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Secondary Education

Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education) - BEd(Curtin) - B-EDSC

Humanities

This course is designed to prepare you for a rewarding career in secondary school teaching and, at the same time, allows the pursuit of specialist interests.

The degree is recognised nationally and internationally for those who aspire to teach students aged twelve to eighteen in public and private schools. 

As part of the degree program, you choose a major and a minor teaching specialisation. The major teaching area qualifies you to teach up to year 12 in secondary school. The minor teaching area qualifies you to teach up to year 10 in secondary school.

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 leaning needs. There is a strong emphasis on creating and nurturing an inquiry approach and analytic and critical thinking.

Electives
There are three main elective streams:

  • The International Baccalaureate stream (3 units), which provides you with the certification to teach in schools following the International Baccalaureate curriculum. This option is becoming increasingly popular as more schools both nationally and internationally choose to follow this curriculum.
  • The Catholic education stream (3 units), which provides you with the background to apply for teaching positions in Catholic schools
  • The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) stream (3 units), which provides you with the background and skills to teach students from Non-English Speaking Backgrounds (NESB).

You may choose electives from between these three streams of from other electives offered. You can also choose elective units from across the University, for example, psychology, speech and hearing and indigenous education.

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, culminating a final term-long internship (usually 10 weeks). During the internship, you will have the major responsibility for a class, under the supervision of a mentor teacher. There are often opportunities for a country practice or an interstate or overseas internship.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Principal
  • Deputy Principal
  • Education Administrator
  • Policy Development Officer
  • Special Needs Teacher

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Professional recognition

Curtin's Bachelor of Education is recognised nationally as an initial pre-service 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).

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 20 weeks of teaching practice over the course of your studies, including a 10 week internship where you will have the major responsibility for a class of children under the mentorship of a qualified teacher.

Units

Current students: Please refer to the Handbook's full course structure when enrolling.

Credits needed to graduate: 800

Core units Hrs/Wk Credit
Year 1 Semester 1
Child Development for Educators 3.0 25.0
Introduction to Secondary Teaching 3.0 25.0
Year 1 Semester 2
Learning Theory for Educators 2.0 25.0
Professional Practice in Secondary Education 1 3.0 25.0
Teaching Literacy in Secondary Schools 2.0 25.0
Year 2 Semester 1
Technologies to Engage Learners 2.0 25.0
Year 2 Semester 2
Assessment in Secondary Schools 2.0 25.0
Professional Practice in Secondary Education 2 2.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 1
Curriculum and Culture in Secondary Schools 2.0 25.0
Inclusive Education 3.0 25.0
Teacher as Researcher 2.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 2
Professional Practice in Secondary Education 3 3.0 25.0
Year 4 Semester 1
Indigenous Australian Education 3.0 25.0
Year 4 Quarter 3
Education Internship 0.0 100.0
Optional units Hrs/Wk Credit
(No year level specified)
Curriculum and Instruction in Lower Secondary Arts 3.0 25.0
Curriculum and Instruction in Lower Secondary English 3.0 25.0
Curriculum and Instruction in Lower Secondary Languages 3.0 25.0
Curriculum and Instruction in Lower Secondary Mathematics 3.0 25.0
Curriculum and Instruction in Lower Secondary Science 3.0 25.0
Curriculum and Instruction in Lower Secondary Social Sciences 3.0 25.0
Year 2 Semester 2
Curriculum and Instruction in Upper Secondary Arts 3.0 25.0
Curriculum and Instruction in Upper Secondary English 3.0 25.0
Curriculum and Instruction in Upper Secondary Languages 3.0 25.0
Curriculum and Instruction in Upper Secondary Mathematics 3.0 25.0
Curriculum and Instruction in Upper Secondary Science 3.0 25.0
Curriculum and Instruction in Upper Secondary Social Sciences 3.0 25.0

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Entry requirements:

Indicative TER (ATAR)*: 70
STAT entry*: Written English and MC Verbal and Quantitative
*What are Indicative TER (ATAR) and STAT Entry?

Indicative TER (ATAR)

This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.

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.

Mature age entry:

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Essential WACE courses:

  • Subjects appropriate to intended teaching area
  • At least English 2A/2B, Literature 2A/2B or English as an Additional Language/Dialect 2A/2B

Desirable WACE courses:

If you intend to teach mathematics: Mathematics 3C/3D and/or Mathematics: Specialist 3C/3D

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:

Where:

Bentley

When:

February

Mid-year applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Humanities Student Services on +61 8 9266 3400 before applying.

How:

Part-time or full-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

4 years full-time

Fees (indicative first year only):

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.
The requirements of this course may attract additional costs. For more information visit other fees and charges.

Other notes:

You will be required to pass a literary competence test in your first year.

 

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2014 entry requirements:

Minimum English language entry requirements:

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7
Speaking 7
Reading 7
Listening 7
Overall band score 7

Cut-off scores

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India 65
Sri Lanka 6

Minimum academic entry requirements


Course prerequisites

Subjects appropriate to the specialisation being studied. For teaching maths, Mathematics (including Calculus) is desirable. All applicants must undergo criminal record screening and clearance prior to enrolment.

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

Where:

Bentley

When:

February

How:

Full-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

4 years full-time

Fees for 2014:

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

Other notes:

You will be required to pass a literary competence test in your first year.

2015 entry requirements:

Minimum English language entry requirements:

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7
Speaking 7
Reading 7
Listening 7
Overall band score 7

Cut-off scores

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
HKDSE 15
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India 65%
Sri Lanka 6

Minimum academic entry requirements


Course prerequisites

Subjects appropriate to the specialisation being studied. For teaching maths, mathematics (including calculus) is desirable. All students will need a Working with Children card and a Criminal History Record Check before they attend a school placement in Semester 1.

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

Where:

Bentley

When:

February

How:

Full-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

4 years full-time

Fees for 2015:

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

Other notes:

You will be required to pass a literary competence test in your first year.

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This page was last updated on 10 September 2014

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