Subject requirements

Find out the requirements to become a teacher of these high-demand subjects in NSW public schools.

Mathematics

The requirements to become a qualified secondary mathematics teacher are outlined below. The studies outlined are indicative only. The actual program of study required will be dependent on each individual's qualifications.

  1. Complete 6 subjects in pure or applied mathematics with at least 4 subjects at second-year level and above (must include algebra and calculus.) Only one statistics subject may be counted provided it is a stand-alone subject; and
  2. Complete one or 2 subjects (depending on focus) of mathematics method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7 - 12; and
  3. Complete one or 2 subjects of practicum in a secondary mathematics setting.

  1. Complete one or 2 subjects (depending on focus) of mathematics method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7 - 12; and
  2. Complete one or 2 subjects of practicum in a secondary mathematics setting.

  1. Complete 4 subjects in pure or applied mathematics with at least 2 subjects at second-year level and above (must include algebra and calculus). Only one statistics subject may be counted provided it is a stand-alone subject; and
  2. Complete one or 2 subjects (depending on focus) of mathematics method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12; and
  3. Complete one or 2 subjects of practicum in a secondary mathematics setting.

  1. Complete one or 2 subjects (depending on focus) of mathematics method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12; and
  2. Complete one or 2 subjects of practicum in a secondary mathematics setting.

* The list of approved programs may not be exhaustive. New programs delivered by other universities may be available.

For future head teacher eligibility, the non-award study progression should reflect that of a major (subjects undertaken at first year, second year and third year progressively). The undergraduate subject content requirements for secondary teaching are aligned to those required by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Physics

The requirements to become a qualified secondary science teacher are outlined below. The studies outlined are indicative only. The actual program of study required will be dependent on each individual's qualifications.

It is a requirement under the scholarship, that to be an approved science teacher you must be approved in two areas of science, one of which must be physics.

  1. Complete 6 subjects of science with at least 4 subjects in one science and another 2 subjects in another science (4 subjects must be at second-year level or above); and
  2. Complete one or 2 subjects (depending on focus) of science method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12; and
  3. Complete one or 2 subjects of practicum in a secondary science setting (years 7-12).

Physics must be one of your science teaching areas.

  1. Complete one or 2 subjects (depending on focus) of science method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12; and
  2. Complete one or 2 subjects of practicum in a secondary setting (years 7-12).

Physics must be one of your science teaching areas.

  1. Complete 4 subjects comprising of 2 subjects in one science and 2 subjects in another science (2 must be at second-year level or above); and
  2. Complete one or 2 subjects (depending on focus) of science method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12; and
  3. Complete one or 2 subjects of practicum in a secondary science setting (years 7-12).

Physics must be one of your science teaching areas.

  1. Complete one or 2 subjects (depending on focus) of science method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12; and
  2. Complete one or 2 subjects of practicum in a secondary science setting (years 7-12).

Physics must be one of your science teaching areas.

  1. Complete 2 subjects in physics at second-year level or above.

For future head teacher eligibility, the non-award study progression should reflect that of a major (subjects undertaken at first year, second year and third year progressively). The undergraduate subject content requirements for secondary teaching are aligned to those required by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Engineering Studies

The requirements to become a qualified engineering studies teacher in NSW public schools are outlined below. The studies outlined are indicative only. The actual program of study required will be dependent on each individual's qualifications.

  1. Complete 6 subjects in engineering studies in areas such as civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, mechatronic engineering or relevant discipline including studies of the application of engineering principles and methods, management and problem-solving in engineering contexts, responsibilities of engineers in society and design thinking and problem based thinking as used in the engineering profession, with a least 4 subjects at second-year level and above; and
  2. Complete one or 2 subjects (depending on focus) of TAS method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12; and
  3. Complete one or 2 subjects of practicum in a secondary TAS setting.

  1. Complete 4 subjects in engineering studies in areas such as civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, mechatronic engineering or relevant discipline including studies of the application of engineering principles and methods, management and problem-solving in engineering contexts, responsibilities of engineers in society and design thinking and problem based thinking as used in the engineering profession, with at least 2 subjects at second-year level and above; and
  2. Complete one or 2 subjects (depending on focus) of TAS method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12; and
  3. Complete one or 2 subjects of practicum in a secondary TAS setting.

