Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Teaching Capabilities Statement?

It is a 400-600 word submission that helps us understand why you want to become a teacher and the skills, personal qualities and experiences that demonstrate you are well suited to pursue education as a career option. 

Why am I required to submit an Teaching Capabilities Statement?

All students commencing an initial teacher education program in Australia from 2018 are required to meet both academic and non-academic entry requirements. This is a national requirement in aiming to graduate the highest quality teachers who possess the personal qualities and commitment to make a positive impact on young people’s lives. We’re complying with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) national initial teaching education program standards. UniSA has decided on the Teaching Capabilities Statement as the non-academic entry requirement to encourage you to deeply reflect on your motivation to become a teacher, share your understanding of the breadth of the role, and the qualities needed in this specialised profession. It is important that your application includes the required Teaching Capabilities Statement as otherwise we will not be able to consider offering you a place to study with us.

Is this required for all UniSA Education programs?

Yes, it is required for all initial teacher education programs, including all Bachelor of Education and Master of Teaching programs. 

Where can I find more information about the requirements of the statement?

More details regarding the content, format and submission of the Statement can be found on our website.



Is the statement more important than my ATAR or other academic entry requirement?

Both are of equal value and you are required to meet the criteria for both your statement and ATAR or other academic entry requirements to be considered for a place with UniSA.

If I don’t meet the ATAR or other academic entry requirement, can I gain entry based on my statement alone?

No, you need to meet academic as well.

What if I achieve the guaranteed entry ATAR but don’t submit the statement?

If you don’t submit your statement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will not be considered for a place at UniSA.

Is it possible to meet the ATAR or other academic entry requirement but be denied an offer based on my statement?

Yes. The statement either meets the criteria or does not.

If I get an offer and want to defer, will I have to submit another statement?

You will not need to submit another statement upon commencing your studies with us.

Should I still submit the statement if Education is one of my lower preferences?

Yes, you are still required to submit a statement even if it’s lower on your preference list.

If I am applying for a packaged program i.e. Bachelor of Science/Master of Teaching, do I still need to submit the statement?

No, you do not need to submit a statement as part of your initial application. However, prior to completion of your undergraduate degree, UniSA will contact you to advise the non-academic entry requirements  that you will need to submit prior to commencing the Master of Teaching.

Postgraduate Master of Teaching

Do I need to submit the statement if I am submitting a postgraduate application for a Master of Teaching program?

Yes, non-academic entry requirements apply to all initial teacher education programs in Australia.  


What does the Teaching Capabilities Statement need to cover? Are there any particular questions I should address?

The 400-600 word Teaching Capabilities Statement requires information about your motivation to teach. It must address each of the following three themes:

  • The reason you want to be a teacher (i.e. motivation for choosing the teaching profession, potential outcomes and impact etc.)
  • Your understanding of the role (i.e. breadth of the teacher role, responsibilities, requirements etc.)
  • Your personal qualities and communication skills (i.e. describe your specific attributes, aptitude and communication skills that are important in being an effective teacher)

Your statement should include any relevant community service, volunteer or professional experiences you have undertaken and significant awards received. These experiences do not have to be within education but should demonstrate skills, qualities and aptitude that will contribute to your development as a teacher.

What is the word limit? What happens if I exceed the word limit?

The word limit is 600 words. If you exceed 600 words, only the first 600 words will be assessed.

What style of writing/tone should I use? Can I write in first person or should the language be more formal?

It is up to you how you write your statement, however, we believe writing in the first person and in a narrative style best supports your ability to share your personal perspective. We recommend avoiding a reporting or resumé style so that you can focus on presenting your personal qualities through your narrative style. 

Is there an example of a written statement available?

No, there isn’t an example on offer. We want your response to be individual and unique to you.


How do I submit the statement?

You must submit your Teaching Capabilities Statement as part of your SATAC application.

When does this need to be submitted?

Teaching Capabilities Statements need to be submitted as early as possible preferably at the time of lodging your application. If your statement is not received and assessed before an offer round, you will not be considered for that particular offer round.

Please check SATAC’s website for further information on key dates and deadlines.

What if I have already submitted my SATAC application, can I still submit the statement?  

Yes, you can still submit the statement, as long as it’s before the deadline. Please revisit your SATAC application and upload your statement.

Will I still be considered for entry if I submit my statement after the deadline?

No, if you don’t submit your statement prior to the closing deadline your application cannot be assessed.

Can I re-submit another statement after I have uploaded one already?

No, you can only submit one statement. Re-submissions will not be accepted.  

Will I receive any confirmation that my statement has uploaded?

You will receive an alert to say your application has been uploaded successfully.

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