The steps you need to take to become a science (with physics) teacher through STEP depend on your current qualifications. The maximum amount of study you will need to complete to become a science (with physics) teacher is outlined below.
Approved primary teachers with underpinning physics content studies constituting a major will need to complete the following studies:
- two subjects in another science (preferably at second year level or above) and
- one or two subjects (depending on focus) of science method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12 and
- one or two subjects of practicum in a secondary setting.
Approved secondary teachers with no previous undergraduate studies in science will need to complete the following studies:
- a major of six subjects comprising of four subjects in physics (two must be at second year level or above) and two subjects in another science and
- one or two subjects (depending on focus) of science method and curriculum studies appropriate for years 7-12.
Approved science teachers will need to complete the following studies:
1. two subjects in physics. *
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 science eligibility, the non-award study progression should reflect that of a major (subjects undertaken at 1st year, 2nd year and 3rd year levels 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.
The Graduate Certificate in Physics for Science Teachers from the University of NSW is an approved postgraduate program for current qualified science teachers.