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Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

Course code Y68

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, in addition to a suite of core education units that address key educational needs of young people. Graduates of this course will have the flexibility to take up employment in both private and government secondary schools.

A central feature of this course is the range of professional practice experiences Pre-Service Teachers undertake throughout their training. This provides valuable and diverse employability skills and enables them to connect theory to practice.

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Course overview

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Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

Y68

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $5,100

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT FT PT
Mount Lawley FT PT FT PT
South West FT PT FT PT
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Location

This course requires attendance at more than one campus or location. See Course Notes.

Early closing date 26-07-2021

This course has an early closing date for applications. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you apply by this date.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

Y68

CRICOS code

074171B

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $31,500

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

4 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT FT
Mount Lawley FT FT
South West FT FT
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Location

This course requires attendance at more than one campus or location. See Course Notes.

Early closing date 26-07-2021

This course has an early closing date for applications. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you apply by this date.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • 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 University Readiness Assessment; 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.

  • 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 the 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

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley, South West

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley, South West

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley, South West

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley, South West

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley, South West

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley, South West

Course Structure

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LIT1200Personal Literacy
NUM1200Personal Numeracy

All nationally accredited Initial Teacher Education courses require students to undertake the LANTITE tests, as set by ACER, and meet the Standard in personal literacy and personal numeracy to be eligible to graduate. The Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia requires all students who enrol in an Initial Teacher Education course (undergraduate and graduate) from 1st January 2017 to have successfully met the set Standard, as set by ACER, for personal numeracy and literacy to be eligible to graduate, and therefore, be eligible for registration as a teacher. Students will be able to resit each component of the test two additional times if not successful on the first attempt (three opportunities in total). Students will be required to re-register and pay to sit the test each subsequent time. On successful completion of the test students will be given advanced standing for the above two units LIT1200 and NUM1200.

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
EDU1010Becoming a Teacher15
Unit from MajorContent unit15
Unit from MajorContent unit15
Unit from MinorContent unit15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CUR1212ICT-Enhanced Curriculum15
Unit from MajorContent unit15
Unit from MajorContent unit15
Unit from MinorContent unit15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
EDU2110Teaching, Learning and Assessment15
Unit from MajorCurriculum unit15
Unit from MajorContent unit15
Unit from MajorContent unit15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
EDU2231Creating Positive Learning Environments15
Unit from MajorCurriculum unit15
PPA2211First Professional Practice15
Unit from MajorContent unit15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
EDU3104Diversity in the Secondary Classroom15
Unit from MinorCurriculum unit15
Unit from MajorContent unit15
Unit from MinorContent unit15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Unit from MinorCurriculum unit15
CUR3211Integrating Curriculum with Practice15
PPA3211Second Professional Practice15
EDF3203Aboriginal Contexts in Secondary Education15
Year 4 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
EDU4120Literacy in Teaching and Learning15
PPA4311Assistant Teacher Program30
TPA4100Teaching Performance Assessment15
Year 4 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Unit from MajorContent Unit15
Unit from MinorContent unit15
CUR4210Curriculum Enrichment for the Major Secondary Specialisation15
EDP4111Teachers and the Education System15

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 program.

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 Program - PPA4211 - typically Highly Competent or above.

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPL4157School Based Professional Learning - Internship60

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Majors you can study in this course

Course notes

Important course notes

  • Students may be required to attend both Joondalup and Mount Lawley campuses depending on their selected major and minor combination. Southwest campus: Please note that only the Majors and Minors of Biological Science Education, English Education and Humanities and Social Sciences Education and the Minor of Mathematics Education can be studied on-campus. The Minor in Catholic Education may be studied online. Please refer to each of the Major and Minor listings for details of other delivery options.

