Master of Teaching (Secondary)

  • Effective from: 2022
  • Approved Abbreviation: MTeach(Sec)
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1714
  • AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 057369G

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 2021 to 2021 - please refer to: 1714.4 Master of Teaching (Secondary)

For Commencement Year 2018 to 2020 - please refer to: 1714.3 Master of Teaching (Secondary)

For Commencement Year 2H 2017 - please refer to: 1714.2 Master of Teaching (Secondary)

For Commencement Year 2015 to 1H 2017 - please refer to: 1714.1 Master of Teaching (Secondary)

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is an accredited professional teaching qualification for students possessing an appropriate bachelor’s degree. It prepares graduates for careers in secondary school settings and other educational fields in NSW, other Australian states and internationally. The degree provides a professional qualification in secondary 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. There are two exit points: the Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Secondary) and Master of Educational Studies for students not seeking a professional teaching qualification. The Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Secondary) is a Professional Development qualification for currently accredited teachers.

Study Mode

Two years full-time or four years part-time.

Program Advice

Dr Jose Hanham

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) is a professional teaching qualification for students possessing an appropriate bachelor's degree. It has been fully accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority. Graduates meet the Australian Professional Standards for Graduate Teachers.

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this program that you must meet in order to complete your program and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this program online.

Inherent requirements

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 any discipline. The completed subjects in the undergraduate degree must match with the secondary subject content requirements of the NSW Education Standards Authority for the subject(s) the applicant is intending to teach.

NESA Subject Content Knowledge Requirements

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

Applicants must have achieved a minimum GPA of 4 in undergraduate study. Current students transitioning from approved Western Sydney Pathway to Teaching programs are not included in this GPA requirement.

Additional Information for Applicants:

Current Western Sydney University students in the programs listed below can apply via the Western Sydney University Transition to Teaching:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary),
  • Bachelor of Science (Pathway to Teaching Secondary),
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Health and Physical Education) – Pathway to Teaching (Secondary),
  • Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary),
  • Bachelor of Business (Pathway to Teaching Secondary),
  • Bachelor of Graphic Design (Pathway to Teaching Secondary)

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.

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:

  1. 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:
    1. a score of at least 7.0 for Reading and Writing; and
    2. 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 24-month period prior to submitting an application.
      Or
      Achieved a score of Level 4 in the International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR) in all four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, undertaken at approved testing sites where the assessment is teacher-focused.
  2. 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 in the WSU International website:

International - Entry requirements

Special Requirements Prerequisites

Prior to enrolling, students in subjects TEAC 7027 Designing Teaching and Learning, TEAC 7020 Contemporary Teacher Leadership, TEAC 7154 Professional Experience 1, TEAC 7155 Professional Experience 2, TEAC 7108 Professional Practice Community Engagement must:

  • Satisfactorily complete Child Protection Awareness training
  • Satisfactorily complete Working with Children Check
  • Satisfactorily complete Anaphylaxis training

Link to Child Protection Awareness Training, Working with Children Check and Anaphylaxis training

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 and Numeracy TASK for subject TEAC 7154 Professional Experience 1

Program Completion Prerequisites

Prior to graduating and prior to enrolment in subject TEAC 7155 Professional Experience 2, students must:

  • Satisfactorily complete the National Literacy and Numeracy TEST.

Link to National Literacy and Numeracy TEST

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 160 credit points including the subjects listed in the recommended sequence below.

Students can exit with the 1715 - Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Secondary) on completion of 80 credit points of study (excluding Professional Practice units) selected from the Master of Teaching (Secondary) subjects.

1715 Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Secondary) (exit only)

Students can exit with the 1716 - Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Secondary) on completion of 40 credit points of study selected from the Master of Teaching (Secondary) units.

1716 Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Secondary) (exit only)

Note: A Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Secondary) would be an appropriate exit point for an already accredited teacher, whilst the Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Secondary) would be for a student not wishing to pursue classroom teaching as a career. Please note, that these are not teaching qualifications.

National Literacy and Numeracy TEST

Students who do not pass the National Literacy and Numeracy TEST will not be able to complete the following subject: TEAC 7155 Professional Experience 2.

These students should complete one subject from the Master of Educational Studies list advised after the recommended sequence to be eligible to graduate with the alternate award of Master of Educational Studies.

