This two-year degree (full-time or part-time equivalent) offers graduates of disciplines other than education a qualification to teach in a secondary school in up to two subjects, enabling them to expand their employment opportunities in areas where demand is high.
Specialisation units are generally delivered by practising teachers who bring their first-hand teaching experience to the course.
Major areas of study
Students can study two of the following curriculum specialisations:
- Human Society and its Environment (HSIE), which comprises modern history or geography, with the optional addition of ancient history, business studies, legal studies, economics, society and culture
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
- Technology and Applied Studies
- Visual Arts
All curriculum specialisations are offered by distance education, but require attendance at compulsory on-campus workshops (except for Technology and Applied Studies). Depending on their previous study, some students may need to complete additional units, some of which may only be available on campus, contact the University for more information. All core education units can be studied on campus or by distance education.
Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.
|Graduate Attribute||Course Learning Outcome|
Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills which show a broad understanding of knowledge and depth
Analyse and appraise the relevant concepts, ideas and principles relating to educational practice
Identify and categorise appropriate data and information in relation to student performance
Demonstrate an ability to develop creative and effective responses to intellectual, professional and social challenges
Demonstrate creativity, innovation and enterprise to design and implement effective teaching programs and strategies
Demonstrate a knowledge of social responsibility, ethics and legal principles consistent with what is expected of an education professional working in a learning community and with students, parents and carers
Demonstrate an awareness of the need for student safety and support within professional frameworks
Demonstrate understanding of the need to implement policy requirements from a duty of care perspective
|Knowledge of a discipline|
Demonstrate a broad, integrated knowledge and understanding of secondary teaching area disciplines
Apply e knowledge and skills relating to a specific discipline area to effectively achieve syllabus outcomes
Apply pedagogical principles and practice to ensure effective teaching and learning including assessment and reporting practices
Demonstrate skills in maintaining or advancing information and literacy skills to keep currency with pedagogical practice
Demonstrate a commitment to personal and professional development through self-directed learning and reflective practice
|Communication and social skills|
Communicate concisely and appropriately in oral and written form in professional educational settings
Communicate sensitively and appropriately with students within a professional framework
Demonstrate teamwork and leadership skills applicable in professional learning community settings
Apply and integrate an understanding of social, indigenous and cultural diversity, and respect for the identity of all persons, in local and international contexts
Identify and apply proactive and inclusive strategies to encourage and support student engagement and behaviour including diverse groups of learners such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, migrants and students from non-English speaking backgrounds
The assessment methods vary from unit to unit. Most units use progressive assessment with grades typically allocated across a combination of tasks which are due at different times during the study period and sometimes include an end of period examination. Students are advised of assessment requirements for each unit, including clear guidelines, due dates, and the weighting for each assessment, at the commencement of each study period.
On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
In addition to teaching in secondary schools and colleges, graduates also work in a range of training and development settings in industry, and the public service.
Students complete significant blocks of in-school supervised practical experiences throughout the degree to demonstrate their professional capabilities as teachers.
Accredited by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES). Courses accredited by BOSTES have national recognition through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).
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.
|Duration||2 years full-time; 4 years part-time|
|Fees|| Commonwealth supported
|Duration||2 years full-time; 4 years part-time|
Qualification equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree. Refer to the Course Structure tab for specific admission requirements.
|English language IELTS||
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.
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 Studiosity 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 Studiosity service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.
Equipment and facilitiesSouthern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.
Table of contents
- Applicants shall either have qualified for any degree of this or another university or other institution approved by the School Board for this purpose, or in exceptional circumstances, have completed so much of the requirements of a degree over a period of not less than three (3) years, that the remaining requirements may be completed within one year concurrently with candidature for the Bachelor of Education (Secondary). No student may qualify for the award of Bachelor of Education (Secondary) until all requirements of the first degree have been satisfied.
To meet the University’s minimum English Language Proficiency requirement an applicant must satisfy one of the following criteria:
have completed senior secondary study to the equivalent of the Australian year 12 or have completed at least one year of full-time study (or equivalent part-time study) at AQF diploma equivalent or higher where:
- the country where those studies were undertaken is listed in Schedule A of the Rules Relating to Awards - Rule 2; and
- the language of instruction was English; or
achieved a minimum test score, within two (2) years of the date of application for admission, equal to or above the minimum listed below:
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- have completed senior secondary study to the equivalent of the Australian year 12 or have completed at least one year of full-time study (or equivalent part-time study) at AQF diploma equivalent or higher where:
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.
To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Education (Secondary) a candidate shall successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units comprising:
- all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules;
- two (2) sequential units in a curriculum specialisation listed in Part B of the Schedule;
- seven (7) approved units, which may include units from Part B, Part C or Part D of the Schedule.
- A candidate who while enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) has completed the units EDU10710, EDU10711, EDU10712, EDU10713, EDU10714 and EDU10715 from Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules, and two (2) sequential units in any curriculum specialisation listed in Part B of the Schedule, may elect to be awarded the Graduate Diploma of Education upon withdrawal from candidature from the Bachelor degree.
- Permission to undertake a practicum will at all times be at the discretion of the Head of the School of Education.
- Practising teachers in NSW who have completed an approved Secondary School teaching qualification may be granted advanced standing for up to nine (9) units.
- Practising teachers in NSW who have completed an approved Primary School teaching qualification may be granted advanced standing for up to seven (7) units. Candidates must then complete a minimum of six (6) units in a Secondary Teaching Subject Area as approved by the Course Coordinator, two (2) sequential curriculum specialisation units from Part B which are related to their Teaching Subject and EDU10716 Professional Development in Education.
- Additional advanced standing for up to three (3) units may be granted by the School Board, which shall notify the Academic Board in all instances.
Schedule of units
Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment
Bachelor of Education Secondary (Graduate entry)
|Title||Level of learning||Note|
|Please refer to the course enrolment guide available on the School of Education website (www.scu.edu.au/education) within the student information and downloads tab|
|Note 1:||Sequential units in a curriculum specialisation are indicated by their naming; e.g. Curriculum Specialisation: Visual Arts I and Curriculum Specialisation: Visual Arts II.|
|Note 2:||Double-weighted unit.|
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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'