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Teaching subjects, skills and self-ratings

This page helps teachers to complete the employable teacher register (ETR) or permanent teacher register (PTR).  

South Australian teachers must hold university teaching qualifications in an area of specialisation or level of schooling.

To complete your online teacher application, you’ll need to include:

  • school levels or subjects you teach
  • the highest year level you are qualified or willing to teach in secondary and specialist subjects
  • a self-rating on the school level or subject (employable teacher register applicants only).

Some subjects require a focus or expertise. You’ll be prompted on your application if you need to include an expertise description.

You can include on your application any teaching skills and additional skills or expertise you have.

Levels of schooling

  • Birth to before preschool (BP0B) – birth to 4 year olds
  • Preschool (PS0P) – preschool, kindergarten and child parent centres
  • Junior primary (JP00) – reception to year 2
  • Primary (PR00) – years 3 to 7
  • Middle schooling (MM09) – years 6 to 9
  • Secondary – years 8 to 12 – see learning areas for a list of subjects.

Learning areas, subjects and expertise descriptions

This section lists learning areas, curriculum subjects and expertise descriptions (if required). On your application, you must include the highest level you can or are prepared to teach for secondary and specialist subjects.

If you are interested in teaching in a specialist area, eg music or physical education across primary and secondary levels, you’ll need to:

  • add the subject twice
  • indicate the highest year level you wish to teach in both levels.

For example:

  • music (MU) reception to year 12, you’ll need to add MU07 and MU12
  • physical education (PE) reception to year 10, you’ll need to add PE07 and PE10.

English

English (EG)

  • years 8 to 12
  • general English that leads to SACE stage 1 and stage 2.

English literary studies (EL)

  • year 12
  • emphasis on the study of text
  • may require teaching year 8 to 12 general English (EG).

Essential English (EN)

  • years 11 and 12
  • vocational focus
  • may require teaching years 8 to 12 general English (EG).

Mathematics

Essential mathematics (MX)

  • years 11 and 12
  • vocational focus
  • may require teaching years 8 to 10 mathematics (MA).

Mathematics  general maths (MA)

  • years 8 to 12
  • mathematics stage 1 is a prerequisite for stage 2 mathematical methods (YX) and specialist mathematics (YZ).

Mathematical methods (YX)

  • years 11 and 12
  • may require teaching years 8 to 10 mathematics (MA).

Mathematics  specialist (YZ)

  • years 11 and 12
  • may require teaching years 8 to 10 mathematics (MA).

Science

Agriculture (AG)

  • years 8 to 12
  • includes years 11 and 12 aquaculture SACE, year 12 agriculture production, year 12 agricultural systems
  • may require teaching years 8 to 10 science (SC).

Biology (BL)

  • years 11 and 12
  • may require teaching years 8 to 10 science (SC).

Chemistry (CH)

  • years 11 and 12
  • may require teaching years 8 to 10 science (SC).

Geology, earth and environmental science (GL)

  • years 11 and 12
  • may require teaching years 8 to 10 science (SC).

Nutrition (NT)

  • years 11 and 12
  • science based nutrition, not nutrition studies.

Physics (PC)

  • years 11 and 12
  • may require teaching years 8 to 10 science (SC) and years 8 to 10 mathematics (MA).

Psychology (PW)

  • years 11 and 12.

Science (SC)

  • reception to year 7 (non-instruction time (NIT))
  • years 8 to 10
  • includes inter and multidisciplinary applications eg aquaculture.

Scientific studies (SD)

  • years 11 and 12
  • scientific investigation of current scientific phenomena
  • may require teaching years 8 to 10 science (SC).

Humanities and social sciences (HASS)

Aboriginal studies (AB)

  • years 11 and 12.

Accounting (AC)

  • years 11 and 12.

Ancient studies (AS)

  • years 11 and 12
  • may require teaching years 8 to 10 history (HI).

