Skip to the content

This internet browser is outdated and does not support all features of this site. Please switch or upgrade to a different browser to display this site properly.

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

COURSE

Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education)

B-EDSC

TAUGHT BY: School of Education

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

4years

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

800

About offering

If you are seeking a rewarding, stimulating and enjoyable career in teaching, Curtin provides a high quality, well-regarded course for beginning secondary school teachers.

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education) provides a qualification for those who wish to teach students in Years 7 to 12 in the government, Catholic and independent school sectors. The course will be suitable for those looking to register as a teacher in Australia and any other countries that recognise an Australian teaching qualification.

This course aims to develop graduates who have critical skills, knowledge and understanding concerning best practice in education and who are responsive in meeting the needs of 21st-century learners.

Teaching practice
School experience forms a significant part of the degree. You will work in schools in various capacities and for varying lengths of time throughout the program. There are opportunities to undertake professional experience placements in rural and/or remote areas, interstate or overseas. The final term-long internship (generally 10 weeks in duration) will see you having the major responsibility for a class, under the supervision of a mentor teacher.

Core education
The core education units comprise the bulk of the course and are taken throughout the four years. You will cover areas such as planning, implementing and evaluating learning experiences and programs; the curriculum learning areas; classroom management and teaching strategies; theories of learning; Indigenous education; and teaching children with diverse learning needs. There is a strong emphasis on creating and nurturing an inquiry approach and analytic and critical thinking.

Curriculum area specialisation
You will specialise in either one or two Secondary school curriculum areas, and the units providing this specialist discipline knowledge will be undertaken outside the School of Education. You will learn the most up-to-date content for your chosen curriculum area/s because it is delivered by active researchers and highly regarded academics specialising in those subjects.

You will choose a major secondary teaching area as well as a second teaching specialisation. The Secondary Education Majors offered at Curtin are:

What you'll learn

  • apply discipline knowledge, principles and concepts associated with effective teaching of secondary school students.
  • critically evaluate and synthesise theory, research and practice to apply knowledge of the needs of students from diverse backgrounds and across the full range of abilities to enhance learning.
  • assess student learning and analyse diverse sources of data to support valid judgements of student learning.
  • plan and deliver effective teaching and learning experiences with demonstrated impact.
  • select, curate, use and create a range of digital resources and technologies to support learning and teaching.
  • demonstrate responsibility and accountability for being a life-long learner, identify and engage in professional learning; demonstrate personal literacy and numeracy competencies to the required accreditation standard.
  • engage in a continual cycle of improvement through critical and reflective practices including those based on local, national and global research and evidence-based practices.
  • create, lead and maintain positive learning environments for all students, including those from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • communicate professionally and engage collaboratively with colleagues, students, parent/carers, and the community.

Why study Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education)

  • Curtin’s education courses were ranked in the top 100 in the world in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
  • Staff teaching in the secondary programs are active researchers who represent a high level of expertise in their disciplinary fields from across the University.
  • Curtin has a long commitment to the area of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) which are key areas of focus in education. 
  • You will experience a digitally rich e-learning environment that complements your studies and enhances your teaching skills. You will be encouraged to participate in the learning process and acquire the skills needed to be digitally fluent and there is a focus on group interaction and continuous assessment.
  • Secondary education is a much sought-after phase of learning. Currently there is a shortage of teachers working in this area consequently there is a high-uptake of graduates by employers.
  • This course integrates education theory with classroom practice for all areas. You will undertake 18 weeks of teaching internship and be offered opportunities for international exchange, internship, master and graduate programs.
  • The School of Education is proud of its consistently positive feedback from employers who say Curtin teachers are of excellent quality and well prepared for the education industry.

How this course will make you industry ready

A major component of this course comprises units on teaching strategies, planning lessons, classroom management, learning processes, educational psychology and curriculum studies. You will also complete 18 weeks of teaching practice over the course of your studies, including a 10 week internship where you will have the major responsibility for students’ learning under the mentorship of a qualified teacher.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

This course is recognised nationally as an initial teacher education qualification. It is accredited by the Teachers Registration Board of WA (TRBWA) and graduates will be able to register as a teacher in Australia and any other countries that recognise an Australian teaching qualification.

