Program

Teaching (Secondary) - 8926

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Contact: education@unsw.edu.au

Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Typical Duration: 2 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 30

Min UOC For Award: 96

Award(s):

Master of Teaching (Secondary) (Specialisation)

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Program Description

The Master of Teaching provides preservice teacher training for graduate students and an advanced initial secondary teaching qualification for both government and non-government schools in New South Wales and in all other states in Australia. It is also widely accepted as a teaching qualification overseas.

The program is two years equivalent in duration, but is normally undertaken full-time over three semesters of one calendar year, and the remaining courses undertaken part-time in the following year, or the part-time equivalent. Mid-year entry into the program is normally not available. During the program students will complete a range of core courses, method courses and two electives drawn from any area in the Master of Education program. Additionally, students will complete 65 days of supervised teaching practice in at least two different secondary schools.

Teaching specialisations offered:

Double Method Courses

(**See below for the list of double method course requirements)
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Music
  • Visual Arts
Single Method Courses:

(***See below for the list of single method course requirements)

Prospective Mathematics, Music, Visual Arts, English or History (Ancient or Modern) teachers may select a double or single method. Prospective Science teachers may select only one double method. Others may select two single method courses.
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Business Studies
  • Dance
  • Drama (Theatre and Performance Studies)
  • English
  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)*
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Graphics and Multimedia Technology
  • History
  • Languages: French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean #
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Society and Culture
  • Visual Arts
* EAL/D is a second teaching specialisation only. The prerequisites are 24 units of credit in Linguistics, with a specialisation in the English language.

# Note that a high level of competence in spoken and written language is required. A minor without prior studies or background in the language is usually insufficient to qualify as a teacher of the language.

Students may apply for internal transfer from the Master of Teaching to the Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) at the end of any semester with full credit for all studies completed.

Participation and Enrolment Requirements

The program requires students to study two single teaching specialisations, or one double teaching specialisation from those methods listed above. Applicants require a recognised Bachelor degree with studies in the relevant teaching specialisation(s):

Main teaching specialisation – a major (three years of study, six semester long courses with at least 4 of these at level (year) 2 or above)
Second teaching specialisation – a minor (two years of study, four semester long courses with at least 2 of these at level (year) 2 or above)

Additional English language requirements

A very high level of competence in spoken and written English is required equivalent to a minimum Band 5 in HSC English Advanced, Standard English or English as a Second Language, or an overall IELTS score of 7.5, with a minimum of 8.0 in speaking and listening and a minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing, or the equivalent.

National Literacy & Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE)

Well trained, skilled and knowledgeable teachers provide the foundation for a high quality education system in which every Australian student receives excellent teaching. The National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students is designed to assess initial teacher education students’ personal literacy and numeracy skills to ensure teachers are well equipped to meet the demands of teaching and assist higher education providers, teacher employers and the general public to have increased confidence in the skills of graduating teachers.

The test has been introduced to assess those aspects of initial teacher education students’ personal literacy and numeracy skills that can be measured through an online assessment tool. All students enrolled in an initial teacher education course (either undergraduate or postgraduate) will be expected to sit and pass the test prior to graduation. At UNSW, you must complete the LANTITE test prior to starting your first teaching placement in EDST6760 Professional Experience 1. You are supplied with information for the tests though Moodle and the link is provided at https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au

Working with Children Check

The Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998 introduced mandatory requirements for background checking of people working with children. All Teacher Education Students must complete a Volunteer Working With Children Check having listened to a child protection lecture online and successfully completed a quiz.

Anaphylaxis Training & Certification

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and the Department of Education and Communities (DEC) require that all initial Teacher Education Students have training in managing anaphylaxis. The Director-General, DEC, has mandated the completion of anaphylaxis e-training for all permanent, temporary and casual employees who work in schools. Subsequently, all Teacher Education Students must complete the anaphylaxis e-training module provided by the Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) in conjunction with practice using an adrenaline autoinjector training device prior to commencing any student placement in schools.

