Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Why study the Master of Teaching (Secondary) at UNE?

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is a graduate entry initial teacher education program. Candidates may complete up to three designated teaching areas based on their background studies from the following: English, Mathematics, Science, Aboriginal Studies, Agriculture, Business Studies / Commerce, Computing, Drama, Economics / Commerce, Geography, History, Languages, Legal Studies, Music, Society and Culture, Studies of Religion, and Visual Arts. Furthermore, it should be noted that candidates should abide by the letter of offer in terms of their teaching areas. Candidates may also choose the Master of Teaching (Secondary) to take advantage of the Teaching English to Students of other Languages (TESOL) specialisation and/or the extended curriculum programs in English, Mathematics, Science, Music and Visual Arts.

Sixty days of professional experience are spread across three units in the course, including an 'online demonstration school' and a professional experience internship. Students are also introduced to research principles and methods and complete a research project as part of their candidature.

Teacher Registration: Students should note that teacher registration requirements vary from state to state. UNE bases its degree structures on the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) guidelines, under the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership framework for teacher registration. It is the responsibility of each student to check their eligibility to teach with the relevant state authority (including students who intend to teach in NSW).

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is an approved Student Income Support course. Eligible students may apply for Youth Allowance or Austudy.

Career Opportunities

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

2 Years Full-time
Up to 6 years Part-time

FEES

CSP (quotas apply)
Full Fee
International

2017 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Off Campus

Official Abbreviation MTeach(Sec)
Course Type Postgraduate
CRICOS Code 064592G
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Off Campus
Course Duration
  • 2 Years Full-time
  • Up to 6 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) / Full Fee / International
Total Credit Points 96
Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall hold a relevant AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree of a recognised Australian University or tertiary institution (or overseas equivalent as assessed by Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR)), with a minimum GPA of 3.50.

Applicants' undergraduate (and appropriate postgraduate) studies must include units meeting the NESA subject content requirements for their intended teaching area/s in the secondary school curriculum areas, as detailed below.

First teaching area - Major

Candidates in their undergraduate (and appropriate postgraduate) studies will have successfully undertaken the equivalent of three-quarters of a year 0.75 Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL) of discipline study, usually comprising sequential units taken over three years. In most programs, this requirement equates to six units, with no more than two units at first-year level and no fewer than two units at third-year level.

Additional teaching area/s - Minor

Candidates wishing to be qualified to teach a second or subsequent secondary teaching area (for flexibility of employment) are required to have successfully undertaken the equivalent of half a year (0.5 EFTSL) of discipline study, usually comprising sequential discipline study taken over two years. In most programs, this requirement equates to four units, with no more than two units at first-year level. The University assesses applicants' eligibility for teaching areas based on the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Subject Content Knowledge Requirements.

Teachers in NSW need to pass 24 credit points (cp) in curriculum methods units. To teach English, Maths, Science, Music or Visual Arts only, you study 4 units (24 cp) of curriculum methods in the teaching area. To qualify to teach in two different areas, you study 12 cp in each area. Students qualifying to teach Computing or Agriculture are an exception and only need to undertake 12 cp in total of curriculum methods units.

Applicants who are 12 credit points short of meeting the discipline prerequisite for a specific teaching area may be permitted to enrol in the relevant curriculum unit provided they enrol concurrently in the appropriate prerequisite discipline unit or units. All discipline prerequisites for curriculum units must be passed prior to or concurrently with Master of Teaching (Secondary) candidature. Such discipline prerequisite units are in addition to the program of study in the Master of Teaching and incur an additional cost.

Curriculum Specific Guidelines for First Designated Teaching Area

English:

Major in English with at least three units of a strong core of textual studies including literature. Other units may include studies in: communications, creative writing, linguistics and media studies.

Mathematics:

Major in pure or applied mathematics (must include algebra and calculus). One unit only of statistics may be counted provided it is studied as a stand-alone unit.

Science:

Biology - Major in science of four units in biology and two units in one of chemistry or physics

Chemistry - Major in science of four units in chemistry and two units in one of physics or biology or earth and environmental science

Earth and Environmental Science - Major in science of one unit in biology and one unit in geology or environmental science and two units in chemistry or physics and two other science units.

Physics - Major in science of four units in physics and two units in one of biology, chemistry, or earth and environmental science.

