What you will need to become a teacher
Inherent Requirements are a guide to the practical, physical and cognitive and personal capabilities required when working as a teacher. Students are required to consider the inherent requirements and determine if they confidently meet them before undertaking a career in teaching. Reasonable adjustments will be made for students with a disability.
Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) known as 'the test'
The Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) is a compulsory test for all Pre-service Teachers who have enrolled in a teaching degree and is required for Teacher Registration in South Australia (and elsewhere in Australia). Both the Literacy and Numeracy requirements must be passed for graduation.
Pre-service Teachers are strongly encouraged to complete LANTITE as early as possible in the degree; preferably in the first year of the degree.
When a Pre-service Teacher has successfully completed each component of the test, evidence of this record will appear on an Academic Transcript.
You have three opportunities to sit and pass the test. Additional attempts can only be granted in special or extenuating circumstances. For additional information about re-sit, please refer to ACER.
Support is offered through The Writing Centre and The Mathematics Learning Centre at the University of Adelaide
When to take 'the test'
- Bachelor of Teaching students:
We recommend the LANTITE be completed prior to the commencement of the third year.
- Master of Teaching students:
We recommend LANTITE be completed prior to the start of the second year.
- Pre-2019 Bachelor and Master of Teaching students:
You must pass both components of the LANTITE prior to graduation. However, we recommend you sit ‘the test’ as early as possible.
To financially support you in the process of sitting ‘the test’, from 2019 the University of Adelaide will reimburse the fee associated with your successful completion of the Literacy component of the LANTITE. To request a reimbursement, you will need to follow these instructions.
For more information, including test dates plus how to register and prepare, visit the ACER website.
- Bachelor of Teaching students:
Responding to Risks of Harm, Abuse and Neglect – Education and Care
To help identify some of the risks experienced by children and young people, all Education students in professional placement need to complete mandatory notification training. This training is called ‘Responding to Risks of Harm, Abuse and Neglect – Education and Care’ (RRHAN-EC).
Before being allocated to a placement school, all students need to complete the following RRHAN-EC modules:
- Fundamentals is a free, online, self-directed course that takes about two hours to complete;
- Masterclass is a 4 hour facilitator-led workshop in person or on videoconference. Cost varies by training provider.
Successfully completing the RRHAN-EC Fundamentals training is a pre-requisite for the Masterclass.
To complete both trainings you will need to create an account called Plink. Please go to; https://www.plink.sa.edu.au/pages/external-dashboard.jsf?menuId=1104&locale=en-GB#/?dashboardId=6
In Plink, you will need to choose the ‘Masterclass and fundamentals for NEW staff or staff with expired certificate: RRHAN-EC’ (other) to complete the Fundamentals and then book and pay for a Masterclass session.
For further assistance, please contact the Department for Education via email: Education.RRHANEC@sa.gov.au
- If you completed the Promoting Safety and Wellbeing with a certificate expiring 31 Dec 2024, this can be used in place of the RRHAN-EC Fundamentals. You still need to complete the RRHAN-EC Masterclass.
The Department for Education has indicated that whilst the Fundamentals is not compulsory for students who have completed the Promoting Safety and Wellbeing with an expiry of 31 December 2024 it is highly recommended that you do complete the Fundamentals course as it is an updated training based on revised legislation and policy context and flows better with the Masterclass.
- If you completed the Promoting Safety and Wellbeing with a certificate that expired 31 December 2021 you will need to complete both the RRHAN-EC Fundamentals and RRHAN-EC Masterclass.
- If you have a current RAN-EC full-day training certificate from 2018 to 2020 cycle and completed the RRHAN-EC Fundamentals course before 31 December 2021, you are not required to complete the RRHAN-EC Masterclass. In Sonia, you can upload your RAN-EC certificate in the space for RRHAN-EC Masterclass and upload your RRHAN-EC Fundamentals certificate in the space for RRHAN-EC Fundamentals.
- If you have a current RAN-EC full-day training certificate from 2018 to 2020 cycle but did not complete the Fundamentals course by the end of 31 December 2021, you will need to complete both Fundamentals & Masterclass regardless of whether you have a valid RAN-EC.