  • Students are provided numerous opportunities to make the connection between theory and practice, through professional experiences. Partnerships between the University and a diverse range of secondary schools allow students to gain the experience they need to become successful and confident teachers. Students will complete a 3-week placement (PPA2211) in Year 2 and a 5-week placement (PPA3211) in Year 3. These practicum placements allow students to apply their knowledge of secondary education and build professional and generic employability skills in real classroom settings, culminating in a 9-week Assistant Teacher professional experience placement (PPA4311) in the final year of the degree.

    Further information regarding Professional Experience can be found at: https://www.ecu.edu.au/schools/education/professional-experience

    Attendance requirements

    Generally host Schools and Centres require that the Pre-Service Teachers attend the placement on a full time basis and otherwise meet their specific attendance requirements of the particular placement. There is limited scope for ECU to negotiate any deviations from these requirements.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    The Department of Education Western Australia and cooperating non-government schools have the right to determine 'fit and proper persons' to enter and practice in schools. For these reasons, all Pre-Service Teachers 18 years of age and over will be required to have a current Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) and a current Working with Children Check, or the equivalent clearance issued by the relevant State authority before commencing this period of Professional Experience.

    Further information can be found at http://www.ecu.edu.au/schools/education/professional- practice/clearances

    Professional practice rules

    During the placement, it is imperative that Pre-Service Teachers always demonstrate professionalism and respect for industry partners. Pre-Service Teachers must abide by the professional standards set out in the ECU Student Code of Conduct and comply with the applicable University policies and rules.
    The Student Code of Conduct can be found at: http://policysearch.ecu.edu.au/PolicySearch/Record/767/file/document
    The host School/Centre has absolute discretion to terminate the Pre-Service Teachers placement prior to completion of the placement. Situations where this discretion has been exercised are typically where the School/Centre has had concerns about Pre-Service Teacher's conduct or performance. ECU may also withdraw a Pre-Service Teacher from placement in certain circumstances. Early termination or withdrawal from the professional experience placement may result in a Fail grade for this unit.

  • Students will need to graduate to be eligible to register with the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA). Registration with the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA) is required to practice in the profession.

    Graduates must meet the Teacher Registration Board of WA (TRBWA) literacy and numeracy proficiency requirements prior to graduation for teacher registration in Western Australia. Further information is available at http://www.trb.wa.gov.au

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical discipline situations.
  2. Communicate disciplinary knowledge and values in professional and public contexts.
  3. Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for cultural diversity, including Indigenous cultural competence.
  4. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and professional practice.
  5. Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate discipline specific solutions/responses.
  6. Think critically to analyse, interpret and conceptualise complex problems.
  7. 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)

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $5,100 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $31,500 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

This course creates quality graduates ready to take up employment in education learning environments.

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

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Student stories

  • Secondary teaching student, Alexander Gibbs with high school arts students on a teaching practicum.

    Alexander Gibbs

    ECU Secondary Visual Arts Education graduate

    "Every unit from my degree has been helpful and I have been able to put the skills I have learnt into practice in the classroom."

    I have a love for art that I wanted to be able to share with others, so I decided to study Secondary Education at ECU with a major in Visual Arts. I believe ECU is the best university for Teacher Education as they have a variety of disciplines, and provide so much real life experience in classrooms.

    I was a bit nervous about going out on practicum placement at first, but this experience helped confirm that teaching was the career I want to pursue.

  • Angel Jin

    ECU Secondary Education student

    "This is definitely what I want to do..."

    Secondary Education student, Angel Jin switched to ECU to study to become a teacher. This is her (short) story.

  • ECU Secondary education student, Lisa-marie McLachlan

    Lisa-marie McLachlan

    ECU Secondary Education (Physical Education) student

    "During my prac placements I made some great working relationships"

    Teaching was something I always wanted to do. I had already studied my undergrad degree at ECU so I jumped at the opportunity to further my career with a postgrad degree. The lecturers at ECU have been extremely helpful, even after completing all units they still remain in contact and give sound advice when applying for jobs.

    During my prac placements I made some great working relationships that will help me with future job opportunities.

Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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