How Do I Become a Secondary Humanities and Social Sciences Teacher?

How Do I Become a Secondary Humanities and Social Sciences Teacher?

Humanities and Social Sciences teachers support students across the middle and secondary years to develop their historical, geographical, social, and economic understanding of societies to produce knowledgeable, critical and engaged citizens.

What do I need to study?

Students interested in teaching Humanities and Social Sciences will need to have studies within history, geography, government and politics, economics, and related fields within their undergraduate degree.

To become a Secondary Humanities and Social Sciences Teacher you will need to study one the following options:

Option one:
Study the following packaged pathway combination:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal Cultures and Australian Society)/Master of Teaching (Secondary)
    SATAC code: 444571

  • Bachelor of Arts (History and Cultural Studies) with the Master of Teaching (Secondary)
    SATAC code: 444521

The advantage of entering under the guaranteed entry pathway is that once you successfully complete your undergraduate degree, you will automatically gain entry into the Master of Teaching (Secondary)*.

*subject to meeting GPA requirements and subject selection

Option two:
Study a relevant 3 year undergraduate degree from a recognised higher education provider. UniSA offers:

On successful completion of your undergraduate degree, you will need to apply via SATAC and enrol in the following postgraduate program in teaching with UniSA:

On successful completion of these programs you will meet the criteria to apply for registration as a teacher in South Australia and interstate. Other criteria may apply.

Do I need to complete specific courses?

Students enrolled in a relevant undergraduate degree need to complete courses in both History and Geography, as well as civics and citizenship and business and politics.

Students must also choose courses in a second learning area* (beyond the Humanities) that aligns with the Australian Curriculum to meet the entry requirements for the Master of Teaching (Secondary). For example, you need to complete a minor (4 courses) in one of the following areas:

  • Arts: Media Arts, Visual Arts, Dance, Drama or Music
  • Design and Technology
  • English
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Science

* Students need to contact the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages to discuss their second learning area within the first year of study.

Teachers Registration
On successful completion of the Master of Teaching (Secondary) you will meet the criteria to apply for registration as a teacher in South Australia and interstate. Other criteria may apply.

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