Master of Teaching (School Counselling)
Applicants for enrolment in the graduate-entry degree in school counselling must hold a bachelor degree that satisfies the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards, BOSTES (formerly NSW Institute of Teachers) requirements for accreditation as a teacher as well as the eligibility-for-provisional-registration requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia, thus, an honours degree in psychology or an accredited fourth year of tertiary study in psychology. The details of the prerequisites for school counselling as well as those of other Master of Teaching designations offered by the faculty are published in detail under the separate MTeach prerequisites heading.
This course is designed to prepare students to become school counsellors while also qualifying as a teacher in one area of the secondary-school curriculum. To this end, all candidates undertake coursework and professional experiences in school counselling and one of the curriculum areas listed on the prerequisites page.
Careers in school counselling
School counsellors work as psychologists in government and non-government schools across all sectors of the education community: primary, secondary and special education. Their varied and interesting role includes:
- assessing individual children, including children who have disabilities
- working with children and adolescents who have difficulties in learning and/or behaviour
- counselling children and adolescents who have mental-health and/or behaviour issues
- interviewing and working with parents and teachers
- engaging in preventative and proactive programs in schools with children, teacher and parents
- researching the needs of children and adolescents
- participating in up-to-date professional development