the course is not normally possible for full-time candidates because of the block practicum sessions that occur in each of these semesters

  • no more than one concurrent unit of study will be approved.

Non-award study to achieve prerequisites

Applicants who do not meet the subject accreditation requirements of their desired teaching area and who are ineligible for special admission and concurrent study, will need to complete the additional unit(s) on a non-award (non-degree) basis before enrolling in the MTeach. This type of study can be undertaken at any university, but prospective students should be aware that non-award study is not Commonwealth-supported and therefore attracts full fees. Enrolment should be sought at your preferred institution through the faculty at that institution that offers the necessary units.

Teacher-accreditation requirements

Accreditation to teach in NSW schools as a primary or secondary teacher is determined by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Although the prerequisites listed on these pages are designed to meet accreditation requirements, it is the responsibility of each applicant to determine their eligibility for accreditation with prospective employers (based on their individual academic qualifications, including those completed before enrolment in the Master of Teaching). International applicants who do not wish to be accredited in NSW may apply for special permission to enrol if the accreditation requirements of overseas employing authorities differ from those that apply in NSW.

Further information about the minimum requirements for accreditation as a primary or secondary teacher in the New South Wales school system is available from NESA.