Master of Teaching (Middle and Secondary)

Degree Type Masters by Coursework
Duration 2 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3CM207
CRICOS 097624K

Want to have a profound, positive influence in the lives of young people?

If you’ve already completed an approved undergraduate degree, our Master of Teaching offers a unique pathway to a rewarding career. You’ll build advanced research skills and graduate with a competitive edge in the teaching job market.

What will you do?

  • Take courses on contemporary educational issues and social contexts.
  • Build understandings of adolescent behaviour, learning and motivation.
  • Learn to support student wellbeing and positive student-teacher relationships.
  • Complete two full-time supervised teaching blocks of 65 days in South Australian schools.
  • Undertake a practice based research project.

Where could it take you?

This degree is accredited by the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia. Graduates may register to teach in South Australia, and in most cases, interstate and overseas. An education background will also prove invaluable in a wide range of careers servicing communities outside of the classroom.

Note: The Master of Teaching degree is a 48 unit program that is taught in accelerated mode over 1.5 years. Fees are based on the number of units you enrol in. 

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 3CM207
    Deferment No
    Intake January and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Higher Education Study A Bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised Australian or international higher education institution.

    Please note the Master of Teaching (Middle and Secondary) is not available to applicants who hold a degree in Teaching.

    A teaching area major and a teaching area minor (or specialisation), which aligns with the Australian Curriculum and/or the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) curriculum. A major teaching area major is the equivalent of a total of three-quarters of a year full time study. A minor teaching area is the equivalent to one-half year of full time study.

    A GPA of 5.0 is recommended for most teaching specialisations, with additional offers made where possible.

    The following teaching areas are usually applicable in South Australia - Accounting, Agricultural Science, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Chinese, Classroom Music, Economics, Earth and Environmental Science, English, English as a Second Language, Languages (e.g. French, Spanish, Vietnamese, German, Indonesian Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek), Geography, History, Information Technology, Instrumental Music+, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Science, Media.

    + Important Note: if choosing music as a teaching area, the ability to read music is essential.

    Prospective students must successfully undertake a National Criminal History Record Check (NCHRC)* prior to placement and as required by the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia for registration to teach in South Australia and relevant employer authorities.

    Prospective students must also successfully undertake: Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DSCI) child-related screening and Full-day Responding to Abuse and Neglect: Education and Care (RAN-EC) training. Both are required prior to undertaking the Professional Experience Placements as they involve contact with minors (under 18 years of age).

    All students must pass both components of the Language and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE). In accordance with national teacher education program standards, applicants must fulfil non-academic entry requirements.

    Applicants are required to submit a 400-600 word Teaching Capabilities Statement which speaks to motivation to become a teacher. The statement must address three themes:
    + understanding of the role of a teacher
    + the personal and academic qualities possessed that will enable you to become an effective teacher
    + your attitude to learning.
    Pathway students will be contacted directly by the university and asked to submit their statement at the end of their foundation program.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM207

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 097624K
    Intake January and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 7 Reading 7 Listening 7 Speaking 7 Writing 7
    TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 24 Listening 24 Speaking 23 Writing 27
    Pearsons Overall 65 Reading 65 Listening 65 Speaking 65 Writing 65
    Cambridge Overall 185 Reading 185 Listening 185 Speaking 185 Writing 185
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications A Bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised Australian or international higher education institution.

    A teaching area major and a teaching area minor (or specialisation), which aligns with the Australian Curriculum and/or the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) curriculum. A major teaching area major is the equivalent of a total of three-quarters of a year full time study. A minor teaching area is the equivalent to one-half year of full time study.

    The following teaching areas are usually applicable in South Australia - Accounting, Agricultural Science, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Chinese, Classroom Music, Economics, Earth and Environmental Science, English, English as a Second Language, Languages (e.g. French, Spanish, Vietnamese, German, Indonesian Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek), Geography, History, Information Technology, Instrumental Music, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Science, Media. Prospective students must successfully undertake a National Criminal History Record Check (NCHRC) as an entry requirement. *Important Note: if choosing music as a teaching area, the ability to read music is essential.

    Prospective students must successfully complete a non-academic assessment through SATAC as required by AITSL.

    *Prospective international students may be required to obtain a certificate from their home country.

    Additional Entry Requirements
    Prospective students must successfully undertake a National Criminal History Record Check (NCHRC)* prior to placement and as required by the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia for registration to teach in South Australia and relevant employer authorities.

    Prospective students must also successfully undertake: * Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DSCI) child-related screening and * Full-day Responding to Abuse and Neglect: Education and Care (RAN-EC) training

    Both are required prior to undertaking the Professional Experience Placements as they involve contact with minors (under 18 years of age).

    All students must pass both components of the Language and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE).