Business studies (BS)

  • years 11 and 12
  • includes financial services, SACE retail and small business enterprise.

Economics (EC)

  • years 11 and 12.

Geography (GG)

  • years 8 to 12.

History (HI)

  • years 8 to 10
  • general history.

History – modern (HZ)

  • years 11 and 12
  • may require teaching years 8 to 10 history (HI).

Humanities and social science (SV)

  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 10.

Legal studies (LG)

  • years 11 and 12.

Philosophy (PZ)

  • years 11 and 12.

Politics (PG)

  • years 11 and 12
  • Australian and international politics.

Society and culture (SS)

  • years 11 and 12 SACE subject
  • may require teaching years years 8 to 10 humanities and social science (SV).

Tourism (TU)

  • years 11 and 12.

Women’s studies (WS)

  • years 11 and 12.

The Arts

Art (AT)

  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 12
  • includes sculpture, visual arts and design.

Computer aided design/manufacture (CX)

  • years 11 and 12 (design and technology)
  • includes technical drawing CAD/CAM
  • expertise description – on your application you’ll need to specify the program.

Dance (DA)

  • reception to year 7 (non-instruction time (NIT))
  • years 8 to 12.

Design (DE)

  • years 8 to 12
  • this is an arts and not a technologies focus subject
  • expertise description – on your application you’ll need to specify the arts focus.

Drama (DR)

  • reception to year 7 (non-instruction time (NIT))
  • years 8 to 12.

Instrumental music (MI)

  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 12
  • performance
  • expertise description – on your application you’ll need to specify the musical instrument/s.

Media studies (FV)

  • reception to year 7 (HASS media studies)
  • years 8 to 10 (media arts)
  • years 11 and 12
  • expertise description – on your application you’ll need to specify your media focus eg screen studies.

Music (MU)

  • reception to year 7 (non-instruction time (NIT))
  • years 8 to 12
  • expertise description – on your application you’ll need to specify your preferred musical style eg rock, jazz.

Photography (PH)

  • years 10 to 12
  • expertise description – on your application you’ll need to specify darkroom or digital photography.

The Arts (ZD)

  • reception to year 7 (non-instruction time (NIT))
  • includes dance, drama, visual arts, music, media arts
  • expertise description – on your application you’ll need to specify the arts components eg visual, performing.

Technologies

Construction technologies (materials) (CT)

  • years 11 and 12
  • includes building construction, outdoor construction and doorways to construction technologies.

Design and technology communication products (DC)

  • years 11 and 12
  • includes computer aided programs, graphics, multimedia, photography, sound, web design and computer aided design (CAD)
  • may require teaching years 8 to 10 general technology (TP)
  • expertise description – on your application you’ll need to specify your focus eg photography, sound, web design.

Design and technology – materials (DT)

  • years 8 to 12
  • includes metalwork, woodwork, plastics, automotive technologies, engineering materials, textiles, ceramics, food, clothing, composites, building and construction, and any other material technologies.

Design and technology – systems and control products (ET)

  • years 8 to 12
  • includes energy technologies, fluidics technologies, electronics, automotive technologies, mechanical, mechatronics and computer systems.

Digital technologies (IF)

  • years 11 and 12
  • includes computer coding, language and programming, advanced programming, computer systems, relational databases, data analytics application programming, multimedia programming, website programming, dynamic websites exploring innovations, computational thinking, design and programming, interactive project development.

Information processing and publishing (IQ)

  • years 11 and 12
  • includes business, digital, personal, electronic and desktop publishing, digital presentations, data input, personal and business documents.

Other technologies (ZV)

  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 12
  • school based technologies and projects
  • expertise description – on your application you’ll need to specify projects or initiatives eg pedal prix.

Technologies (TP)

  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 10
  • general technologies knowledge, and information and communication technologies.

Health and physical education

Child studies (CZ)

  • years 11 and 12.

Community studies (CY)

  • years 11 and 12.

Food and hospitality (FH)

  • years 11 and 12.

