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Bachelor of Secondary Education/Bachelor of Arts

University of Canberra
8 semesters
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
On campus
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Program description

Inspire young minds with your artistic ability

This fun and creative four-year double degree in secondary education and arts will see you develop into a knowledgeable and informed classroom-ready teacher, qualified for employment across both state and independent schools. You’ll study a choice of two teaching streams from a range of arts and humanities disciplines, including English languages, history, business studies, the creative arts, geography, religious studies, psychology, media studies, legal studies, and more.

Thanks to a series of Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) units, you’ll put your teaching theories to the test in a real-world environment, regularly engaging with secondary school students across the entire range of year levels. At the completion of the course, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running as a newly qualified teacher, confident in helping to enthuse young people aged 12 to 18 about a range of subjects across the arts spectrum.

Study a Bachelor of Secondary Education/Bachelor of Arts at UC and you will:

  • demonstrate specialised knowledge and skills in two arts disciplines, across a range of classes and year groups, within a secondary school environment
  • learn the theories and principles that are the foundation for educational practice in secondary settings
  • demonstrate an understanding of student needs and differences, and develop teaching activities for a range of indigenous, English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) and mainstream settings
  • develop and implement effective assessment strategies and carry out evaluation of teaching programs, resources and your own teaching
  • apply the required content knowledge for all secondary school curriculum areas to teaching and reporting methods, alternate/enhanced literacy and numeracy strategies, and the effective use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in teaching and learning.

Work Integrated Learning

A teaching degree, by its very nature, is the embodiment of Work Integrated Learning (WIL), with its focus on compulsory professional teaching practice. During this course, you’ll undertake a minimum of 80 days of practical placement across a range of different secondary school levels and settings, including arts-specific positions, culminating in a 30-day teaching placement in your final year.

In addition to this, the course content is developed by secondary education professionals, and kept relevant and up-to-date through consistent monitoring of, and engagement with, the industry. You’ll undertake authentic assessment tasks which are highly relevant to the day-to-day practice of teaching, and will take part in regular professional development activities, field trips to educational sites, lectures hosted by guest speakers from a range of education and teaching backgrounds, and more.

Career opportunities

  • Secondary school teacher
  • English teacher
  • History teacher
  • Visual arts teacher
  • Drama teacher
  • Media studies teacher
  • Business studies teacher
  • Art and design teacher
  • Performing arts teacher
  • Legal studies teacher
  • Geography teacher
  • Psychology teacher
  • Religious education teacher
  • Head of department
  • Principal
  • Deputy principal
  • Executive teacher
  • Head teacher welfare
  • Director of curriculum
  • Year adviser
  • Special needs teacher
  • Gifted and talented teacher
  • Relief teacher
  • Guidance officer
  • Careers adviser
  • Learning support teacher
  • Student adviser
  • Education adviser
  • Schools policy adviser
  • Vocational education and training instructor
  • Private tutor
  • Schools engagement coordinator

Course-specific information

This course is registered by the ACT Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) and recognised as a teaching qualification throughout Australia.

On graduating, students must register with the appropriate state teaching body in order to teach.

Students must obtain a Working with Vulnerable People Check before their first placement.

Admission requirements

For more information about this program, please contact the school directly.

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University of Canberra

Welcome to The University of Canberra, Australia's Capital University! The University of Canberra is ranked in the top 4% of universities worldwide and within the top 100 young universities. A friendly, multicultural environment and a focus on work-integrated learning, university of Canberra graduates...

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