Career information

  • Policy development officer
  • Special programs officer
  • Curriculum designer
  • Trainer, mentor or coach.
  • Secondary School Teacher

Admission criteria

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 8.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 8.0
Overall band score 7.5

What kind of applicant are you?

Applicants with recent secondary education
(within the past two years)

Completed your secondary education in Australia within the past two years? Learn how you can apply to Curtin.

Applicants with higher education study

Undertaken higher education study before? Find out how you can apply for a Curtin course and what credit you may be eligible for.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Have you studied a VET course? Find out how you can get into Curtin using these qualifications.

Applicants with work and life experience

Spent time in the workforce, completed a pathway program or finished secondary education more than two years ago? See how you can apply to study at Curtin

Applicants with recent secondary education
(within the past two years)

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70

    This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR. Please refer to specific additional academic entry requirements for the Mathematics and Science Education Majors.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Subjects appropriate to your intended teaching area - if you intend to teach mathematics: Mathematics Methods ATAR and/or Mathematics Specialist ATAR.

  • STAT entry: Written English and MC Verbal and Quantitative

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni.
    These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

Applicants with higher education study

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR. Please refer to specific additional academic entry requirements for the Mathematics and Science Education Majors.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Subjects appropriate to your intended teaching area - if you intend to teach mathematics: Mathematics Methods ATAR and/or Mathematics Specialist ATAR.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

Please see the specific majors for Curtin course switcher criteria.

Higher education course switcher criteria

Please see the specific majors for other higher education course switcher criteria.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70

    This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
    OR
  • TAFE:

    A TAFE certificate IV and evidence of English competency, or a TAFE diploma.

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR. Please refer to specific additional academic entry requirements for the Mathematics and Science Education Majors.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Subjects appropriate to your intended teaching area - if you intend to teach mathematics: Mathematics Methods ATAR and/or Mathematics Specialist ATAR.

  • STAT entry: Written English and MC Verbal and Quantitative

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni.
    These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Applicants with work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70

    This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR. Please refer to specific additional academic entry requirements for the Mathematics and Science Education Majors.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Subjects appropriate to your intended teaching area - if you intend to teach mathematics: Mathematics Methods ATAR and/or Mathematics Specialist ATAR.

  • STAT entry: Written English and MC Verbal and Quantitative

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni.
    These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2018 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
HKDSE 15
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India (CBSE) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Minimum academic entry requirements

Please select a country above.

Other requirements for this course

Applicants are required to complete a non-academic attributes test in order to assess suitability for teaching. Applicants will be responsible for meeting any costs associated with this assessment process.

Students are required to provide evidence of successful completion of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students (LANTITE) prior to graduation. The test is managed by ACER and details of the test (for example, sample questions, the Test Window dates, and registration) can be found at: https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/. Students are responsible for meeting the costs associated with taking these tests, which are a national requirement applicable to all teaching graduates.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

Fees and charges

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2018

Student type Cost

Commonwealth supported

What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)?

A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the “student contribution amount”). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you’re eligible by visiting the Australian Government’s StudyAssist website.

$6,790*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on [offering.credits] credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

International student indicative fees for 2018

International onshore – fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $15,200*
Indicative year 1 fee $30,800*
Total indicative course fee $130,800*
Indicative essential incidental course fee $352 *

The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International’s offshore site.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice:

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

Apply now

Where to get further information

Applicants applying with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Find information on how you can apply to study at Curtin with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

Applicants with other international qualifications

Find information on what qualifications you can use to apply for a Curtin course.

  • The offering information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information. View courses information disclaimer.

  • Curtin course code: B-EDSC
  • CRICOS code: 096505C
  • This offering was last updated on: August 17, 2018