1859 - Master of Educational Studies

Recommended Sequence

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
TEAC 7004 Adolescent Development and Teaching 10
TEAC 7032 Diversity, Social Justice and Learning 10
TEAC 7027 Designing Teaching and Learning 10
TEAC 7108 Professional Practice Community Engagement 10
Students may exit at this point and graduate with the 1716 Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Secondary) on successful completion of 40 credit points.  
 Credit Points40
Spring session
TEAC 7082 Pedagogy for Positive Learning Environments 10
TEAC 7153 Inclusive Education: Principles and Practices 10
Select two electives (recommended elective options are listed after the sequence) 20
Students may exit at this point and graduate with the 1715 Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Secondary) on successful completion of 80 credit points.  
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
Students who have satisfied the NESA undergraduate subject content requirements undertake two of the following Curriculum subjects 20
English Curriculum 1  
English Curriculum 3  
Aboriginal Studies Curriculum 1  
History Curriculum 1  
HSIE Curriculum 3  
Geography Curriculum 1  
Business Studies/Commerce Curriculum 1  
Music Curriculum 1  
Music Curriculum 3  
Technology Curriculum 1  
Technology Curriculum 3  
PDHPE Curriculum 1  
PDHPE Curriculum 3  
Languages Curriculum 1  
Languages Curriculum 3  
Mathematics Curriculum 1  
Mathematics Curriculum 3  
Science Curriculum 1  
Science Curriculum 3  
And
 
TEAC 7154 Professional Experience 1 (And) 10
TEAC 7001 Aboriginal & Culturally Responsive Pedagogies 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
Students who have satisfied the NESA undergraduate subject content requirements undertake two of the following Curriculum subjects 20
English Curriculum 2  
English Curriculum 4  
History Curriculum 2  
HSIE Curriculum 4  
Geography Curriculum 2  
Aboriginal and Society Studies Curriculum 2  
Business Studies/Legal Studies/Economics Curriculum 2  
Music Curriculum 2  
Music Curriculum 4  
Technology Curriculum 2  
Technology Curriculum 4  
PDHPE Curriculum 2  
PDHPE Curriculum 4  
Languages Curriculum 2  
Languages Curriculum 4  
Mathematics Curriculum 2  
Mathematics Curriculum 4  
Science Curriculum 2  
Science Curriculum 4  
And
 
TEAC 7155 Professional Experience 2 10
TEAC 7157 Action Research in Teaching 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points160

Note: Students who do not pass the National Literacy and Numeracy TEST will not be able to complete the subject: TEAC 7155 Professional Experience 2. These students should complete one subject from the Master of Educational Studies list advised after the recommended sequence below to be eligible to graduate with the alternate award of Master of Educational Studies.

Full-time mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
TEAC 7004 Adolescent Development and Teaching 10
TEAC 7032 Diversity, Social Justice and Learning 10
TEAC 7027 Designing Teaching and Learning 10
TEAC 7108 Professional Practice Community Engagement 10
Students may exit at this point and graduate with the 1716 Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Secondary) on successful completion of 40 credit points.  
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
TEAC 7082 Pedagogy for Positive Learning Environments 10
TEAC 7153 Inclusive Education: Principles and Practices 10
TEAC 7001 Aboriginal & Culturally Responsive Pedagogies 10
Select one elective (recommended elective options are listed after the sequence) 10
Students may exit at this point and graduate with the 1715 Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Secondary) on successful completion of 80 credit points.  
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Spring session
Students who have satisfied the NESA undergraduate subject content requirements undertake two of the following Curriculum subjects 20
English Curriculum 2  
English Curriculum 4  
History Curriculum 2  
HSIE Curriculum 4  
Geography Curriculum 2  
Aboriginal and Society Studies Curriculum 2  
Business Studies/Legal Studies/Economics Curriculum 2  
Music Curriculum 2  
Music Curriculum 4  
Technology Curriculum 2  
Technology Curriculum 4  
PDHPE Curriculum 2  
PDHPE Curriculum 4  
Languages Curriculum 2  
Languages Curriculum 4  
Mathematics Curriculum 2  
Mathematics Curriculum 4  
Science Curriculum 2  
Science Curriculum 4  
And  
TEAC 7154 Professional Experience 1 10
Select one elective (recommended elective options are listed after the sequence) 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
Students who have satisfied the NESA undergraduate subject content requirements undertake two of the following Curriculum subjects 20
English Curriculum 1  
English Curriculum 3  
Aboriginal Studies Curriculum 1  
History Curriculum 1  
HSIE Curriculum 3  
Geography Curriculum 1  
Business Studies/Commerce Curriculum 1  
Music Curriculum 1  
Music Curriculum 3  
Technology Curriculum 1  
Technology Curriculum 3  
PDHPE Curriculum 1  
PDHPE Curriculum 3  
Languages Curriculum 1  
Languages Curriculum 3  
Mathematics Curriculum 1  
Mathematics Curriculum 3  
Science Curriculum 1  
Science Curriculum 3  
And  
TEAC 7155 Professional Experience 2 10
TEAC 7157 Action Research in Teaching 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points160

Note: Students who do not pass the National Literacy and Numeracy TEST will not be able to complete the subject: TEAC 7155 Professional Experience 2. These students should complete one subject from the Master of Educational Studies list advised after the recommended sequence below to be eligible to graduate with the alternate award of Master of Educational Studies.

