Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

General

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Program Description

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This nationally accredited course provides the opportunity for those with a passion in a particular subject specialisation and the desire to work with young people, to become secondary teachers.

Students study their preferred areas of specialisation concurrent with a suite of core education units that address key educational needs of young people. Students graduating from this course will have the flexibility to take up employment in both private and government secondary schools.

A key feature of the course is an emphasis on the use of Information Technology (IT) in learning and teaching. As well as gaining the professional knowledge needed to successfully incorporate IT into learning programmes, teaching students to develop their own IT skills, ensuring they are professionally prepared for teaching and have the confidence to promote student learning in new and innovative ways.

Course Entry

Academic Admission requirements (Band 3)

The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

All applicants are required to satisfy non-academic criteria, in addition to satisfying academic entry criteria. Applicants' non-academic capabilities will be assessed based on completion of a Non-Academic Requirements for Teacher Entry (NARTE) online questionnaire.

One or more of the majors in this course has admission requirements. Refer to the major for more information.

All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • AQF Cert IV;
  • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • University Preparation Course;*
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test; or*
  • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

English Language requirements (Band 5)

International students must attain an IELTS Academic with an average level of 7.5 or more, across the four components of listening, speaking, reading and writing; no score below level 7.0 in any of these components; and, a score of 8.0 or more in the components of speaking and listening. Internationally schooled applicants may also be required to meet this requirement.

Minimum English standard requirements for this course may also be satisfied with one of the following:

  • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
  • University Preparation Course;
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
  • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree; or
  • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent).

Note:

If secondary education and degree studies were completed within a period of 2 years before applying for registration in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or the USA, applicants do not need to provide proof of English competency.

Applicants who have completed their secondary education in South Africa in English and have an undergraduate degree taught in English from a South African University are deemed to have met English language requirements.

Applicants from Seychelles:

Successful completion of the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) grade C or above, PLUS a completed 4 year National Diploma.

Course Details

Semester availability

  • Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley
  • Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley

Course Structure

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LIT1200 Personal Literacy  
NUM1200 Personal Numeracy  

Students must complete the above two units LIT1200 (Personal Literacy) and NUM1200 (Personal Numeracy) to satisfy the requirements of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE). All students who enrol in an accredited pre-service teacher education course (undergraduate and graduate) from 1 January 2017 will have to successfully complete tests about their personal levels of literacy and numeracy to graduate. Students who enrol in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) will need to complete successfully both components of the personal Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) to enrol beyond 240 credit points within their course.

Students are required to complete 10 core units, 10 Major Content units, 4 Minor Content units, 2 Major Curriculum units and 2 Minor Curriculum units. Students are also required to complete 3 Practicum units. Note: Content units educate students in the subject area and are units offered outside the School of Education (with some exceptions), while Curriculum units explain how to teach the subject area to others and are units offered within the School of Education.

Year 1 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
EDU1010 Becoming a Teacher 15
Unit from Major Content unit 15
Unit from Major Content unit 15
Unit from Minor Content unit 15

Year 1 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CUR1212 ICT-Enhanced Curriculum 15
Unit from Major Content unit 15
Unit from Major Content unit 15
Unit from Minor Content unit 15

Year 2 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
EDU2110 Teaching, Learning and Assessment 15
Unit from Major Curriculum unit 15
Unit from Major Content unit 15
Unit from Major Content unit 15

Year 2 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
EDU2231 Creating Positive Learning Environments 15
Unit from Major Curriculum unit 15
PPA2211 First Professional Practice 15
Unit from Major Content unit 15

Year 3 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
EDU3104 Diversity in the Secondary Classroom 15
Unit from Minor Curriculum unit 15
Unit from Major Content unit 15
Unit from Minor Content unit 15

Year 3 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Unit from Minor Curriculum unit 15
CUR3211 Integrating Curriculum with Practice 15
PPA3211 Second Professional Practice 15
EDF3101 Working with Indigenous Australian Children, Youth and their Families 15

Year 4 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
EDU4120 Literacy in Teaching and Learning 15
PPA4311 Assistant Teacher Programme 30
TPA4100 Teaching Performance Assessment 15

Year 4 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Unit from Major Content Unit 15
Unit from Minor Content unit 15
CUR4210 Curriculum Enrichment for the Major Secondary Specialisation 15
EDP4111 Teachers and the Education System 15

Note: EDU4120 and EDF3101 are offered in different semesters, depending on the which campus the student is completing their specialisations. It is essential that students enrol in these units in the correct semester and on the correct campus. Note: There may be slight differences in the above basic course structure, depending on the specialisations selected. Students are required to consult with their Course Coordinator or Unit Set Coordinator regarding their study programme.

Alternatively, a student may choose to complete the Internship unit listed below, with the permission of the Course Coordinator or Associate Dean. Students must typically demonstrate a sound academic record (articulated with a WAM of 70 or above) and exemplary Assistant Teaching Programme - PPA4211 - typically Highly Competent or above.

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPL4157 School-Based Professional Learning - Internship 60

Majors you can study in this course

  • Biological Science Education
  • Design and Technology Education
  • Drama Education
  • English Education
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Home Economics Education
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Music Education
  • Visual Arts Education

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical discipline situations.
  • Communicate disciplinary knowledge and values in professional and public contexts.
  • Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for cultural diversity, including Indigenous cultural competence.
  • Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for cultural diversity, including Indigenous cultural competence.
  • Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and professional practice.
  • Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate discipline-specific solutions/responses.
  • Think critically to analyse, interpret and conceptualise complex problems.
  • Use digital technologies and literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA)

Career Opportunities

This course is designed for students wishing to become secondary teachers of English, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Health and Physical Education, Biological Science, Design and Technology, Music, Drama, Visual Arts and Home Economics.

Possible future job titles

Teacher, Education Officer, High School Teacher, Art Teacher, Biological Science Teacher, Computing Teacher, Design & Technology Teacher, Digital Media Teacher, Drama Teacher, Economics Teacher.

Last updated May 2020

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