What you will need to become a teacher

Inherent Requirements

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.

WWCC clearance

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.
  • You have three opportunities to sit and pass the test. Additional attempts can only be granted in special or extenuating circumstances. For additional information about re-sit, please refer to ACER.

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:

  1. A copy of your Statement of Literacy Test Result
  2. 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.