Course summary

Teachers can have lasting impact on the lives of their students, and the very best can inspire students toward greatness.

This combined degree qualifies you to teach up to two secondary teaching areas. Areas include Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, English, Mathematics, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, Physics, Modern History, Geography, Society and Culture and Aboriginal Studies.

Your foundation year will feature units across the general capabilities and broader school curriculum. This is in addition to core studies in literacy and numeracy, equity and diversity, supporting learners with diverse needs, assessment, and the use of information and communications technology in education.

You'll complete a program of in-school professional teaching experiences, culminating in an extended in-school development experience to demonstrate your capabilities as a secondary school teacher. Combined 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 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.

As a graduate you'll be qualified to teach secondary school Australia-wide, including Queensland and NSW. Please note your application must include a personal statement outlining your non-academic capabilities. See education non-academic requirements.

Teachers can have lasting impact on the lives of their students, and the very best can inspire students toward greatness.

This combined degree qualifies you to teach up to two secondary teaching areas. Areas include Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, English, Mathematics, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, Physics, Modern History, Geography, Society and Culture and Aboriginal Studies.

Your foundation year will feature units across the general capabilities and broader school curriculum. This is in addition to core studies in literacy and numeracy, equity and diversity, supporting learners with diverse needs, assessment, and the use of information and communications technology in education.

You'll complete a program of in-school professional teaching experiences, culminating in an extended in-school development experience to demonstrate your capabilities as a secondary school teacher. Combined 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 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.

As a graduate you'll be qualified to teach secondary school Australia-wide, including Queensland and NSW. Please note your application must include a personal statement outlining your non-academic capabilities. See education non-academic requirements.

Students can tailor the course to study two of the following teaching majors or one teaching major with a specialisation and electives.

Teaching majors (and locations: L = Lismore, O = Online)

  • Biology (L, O)*
  • Chemistry (L)
  • Physics (O)
  • Earth and Environmental Science (L, O)**
  • English (O)
  • Mathematics (O)
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (L)
  • Modern History (O)
  • Geography (L, O)
  • Society and Culture (for students who complete Modern History or Geography) (L, O)

The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) is primarily delivered in online mode. 

Please note: some units require attendance at on-campus workshops.

* Two units are each offered as a three-week intensive and both include one week at the University’s National Marine Science Centre, Coffs Harbour. Contact the University for more details.

** One unit is offered as a three-week intensive that includes a one-week field trip.

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

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.

Students complete a program of in-school professional teaching experiences during the course, culminating in an extended in-school development experience, to demonstrate their capabilities as secondary school teachers.

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

3207311

Course abbreviation

BA/BEd (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 (Secondary), students must complete the equivalent of 32 units (384 credit points), comprising:

• 15 core units (180 credit points),
• 1 First Teaching Subject,
• the remaining units from an additional Teaching Subject, and/or electives, 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 be at the discretion of the Dean of Education.

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
ENGL1005 - Foundations: Language & Literacy
MATH1002 - Foundations: Mathematics and Numeracy
CRTV1001 - Foundations: The Arts
ENGL1004 - Foundations: English
CLST1002 - Foundations: Human Society and its Environments
HLTH1002 - Foundations: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
SCIN1003 - Foundations: Science and Technology
EDUC2009 - Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities
EDUC2010 - Literacy, Assessment and Information & Communication Technology
EDUC6009 - Education and Indigenous Australians: Ways of Knowing and Being
EDUC1004 - Understanding Children and Young People
TCHR3007 - Professional Experience I: Becoming a Teacher Note 5
TCHR3008 - Professional Experience II: Effective Teaching Note 5
TCHR3006 - Professional Experience III: Transition to the Profession Note 5

Teaching Subjects

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Title Note
For Business Studies as a Second Teaching Subject complete all six (6) units. This Teaching Subject must be undertaken with Modern History or Geography as a First Teaching Subject.
EDUC2016 - Advanced Secondary Curriculum Pedagogy I
EDUC3014 - Advanced Secondary Curriculum Pedagogy II
ACCT1001 - Accounting and Finance for Business
ACCT1002 - Financial Accounting
ECON1001 - Economics for Decision Making
BUSN3002 - Sustainable Business Management

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For Legal Studies as a Second Teaching Subject complete the first three (3) units and at least three (3) of the remaining units listed. This Teaching Subject must be undertaken with Modern History or Geography as a First Teaching Subject.
EDUC2016 - Advanced Secondary Curriculum Pedagogy I
EDUC3014 - Advanced Secondary Curriculum Pedagogy II
LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System
Choose three (3) of the following units:
LEGL2006 - Introduction to Evidence and Advocacy
JUST2005 - EEO and OH&S Law and Practice
LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing
LAWS2022 - Competition and Consumer Law
LAWS2057 - Welfare Law
LAWS2010 - Environmental Law
JUST2004 - Human Rights

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For Society and Culture as a Second Teaching Subject, students must select Modern History or Geography as a First Teaching Subject, complete the first two (2) units and at least four (4) of the remaining units listed.
EDUC2016 - Advanced Secondary Curriculum Pedagogy I
EDUC3014 - Advanced Secondary Curriculum Pedagogy II
CLST1003 - Doing Cultural Studies
CLST2005 - Space, Place and Travel
CLST2004 - Gender, Sexuality and Culture
CLST3003 - EcoCultural Studies
CLST3002 - Borderlands: Identity, Culture and Belonging
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Title Note
For Aboriginal Studies as a Second Teaching Subject, students must select Modern History or Geography as a First Teaching Subject, complete the first two (2) units and complete at least four (4) of the remaining units.
EDUC2016 - Advanced Secondary Curriculum Pedagogy I
EDUC3014 - Advanced Secondary Curriculum Pedagogy II
INDG3004 - Indigenous Australians in Education
INDG1001 - Indigenous World-Views
INDG2001 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples
INDG1002 - Indigenous Knowledge
INDG3001 - Caring for Country
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Electives

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