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Master of Teaching (School Counselling)

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Overview

If your ambition is to make a positive difference to the lives of children and adolescents, then this is the program for you. The Master of Teaching (School Counselling) qualifies you to become a school counsellor as well as a qualified teacher in one area of the secondary school curriculum.

You will gain hands-on experience with 40 days of teaching practice in schools in two blocks, a school counselling professional experience in year one, a 25-day internship in school counselling in year two and a small-scale applied psychology research project. This experience will ensure you develop the confidence, knowledge and skills to become a successful school counsellor working across early childhood, primary, secondary and special schools.

In New South Wales, school counsellors are qualified teachers who also have postgraduate qualifications in psychology sufficient for eligibility for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.

This course is designed to prepare students to become school counsellors, whilst 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.

Please see admission requirements below for full details of prerequisities for applying to this course.

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What you'll study

Master of Teaching (School Counselling) students complete 96 credit points. Full-time students enrol in 24 credit points in each semester. Students normally complete a combination of core education and curriculum and professional units of study and practicum placements. The first three full-time semesters of the Master of Teaching total 72 credit points.

Once the 72 credit points have been achieved students undertake extensive professional experience of 45 days in schools from the beginning of their final semester. The first 25 days are the School Counselling internship, and the second 20 days are the second Teaching Professional experience: EDMT6629.

For an overview of units of study for this course, please refer to the Master of Teaching (School Counselling) course structure.

Units of Study

Completion requirement

Candidates must successfully complete each unit of study to meet the course requirements and graduate with a school counselling and a single method teaching qualification. Except with the permission of the Dean, a candidate must complete all unit of study requirements specified for each year, before proceeding to the next year. Candidates must complete a minimum of 72 credit points in Education before completing the Internship and the Applied Research Psychology project and Conference in the final semester of the degree.

Capstone (compulsory project)

Students undertake their internship of 25 days in a Senior Psychologist Education (SPE) team within a group of schools in the second semester in the second year of the program. Internship placements are approved by the Faculty, and students undertake their placements in school counselling.

During the internship students are assigned to one or more mentor school counsellors under the overall guidance of the Senior Psychologist Education (SPE). The field mentor, who is a school counsellor, monitors the intern in their work in the schools and is responsible for writing a report, and following an observation and a discussion with the tertiary mentor, plus checking of a portfolio, these items form the basis of the assessment.

Admission requirement

Prerequistes for MTeach (School Counselling)

Applicants for the Master of Teaching (School Counselling) are required to have:

  • completed a fourth year of tertiary studies in psychology that meets the standards required of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), for example, a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours); and
  • sufficient tertiary studies in a secondary school teaching area that meets the prerequisites for that area listed as curriculum areas, noting that a psychology major is a suitable prerequisite for the teaching area Geography/Society and Culture. Applicants who have not completed any tertiary-level studies in a geography-related discipline are required to undertake a Geosciences unit of study (normally GEOS1001) in Year 1, Semester One of the MTeach.

Teacher training is part of the preparation to become a school counsellor; however, this degree is specifically designed to prepare suitably qualified persons in psychology to work in schools as a school counsellor rather than as a classroom teacher. The honours or equivalent fourth year in psychology is required for eligibility for provisional registration as a psychologist in Australia.

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit. Admission to Master of Teaching candidature also requires:

  • a bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; and
  • completion of the curriculum area specialisation requirements specified by the Faculty; and
  • completion of any additional qualifying courses prescribed by the Faculty.

In addition, English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. In exceptional circumstances, the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who in the opinion of the Faculty have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE)

The requirement to complete the LANTITE applies to all students enrolled in the BEd (Primary); BEd (Health and PE); BEd (Secondary:Humanities and Social Sciences)/BA; BEd (Secondary: Maths)/BSc; BEd (Secondary: Science)/BSc; and all Master of Teaching programs except MTeach (Early Childhood).

Information about LANTITE for students commencing their studies in 2017 and beyond will be required to have successfully completed testing as follows: For the MTeach program, testing must be completed before the second year of candidature, that is, during the first year of the program.

Register to take the LANTITE.

For information about teacher-accreditation requirements in NSW, including the testing, visit the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Inherent requirements for Master of Teaching (School Counselling)

To assist you in making informed choices about your 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, yous must possess the qualities and skills listed here (PDF).

Teaching area prerequisites

Teaching areas are reviewed annually. Those with insufficient enrolments will be cancelled.

Teaching Area

Prerequisite

Aboriginal Studies

2-year sequence (4 units) in Aboriginal Studies with 2 units at level 2 or above in areas such as contact and Aboriginal history, anthropology, Aboriginal literature, Aboriginal language and linguistics.

Classical Hebrew & Judaism

2-year sequence (4 units) in Classical Hebrew, with at least 2 units at level 2 or above (for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney, this is equivalent to 24 credit points, with at least 12 credit points of Senior Classical Hebrew). Note: Yeshiva study is not automatically, nor necessarily, recognised as equivalent to tertiary study.