Health and physical education (PE)

  • reception to year 7 (non-instruction time (NIT))
  • years 8 to 12.

Health education (HA)

  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 12
  • includes nutrition and the physical, sociocultural, economic and political environment health of individuals and groups.

Home economics (HE)

  • years 8 to 12
  • includes early childhood studies, food and hospitality, nutrition studies and textile studies.

Outdoor education (OE)

  • years 8 to 12
  • not a subject in the Australian curriculum but still a part of SACE.

Languages

Australian indigenous languages (AV)

  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 12
  • expertise description – on your application you’ll need to specify an Australian indigenous language.

Chinese (CI)

  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 12.

French (FR)

  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 12.

German (GM)

  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 12.

Indonesian (IN)

  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 12.

Italian (IT)

  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 12.

Japanese (JA)

  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 12.

Modern Greek (GK)

  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 12.

Other languages (ZL)

  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 12
  • expertise description – on your application you’ll need to specify a language eg Arabic, Auslan, Croatian, Dutch, Filipino, Hindi, Hungarian, Khmer, Korean, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Persian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Turkish, Ukrainian.

Spanish (SP)

  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 12.

Vietnamese (VT)

  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 12.

English as an additional language

English as an additional language or dialect (EALD) (TL)

  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 12
  • support across multiple learning areas.

English as an additional language or dialect (EALD) (TX)

  • years 11 and 12
  • teaching EALD as a subject.

New arrivals program (TZ)

  • reception to year 7 - intensive primary English course (IPEC) and language instruction
  • years 8 to 12 – new arrivals program (NAP) and intensive secondary English course (ISEC).

Cross-curriculum

Aboriginal education (AN)

  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 12.

Environmental education (EY)

  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 10
  • includes land care.

Special education – education of children and students with hearing impairments (TO)

  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 12
  • expertise description – on your application you’ll need to specify a communication type eg oral/aural, augmentative, Auslan.

Special education – education of children and students with intellectual disabilities (ID)

  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 12
  • applies to special education units and classes.

Special education – education of children and students with multiple disabilities (MY)

  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 12
  • applies to special education units and classes.

Special education – education of children and students who are vision impaired (VI)

  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 12
  • applies to special education units and classes.

Special education – school and preschool based (SL)

  • preschool speech and language programs
  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 12
  • mainstream.

Special education – special class (SZ)

  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 12.

Special education – special school (SY)

  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 12
  • teaching in a special school.

Teacher librarian (LI)

  • reception to year 7
  • years 8 to 12
  • expertise description – on your application you’ll need to specify the library system you can use eg Amlib, Dynix.

Vocational education and training (VE)

  • years 10 to 12
  • expertise description – on your application you’ll need to specify 1 or more of the following:
    • amenity horticulture
    • animal care and management
    • automotive industry – retail service and repair
    • business services
    • community recreation
    • community services – support work
    • community services – aged care
    • community services – childcare
    • conservation and land management
    • civil construction
    • electro technology
    • entertainment
    • media – film
    • media – radio
    • media – multimedia
    • financial services
    • food processing – viticulture
    • food processing – baking
    • furnishing
    • general construction
    • hairdressing
    • health
    • hospitality – operations
    • hospitality – kitchen operations
    • information and communications technology
    • laboratory operations
    • maritime
    • metals and engineering
    • mining and resources
    • music
    • outdoor recreation
    • plastics, rubber and cablemaking
    • printing and graphic arts
    • property development and management
    • racing industry – stablehand
    • retail
    • rural production
    • seafood industry – aquaculture
    • sport industry
    • textiles, clothing and footwear – fashion
    • tourism
    • transport and distribution
    • visual arts, craft and design.

Teaching subject self-ratings

To complete your online employable teacher application you need to self-rate your teaching subjects based on your qualification and experience within a subject area, and provide evidence of your self-rating with practicum reports, academic transcripts and employment history.

