Master of Teaching (Secondary) New

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 three full-time supervised teaching blocks of 70 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 (please check international countries for specific registration requirements relevant to those jurisdictions). 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 (2 year) program that is also available in accelerated mode (1.5 year duration, Semester 1 entry only).

If you choose the accelerated 1.5 year pathway, you will commence in Semester 1. This option is ideal for committed students who are eager to fast track their studies. There is a significant workload associated with the accelerated pathway as you need to heavily overload from Semester 2, 2023 and also in Semester 1, 2024. If you have extensive personal and/or work commitments, it is strongly recommended that you do not select this option or mode of study.

If you choose the standard 2 year pathway, you can commence in either Semester 1 or Semester 2. This option is the standard recommended pathway for all students, including those who are returning to study. If you are unsure about your capacity to undertake accelerated studies, we recommend you choose this option

Fees are based on the number of units you enrol in. International students: please be aware that accelerated study plan allows you to complete your studies early, which in turn may impact on your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

This program is only available in blended mode and on-campus attendance is required. If you are a continuing student in the program and are unable to attend campus, please contact the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics for program advice.

  • Accredited by the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia
  • School of Education awarded Apple Distinguished School (ADS) status
  • 10.8% growth predicted by 2025^

^ Occupation Projection

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.
Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM255
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

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

Applicants must have at least a teaching area major and a teaching area minor (or specialisation), which align with available specialist teaching areas in the Australian Curriculum and/or the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) curriculum. A teaching area major is the equivalent of a total of three-quarters of a year full time study. A teaching area minor is the equivalent to one-half year of full time study.

A minimum GPA of 4.5 is required.

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

Please visit the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics website at for a full list of teaching areas and their eligibility criteria.

Prospective students must also successfully undertake various child-safe environment training prior to commencing placement. Visit the 'Inherent requirements" webpage for further information:

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

All pre-service teachers are required to undertake a Working with Children Check, screening through the South Australian Department of Human Services to ensure you are able to work with children. The School of Education will initiate your screening upon enrolment to the Bachelor of Teaching or Master of Teaching degrees.

Applicants must complete a non-academic assessment task known as a Teaching Capabilities Statement. This involves a short 400-600 word statement as part of their SATAC application. Visit the Teaching Capabilities Statement page for further information:
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM255

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $4,125

Where the standard duration of the program is less than one year the full cost of the program is displayed.


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

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

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 three full-time supervised teaching blocks in South Australian schools of 70 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. 

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

Find out more at the Department of Human Services.

Current COVID-19 vaccination advice for pre-service teachers
The University and the School of Education will continue to monitor the COVID-19 vaccination requirements in South Australian schools and the impacts on its pre-service teachers and will provide further information as it becomes available. For the latest information, please visit:

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.

Please be aware that in order to register to become a teacher through the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia, you will need to meet the requirements of the Board's revised English Language Proficiency Policy. For more information, please visit the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia webpage:

For international students: please be aware that it is your responsibility to check with the relevant teaching registration authority to confirm whether your overseas undergraduate qualification meets the requirement for teacher registration in Australia.

Further Study

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Last updated: Wednesday, 19 Oct 2022