Master of Teaching (Secondary) (MTeach(Sec))

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These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


The Master of Teaching (Secondary) program prepares students for teaching in secondary schools. Successful completion of this program satisfies the academic requirements to apply for registration with the Teacher Registration Board of South Australia. It also caters for those entering post-secondary educational institutions and those professions that may benefit from a study of the theory and practice of education. The program provides a systematic study of issues in education such as professional practice; learning and motivation; the social context of education; student-teacher interaction; and curriculum and assessment in the Australian context. It incorporates three full-time supervised teaching blocks in South Australian schools of 70 days in total. Students are also required to undertake studies in two curriculum areas related to undergraduate qualifications and teaching specialisations. Quotas are applied in general school teaching curriculum areas.
The Master of Teaching (Secondary) is an AQF Level 9 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 2 years. The accelerated program is able to be completed in a standard full-time duration of 1.5 years.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Apply knowledge and understanding of how students learn and how this may affect their learning.
2. Develop further knowledge and skills to teach disciplinary content of two curriculum/ teaching/ learning areas.
3. Design, implement and evaluate effective learning and teaching strategies for diverse learners.
4. Apply advanced knowledge of the policy and practice required to create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments.
5. Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning.
6. Identify and critique sources professional learning, strategies for community engagement and to engage in professional development activities.
7. Design and conduct a substantial practice-based research dissertation.
8. Demonstrate accomplishment of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at a 'graduate' level for all knowledge-based criteria.

Condition of Admission
Criminal History Clearance: Students must be able to demonstrate a successful National Criminal History Record Check (NCHRC) as it is required by teacher employment authorities in Australia and South Australia. A Working With Children Check (WWCC) is required prior to undertaking any professional experience/practicum placements which involves contact with minors (under 18 years of age). These placements are full time and compulsory. International students will be required to obtain a certificate from their home country.

Condition of Enrolment
Inherent requirements: Students are required to acknowledge their understanding of the University of Adelaide Master of Teaching (Secondary) program requirements, specifically with regards to Professional Experience Placements – see information on the University website.

Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Program Director or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Part-time Study Options: Part time enrolments may only be undertaken with the permission of the Program Director or delegate.   

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 

Academic Program Rules for Master of Teaching (Secondary)

There shall be a Master of Teaching (Secondary).

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Master of Teaching (Secondary), the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 48 units comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 39 units;
  2. Curriculum and Pedagogy courses to the value of 6 units;
  3. Elective course to the value of 3 units.