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Study Secondary Education at Curtin

Secondary Education

Bachelor Degree

B-EDSC

Course
Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
Duration
4 years full-time
Credit
800
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

The teaching qualification you need to teach children attending an Australian secondary school.

Study Secondary Education at Curtin

Alicia McGrade

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.

Transferable skills

Humanities courses teach transferable skills for international careers. 

Top 1%

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide

(Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019)

Professional recognition

Recognised by the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia and equivalent national bodies.

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.

Why study

  • 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

  • Secondary school teacher
  • International Baccalaureate teacher
  • Policy development officer
  • Special programs officer
  • Trainer, mentor or coach
  • Curriculum designer

Industries

  • Secondary education (government and non-government)

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.

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

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

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I recently attended high school

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
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Please refer below for specific additional academic entry requirements for some Majors in this course.

    Mathematics Education Major

    • Mathematics Methods ATAR

    Science (Biology) Education Major

    • Mathematics Applications ATAR

    Science (Chemistry) Education Major

    • Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics Applications ATAR

    Science (Physics) Education Major

    • Physics ATAR and Mathematics Methods ATAR
  • Desirable WACE subjects

    At least Mathematics Applications ATAR, plus subjects appropriate to your intended teaching area (Major) as below.

    Mathematics Education Major

    • Mathematics Methods ATAR and/or Mathematics Specialist ATAR

    Science (Biology) Education Major

    • At least one Science ATAR course from the list below1

    Science (Chemistry) Education Major

    • Mathematics Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR

    Science (Human Biology) Education Major

    • Mathematics Methods ATAR and Chemistry ATAR; and Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR

    Science (Physics) Education Major

    • Mathematics Specialist ATAR and Chemistry ATAR

    Science (Psychology) Education Major

    • At least one Science ATAR course from the list below*

    * Desirable Science ATAR courses: Animal Production Systems, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Marine and Maritime Studies, Physics, Plant Production Systems, Psychology

  • STAT entry : STAT: Written English and MC Verbal and Quantitative

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.

I have 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
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Please refer below for specific additional academic entry requirements for some Majors in this course.

    Mathematics Education Major

    • Mathematics Methods ATAR

    Science (Biology) Education Major

    • Mathematics Applications ATAR

    Science (Chemistry) Education Major

    • Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics Applications ATAR

    Science (Physics) Education Major

    • Physics ATAR and Mathematics Methods ATAR
  • Desirable WACE subjects

    At least Mathematics Applications ATAR, plus subjects appropriate to your intended teaching area (Major) as below.

    Mathematics Education Major

    • Mathematics Methods ATAR and/or Mathematics Specialist ATAR

    Science (Biology) Education Major

    • At least one Science ATAR course from the list below1

    Science (Chemistry) Education Major

    • Mathematics Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR

    Science (Human Biology) Education Major

    • Mathematics Methods ATAR and Chemistry ATAR; and Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR

    Science (Physics) Education Major

    • Mathematics Specialist ATAR and Chemistry ATAR

    Science (Psychology) Education Major

    • At least one Science ATAR course from the list below*

    * Desirable Science ATAR courses: Animal Production Systems, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Marine and Maritime Studies, Physics, Plant Production Systems, Psychology

  • STAT entry : STAT: Written English and MC Verbal and Quantitative

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

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

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 OR
  • TAFE:

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

  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Please refer below for specific additional academic entry requirements for some Majors in this course.

    Mathematics Education Major

    • Mathematics Methods ATAR

    Science (Biology) Education Major

    • Mathematics Applications ATAR

    Science (Chemistry) Education Major

    • Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics Applications ATAR

    Science (Physics) Education Major

    • Physics ATAR and Mathematics Methods ATAR
  • Desirable WACE subjects

    At least Mathematics Applications ATAR, plus subjects appropriate to your intended teaching area (Major) as below.

    Mathematics Education Major

    • Mathematics Methods ATAR and/or Mathematics Specialist ATAR

    Science (Biology) Education Major

    • At least one Science ATAR course from the list below1

    Science (Chemistry) Education Major

    • Mathematics Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR

    Science (Human Biology) Education Major

    • Mathematics Methods ATAR and Chemistry ATAR; and Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR

    Science (Physics) Education Major

    • Mathematics Specialist ATAR and Chemistry ATAR

    Science (Psychology) Education Major

    • At least one Science ATAR course from the list below*

    * Desirable Science ATAR courses: Animal Production Systems, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Marine and Maritime Studies, Physics, Plant Production Systems, Psychology

  • STAT entry : STAT: Written English and MC Verbal and Quantitative

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

I’ve gone to university before

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 (pre-requisites)

    Please refer below for specific additional academic entry requirements for some Majors in this course.

    Mathematics Education Major

    • Mathematics Methods ATAR

    Science (Biology) Education Major

    • Mathematics Applications ATAR

    Science (Chemistry) Education Major

    • Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics Applications ATAR

    Science (Physics) Education Major

    • Physics ATAR and Mathematics Methods ATAR
  • Desirable WACE subjects

    At least Mathematics Applications ATAR, plus subjects appropriate to your intended teaching area (Major) as below.

    Mathematics Education Major

    • Mathematics Methods ATAR and/or Mathematics Specialist ATAR

    Science (Biology) Education Major

    • At least one Science ATAR course from the list below1

    Science (Chemistry) Education Major

    • Mathematics Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR

    Science (Human Biology) Education Major

    • Mathematics Methods ATAR and Chemistry ATAR; and Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR

    Science (Physics) Education Major

    • Mathematics Specialist ATAR and Chemistry ATAR

    Science (Psychology) Education Major

    • At least one Science ATAR course from the list below*

    * Desirable Science ATAR courses: Animal Production Systems, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Marine and Maritime Studies, Physics, Plant Production Systems, Psychology

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 will also be required to engage in reflection on 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 based on work experience alone. This is consistent with current practice for accredited Initial Teacher Education courses taught by the School of Education.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Students will be required to have a current and valid Working with Children clearance as required by the state or country in which the placement provider is located. They will also need to meet any other relevant State requirements before engaging in any work with children or professional experience. If students have any doubt about their eligibility to acquire these clearances they should contact the local Teacher Registration Authority.

All students are required to successfully complete compulsory professional experience placements in schools as part of designated units throughout the course. Placements are undertaken on a full-time basis for the number of days shown in a continuous block and students need to plan carefully to ensure they are able to meet this commitment. The total number of days of professional experience in the course will satisfy all states' requirements for teacher registration.

No more than 25% of professional experience days may be undertaken in schools outside Australia. Therefore, students will only be able to complete one 3 week placement outside Australia and will be required to complete all other placements within Australia. None of the four professional experience placements can be broken or split into shorter periods. The professional experience must be conducted as a full time block placement at the specified time.

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.

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

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

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $6,680*

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.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

On Campus

Semester 1 and Semester 2

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

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

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  • Curtin course code: B-EDSC
  • CRICOS code: 096505C
  • Last updated on: December 11, 2019