NSW promises to cut study time for aspiring teachers with postgraduate degree

The NSW government will introduce a one-year postgraduate teaching qualification if re-elected in March, halving the study time for aspiring teachers with an undergraduate degree. 

A one-year masters program will be made available to qualified individuals who want to re-train as an educator.

Currently, those wanting to gain a postgraduate teaching qualification have to enrol into a two-year full-time masters program.

“We know that the current two year masters really has been a deterrent and a barrier for entry for a lot of people,” Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said.

“The fact that you’ve already got an undergraduate degree in a subject discipline but you then need two years full-time to do a masters.

“It’s expensive for people to take time out of the workforce, particularly if they are a mid-career changer.”