Master of Teaching (Secondary)

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Have you been gravitating toward teaching for a while, but aren’t sure about the next step?

Using your existing degree as an introduction, the Master of Teaching (Secondary) at the University of Newcastle is a two year program, producing highly competent and fully qualified graduates ready to enter a rewarding career as a secondary teacher.

Throughout the program you will examine the key concepts and theories from educational philosophy, psychology and sociology as they relate to teaching and learning, explore language as a social practice, the principles and practice of quality teaching, the use and conduct of educational research, the integration of new technologies into learning and curriculum essentials for the discipline/s you are preparing to teach. To effectively prepare you for the job you will undertake 60 days’ formal professional experience in school settings, and have many opportunities for ongoing involvement with our partner schools.

At the completion of your Master of Teaching (Secondary) you will be prepared to begin your career teaching students from Year 7 through to 12.

Our unique approach incorporates an emphasis on Quality Teaching, the NSW model of pedagogy developed and refined by researchers at the University of Newcastle.

Explore this page and find out if the Master of Teaching (Secondary) is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Is it for you?

Are you in search of a career that will be both challenging and highly rewarding? Do you dream of playing a part in shaping the future of our youth and in turn, society? If this sounds like you, then you may be destined for a career as a teacher.

If you are ready to make this change, the University of Newcastle can offer you a highly-regarded advanced teaching program that can have you teaching within two years.

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) will develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions you need for a successful career in teaching. You will be ready to walk into the classroom with confidence thanks to our focus on Quality Teaching, the 60 days of formal professional experience and the many opportunities for contact with our partner schools integrated within the program.

To find out more about what you will study, visit the 'Study' tab.


To begin a Master of Teaching (Secondary) at the University of Newcastle, you must have successfully completed a relevant bachelor degree from a recognised University or equivalent institution.

The program combines theory and practice to best prepare graduates for a successful career in the classroom. Taking you two years full time to complete, you will be required to study a combination of:

  • foundation education studies
  • secondary specialist studies
  • professional studies

The program also incorporates a specialised practical component. You will take part in formal professional experience for 60 days over the course of your degree, as well as have many opportunities for ongoing involvement with our partner schools.

Throughout this advanced program you will be introduced to the secondary curriculum, learn to effectively plan for lessons and begin building a professional portfolio which meets the curriculum requirements and demands relevant to your major teaching specialisation.

You will come to understand students’ physical, intellectual, and social development as they move through secondary school.  You will also develop an understanding of current learning theories and practices,  the complex roles that schools and teachers can play in the shaping and formation of young people, and the practical implications of these for classrooms.

By exploring language as a social practice you will discover its significance in learning and development. You will also analyse the literacy demands of different subject areas, and learn strategies for assessing and teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening.

You will learn to navigate and apply new technologies to support and extend student learning, and adolescent development, well-being and mental health will be studied to enhance productive learning in the classroom and to ensure you are equipped to handle challenging student behaviours.

Overall the Master of Teaching (Secondary) at the University of Newcastle will provide you with a superior preparation for practice as a caring and inspirational teacher in the secondary school.

To find out more about where the Master of Teaching (Secondary) can lead you, visit the 'Careers' tab.


At the completion of your Master of Teaching (Secondary) at the University of Newcastle, you will be equipped with the appropriate theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to flourish as an inspirational teacher in secondary schools.

You will enter the education system as a capable and professional individual with a well-developed sense of professional ethics.

Upon graduation you will be eligible to apply for registration with the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards, essential for employment as a teacher in NSW. Your postgraduate qualification will also support registration as a teacher in other jurisdictions both nationally and internationally.  It may be of interest to you to take your qualification and pursue a position in countries across Asia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Master of Teaching (Secondary) read the ‘Details’ tab.

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