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Start Date

4 year(s) full-time


Program Code

434071 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 70.40 (for 2018)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 80.00 (for 2019)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): DIP
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Assumed Knowledge

Degree overview

  • SA's No. 1 degree in education.1
  • Study an education degree that is specifically tailored to your interests. 
  • Get practical experience with field-based placements in a variety of settings, including metropolitan and rural schools, starting in the first six months. 
  • Graduate career-ready when you complete full-time professional placements throughout your degree.  
  • Graduate at the end of term three, enabling you to enter the workforce at the beginning of term four. 
  • Study a curriculum that is informed by our world-class research – research that has been ranked number one in SA.2  
  • Graduate with a highly sought-after qualification, in fact our Education degrees are ranked number one in South Australia for graduate careers.3
  • Ranked in the top 10 nationally for education.4
  • World top 150 in education.5 

1 THE Subject Rankings 2019
2 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015

3 QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18 – Full-time and Overall Employment Indicators (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.
THE Subject Rankings 2019
THE Subject Rankings 2019



Get the skills and knowledge needed to become a secondary design and technology teacher when you complete this industry-relevant degree.

The curriculum is practical in nature – in fact, you will begin work placements during your first six months. As well as real-world experience you will also be given the opportunity to fine-tune your learning, completing courses in areas such as: 

  • advanced manufacturing
  • electronics
  • specialised materials (wood and metal)
  • safe work practices

What you'll need

All students studying this degree will also be required to complete criminal history screening through the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion prior to being accepted for work placements. The clearance is valid for three years and can take up to eight weeks to be processed. If police clearance is not obtained, you will be unable to complete compulsory field placements, and will therefore be unable to graduate from this degree.   

All Education students who are completing any in-school or site observations, activities or professional experience placements must also undertake mandatory training in responding to abuse and neglect prior to beginning placements. All undergraduate students who are undertaking professional experience placements in South Australian government and non-government schools and preschools must provide documented evidence (i.e. a certificate) that demonstrates they have completed the required training.   

All students will also be required to meet the required standard in the national Literacy and Numeracy Test. This test will be completed during the first year of study.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This degree includes studies in education, professional experience, design and technology, and methodology. You will also fine-tune your learning with courses in the following areas:

  • advanced manufacturing
  • electronics
  • specialised materials (wood and metal)
  • safe work practices

It is a requirement of this degree that, in addition to specialised learning within the areas of design and technology, you must also undertake a second learning area in one of the following:

  • the arts (drama, media arts, music or visual arts)
  • English
  • mathematics
  • humanities and social sciences (history/geography)
  • languages
  • science
  • Catholic studies

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Theories of Learning EDUC 1077 4.5 Note(s): 1
Language and Literacy for Learning EDUC 1076 4.5 Note(s): 1
An Introduction to Design and Technology EDUC 2031 4.5 Note(s): 4
Professional Experience 1: Introduction to Educators' Practices EDUC 1081 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Materials and Technologies 1 EDUC 1092 4.5 Note(s): 3
Design and Production 1 EDUC 1090 4.5 Note(s): 3
Mathematics for Primary Educators 1 MATH 1057 4.5 Note(s): 1
Drawing for Product Design GRAP 1022 4.5 Note(s): 3
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Materials and Technologies 2 EDUC 2071 4.5 Note(s): 3
Design and Production 2 EDUC 2069 4.5 Note(s): 3
Workplace Knowledge and Safety EDUC 2052 4.5 Note(s): 4
Minor 1 4.5 Note(s): 5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Electronics (Theory and Techniques) EEET 2046 4.5 Note(s): 3
Teaching and Learning in Aboriginal Education EDUC 2061 4.5 Note(s): 1
Professional Experience 2: Curriculum and Pedagogy EDUC 2062 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2
Minor 2 4.5 Note(s): 5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Design and Technology Workshop Knowledge EDUC 3031 4.5 Note(s): 4
Professional Experience 3: Informed Planning EDUC 3061 9 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2
Years 6-9 Professional Pathway 2 (Middle Schooling) EDUC 4210 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Managing Learning Environments EDUC 3007 4.5 Note(s): 1
Inclusive Education EDUC 3055 4.5 Note(s): 1
Minor 3 4.5 Note(s): 5
Minor 4 4.5 Note(s): 5,6
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Advanced Manufacturing EDUC 4215 4.5 Note(s): 3
CADD CAM Principles and Practice MENG 2010 4.5 Note(s): 3
Technology by Design EDUC 3070 4.5 Note(s): 4
Minor Curriculum 1 4.5 Note(s): 5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Critical Perspectives on Curriculum Pedagogy, and Assessment EDUC 4212 4.5 Note(s): 1
Professional Experience 4: Teacher as Inquirer EDUC 4206 9 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 5
Free Elective 4.5 Note(s): 7

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week. 



Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include: 

  • reports 
  • presentations 
  • tutorial presentations 
  • essays and assignments  
  • professional folios 
  • examinations  

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Education (Secondary Design and Technology)

Why this Degree

This degree is industry-relevant and prepares you from day one for the practical nature of your role as a secondary design and technology teacher.   

The curriculum is informed by our world-class research – research that has been ranked number one in SA1 – and you will complete specialist courses that will focus on your particular areas of interest. The practical component of this degree begins in the first six months, giving you the opportunity early on to experience exactly what the job is all about.

Overseas professional experience is also available to interested students, you'll have the opportunity to complete up to 20 days of professional experience as part of an overseas placement.  

1 Excellence in Research for Australia 2015 (ERA)

Real-world connections

Workplace learning is a major focus of this degree. This practical experience will equip you with the skills and confidence needed after graduation and will also help to build industry networks and relationships. The School of Education maintains strong links with industries and schools, as well as the Design and Technology Teachers Association (DATTA), and we host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

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 high1 and UniSA education degrees are ranked number one in the state for graduate employment2

Graduates are able to gain employment as secondary design and technology 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)

1 Australian Governments Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015
2 QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only

Professional accreditation and recognition

Successful completion of this program provides a recognised academic qualification which will enable graduates to apply for teacher registration in South Australia, interstate and some overseas countries. Applicants should note there are other criteria determining eligibility for registration by the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia and other registration and regulatory authorities. Applicants are advised to check registration requirements as they are subject to change.

Industry facts


In 2016 there were 3,798,226 students enrolled in schools across Australia, representing an increase of 47,253 on 2015 figures1.

1Proportion of Students, by Affiliation, States and territories, 2016-Schools, Australia, 2016 Graph Data


Employment in secondary school teaching in Australia is projected to increase by 10,500 (7.8 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application
  • address the non-academic entry requirements

-----Additional entry requirements-----

In accordance with national teacher education program standards, please note that as part of your SATAC application, you are also required to meet non-academic entry requirements. 

All applicants will be required to submit a 400-word Education Statement with their SATAC application, about their motivation to teach, addressing the topic, ‘Why I want to be a teacher and my understanding of the role’. The Education Statement should include a list of relevant community service, volunteer or professional experiences and significant awards. Complete information on content, format and submission is available here

Alternative Pathways

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:


This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

As a design and technology student, you will have access to design workshops and education labs, where students can design, create and test teaching techniques.

Your study spaces

Your program director

I am excited by the opportunities teaching offers to graduates - teachers really can make a positive difference to student’s lives!  

Dr Denise MacGregor

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Denise MacGregor

Dr Denise MacGregor

Program Director


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