Aboriginal Studies:

Major in Aboriginal studies in areas such as contact and Aboriginal history, anthropology, Aboriginal literature and Aboriginal language and linguistics.

Computing:

Computing Technology Information Systems - A major in computing or computing technology including at least two units that develop skills in information and communications technologies and information systems eg database design including relational databases and communication systems/networking.

Computing Technology Software Design - A major in computing or computing technology including at least two units that develop skills in the design and development of software eg programming in a computer-based language and system analysis, development and testing.

History:

Ancient History - Major in history in areas such as ancient history and archaeology.

Modern History - Major in history in areas such as Australian history, contact and Aboriginal history, early modern history, historiography and modern history.

Business Studies/Commerce:

Major in business related studies, including at least one unit of finance or accounting, and one unit of business management and remaining units drawn from business law (Australian/English), economics, human resource management, industrial relations or marketing, business management, finance or accounting.

Economics/Commerce:

Major in economics

Geography:

Major in geography

Legal Studies:

Major in social sciences including legal studies

Studies of Religion:

Major in social sciences in areas such as studies in religion (preferably comparative religions) and culture.

Agriculture:

A major in agriculture in an area such as agricultural science, agricultural technology or horticulture, including studies of plants and animals, animal care, agricultural enterprises and chemical safety.

Languages:

A major in a language including study of the spoken and written language. Where the language is an Aboriginal language there may be specific cultural requirements.

Drama:

A major in drama including all of the following: performance, production and theory, and preferably Australian drama. Drama studies must be developed as a discrete discipline. Vocationally-oriented courses are not recognised as equivalent.

Music:

Major in music, including all of the following: musicological study (music history and analysis) in a range of musical styles, periods and genres with a strong component of contemporary and western art music, compositional techniques and music performance studies (a minimum of two years of music performance studies, and preferably Australian music. The study of music and music practice must be developed as a discrete discipline. Vocationally-oriented courses are not recognised as equivalent.

Visual Art:

A major in visual arts, including all of the following: practical studies in two and three and/or four dimensional art forms, art theory/history (a minimum of one year) and studio art making practice (a minimum of one year). The study of visual arts must be developed as a discrete discipline. Vocationally-oriented courses are not recognised as equivalent.

Society and Culture:

Qualifications in another discipline as per above and at least four units of degree level study in social sciences with two units at level 2 or above in areas such as Aboriginal studies, anthropology, archaeology, Asian or Pacific Studies, civics, cultural studies, government, history, media studies, philosophy, politics, psychology (one unit may be counted), religion studies, social communication, sociology (at least one unit preferred).

TESOL:

Qualifications in another discipline as per above and four units in linguistics. Two of the units may be English or a language.

English Language Requirements

A candidate shall comply with the University's English Language Requirements for Courses in Education Accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority.

Additional Requirements

Prior to undertaking a professional experience placement in New South Wales there are a number of mandatory requirements which must be fulfilled.

Working with Children Check*

All students intending to enrol in units of study involving a practical experience placement or otherwise requiring interaction with children, will be required to obtain and maintain a New South Wales Working with Children Check clearance (or equivalent, depending upon relevant State requirements). The student is required to provide the University with appropriate evidence of their clearance, which will be verified at UNE. Relevant Government agencies will advise the University of any bar that may be placed upon a student, and UNE will respond accordingly.

Anaphylaxis Training*

The NSW Department of Education requires that all initial teacher education students are trained in anaphylaxis management before they can undertake any professional experience in New South Wales public schools.

*These requirements are subject to change. Students are referred to the Office for Professional Learning - Professional Experience Placement webpage for current information (including requirements for other states).

Fit for practice

It is expected that candidates entering a pre-service teaching program in Education will:

(a) follow the School of Education Code of Conduct, in particular, the Professional Experience Conduct for professional placement;

(b) exercise sound judgement based on cognitive, mental and physical health and be able to respond appropriately to demands of classroom situations;

(c) demonstrate personal resilience and persistence to cope and maintain wellbeing under stressful situations;

(d) demonstrate satisfactory academic progression prior to professional placement;

(e) safe guard the University's integrity and demonstrate duty of care to students while engaged in professional experience;

(f) show personal maturity to ensure that a professional relationship is established with students;

(g) communicate to students with clarity and in an appropriate manner that relates to the age of the student profile;

(h) model the literacy and numeracy skills expected of teachers in interactions they have within the classroom and broader non-education settings;

(i) be able to create, evaluate and reflect on the physical and emotional safety of children in a variety of situations and environments; and

(j) be able to establish and maintain effective professional relationships with colleagues and the broader school community.

