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- English Education Major (BEd Secondary)
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
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The English Education Major is part of the Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education) and current Entry Requirements for this major can be found here.
This major will prepare you with content and pedagogical knowledge to teach the English curriculum from Years 7 to 12. If you would like more information about the content of the curriculum in Western Australia, please see the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) website.
Second specialisation stream
In addition to your major English teaching area, you will choose a second specialisation stream from one of the following options:
- Minor teaching area – this will be a teaching area other than English
- Broadening English – additional content and curriculum units in English
- Education specialty – additional education units and English curriculum units
You will complete four professional experience placements in this course. These placements provide opportunities to practice and demonstrate the skills and knowledge gained under the supervision of a mentor teacher. There may be opportunities for a country, interstate or overseas placement.
The final professional experience placement is referred to as the Internship and is conducted over one school term in a full time block mode. The Internship is undertaken in a school setting. There may be opportunities for a ‘country practice’ or an interstate Internship placement.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
How to apply
This major sits within the Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education) degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education). In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.
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- 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’s education courses were ranked in the top 150 in the world in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
- 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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:
Tel: 1300 222 888
Fees & charges
Please view the Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education) degree for indicative fees.
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- Curtin course code: MJRU-ENGLT
- Last updated on: February 12, 2021