Master of Teaching (Secondary)

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

The Master of Teaching program is designed to provide pre-service teachers with professional education studies, discipline-specific curriculum and pedagogical studies and builds advanced research skills, providing graduates 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.
  • Learn how to teach discipline-specific content to secondary students in schools.
  • 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.

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

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM255
Deferment No

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. Studies in a field that do not align with an available teaching area are not considered, regardless of the GPA.

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.

Teaching Capabilities Statement (TCS): 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 (TCS) 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.

The statement must be in the applicant’s own words and written by the applicant without the use of artificial intelligence. Only one statement is permitted, and changes or edits cannot be made after submission. The submission is final, and the University will not provide feedback or a reassessment of a statement. The submitted statement may be scrutinised by artificial intelligence (AI) detection software and if the use of AI is detected, the University may not progress with the application. 

Visit the Teaching Capabilities Statement page for further information:

  • Admissions Transparency Data
    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2023
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    International students 15 35.7%
    All students 42 100.0%

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Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $4,445

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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.

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

Graduates of this program have gone on to roles such as:

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.

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:

Professional Recognition 
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.

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.

Academic Program Rules

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

To qualify for the degree of Master of Teaching (Secondary), the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 48 units comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 39 units;
  2. Curriculum and Pedagogy courses to the value of 6 units;
  3. Elective course to the value of 3 units.

LANTITE: satisfactory completion of both components of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) will be required prior to commencing final placement.

Example Study Plan

Example Indicative study plan for Master of Teaching (Secondary) - 2 years program
Year 1 Curriculum & Pedagogy course
Teaching Area 1
Curriculum & Pedagogy course
Teaching Area 2
EDUC 7210
Professional Experience I
EDUC 7217
Curriculum, Assessment and

EDUC 7202
Student Teacher Interaction in the Classroom

EDUC 7218
Foundations of Education
EDUC 7211
Professional Experience II
EDUC 7220
Critical and Culturally Responsive Teaching
Year 2 EDUC 7558
Middle and Secondary Years Pedagogy
EDUC 7090
Prof Experience III & Assess for Graduate Teaching (6 units)
Elective course
EDUC 7221
Teaching Dissertation (9 units)
EDUC 7219
Teaching in Supportive Classroom

You must complete courses to the value of 3 units from the following:
EDUC 7016 Multicultural Society and Educational Policy
EDUC 7064 Introduction to Wellbeing in Education
EDUC 7068/OL Leading Positive Change
EDUC 7071 Contemporary Issues in Wellbeing Education
EDUC 7555 Education for Inclusion

Further Study

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Last updated: Tuesday, 4 Jun 2024