Master of Teaching - Special Education - Secondary Stream - Physical Education teaching area

Flinders University

This is a recognised initial pre-service teacher postgraduate degree to become eligible to apply for Teacher Registration in South Australia as secondary school physical education teachers (Year 8 to Year 12) in secondary school or special education settings. It is intended for applicants who have completed a major sequence (equivalent to at least six undergraduate topics) or a minor sequence (equivalent to at least four undergraduate topics) in Physical Education. Students will be provided with the background and skills necessary to enter the secondary teaching profession with confidence and competence.

Course Fee:

International: $52,400

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must hold an approved bachelor degree or equivalent qualification; and must have completed six topics (no more than two topics at first-year level and no fewer than two at third year level) that enable them to teach Year 12 in a minimum of one subject specialisation; and/or must have also completed four topics (no more than two topics at first-year level) that enable them to teach Year 10 in a second subject specialisation; and must normally have achieved a Flinders equivalent grade point average (GPA) of 4.00 or above for consideration. One of these specialisations must be Physical Education. In order to determine if applicants have the study required to teach in these subject specialisations, applicants should disclose any cross-institutional or non-award study undertaken, at an institution other than the one where they completed their bachelor degree, in their SATAC application. Applicants who meet the above requirements will be ranked on the basis of their GPA and selection will be on this basis to fill places available. Applicants who hold a qualification making them eligible for teacher registration in the same teaching level (Year 8 - Year 12) will not be considered.


This is a 72-unit program where students complete fifteen core (compulsory) topics and two option topics chosen from a range of curriculum studies option topics available and aimed at providing students with the knowledge of curriculum studies, special education studies and theories of education and undertake professional experience to bring together theory and practice in school settings with a focus in Physical Education.

Subjects you can Study:

Teaching; Special education-secondary; Physical education

Study Pathways:

Due to South Australian teacher registration requirements, credit transfer applications for previous study in other Masters level qualifications cannot be considered for approval.

Further information:

All students enrolled in a pre-service teacher education degree must obtain a Child-Related Employment Screening letter before undertaking their Professional Experience Placement. This is a requirement of the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD), in agreement with the Catholic Education and Independent Schools Boards. Pre-service teachers who are not cleared will not be able to complete the requirements of the degree. The process is managed by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) Screening and Licensing Branch. Instruction for applications are available at In addition to the above, applicants are advised the Australian Government has recently introduced the Literacy and Numeracy Test for all initial teacher education (ITE) students to ensure that they have the high level of personal literacy and numeracy skills required of teachers. The test is a single, national instrument designed to assess elements of an individual's literacy and numeracy skills and will be used to demonstrate that ITE graduates are in the top 30 per cent of the population for literacy and numeracy. All South Australian students commencing an ITE degree after 1 January 2017 will be required to meet the benchmark prior to graduation. For further information, including registration details, please check the test Administrator's website at


Graduates will be able to apply for teacher registration with the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia. Applicants are advised to check registration requirements as they are subject to change. Graduates looking for employment in other parts of Australia and overseas may be required to meet additional conditions.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00114A

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Bedford Park No info No Part time 4 years
Bedford Park No info No Full time 2 years
Flinders is a leading international university in Australia, distinguished by its boldness, vigour and imagination. The University has a record of excellence and innovation in teaching, research and community engagement.

While the main campus is located in the suburb of Bedford Park, just a short drive south of Adelaide's Central Business District and easily accessible by public transport, the University's geographical footprint also stretches across South Australia, Western Victoria and the Northern Territory.

Flinders has over 2,600 staff and more than 24,700 students, with over 4,500 coming from countries as diverse as Canada, India and Kenya. Its graduates are encouraged to be knowledgeable, to communicate effectively, and to develop skills to connect across boundaries and tackle major challenges.

Flinders has led the way in providing access to higher education for individuals who did not traditionally aspire to University, and offers a choice of pathways that cater to people from a variety of backgrounds.

Offering over 140 undergraduate and 280 postgraduate courses, Flinders prides itself on the quality of its programs and the attention given to the learning experience of its students.

Provider CRICOS: 00114A

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