The e-training is a free, online module available at http://etraining.allergy.org.au/. On successful completion of the online module, participants will receive a certificate of completion which should be printed immediately. Students will then need to arrange with the Professional Experience Office practice using the adrenaline auto-injector training device and have this component of the training signed off before they commence their placement. Students are then required to upload this signed certificate to the OPS. NESA and the DEC require that students also present a copy of their certificate of completion to principals at the commencement of their professional experience placements. Students should also retain a copy of the certificate for future use within the two years of the certificate’s currency.

The NSW DEC advises that student teachers who do not successfully complete this training, as verified by the university and the principal of their placement school, will not be able to undertake professional experience activities in NSW public schools. The training is required to be successfully undertaken every two years. This is the only training that will be accepted by the DEC to meet the requirement of anaphylaxis training for initial Teacher Education Students.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

The program is designed to enable students to acquire or develop knowledge and skills to an advanced level in the following areas:
  • subject content knowledge in areas of specialisation
  • how to teach that content to secondary school students
  • how to relate to secondary school students
  • understanding how secondary school students learn
  • effective unit and lesson planning, and effective assessment and reporting design
  • enhanced communication skills to ensure effective classroom communication with the students they will be teaching
  • effective classroom management skills
  • reflective teaching, and the desire to continually improve professional knowledge and practice
  • social and political contexts of education and schooling
  • productive engagement with members of their profession and the wider community

Program Structure

The program consists of 16 compulsory and elective courses, including either one double method or two single method courses. Additionally, students will undertake 65 days of supervised and assessed teaching practice, including community engagement, and are supported in their first year of teaching to gain accreditation for the next stage of their professional competence.

Note that the first year of study is normally undertaken over 3 semesters in one calendar year with students completing 30 UOC in Semester 1, 24 UOC in Semester 2 and 12 UOC in November/December (T2C). The second year of the study is normally undertaken part-time over 2 semesters while students are in their first year of teaching employment, although students can accelerate by undertaking up to 12 UOC of electives in the summer semester.

Year 1:

Semester 1
And two single or one double Method 1 courses from the following:
  • EDST Method A1 (6 UOC)
  • EDST Method B1 (6 UOC)
Semester 2:
And two single or one double Method 2 courses from the following:
  • EDST Method A2 (6 UOC)
  • EDST Method B2 (6 UOC)
October/November/December (T2C):
Note that prospective Maths, Music, Visual Arts, English or History teachers may select a double or single method in their teaching specialisation. Prospective Science teachers must do a double method in Science. Other teachers select two single method courses in two teaching specialisations.

As the program includes supervised teaching experience, including an internship, in at least two different secondary schools, all full-time students must be available for five days per week for the full school day (approximately 8.30am – 4.00pm) in late May-June and in October-December. Part-time students will need to do their final school placement on a full-time basis.

Applicants are required to undertake the ‘Working with Children Check’ prior to undertaking professional experience and a police record check is completed prior to employment in schools.

Year 2:

Part-time enrolment for domestic students only, international students are required to study full-time over one semester.


Semester 1:
Semester 1 or 2:
Semester 1, 2 or Summer Semester:
Note: A large range of Master of Education electives are offered in blended mode or in intensive mode over the school holidays.

Method Courses

ARTS5503 Academic Writing for the Humanities (6 UOC)
ARTS5505 Personalised English Language Enhancement (6 UOC)

These courses, ARTS5503 and ARTS5505, can be taken as additional courses but will not count towards your program.

Academic Rules

1. A Master of Teaching (Secondary) may be awarded by the Council to a candidate who has satisfactorily completed a program of advanced study.

Entry requirements
2. (1) A candidate for the Master of Teaching (Secondary) shall:

(a) have been awarded an appropriate degree of Bachelor from the University of New South Wales or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution at a level acceptable to the Standing Committee of UNSW Arts and Social Sciences (hereinafter referred to as the Committee); and

(b) meet the prerequisites for their selected teaching methods/specialisation/s. These prerequisites normally involve at least a major (three consecutive years of study, usually six courses) in the main teaching specialisation, and a minor (two years of study, usually four courses) in the second teaching specialisation.

(c) meet the English language proficiency requirements:
A minimum Band 5 in HSC English Advanced, Standard English or English as a Second Language, or an overall IELTS score of 7.5, with a minimum of 8.0 in speaking and listening and a minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing, or the equivalent.