Students who have a disability that may or will prevent them from meeting the above professional experience requirements should contact the Special Needs Unit.

Students who have difficulties in meeting some of the above professional experience requirements will be required to contact the School of Education Professional Experience Office to put in place remedial and/or counselling activities through a pro-active approach to improve their teaching practice.

Professional Placements

A requirement of accreditation is that secondary school professional placements must be undertaken in a school using NSW Board of Studies syllabuses or equivalent Australian syllabuses and be assessing teaching proficiency against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Students may only complete up to 10% (8 days) of the required secondary professional experience (practicum) days in secondary schools not using NSW Board of Studies syllabuses or equivalent Australian syllabuses. Limited placements can occur in non-Australian settings in accordance with the NESA policy regarding overseas placements. Students are referred to the Office for Professional Learning - Professional Experience Placement webpage for further information.

Candidates are required to pass mandatory literacy and numeracy tests prior to commencing their final professional experience placement.

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

This course includes 60 days of Professional Experience undertaken in three core units. Candidates are required to pass mandatory literacy and numeracy tests prior to commencing their final professional experience placement.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

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Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall hold a relevant AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree of a recognised Australian University or tertiary institution (or overseas equivalent as assessed Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR)), with a minimum GPA of 3.50.

Applicants' undergraduate (and appropriate postgraduate) studies must include units meeting the NESA subject content requirements for their intended teaching area/s in the secondary school curriculum areas, as detailed below.

First Teaching Area—Major

Candidates in their undergraduate (and appropriate postgraduate) studies will have successfully undertaken the equivalent of three-quarters of a year (0.75 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) of discipline study, usually comprising sequential units taken over three years. In most programs, this requirement equates to six units, with no more than two units at first-year level and no fewer than two units at third-year level.

Additional Teaching Area/s—Minor

Candidates wishing to be qualified to teach a second or subsequent secondary teaching area (for flexibility of employment) are required to have successfully undertaken the equivalent of half a year (0.5 EFTSL) of discipline study, usually comprising sequential discipline study taken over two years. In most program, this requirement equates to four units, with no more than two units at first-year level. The University assesses applicants' eligibility for teaching areas based on the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Subject Content Knowledge Requirements.

Teachers in New South Wales need to pass 24 credit points (cp) in curriculum methods units. To teach English, Mathematics, Science, Music or Visual Arts only, you study 4 units (24 cp) of curriculum methods in the teaching area. To qualify to teach in two different areas, you study 12 cp in each area. Students qualifying to teach Computing or Agriculture are an exception and only need to undertake 12 cp in total of curriculum methods units.

Applicants who are 12 credit points short of meeting the discipline prerequisite for a specific teaching area may be permitted to enrol in the relevant curriculum unit provided they enrol concurrently in the appropriate prerequisite discipline unit or units. All discipline prerequisites for curriculum units must be passed prior to or concurrently with Master of Teaching (Secondary) candidature. Such discipline prerequisite units are in addition to the program of study in the Master of Teaching and incur an additional cost.

Curriculum Specific Guidelines for First Designated Teaching Area

English:
Major in English with at least three units of a strong core of textual studies including literature. Other units may include studies in: communications, creative writing, linguistics and media studies.

Mathematics:
Major in pure or applied mathematics (must include algebra and calculus). One unit only of statistics may be counted provided it is studied as a stand-alone unit.

Science:
Biology - Major in science of four units in biology and two units in one of chemistry or physics
Chemistry - Major in science of four units in chemistry and two units in one of physics or biology or earth and environmental science
Earth and Environmental Science - Major in science of one unit in biology and one unit in geology or environmental science and two units in chemistry or physics and two other science units.
Physics - Major in science of four units in physics and two units in one of biology, chemistry or earth and environmental science.

Aboriginal Studies:
Major in Aboriginal studies in areas such as contact and Aboriginal history, anthropology, Aboriginal literature and Aboriginal language and linguistics.

