How Do I Become a Secondary Design and Technology or Food and Textile Technologies Teacher?

How Do I Become a Secondary Design and Technology Teacher?

The role of a Design and Technology teacher is to stimulate teaching and learning in technologies covering the areas of resistant materials (including wood and metal), digital technologies and advanced manufacturing.


The Bachelor of Education (Secondary Design and Technology or Food and Textile Technologies) prepares graduates to become design and technology teachers, or food and textile teachers. This program includes studies in design, electronics, and materials technology, including food and textiles and digital technologies.

Courses are taught across a range of locations including the University of South Australia’s Mawson Lakes, City East, City West and Magill campuses. This program maintains strong professional links with industries and schools, as well as the Design and Technology Teachers Association of South Australia (DATTA) and the Home Economics Institute of Australia (HEIA).

Students are not required to have studied Design and Technology or Food and Textile Technologies in Year 11 or 12, but must be interested in working with a range of materials, critiquing, designing and making quality products.

The Master of Teaching (Secondary Design and Technology) is available for students that have a three year undergraduate qualification that has a major learning area in either Design and Technology, Digital Technology or Food and Textile Technologies. For more information on entry requirements click here. 

What will I study?

Studies will be undertaken in education studies, technologies curriculum, a specialist minor area and professional experience. The educational core of this program is taught at the Mawson Lakes campus through online, face-to-face and intensive workshops.

Design and Technology option students undertake eight courses in areas such as wood, metal, CADDCAM and electronics.

Food and Textile Technologies option students undertake eight courses in areas such as food, textiles, and child and community studies.

In addition to theoretical study, students complete a number of professional experience placements which allow them to apply their knowledge and skills in middle and secondary school settings.

Students also undertake six minor courses designed to enhance their knowledge and ability to teach in a second learning area including either the arts (dance, drama, music, or visual arts), English, mathematics, humanities and social sciences (history/ geography) or languages. At all levels of the program, students participate in work placements, where they progressively become more involved in teaching activities within educational settings.

For example, you need to complete a minor (4 courses) in one of the following areas:

  • Art
  • English
  • History/Geography
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Science

* Students need to contact the School of Education to discuss their second learning area within the first year of study.

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