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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

Secondary educators guide their students through adolescence and prepare them for a successful life ahead.

This initial teacher education degree prepares you for a rewarding career in secondary school teaching, and enables you to pursue specialist interests.

You will develop the critical knowledge and skills of best practice in education, to meet the needs of 21st-century learners.

You can choose to major in English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) or the Arts. You’ll specialise in either one or two curriculum areas, studying several units that provide specialist discipline knowledge, taught by active teaching and research professionals.

Core education units cover areas such as planning, implementing and evaluating learning experiences and programs; classroom management and teaching strategies, learning processes, educational psychology, Indigenous education, teaching students with diverse learning needs and curriculum studies.

You'll complete 18 weeks of practical placements, including a one-term placement where you’ll have the major responsibility for students’ learning, under the mentorship of a qualified teacher.

Teaching placements

  • Year 2: five weeks
  • Year 3: three weeks
  • Year 4: one school term (10 weeks)

CUSTOMISE YOUR DEGREE

STEP A: Choose your education major:

* Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)

STEP B: Complement your major with one of the following options^:

Option 1: A minor teaching area
OR
Option 2: Additional units in your major teaching area
OR
Option 3: An education specialty

^ Your choice of second specialisation is dependent upon the education major and subject you select.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

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

Careers

  • Primary school teacher
  • Curriculum designer
  • Policy development officer
  • Education administration officer
  • Trainer, mentor or coach
  • Special programs officer

Industries

  • Primary education (government and non-government)
  • Early education (government and non-government)
  • Secondary School Teacher

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

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?

Female high school student in classroom

Applicants with recent secondary education

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

Applicants with work and life experience

See how to apply if you’ve completed a pathway program, finished secondary education more than two years ago or spent time in the workforce.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Learn how you can gain entry with a TAFE or other vocational education training (VET) qualification.

Applicants with higher education study

Find out how to apply and what credit you may be eligible for if you have previous higher education study.

Female high school student in classroom

Applicants with recent secondary education

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 below for specific additional academic entry requirements for the Mathematics and Science Education Majors.

    Mathematics Education Major

    Mathematics

    Entry requirements: Specifically, applicants requires Mathematics Methods ATAR or equivalent.

    Science Education Majors

    • Science (Biology)

    Entry requirements: Specifically, applicants require Mathematics Applications ATAR.

    • Science (Chemistry)

    Entry requirements: Specifically, applicants require Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics Applicaitons ATAR.

    • Science (Human Biology)

    Entry requirements: No additional entry requirements

    • Science (Physics)

    Entry requirements: Specifically, applicants require Physics ATAR and Mathematics Methods ATAR.

    • Science (Psychology)

    Entry requirements: No additional entry requirements

  • 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: STAT: 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 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 below for specific additional academic entry requirements for the Mathematics and Science Education Majors.

    Mathematics Education Major

    Mathematics

    Entry requirements: Specifically, applicants requires Mathematics Methods ATAR or equivalent.

    Science Education Majors

    • Science (Biology)

    Entry requirements: Specifically, applicants require Mathematics Applications ATAR.

    • Science (Chemistry)

    Entry requirements: Specifically, applicants require Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics Applicaitons ATAR.

    • Science (Human Biology)

    Entry requirements: No additional entry requirements

    • Science (Physics)

    Entry requirements: Specifically, applicants require Physics ATAR and Mathematics Methods ATAR.

    • Science (Psychology)

    Entry requirements: No additional entry requirements

  • 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: STAT: 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 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 below for specific additional academic entry requirements for the Mathematics and Science Education Majors.

    Mathematics Education Major

    Mathematics

    Entry requirements: Specifically, applicants requires Mathematics Methods ATAR or equivalent.

    Science Education Majors

    • Science (Biology)

    Entry requirements: Specifically, applicants require Mathematics Applications ATAR.

    • Science (Chemistry)

    Entry requirements: Specifically, applicants require Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics Applicaitons ATAR.

    • Science (Human Biology)

    Entry requirements: No additional entry requirements

    • Science (Physics)

    Entry requirements: Specifically, applicants require Physics ATAR and Mathematics Methods ATAR.

    • Science (Psychology)

    Entry requirements: No additional entry requirements

  • 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: STAT: 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 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 below for specific additional academic entry requirements for the Mathematics and Science Education Majors.

    Mathematics Education Major

    Mathematics

    Entry requirements: Specifically, applicants requires Mathematics Methods ATAR or equivalent.

    Science Education Majors

    • Science (Biology)

    Entry requirements: Specifically, applicants require Mathematics Applications ATAR.

    • Science (Chemistry)

    Entry requirements: Specifically, applicants require Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics Applicaitons ATAR.

    • Science (Human Biology)

    Entry requirements: No additional entry requirements

    • Science (Physics)

    Entry requirements: Specifically, applicants require Physics ATAR and Mathematics Methods ATAR.

    • Science (Psychology)

    Entry requirements: No additional entry requirements

  • 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.

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) 60%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Minimum academic entry requirements

Please select a country above.

Applicants need to have an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). Alternatively, the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) elements considered are E, V and Q. Applicants will also be required to engage in reflection of non-academic attributes related to teaching. Students will be responsible for meeting any costs associated with this process. Entry to this course will not be possible through Professional Experience only: this is consistent with current practice for courses in the School of Education. If applicable, admission requires an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) score of 7.5, with a score no less than 7 in Writing and Reading and a score no less than 8 in Speaking and Listening. The date of the assessment must be no more than 2 years prior to the date of the application.

Other requirements and notes for this course

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. Students must successfully complete all required units in the degree and the LANTITE prior to enrolling in the final professional experience unit. The successful completion of LANTITE is a course completion requirement.

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

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees and charges

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2019

Fee year: 2019

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.

$7,300*

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

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 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 does 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 fees for 2019

Fee year: 2019

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $2,600*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $15,200*
Total indicative course fee $118,300*
Indicative year 1 fee $29,900*

Fee year: 2020

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $2,600*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $15,800*
Total indicative course fee $123,100*
Indicative year 1 fee $31,100*

The fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. The indicative tuition fee is subject to an annual tuition fee increase of up to 5 per cent and may be subject to legislative change.

The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 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 does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting 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.

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My third prac was in Singapore, where I could immerse myself in the school community and in a different culture. I learned how to respect their different values, traditions and teaching practices. Singapore proved I have what it takes to teach internationally.

Alicia McGrade

Where to get further information

Applicants applying for an undergraduate degree with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Find information on how you can apply to study at Curtin with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma if you are applying for an undergraduate degree.

Applicants with other international qualifications

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  • 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: 21/08/2019