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Undergraduate

Secondary Education

Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education) - BEd(Curtin) - B-EDSC Humanities
Guaranteed ATAR 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
Location Bentley
Study method Part-time or full-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July

Applicants are required to complete a non-academic attributes test in order to assess suitability for teaching. Applicants will be responsible for meeting any costs associated with this assessment process.

Students are required to provide evidence of successful completion of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students (LANTITE) prior to graduation. The test is managed by ACER and details of the test (for example, sample questions, the Test Window dates, and registration) can be found at: https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/. Students are responsible for meeting the costs associated with taking these tests, which are a national requirement applicable to all teaching graduates.

Duration 4 years full-time or equivalent part-time study

Course overview

If you are seeking a rewarding, stimulating and enjoyable career in teaching, Curtin provides a high quality, well-regarded course for beginning secondary school teachers.

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education) provides a qualification for those who wish to teach students in Years 7 to 12 in the government, Catholic and independent school sectors. The course will be suitable for those looking to register as a teacher in Australia and any other countries that recognise an Australian teaching qualification.

This course aims to develop graduates who have critical skills, knowledge and understanding concerning best practice in education and who are responsive in meeting the needs of 21st-century learners.

Teaching practice
School experience forms a significant part of the degree. You will work in schools in various capacities and for varying lengths of time throughout the program. There are opportunities to undertake professional experience placements in rural and/or remote areas, interstate or overseas. The final term-long internship (generally 10 weeks in duration) will see you having the major responsibility for a class, under the supervision of a mentor teacher.

Core education
The core education units comprise the bulk of the course and are taken throughout the four years. You will cover areas such as planning, implementing and evaluating learning experiences and programs; the curriculum learning areas; classroom management and teaching strategies; theories of learning; Indigenous education; and teaching children with diverse learning needs. There is a strong emphasis on creating and nurturing an inquiry approach and analytic and critical thinking.

Curriculum area specialisation
You will specialise in either one or two Secondary school curriculum areas, and the units providing this specialist discipline knowledge will be undertaken outside the School of Education. You will learn the most up-to-date content for your chosen curriculum area/s because it is delivered by active researchers and highly regarded academics specialising in those subjects.

You will choose a major secondary teaching area as well as a second teaching specialisation. The Secondary Education Majors offered at Curtin are:

Admission criteria

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed below, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Guaranteed ATAR This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.

70

STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Written English and MC Verbal and Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

ATAR-related adjustments

Details of the types of ‘bonus points’ commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most recent intake period.

Mature age entry

Discover other ways you can qualify

Essential WACE courses

  • English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR. Please refer to specific additional academic entry requirements for the Mathematics and Science Education Majors.

Desirable WACE courses

Subjects appropriate to intended teaching area. If you intend to teach mathematics: Mathematics Methods ATAR and/or Mathematics Specialist ATAR

English language proficiency

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 8.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 8.0
Overall band score 7.5

Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.

Other requirements

By demonstrating your previous experience, aptitude, or qualifications in a portfolio application, you could now gain entry into our courses. Find out more about portfolio entry.

TAFE requirements

A TAFE certificate IV and evidence of English competency, or a TAFE diploma.

Please refer to the following statements before applying for this course:

Notes

Applicants are required to complete a non-academic attributes test in order to assess suitability for teaching. Applicants will be responsible for meeting any costs associated with this assessment process.

Students are required to provide evidence of successful completion of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students (LANTITE) prior to graduation. The test is managed by ACER and details of the test (for example, sample questions, the Test Window dates, and registration) can be found at: https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/. Students are responsible for meeting the costs associated with taking these tests, which are a national requirement applicable to all teaching graduates.

Fees

Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
$6,910*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Professional recognition

This course is recognised nationally as an initial teacher education qualification. It is accredited by the Teachers Registration Board of WA (TRBWA) and graduates will be able to register as a teacher in Australia and any other countries that recognise an Australian teaching qualification.

Credit for previous study

If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you are encouraged to contact the Faculty to discuss eligibility for credit for recognised learning (CRL).

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).

Please note: Credit is rarely given on the basis of professional experience only in Initial Teacher Education courses as graduates must meet registration requirements set by the accrediting bodies in each state/territory.


Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Teacher - Secondary
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Education Administrator
  • Policy Development Officer

Why Secondary Education?

  • Curtin’s education courses were ranked in the top 100 in the world in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
  • Staff teaching in the secondary programs are active researchers who represent a high level of expertise in their disciplinary fields from across the University.
  • Curtin has a long history of excellence in the area of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) which are key areas of focus in education. 
  • You will experience a digitally rich e-learning environment that complements your studies and enhances your teaching skills. You will be encouraged to participate in the learning process and acquire the skills needed to be digitally fluent and there is a focus on group interaction and continuous assessment.
  • Secondary education is a much sought-after phase of learning. Currently there is a shortage of teachers working in this area consequently there is a high-uptake of graduates by employers.
  • This course integrates education theory with classroom practice for all areas. You will undertake 18 weeks of teaching internship and be offered opportunities for international exchange, internship, master and graduate programs.
  • The School of Education is proud of its consistently positive feedback from employers who say Curtin teachers are of excellent quality and well prepared for the education industry.

 

How this course will make you industry ready

A major component of this course comprises units on teaching strategies, planning lessons, classroom management, learning processes, educational psychology and curriculum studies. You will also complete 18 weeks of teaching practice over the course of your studies, including a 10 week internship where you will have the major responsibility for students’ learning under the mentorship of a qualified teacher.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.