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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

Some units of study and/or placements relating to this course cannot be delivered remotely or online for students commencing their study in Semester 1, 2021. You will be required to attend in-person on campus from Semester 2, 2021.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this course

This program will give you the knowledge, skills and practical experience to teach personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE) in secondary schools.

With a strong focus on practical workplace training, your coursework is enhanced by more than four months of practical experience. Gain hands-on experience with 45 days of teaching practice in schools as well as school visits and a seven-week internship in a high school. As part of the final internship you will also complete a professional research project.

During the course, you will:

  • develop the skills and knowledge to create innovative teaching programs that cater for diverse student needs
  • be ready to teach after on-the-job training, by enhancing your studies with more than four months of secondary school placements
  • be mentored by teaching staff who are internationally renowned researchers and practitioners.

Commonwealth Supported Places

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for postgraduate study for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSPs are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

Subject areas
Shared pool

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

Domestic student applications for the Semester 1 intake open on the last Friday in August of the preceding year.

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Applicants are advised to download the supplementary application forms (supplementary formhow to apply document) and complete the information before commencing their online application, as only completed applications will be assessed. 

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 October of the preceding year.

Only complete applications that include supplementary documentation will be considered. Applications received after this deadline may be considered if places are still available.

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Applicants are advised to download the supplementary application forms (supplementary formhow to apply document) and complete the information before commencing their online application, as only completed applications will be assessed. 

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

What you'll study

Master of Teaching (Health and Physical Education) students complete 96 credit points. Full-time students enrol in 24 credit points in each semester. Students normally complete a combination of core education and curriculum and professional units of study and practicum placements. The first three full-time semesters of the Master of Teaching total 72 credit points. Once the 72 credit points have been achieved students undertake extensive work in our partner schools from the beginning of their final semester.

For an overview of units of study for this course, please refer to the Master of Teaching (Health and Physical Education) course structure (pdf, 73.9KB).

Work component

Mandatory work component = 595 hours.

This mandatory work component must be completed as part of the award requirements for the course. 

Completion requirement

Candidates must successfully complete each unit of study, including 595 hours of work-based training, to meet the course requirements and graduate with a teaching qualification. Except with the permission of the Dean, a candidate must complete all unit of study requirements specified for each year, before proceeding to the next year. Candidates must complete a minimum of 72 credit points in Education before completing the Internship and the Action Research Project and Conference in the final semester of the degree.

Capstone (compulsory project)

Students undertake their internship of at least 30 days (usually 35 days) in a secondary school in the second semester in the second year of the program. Internship placements are approved by the Faculty, and students undertake their placements in the curriculum area(s) in which they are enrolled and are conditionally certified to teach.

During the internship, students are assigned to one or more mentor teachers, usually in a single discipline area and are responsible for teaching one or more classes for a total of between 14 and 17 lesson periods per week. The mentor teacher monitors the intern in their work in the school and, in discussion with the tertiary mentor, is responsible for writing a report on the internship that forms the basis of the assessment. Assessment is aligned with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)'s Professional Teaching Standards for the Graduate Teacher.

Admission requirement

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit. Admission to Master of Teaching candidature requires:

  • a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports sciences, or health sciences, or a relevant discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; and
  • completion of the curriculum area specialisation requirements specified by the faculty; and
  • completion of any additional qualifying courses prescribed by the Faculty.
  • Applicants who are one unit of study (equivalent to one quarter of a semester of full-time study or 0.125 EFTSL) short of meeting the prerequisites for admission to the Master of Teaching (Health and Physical Education) may be given special permission to study the deficient unit in another faculty or institution during their first semester while undertaking their Master of Teaching. 

To be admitted into this teaching area the following prerequisites have been determined by NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA):

  • A major in personal development and/or health studies (with a socio-cultural perspective) and/or physical education with at least three units of study in health education including mental health, sexual health, relationships, drug education, child protection education, gender studies and risk taking behaviour


  • at least three units of study in physical education including contemporary physical activities, dance, gymnastics, games and sport. Vocationally oriented courses, coaching certificates, umpiring/refereeing accreditation in sports and physical activities are not recognised as equivalent.

English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. In exceptional circumstances, the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who in the opinion of the faculty have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE)

The requirement to complete the LANTITE applies to all students enrolled in the BEd (Primary); BEd (Health and PE); BEd (Secondary:Humanities and Social Sciences)/BA; BEd (Secondary: Maths)/BSc; BEd (Secondary: Science)/BSc; and all Master of Teaching programs except MTeach (Early Childhood).

Information about LANTITE for students commencing their studies in 2017 and beyond will be required to have successfully completed testing as follows: For the MTeach program, testing must be completed before the second year of candidature, that is, during the first year of the program.

Register to take the LANTITE.

For information about teacher-accreditation requirements in NSW, including the testing, visit the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Inherent requirements for education programs

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, the Sydney School of Education and Social Work has identified inherent requirements for coursework-award courses. In order to successfully complete such a course, students must possess these qualities and skills (PDF).

Professional accreditation

The Master of Teaching (MTeach) is a graduate-entry professional teaching qualification to become an accredited teacher in NSW and other Australian jurisdictions. It is open to students who already have an undergraduate degree.

Under the Institute of Teachers Act 2004 all graduates (so-called 'new scheme teachers') will need to be accredited against the standards for Professional Competence following their employment in schools.

Career Pathways

The University of Sydney has an international reputation for excellence. Many of our Master of Teaching students are offered full-time employment before completing their degrees.

Future study

The University of Sydney is Australia's premier research university, and the Sydney School of Education and Social Work is a world-class research centre in education, the humanities, human services and related fields. Several higher degrees by research are available within the School, including:

Professional development

The Sydney School of Education and Social Work offers a wealth of experience and expertise in the development and delivery of professional development activities. Please visit our webpage to find out about the range of consultancy and customized programs, conferences, colloquial and symposia, and professional learning courses offered by the School. The Sydney School of Education and Social Work is a NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) endorsed provider of professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Professional Competence.

Domestic students

International students

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