Undergraduate + Postgraduate

Bachelor of Science and Master of Teaching Secondary

This pathway offers you the skills, knowledge and experience to become a secondary school STEM teacher.
4
Years Full Time
88
ATAR

Careers and further study

This course opens up a world of future study pathways and career options.

Bachelor of science and master of teaching (secondary)

Career outcomes

As a graduate of this course, you will be able to work in government and independent schools, both nationally and internationally. This course will enable you to teach two secondary school (years 7–12) STEM subjects such as Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Physical Education and Human Biology. Your degree could also open up opportunities within government agencies, not-for-profit organisations or community services.
Bachelor of science and master of teaching (secondary)
Bachelor of science and master of teaching (secondary)

You'll be in high demand

A nationwide shortage of qualified STEM teachers within WA and across Australia means you’ll be highly sought after.

Demand for secondary teachers is also set to increase over the next 10 to 15 years.

Bachelor of science and master of teaching (secondary)
Bachelor of science and master of teaching (secondary)

Salary expectations

According to figures published by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), teachers in Australia reach the top of the pay scale in just 9 years. Job Outlook provides an average weekly pay of $1,914.

Bachelor of science and master of teaching (secondary)

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or this course
international students

CRICOS registration

CRICOS Code: 107430M
international students

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
international students

CRICOS registration

CRICOS Code: 107430M
international students

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.

Bachelor of science and master of teaching (secondary)

School leaver admission requirements

This course has the following prerequisites:

Note: Depending on your chosen major/s, there may be additional prerequisite subjects.

Students without a final scaled mark of 50 in Mathematics Methods ATAR should consider applying for the Assured Pathway to Teaching; alternatively, students can contact our Graduate School of Education for advice.

To transfer into this course, a minimum WAM of 65 is required.

Bachelor of science and master of teaching (secondary)

Minimum entry requirements

Below you’ll find a list of admission equivalencies for this course's Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

Online personal statement

As part of applying for entry to this course, you are required to submit an online personal statement demonstrating you have the necessary personal characteristics to become a successful educator.

We encourage you to familiarise yourself with the Inherent Requirement Domains for an Initial Teacher Education Professional Practice PDF before submitting your personal statement.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

Admission requirements

For applicants with recent secondary education, information on admission criteria is available on our entry standards page.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

How to apply

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Course details

Seek a career that combines your love of science with making a difference to the future of young people and become a secondary school STEM teacher in just four years. This combined undergraduate and postgraduate degree, the only one of its kind in WA, provides you with in-depth knowledge of the theory and practical skills required for secondary school teaching in STEM subjects.

This course is currently accepting applications from domestic students only. If you are an international student, we are expecting to provide an update soon.

About the course

Your subject area expertise, coupled with a teaching qualification, will see you thrive in the global knowledge society.

A nationwide shortage of qualified STEM teachers within WA and across Australia also means you’ll be highly sought after.

Bachelor of Science and Master of Teaching Secondary

Quick details

Status
  • Available
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Part-time
  • Full-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1
Level of study
  • Undergraduate + Postgraduate
Course Code
  • CM023
CRICOS code
  • 107430M
Bachelor of Science and Master of Teaching Secondary
Status
  • Available
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Part-time
  • Full-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1
Level of study
  • Undergraduate + Postgraduate
Course Code
  • CM023
CRICOS code
  • 107430M
Full time/part time duration
  • 4 years full time or equivalent
TISC Codes
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE AND MASTER OF TEACHING (SECONDARY)

Why study this course?

  • UWA is the only university to offer this course in WA and is a world-leading science university.
  • Gain a competitive edge in your career and enjoy strong employment opportunities with two qualifications in just 4 years instead of 5.
  • You'll qualify to teach two ATAR STEM subjects during a national shortage of STEM teachers.
  • Our Graduate School of Education achieved the highest employer reputation score of all WA Education Faculties (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020)
  • We're in the top 10 in Australia for Education (THE World University Rankings by Subject, 2021).
  • 82.4% of UWA teaching graduates are employed full time four months after completing their course (Good Universities Guide).
  • We've got 100+ years' experience in teaching educators.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE AND MASTER OF TEACHING (SECONDARY)
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE AND MASTER OF TEACHING (SECONDARY)

