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Program Code 11715
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 064600B
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The Master of Teaching (Secondary) program at the University of Newcastle provides a postgraduate pathway into a highly successful and rewarding career in teaching.  The program aims to develop graduates who are outstanding teachers who act professionally, ethically and effectively in their professional contexts; who engage in critical enquiry into their practice and the contexts of their practice; and who play a constructive leadership role in public discourse in and beyond education.  Graduates of the program will be eligible to seek employment as teachers of students in Years 7 to 12 in a wide range of national and international contexts, including in NSW Government, Batholic and Independent school sectors.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.  Admissions for the 2015/16 Master of Teaching will open on September 4, 2014 and applications for Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP’s) will close on October 4, 2014. All applicants must hold a completed Bachelor degree in order to be assessed for admission.  Eligibility for admission to the program will be based on an interview, a written piece of work and the Grade Point Average of the undergraduate degree, as described under Additional Selection Criteria. 

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Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement.  Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Proficiency Policy at

Applicants to this program must meet one of the following English Language Proficiency admission requirements:  

  • An overall IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0  in each subtest and a minimum of 8.0 in speaking and listening.
  • A Level 4 score in all four skill areas in ISPLR.
  • A PEAT test result of Band A in each of the four skill areas.

The test results must be more than two years old at the time of application.   Only applicants who meet the English language requirements for the program will be invited to interview for a place.

Assumed Knowledge

Undergraduate Degree with a major in their proposed first teaching subject.

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

Compulsory Industrial Experience/Placement

Students engage in a wide variety of practical experiences in schools both via coursework integrated with the School of Education's Teach Outreach Program and via the completion of 60 days of professional experience across two placements. The Program both meets and exceeds the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership requirements. Please note that some professional experience placements occur during university vacation times. Prospective students are encouraged to check the professional experience website for placement dates prior to application.

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit to find out more about the support services available to international students.

International students intending to seek accreditation to teach should seek clarification of   accreditation requirements with their proposed/intended employment authority prior to undertaking the program. Responsibility for clarification of suitability of undergraduate qualifications for employment with an employing authority rests with the student.

Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit for more information.

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Requirements and Structure

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) program is offered as a 2 year full time program or part-time equivalent. The program requires the successful completion of 160 units that are normally offered as 40 units per semester for four semesters.

Each semester of study is ‘bookended’ by an MTeach Conference (comprising of a series of lectures and presentations by researchers and teachers) and an MTeach Showcase (comprising demonstrations of learning over the semester by MTeach students). Over the course of each academic year, students work in ‘Professional Learning Communities’, supported by School of Education staff, to engage in problem- and project-based learning and work in their PLCs in each of their courses.

Students complete the equivalent of 60 days formal professional experience in relevant school settings, along with school experience integrated with coursework via the School of Education Teach Outreach program. Formal professional experience placements are supervised by school and university staff, and students are expected to demonstrate a range of professional teaching competencies as part of the successful completion of the program.

Transition Arrangements

Students who commenced the Master of Teaching (Secondary) prior to Semester 1, 2015 will continue in their Program and no transition arrangements are necessary.  The School of Education will teach out the existing Programs structures to these students. 

For individual requests to transition into the new Program structure, please contact your Program Officer or Program Convenor.

Course Information

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6166 Inquiry as Stance: Researching Teaching Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6168 Teachers, Learners and the Foundations of Schooling Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan) 20 units
EDUC6740 Students with Special Needs in Diverse Contexts Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6741 Literacies, Language and Learning Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6751 Knowledge and Communication Technologies Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6773 The Reflective Secondary Teacher Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6784 The Practising Professional: Secondary Not currently offered 20 units
EDUC6912 Aboriginal Education Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 20 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6171 Extended Studies in Visual Arts 1 Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6180 Specialist Studies in Music 1 Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6190 Extended Studies in Mathematics 1 Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6236 Specialist Studies in History 1 Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6243 Specialist Studies in Languages 1 Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6245 Specialist Studies in Technology 1 Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6250 Specialist Studies in English 1 Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6336 Specialist Studies in Drama 1 Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6345 Specialist Studies in Technology 2 Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6360 Specialist Studies in Geography and Commerce 1 Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6371 Specialist Studies in Visual Arts 1 Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6380 Extended Studies in Music 1 Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6390 Specialist Studies in Mathematics 1 Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6552 Specialist Studies in Science 1 Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6652 Extended Studies in Science 1 Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6343 Specialist Studies in Languages 2 Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6400 Extended Studies in Visual Arts 2 Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6403 Specialist Studies in Music 2 Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6404 Extended Studies in Music 2 Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6405 Extended Studies in Mathematics 2 Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6409 Extended Studies in Science 2 Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6436 Specialist Studies in Drama 2 Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6445 Specialist Studies in Technology 3 Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6460 Specialist Studies in Geography 2 Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6490 Specialist Studies in Mathematics 2 Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6492 Specialist Studies in Business Studies, Economics and Legal Studies Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6493 Specialist Studies in Society and Culture, Aboriginal Studies and Studies of Religion Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6499 Specialist Studies in Visual Arts 2 Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6536 Specialist Studies in History 2 Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6555 Specialist Studies in Technology 4 Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6590 Specialist Studies in English 2 Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6752 Specialist Studies in Science 2 Not currently offered 10 units


Choose 20 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.

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