Applications are now open for a mid-year entry into the Mid-Career Transition to Teaching Program. The program aims to attract experienced regional, rural and remote professionals to become secondary mathematics and science teachers, in a NSW public school.

Find answers to the questions most frequently asked questions about the application and selection process.

Eligibility

The Mid-Career Transition to Teaching program is seeking industry professionals and teaching academics, with significant subject expertise and experience to transition into secondary teaching.

To be eligible you must:

  1. be an Australian citizen or permanent resident;
  2. reside outside of the greater Sydney area (including Central Coast, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour)
  3. have completed a recognised undergraduate degree;
  4. be an industry professional with a minimum of three years relevant industry experience within the last ten years,
    or
    be a teaching academic with a minimum of three years relevant subject and/or teaching experience within the last ten years;
  5. intend to complete a Master of Teaching (Secondary) with the subject specialisation of mathematics and science - physics or chemistry;
  6. be willing to complete your studies at either the University of Newcastle or Charles Sturt University and meet their entry requirements;
  7. be willing to begin your Master of Teaching (Secondary) either 9 May 2022 or 11 July 2022 and complete your degree within two years;
  8. be willing to work 3 days per week as an educational paraprofessional after estimated 6 months of studies and for the remainder of your studies;
  9. be willing to accept an appointment as a permanent full-time teacher in a NSW public school on completion of your studies and agree to serve for a minimum of three years; and
  10. be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or hold a valid medical contraindication certificate.

Applicants may be eligible for recognition of prior learning, which will be assessed and determined by the university partners through the application process.

If you have questions around your eligibility for a Master of Teaching (Secondary) program e.g.

  • You have completed or partially completed an undergraduate degree
  • You have experience teaching in TAFE (or another institution)
  • You hold international qualifications

For entry into a Master of Teaching (Secondary), your undergraduate studies/qualifications must meet NESA content requirements for the subject area or areas you intend to teach.

Universities will assess your qualifications and determine eligibility for entry into the Master of Teaching program. In certain circumstances, universities may deem a participant eligible based on recognition of prior learning and give advanced standing.

When you apply to this program you will also need to apply directly with the university. Please reach out to one of the university contacts below for more information on your eligibility.

The program supports experienced professionals to become teachers by gaining a Master of Teaching (Secondary) in a teaching area of demand to help meet the needs of NSW public schools now and into the future.

If you are already a qualified teacher, you are encouraged to apply for approval to teach in NSW public schools. Visit the Approval to Teach page of the Education website or contact our Teacher Approvals team on 1300 300 498.

To be eligible to complete a Master of Teaching (Secondary), you must have a minimum qualification of an undergraduate degree. Your prior qualifications must meet the content requirements as outlined by NESA.

Applicants may be eligible for recognition of prior learning, which will be assessed and determined by the university through the application process.

Some examples of relevant industries may include, but are not limited to:

Mathematics: engineering, banking, insurance and investment, environmental modelling, medicine, meteorology, computing, information technology, government, education, research, lecturer, programming.

Science (physics and chemistry focus): scientist, physicist, researcher, lecturer, astronomer, cyclotron engineer, data scientist, chemists, chemical engineer, nanotechnologist, toxicologist, aviation, computer science, oceanography.

Program details

Applications close on 29 March 2022 for University of Newcastle and on 1 May 2022 for Charles Sturt University.

Applications will not be accepted past the closing date.

Applications for this program are now open., apply here.

University of Newcastle applicants
Applicants applying to the University of Newcastle will need to submit an application by the 29 March 2022.

The University of Newcastle program participants will begin their studies on the 9 May 2022, and will be notified if they have been accepted onto the program by 29 April 2022.

Charles Sturt University applicants
Applicants applying to Charles Sturt University will need to submit an application by the 1 May 2022.

Charles Sturt University program participants will begin their studies on the 11 July 2022, and will be notified if they have been accepted onto the program by 18 June 2022.

