Master of Teaching (Secondary Education)

Inherent requirements for programs in secondary education

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, the Faculty of Education and Social Work has identified inherent requirements for coursework-award courses in Primary and Secondary Education. In order to successfully complete such a course, students must possess the qualities and skills listed in the document below.

Applicants for enrolment in the graduate-entry degree in secondary education must hold a bachelor's degree that satisfies the Board of Studies, Teaching & Educational Standards requirements for accreditation. The details of the prerequisites for secondary teaching – as well as those of other Master of Teaching designations offered by the faculty – are published in detail under the separate MTeach prerequisites heading.

The MTeach (Secondary) requires candidates to specialise in one or two teaching areas, depending on what they wish to teach. Applicants wishing to teach science, maths or languages are permitted to study these as "double method" areas, which means candidates do not need to qualify in a second teaching area. All available curriculum areas, including the three that have double-method options, are also offered as "single method" qualifications.

In every instance where applicants choose to study two "single method" curriculum areas, their undergraduate studies in at least one of these must meet the Board of Studies, Teaching & Educational Standards prerequisites as a core teaching specialisation (1st Teaching Method). The second of the two "single method" curriculum areas may then be undertaken as a lesser specialisation (2nd Teaching Method), which need only to have been studied as a 'minor' in the candidate's undergraduate degree. Some areas such as 'Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages' and 'Classical Hebrew and Judaism' can only be studied as a 2nd Teaching Method.

Applicants for enrolment in the MTeach (Secondary) must satisfy the subject prerequisites for either one double-method curriculum area or two single-method areas.

Secondary curriculum areas

The following table lists the secondary-school curriculum areas that are usually offered in the MTeach (subject to quotas and demand). Beside each area is a brief description of the course content.

Curriculum area
Course content

Aboriginal Studies

Aboriginal Studies Stage 4, 5 & 6 syllabuses, Culturally Appropriate Research Practices and pedagogy.

Business Studies

School Certificate Commerce and the HSC Business Studies syllabuses and pedagogy

Classical Hebrew and Judaism

Classical Hebrew pedagogy to year 10, within the Judaic Studies context. HSC Classical Hebrew syllabuses and pedagogy.


School Certificate and HSC Drama syllabuses and pedagogy


School Certificate Commerce and the HSC Economics syllabuses and pedagogy


School Certificate English and HSC English-subjects syllabuses and pedagogy


School Certificate and HSC Geography syllabuses and pedagogy


School Certificate History and HSC Modern History and/or Ancient History syllabuses and pedagogy


Not all languages are catered for in the program. The specific languages offered in any one year will be subject to quota, depending on demand and the availability of practicum placements for the professional experiences component of the course. The languages that are more likely to be offered are:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew (Modern)
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Spanish


School Certificate and HSC Mathematics syllabuses and pedagogy


A range of subjects and disciplines from the Science Key Learning Area syllabuses and pedagogy, including the compulsory subject Science (for Years 7–10). Candidates are also required to specialise in one or more of the HSC sciences from those on offer (not all subjects are offered in each year):

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • earth and environmental science (EES)
  • physics

Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE)

A range of subjects and disciplines,, including at least one of the School Certificate HSIE subjects: commerce or geography. Candidates are also required to specialise in one or both streams of HSIE HSC subjects:

  • option 1 – society & culture, and geography
  • option 2 – business studies, economics, and legal studies.

Teaching English to Speakers of
 Other Languages (TESOL)

Candidates wishing to study TESOL as a curriculum area must also qualify in different curriculum area: the main area in which they will be teaching. TESOL course content includes the study of HSC English as a Second Language, as well as the role of ESL teachers in helping students improve their English, literacy and learning in all subjects.