Rating levels

There are 3 rating levels.

A rating – qualified and teaching experience

This rating means you can provide evidence of both:

  • an academic transcript showing successful completion of relevant subjects and learning area within a university qualification
  • teaching experience within the last 5 years in a school or preschool in your subject or learning area. Experience for graduates includes a minimum 4 week successful teaching practicum in your identified subject or learning area.

T rating – qualified or teaching experience

This rating means you can provide evidence of either:

  • an academic transcript showing successful completion of relevant subjects and learning area within a university qualification
  • at least 2 calendar years teaching experience in a school or preschool in your identified subject or learning area at a minimum of 0.4 FTE per week for each year.

N rating – no university qualifications or teaching experience

This rating means you have an interest or willingness to teach the subject but you can’t provide evidence of both:

  • a university qualification
  • teaching experience in your identified subject or learning area.

Self-rating process

You should consider the following qualification and teaching experience information when you are self-rating.

Qualifications

Your qualification/s will be verified by us before you:

  • are offered a permanent teaching position
  • can work in an early childhood program.

Vocational education training (VET)

You’ll need to provide VET subject evidence:

  • level 1 or 2 TAFE certificate in a specialised area
  • workplace training and assessment certificate (IV) or training and assessment certificate (TAA 4).

English as an additional language (EALD)

You’ll need to provide EALD teaching experience and the following evidence:

  • 2 subjects (1 semester per subject) providing a specialist understanding in English as a second language or English language learning (eg languages education 1 and 2)
  • 1 subject on ESL teaching methodology eg approaches and strategies in teaching English as a second language (TESOL).

These subjects may be included in:

  • an undergraduate Bachelor of Education qualification
  • a postgraduate university certificate in TESOL or linguistics with a language-learning focus
  • part of a Master of Education course
  • a PhD.

Experienced teachers

If you have successfully completed and have documented evidence of accredited upskilling training previously offered by the department, you may be able to use this as evidence of a qualification.

Teaching experience or practicum

Graduates

For an A rating, you’ll need evidence of a minimum 4 week successful teaching practicum within your identified school level or subject area. The following are examples of teaching practicums required:

  • preschool (PS0P) (for an early childhood degree) – a practicum in a preschool program
  • junior primary (JP00) – a practicum in reception to year 2
  • primary (PR00) – a practicum in years 3 to 7
  • secondary science (SC 8 to 10) – a practicum in science regardless of the science subject (eg biology, chemistry, geology) or the level taught in years 8 to 12
  • middle school (MM09) – a year 6/7 practicum or a practicum in a designated middle school plus a practicum in your subject specialisation
  • primary and middle (PR07 and MM09) – for a rating that covers both school levels, a year 6/7 practicum or a practicum in a designated middle school, plus a practicum in your subject specialisation is required. If you don’t have a year 6/7 practicum, you’ll need a practicum in years 3 to 7 for a primary (PR00) rating and a practicum in a specialist middle school subject eg PE09. MM09 would be a T rating.

Experienced teachers

For an A rating, as well as your qualification in a specialist subject or level of schooling, you’ll need to provide evidence of your teaching experience within the last five years.

For a T rating, if you don’t have a qualification in a subject specialisation or level of schooling, you’ll need to provide evidence of your teaching experience within the last 5 years. This includes references and a work report from your line manager confirming you’ve taught the identified subject at a minimum 0.4FTE (2 days a week every week) for at least 2 calendar years.

How ratings are used by the department

We use your self-rating to sort and identify applicants to fill non-permanent teacher vacancies.

Applicants who have an A rating will appear first on our teacher vacancy matching reports, followed by T and then N.

Self-rating example for graduate teachers

Your rating and the highest year level you can teach to will depend on how many semesters of a subject you have studied.

6 semesters of subject study

Physical education (PE) to year 12 with an A rating can be selected if you have completed:

  • 6 semesters of PE study at university
  • the relevant secondary curriculum methodology
  • a secondary school practicum lasting at least 4 weeks
  • a secondary school teaching qualification.

