Transition to teaching

If you are completing your undergraduate pathway to teaching degree this teaching session and are interested in transitioning to the corresponding Master of Teaching course to start in the next teaching session, please read the information below.

If you are an eligible 'Transition to teaching' student, you will receive a provisional offer into your pathway teaching program without the need to apply.

The Master of Teaching courses are:

Requirements to study the Master of Teaching

You need to complete studies in your first degree that meet the qualification standards set by the NSW Education Standards Authority (opens in a new window).

All Master of Teaching students must sit and satisfactorily complete the Literacy and Numeracy assessment TASKS before their first professional experience placement. You must also sit and satisfactorily complete the national Literacy and Numeracy TEST before beginning your final professional experience placement.

All Master of Teaching students also need to complete an online interview, called QuEST, to assess your non-academic capabilities after enrolling in your course.

As part of your undergraduate pathway degree you will need to have the following:

Master of Teaching (Primary)

You need to have completed the equivalent of 80 credit points (or eight units) of undergraduate study from across the six Key Learning Areas. This is required by the NSW Education Standards Authority (opens in a new window). For more information, see the NSW Education Standards Authority Teacher Accreditation for NSW Primary Schools. (opens in a new window)


Master of Teaching (Secondary)

The University will assess the units you have studied to see if you are eligible for an offer into the course.

The NSW Education Standards Authority (opens in a new window) states 'your undergraduate (or any postgraduate) degree/s must contain a major in the first subject you intend to teach and a minor in any additional subjects you would like to teach.' For more information, see the NSW Education Standards Authority Teacher Accreditation for NSW High Schools. (opens in a new window)

Master of Teaching (Birth-5 Years/Birth-12 Years)

The following courses fulfill the curriculum requirements for this degree:

  • 1670 Bachelor of Education (Birth-5 Years)
  • 1708 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth-5/Birth-12)
  • 6017 Diploma in Arts/Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth-5/Birth-12)

If you have completed another undergraduate degree not listed above and wish to complete the Master of Teaching (Birth-5 Years/Birth-12 Years), we advise you to check the requirements for primary teaching on the NSW Education Standards Authority Teacher Accreditation for NSW Primary Schools (opens in a new window) to determine if your undergraduate studies are appropriate to meet the requirements for teaching in NSW.

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Am I eligible to transition?

If you are enrolled in one of the teaching pathway courses below and are completing your final 40 credit points or less in your undergraduate degree during the current teaching session, you will receive a provisional offer to transition into the Master of Teaching course directly through Western Sydney University without the need to apply.

If you are a currently enrolled student studying your final units in an undergraduate degree that is not included in the list below, you should apply through the Western portal. (opens in a new window)

If you are not currently studying at Western Sydney University, you will need to apply through Western portal. (opens in a new window) All current International students must lodge an application through Western Sydney University International.

  • 1708 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth-5/Birth-12)
  • 1651 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary)
  • 1822 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary) Dean's Scholars
  • 1652 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary)
  • 1823 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary) Dean's Scholars
  • 2804 Bachelor of Business (Pathway to Teaching Secondary)
  • 1670 Bachelor of Education (Birth-5 Years)*
  • 1843 Bachelor of Graphic Design (Pathway to Teaching Secondary)
  • 4742 Bachelor of Health Science (Health and Physical Education) - Pathway to Teaching (Secondary)
  • 3638 Bachelor of Science - Pathway to Teaching (Secondary)
  • 3736 Bachelor of Science - Pathway to Teaching (Primary/Secondary)**
  • 3756 Bachelor of Science (Pathway to Teaching Primary/Secondary)***
  • 6017 Diploma in Arts/Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth-5/Birth-12)
  • 6019 Diploma in Arts/Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary)
  • 6021 Diploma in Arts/Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary)
  • 6013 Diploma in Design/Bachelor of Graphic Design (Pathway to Teaching Secondary)

*Only eligible to transition to further study in 1783 Master of Teaching (Birth-12 Years).

**This course has replaced 3638 for commencing students in Autumn 2017.

***This course has replaced 3736 for commencing students in Autumn 2020.

FAQs

How can I receive an offer to the Master of Teaching?

You can be either invited to transition into the relevant Master of Teaching course or automatically received a provisional offer, depending on how many credit points of your pathway course you have left to complete.

We will send you your provisional offer or an invitation to transition to your student email account from mid-April for mid-year intake and late-September for start-year intake. You will then need to enrol through My Student Records (MySR) (opens in a new window).

What kind of offer will I receive?

Your offer to the Master of Teaching will be a provisional offer that requires you to complete your current pathway undergraduate degree and meet the conditions to be awarded a bachelor degree.

What if I want to study a different Master of Teaching specialisation?

If you would like to study a different Master of Teaching specialisation to the undergraduate pathway degree that you've completed, you will need to apply through the Western portal. (opens in a new window)

Will I be able to enrol in a provisional offer?

Yes, you are able to enrol in the Master of Teaching as soon as you receive your provisional offer. However, you must satisfy the conditions of your provisional offer before the published census date, otherwise your enrolment will be discontinued.

How do I prove I have met the conditions in my offer?

As your provisional offer requires you to successfully complete your current pathway undergraduate degree, you need to submit an Online Application to Graduate via MySR (opens in a new window) and be assessed as eligible to graduate from your undergraduate degree. If you are assessed as eligible to graduate, Admissions will update your student record to confirm that you have satisfied your provisional offer and your enrolment in the Master of Teaching course will continue uninterrupted.

Check the Register to graduate page for information on opening times for applications to graduate in the next graduation round.

What happens if I'm not eligible to graduate?

If your application to graduate is unsuccessful, your enrolment in the Master of Teaching will be discontinued. In this situation, you will be eligible to defer your offer to the Master of Teaching for up to 12 months depending on when you receive your offer to allow you time to complete your undergraduate degree.