  1. Complete 4 subjects in engineering studies in areas such as civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, mechatronic engineering or relevant discipline including studies of the application of engineering principles and methods, management and problem-solving in engineering contexts, responsibilities of engineers in society and design thinking and problem based thinking as used in the engineering profession, with at least 2 subjects at second-year level or above.

Industrial Technology - Metal

The requirements to become a qualified industrial technology - metal teacher are outlined below. The studies outlined are indicative only. The actual program of study required will be dependent on each individual's qualifications.

  1. Complete 6 subjects in metal technology with at least 4 subjects at second-year or above; and
  2. Complete one or 2 subjects (depending on focus) of TAS method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7 - 12; and
  3. Complete one or 2 subjects of practicum in a secondary TAS setting.

  1. Complete 4 subjects in metal technology with at least 2 subjects at second-year level and above; and
  2. Complete one or 2 subjects (depending on focus) of TAS method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7 - 12; and
  3. Complete one or 2 subjects of practicum in a secondary TAS setting.

For future head teacher eligibility, the non-award study progression should reflect that of a major (subjects undertaken at first year, second year and third year progressively). The undergraduate subject content requirements for secondary teaching are aligned to those required by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Industrial Technology - Timber

The requirements to become a qualified industrial technology - timber teacher are outlined below. The studies outlined are indicative only. The actual program of study required will be dependent on each individual's qualifications.

  1. Complete 6 subjects in timber technology with at least 4 subjects at second-year or above; and
  2. Complete one or 2 subjects (depending on focus) of TAS method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7 - 12; and
  3. Complete one or 2 subjects of practicum in a secondary TAS setting.

  1. Complete 4 subjects in timber technology with at least 2 subjects at second-year level and above; and
  2. Complete one or 2 subjects (depending on focus) of TAS method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7 - 12; and
  3. Complete one or 2 subjects of practicum in a secondary TAS setting.
Approved secondary teachers who complete a Graduate Diploma in Design and Technologies Education from the Australian Catholic University will be eligible for approval to teach with the NSW Department of Education in the following subjects:
  • Technology (mandatory) (years 7 - 10)
  • Design and Technology (years 7 - 12)
  • Industrial Technology - Timber (years 7 - 12)

For future head teacher eligibility, the non-award study progression should reflect that of a major (subjects undertaken at first year, second year and third year progressively). The undergraduate subject content requirements for secondary teaching are aligned to those required by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Industrial Technology - Metal and Timber

The requirements to become a qualified industrial technology - metal and timber teacher are outlined below. The studies outlined are indicative only. The actual program of study required will be dependent on each individual's qualifications.

  1. Complete 6 subjects in metal technology and timber technology with a least 4 subjects at second-year level and above; and
  2. Complete one or 2 subjects (depending on focus) of TAS method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7 - 12; and
  3. Complete one or 2 subjects of practicum in a secondary TAS setting.

  1. Complete 4 subjects in metal technology and timber technology studies with at least 2 subjects at second-year level and above; and
  2. Complete one or 2 subjects (depending on focus) of TAS method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12; and
  3. Complete one or 2 subjects of practicum in a secondary TAS setting.

For future head teacher eligibility, the non-award study progression should reflect that of a major (subjects undertaken at first year, second year and third year progressively). The undergraduate subject content requirements for secondary teaching are aligned to those required by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Agriculture

The requirements to become a qualified agriculture teacher in NSW public schools are outlined below. The studies outlined are indicative only. The actual program of study required will be dependent on each individual's qualifications

  1. Complete 6 subjects in an area such as agricultural science, agricultural technology, horticulture, agronomy, primary industries and rural science (including studies of plants and animals, animal care, agricultural enterprises and chemical safety), with at least 2  subjects at second year level and above; and
  2. Complete one or 2 subjects (depending on focus) of TAS method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7 - 12; and
  3. Complete one or 2 subjects of practicum in a secondary TAS setting.

  1. Complete 4 subjects in an area such as agricultural science, agricultural technology, horticulture, agronomy, primary industries and rural science (including studies of plants and animals, animal care, agricultural enterprises and chemical safety), with at least 2 subjects at second-year level and above; and
  2. Complete one or 2 subjects (depending on focus) of TAS method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7 - 12; and
  3. Complete one or 2 subjects of practicum in a secondary TAS setting.

For future head teacher eligibility, the non-award study progression should reflect that of a major (subjects undertaken at first year, second year and third year progressively). The undergraduate subject content requirements for secondary teaching are aligned to those required by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

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