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Bachelor of Education (Honours)

Honours candidates are post graduate students. Typically, to be eligible for acceptance in the Honours program, a GPA of 5.5 or more from the candidate’s undergraduate degree is required. Please see the Honours Coordinator for more information.

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About this course

The Bachelor of Education (Honours) is a year of study that is undertaken following the successful completion of an undergraduate education degree. It enables students to:

  • extend the depth of their education degree (as an expert educator)
  • enhance their career pathways
  • develop a basis for gaining entry into an education PhD program.

The highest performing education students will be accepted to the Honours program. Upon successful completion, they will have an excellent chance of being admitted to a PhD program through the School of Education. Some Honours graduates may also be able to obtain scholarships for their PhD studies.

The Honours degree includes units in educational research skills and research methodology that assists students to conduct a significant research project on a topic of their interest. Generally this research project will be presented in the form of a written thesis. A supervisor (an experienced academic) will closely guide and support Honours students in undertaking their research project (thesis) from concept through to completion. In all respects, Honours students in the School of Education will be regarded as budding researchers where they will contribute significantly to the research culture in the School. 

There are two School of Education scholarships available for Honours students.

Career opportunities

A key aim of the Honours degree is to foster the next generation of academics in education. An Honours degree enables graduates to:

  • specialise in a field of education whereby working towards becoming an expert teacher
  • gain entry into a PhD program
  • work as an educational officer or coordinator in departments of education or non-profit education providers
  • work towards becoming a junior academic in a school or faculty of education.

Assessment methods

The coursework units are assessed through two assignments each, evaluated by the unit marker, as per the published rubric in the Unit Information Guide and on the unit site. The results in the coursework units constitute 25% of the final Honours level calculation. The thesis that is produced by the candidate is examined by two examiners, chosen by the Honours supervisor. One or more of these examiners may be external to Southern Cross University. The thesis is evaluated according to a rubric in the Honours Handbook, published in the Honours Handbook.

Teaching methods

This program is delivered online, including the course work units and consultation with supervisors. Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit and with each individual supervisor.

Learning support

Learning resources

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 SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

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 learning spaces, including a designated study area for each Honours candidate.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

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Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Education (Honours) a candidate shall successfully complete not less than the equivalent of eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in the Schedule of Units

Schedule of units

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How to apply

Interested applicants need to contact the School directly to discuss their eligibility and to find a suitable honours supervisor for their proposed honours topic prior to lodging their application. Apply directly to the University.

Domestic students

Applications for this course are made directly to SCU via our online application service.

The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this page again before acting and see our disclaimer.

From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'