Become a Teacher
The University of Adelaide provides two pathways to becoming a secondary school teacher: a Bachelor of Teaching (double degree) and a Master of Teaching (Middle and Secondary). These degree options allow you to specialise in study areas you are passionate about and teach these subject areas at secondary schools:
Be a part of shaping future generations with a rewarding career as a secondary school teacher.
Our teaching degrees will provide you with the practical skills and tools to become a middle or secondary school teacher, and through professional placements, give you a rich learning experience which enables you to teach locally, nationally, or globally. Choose your areas of expertise and teach what you love.
I had a teacher at the University of Adelaide who inspired me to become a teacher. I love being a languages teacher because it opens the world to the students and you can see their interest in travelling grow. The time I spent at the university really helped my career now. I learnt research skills and how to network with people.Laura Carrington (Bachelor of Teaching with Bachelor of Arts), Japanese and Spanish teacher
Bachelor of Teaching (double degree)
The Bachelor of Teaching (double degree) allows you to complete the qualifications required to become a registered teacher in four years. It is well suited to school leavers and those returning to study.
You can choose between teaching in the middle or secondary years of schooling.
The main focus in the first three years of the degree is on completing two majors or a major and a minor sequence in teaching specialisation areas offered by the School of Education. The major and minor subject sequences are taken as part of the double degree program.
All Bachelor of Teaching degrees involve participation in an eLearning Program that will develop students’ digital capabilities through the use of a student-owned iPad with pencil and keyboard.
The eLearning Program seeks to enable pre-service teachers to become highly proficient at using contemporary technologies for teaching. Students will have the opportunity to gain Apple Teacher status and to use technology creatively throughout their Teaching Degree and also on school placement. This will future-proof students’ entry into an education industry that is already making significant demands on teachers’ digital capabilities.
Students will be assisted in procuring an iPad upon enrolment.
Double degree options available include:
- Bachelor of Teaching (Middle) with Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Teaching (Middle) with Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
- Bachelor of Teaching (Middle) with Bachelor of Music (see audition information)
- Bachelor of Teaching (Middle) with Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Economics
- Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
- Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Music (see audition information)
- Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Science
Full-time, in school, professional experience is a key element of the teaching program. There are five blocks of professional experience in the Bachelor of Teaching double degree:
- Year 1 – 10 days
- Year 2 – 10 days
- Year 3 – 10 days
- Year 4 – 2 blocks of 25 days
Professional experience placements are taken on a full-time continuous basis.
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Zoe Koulakis, Bachelor of Teaching
"One of the most rewarding aspects has been the opportunity to experience working in a real classroom environment, interacting with the students and even help solve problems. It has helped me gain confidence and strong communication skills to prepare me for teaching young people."
Zoe Koulakis, Bachelor of Teaching
Nicholas Scalzi, Master of Teaching
"Being able to build positive, learning relationships with the students was the most positive experience I have had during my time at university. Everyone should be a teacher at one point in their life."
Nicholas Scalzi, Master of Teaching
Master of Teaching (Middle and Secondary)
Have you already completed a Bachelor degree? The Master of Teaching (Middle and Secondary) is designed for aspiring teachers who have completed an undergraduate program specialising in subjects relevant to secondary teaching. This two-year program is taught in an accelerated mode allowing you to complete it in 1.5 years.
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 totalling 65 days. Students undertake a significant practice based research project in the second year.
What you will need
Inherent Requirements are a guide to the practical, physical and cognitive and personal capabilities required when working as a teacher. Students are required to consider the inherent requirements and determine if they confidently meet them before undertaking a career in teaching. Reasonable adjustments will be made for students with a disability.
All pre-service teachers are required to undertake a Working with Children Check, screening through the South Australian Department of Human Services (DHS) to ensure you are able to work with children. Processing can take up to eight weeks and must be completed prior to commencing your first mandatory placement. If a student does not satisfy the Working with Children Check screening, the student will not be able to undergo their mandatory placements and will be ineligible to graduate. The School of Education will initiate your screening upon enrolment to the Bachelor of Teaching or Master of Teaching degrees.
Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) known as 'the test'
The Australian Government, with the support of the Governance Committee that oversees implementation of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (the test), has appointed the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) as the test administrator for a further two years. This extension ensures continuity of test delivery through to the end of 2020.
At the University of Adelaide, all teacher education students in Bachelor of Teaching double degrees and the Master of Teaching must sit and pass both the literacy and numeracy components of ‘the test’. Our recommendation is to sit ‘the test’ as early as possible in your degree. Requirements for when you must have completed ‘the test’ are:
- Bachelor of Teaching (Middle) and Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) double degrees: you must pass both components of the LANTITE prior to commencing fourth year. You will not be permitted to enroll in fourth year courses unless you have passed both components of ‘the test’.
- Master of Teaching (Middle and Secondary): you must pass both components of the LANTITE prior to commencing the course EDUC 7209 Professional Experience III. You will not be permitted to enroll in this course unless you have passed both components of ‘the test’.
- Bachelor of Teaching (pre-2019) and Master of Teaching (pre-2019): you must pass both components of the LANTITE prior to graduation. However, we recommend you sit ‘the test’ as early as possible.
To financially support you in the process of sitting ‘the test’, from 2019 the University of Adelaide will reimburse the fee associated with your successful completion of the Literacy component of the LANTITE. To request a reimbursement, you will need to fill out a LANTITE Reimbursement Form and attach:
- A copy of your Statement of Literacy Test Result
- A copy of your tax invoice/receipt showing the fee for the Literacy Test
Once you have filled out the form and have the required attachments, please email the School of Education.
Information about LANTITE including test dates.
Various child-safe environment training
- Promoting Safety and Wellbeing training (PSW certificate) is an online training required to be completed by undergraduate students prior to commencing placement in year one of the degree: Bachelor of Education. A certificate will need to be provided to prove successful completion.
- Reporting Abuse and Neglect training needs to be completed prior to commencing the final year (4thyear Bachelor of Teaching) or Master of Teaching placements. The mandatory reporting of child abuse is enforced in South Australia by child protection legislation and policy. Students will need to enroll in a full day course and provide a certificate of completion to the School of Education for their records. Course providers can be found at the SA Department for Education.
- Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum training (KS: CPC) is one day, face-to-face training available to undergraduate (third and fourth year) or masters students provided through SHINEsa. All teachers are required to complete this training prior to delivering the curriculum at schools.
"I was originally in a software engineering degree and really enjoying it but I also really enjoyed the tutoring I was doing on the side. I decided to switch into teaching maths, physics and computer science."
Harrison Rowntree, Bachelor of Teaching with Bachelor of Science
"Being able to go overseas to work with young people will give me a perspective like no other. I would enjoy providing guidance to them on how to achieve their future aspirations."
Adrian Smitham, Bachelor of Teaching with Bachelor of Arts
"I hope to make a difference in the field of education from beyond the walls of the classroom."
Tania Zebian, Bachelor of Teaching and Bachelor of Arts