Master of Teaching (Secondary)

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Overview

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.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The average course and programs costs listed on this page are the tuition costs for full fee paying students. Students with a graduate Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) pay a contribution towards the cost of their postgraduate education. The Australian Government pays the balance of the tuition costs.

Details of student contributions for CSP places are provided by the University of Newcastle Students Financials and Scholarships unit.

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.

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary
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Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Tuition Fees
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Commonwealth Supported Places are available in this program.

Number of Courses
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Program Code

11715

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International Student Program and Fee Summary
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Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Tuition Fees
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Number of Courses
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CRICOS

064600B

Program Code

11715

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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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Click here to view a sample of job titles and descriptions that includes positions suitable for teaching graduates as well as positions that will require further study or experience.

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Courses and Details

Program Code 11715
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 064600B
Contributing Schools and Faculties
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Program Award Rules and Schedules
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Description

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, Catholic and Independent school sectors.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is available to domestic and international students. Applications for commencing the Master of Teaching in 2016 open from Thursday September 3, 2015 and will close on Saturday October 31, 2015. All applicants must hold a completed Bachelor degree that satisfies the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW requirements for accreditation, in order to be assessed for admission. Admission to the program will be based on an interview, a written piece of work and the Grade Point Average of the completed undergraduate degree, as described under Additional Selection Criteria.

Additional Selection Criteria

  • Grade Point Average: Interviews and written work will be jointly used to determine the applicant's eligibility for admission. All applicants are then ranked on the basis of their GPA.
  • Interviews: Only applicants who meet the IELTS requirements for the Program will be invited to interview for a place.
  • Written Statement: Written piece of work.

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 Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438

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 no 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.

Post-Admission Requirements

  • Anaphylaxis Training (AXS):

    Anaphylaxis e-training Course Certificate.  https://etraining.allergy.org.au/

  • Working With Children Check (WWC)
  • Child Protection Awareness Training (CPA)

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. http://www.newcastle.edu.au/faculty/education-arts/peu/education/

Compulsory Program Requirements – Review of Progress

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses in order to progress in their 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.

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.

The following teaching areas do not allow for a second teaching area: Music, Technology and Visual Arts.

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 Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6168 Teachers, Learners and the Foundations of Schooling Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 20 units
EDUC6740 Students with Special Needs in Diverse Contexts Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6741 Literacies, Language and Learning Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6751 Knowledge and Communication Technologies Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6773 The Reflective Secondary Teacher Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6784 The Practising Professional: Secondary Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 20 units
EDUC6912 Aboriginal Education Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units

Directed Courses Group A

Directed Courses: Choose 20 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6171 Extended Studies in Visual Arts 1 Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6180 Specialist Studies in Music 1 Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6190 Extended Studies in Mathematics 1 Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6236 Specialist Studies in History 1 Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6243 Specialist Studies in Languages 1 Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6245 Specialist Studies in Technology 1 Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6250 Specialist Studies in English 1 Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6336 Specialist Studies in Drama 1 Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6345 Specialist Studies in Technology 2 Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6360 Specialist Studies in Geography and Commerce 1 Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6371 Specialist Studies in Visual Arts 1 Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6380 Extended Studies in Music 1 Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6390 Specialist Studies in Mathematics 1 Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6552 Specialist Studies in Science 1 Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6652 Extended Studies in Science 1 Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units

Directed Courses Group B

Directed Courses: Choose 20 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6343 Specialist Studies in Languages 2 Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6400 Extended Studies in Visual Arts 2 Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6403 Specialist Studies in Music 2 Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6404 Extended Studies in Music 2 Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6405 Extended Studies in Mathematics 2 Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6409 Extended Studies in Science 2 Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6436 Specialist Studies in Drama 2 Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6445 Specialist Studies in Technology 3 Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6460 Specialist Studies in Geography 2 Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6490 Specialist Studies in Mathematics 2 Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6492 Specialist Studies in Business Studies, Economics and Legal Studies Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6493 Specialist Studies in Society and Culture, Aboriginal Studies and Studies of Religion Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6499 Specialist Studies in Visual Arts 2 Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6536 Specialist Studies in History 2 Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6555 Specialist Studies in Technology 4 Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6590 Specialist Studies in English 2 Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6752 Specialist Studies in Science 2 Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units

Electives

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

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

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.

Professional Accreditation

Graduates of an accredited initial teacher education program are eligible for registration with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW, and can pursue careers as teachers in Government and non-Government education sectors both nationally and internationally.

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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation 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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

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 [email protected].

Assumed Knowledge

As a rule, applicants for the Master of Teaching (Secondary) should hold an Undergraduate Degree with a major in their proposed first teaching subject (generally 6 semester-long courses). The undergraduate subject content studies are required in addition to a teaching qualification in order to gain accreditation as a teacher in NSW.

For further information on specific requirements for each proposed teaching subject, see http://www.nswteachers.nsw.edu.au/Teaching-in-NSW/Subject-Content-Requirements-abridged/

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