Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Focuses on the key issues associated with being a professional in the secondary education sector. Emphasis is placed on understanding the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that will be required of students throughout their degree program as well as in their future careers in secondary school settings.

Unit content

Module 1: Becoming a teacher - The role of educators in a secondary school context - Reflecting on personal challenges and goals in becoming a teacher including the need for personal literacy and numeracy - Becoming a teacher, and the teacher's role within the faculty, the school and communities - An introduction to secondary teacher competencies and professional teaching standards. 

Module 2: Curriculum and pedagogy - Major trends in education - historical, contemporary and emerging - Defining and introducing 'curriculum' across the K-12 continuum of learning - Literacy, numeracy and ICT skills in the context of curriculum and how they relate to key learning areas - Defining and introducing 'pedagogy'. 

Module 3: The learning community - Embracing diversity and building positive relationships with young people, their families, and the wider community - Knowledge, skills, attitudes and values for teaching and caring for young people, including child protection - The teacher as a reflective practitioner and lifelong learner. 

** This unit will include three observation day visits to schools.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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