- Ranked #6 in Australia for international outlook. (1)
- Study a master degree that is solely focused on the learning and planning needs of adolescent students from Year 7 to Year 12.
- Gain practical experience with supervised field placements – starting in your first year.
- Benefit from flexible learning options, including part-time and some online study.
- Enjoy further flexibility with a trimester degree structure, making it easier for you to prioritise field placements.
- Study a curriculum that is informed by our world-class research – research that has been ranked number one in SA.1
- Study a minor specialisation in Islamic pedagogy.
- Use this qualification as a pathway to further learning, including doctoral studies.
- Find out how to become a secondary teacher and the pathways available with our How to Become a Teacher page.
- No. 2 in Australia for student services. (2)
(1) THE World University Rankings 2019
(2) International Student Barometer (of 32 institutions in Australia surveyed) Campus Central Student Advisory Services 2018
This industry-relevant postgraduate qualification is for students who have already completed a three-year bachelor degree and would like to increase their employment prospects with a teaching qualification specialising in secondary education. The curriculum is solely focused on the education of children from Year Seven to Year 12.
Practical learning is a major component and you will complete 60 days of professional experience placements, starting in the first year.
The Secondary specialisation is taught at Mawson Lakes campus only.
Learning areas include:
Design and Technology Education
Health and Physical Education
Humanities and Social Sciences
If you wish to accelerate your studies you can complete this degree in 18 months. In order to do so, your year will have three study periods (rather than the usual two).
Students will be required to undertake a criminal history screening through the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI). The clearance will be valid for three years. The criminal history screening must be completed prior to being accepted for a placement and can take up to six to eight weeks to be processed. Strict confidentiality is maintained during the DCSI clearance process. If a student fails to obtain clearance for any reason, the University cannot accept responsibility for obtaining a professional experience placement or any other professional experience activity, which is a compulsory part of the degree and they cannot graduate with an education degree from the University.
Mandatory child-safe environments training
All education students who are completing any in-school or site (i.e. preschools and childcare settings) observations, activities or professional experience placements must undertake mandatory training in Responding to Abuse and Neglect prior to the commencement of the activities or placements. In South Australia, child protection legislation and policy require all organisations to establish and promote child safe environments. Mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect training is required of all individuals working with children and young people. All undergraduate students undertaking professional experience placements in South Australian government and non-government schools and preschools must provide documented evidence (i.e. a certificate) that shows they have completed all the required training from one of the providers mentioned on the following website.
Literacy and Numeracy Test
All students must meet the required standard in the national Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) prior to graduation. Students will undertake the national literacy and numeracy tests during the first year of the degree. Students will be required to meet the standard of each test as a prerequisite for their final Professional Experience Placement course. The University will provide a range of supports for students who do not achieve the required standard in either the literacy or numeracy or both tests. Students will be allowed three attempts at each test. Any student who fails to meet the standard on three occasions in either the literacy or numeracy test will usually be counselled to transfer to an alternative degree.
What you'll learn
This degree has been designed to develop skilled, committed and flexible secondary school educators. The focus is on practical learning and you will gain the skills needed to teach across the core curriculum learning areas in schools from Year Seven to Year 12. There are four major study areas:
- curriculum studies
- professional experience
- education studies
Courses studied will include on-campus lectures and workshops; some courses will also be offered fully online or with online support. Learning will be supplemented with online lectures, learning activities, readings and discussion boards.
During the degree you will participate in 60 days of supervised placements.
Students can also elect to study Australia's only minor specialisation in Islamic pedagogy, which will equip graduates with knowledge and inclusive practice through two courses in Islamic Pedagogy: Principles and Praxis, and Islamic Pedagogy: Quality Teaching and Learning. The Islamic pedagogy minor specialisation aims to promote effective and inclusive learning for teaching secondary students in Islamic schools or schools with Muslim students.
Why Master of Teaching (Secondary)
We are South Australia’s largest tertiary school of education. Practical learning is a major focus and you will gain industry experience starting in your first semester.
You will also be invited to participate in a range of internships working at schools associated with the Gifted and Talented Program, National Exceptional Teaching for Disadvantaged Schools (NETDS), and Celebrating Cultural Diversity. There will be an opportunity for you to work with vulnerable students who are affected by trauma, abuse, and neglect as part of the Smart Schools program. As Australia’s university of enterprise:
- we are No. 1 in South Australia for student satisfaction(1)
- we are the largest university in South Australia with more than 31,000 students
- we hold 26th spot in the QS World University Rankings for institutions under 50 years old in 2017(2)
Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2015 nationwide Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, 97 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above. It’s a very good time to choose UniSA for your postgraduate study.
1QILT: Course Experience Questionnaire 2015-2016 Overall Satisfaction Item
22017 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50
Teachers have a passion for learning and a dedication to the social, emotional, academic, physical and psychological development of students. Well-developed interpersonal skills, patience, as well as impeccable organisational and communication skills are key attributes of successful educators.
The demand for teachers is high, and UniSA education degrees are ranked number one in the state for graduate employment*. Graduates are able to gain employment as secondary teachers in schools and related educational fields in metropolitan and regional centres nationally and internationally. Employers include:
- Department for Education
- Catholic Education South Australia (CESA)
- Independent Schools Association (AISSA)
*QILT Graduate Destinations 2014-2015 Full-time Employment Indicator and Australian Graduate Survey 2016
Real World Connections
Workplace learning is a major focus and throughout your studies, you will complete 60 days of field-based placements. This practical experience will equip you with the skills and confidence needed after graduation and will also help to build industry networks and relationships. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.