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Master of Teaching (Secondary)

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Overview

Specialise in either one or two teaching areas at secondary education level, depending on your areas of interest.

If your ambition is to teach science, mathematics or languages, you can study one of these as a `double method’ teaching area, and you won’t need to study a second area. Alternatively you can choose to study two `single method’ teaching areas, potentially broadening your future employment options. Gain hands-on experience with 40 days of teaching practice in schools, a 45-day internship and a professional research project. This experience will ensure you develop the confidence, knowledge and skills to become a successful teacher at early childhood, primary or secondary level. 

Subject areas

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

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What you'll study

Master of Teaching (Secondary) 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 work in our partner schools from the beginning of their final semester.

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

Units of Study

Completion requirement

Candidates must successfully complete each unit of study to meet the course requirements and graduate with a 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 Action Research Project and Conference in the final semester of the degree.

Capstone (compulsory project)

Students undertake their internship of at least 40 days (usually 45 days) in a secondary school in the second semester of the second year of the program. Internship placements are approved by the Faculty, and students undertake their placements in the teaching area(s) in which they are enrolled and are conditionally certified to teach.

During the internship, students are assigned to one or more mentor teachers, usually in a single discipline area and are responsible for teaching one or more classes for a total of between 14 and 17 lesson periods per week. The mentor teacher monitors the intern in their work in the school and, in discussion with the tertiary mentor, is responsible for writing a report on the internship that forms the basis of the assessment. Assessment is aligned with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)'s Professional Teaching Standards for the Graduate Teacher.

Admission requirement

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

  • a bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; and
  • completion of the teaching area specialisation requirements specified by the Faculty; and
  • completion of any additional qualifying courses prescribed by the Faculty.
  • 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) may be given special permission to study the deficient unit in another faculty or institution during their first semester while undertaking their Master of Teaching.  This unit does not count towards your Master of Teaching so would therefore need to be studied as a non-award course where full-fees will need to be paid.

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 programs in secondary education

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, the Sydney School of Education and Social Work has identified inherent requirements for coursework-award courses in Secondary Education. In order to successfully complete such a course, students must possess these qualities and skills (PDF).

Teaching area prerequisites

Applicants need to be able to demonstrate a record of studies in their undergraduate degree(s) that satisfies the specific prerequisite requirements of the subjects they wish to teach. These prerequisites are determined by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and are set out in the table below. In general, you must have completed three years' full-time undergraduate study in the subject you intend to be your Major/1st Teaching Area and two years' full-time undergraduate study in the subject you intend to be your Minor/2nd Teaching Area.

If you undertake a Major Teaching Area as well as a Minor Teaching Area, this is known as undertaking a ‘single method’ study of both areas. MTeach (Secondary) students have the option of ’double method’ study in three areas: languages, mathematics and science. If you're enrolled in ‘double method’ study, you won't be required to qualify in a Minor Teaching Area.

Applicants for double-method programs (languages, mathematics or science) must satisfy the prerequisites listed in the column ‘Major Teaching Area’. Applicants for single-method programs must – as a minimum – be able to satisfy the prerequisites to study one subject as a Major Teaching Area as well as the prerequisites to study a second subject as a Minor Teaching Area.

The teaching areas offered by the school are reviewed annually.

Subject

Major Teaching area

Minor teaching area

Aboriginal Studies

available as a single method only

3-year sequence (6 units) in Aboriginal Studies, with at least 4 units at level 2 or above in areas such as contact and Aboriginal history, anthropology, Aboriginal literature, Aboriginal language and linguistics

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

available as a single method only

Not available

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

available as a single method only

3-year sequence (6 units) in drama, with at least 4 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.

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

available as a single method only

Business studies – 3-year sequence (6 units) in business-related studies, with at least 4 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
– 3-year sequence (6 units) in economics, with at least 4 units at level 2 or above.

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

available as a single method only

3-year sequence (6 units) in English, with at least 4 units at level 2 or above that have a strong core of literary studies.

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

available as a single method only

3-year sequence (6 units) in geography, with at least 4 units at level 2 or above.

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

History

available as a single method only

Satisfy either of the following:
Ancient history3-year sequence (6 units) in history – with at least 4 units at level 2 or above – in areas such as ancient history and archaeology.
or
Modern history3-year (6 units) in history – with at least 4 units at level 2 or above – in areas such as Australian history, contact and Aboriginal history, early modern history, historiography and modern 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

available as a single method or double method

3-year sequence (6 units) in a language other than English, with at least 4 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.

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

available as a single method or double method

A major in pure or applied mathematics that must include algebra and calculus.
1 unit only of statistics may be counted, provided it was studied as a stand-alone unit.

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.

Science

available as a single method or double method

Biology – 3-year sequence (6 units) in science, with at least 4 units at level 2 or above. Studies must include 4 units in biology and 2 units in either chemistry or physics.

Chemistry – 3-year sequence (6 units) in science, with at least 4 units at level 2 or above. Studies must include 4 units in chemistry and 2 units in one of physics, biology, or earth and environmental science.

Earth and environmental science – 3-year sequence (6 units) in science, with at least 4 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

·         2 other science units.


Physics
– 3-year sequence (6 units) in science, with at least 4 units at level 2 or above). Studies must include 4 units in physics and 2 units in one of biology, chemistry, or earth and environmental 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

available as a single method only

Satisfy either of the following:
Legal studies/commerce – 3-year sequence (6 units) in the social sciences, with at least 4 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, religion studies, social communication and sociology.
or
Geography/society and culture
– 3-year sequence (6 units) in the social sciences, with at least 4 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 (only 1 unit may be counted), religion studies and social communication.

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, 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)

available as a single method only

Not available

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

 

Professional accreditation

The Master of Teaching (MTeach) is a graduate-entry professional teaching qualification to become an accredited teacher in NSW and other Australian jurisdictions. It is open to students who already have an undergraduate degree. Under the Institute of Teachers Act 2004 all graduates (so-called 'new scheme teachers') will need to be accredited against the standards for Professional Competence following their employment in schools.

Graduate opportunities

The University of Sydney has an international reputation for excellence. Many of our Master of Teaching students are offered full-time employment before completing their degrees.

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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