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. The program is uniquely designed to provide a nationally accredited pre-service teaching qualification and, at the same time, support students in their transition to their first year of teaching.

You will gain advanced skills in effective unit and lesson planning, assessment and reporting. The degree emphasises enhanced communication skills to ensure effective classroom communication, the practice of reflective teaching and the desire to continually improve professional knowledge and practice.

Program Code


UAC Code

910201 (CSP)



Total units of credit (UOC)




Indicative Enrolments


Why choose this degree?

This degree is a fast track to employment in secondary education. It is recognised as a teaching qualification in schools in Australia and is also widely accepted internationally.

Who should choose this degree?

By undertaking this degree, you will enhance your career options and professional advancement within a broad range of educational institutions.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

Necessary knowledge and practical experience for teaching

Entry requirements

A recognised three-year Bachelor degree which meets 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.

Additional WAM requirement: Entry into the Master of Teaching (Secondary) requires a WAM of 60 or higher.

IMPORTANT: All students must qualify in one or more first teaching areas and, depending on prior study, may be eligible to qualify in two first teaching areas or a first and up to two additional teaching areas.

First Teaching Area requirements: A sequence of at least six units in a specialist teaching area equivalent to 0.75 EFT (i.e. for UNSW graduates 36 UoC), at AQF Level 7 (undergraduate bachelor level), studied over three levels or years with at least 2 of these units at Level (Year) 3 or above and no more than two units at Level (Year) 1, or  the equivalent at the postgraduate level.

Note: Music and Visual Arts can only be taken as a first teaching area.

Additional Teaching Area Requirements: A sequence of at least four units in a specialist teaching area equivalent to 0.50 EFT (i.e. for UNSW graduates 24 UoC), at AQF Level 7 (undergraduate bachelor level), studied over two levels or years with at least 2 of these units at Level (Year) 2 or above and no more than two units at Level (Year) 1, or the equivalent at the postgraduate level.

You must meet certain subject content requirements to be eligible to teach in the specialisation of your choice. Find out more about the subject content requirements for specialisations.

Additional English language requirements: A very high level of competence in spoken and written English is required equivalent to a 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.

How to apply

Applications for domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed through the UNSW Apply online from 1st June to 14th August and then through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) Postgraduate from the beginning of September.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


Commonwealth Supported Place, Student Contribution Band

*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment.

Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year.

The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included.

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