Master of Teaching (Middle and Secondary)

The University Of Adelaide

Program Overview

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 study in Winter School and heavily overload from Semester 2. 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 will commence in Semester 1 or Winter School. 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).



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 40,000



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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.

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

Please note you may only submit one Teaching Capabilities Statement. Once you submit your statement you cannot make any changes or edits. Your submission will be final. Pathway students will be contacted directly by the university and asked to submit their statement at the end of their foundation program.

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    

Overall 7    

Overall 94

Tertiary Qualifications    

A Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.5 from a recognised Australian or international higher education institution. The GPA requirement may increase for high demand subject specialisations.
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.

Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)    

International student place:

Potential careers

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

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