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Bachelor of Education (Secondary) - Graduate entry

Bachelors Graduate Entry

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This two-year degree (full-time or part-time equivalent) offers graduates of disciplines other than education a qualification to teach in a secondary school in up to two subjects, enabling them to expand their employment opportunities in areas where demand is high.

Specialisation units are generally delivered by practising teachers who bring their first-hand teaching experience to the course. 

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills which show a broad understanding of knowledge and depth

Analyse and appraise the relevant concepts, ideas and principles relating to educational practice

Identify and categorise appropriate data and information in relation to student performance


Demonstrate an ability to develop creative and effective responses to intellectual, professional and social challenges

Demonstrate creativity, innovation and enterprise to design and implement effective teaching programs and strategies

Ethical practice

Demonstrate a knowledge of social responsibility, ethics and legal principles consistent with what is expected of an education professional working in a learning community and with students, parents and carers

Demonstrate an awareness of the need for student safety and support within professional frameworks

Demonstrate understanding of the need to implement policy requirements from a duty of care perspective

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate a broad, integrated knowledge and understanding of secondary teaching area disciplines

Apply e knowledge and skills relating to a specific discipline area to effectively achieve syllabus outcomes

Apply pedagogical principles and practice to ensure effective teaching and learning including assessment and reporting practices

Lifelong learning

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

Demonstrate a commitment to personal and professional development through self-directed learning and reflective practice

Communication and social skills

Communicate concisely and appropriately in oral and written form in professional educational settings

Communicate sensitively and appropriately with students within a professional framework

Demonstrate teamwork and leadership skills applicable in professional learning community settings

Cultural competence

Apply and integrate an understanding of social, indigenous and cultural diversity, and respect for the identity of all persons, in local and international contexts

Identify and apply proactive and inclusive strategies to encourage and support student engagement and behaviour including diverse groups of learners such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, migrants and students from non-English speaking backgrounds

Students complete significant blocks of in-school supervised practical experiences throughout the degree to demonstrate their professional capabilities as teachers.

Students can study two of the following curriculum specialisations:

  • English
  • Human Society and its Environment (HSIE), which comprises modern history or geography, with the optional addition of ancient history, business studies, legal studies, economics, society and culture 
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
  • Science
  • Technology and Applied Studies
  • Visual Arts

All curriculum specialisations are offered by distance education, but require attendance at compulsory on-campus workshops (except for Technology and Applied Studies). Depending on their previous study, some students may need to complete additional units, some of which may only be available on campus, contact the University for more information. All core education units can be studied on campus or by distance education.

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Coffs Harbour Session 1 , Session 2 N/A N/A
Gold Coast Session 1 , Session 2 N/A N/A
Lismore Session 1 , Session 2 N/A N/A

Career Outcomes

Accredited by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES). Courses accredited by BOSTES have national recognition 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.


We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Education (Secondary) a candidate shall successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules;
    2. two (2) sequential units in a curriculum specialisation listed in Part B of the Schedule;
    3. seven (7) approved units, which may include units from Part B, Part C or Part D of the Schedule.
  2. A candidate who while enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) has completed the units EDU10710, EDU10711, EDU10712, EDU10713, EDU10714 and EDU10715 from Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules, and two (2) sequential units in any curriculum specialisation listed in Part B of the Schedule, may elect to be awarded the Graduate Diploma of Education upon withdrawal from candidature from the Bachelor degree.
  3. Permission to undertake a practicum will at all times be at the discretion of the Head of the School of Education.

Course structure

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Level of learning Notes
Please refer to the course enrolment guide available on the School of Education website ( within the student information and downloads tab

Note 1:

Sequential units in a curriculum specialisation are indicated by their naming; e.g. Curriculum Specialisation: Visual Arts I and Curriculum Specialisation: Visual Arts II.

Note 2:

Double-weighted unit.

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes

Part A

EDU10710 Learners, Teachers and Pedagogies Intermediate
EDU10711 Effective Communication in the Classroom Intermediate
EDU10712 Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities Intermediate
EDU10713 Curriculum, Assessment and New Media Advanced
EDU10714 The Inclusive Classroom Intermediate
EDU10715 Issues in Education Advanced
EDU10716 Professional Development in Education Advanced

Part B

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
EDU01021 Curriculum Specialisation: Personal Development, Health, Physical Education I Intermediate
EDU01022 Curriculum Specialisation: Personal Development, Health, Physical Education II (Lifestyle) Advanced
EDU01143 Curriculum Specialisation - Music I Intermediate
EDU01144 Curriculum Specialisation - Music II Intermediate
EDU01145 Curriculum Specialisation: Mathematics I Intermediate
EDU01146 Curriculum Specialisation: Mathematics II Advanced
EDU01153 Curriculum Specialisation: Visual Arts I Intermediate
EDU01154 Curriculum Specialisation: Visual Arts II Advanced
EDU01246 Curriculum Specialisation: Science I Intermediate
EDU01247 Curriculum Specialisation: Science II Advanced
TCH10007 Curriculum Specialisation: Human Society and its Environment I Intermediate
TCH10008 Curriculum Specialisation: Human Society and its Environment II Advanced
TCH10174 Curriculum Specialisation: English I Intermediate
TCH10175 Curriculum Specialisation: English II Advanced
EDU10631 Technology Pedagogy and Curriculum I Intermediate
EDU10632 Technology Pedagogy and Curriculum II Advanced
Note 1

Part C

Up to six units, as approved by the Course Coordinator

Part D

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
COM10295 Written Communication Introductory
CUL00401 Indigenous World-Views Introductory
CUL00402 Contemporary Australian Indigenous Issues Intermediate
CUL00412 Indigenous Ways of Cultural Expression Introductory
EDU00298 Co-operative Learning Skills in the Classroom Advanced
EDU00353 Teaching the Gifted Intermediate
EDU01104 Assessment and Reporting Intermediate
EDU01105 Professional Learning Project Advanced
EDU01304 Music and Children Intermediate
EDU10131 Transition to Teaching Advanced
ENG00351 Children's Literature Advanced
ENG00355 Storytelling Intermediate
EDU10172 Extended Education Project Advanced Note 2
EDU01286 Environmental Education Introductory
EDU01308 Indigenous Australians in Education Advanced