Course summary

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.

The course is also suitable for secondary teachers who wish to add an additional secondary subject (by studying a minimum of seven units, all offered by distance education); and primary teachers who wish to qualify to teach a secondary subject (by studying a minimum of nine units, all offered by distance education).

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

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.

The course is also suitable for secondary teachers who wish to add an additional secondary subject (by studying a minimum of seven units, all offered by distance education); and primary teachers who wish to qualify to teach a secondary subject (by studying a minimum of nine units, all offered by distance education).

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

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 may 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.

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

Creativity

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.

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.


Course overview

Course code

3707000

Course abbreviation

BEd(Sec)

Credit points

192

Equivalent units

16

Duration

2 years full-time; 4 years part-time

Duration

2 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
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.

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Education (Secondary) a candidate shall successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A; and
    2. two (2) sequential units in a curriculum specialisation listed in Part B; and
    3. seven (7) approved units, which may include units from Part B, Part C or Part D
  2. Permission to undertake a practicum will at all times be at the discretion of the Head of the School of Education.

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

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

Note 1

Part C

Up to six units, as approved by the Course Coordinator

Part D


Notes

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.