Master of Teaching - Secondary

University of Wollongong

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00102E

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is for university graduates from non-teaching courses who want to become secondary school teachers (Years 7 to 12). On completion of this degree, you will obtain a formal qualification making you eligible to teach specialised subject areas to students aged 13 to 18 in public, religious and private schools. This degree produces high-quality teachers with an understanding of diversity in the classroom and with strong connections to school communities. This program focuses on building teaching skills through a professional experience immersion program in your very first session, and regular professional experience periods throughout the degree. You will complete 60 days of professional experience (PEX), including the option to complete one PEX in a rural or remote area of NSW. There are also opportunities to undertake international immersion programs that, while not counted as a PEX, allow you to travel overseas, visit schools and develop your understanding of people and cultures. UOW's School of Education has been acknowledged as a leader in the field of teacher education within Australia. Our reputation rests on the success of our graduates, our connections with local schools and the diversity of our research. You will be supported through your teacher preparation by our teaching staff, Professional Experience Unit and through our mentored interview program, which prepares you for employment.


Your learning will be supported by online teaching, forums, podcasts and video streamed lectures, on-campus tutorials and in-school activities. You will benefit from the expertise of local teachers and a range of workshops to develop your skills in communication, technology-enhanced learning, working with parents, designing assessment and conducting school-based research. During your degree, you will explore the concepts of teaching and learning to build your professional skills in your selected teaching areas. Teaching areas include English, Mathematics, Science, Visual Arts, Music, Modern or Ancient History, Geography, Society and Culture or Aboriginal Studies, Legal Studies and Business Studies or Economics. The methods offered are subject to demand, meaning that not all methods are guaranteed to be offered each year.


  • Teaching secondary

Standard entry requirements

Teaching is an academically rigorous profession and teachers play a critical role in our communities. Strengthening requirements for studying teaching degrees is an initiative of the NSW Government to ensure that initial teacher education programs prepare high-quality graduate teachers who can respond to the needs of all learners to make a positive impact on student learning. At UOW we are committed to ensuring our graduates are of the highest standard by setting appropriate entry criteria and maintaining a strong developmental program that supports teacher education students from diverse backgrounds with diverse experiences, abilities and perspectives to become the teachers of the future. Entry requirements include: An undergraduate degree equivalent to a three-year Australian bachelor degree with a minimum credit average grade, which meets the requirements of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for teaching in secondary schools. The NESA requirements will be assessed by the School of Education upon application. A valid IELTS is required if the degree was not completed in English from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, Canada and the Republic of Ireland. Teaching Questionnaire meeting the non-academic selection criteria. Students who have studied overseas may be required to meet additional requirements set by the NSW Education Standards Authority in order to qualify as teachers in NSW. Please refer to the School of Education for application procedures and course information.


This degree is accredited and recognised as a national professional teaching qualification. Students seeking work outside NSW or Australia are advised to check with potential employers and other teacher registration authorities for any additional requirements. All students completing a NSW teacher education course must pass approved literacy and numeracy tests prior to commencing their final Professional Experience

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
UOW Southern Highlands Domestic: $42,528
International: $43,776
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UOW Shoalhaven Domestic: $42,528
International: $43,776
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UOW Bega Domestic: $42,528
International: $43,776
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Further information

New enrolling students will be required to complete the new online Working with Children Check and clearance must be obtained prior to attending Professional Experience. Please note: Professional Experience is a compulsory component embedded in our undergraduate and Master of Teaching courses. Therefore it is an expectation that students who participate in these courses are capable of meeting the demands of navigating their own way to, from and around the Professional Experience contexts (e.g. school sites). It needs to be noted that the off-campus environment is beyond the control of UOW.

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