Computing:
Computing Technology Information Systems - A major in computing or computing technology including at least two units that develop skills in information and communications technologies and information systems eg database design including relational databases and communication systems/networking.
Computing Technology Software Design - A major in computing or computing technology including at least two units that develop skills in the design and development of software eg programming in a computer-based language and system analysis, development and testing.

History:
Ancient History - Major in history in areas such as ancient history and archaeology.
Modern History - Major in history in areas such as Australian history, contact and Aboriginal history, early modern history, historiography and modern history.

Business Studies/Commerce:
Major in business related studies, including at least one unit of finance or accounting, and one unit of business management and remaining units drawn from business law (Australian/English), economics, human resource management, industrial relations or marketing, business management, finance or accounting.

Economics/Commerce:
Major in economics.

Geography:
Major in geography.

Legal Studies:
Major in social sciences including legal studies.

Studies of Religion:
Major in social sciences in areas such as studies in religion (preferably comparative religions) and culture.

Agriculture:
A major in agriculture in an area such as agricultural science, agricultural technology or horticulture, including studies of plants and animals, animal care, agricultural enterprises and chemical safety.

Languages:
A major in a language including study of the spoken and written language. Where the language is an Aboriginal language there may be specific cultural requirements.

Drama:
A major in drama including all of the following: performance, production and theory, and preferably Australian drama. Drama studies must be developed as a discrete discipline. Vocationally-oriented courses are not recognised as equivalent.

Music:
Major in music, including all of the following: musicological study (music history and analysis) in a range of musical styles, periods and genres with a strong component of contemporary and western art music, compositional techniques and music performance studies (a minimum of two years of music performance studies, and preferably Australian music. The study of music and music practice must be developed as a discrete discipline. Vocationally-oriented courses are not recognised as equivalent.

Visual Art:
A major in visual arts, including all of the following: practical studies in two and three and/or four dimensional art forms, art theory/history (a minimum of one year) and studio art making practice (a minimum of one year). The study of visual arts must be developed as a discrete discipline. Vocationally-oriented courses are not recognised as equivalent.

Society and Culture:
Qualifications in another discipline as per above and at least four units of degree level study in social sciences including one unit of sociology and with two units at level 2 or above in areas such as Aboriginal studies, anthropology, archaeology, Asian or Pacific Studies, civics, cultural studies, government, history, media studies, philosophy, politics, psychology (one unit may be counted), religion studies, social communication, sociology.

TESOL:
Qualifications in another discipline as per above and four units in linguistics. Two of the units may be English or a language.

English Language Requirements

A candidate shall comply with the University's English Language Requirements for Courses in Education Accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority.

Additional Requirements

Prior to undertaking a professional experience placement in New South Wales, there are a number of mandatory requirements which must be fulfilled.

Working with Children Check*

All students intending to enrol in units of study involving a practical experience placement or otherwise requiring interaction with children, will be required to obtain and maintain a New South Wales Working with Children Check clearance (or equivalent, depending upon relevant State requirements). The student is required to provide the University with appropriate evidence of their clearance, which will be verified at UNE. Relevant Government agencies will advise the University of any bar that may be placed upon a student, and UNE will respond accordingly.

Anaphylaxis Training*

The New South Wales Department of Education and Communities requires that all initial teacher education students are trained in anaphylaxis management before they can undertake any professional experience in New South Wales public schools.
*These requirements are subject to change. Students are referred to the Office for Professional Learning - Professional Experience Placement webpage for current inforamtion (including requirements for other states).

Fit for Practice

Candidates entering a pre-service teaching program in Education will:

  • follow the School of Education Code of Conduct, in particular, the Professional Experience Conduct for professional placement;
  • exercise sound judgement based on cognitive, mental and physical health and be able to respond appropriately to demands of classroom situations;
  • demonstrate personal resilience and persistence to cope and maintain wellbeing under stressful situations;
  • demonstrate satisfactory academic progression prior to professional placement;
  • safeguard the University's integrity and demonstrate duty of care to students while engaged in professional experience;
  • show personal maturity to ensure that a professional relationship is established with students;
  • communicate to students with clarity and in an appropriate manner that relates to the age of the student profile;
  • model the literacy and numeracy skills expected of teachers in interactions they have within the classroom and broader non-education settings;
  • be able to create, evaluate and reflect on the physical and emotional safety of children in a variety of situations and environments; and
  • be able to establish and maintain effective professional relationships with colleagues and the broader school community.

