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Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

Location
Townsville, Cairns
Commencing
February, July
Duration
4 years full-time
Part-time available
Attendance mode
Internal
Entry Requirements
OP 14 | At least 'Sound Achievement' in English, and Mathematics A, B or C.
ATAR 64.95 | English (Units 3/4,C), General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3/4,C)
For secondary Chemistry teaching – Chemistry & Maths B; for secondary Physics teaching, - Maths B; for secondary Maths teaching - Maths B
QTAC Code
CNS: 323111
TSV: 313111
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JCU Education (Secondary) graduates are in high demand for their specialist skills with rural and remote communities.

Graduates pursue careers both in Australia and overseas, in public, independent, and Catholic schools.

You could find employment as a secondary teacher, or pursue roles in education management, government departments, or community development.

Learn to establish positive and engaging learning environments for secondary school students. Develop specialised skills to meet the needs of students and communities in rural and remote areas.

Gain a full understanding of intercultural and ethical approaches to professional practice. Base your teaching on current research and policy that addresses social justice, diversity, and sustainability.

Take part in placements in practical settings from your very first year of study, and experience teaching in metropolitan, rural and remote locations. Make a positive difference in the lives of young people and improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Consult the handbook for teaching areas available at each campus.

Additional information

Develop young minds and build leaders of the future with a high school teaching degree. Teaching is a rewarding career path allowing you to contribute to shaping the minds of future generations. James Cook University’s Bachelor of Education (Secondary) graduates experience exceptional employment outcomes* teaching in Australia and around the globe.

A Holistic Focus

Your educational journey at JCU prepares you for your career goals and more. As you achieve your high school teaching degree, you will learn far more than just the fundamentals of education. Your secondary teaching courses give you a strong foundation in how education intersects with sustainability, diversity, and issues of social justice.

You care about developing society's intercultural understanding. You know that ethics will be important to you as a professional and a value you want to pass onto your future students. Gain the skills and knowledge to understand the learning strategies of pedagogy, create lessons plans and successfully manage a classroom with a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) from JCU.

Like a Bachelor of Secondary Education, this degree prepares you to apply your skills in high-school classrooms across Australia or internationally. Gain work experience in rural and remote environments and learn to tackle the challenges these areas present.

An Inclusive Environment

Like a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary), this degree provides you with a supportive foundation to fuel your passion to teach the next generation. Begin your career with the knowledge to succeed and the skills to create a positive learning environment for students from a variety of backgrounds.

Develop specialised skills as you work with secondary school students from urban, rural and remote communities. Understand intercultural and ethical approaches to working with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and create a beneficial learning environment for all students.

Learning is a lifelong process and curriculums need to be forward thinking. Build the skills to develop educational material that meets the learning objectives of new curriculums. Gain these necessary practical experiences with your secondary education degree from JCU.

Comprehensive Support

Inspire your students as they grow and learn from your teachings. Experience the support you need to learn how to teach and manage a classroom through your secondary pre-service teacher education courses from JCU. You will learn from lecturers who are committed to student success, they will help you integrate pedagogical and technical knowledge with critical reflection and real-world skills.

Benefit from JCU's network of professional connections and interact with other professionals in your field. You will have a chance to watch experts modelling effective communication and the integration of theory and practice.

A Fulfilling Career

A degree and a job are important, but a fulfilling career that satisfies your passions will equip you to make a positive difference. Like a Bachelor of Secondary Education, you can specialise in the subjects you are most interested in.

You will choose two teaching areas to specialise in during your studies. Complement your teaching skills and choose from languages, science, mathematics, history, health, law, or business. You can choose two complementary areas of focus or pursue diverse interests for a well-rounded skillset.

Open Futures

You will decide the course of your own future and your education at JCU will give you many options. With your Bachelor of Education (Secondary), you will be in high demand. Your specialist skills will make you ready to work in Australia or abroad, in a variety of schools, including state, independent, and Catholic schools.

Your career path is not limited by teaching in the classroom. Like a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary), graduates of JCU’s Bachelor of Education (Secondary) work in education management, community development, and government roles. Whatever you choose, your education degree from JCU will position you as a leader in Australian education.
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OP Score/Rank is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.

All applicants for initial teacher education courses (pre-service teachers) must satisfy both academic and non-academic entry criteria.

English Language Requirements

Applicants from non-English speaking backgrounds must also meet minimum English language proficiency requirements.

You can check those requirements for this course in the Course Handbook.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you can apply to study a University-approved English language program.

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Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

Handbook year

2020

Course code

109410

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Professional accreditation status

This course is nationally accredited through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) in association with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). Graduates of this course are eligible for Teacher registration in Australia.

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English and Mathematics A or B or C

Students considering Mathematics or Physics as teaching areas will need to have passed Mathematics B (or equivalent)

Students considering Chemistry as a teaching area will need to have passed Senior Chemistry (or equivalent)

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of an overall score of 6.5 in Academic IELTS (or equivalent) with sub-scores no less than 7.0 in Speaking and Listening and no less than 6.0 in Reading and Writing.