Start-year intake Accelerated Mode

Note: Students with a GPA 5 on commencement of the program and who maintain a GPA of 5 for their first four subjects of study will be invited to enrol in the accelerated mode.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
TEAC 7004 Adolescent Development and Teaching 10
TEAC 7032 Diversity, Social Justice and Learning 10
TEAC 7027 Designing Teaching and Learning 10
TEAC 7108 Professional Practice Community Engagement 10
Select one elective (recommended elective options are listed after the sequence) 10
Students may exit at this point and graduate with the 1716 Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Secondary) on successful completion of 40 credit points.  
 Credit Points50
Spring session
Students who have satisfied the NESA undergraduate subject content requirements undertake two of the following Curriculum subjects 20
English Curriculum 2  
English Curriculum 4  
History Curriculum 2  
HSIE Curriculum 4  
Geography Curriculum 2  
Aboriginal and Society Studies Curriculum 2  
Business Studies/Legal Studies/Economics Curriculum 2  
Music Curriculum 2  
Music Curriculum 4  
Technology Curriculum 2  
Technology Curriculum 4  
PDHPE Curriculum 2  
PDHPE Curriculum 4  
Languages Curriculum 2  
Languages Curriculum 4  
Mathematics Curriculum 2  
Mathematics Curriculum 4  
Science Curriculum 2  
Science Curriculum 4  
And  
TEAC 7082 Pedagogy for Positive Learning Environments 10
TEAC 7153 Inclusive Education: Principles and Practices 10
TEAC 7154 Professional Experience 1 10
Students may exit at this point and graduate with the 1715 Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Secondary) on successful completion of 80 credit points.  
 Credit Points50
Summer session
TEAC 7001 Aboriginal & Culturally Responsive Pedagogies 10
 Credit Points10
Year 2
Autumn session
Students who have satisfied the NESA undergraduate subject content requirements undertake two of the following Curriculum subjects 20
English Curriculum 1  
English Curriculum 3  
Aboriginal Studies Curriculum 1  
History Curriculum 1  
HSIE Curriculum 3  
Geography Curriculum 1  
Business Studies/Commerce Curriculum 1  
Music Curriculum 1  
Music Curriculum 3  
Technology Curriculum 1  
Technology Curriculum 3  
PDHPE Curriculum 1  
PDHPE Curriculum 3  
Languages Curriculum 1  
Languages Curriculum 3  
Mathematics Curriculum 1  
Mathematics Curriculum 3  
Science Curriculum 1  
Science Curriculum 3  
And  
TEAC 7155 Professional Experience 2 10
TEAC 7157 Action Research in Teaching 10
Select one elective (recommended elective options are listed after the sequence) 10
 Credit Points50
 Total Credit Points160

Note: Students who do not pass the National Literacy and Numeracy TEST will not be able to complete the subject: TEAC 7155 Professional Experience 2. These students should complete one subject from the Master of Educational Studies list advised after the recommended sequence below to be eligible to graduate with the alternate award of Master of Educational Studies.