Students who have a disability that may or will prevent them from meeting the above professional experience requirements should contact the Special Needs Office.

Students who have difficulties in meeting some of the above professional experience requirements will be required to contact the Professional Experience Office to put in place remedial and/or counselling activities through a pro-active approach to improve their teaching practice.

Professional Placements

A requirement of accreditation is that secondary school professional placements must be undertaken in a school using New South Wales Board of Studies syllabuses or equivalent Australian syllabuses and be assessing teaching proficiency against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Students may only complete up to 10% (8 days) of the required secondary professional experience (practicum) days in primary schools not using NSW Board of Studies syllabuses or equivalent Australian syllabuses. Limited placements can occur in non-Australian settings in accordance with the NESA policy regarding overseas placements. Students are referred to the Office for Professional Learning - Professional Experience Placement webpage for further information.

Candidates are required to pass mandatory literacy and numeracy tests prior to commencing their final professional experience placement.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Progress and Conduct

Any candidate who has not successfully completed the mandatory literacy and numeracy tests before their final professional placement may be asked to show cause why their candidature should not be discontinued.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) two years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to six years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

  1. To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 96 credit points including 48 credit points at 500-level and 60 days of embedded professional experience.
  2. Candidates are required to pass literacy and numeracy tests prior to commencing their final professional experience placement.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Compulsory Teaching Units
(including 60 days of Professional Experience)
48 cps
Curriculum Units 12-36 cps
Listed Elective Teaching Units 12-36 cps
Total 96 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Master of Teaching (Secondary).

Exit Pathways

Candidates who discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the non-accredited, non-teaching qualification, Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies, on completion of 48 credit points at 300-level or above.
Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies will be subject to current course requirements of the Master of Teaching (Secondary). This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University or external accreditation body requirements.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) aims to provide candidates with:

(i) a professional qualification meeting the requirements of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) for initial teacher education programs, and ensuring all graduates meet the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the Graduate Career Stage; and

(ii) UNE Graduate Attributes:

- knowledge of discipline;

- communication skills;

- problem solving;

- information literacy;

- ethical conduct and social responsibility;

- life-long learning; and

- independence and collaboration; and

(iii) a knowledge of research methods and the skills to apply these in the context of education.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. know students and how they learn. Have a current knowledge and understanding of research into teaching, learning and child development and how to apply such research to the needs of the students in the secondary school;
  2. know the content of their teaching discipline/s and how to teach it/them;
  3. plan and implement effective teaching and learning with a high level of personal autonomy and professional accountability;
  4. assess, provide feedback and report on student learning. Communicate, negotiate, collaborate and advocate effectively and relate well to all the school's community;
  5. engage in professional learning and set personal targets and take responsibility for their own development. Demonstrate a knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of Education, and plan and execute a substantial research-based project and/or piece of scholarship; and
  6. create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments, and engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community. Behave with integrity underpinned by moral purpose, model values and ethical perspectives in relation to own and the school's practice and organisation. Promote democratic values including active citizenship and inclusion.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will demonstrate mastery of subject content relevant to the teaching profession and an understanding of the multicultural nature of the modern classroom and high school and be able to apply a global perspective to their classroom activities.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to communicate using a wide range of media, both orally and in writing, as appropriate to a Secondary school setting; they will be able to present well-reasoned arguments to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Problem Solving

Graduates will demonstrate creative problem solving techniques in their subject area by their ability to conceptualise problems in their teaching area and to formulate and enact effective solutions as they relate to the teaching profession.

Information Literacy

Graduates will demonstrate a capacity to search for, evaluate and critically analyse information and disseminate it in a socially responsible way to their students.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Upon graduation students will be able to appreciate and acknowledge the social and ethical implications of their actions. They are able to contribute responsibly to the wider community and appreciate the importance of broader social issues.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will have the ability to develop, evaluate and implement personal learning strategies and reflect this by exercising curiosity, creativity and creative thinking.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates will be able to independently apply their knowledge and skills in their professional practice. In addition they will be able to negotiate, assert their own values and respect the values and contributions of others whilst participating in team based activities.

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