Mathematics

The steps you need to take to become a mathematics teacher through STEP depend on your current qualifications. The maximum amount of study you will need to complete to become a mathematics teacher is outlined below.

Approved primary teachers need to complete the following studies:

  1. a major of six subjects in pure or applied mathematics with at least four subjects at second year level and above* (must include algebra and calculus) and
  2. one or two subjects (depending on focus) of mathematics method and curriculum studie appropriate for years 7-12 and
  3. one or two subjects of practicum in a secondary setting.

Approved primary teachers with underpinning mathematics content studies equating to a major need to complete the following studies:

  1. one or two subjects (depending on focus) of mathematics method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12 and
  2. one or two subjects of practicum in a secondary setting.

Approved secondary teachers with no previous undergraduate studies in mathematics need to complete the following studies:

  1. a major of six subjects in pure or applied mathematics with at least four subjects at second year level and above* (MUST include algebra and calculus) and
  2. one or two subjects (depending on focus) of mathematics method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12.

Alternatively, approved primary and secondary teachers can complete a Master of Educational Studies (Mathematics Specialisation) from the University of Newcastle or a Graduate Diploma of Mathematics (the teaching stream) from Charles Sturt University.

Note: The studies outlined above are indicative only. The actual program of study required will be dependent on each individual's qualifications.

*For future head teacher mathematics eligibility, the non-award study progression should reflect that of a major (subjects undertaken at 1st year, 2nd year and 3rd year progressively). The undergraduate subject content requirements for secondary teaching are aligned to those required by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). Refer to the NESA website for assistance with self-assessing your current qualifications.