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The Master of Teaching provides an advanced postgraduate 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 Master of Teaching (Secondary) is a two-year equivalent accelerated secondary teacher degree that can be completed in four terms (1.3 years). Once you have completed your first year of study, you will be eligible to apply for a job in NSW schools.

While the first year of study is fixed (students will overload and complete 4 courses each term), the second year of study is more flexible and can be finished at the end of Term 1, 2, or 3.

Students can also opt to take the program part-time and be eligible to teach after their second year of study.

Please refer to the sample programs for more information on the different structures.



Study Level


Typical duration

1.3 Years

Delivery Mode


Intake Period

Term 1

Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Masters (Coursework)


Master of Teaching (Secondary) - MTeach(Sec)

UAC Code




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Program Structure

Students must complete 96 UOC as a standalone program.

The program consists of a sequence of compulsory and elective units, including six core education units, four subject teaching area units (called methods), three electives, and two professional experience placements, including an internship.

The program requires students to study two single teaching specialisations, or one double teaching specialisation (available only for English, Mathematics, Music and Visual Arts) from those methods listed below. Applicants require a recognised Bachelor degree with studies in the relevant teaching specialisation(s):

First teaching specialisation – a major, consisting of a sequence of at least six units of undergraduate study in a teaching area, with no more than two at first year and at least two at third year.

Additional teaching specialisation – a minor consisting of a sequence of at least  four units of undergraduate study in a teaching area, with at least two of these at second year or above).

Subject to changing demand, teaching specialisations offered include:

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry/Biology
  • Drama (Theatre and Performance Studies)
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Economics
  • English*
  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
  • Geography
  • Graphics and Multimedia Technology
  • History - Ancient
  • History - Modern 
  • Languages: French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese and /or Korean (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).
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematics*
  • Music*
  • Physics
  • Science
  • Society and Culture
  • Visual Arts*

*Can be taken as an extended teaching specialisation

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Master of Education Prescribed Electives

Master of Education Prescribed Electives description.

You must complete 18 UOC of the following courses:

Teaching Method Courses

Teaching Method Courses description.

You must complete 24 UOC of methods in two single teaching specialisations, or one double teaching specialisation (available only for English, Mathematics, Music and Visual Arts). Note: if you take EAL/D as a first teachng area you must also take one other area as a first teaching area; you cannot be accredited with only EAL/D as a first teaching area.

Academic Writing & English Enhancement Courses

ARTS5503 Academic Writing for the Humanities (6 UOC)?ARTS5505 Personalised English Language Enhancement (6 UOC) can be taken as additional units but will not count towards your program.

Sample Programs

To access sample program(s), please visit:

Entry Requirements
Participation and Enrolment Requirements
Progression Requirements
Internships and Placements


Recognition of Achievement

Award with Excellence

Additional Information

Participation and Enrolment Requirements

For accreditation as a teacher in NSW, all teacher education students will need to meet the Participation and Enrolment Requirements set by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

For more information, see the Arts & Social Sciences website.

Further Information

Contact the UNSW Arts and Social Sciences Student Services for advice.

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

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