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Start Date
February

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
LHSE

SATAC Code
434003 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): DIP
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Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
Refer to program schedule and notes
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Degree overview

  • SA’s No.1 ranked University for graduate careers in education1, now offering secondary education.
  • Focusing on the learning and development of students from Years 7 to 12.
  • Select two subject areas that align with the Australian Curriculum to be able to teach in secondary settings up to Year 12.
  • Get practical experience with field-based placements in a variety of settings, including metropolitan and rural schools, starting in your first six months.
  • Graduate career-ready when you complete 100 days of professional placements throughout your degree.
  • Have the opportunity to undertake an internship or international placement as part of your degree with one of our exchange partners in more than 24 countries.
  • Build professional knowledge through education and curriculum studies, school, community and industry-based experiences.
  • Graduate career-ready and with Honours in just four years. The addition of Honours will set you apart from your competitors and provide increased employment opportunities.
  • Access the state-of-the-art Samsung SMARTSchool located at Magill Campus, as well as teaching and learning facilities including maker spaces, laboratories, and performing art theatres.
  • Enhance your employment prospects by graduating with demonstrated research skills through your professional Honours project.
  • Research with world class researchers (our Education research is ranked number one in South Australia)2.

1 QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18 – Full-time and Overall Employment Indicators (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

2 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015.

Snapshot

Snapshot

The Bachelor of Secondary Education (Honours) is a new four-year professional teaching degree that will equip you with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to thrive as a contemporary educator in secondary school settings.

As well as real-world experience, you will be given the opportunity to fine-tune your learning as you focus on two subject areas (Learning Areas) aligned with the Australian Curriculum. Your selected major and sub-major will enable you to teach in both of these subject areas up to year 12.

Subject (Learning Areas) areas are:

  • Arts - Visual Arts, or Drama and Creative Arts
  • English*
  • Humanities and Social Sciences - Geography and History
  • Languages* - French, Italian, Japanese, or Languages Education (for proficient speakers only)
  • Mathematics*
  • Science* - Physics, Chemistry, or Biology
  • Technologies - Design and Technology, Food and Textile Technologies, or Digital Technologies (sub-major only)
  • Catholic Studies (sub-major only).

Note: You can choose to complete a major and sub-major in the one Learning Area e.g. major Physics and sub-major Chemistry.

You can also select from a range of elective subjects including:

  • Teaching Children with Disabilities
  • Teaching in Regional and Rural Communities
  • The Educator as Counsellor
  • Peers, Relationships and Health
  • Teaching Linguistically Diverse Learners
     

This degree is based at the Mawson Lakes campus. Depending on your selected subject areas (Learning Areas), you may also study at the Magill, City West or City East campuses.

*Please note the following: SACE Stage 2 Physics is Assumed Knowledge for the Major in Physics; SACE Stage 2 Chemistry is Assumed Knowledge for the Major in Chemistry; SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods is Assumed Knowledge for the Major in Mathematics; SACE Stage 2 Language is Assumed Knowledge for the Major in Languages; and SACE Stage 2 English or SACE Stage 2 English Literary Studies is Assumed Knowledge for the Major in English. Students are assumed to have studied the above prior to enrolling into the program and selecting one or more of the relevant Learning Areas. Assumed Knowledge is an advantage but not essential for entry into a program.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will learn the skills and develop the knowledge to teach adolescent students from years 7-12 in the major and sub-major subjects of your choice. You will have the opportunity to develop a broad and coherent body of knowledge through the following three components of the program:

  • curriculum studies includes courses that introduce and consolidate the specific teaching content of your major and sub-major learning areas
  • professional experience courses are our placement courses, which allow you to develop and practice your professional knowledge and skills in secondary classroom settings
  • education studies includes courses that explore more broadly what it means to be an educator of adolescent students

Your studies will culminate in an honours project, where you will be able to reflect on your developing professional understanding and practice as a new teacher. This reflection will be an invaluable resource to support continuous improvement in your teaching.