For the mid-2022 intake, the department will be accepting up to 25 participants across the two participating universities.

Should you not receive a place in this program you may be eligible for another program or scholarship to assist in your transition to teaching.

Please visit the Get Paid to Study page of the Education website for further information about other scholarship opportunities with the department.

The program is full time, however, we understand each participant’s journey is different and an unforeseen circumstance may require flexibility. The department will work with participants on a case by case basis. The ability to go part-time for a short period will depend on whether the university can support this change.

For questions about your specific circumstances, please contact: MidCareerPrograms@det.nsw.edu.au.

The program is aimed at professionals with significant prior experience, including academics, professionals and subject-matter experts who are looking for a mid-career change to become a secondary teacher in a NSW public school.

The mid-year intake is seeking to grow teachers in high-demand areas and will be limited to participants who are located in regional, rural and remote areas. This excludes applicants living in Greater Sydney including;

  • The Central Coast
  • Newcastle
  • Lake Macquarie
  • Blue Mountains
  • Wollongong
  • Shellharbour region

Initially the program will be focused on high-demand teaching areas of:

Two universities are open for a mid-year intake and will be delivering the Mid-Career Transition to Teaching program across a variety of subjects and geographic locations.

1. Charles Sturt University

Program start date: 11 July 2022

Delivery method: Online study

Subject specialisation: Offers all subjects under this program.

Course length: 18 months

To find out more about their course offering, please contact Melanie Sugumaran at msugumaran@csu.edu.au or visit their website for more information.

2. University of Newcastle

Program start date: 9 May 2022

Delivery method: On campus 2 days per week.

Subject specialisation: Offers all subjects under this program, except agriculture

Course length: 20 months

To find out more about their course offering, please contact Elena Prieto-Rodriguez at secondary-education@newcastle.edu.au or visit their website for more information.

Yes, you must submit your application for a Master of Teaching (Secondary) for the university you are selecting in addition to applying for this program. You do this via the university. For your application to be successful for the Mid-Career Transition to Teaching program, you will need an offer from either the University of Newcastle or Charles Sturt University.

Please email the university contact to advise you have submitted a Mid-Career Transition to Teaching application.

Participants will undergo intensive study in the first 6 months of their degree, which will combine immersive and observational experiences within school environments to ensure they are classroom-ready.

From six months into the program, participants will be employed as educational paraprofessionals working part-time (three days per week) in a host school. You will also be supported by a school-based mentor.

Upon completion of your studies, you will achieve a nationally recognised teaching qualification. Provided you meet the NESA accreditation and NSW Department of Education Teacher Approval requirements, you will be offered permanent employment in a NSW public school.

The program supports industry professionals and teaching academics to commence their journey towards a career in secondary teaching. Those who have already commenced their Master of Teaching are not eligible.

If this program is not suitable for you, please visit the Get Paid to Study page of the Education website for further information about other scholarship opportunities with the department.

From 8 November 2021 all Department of Education employees undertaking relevant work, including any work conducted on a NSW school site, will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Successful candidates will be required to provide evidence of up to date vaccination status or medical contraindication certificate.

Further information on the department’s COVID-19 response is available here.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted using the online application form. Please click the 'Apply now' button to begin your application.

At the same time as submitting a form with the Department of Education you will be required to apply directly with either the University of Newcastle or Charles Sturt University. Please email the respective university contact to advise you have submitted a Mid-Career Transition to Teaching application.

The online application will involve submitting responses to key questions and preparing a short video presentation - a digital story. The digital story is a short presentation that conveys both your motivation to teach and aspiration to work in a NSW public school which is required to be submitted separately to the application via Google Drive.

Through the application, you will need to select which subject specialisation you would like to complete your Master of Teaching (Secondary) within and your preferred university.

You will also need to select the geographical locations/school education areas where you are prepared to accept a position within a NSW public school working part-time as an educational paraprofessional and as a permanent teacher on completion of your studies.

