Master of Teaching (School Counselling)

Inherent requirements for Master of Teaching (School Counselling)

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, the Sydney School of Education and Social Work has identified inherent requirements for the coursework award in Master of Teaching (School Counselling). In order to successfully complete this course, students must possess the qualities and skills listed in the document below.

Course overview

This course is designed to prepare students to become school counsellors/school psychologists 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. In order to apply, a student must have a four-year psychology degree such as psychology honours, or a psychology major with an additional fourth year in psychology, such as a Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology.

The details of the prerequisites for school counselling – as well as those of other MTeach designations offered by the school – are published in detail under the separate MTeach prerequisites heading.

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