    *Prospective international students may be required to obtain a certificate from their home country.

    In accordance with national teacher education program standards, applicants must fulfil non-academic entry requirements. Applicants are required to submit a 400-600 word Teaching Capabilities Statement which speaks to motivation to become a teacher. The statement must address three themes:

    • understanding of the role of a teacher

    • the personal and academic qualities possessed that will enable you to become an effective teacher

    • your attitude to learning

    Pathway students will be contacted directly by the university and asked to submit their statement at the end of their foundation program.


    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Domestic applicants

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,670

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $38,500

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    The Master of Teaching provides a professional qualification that is recognised for teacher registration purposes in South Australia. In most cases the qualification is portable to other states and countries.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Industry Placement

    Criminal History Check and Responding to Abuse and Neglect training

    Professional Experience Placements form a compulsory part of the program.  Students will be required to undertake a Child-related Employment screening through Department of Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI).  If a student fails to obtain clearance for any reason, the University cannot accept responsibility for obtaining a professional experience placement or any professional experience activity that a student may require to complete the course of study.

    In addition, students who are completing any in-school activities or professional experience placements must undertake mandatory training in Responding to Abuse and Neglect prior to the commencement of the activity/placement. Students must provide documented evidence that shows that they have completed all of the required training.

    Professional Accreditation

    This degree provides a professional qualification that is recognised for teacher registration purposes in South Australia. In most cases the qualification is portable to other states and overseas countries.

    Potential careers

    Education Coordinator, Education Officer / Educator, School Services Officer, Science Educators, Health Educator, Teacher

  • Degree Structure

    The courses taught cover issues in education such as professional practice; learning and motivation; the social context of education; student-teacher interaction; and curriculum and assessment in the Australian context. Students undertake studies in curriculum areas related to their undergraduate qualifications and teaching specialisations and complete two full-time supervised teaching blocks in South Australian schools of 65 days total. Students undertake a significant practice based research project in the second year.

    Working With Children Check (WWCC)
    All people who work with children and young people will require a Working With Children Check (WWCC). A successful WWCC is required prior to undertaking any professional experience placement, including all in-school activities which involve contact with minors (people under 18 years of age). These placements and in-school activities are compulsory components of teaching degrees at the University of Adelaide. 

    From 1 July 2019 the Department of Child and Social Inclusion (DCSI) clearance will be replaced by the WWCC. If you have a valid relevant DCSI clearance you will need to apply for a WWCC under the new scheme when your current check is due for renewal. All checks for people working with children will be issued under the new scheme by July 2022.

    It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they have a valid DCSI or WWCC prior to undertaking any professional experience placement or in-school activities.

    Find out more at the Department of Human Services.

    Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)
    Master of Teaching students must complete both components of LANTITE before commencing their final placement. The LANTITE is administered through ACER.

    Professional Recognition 
    This double degree program provides a professional qualification that is recognised for teacher registration purposes in South Australia. In most cases the qualification is portable to other states and overseas countries.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    First Intake: Quadmester/Term 1
    Year 1

    Teaching Area 1 Curriculum & Methodology A Teaching Area 2 Curriculum & Methodology A EDUC 7202
    Student Interaction in the Classroom
    Teaching Area 1 Curriculum &
    Methodology B
    Teaching Area 2
    Curriculum &
    Methodology B
    EDUC 7206
    Professional Experience I
    (25-day placement)
    EDUC 7207 Professional
    Preparation
    EDUC 7558
    Middle and
    Secondary Years
    Pedagogy
    EDUC 7208
    Professional Experience II
    (25-day placement)
    9 units
    EDUC 7054
    Research Design
    Elective EDUC 7559A
    Teaching Dissertation
    Part 1


    Year 2



    EDUC 7209
    Professional
    Experience III
    (20-day placement)

    EDUC 7559B
    Teaching Dissertation Part 2






    Second Intake: Quadmester/Term 3 (Mid-Year Intake)
    Year 1

    EDUC 7054
    Research Design
    EDUC 7558
    Middle and
    Secondary Years
    Pedagogy

    EDUC 7559A
    Teaching Dissertation
    Part 1

    Elective EDUC 7559B
    Teaching Dissertation Part 2


    Year 2



    Teaching Area 1
    Curriculum & Methodology A
    Teaching Area 2
    Curriculum & Methodology A
    EDUC 7202
    Student Interaction in the Classroom
    Teaching Area 1
    Curriculum & Methodology B
    Teaching Area 2
    Curriculum & Methodology B
    EDUC 7206
    Professional Experience I
    (25-day placement)
    EDUC 7207 Professional
    Preparation

    EDUC 7208
    Profession Experience II
    (25 day placement)
    EDUC 7209
    Professional
    Experience III
    (20-day placement)

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Last updated: Saturday, 21 Sep 2019