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Course summary

Combine your passion for teaching with highly desired technical skills. This course prepares you as a secondary school teacher in the Technological and Applied Studies area, which includes design, food, textiles, computing, graphic and industrial technologies. With a focus on creativity and innovation, this course also has an emphasis on social, cultural and environmental sustainability.

As well as building your understanding and proficiency in educational leadership, assessment approaches and teaching methods, you’ll put your learning into practice during placements in secondary schools or vocational education settings.

Flexibility of learning is just one of the advantages of this degree that will see you qualify to teach in Queensland and NSW.

This course supports a pathway from vocational education courses. Students who hold the appropriate TAFE or other recognised VET provider qualifications receive advanced standing.

The block professional teaching experiences, combined with volunteer activities and embedded site visits will provide you with a deep understanding about the role of a teacher. As you will be interacting with young people, upon enrolment you will be expected to apply and attain a valid Working with Children Check for your state or territory. See professional experience requirements.



May be completed in a shorter duration subject to unit availabilities.


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
  • Engineering Technology.

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

All students will need to successfully complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) test prior to undertaking the first professional experience placement.

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 AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Exercise critical analysis, problem solving and decision making needed to perform competently and effectively as an educational professional.

Demonstrate the ability to synthesise and evaluate ideas and theories.


Demonstrate an ability to develop creative and effective responses to intellectual, professional and social challenges.

Demonstrate creativity, innovation and enterprise to resolve design issues and the management of practical projects.

Ethical practice

Demonstrate a knowledge of and commitment to 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 a commitment to student safety and support within professional frameworks.

Demonstrates sound knowledge and understanding of Occupational Health and Safety issues related to the teaching of Technology and Applied Studies.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate a broad, integrated knowledge and understanding of the technology disciplines in the Technology and Applied Studies curriculum.

Apply pedagogical principles and practice to ensure effective teaching and learning in Technology and Applied studies education, with sound feedback and assessment practices.

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate a commitment to 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 a variety of teamwork skills applicable in professional learning community settings.

Cultural competence

Apply and integrate an understanding of social, indigenous and cultural diversity, and respect for the identity of all persons, in local and international contexts.

Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of inclusion and diverse learning needs.

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

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.

Secondary teachers of design and technology, graphics technology, industrial technology, food technology, textiles technology, and/or computing technology; professional roles in organisations where innovation, technology skills and specific industry knowledge is highly desired.  

Students complete significant blocks of in-school supervised professional experiences throughout the degree to demonstrate their capabilities as teachers. 

This course is currently undergoing its five-year reaccreditation process with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for 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.

All Initial Teacher Education students across Australia need to successfully complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE). At Southern Cross University the LANTITE needs to be successfully completed prior to undertaking the first professional experience placement.


The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this web page again before acting and see our disclaimer

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