(2) In exceptional cases an applicant who submits evidence of other academic and professional qualifications, and approved by the Committee, may be permitted to enrol for the degree.

(3) If the Committee is not satisfied with the qualifications submitted by an applicant the Committee may require the applicant to undergo such assessment or carry out such work as the Committee may prescribe, before permitting enrolment.

Enrolment and Progression
3. (1) To qualify for the award of the Master of Teaching candidates must obtain over a period of study of no less than four semesters 96 units of credit. The maximum period of candidature shall be eight academic semesters from the date of commencement. In special cases an extension of these times may be granted by the Committee.

(2) A student enrolling in a course must satisfy the prerequisite and co requisite requirements in that course. These requirements may be waived at the discretion of the Head of the School.

Credit Transfer
You may apply for credit transfer if you can demonstrate equivalent study at UNSW or another institution. The maximum credit transfer granted for the Master of Teaching is 48 units of credit, unless you are transferring from the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) at UNSW prior to graduation, in which case full credit for all equivalent studies completed will be given.

Award with Excellence
You are eligible for the award of a degree "with Excellence" if you achieve a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 80 in all courses and complete at least 50% of the requirements of your award at UNSW.

Articulation Rules
The Master of Teaching (Secondary) forms part of a sequence of articulated programs comprising the Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) and Master of Teaching. A postgraduate student enrolled in an articulated program may progress from the Graduate Diploma to Master’s degree with full credit for courses completed in the Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary), and vice versa.

Fees
4. A candidate shall pay such fees as may be determined from time to time by the Council.

Fees

For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:  UNSW Fee Website.

**Double Method Requirement

 
Teaching Specialisation
 
Double Method Requirement
A major ( three years of study, six semester long courses with no more than 12 UOC (units of credit) of Level (year) 1 and must include 12 UOC at Level 3 at least 2 of these at level 3 or above)

Science
 
 
36 units of credit in science including 24 units of credit in physics, chemistry, or biology and at least one year (12 units of credit) study in another science. One of the two sciences must be chemistry or physics. Permissible sciences are only physics, chemistry, biology and geology/earth/environmental sciences, not psychology or computer science.
Or
Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES)
36 units of credit in science including at least 12 units of credit in physics or chemistry, 6 units of credit in biology and 6 units of credit in geology or environmental science. Permissible sciences are only physics, chemistry, biology and geology/earth/environmental sciences, not psychology or computer science.
 
Mathematics
 
36 units of credit in pure or applied mathematics subjects (must include algebra and calculus). One course (6 units of credit) in statistics may be counted.
English
 
36 units of credit in English including at least 12 units of credit in textual studies including literature and an additional 24 units of credit in English textual studies, linguistics, media studies, communications or creative writing.
History
36 units of credit in history, in areas such as Australian history, contact and Aboriginal history, early modern history, historiography, modern history.
Music
36 units of credit 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, 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 Arts 36 units of credit in visual arts including all the following: practical studies in 2 and 3 and/or 4 dimensional art forms, art theory/history (a minimum of one year), and studio art making practice (a minimum of one year). Vocationally oriented courses are not recognised as equivalent.


