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Study a Education (Secondary) degree from University of Newcastle, and be at the forefront of tomorrow, directly influencing and enabling future generations at the cusp of their maturity. Learn how to inspire high school students to make the most their education, and excite their passions for your particular subject area.
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Secondary teachers have the unique distinction of being able to nurture, teach and empower students at a critical period of their development. 

Combine your passion for education with your chosen areas of interest – choose your teaching specialisations from a range of NESA Accredited Teaching Areas. 

Gain in-depth expertise, professional teaching accreditation, confidence and skills to empower high school students and change their lives.

The Education (Secondary) graduates from University of Newcastle  are both qualified high school teachers and highly skilled specialists who work across teaching and non-teaching roles in education and related industries.

Why study with us?

  • Carve your own path to teaching: Combine your chosen teaching major (first teaching area) with additional teaching areas under any of the three specialisation streams: Humanities and Visual Arts, Health and Physical Education, STEM (Science, Technology, Computer and Engineering Studies and Mathematics).
  • Enjoy flexible career paths – specialise and diversify: Qualify for both teaching and non-teaching roles. Specialise in more than one field and choose up to three teaching areas from a range of 32 subjects.
  • Our secondary education graduates get teaching jobs with 94% securing employment within four months of graduation (overall employment rate - 2018 Graduate Outcomes Survey). Become a high-demand teacher with sought-after expertise due to decreasing teacher numbers.

Career opportunities

Our education graduates are well prepared and enjoy great employment prospects with 97% securing jobs within four months of completing their degree.

The graduates of the Education (Secondary) degree from University of Newcastle are both qualified teachers and non-teaching professionals who work in classrooms, various education settings and across related industries in Australia and around the world. 

For instance, you could find yourself encouraging a student to follow their passions in Mathematics to help them get into MIT; or encouraging the quiet student to find their voice in public speaking and debating; or nurturing the leadership qualities of the next CEO of Qantas.

When you study secondary education at UON, your flexible skillset and specialist expertise will widen your employment prospects. Below are some typical jobs available to our graduates:

  • high school teacher (in subject specific areas)
  • special education
  • English as a second language teacher
  • health and fitness trainer
  • community educator
  • educational researcher
  • education publication writer or editor
  • education policy analyst
  • education consultant
  • curriculum developer
  • educational materials developer
  • curriculum evaluator
  • educational administrator.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    It is recommended you submit your application a minimum of 12 weeks before your intended semester or trimester start date.

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Average part-time duration 120 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      • Part-time is for domestic students only.
  • Credits
    320 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Secondary Education
  • Educational Psychology: Learners and the Learning Process
  • Multiliteracies
  • Managing the Learning Environment
  • Quality Teaching and Student Learning 7-12

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

    More about PTE Academic

General Requirements

CRICOS code: 095155F

  • Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33780 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33780 AUD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Newcastle

  • 1333 - 2400 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


We have many scholarships available for international students. Some are awarded automatically if students meet eligibility criteria on applying. Other scholarships require a specific application and provide a higher level of scholarship benefit, up to and including full tuition covered. Please review the specific program of interest to see what you could be eligible for.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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