The cost of the testing will be met by the applicant. English test results must be no more than two years old at the commencement of the course.

Further information is available on the Queensland College of Teachers website.

Additional selection requirements

All applicants for initial teacher education courses must satisfy both academic and non-academic entry criteria.  Applicants’ non-academic capabilities will be assessed by way of an instrument applied by QTAC and developed in consultation with the Australian Council of Deans of Education.

Students must meet English language proficiency requirements for teacher registration in Australia, either on entry to or on graduation from the program.

Post admission
requirements

Professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense.

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

Suitability to Work with Children Card (blue card):

This course includes prescribed professional placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. Students are required to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland Police) before the start of the first placement. Students must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their admission to the course.

For more information, refer to:

Blue Card Services

English Proficiency:

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds are advised that the Queensland College of Teachers requires graduating teachers to provide evidence of meeting the following English language requirements prior to graduation:

  • An overall score of 7.5 in Academic IELTS (or equivalent) with sub-scores no less than 8.0 in Speaking and Listening and no less than 7.0 in Reading and Writing.

The cost of the testing will be met by the applicant.

Students are advised that the Queensland College of Teachers requires graduating teachers to provide evidence of meeting the English language requirements as stated above prior to graduation.

Further information is available on the Queensland College of Teachers website.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Additional completion requirements

All students must sit and meet the standard of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) prior to graduation. The cost of the testing will be met by the applicant. Refer to teacheredtest.acer.edu.au.

All students must successfully complete a final-year teaching performance assessment  (Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment [GTPA]) embedded in a subject and a professional placement of no less than four weeks in the final year of the degree,  prior to graduation that is shown to:

a) be a reflection of classroom teaching practice including the elements of planning, teaching, assessing and reflecting;

b) clearly assess the content of the Graduate Teacher Standards; and

c) demonstrate an understanding of moderation processes that support consistent decision-making against achievement criteria.

The GTPA is built into course requirements and assessments.

All students must possess dispositional attributes deemed suitable for the profession of teaching.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Education (Secondary), graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of professional knowledge and practices, relevant to all domains of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and other regulatory frameworks relevant to practice in the field of Secondary Education.
  • Critically evaluate and apply educational and developmental theories, principles, content knowledge and contemporary research to meet the needs of diverse students in positive and inclusive learning and care environments with an emphasis on the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
  • Integrate curricula, pedagogical and technological knowledge and skills to plan, deliver, assess and critically reflect on learning and development with an emphasis on the needs, abilities and life-worlds, of students and communities in regional, rural, remote and tropical areas.
  • Identify, collect, analyse and critically review information to inform professional decision making and enact quality monitoring, assessment and feedback practices.
  • Establish and maintain positive, engaging, respectful and safe learning environments with students, caregivers and community and collegial interactions with other professionals through the modelling of effective, context-specific oral, written and digital communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrate literacy and numeracy mastery, while applying pedagogical strategies to develop, monitor and evaluate students’ literacy and numeracy skills in a variety of curricular contexts
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding and technical ability to safely, creatively and ethically integrate technology and other learning resources into curricula and pedagogical design and delivery.
  • Develop and demonstrate intercultural and ethical approaches to professional practice based on broad knowledge of legislative, regulatory and policy frameworks that address social justice, equity, diversity and sustainability issues.
  • Demonstrate initiative, judgement, professional responsibility and accountability in complex and diverse contexts with a commitment to continuing professional learning.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

ED1401:03 Education Perspectives and Practice

ED1421:03 Foundations of Language and Literacy in Education

ED1481:03 Educational Psychology: Learners and Learning

ED1491:03 Foundations of Mathematics and Numeracy for Secondary Teachers or MA1000:03 Mathematical Foundations (students selecting Mathematics as a First or Second Teaching Area must select MA1000)

Level 2

ED2491:03 Planning for Engaging Learning

ED2991:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

Level 3

ED3297:06 Reflective Teaching Cycles and Positive Learning Environments (Secondary)

ED3442:03 Inclusive Education: Differentiated Learning for Students with Special Needs and Abilities

ED3443:03 English as an Additional Language/Dialect for Indigenous learners

Level 4

ED4460:03 Service Learning for Sustainable Futures or ED4493:03 Advanced Teaching in Health ad Physical Education

(students selecting Health and Physical Education as a Teaching Area must select ED4493)

ED4461:03 Indigenous Futures

ED4488:03 Fourth Year Professional Experience A

ED4490:06 Fourth Year Professional Experience B

ED4621:03 Leading Wellbeing and Sustainability in Learning Communities

ED4623:03 Teachers as Ethical and Collaborative Change Agents

ED4995:03 Education across Culturally Diverse Contexts

OPTIONS

Select a first teaching area from Table A

PLUS

Select a second teaching area from Table B

TABLE A (FIRST TEACHING AREAS)

Credit points in teaching area

24 credit points

Special requirements

Nil

FTA

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Accounting

Townsville

 

Biology

Cairns

Townsville

 

Business

Townsville

 

Chemistry

Townsville

Senior Chemistry (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for study of this teaching area

Economics

Townsville

 

English

Cairns

Townsville

 

French

Cairns

Townsville

Students taking this teaching area will be required to undertake a two week French immersion fieldtrip in a Francophone country located in the Pacific region.

