The University of Sydney

Master of Teaching



University Location Sydney, New South Wales
City Population 6 million
Student Population 73,000
Int'l Student Population 10,600
Main Campus Camperdown / Darlington
Program Campus Camperdown/Darlington
Program Duration 2 years
Estimated Annual Tuition AUD$49,500 (2024 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February
Next Available Intake 2025
Application Deadline No set deadline*


First offered in 1996, the Master of Teaching at the University of Sydney was the first of its kind in Australia and remains one of the most successful teaching training programs in the nation. The program includes significant contact with students, teachers, parents and administrators in school and community contexts.

The University of Sydney has an international reputation for excellence. Many of its Master of Teaching students are offered full-time employment before completing their degrees. Sydney graduates’ outstanding performance in their profession has contributed to the reputation the program has for providing leadership and innovation in teacher education.



Master of Teaching Primary

The Master of Teaching (Primary) is a postgraduate coursework degree that will provide a good understanding of the policy frameworks that shape teaching in Australia and internationally, and issues in teaching, learning and curriculum management. You’ll complete core units in education and curriculum in addition to professional units of study. You will also complete practicum placements and a final capstone project comprising an internship in a primary education setting.

Applicants for the MTeach (Primary Education) must have completed an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) that included either studies of at least one year (2 units) in each of four different Key Learning Areas (KLAs) listed below; or studies of at least one year (2 units) in two KLAs listed in the table plus studies of at least two years (4 units) in a third KLA.

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science and technology
  • Human society and its environment
  • Creative arts
  • Personal development, health and physical education


Master of Teaching  Secondary

The Master of Teaching Secondary is designed for those who wish to teach grades 7 though 12.

If your ambition is to teach science, mathematics or languages, you can study one of these as a double-method teaching area, and you won’t need to study a second area. Alternatively, you can choose to study two single-method teaching areas, potentially broadening your future employment options.

You’ll also have expertise to act in variety of other education roles including

  • curriculum consultant
  • educational administrator
  • educational researcher
  • government policy adviser

You will complete core units in education and curriculum in addition to professional units of study. You will have the option to specialise in either one or two teaching areas at secondary education level, including

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • HSIE (Aboriginal studies, business studies, economics, geography, modern history, ancient history, legal studies, society and culture)
  • Creative Arts (drama and music)
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
  • Languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Modern Hebrew, Classical Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Modern Greek, Spanish)

First Teaching Method is a core teaching specialization. It corresponds to the “major” area of study completed at undergraduate level. The New South Wales Institute of Teachers requires applicants for accreditation to have met the prerequisites for one 1st Teaching Method in order qualify for accreditation as a secondary-school teacher.

Second Teaching Method (if any) is an area of (lesser) specialization. It corresponds to a “minor” area of study completed at undergraduate degree. Some areas such as “Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages” and “Classical Hebrew and Judaism” can only be studied as a second Teaching Method.

Admission Requirements

Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have an undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution; and have completed undergraduate subject areas that satisfy the subject specialist requirements of the New South Wales Department of Education and Training (as listed above).

Applicants who are one unit (equivalent to one quarter of a semester of full-time study) short of meeting the prerequisites for one single-method curriculum area, or two units short of meeting the prerequisites for two curriculum areas (as either two single-method curriculum areas or one double-method curriculum area) may be given special permission to study the deficient units concurrently with another faculty or at another institution.

Admission Timeline

*While there is no set application deadline, you are encouraged to apply at least 6 months prior to the program start date.