***Single Method Requirement

 
Teaching Specialisation
First Method Requirements
A major (three years of study, six semester long courses with at least 2 of these at level (year) 3 or above and no more than 12 UOC (units of credit) at level 1)
English
36 units of credit in English including at least 12 units of credit in textual studies including literature and an additional 24 units of credit in English textual studies, linguistics, media studies, communications or creative writing.
History
36 units of credit in history, in areas such as Australian history, contact and Aboriginal history, early modern history, historiography, modern history.
Drama (Theatre & Performance Studies)
36 units of credit in drama, including performance, production and theory.
Geography
36 units of credit in geography.
Graphics & Multimedia Technology 36 units of credit in graphic design or multimedia design including computer-aided design (CAD) and theoretical studies and practical applications in at least three of the following areas: architecture and architectural drawing (such as Australian), cabinet drawing, computer animation, engineering drawing, furniture drawing, landscape drawing, product and technical illustration.
Languages
36 units of credit in a Language other than English, including the spoken and written language, ending beyond the HSC level.
Legal Studies
36 units of credit in legal studies, including Australian and international law.
Aboriginal Studies
36 units of credit in Aboriginal Studies in areas such as contact and Aboriginal history, anthropology, Aboriginal literature, Aboriginal language and linguistics.
Economics
36 units of credit in economics.
Business Studies
36 units of credit in business related studies including at least 6 units of credit in finance or accounting, 6 units of credit of business management and remaining units drawn from: business law, economics, human resource management, industrial relations, marketing.
Dance
36 units of credit in Dance studies, including all the following: history and analysis of dance, performance, with a technique base in modern/contemporary dance and ballet, applied anatomy, kinesiology, and composition/choreography. Vocationally oriented courses are not recognised as equivalent.
Society and Culture
36 units of credit in Social Sciences, including at least 6 units of credit in Sociology, and the remaining units drawn from: Aboriginal studies, anthropology, archaeology, Asian or Pacific studies, civics, cultural studies, government, history, media studies, philosophy, politics, psychology (only 6 units of credit may be counted), religion studies, and social communication.
Mathematics
36 units of credit in pure or applied mathematics subjects (must include algebra and calculus). One course (6 units of credit) in statistics may be counted.
Music
36 units of credit 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, 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 Arts 36 units of credit in visual arts including all the following: practical studies in 2 and 3 and/or 4 dimensional art forms, art theory/history (a minimum of one year), and studio art making practice (a minimum of one year). Vocationally oriented courses are not recognised as equivalent.

 
Teaching Specialisation
Second Method Requirements
A minor (two years of study, four semester long courses with at least 2 of these at level (year) 2 or above and no more than 12 UOC (units of credit) at level 1)
English
24 units of credit in English including at least 6 units of credit in textual studies including literature and an additional 18 units of credit in English textual studies, linguistics, media studies, communications or creative writing.
EAL/D
At least 24 units of credit in linguistics, with a specialisation in the English language.
History
At least 24 units of credit in history, in areas such as Australian history, contact and Aboriginal history, early modern history, historiography, modern history.
Drama
At least 24 units of credit in drama, including performance, production and theory
Geography
At least 24 units of credit in geography.
Graphics and Multimedia Technology At least 24 units of credit in graphic design or multimedia design including computer-aided design (CAD) and theoretical studies and practical applications in at least three of the following areas: architecture and architectural drawing (such as Australian), cabinet drawing, computer animation, engineering drawing, furniture drawing, landscape drawing, product and technical illustration.
Languages
At least 24 units of credit in a Language other than English, including the spoken and written language, beyond the HSC level.
Legal Studies
A minimum of 24 units of credit in legal studies, including Australian and international law.
Economics
At least 24 units of credit in economics.
Business Studies
At least 24 units of credit in business related studies including at least 6 units of credit in finance or accounting, 6 units of credit of business management and remaining units drawn from: business law, economics, human resource management, industrial relations, marketing.
Aboriginal Studies
At least 24 units of credit in Aboriginal Studies in areas such as contact and Aboriginal history, anthropology, Aboriginal literature, Aboriginal language and linguistics.
Dance
At least 24 units of credit in Dance studies, including all the following: history and analysis of dance, performance, with a technique base in modern/contemporary dance and ballet, applied anatomy, kinesiology, and composition/choreography. Vocationally oriented courses are not recognised as equivalent.
Society and Culture
At least 24 units of credit in Social Sciences, including at least 6 units of credit in Sociology, and the remaining units drawn from: Aboriginal studies, anthropology, archaeology, Asian or Pacific studies, civics, cultural studies, government, history, media studies, philosophy, politics, psychology (only 6 units of credit may be counted), religion studies, and social communication.
Mathematics
At least 24 units of credit in mathematics subjects (must include algebra and calculus). One course (6 units of credit) in statistics may be counted.
Music
At least 24 units of credit 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, music performance studies (a minimum of one year 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 Arts At least 24 units of credit in visual arts including all the following: practical studies in 2 and 3 and/or 4 dimensional art forms, art theory/history (a minimum of one year), and studio art making practice (a minimum of one year). Vocationally oriented courses are not recognised as equivalent.


Area(s) of Specialisation