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Qualification

To be registered as a teacher in South Australia you must meet the Board’s minimum qualification requirements. You must hold higher education (ie. university) qualifications that total at least 4 years of full-time (or part-time equivalent) study, including an approved teacher education qualification.

This could include:

  • an approved undergraduate teacher education qualification of at least 4 years’ (full-time) duration which includes a sufficient supervised teaching practice component

OR

  • an approved postgraduate teacher education qualification at least 1 year’s (full-time) duration which includes a sufficient supervised teaching practice component AND a non-teaching undergraduate qualification of at least 3 years’ (full-time) duration
Approved Australian Pre-Service Teacher Education Programs

For a list of currently offered approved Australian pre-service teacher education programs, refer to

Australian Teacher Education Programs

This information sheet lists the approved teacher education programs currently offered in South Australia:

A full list of teacher education programs available interstate is accessible at: http://www.aitsl.edu.au/initial-teacher-education/accredited-programs-list

If you are interested in studying a teacher education qualification that does not appear on these lists, please contact a Qualifications and Registration Administrator by email at qualifications@trb.sa.edu.au or by phone on +61 8 8226 8153 or +61 8 8226 5981 to confirm that it will meet the requirements for teacher registration.

Overseas Teaching Qualifications

If you hold a teacher education qualification from a country outside of Australia you must first complete an Application for Assessment of Qualifications to determine whether your qualifications meet the Board’s minimum requirements for teacher registration.

 

Find more information about the assessment process…

Adding Extra Qualifications to your Teacher Registration

If you are a currently registered teacher and have completed additional higher education qualifications, you can have them added to your Certificate of Teacher Registration at no cost.

 

If you would like to have extra qualifications added, please submit a certified copy of your official academic transcript by post or in person at the Board’s office. The Board cannot accept a degree parchment alone as evidence of a completed qualification.

 

You will receive a new Certificate of Teacher Registration by post with the extra qualification(s) appearing under your name. Please allow up to several weeks for this to be completed, particularly during peak times.

Qualification Documents
  • Academic transcripts

An academic transcript, sometimes called an academic record, statement of results or mark sheet, shows the name of the qualification, awarding institution, subjects studied and grades received. An official academic transcript is printed on the higher education institute’s transcript paper and shows that you have completed all requirements of the qualification or that the qualification was conferred/awarded.

  • Degree parchments

A parchment, sometimes called a degree certificate or diploma, is the document given to you at a graduation ceremony (conferral). If you have qualifications from outside of Australia, you must provide your degree parchments as well as your official transcripts to the Board. A degree parchment alone cannot be used as evidence of your qualifications.

  • Course syllabus

Course syllabi are documents produced by higher education institutes that determine the requirements each student must meet before they can be awarded a particular qualification. If you studied your teacher education qualification outside of Australia and need to provide evidence of your supervised teaching practice, this may be an acceptable document.

Legislation - Minimum prescribed qualifications for registration –

Pursuant to Section 4(1) of the Teachers Registration and Standards Regulations 2005 the qualifications required for registration as a teacher are as follows:

(a)

an approved teacher education degree, diploma or other qualification awarded on satisfactory completion of a tertiary course of pre-service teacher education in pre-school, primary or secondary education that —

 

(i)

is of at least 4 years’ full-time duration or part-time equivalent duration; and

(ii)

includes a practical student teaching component undertaken at a school or pre-school; or

(b)

 
 

(i)

an approved non-teacher education degree, diploma or other qualification awarded on satisfactory completion of a tertiary course that is of at least 3 years’ full-time duration or part-time equivalent duration; and

(ii)

an approved postgraduate degree, diploma or other qualification awarded on satisfactory completion of a tertiary course of pre-service teacher education in pre-school, primary or secondary education that –

 

(A)

is of at least 1 year’s full-time duration or part-time equivalent duration; and

(B)

includes a practical student teaching component undertaken at a school or pre-school.

The Board has determined what is meant by "Tertiary Qualifications", refer to Policy for Qualifications Acceptable for the purposes of registration as a Teacher in South Australia.