Master of Teaching (Secondary) STEM

  • Effective from: 2022
  • Approved Abbreviation: MTeach(Sec)STEM
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1848
  • AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 095774A

This program applies to students who commenced in 2022 or later.

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

For Commencement Year 2018 to 2021 - please refer to 1848.1 Master of Teaching (Secondary) STEM

This program is an accredited professional teaching qualification for students possessing an appropriate bachelor’s degree. It prepares graduates for careers in secondary school settings in particular science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM) in NSW, other Australian states and internationally. The program provides a strong qualification in secondary STEM education, and is taught on campus and in schools, through innovative blended teaching and learning approaches. Graduates meet the Australian Professional Standards for Graduate Teachers, required for registration with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). The Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) STEM is an early exit point for students not seeking a professional teaching qualification.

Study Mode

Two years full-time.

Program Advice

Dr Kay Carroll
 

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Penrith Campus Full Time Internal See above
Penrith Campus Part Time Internal See above

Accreditation

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) STEM is a professional teaching qualification for students possessing an appropriate bachelor’s degree. It has been fully accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). Graduates meet the Australian Professional Standards for Graduate Teachers.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline.  This program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this program.  Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the link below for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Admission

Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM) and these subjects must match with the secondary STEM subject content requirements of the NSW Education Standards Authorities (NESA).

NESA Subject Content Knowledge Requirements

Where these undergraduate STEM study requirements are not met, applicants may be offered concurrent enrolment in up to four undergraduate subjects of study.

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 5 in undergraduate study.

Applicants are required to successfully complete the non-academic capability assessment.

Additional Information for Applicants

Applicants are required to commit to attend a school two days per week during each semester in order to complete the Professional Experience in schools’ requirement, in addition to lectures and tutorials.

Current students transitioning from Western Sydney Bachelor of Science (Pathway to Teaching Secondary/Primary) are required to meet all of the above admission requirements.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

http://www.uac.edu.au/
https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International students currently completing an Australian Year 12 in or outside Australia, an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3 must apply via UAC International.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

All other International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.  

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

International students who did not complete their undergraduate degree in Australia must also meet English Language proficiency requirements and must provide evidence to satisfy the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) as in the following

  • An Academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test Report Form (TRF) that shows an overall score of at least 7.5 and:
  • a score of at least 7.0 for Reading and Writing; and
  • a score of at least 8.0 for Speaking and Listening.
  • The IELTS test scores must appear on a single IELTS TRF and be the result of a test undertaken during the 12-month period prior to submitting an application.

Or

An applicant has completed study assessed by AITSL as comparable to at least four years of full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education (university) study, that results in a qualification/s comparable to the education level of an Australian bachelor degree or higher (must include a recognised initial teacher education qualification) undertaken in Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States. Details of acceptable proof are available on the University's International website

English Language Entry Requirements

Special Requirements Prerequisites

Prior to enrolling in subjects TEAC 7027 Designing Teaching and LearningTEAC 7154 Professional Experience 1TEAC 7155 Professional Experience 2 & TEAC 7120 STEM Pedagogies in Practice, students must: 

QuEST – NON-ACADEMIC CAPABILITIES SELECTION

Students with an offer to enrol in an accredited initial teacher education program are required to complete an online interview to assess your capabilities, in other words, your talents and personal attributes that are relevant to the teaching profession. Western Sydney University refer to this compulsory assessment as QuEST about which you will receive an email prior to the start of the teaching session.

Refer to the Australian Institute for Teaching and Leadership (AITSL) website for more information and the Selection Guidelines: Factsheet.

Additional Requirement

Satisfactorily complete the School of Education Academic Literacy TASK and Numeracy TASK for:

TEAC 7154 Professional Experience 1

Program Completion Prerequisites

Prior to enrolling in TEAC 7155 Professional Experience 2 students must have:

  • Satisfactorily completed the national Literacy and Numeracy TEST which pre-service teachers are required to pass prior to their final professional experience placement (NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)).

Link to National Literacy and Numeracy TEST

Recommended Sequence

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 160 credit points as per recommended sequence below.

Start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
TEAC 7121 STEM foundations 10
TEAC 7004 Adolescent Development and Teaching 10
TEAC 7032 Diversity, Social Justice and Learning 10
TEAC 7027 Designing Teaching and Learning 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
TEAC 7082 Pedagogy for Positive Learning Environments 10
TEAC 7154 Professional Experience 1 10
Students who have satisfied the NESA undergraduate subject content requirements undertake two of the following Curriculum subjects 20
Mathematics Curriculum 2  
Mathematics Curriculum 4  
Science Curriculum 2  
Science Curriculum 4  
Technology Curriculum 2  
Technology Curriculum 4  
Students may exit at this point with a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) STEM after the successful completion of 80 credit points of study. 1  
 Credit Points40
Summer A session  
TEAC 7001 Aboriginal & Culturally Responsive Pedagogies 10
 Credit Points10
Year 2
Autumn session
TEAC 7120 STEM Pedagogies in Practice 10
Students who have satisfied the NESA undergraduate subject content requirements undertake two of the following Curriculum subjects 20
Mathematics Curriculum 1  
Mathematics Curriculum 3  
Science Curriculum 1  
Science Curriculum 3  
Technology Curriculum 1  
Technology Curriculum 3  
 Credit Points30
Spring session
TEAC 7153 Inclusive Education: Principles and Practices 10
TEAC 7155 Professional Experience 2 10
TEAC 7116 Researching STEM Education for Future Leadership 10
TEAC 7108 Professional Practice Community Engagement 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points160

​Start-year intake Accelerated mode

Note: Students with a GPA 5 on commencement of the program will be invited to enrol in the accelerated mode. A GPA of 5 must be maintained to continue in the accelerated mode after entry.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
TEAC 7121 STEM foundations 10
TEAC 7004 Adolescent Development and Teaching 10
TEAC 7032 Diversity, Social Justice and Learning 10
TEAC 7027 Designing Teaching and Learning 10
TEAC 7153 Inclusive Education: Principles and Practices 10
 Credit Points50
Spring session
TEAC 7082 Pedagogy for Positive Learning Environments 10
TEAC 7154 Professional Experience 1 10
TEAC 7116 Researching STEM Education for Future Leadership 10
Students who have satisfied the NESA undergraduate subject content requirements undertake two of the following Curriculum subjects 20
Mathematics Curriculum 2  
Mathematics Curriculum 4  
Science Curriculum 2  
Science Curriculum 4  
Technology Curriculum 2  
Technology Curriculum 4  
 Credit Points50
Summer A session
TEAC 7001 Aboriginal & Culturally Responsive Pedagogies 10
 Credit Points10
Year 2
Autumn session
TEAC 7155 Professional Experience 2 10
TEAC 7120 STEM Pedagogies in Practice 10
TEAC 7108 Professional Practice Community Engagement 10
Students who have satisfied the NESA undergraduate subject content requirements undertake two of the following Curriculum subjects 20
Mathematics Curriculum 1  
Mathematics Curriculum 3  
Science Curriculum 1  
Science Curriculum 3  
Technology Curriculum 1  
Technology Curriculum 3  
 Credit Points50
 Total Credit Points160