Start Date

2 year(s) full-time

Program Code

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Degree overview

  • Study a master’s 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 minor specialisation in Islamic pedagogy, TESOL, Catholic Studies or Integrated Teaching and Vocational Education
  • 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.
  • UniSA's education degrees are number one in South Australia1 and World top 100 in Education2.
  • Our curriculum is informed by our above world-class research in education3.
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities4, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

12022 QS Subject Rankings 
22023 THE Subject Rankings
3Results for Specialist Studies in Education - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
4UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. Ranked #46, 2022 THE Young University Rankings, Ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50.



This industry-relevant postgraduate qualification is for students who have already completed a three-year bachelor's 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 your first year.

The Secondary specialisation is taught at Mawson Lakes campus only.

Applications to this program are online via SATAC's postgraduate portal. SATAC codes:

  • Arts (visual) (drama) (music) (media) - 4CM114
  • English - 4CM116
  • Health and Physical Education - 4CM117
  • Humanities and Social Sciences - 4CM118
  • Languages - 4CM119
  • Mathematics - 4CM120
  • Science - 4CM121

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).

Find out how to become a specialist secondary teacher and the options available on our How to Become a Teacher page.

Please note that this degree uses a blended learning approach and parts of this degree may be studied online. Some on-campus, in-person attendance (seminars, workshops etc.) and/or placements apply.

What you'll need

WWCC clearance

Preservice teachers will be required to undertake a Working with Children Check (WWCC) through the Department of Human Services (DHS). The clearance will be valid for five years. The WWCC 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 DHS clearance process. If a preservice teacher fails to obtain clearance for any reason, the University cannot accept responsibility for obtaining a professional experience placement or any other professional experience activity that a preservice teacher may require to complete the course of study. If preservice teachers cannot undertake a professional experience placement or any other professional experience activity which is a compulsory part of the program, they cannot graduate with an Initial Teacher Education degree from UniSA.

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 Risks of Harm, Abuse and Neglect (RRHAN-EC) 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 harm, abuse and neglect training is required of all individuals working with children and young people. All 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 preservice teachers must meet the required standard in the national Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) to be eligible for program completion and graduation. Preservice teachers will attempt LANTITE as they progress through their program. Preservice teachers will be required to successfully achieve both the literacy and numeracy components of LANTITE as a prerequisite for enrolment in their final Professional Experience Placement course. The University will provide a range of support for preservice teachers to help them achieve the required standard. Preservice teachers will be allowed three attempts at each test. Any preservice teacher who fails to meet the standard on three occasions in either the literacy or numeracy test will be counselled regarding options.

Please note new entry requirements and learning area specialisations.

What you'll learn

What you 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
  • pedagogy

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.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Learning Area 1.1 4.5 Note(s): 1
Learning Area 2.1 4.5 Note(s): 1
Middle Years of Schooling EDUC 5269 4.5
Critical Perspectives of Education EDUC 5249 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Study Period 4
Reflexive Practice and Professional Experience 1 EDUC 5271 9 Rule(s): 1
Learning Area 1.2 4.5 Note(s): 1
Study Period 6
Middle Schooling Pedagogies EDUC 5268 4.5
Curriculum, Pedagogy and Democracy EDUC 5152 4.5
Foundations of Learning and Development: A Child Centred Approach EDUC 5261 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
Learning Area 1.3 4.5 Note(s): 1
Learning Area 2.2 4.5 Note(s): 1
Reflexive Practice and Professional Experience 2: Inquiry into Practice EDUC 5294 13.5 Rule(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Reflexive Practice and Professional Experience 2: Inquiry into Practice EDUC 5294 13.5 Rule(s): 1

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, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums. 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:

  • presentations
  • projects
  • essays
  • critical reviews
  • research proposal, presentation and report

Why Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Why this Degree

We are South Australia's largest tertiary provider for education degrees. Practical learning is a major focus and you will gain industry experience starting in your first semester.

As Australia’s university of enterprise:

  • we are the largest university in South Australia with more than 33,000 students
  • we hold 29th spot in the QS World University Rankings for institutions under 50 years old1

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. It’s a very good time to choose UniSA for your postgraduate study.

12021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50

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 you to build industry networks and relationships. UniSA offers an extensive range of career-related events and workshops online, on campus and around Adelaide to develop your skills and increase your knowledge.

Online study

Online study

Part of this degree can be studied online. This means that you can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment, you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. 

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any applicable requirements will be detailed on individual course pages.

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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 strong1. 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)

1Australian Government, National Skills Commission, Job Outlook 2020

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:

  • make note of the relevant SATAC code listed below, then click Apply at the top of the page
  • you will be redirected to SATAC's postgraduate portal to continue your application
  • address the non-academic entry requirements

SATAC codes:

  • Arts Education - 4CM114
  • English Education - 4CM116
  • Health and Physical Education - 4CM117
  • Humanities and Social Sciences - 4CM118
  • Languages Education - 4CM119
  • Mathematics Education - 4CM120
  • Science Education - 4CM121

-----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


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, tech zones, and spaces that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 services provide you with all the support you need at university. You can access a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling, career advice, social support services, as well as those through our student association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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 modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

My vision is to work collaboratively to equip graduates with qualities that promote learner achievement and wellbeing, which transfers to productive citizenship.

Ms Wendy Piltz

Program Director

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Program Director


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The diverse opportunities and experiences provided by the University enabled me to begin enriching students’ lives through Music Education just months after completing my degree. The course was taught by passionate and experienced staff and encompassed elements of practical and theory work that mirrored many of the pedagogical approaches used in the 21st century classroom.

Laura Possingham

Master of Teaching (Secondary)

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Laura Possingham

Master of Teaching (Secondary)