You will also be expected to participate in professional experience in secondary school settings. Placements are taken on a continuous full-time basis at designated times during the year, as organised by the University in partnership with the schooling sectors.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Professional Experience 1: Introduction to Educators' Practices EDUC 1081 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2,3,4
Major 4.5 Note(s): 6,8
Major 4.5 Note(s): 6,8
Sub-Major 4.5 Note(s): 7,8
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Learning, Teaching and Inquiry 1: Identity, Diversity and Adolescence EDUC 1109 4.5 Note(s): 1
Major 4.5 Note(s): 6,8
Major 4.5 Note(s): 6,8
Sub-Major 4.5 Note(s): 7,8
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Major 4.5 Note(s): 6,8
Sub-Major 4.5 Note(s): 7,8
Curriculum Course 4.5 Note(s): 3,4
Teaching and Learning in Aboriginal Education EDUC 2061 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Professional Experience 2: Curriculum and Pedagogy EDUC 2062 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2,3,4
Learning, Teaching and Inquiry 2: Pedagogy, Curriculum and Inclusivity EDUC 2086 4.5 Note(s): 1
Major 4.5 Note(s): 6,8
Sub-Major 4.5 Note(s): 7,8
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Learning, Teaching and Inquiry 3: Creating Positive Secondary Learning Environments EDUC 3085 4.5 Note(s): 1
Professional Experience 3: Informed Planning (HP) EDUC 3086 9 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2,3,4
Curriculum Course 4.5 Note(s): 3,5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Major 4.5 Note(s): 6,8
Sub-Major 4.5 Note(s): 7,8
Sub-Major 4.5 Note(s): 7,8
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 9
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Curriculum Course 4.5 Note(s): 3,4
Major 4.5 Note(s): 6,8
Curriculum Course 4.5 Note(s): 3,5
Honours A: Introduction to Research in Education EDUC 4224 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Professional Experience 4 (Honours): Educator as Inquirer EDUC 4228 9 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2,3,4,5
Honours B: Research Project EDUC 4225 9 Note(s): 1

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week. 

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Secondary Education (Honours)

Why this Degree

This degree prepares you from day one for the practical nature of your role as a secondary educator across the schooling years of 7-12. You will be equipped with the professional skills and knowledge to meet the learning needs of adolescent learners and teach in two subject areas up to year 12. You will undertake 100 days of professional placements in secondary schools, providing you with the confidence and networks to succeed as a secondary educator.

The addition of Honours offers a higher-level qualification, which will set you apart from your competitors and provide increased employment opportunities due to your ability to think critically and strategically, to problem solve and to undertake classroom-based research.

The curriculum is informed by our world-class research – research that has been ranked number one in SA1– and you will complete courses in your selected major to become a specialised secondary teacher.

Overseas professional experience is also available to interested students, with the opportunity for you to undertake up to 20 days of professional experience as part of an overseas placement. You may also be eligible to undertake an additional internship opportunity in the school you are placed in as part of your professional experience.

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Real-world connections

Practical workplace learning is a major focus of this degree, as we want to ensure you’re prepared with the skills and experience to be an effective educator. Throughout your degree, you will complete 100 days of field-based placements in secondary school settings and can be involved in community and industry experiences. A range of practical experiences will equip you with the skills and confidence needed after graduation and will also help to build community and industry networks and relationships.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes, employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

The Honours program will equip you with an additional qualification and specialised skills which will enhance your employment prospects if you choose to continue into teaching. The demand for teachers is high1 and UniSA education degrees are ranked number one in South Australia for graduate employment2. Careers to consider:

  • Secondary school teacher
  • Senior coordinator
  • Education consultant
  • Youth support officer
  • Education policy adviser
  • Researcher

1 Australian Governments Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015
2 QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18 – Full-time and Overall Employment Indicators (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

You may also choose to continue onto further research with a PhD, Masters of Education or Education Doctorate*.

Note: Graduates can apply for teacher registration in South Australia, interstate and some overseas countries. Applicants should note that there are other criteria determining eligibility for registration by the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia and other registration and regulatory authorities.

*A class 2A Honours grade or higher is required.

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application
  • address the non-academic entry requirements

-----Additional entry requirements-----

In accordance with national teacher education program standards, please note that as part of your SATAC application, you are also required to meet non-academic entry requirements. 

All applicants will be required to submit a 400-word Teaching Capabilities Statement with their SATAC application, about their motivation to teach, addressing the topic, ‘Why I want to be a teacher and my understanding of the role’. The Education Statement should include a list of relevant community service, volunteer or professional experiences and significant awards. Complete information on content, format and submission is available here. 

*Please note that these subject areas require you to have completed the following prerequisites: SACE Stage 2 Physics is assumed knowledge for the Major in Physics; SACE Stage 2 Chemistry is assumed knowledge for the Major in Chemistry; SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods is assumed knowledge for the Major in Mathematics; SACE Stage 2 Language for the Major in Languages; and SACE Stage 2 English or SACE Stage 2 English Literary Studies for the Major in English.

Alternative Pathways

Australian
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

Deferment

This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.

Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I am excited by the opportunities teaching offers to graduates - teachers really can make a positive difference to student’s lives!  

 

Dr Denise MacGregor

Dr Denise MacGregor

Program Director

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