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Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

CQUniversity Australia
Program overview
4-8 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
14,430 AUD
July 2021

14,430 AUD
July 2021

14,430 AUD
July 2021

14,430 AUD
July 2021
CQUniversity Australia

Program description

Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) is an initial teacher education course usually studied over a period of four years. This course will qualify you for professional registration as a secondary school teacher. You will demonstrate evidence of meeting the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage) throughout the course of study. On successful completion of the course, you will be eligible for employment in secondary schools in two teaching areas.

In this course you will complete 125 days of planned teaching practice in secondary schools. Professional practice blocks are included in each year of the course structure, culminating in a teaching internship.

To graduate with a Bachelor of Education (Secondary), and consistent with external accreditation course requirements, you will complete:

Professional Studies in Education (20 units equivalent)

  • Discipline-specific curriculum and pedagogical studies (2 x 12 credit point units - i.e. 4 units equivalent)
  • General Education Studies (11 x 6 credit point units)
  • Professional Practice (5 x 6 credit point units)

Discipline Studies (Discipline Teaching Area units) (12 units)

  • 6 Discipline Teaching Area 1 units
  • 6 Discipline Teaching Area 2 units

Discipline Teaching Area units are selected from the relevant Minor listing in this handbook based on unit availabilities by the relevant school that hosts the discipline area. Discipline Teaching Areas you can choose from in this course include:

  • Biology (including Year 7 - 10 Science)
  • Business
  • Chemistry (including Year 7 - 10 Science)
  • English
  • Geography
  • Health and Physical Education (including Year 7 - 10 HPE and Year 11 - 12 Physical Education)
  • History
  • Home Economics and Hospitality
  • Industrial Technology and Design
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology (including Year 7-10 Science)

Please note: Study undertaken for each Discipline Teaching Area is equivalent to a total of three-quarters of a year of successful full-time higher education study, comprising sequential discipline study taken over three years as required by the National Program requirements. In this course, this equates to six units, with no more than two units at first-year level and no fewer than two units at third-year level. Annually, units are determined and advised by relevant Head of Course and/or Course Advisor from the various disciplines.

To be eligible for teacher registration, students in this course are required to undertake and pass the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Educators (ITE) prior to graduation.

AQF Level: Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Admission requirements

Academic requirements:

English (4, SA), or equivalent; Maths A, B or C (4, SA), or equivalent.

Non-academic requirements:

All applicants must provide a mandatory written statement in support of your non-academic capabilities, demonstrating you hold the key attributes and motivations to become an effective teacher, as outlined by AITSL (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership). You may consider the prompts mentioned below in each question to frame your response. For your application to be considered, you must write 200-500 words for each of the questions below:

  • Tell us what has inspired you to become a teacher and tell us why you think teaching is a good career choice for you. (In your response, describe who and what has inspired you to become a teacher and describe the types of skills and abilities you will bring to teaching.)
  • Describe one or two leadership, community and/or learning & development activities that you have engaged in. (In your response describe how these leadership, community and/or learning & development activities demonstrate your conscientiousness and coping strategies when you are faced with challenges.)
  • Describe how you manage your time when you are both planning and coordinating activities in your personal schedule. (In your response provide examples of how you have put both your planning and coordinating skills to use.)
  • Tell us about one or two times where you have utilised your problem-solving skills to achieve an outcome. (In your response explain what you learned, regardless of whether the outcome you achieved was positive or undesirable.)

English proficiency requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion within the last 5 years of:

  • a secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 1 year fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0
    • within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

Entry scores:

  • Rank Threshold: OP 16 | SR 66 | ATAR 61.8

For more information about admission, security and health requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Compulsory units:

Year 1 - Term 1

  • Teaching Youth
  • Education as a Profession

Year 1 - Term 2

  • Responding to Diversity and Inclusion
  • Professional Practice 1 - Introduction to Teaching

Year 1 - Term 3

  • Indigenous Studies and Learning

Year 2 - Term 1

  • Digital Pedagogies in Secondary Schools
  • Engaging Learners: Classroom Management and Neuroscience

Year 2 - Term 2

  • Middle Years Learning and Teaching
  • Professional Practice 2 (Secondary) - Application of Curriculum
  • Literacy and Numeracy in Secondary School Contexts

Year 3 - Term 2

  • Learning and Wellbeing in Middle School
  • Students with Special Needs

Year 3 - Term 3

  • Professional Practice 3 (Secondary) - Engagement with Others

Year 4 - Term 1

  • Assessment and Reporting in Secondary Schools
  • Senior Years Learning and Teaching

Year 4 - Term 2

  • The Ethical Professional
  • Professional Practice 4 - Engaged Teaching and Learning
  • Professional Practice 5 - The Internship


  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Geography
  • Health and Physical Education
  • History
  • Home Economics and Hospitality
  • Industrial Technology and Design
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology (including Year 7-10 Science)

Scholarships & funding

The university offers a range of scholarships to support international students and encourages you to apply for one that's right for you. For more information about the scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

This program costs 14 430 AUD per term.


Exit awards:

CC21 - Bachelor of Teaching CC15 - Diploma of Education CC23 - Associate Degree of Education



Core learning outcomes:

  1. Apply discipline specific content knowledge to secondary school learning environments
  2. Analyse learning theory, educational theory and practice, and be cognisant of legislation and policy frameworks and standards for professional conduct
  3. Review and select resources and strategies that enhance engagement and learning in diverse educational settings and contexts
  4. Devise learning sequences that align curriculum, teaching and learning strategies, assessment and reporting requirements
  5. Implement teaching and learning sequences that comply with the requirements of relevant legislative and regulatory bodies for educational settings
  6. Manage individual and cultural diversity to create inclusive and supportive learning environments
  7. Communicate effectively with specialist and non-specialist audiences to support the interests of learners and learning communities
  8. Synthesise theoretical understanding and practical skills to make decisions in response to assessment data and diverse learning, cultural, and/or social needs and contexts
  9. Reflect on one’s own practice as a way of identifying personal learning needs and enhancing collaborative professional practice

Career opportunities

On completion of a Bachelor of Education (Secondary), you will be qualified to teach two specialist areas within secondary schools to Year 12. Like most professions, teaching has specific workforce demands and sometimes oversupply. Before undertaking a course of study, you should check with major employers regarding potential employment prospects.

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554-700 Yaamba Road
4701 Norman Gardens QLD

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