As part of the application process you will be asked to select either ‘Anywhere in the State’, OR at least two school educational areas. Consideration to select a reduced number of school education areas will be given to participants in rural or remote areas.

If you select to be appointed ‘Anywhere in the State’, you are agreeing to be appointed to a school in one of the following school education areas: Albury, Armidale, Batemans Bay, Bathurst, Bourke, Broken Hill, Clarence/Coffs Harbour, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Griffith, Lismore, Maitland, Moree, Muswellbrook, Orange, Port Macquarie, Queanbeyan, Tamworth, Taree, Tweed Heads/Ballina, or Wagga Wagga. For this intake, ‘Anywhere in the state’ excludes Greater Sydney metro locations (including Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour).

Further information on the schools located in each geographic location/school education area can be found here or through the visual map here.

Please submit all your supporting documentation as listed below in the supporting document checklist.

Applications for the University of Newcastle must be submitted by midnight 29 March 2022.

Applications for Charles Sturt University must be submitted by midnight 1 May 2022.

We encourage you to submit your application early. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

The department will assess your suitability and motivations to become a teacher.

Universities will assess your qualifications and entry into a Master of Teaching program. They will also assess whether you are eligible for recognition of prior learning and advanced standing.

A panel within the department will complete an initial assessment of your online application and digital story. Applicants who progress past this stage will be invited to an interview and to complete teacher suitability assessments measuring cognitive skills and emotional intelligence with the department.

The panel will review the application, digital story, interview, teacher suitability assessments and ability to meet university requirements and recommend candidates for inclusion in the program.

If you pass the final stage of assessments you will be subject to a successful referee check, working with children check (which includes having clearance for paid employment) and criminal record check.

You will be required to complete and submit all documents listed below as part of your application:

To submit the documents, open your IworkforNSW application and upload in line with the instructions provided, prior to the closing date.

If you are successful for the program your offer will be subject to clearance from a working with children check, Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check and be required to provide 4 proof of identity documents.

The online application system will not allow you to submit your application until all the required fields have been completed. Once you click on the submit button, a confirmation email will automatically be sent to the email address you provided as part of the application process. Please keep a copy of that email for your records.

If you did not receive a confirmation email, please email MidCareerPrograms@det.nsw.edu.au.

Yes. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified of the outcome via email once the selection process has been completed.

If you change your contact details after the closing date, please email your updated contact details to MidCareerPrograms@det.nsw.edu.au.

In addition to applying for the Mid-Career Transition to Teaching Program you may also be eligible to apply for other scholarships the department has to offer.

Please visit the Get Paid to Study page on the Education website for further information about other scholarship opportunities.

Successful applicants are required to sign a Mid-Career Transition to Teaching Agreement with the department committing them to:

  • Accepting appointment as an educational paraprofessional (on a part-time basis) in a NSW public school after six months of study, for the remaining duration of their teacher education program.
  • Satisfying the department’s recruitment procedures and requirements. During the final year of study, participants are required to apply for conditional accreditation with NESA and then submit an online application for approval to teach through the department’s online application for approval to teach, which will include a teacher suitability assessment and behavioural interview.
  • Accepting an appointment as a permanent full-time teacher in a NSW public school in an agreed location on completion of their studies and remain employed in a permanent position for a minimum of three years.

Educational paraprofessional placement

After estimated six months of study, participants will work part time (0.6FTE/3 days per week) as an educational paraprofessional in a school whilst completing their studies.

Participants will be employed under the Teaching Services Act 1980 as an educational paraprofessional. This means that you will work under the same conditions and hours of work as a teacher, with paid leave during school holidays in accordance with your part-time status. You will also have access to sick leave, accrued pro rata.

Participants are also required to work during university breaks in cases where those breaks fall outside of school holiday periods. To ensure that your work aligns with university studies, participants will be able to negotiate working days with the school supervisor.

The annual salary of a full-time educational paraprofessional undertaking teacher education studies is $68,541.00 (as at January 2021). Program participants are paid as educational paraprofessionals pro-rata, commensurate with their part-time status.

