The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is a pre-service teacher education course which requires two years of study (or the equivalent part-time). The course is offered by the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law.

A Lutheran pathway is available for students wishing to teach in that system. Further information regarding the Lutheran pathway is available from the Lutheran pathway coordinator.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree from the University (other than in education or teaching) or an approved qualification from another approved tertiary institution, and have studied two of the following teaching/curriculum areas:

Specialisations normally offered are: Business Education, English, Drama, Mathematics, Information Technology, Modern languages (restricted to Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, German and Modern Greek), Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Sciences), Visual Arts, Health Education, Physical Education, History, Geography, Legal Studies, Politics, Psychology and Womens’ Studies.  Not all teaching specialisations are offered every year.  Applicants are advised to check availabilities before applying by contacting the School of Education on 8201 3345.

Note that in South Australia, to teach to year 10, four undergraduate semester topics in the teaching area are needed; to teach to Year 12, six undergraduate semester topics in the teaching area are needed.

Course aims

The course aims to produce graduates who:

  • are prepared to participate in a world that requires high levels of scientific, mathematical and technological literacy
  • can teach within and across learning areas
  • have developed studies in depth in two or three specific school curriculum learning areas relevant to teaching in middle or secondary schools areas
  • are able to apply their knowledge and skills in a range of educational settings with diverse groups of students
  • have the capacity to undertake ongoing professional study through a variety of pathways.

Learning outcomes

At completion of this degree students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a commitment to working ethically and collectively with colleagues to achieve high quality, equitable outcomes for young people and the wider community
  • appreciate that teaching is a collaborative activity conducted within a professional community
  • recognise the ways that education can respond to the demands made by a complex and ever-changing world
  • understand that their work as teachers is moderated by policy frameworks and legal requirements
  • articulate an understanding of young peoples' development, and individual, social and cultural differences
  • form mutually respectful relationships with young people that support their intellectual, ethical and social growth
  • engage young people in informed decision-making with regard to their curriculum and learning environments
  • utilise teaching strategies that will foster in young people deep understanding, a capacity for independent inquiry, and learning in cooperation with others
  • apply the history, content and principles of their subject specialisations to construct academically rigorous, developmentally appropriate and socially equitable curriculum
  • work both independently and collaboratively with young people, colleagues and communities to construct curriculum that spans disciplinary boundaries and focus on real-world applications
  • develop authentic means for assessing learning and to inform their teaching and young people's learning
  • demonstrate knowledge of theories, factual content and research procedures in their major field of study
  • analyse and critically evaluate ideas and solve problems.


Limited credit may be granted for recognition of prior studies undertaken at the University or other approved tertiary institutions. Further information is available on this page.

Program of study

To qualify for the Master of Teaching (Secondary), a student must complete 72 units of education studies as set out below, with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic. The course comprises:

  • 36 units of undergraduate education topics;
  • 36 units of postgraduate education topics.

Except with the permission of the Board: 

  • no compulsory topic may be taken more than twice; 
  • teaching practicum topics may not be attempted more than once.

Students should note that teaching practicum topics require full-time commitment for their duration. 

Core - Year 1 topics

36 units comprising:

 EDUC3525  Curriculum Specialisation: Middle Years 1  (4.5 units)
 EDUC3526  Literacies Across the Curriculum in the Middle and Secondary Years  (4.5 units)
 EDUC3627  Contemporary Issues in Secondary Schooling  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9120  Teachers' Work in a Changing World  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9122  Learning, Development and Teaching - Secondary  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9132 Professional Experience: An Introduction (Secondary Schooling) (0 units)
 EDUC9220  Relationships for Learning and Teaching  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9225  Middle Schooling: Theory and Practice  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9233  Professional Experience 1 (Secondary)  (4.5 units)


Core - Year 2 topics

31.5 units comprising:


 EDUC4720  Differentiation for Diverse Learners (Middle and Secondary Schooling)  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4729  Curriculum Specialisation: Senior Years 1  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4742   Professional Experience: Final Assessment for Registration (Middle and Secondary Schooling)  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9400  Critical Indigenous Pedagogies  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9401  The Reflective Professional in Action  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9404  Numeracy and ICT  (4.5 units)

Plus one of

 EDUC4727  Curriculum Specialisation: Middle Years 2  (4.5 units) (single major)
 EDUC4730  Curriculum Specialisation: Senior Years 2  (4.5 units) (double major)

Elective - Year 2 topics

Plus 4.5 units of Education Elective Topics