Course structure

In your first three years, you will complete the Bachelor of Science, in addition to four units of postgraduate study. You'll then complete one year in the Master of Teaching (Secondary). Further information will be provided soon.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE AND MASTER OF TEACHING (SECONDARY)
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE AND MASTER OF TEACHING (SECONDARY)

You'll learn to

  • apply skills, understanding and professional competencies to practise as an inspiring, flexible and ethical educator who supports all students to reach their full potential
  • build and sustain relationships with students and educational stakeholders
  • meet the challenges of dynamic educational contexts
  • engage in classroom research to continuously improve your educational impact
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE AND MASTER OF TEACHING (SECONDARY)
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE AND MASTER OF TEACHING (SECONDARY)

Unique course in Western Australia

This course is the only one of its kind in the state. UWA is the only university in Western Australia to offer a combined bachelor's and master's degree in science and secondary school teaching.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE AND MASTER OF TEACHING (SECONDARY)
Bachelor of science and master of teaching (secondary)

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Teacher demand on the rise

Demand for teachers is strong and trending upwards, particularly for teachers in mathematics, physics and chemistry, who are already in short supply in some areas.

A national school survey from the Australian Education Union highlighted this shortage of maths and science teachers around the country, with more than half of responding principals saying maths and science classes are taught by teachers without a specialisation in those subjects. 

The State of Our Schools 2016 report also showed 37% of those principals had vacancies for maths and science teachers, placing you in a prime position for employment after graduation.

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GRADUATE Q&A

Karlie Payne

Karlie PayneKarlie Payne completed a Bachelor of Science and Master of Teaching (Secondary) before landing a job at Perth College in science and sport.

Q: What has your career looked like since UWA?

A: I have been fortunate to be the Teacher in Charge of Rowing at Perth College, as well as teach PDHPE (personal development, health and physical education) from Kindergarten to Year 10 at Perth College for six years, as well as Sparc, a new innovative subject at Perth College.

Q: Were you always planning to be a STEM high school teacher?

A: I initially intended to pursue psychology; however, I became heavily involved in the UWA Boat Club, co-ordinating rowing programs and developing the Shenton College Rowing Program. By engaging in these opportunities, I realised my passions laid in engaging students to pursue an active lifestyle and using rowing as a tool for this opened up opportunities to connect with schools and education.

Q: What do you love about working in STEM teaching?

A: Working with a range of students to pursue what they love and find new ways to help them explore their creative and curious side!

Q: Who is best suited to a career in STEM teaching?

A: There is a significant push right now to grow innovation, agile thinking and curiosity, so I'd recommend it to people who are willing to stay open to opportunities and encourage investigations and student-centred learning.

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Application closing date

Applications for Semester 1 2022 entry close Saturday 19 February 2022. 
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Charlie Greif

Charlie Greif

Charlie Greif completed a Bachelor of Science and Master of Teaching (Secondary) before landing a job at Como Secondary College.

Q: Did you always plan to be a STEM high school teacher?

A: No! I started my undergrad in neuroscience and genetics, originally planning to get into research. However, towards the end of my degree I realised it wasn’t for me. While at uni, I was a swimming teacher, nanny and volunteer with Uni Camp For Kids and this definitely pointed me in the direction of teaching.

Q: What were your favourite aspects of the Master of Teaching (Secondary)?

A: The course itself taught me a great deal; however, it was on prac that I felt I really learned how to teach. I loved heading up to Karratha for my final prac; it was an incredible experience.

Q: What has your career looked like since UWA? 

A: I began full-time work last Semester 2 as a science teacher but also the ATAR psychology teacher at Como. I collaborate with other teachers on lower school assessments, and review, redesign and rewrite resources and assessments for my Year 11 and 12 ATAR students.

Q:What do you love about working in STEM teaching?

A: I adore working with students from every background – their unique views and opinions always spice up every classroom discussion. STEM keeps work exciting with so many different topics and experiments available at your fingertips; seeing the look of awe on students' faces will never get old.

Q: What type of people are best suited to STEM teaching?

A: In order to be a teacher, you must love working with and helping people. A STEM teacher is a person who loves working with kids, helping others and constantly problem solving, who so happens to also have a passion for STEM.

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