Drama

2-year sequence (4 units) in drama, with at least 2 units at level 2 or above. Studies must include all of the following:

  • performance
  • production
  • theory

and, preferably, Australian drama.
Drama studies must be developed as a discrete discipline.
Vocationally oriented courses are not recognised as equivalent.

Economics/Business Studies

Business studies – 2-year sequence (4 units) in business-related studies, with at least 2 units at level 2 or above. Studies must include at least 1 unit of finance or accounting and 1 unit of business management (but may include more than one unit of any of these three), with any remaining unit/s drawn from:

  • marketing
  • economics
  • industrial relations
  • human-resource management
  • business law (Australian/English)

or
Economics – 2-year sequence (4 units) in economics, with at least 2 units at level 2 or above.

English

2-year sequence (4 units) in English, with at least 2 units at level 2 or above that have a strong core of literary studies.

Geography

2-year sequence (4 units) in geography, with at least 2 units at level 2 or above.

History

Satisfy either of the following:
Ancient history – 2-year sequence (4 units) in history – with at least 2 units at level 2 or above – in areas such as ancient history and archaeology.
or
Modern history – 2-year sequence (4 units) in history – with at least 2 units at level 2 or above – in areas such as Australian history, contact and Aboriginal history, early modern history, historiography and modern history.

Languages

2-year sequence (4 units) in a language other than English, with at least 2 units at level 2 or above.
Not all languages are catered for in the program. The specific languages that are offered in any one year will be subject to enrolment numbers and the availability of practicum placements for the professional experiences component.

Mathematics

2-year sequence (4 units) in mathematics, with at least 2 units at level 2 or above. Studies must include algebra and calculus.
1 unit only of statistics may be counted provided it was studied as a stand-alone unit.
No more than 1 unit of study taught outside a department or school of mathematics (for example, in engineering, science or business subjects) can be counted.

Science

Biology – 2-year sequence (4 units) in science, with at least 2 units at level 2 or above. Studies must include 2 units in biology and 2 units in either chemistry or physics.

Chemistry – 2-year sequence (4 units) in science, at least 2 units at level 2 or above. Studies must include 2 units in chemistry and 2 units in one of physics, biology, or earth and environmental science.

Earth and environmental science – 2-year sequence (4 units) in science, with at least 2 units at level 2 or above. Studies must include all of the following:

  • 1 unit in biology
  • 1 unit in geology or environmental science
  • 2 units in chemistry or physics.


Physics – 2-year sequence (4 units) in science, with at least 2 units at level 2 or above). Studies must include 2 units in physics and 2 units in one of biology, chemistry, or earth and environmental science.

Society and Culture, and Legal Studies
Note: A psychology major can be used as a prerequisite for teaching Society and Culture for the School Counselling stream only, and only if a geography-related unit of study is undertaken as concurrent study in Year 1, Semester One of the MTeach (School Counselling).

Satisfy either of the following:
Legal studies/commerce – 2-year sequence (4 units) in the social sciences, with at least 2 units at level 2 or above. Studies must include at least 2 units in legal studies and 1 unit in a commerce-related discipline area. Examples of other possible study areas are Aboriginal studies, anthropology, archaeology, Asia or Pacific studies, civics, cultural studies, government, history, media studies, philosophy, politics, psychology (only 1 unit may be counted), religion studies, social communication and sociology.
or 
Geography/society and culture – 2-year sequence (4 units) in the social sciences, with at least 2 units at level 2 or above. Studies must include at least 1 unit in a geography-related discipline area and, preferably, at least 1 unit in sociology. Examples of other possible study areas are Aboriginal studies, anthropology, archaeology, Asia or Pacific studies, civics, cultural studies, government, history, media studies, philosophy, politics, psychology , religion studies and social communication.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

2-year sequence (4 units) in English, linguistics or a language.

 

 

Professional accreditation

The Master of Teaching School Counselling (MTeach) is a graduate-entry professional teaching qualification to become an accredited teacher in NSW and other Australian jurisdictions and a school counsellor in NSW. It is open to students who already have an undergraduate degree and Honours or equivalent in Psychology.

Graduate opportunities

School counsellors work in government and non-government schools across all sectors of the education community: primary, secondary and special education. Their role includes:

  • assessing individual children, including those with 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

Note that all successful applicants can apply concurrently for a scholarship with the NSW Department of Education.

Future study

The University of Sydney is Australia's premier research university, and the Sydney School of Education and Social Work is a world-class research centre in education, the humanities, human services and related fields. Several higher degrees by research are available within the School, including:

Professional development

The Sydney School of Education and Social Work offers a wealth of experience and expertise in the development and delivery of professional development activities. Please visit our webpage to find out about the range of consultancy and customized programs, conferences, colloquial and symposia, and professional learning courses offered by the School. The Sydney School of Education and Social Work is a NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) endorsed provider of professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Professional Competence.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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