While personal preferences will be taken into consideration, it is expected that program participants are open to the opportunity to train and teach in a range of schools and contexts. You will be given the opportunity to select which geographic locations/school education area you wish to work in and assigned a school from within that area.

To better understand the geographic locations/school education area you are able to select from and which schools are included, further information can be found here or through the visual map here.

During the program, participating schools will be carefully selected by the department based on their ability to provide mentoring and teaching opportunities to program participants.

Successful applications will be able to reference any schools they already have a relationship or connection with. We want to encourage local participants to stay and work within their local community particularly in regional and rural areas.

If you already have a connection to a school, it will be considered as part of the matching process. Participating schools will be carefully selected by the department based on their ability to provide mentoring and teaching opportunities to program participants.

A key outcome the program is seeking is to ensure participants are classroom-ready before they begin teaching, which is why it is important participants begin to gain experience as a paraprofessional.

If this program is not suitable for you, please visit the Get Paid to Study page for further information about other scholarship opportunities with the department.

NSW public schools are grouped into locations called Operational Directorates (regions), School Education Areas and Principal Networks. Each region has a number of 'school education areas' for the purpose of staffing schools.

As part of the application process you will be asked to select either ‘Anywhere in the State’, OR at least three school educational areas.

To better understand the geographic locations/school education area you are able to select from and which schools are included, further information can be found here or through the visual map here.

When you complete your Master of Teaching (Secondary) and are being considered for appointment, the school education areas you nominated as your preferred locations will be used to match you to a permanent teaching position.

Appointment as a teacher

On successful completion of their teacher education studies, participants are appointed to a full-time permanent teaching position in a NSW public school in an agreed Service Commitment Area. In some situations, you may be assigned to a temporary teaching position before being appointed to a permanent role when a substantive vacancy arises. These will count towards your three years of service.

Upon successful completion of the program and meeting accreditation and approval to teach requirements, participants will be offered permanent employment in a NSW public school, in agreed service commitment areas. 

The opportunities offered to you will be dependent on available permanent teaching positions that match your teaching specialisation and subject codes.

Once you have completed your Masters of teaching (Secondary) and gained Approval to Teach from the department, your commencing salary will be determined on appointment.

The total remuneration package of a teacher is valued at up to $127,157.00. Base salary ranges from $72,263.00 to $114,720.00, plus leave loading and employer's contribution to superannuation.

Base salary rates above the minimum are available depending on experience. Read more about salary and awards on the Department of Education website.

Additional conditions can be found in the Crown Employees (Teachers in Schools and Related Employees) Salaries and Conditions Award 2020.

Financial support

In recognition of the need to support mid-career changers transition into a new career and return to studies, the department is offering a $30,000 one-off training allowance to successful applicants on entry into the program. A further $30,000 study completion allowance will be available at the completion of your studies, phased over three years whilst employed in a permanent role within a NSW public school.

If you are appointed as a paraprofessional during the program or receive a permanent teaching position in a rural area at the end of the program, you may also qualify for the Rural Incentives Program. The Rural Incentives Program includes a range of financial and non-financial benefits, some up to $30,000. More information about the Rural Incentives Program can be found on the Department of Education website.

Payments made as part of the Mid-Career Transition to Teaching program must be declared as assessable income on annual income tax returns. Participants may have tax withheld from their equivalent upfront course contribution fee payment. HECS-HELP repayments may also be withheld depending on individual circumstances.

You are encouraged to seek financial advice for your own personal circumstances.

If you decide to leave the program before completing your studies, you will not be eligible for the $30,000 study completion allowance.

In addition, you will be required to repay the initial $30,000 one-off training allowance paid to you at the start of the program.

More information

If your question relates to your qualifications and eligibility into a Master of Teaching program, please reach out to one of the following universities:

For all other questions, please email MidcareerPrograms@det.nsw.edu.au.

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