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Bachelor of Technology Education

About this course

The Bachelor of Technology Education prepares students as secondary school teachers in the Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) key learning area. Students complete three ‘First Teaching Subjects’ including design and technology and a choice of two of the following: computing technology, food technology, graphics/multimedia technology, industrial technology and textiles technology.

This distance education course is supported by live and recorded online learning sessions, and on-campus workshops for some units. The course has a focus on creativity and innovation and a strong underpinning in social, cultural and environmental sustainability.

The Bachelor of Technology Education is closely integrated with vocational education courses. Some specialisations incorporate specified certificates and/or competencies from TAFE or other recognised VET providers. Students who already hold the appropriate TAFE or other recognised VET provider qualifications will receive advanced standing.

Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue careers as secondary teachers of design and technology, graphics technology, industrial technology, food technology, textiles technology, and computing technology. They may also work in the emerging technology areas of private enterprise and organisations where innovation, technology skills and specific industry knowledge is highly desired.

Professional recognition

Accredited by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES). Courses approved by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards are nationally recognised. 

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.

Professional placement

The course includes in-school teaching experience in a range of secondary school settings and a requirement to gain some current experience in relevant industries.

Major areas of study

Students study three main teaching subjects including Design and Technology and a choice of two of the following:

  • Computing Technology: Information Systems
  • Food Technology
  • Graphics/Multimedia Technology
  • Industrial Technology (timber and metal)
  • Textile Technology

Units with a practical component may require attendance at two-to-five-day workshops in Coffs Harbour and, where numbers permit, in Sydney.

Assessment methods

Most units comprise of two to three assessment tasks which may include a combination of essays, practical projects, the creation of teaching resources, written research reports, presentations, portfolio development and online assessment.

Teaching methods

This course is available by distance education. Distance education students experience a highly interactive study mode that strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. It includes online and resource-based learning, and online tutorials. Students are encouraged to establish mentoring partnerships with local schools.

Units with a practical component require attendance at two-to-five-day workshops in Coffs Harbour and, if numbers permit, in Sydney.

Advanced standing

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.

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

Students gain use of secondary school facilities during the intensive face-to-face workshops that are normally conducted during weekends and school holiday periods. 

Course structure

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

Table of contents

Admission requirements

  1. An applicant for admission on the basis of their Year 12 Higher School Certificate must have:
    1. satisfied requirements specified by the NSW Institute 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 NSW; or
    2. passed eight (8) discipline (non-teacher education studies) units, and achieved a Grade Point Average of at least 4 or equivalent in the Bachelor of Educational Studies as approved by the Course Coordinator.
  2. To meet the University’s minimum English Language Proficiency requirement an applicant must satisfy one of the following criteria:
    1. have completed senior secondary study to the equivalent of the Australian year 10 (or above) or have completed at least one year of full-time study (or equivalent part-time study) at AQF diploma equivalent or higher where:
      1. the country where those studies were undertaken is listed in Schedule A of the Rules Relating to Awards – Rule 2; and
      2. the language of instruction was English; or
    2. achieved a minimum test score, within two (2) years of the date of application for admission, equal to or above the minimum listed below:
      1. 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
      2. International 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.

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.

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Technology Education degree a candidate shall successfully complete not less than thirty-two (32) units comprising:
    1. all nineteen (19) units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units; and
    2. the equivalent of ten (10) units, comprising two specialisations, from Part B of the Schedule of Units; and
    3. three (3) elective units, of which at least two (2) must be Education Elective units from Part C of the Schedule of Units.
  2. Permission to undertake a professional experience placement will at all times be at the discretion of the Head of School of Education

Advanced standing

Candidates who have completed appropriate TAFE qualification/s or other relevant courses not otherwise counted in Part B may be granted advanced standing for up to three (3) elective units.

Schedule of units


How to apply

Domestic students

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