Course summary

Inspire, empower and educate – three goals to strive towards for success as a teacher. This combined degree gives you the tools and skills to achieve these goals and significantly expand your career opportunities.

You will study foundational content for teaching in primary and secondary schools before progressing to significant blocks of in-school teaching experience where you can hone your teaching capabilities.

The course covers curriculum, pedagogy and effective teaching strategies as well as core primary curriculum subjects and the choice of one secondary teaching subject in either English, Mathematics, Geography or Modern History.

The block professional teaching experiences, combined with volunteer activities and embedded site visits will provide you with a deep understanding about the role of a teacher. As you will be interacting with children and young people, upon enrolment you will be expected to apply and attain a valid Working with Children Check for your state or territory. See professional experience requirements.

Graduates are qualified to teach in both primary and secondary schools, significantly expanding career opportunities. Please note your application must include a personal statement outlining your non-academic capabilities. See education non-academic requirements.

Inspire, empower and educate – three goals to strive towards for success as a teacher. This combined degree gives you the tools and skills to achieve these goals and significantly expand your career opportunities.

You will study foundational content for teaching in primary and secondary schools before progressing to significant blocks of in-school teaching experience where you can hone your teaching capabilities.

The course covers curriculum, pedagogy and effective teaching strategies as well as core primary curriculum subjects and the choice of one secondary teaching subject in either English, Mathematics, Geography or Modern History.

The block professional teaching experiences, combined with volunteer activities and embedded site visits will provide you with a deep understanding about the role of a teacher. As you will be interacting with children and young people, upon enrolment you will be expected to apply and attain a valid Working with Children Check for your state or territory. See professional experience requirements.

Graduates are qualified to teach in both primary and secondary schools, significantly expanding career opportunities. Please note your application must include a personal statement outlining your non-academic capabilities. See education non-academic requirements.

Students complete a Primary English major and choose a secondary teaching area from the following specialisations: 

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Modern History 
  • Geography.

All students also need to successfully complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) prior to undertaking the first professional experience placement.

Some units in this course are only delivered online. Some online units include on-campus workshops.

Course Learning Outcome

Demonstrate analytical thinking, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills which show broad understanding and depth relevant to the education profession.

Demonstrate an ability to identify and solve problems with intellectual independence.

Demonstrate an ability to develop innovative and creative responses to challenges in an educational setting.

Demonstrate knowledge of ethical, legal and human rights principles in education settings.

Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to legislative requirements and codes of conduct relevant to the education profession.

Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge and understanding of the relevant curriculum frameworks.

Demonstrate a solid knowledge of the pedagogy of effective educational practice.

Demonstrate the capacity for self-reflective learning and critical thinking with responsibility and accountability in professional practice.

Demonstrate skills in maintaining or advancing information and literacy skills to keep currency with pedagogical practice and professional development.

Communicate clearly, coherently and independently with exposition of knowledge and ideas in both oral and written forms.

Demonstrate teamwork skills and leadership in professional and learning community settings.

Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for diversity in others and self identify and apply proactive and inclusive strategies to encourage and support student engagement.

You’ll complete a program of in-school professional teaching experiences in primary and secondary schools, culminating in an extended in-school development experience to demonstrate your capabilities as both a primary and secondary school teacher.

This course is currently undergoing its five-year reaccreditation with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) for national accreditation through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

Usually, Australian teacher qualifications are recognised internationally, but students need to check with potential employers and teacher registration authorities in other countries regarding accreditation requirements.

All Initial Teacher Education students across Australia need to successfully complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE). At Southern Cross University the test needs to be successfully completed prior to undertaking the first professional experience placement.


Course overview

Course code

3207312

Course abbreviation

BA/BEd(Prim/Sec)

Credit points

384

Equivalent units

32

Duration

4 years full-time; 8 years part-time

Duration

4 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Coffs Harbour Session 1 N/A N/A
Gold Coast Session 1 N/A N/A
Lismore Session 1 N/A N/A
Online Session 1 N/A N/A

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary/Secondary), students must complete the equivalent of 32 units (384 credit points), comprising:

  • 7 core units (84 credit points),
  • 10 units (120 credit points) in the Primary major,
  • 7 units (84 credit points) in the English Primary Specialisation,
  • 8 units (96 credit points) in a Secondary major, and
  • both components of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) as required by the Federal Government.

Permission to undertake a professional experience placement will at all times be at the discretion of the Head of School.

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with the Bachelor of Educational Studies after completing the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points).

Students may be eligible to exit with the Associate Degree of Educational Studies after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points).

Students may be eligible to exit with the Diploma of Educational Studies after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points).

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access and Inclusion website. If you have a disability or health condition which may impact on your ability to meet these requirements please refer to the Student Access and Inclusion website for further information and contact details.


Schedule of units

Title Note

Core Units

EDUC1003 - Foundations for Education
EDUC2009 - Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities
EDUC6009 - Education and Indigenous Australians: Ways of Knowing and Being
MATH1002 - Foundations: Mathematics and Numeracy
EDUC1004 - Understanding Children and Young People
TCHR3007 - Professional Experience I: Becoming a Teacher Note 1
TCHR3006 - Professional Experience III: Transition to the Profession Note 1

Primary Major

EDUC2014 - Mathematics Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy
EDUC3012 - Mathematics Education: Issues
CLST1002 - Foundations: Human Society and its Environments
EDUC2013 - Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and Pedagogy
SCIN1003 - Foundations: Science and Technology
EDUC3013 - Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy
CRTV1001 - Foundations: The Arts
EDUC2011 - Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy
HLTH1002 - Foundations: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
EDUC2015 - Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy

Primary Specialisation

Secondary Major