PE to year 12 as an additional subject with a T rating can be selected if you have completed:

  • 6 semesters of PE study at university
  • a primary school teaching qualification.

4 semesters of subject study

PE to year 10 with an A rating can be selected if you have completed:

  • 4 semesters of PE study at university
  • the relevant secondary curriculum methodology
  • a secondary school practicum lasting at least 4 weeks
  • a secondary school teaching qualification.

PE to year 9 with an A rating can be selected if you have completed:

  • 4 semesters of PE study at university
  • a middle or lower secondary school practicum lasting at least 4 weeks
  • a primary middle or middle school teaching qualification.

PE to year 10 as an additional subject with a T rating can be selected if you have completed:

  • 4 semesters of PE study at university
  • a primary school teaching qualification.

2 semesters of subject study

PE to year 8 with an A rating can be selected if you have completed:

  • 2 semester of PE study at university
  • the relevant secondary curriculum methodology
  • a secondary school practicum lasting at least 4 weeks
  • a secondary school teaching qualification.

PE to year 7 with an A rating can be selected if you have completed:

  • 2 semesters of PE study at university
  • the relevant primary curriculum methodology
  • a primary school practicum lasting at least 4 weeks
  • a primary school teaching qualification.

PE to year 7 as an additional subject with a T rating can be selected if you have completed:

  • 2 semester of PE study at university
  • a primary school teaching qualification.

Teaching skills and criteria

Teaching skills and criteria are reviewed annually and may be updated in agreement between the Australian Education Union (AEU) and the department.

You can identify any of the below skills on your online teacher application if you meet all the criteria. The criteria will assist you in identifying the highest year level you can teach.

Aboriginal (IS) and/or Anangu schools (US)

You’ll need to have the following evidence:

  • you can establish effective working relationships with Aboriginal people including students, Aboriginal community education officers (ACEO), parents and community members
  • you have demonstrated awareness of current issues (educational and political) relating to Aboriginal communities
  • you have skills to teach using inclusive methodologies and have an awareness of factors which impact on Aboriginal students.

Integrated services (IV)

You’ll need to have the following evidence:

  • you have sound knowledge, skills and a commitment to provide preschool and childcare for 0-5 year old children in an integrated setting
  • you can establish effective working relationships with diverse groups
  • you have experience in working in an integrated preschool, child care and occasional care service
  • you have expertise in providing a curriculum for children aged 0 to 5 years.

Personal learning plans (PP)

You’ll need to have the following evidence:

  • you are able to negotiate learning programs that support both the personal and learning goals of individual students
  • you are able to support students with career development and pathway planning
  • you have knowledge and understanding of, and/or experience in the assessment practices required for stage 1 SACE personal learning plan.

Reading recovery (RR)

You’ll need to have evidence of a signed and numbered course completion certificate.

Research project (RP)

You’ll need to have the following evidence:

  • willingness to support groups and individual students with their research project
  • knowledge and understanding of research projects
  • experience with research within a specific subject area
  • experience of resource based learning skills
  • knowledge and understanding of, and/or experience in the assessment practices required for research project.

Speech and language (SE)

You’ll need to have the following evidence:

  • you have undertaken recent training and development to cater for children with specific speech and language needs
  • you have effectively planned and implemented speech and language programs.

Specialist sports coaching (ST)

You’ll need to have the following evidence:

  • you have knowledge or expertise to effectively implement a high-level coaching program in 1 or more sports
  • you have been responsible for the development and implementation of sports programs appropriate for the needs of students
  • you have accreditation or recognised coaching and/or high-level playing expertise.

You must be able to specify the sport/s you are accredited in.

Special interest schools and specialist programs

You may be interested in special interest schools and specialist programs.

Contact

People and Culture Services

Phone: 8226 1356
Email: education.hr [at] sa.gov.au