Mid-year Intake Accelerated Mode

Note: Students with a GPA of 5 on commencement of the program and who maintain a GPA of 5 for their first four subjects of study will be invited to enrol in the accelerated mode.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
TEAC 7004 Adolescent Development and Teaching 10
TEAC 7032 Diversity, Social Justice and Learning 10
TEAC 7027 Designing Teaching and Learning 10
TEAC 7108 Professional Practice Community Engagement 10
Select one elective (recommended elective options are listed after the sequence) 10
Students may exit at this point and graduate with the 1716 Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Secondary) on successful completion of 40 credit points.  
 Credit Points50
Summer session
TEAC 7153 Inclusive Education: Principles and Practices 10
 Credit Points10
Autumn session
Students who have satisfied the NESA undergraduate subject content requirements undertake two of the following Curriculum subjects 20
English Curriculum 1  
English Curriculum 3  
Aboriginal Studies Curriculum 1  
History Curriculum 1  
HSIE Curriculum 3  
Geography Curriculum 1  
Business Studies/Commerce Curriculum 1  
Music Curriculum 1  
Music Curriculum 3  
Technology Curriculum 1  
Technology Curriculum 3  
PDHPE Curriculum 1  
PDHPE Curriculum 3  
Languages Curriculum 1  
Languages Curriculum 3  
Mathematics Curriculum 1  
Mathematics Curriculum 3  
Science Curriculum 1  
Science Curriculum 3  
And  
TEAC 7082 Pedagogy for Positive Learning Environments 10
TEAC 7001 Aboriginal & Culturally Responsive Pedagogies 10
TEAC 7154 Professional Experience 1 10
Students may exit at this point and graduate with the 1715 Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Secondary) on successful completion of 80 credit points.  
 Credit Points50
Year 2
Spring session
Students who have satisfied the NESA undergraduate subject content requirements undertake two of the following Curriculum subjects 20
English Curriculum 2  
English Curriculum 4  
History Curriculum 2  
HSIE Curriculum 4  
Geography Curriculum 2  
Aboriginal and Society Studies Curriculum 2  
Business Studies/Legal Studies/Economics Curriculum 2  
Music Curriculum 2  
Music Curriculum 4  
Technology Curriculum 2  
Technology Curriculum 4  
PDHPE Curriculum 2  
PDHPE Curriculum 4  
Languages Curriculum 2  
Languages Curriculum 4  
Mathematics Curriculum 2  
Mathematics Curriculum 4  
Science Curriculum 2  
Science Curriculum 4  
And  
TEAC 7155 Professional Experience 2 10
TEAC 7157 Action Research in Teaching 10
Select one elective (recommended elective options are listed after the sequence) 10
 Credit Points50
 Total Credit Points160

Note: Students who do not pass the National Literacy and Numeracy TEST will not be able to complete the subject: TEAC 7155 Professional Experience 2. These students should complete one subject from the Master of Educational Studies list advised after the recommended sequence below to be eligible to graduate with the alternate award of Master of Educational Studies.

Recommended Elective Subjects

Recommended elective options are subject to semester offerings and availability. Students can choose one or more subjects from each elective area.

Educational Research

Subject Title Credit Points
TEAC 7158Researching Teaching and Learning10
TEAC 7116Researching STEM Education for Future Leadership10

Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting

Subject Title Credit Points
TEAC 7100Principles and Practices of Evaluation10
TEAC 7026Designing Curriculum Futures10

STEM

Subject Title Credit Points
TEAC 7121STEM foundations10
TEAC 7120STEM Pedagogies in Practice10
TEAC 7116Researching STEM Education for Future Leadership10
TEAC 7152Applied Robotics and Programming in Secondary STEM Education10

Leadership, Care & Wellbeing

Subject Title Credit Points
TEAC 7020Contemporary Teacher Leadership10
TEAC 7063Leadership, Mentoring and Professional Growth10
TEAC 7068Learning and Teaching in Challenging Contexts10
TEAC 5023Mental Health in Educational Contexts10

Inclusive Education

Subject Title Credit Points
TEAC 7150Universal Design for Learning10
TEAC 7084Person-Centred Practice10
TEAC 7051Inclusive Environments10

National Literacy and Numeracy TEST

Students who do not pass the National Literacy and Numeracy TEST will not be able to complete the following subject: TEAC 7155 Professional Experience 2 in the recommended sequence above.

These students should complete one subject from the following Master of Educational Studies list to be eligible to graduate with a Master of Educational Studies.

1859 - Master of Educational Studies

Subject Title Credit Points
Select one of the following subjects if on offer in alternate years in Autumn Session
TEAC 7026Designing Curriculum Futures10
TEAC 7051Inclusive Environments10
TEAC 7068Learning and Teaching in Challenging Contexts10
TEAC 7100Principles and Practices of Evaluation10
TEAC 7152Applied Robotics and Programming in Secondary STEM Education10
TEAC 5023Mental Health in Educational Contexts10
Or one of the following subjects if on offer in alternate years in Spring Session
TEAC 7013At the cultural interface - learning two ways10
TEAC 7029Disability in Context10
HUMN 7018Ecopsychology and Cultural Change10
CEDS 7001Education Policy, Practice and Global Knowledge Co-construction10
TEAC 7041Effective Working Relationships10
TEAC 7043Engaging Communities10
HUMN 7027Leading Change10
TEAC 7144Technology Assisting Learning10