Geography

Cairns

Townsville

 

Health and Physical Education

Townsville

 

History

Cairns

Townsville

 

Information Communication Technologies (ICT)

Townsville

 

Japanese

Cairns

Townsville

 

Legal Studies

Townsville

 

Mathematics

Townsville

Mathematics B (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for study of this teaching area

Physics

Townsville

Mathematics B (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for study of this teaching area

The Mathematics Second Teaching Area is recommended for students selecting the Physics First Teaching Area (FTA) in order to meet the subject prerequisite requirements of the Physics FTA.

TABLE B (SECOND TEACHING AREAS)

Credit points

18 credit points

Special requirements

Nil

STA

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Biology

Cairns

Townsville

 

Business

Townsville

 

Chemistry

Townsville

Senior Chemistry (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for study of this teaching area

English

Cairns

Townsville

 

Geography

Cairns

Townsville

 

Health and Physical Education

Townsville

 

History

Cairns

Townsville

 

Information Communication Technologies (ICT)

Townsville

 

Mathematics

Cairns

Townsville

Mathematics B (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for study of this teaching area

Music 

Townsville

Cairns

Mixed mode

*Two curriculum subjects will be taught out of Townsville and Cairns with the remaining subjects offered externally via cross institutional study.

Physics

Townsville

Mathematics B (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for study of this teaching area

Visual Arts

Townsville

Cairns

Mixed mode

*Two curriculum subjects will be taught out of Townsville and Cairns with the remaining subjects offered externally via cross institutional study.

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Not all Teaching Areas are available at the Cairns campus.

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

11 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

This course includes prescribed professional placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense.

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students.

To undertake the final Professional Experience and Co-requisite subjects, students must have completed 72 credit points of level 1, 2 and 3 subjects in this course.

Special assessment requirements

Suitability to Work with Children Care (blue card):

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. Students are required to obtain a Suitability to work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland police) before the start of the first placement. Students must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their admission to the course.

For more information, refer to:

Education Blue Card

Students who do not complete the required number of days of a professional experience subject or a professional component of a subject, without the approval of the Director of Professional Experience, will be determined to have failed the subject.

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy.

Professional accreditation requirements

Successful completion of all subjects contributes to the requirements for the Queensland College of Teachers Graduate level of the Australian Professional Standards (APST).

Please also see `Additional Completion requirements’ in reference to the GTPA.

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Credit

Eligibility

Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

63 credit points

Currency

Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 21 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Students may seek approval to do concurrent studies at another university in approved disciplines not offered at this university. Students normally will be granted a maximum of 15 credit points of credit for these studies.

The maximum credit allowable for professional development courses within the degree is three credit points except where one course is judged to be larger in size than one division subject.

Credit may be granted for professional development courses smaller than a division subject. However, no credit will be given for courses smaller than two credit points, or equivalent.

Recognition of Current Competence (RCC) may apply where a teacher education student can clearly demonstrate outcomes relevant to a specific professional experience component of a Bachelor of Education program. If these outcomes can be demonstrated, the pre-service teacher will be granted credit for a part of the requisite days of the professional experience requirement. Demonstration of attainment of outcomes may be in the form of professional experience reports from other institutions and/or statements of teaching or related service.

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF EDUCATION (SECONDARY)

Approved abbreviation

BEd(Secondary)

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not Applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 72 credit points of study and appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive the award of Bachelor of Educational Services.

Course articulation

Not applicable

Annual Tuition Fee: $7,235. (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

JCU offers pathway courses to help you move into a degree. Pathway courses provide you with an individualised study plan and specialised support as you transition to university. Contact us for more information.

Students are encouraged to undertake the Tertiary Access Course if they have not studied recently and/or want assistance making the transition to University studies.

Get prepared – Bridging subjects

Bridging subjects are designed to fill any gaps in your knowledge. We offer maths and chemistry bridging subjects that can be studied on-campus in Cairns and Townsville. You may need to enrol in a bridging subject if you have not achieved the grade of ‘Sound Achievement or better’ in Queensland Year 12 maths or chemistry.

Diploma of Higher Education

On successful completion of the Diploma of Higher Education you may be eligible to continue into an Education degree, and you may be able to receive some credit for successfully completed subjects.
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