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How do I become a secondary English teacher?

English teachers stimulate learning through the creation of texts, literature, poetry, prose, dramatic literatures, children’s literature, postcolonial literatures, diaspora, and literary theory.

What do I need to study?

To become a Secondary English Teacher you will need to study one of the following options below.

On successful completion of the Master of Teaching (Secondary) or the Bachelor of Secondary Education (Honours), you will meet the criteria to apply for registration as a teacher in South Australia and interstate. Other criteria may apply.


Four year undergraduate Honours degree.

Take a direct path into secondary teaching with a four year undergraduate Honours degree. Complete a major and sub-major in the Learnings Areas of your choice, both teachable from years 7 – 12.

Bachelor of Secondary Education (Honours) - SATAC Code 434003

AND Choose
> English*
(as either your major or sub-major Learning Area)


Packaged Bachelor and Master program.

Consider a packaged program to guarantee your place into the Master of Teaching (Secondary)^. Apply directly to SATAC using the unique code listed.

Choose the Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary) *
(SATAC Code 444521)

 ^subject to meeting GPA requirements and subject selection


Bachelor degree with Master option.

Enjoy the flexibility of completing a bachelor degree with the option to continue with postgraduate studies in teaching and graduate in five years.

Choose the Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing and Literature) *
(SATAC Code 444351)

On successful completion of your undergraduate degree, you will need to apply via SATAC and enrol in the following postgraduate program in teaching with UniSA:

Master of Teaching (Secondary) – English Education
(SATAC code: 4CM116)


*Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing and Literature) need to select the Education pathway courses. 

*Assumed knowledge for the English major or sub -major :
SACE Stage 2 English or SACE
Stage 2 Literary Studies

Other requirements

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