Master of Secondary Teaching

School of Education, Sydney Campus

Graduates who have a recognised Bachelor’s degree in a subject area such as English, mathematics, drama, history, geography, business studies, economics, law, science (any) or theology* can transition into secondary teaching by completing the Master of Secondary Teaching at The University of Notre Dame Australia. The degree can be completed in as little as 18 months, which includes a significant practical teaching component and the opportunity to teach one or more specialist subjects.

*For any other areas please contact the university for further information

  • Why study this degree?

    Do you hold a bachelor’s degree and want to be qualified as a secondary school teacher? This Master of Secondary Teaching degree is designed to help you make that transition and can be completed over eighteen months of full-time study (2yr FTE). Once completed, you will be qualified to teach Years 7 to 12.

    We have designed this degree program so that you can combine your studies with existing work and family commitments. Most of the classes at our Broadway site are taught in the evenings or on weekends. Like all the Education degrees offered by The University of Notre Dame Australia, the Master of Secondary Education has a strong practical teaching component. In this degree, you will spend a total of 14 weeks gaining in-the-classroom experience.

    The degree gives you the option of selecting one or teaching areas to pursue and allows for electives and the possibility of a specialisation in an area such as Inclusive Education amongst others.

    The teaching areas on offer at Notre Dame are:

    • Mathematics
    • English
    • Geography
    • Science (all)
    • Studies of Religion
    • Drama
    • History (Modern & Ancient)
    • Business Studies

    In addition, you will be required to enrol in and pay to sit the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE). Students must pass both the literacy and numeracy components of the test before they progress to Year Two of this program.

    Please note: this award is fully accredited by the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA).

  • Program summary

    Year One

    • Inclusive Education
    • Development, Learning & Engagement
    • Literacy & Numeracy Across the Curriculum
    • Planning for Effective Teaching
    • Positive Learning Frameworks
    • Teaching Method 1A – first teaching area
    • Teaching Method 1B – second teaching area

    Year Two

    • Ethical Issues in Professional Life
    • Teaching Method 2A – first teaching area
    • Teaching Method 2B – second teaching area
    • Applied Research Methods in Education
    • Internship and Transition to Teaching
    • Authentic Assessment

    Plus relevant electives

    Students will complete approximately 14 weeks of professional experience in a range of settings which are embedded in the following courses:

    • Planning for Effective Teaching (approximately four weeks)
    • Internship and Transition to Teaching (approximately 10 weeks)

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Entry requirements

    Applicants for this program must hold a Bachelor's degree from a recognised higher education provider. Students who have English as an additional language and are admitted on the basis of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assessment, or an equivalent English language proficiency assessment, are only admitted if they have attained an overall score of 7.5 in IELTS Academic, with no score lower than 8.0 in speaking and listening, and no score lower than 7.0 in reading and writing.

  • Fees

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The HECS-HELP  loan scheme assists eligible students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your HECS-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

    For further information on fee places and Government loan schemes, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees Page.

  • More information

    For more information on the Master of Secondary Teaching, please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 2 8204 4404 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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