- If you have a current RAN-EC full-day training certificate from 1 January 2021 and 30 June 2021, an update prior to 31 December 2021 is not required. The 7 hour course you completed is valid until 31 December 2024. Please upload your certificate for both the RRHAN-EC Fundamentals Course and the RRHAN-EC Masterclass in SONIA.
For more information about transition arrangements, please refer to this RRHAN-EC flowchart.
All pre-service teachers are required to undertake a Working with Children Check, screening through the South Australian Department of Human Services (DHS) to ensure you are able to work with children. Processing can take up to eight weeks and must be completed prior to commencing your first mandatory placement. If a student does not satisfy the Working with Children Check screening, the student will not be able to undergo their mandatory placements and will be ineligible to graduate. The School of Education will initiate your screening upon enrolment to the Bachelor of Teaching or Master of Teaching degrees.
Current COVID-19 vaccination advice for pre-service teachers
The Emergency Management Direction requiring mandatory COVID-19 vaccination to work in an education or early childhood setting ended at 12.01am Thursday 31 March 2022.
The University and the School of Education will continue to monitor the COVID-19 vaccination requirements in South Australian schools and the impacts on its pre-service teachers and will provide further information as it becomes available.
South Australian Department for Education Non-Employee COVID-19 vaccination policy (Effective Monday 2 May 2022)
Bachelor of Teaching preservice teachers must comply with all legislative requirements and policy/managerial directives pertaining to schools and the education and care of students and staff that are relevant to student placements. This includes the policy regarding COVID-19 vaccinations requirements issued by the Chief Executive of the Department for Education (effective from Monday 2 May 2022) and made in response to the ongoing risks posed by COVID-19 and to support staff and student wellbeing and continued service delivery. The policies apply to both employees and non-employees (i.e., preservice teachers) when working in a Department for Education workplace. You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a TGA approved or recognised vaccine (or have a valid medical exemption). You will be expected to provide the University of Adelaide and host school with copies of evidence of your vaccination status (or valid medical exemption).
Details and exceptions to the Department for Education managerial direction, including the conditions for unvaccinated people, are found here: https://www.education.sa.gov.au/parents-and-families/covid-19-coronavirus/covid-19-vaccination-requirements.
Catholic Education South Australia (CESA) COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and Procedure (Effective 16 May 2022)
Please note CESA’s requirements are different to those of the SA Department for Education. The CESA COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and Procedure came into effect on 16 May 2022 and will be reviewed in August 2022. Details for the CESA policy are found here: https://www.cesa.catholic.edu.au/news/81040/catholic-education-sa-s-covid-19-vaccination-policy
Effective 16 May 2022 all Workers and Others* in Catholic schools are required to be “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19. "Fully vaccinated” for the purposes of the CESA Policy means they must have completed a course (being 1 dose of a single-dose vaccine, or 2 doses of a double-dose vaccine, in accordance with the schedule recommended by ATAGI) of a TGA-approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccine (or provide evidence of an authorised medical exemption) as a condition of employment or service.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination must be provided by all persons to whom the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy applies. If this information is not provided, it will be deemed for the purposes of the above Policy that the person is not fully vaccinated and therefore is unable to perform work at our schools and sites.
University placement students and university supervisors who attend Catholic school/college sites will need to provide evidence of their COVID-19 vaccination status to the school/college that they are assigned via an appropriate phone app, paper record or other recognised digital record at the time of engagement or entry to the site. Acceptable documents are listed here: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/proof-covid-19-vaccinations-for-businesses?context=60075#a1.
If you have any concerns about these requirements, please immediately contact the School of Education’s Professional Experience Placement Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
* For the purposes of the CESA Policy, Workers are defined as all employees, contractors, sub-contractors, religious and volunteers working for CESA, including board members, (either in permanent, voluntary, casual, full or part-time basis). Pre-service teachers and university supervisors are considered as ‘Others’ for the purposes of the CESA policy and procedure.