Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
About this course
Secondary school teachers have the rewarding role of preparing young people to become positive and active citizens in modern society. This combined degree prepares graduates to teach in up to two secondary teaching areas. This course produces teachers who understand the attributes of inclusive education, the development and learning of young people, and the importance of life-long learning.
To expand career opportunities, the degree offers specialist majors in Special Education or Indigenous Australian Education. Students also complete studies in literacy and numeracy, supporting learners with diverse needs, assessment, and the use of ICT in education.
Students will complete a number of practical teaching experiences throughout the degree to put theory into practice and to observe and reflect on the dynamics of the education environment.
In addition to teaching in secondary schools and colleges, graduates also work in a range of training and development settings in industry and the public service.
Accredited by NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES). Courses accredited by BOSTES have 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.
Students complete significant blocks of in-school supervised practical experiences throughout the degree to demonstrate their professional capabilities as teachers.
Major areas of study
Students can tailor the course to study two of the following teaching majors or one teaching major with an additional specialist major.
Teaching majors1 (and locations)
- Biology (L, DE2)
- Chemistry (L)
- Earth and Environmental Science (L, DE3)
- English (DE)
- Mathematics (DE)
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (L)
- Modern History (DE)
- Geography (L, DE)
- Society and Culture (for students who complete Modern History or Geography) (L, DE)
- Aboriginal Studies (for students who complete Modern History or Geography) (DE)
Specialist majors (and locations)
- Special Education (DE)
- Indigenous Australian Education (DE)
1 All teaching majors have two curriculum specialisation units. These may require attendance at compulsory on-campus workshops. The workshops vary between one to four days depending on the teaching major.
3 One unit is offered as a three-week intensive that includes a one-week field trip. Contact the University for more details.
The assessment methods used in this course vary from unit to unit. Most units have progressive assessment with grades typically allocated across a combination of assessment tasks due at different times during the study period. Some units may also include a formal examination at the end of the study period. Assessment requirements for each unit are advised in writing to students at the commencement of each study period with clear guidelines, due dates, and the weighting for each assessment task.
On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
The online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive online pre-recorded and/or live lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.
- Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
- Recognition of informal learning
Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).
To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.
An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.
MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.
The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.
Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.
The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.
The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.
Equipment and facilities
Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.
Table of contents
- Applicants for admission to candidature at a New South Wales campus of Southern Cross University must have satisfied requirements specified by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards for admission to an initial teacher education course that is approved for the purposes of enabling graduates to apply for registration as a teacher in New South Wales.
- Applicants for admission to candidature at a Queensland campus of Southern Cross University must have satisfied requirements specified by the Queensland College of Teachers for admission to an initial teacher education course that is approved for the purposes of enabling graduates to apply for registration as a teacher in Queensland.
To meet the University’s minimum English Language Proficiency requirement an applicant must satisfy one of the following criteria:
have completed senior secondary study to the equivalent of the Australian year 12 or have completed at least one year of full-time study (or equivalent part-time study) at AQF diploma equivalent or higher where:
- the country where those studies were undertaken is listed in Schedule A of the Rules Relating to Awards – Rule 2; and
- the language of instruction was English; or
achieved a minimum test score, within two (2) years of the date of application for admission, equal to or above the minimum listed below:
- International English Language Test System (IELTS). The applicant must have a minimum overall score of 7.5, including a minimum result of 8.0 in both the speaking and listening modules and 7.0 in reading and writing; or
- iInternational Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR). The applicant must have a score of at least 4+ in each of the four areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
- Successfully completed SCU's Preparing for Success Program.
- have completed senior secondary study to the equivalent of the Australian year 12 or have completed at least one year of full-time study (or equivalent part-time study) at AQF diploma equivalent or higher where:
For the purposes of satisfying English Language Proficiency requirements for admission, applicants will only be considered on the above criteria and will not be considered on the basis of other criteria established by the Rules Relating to Awards – Rule 2, Section 1 – English Language Proficiency Subsection.
To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) a candidate shall successfully complete not less than thirty-two (32) units comprising:
- all eleven (11) units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units; and
- one major (First Teaching Subject) from Part B of the Schedule of Units; and
- the remaining units from Part B and/or Part C and/or Part D of the Schedule of Units as approved by the Head of School from the School of Education.
- A candidate who while enrolled for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) has completed the requirements for the Bachelor of Educational Studies may elect to be awarded the Bachelor of Educational Studies following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary).
- A candidate who while enrolled for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) has completed the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts may elect to be awarded the Bachelor of Arts following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary).
- Permission to undertake a professional experience placement will at all times be at the discretion of the Head of School.
- Practising teachers in NSW who have completed an approved Secondary School teaching qualification may be granted advanced standing for up to twenty-five (25) units.
- Practising teachers in NSW who have completed an approved Primary School teaching qualification may be granted advanced standing for up to twenty-three (23) units. Candidates must then complete a minimum of six (6) units in a Secondary Teaching Subject Area as approved by the Head of School, two (2) sequential curriculum specialisation units from Part B which are related to their Teaching Subject and EDU10716 Professional Development in Education.
- Additional advanced standing for up to four (4) units may be granted by the School Board, which shall notify the Academic Board in all instances.
Schedule of units
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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'