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Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Science

Course summary for current students

Award granted Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)
Campus
Cloud (online)No
Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code016679K
Deakin course codeD344

Note: Offered to continuing students only at the Burwood (Melbourne).  Students should discuss unit selections with their enrolment officer.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) degree introduces students to the knowledge and competencies required by secondary teachers as well as providing students with a broad understanding of the practice of educators.  The partner component provides students with a depth of knowledge in one or more fields of study within a Bachelor of Science degree with the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment.

Professional recognition

Approved by Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as a preservice teaching qualification

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Contact hours

For each unit of study students are expected to participate in at least three hours of formal contact each week of trimester. A minimum of six hours of study time in addition to the formal contact is also expected for each unit each week.

Professional experience requirements

Students are required to undertake professional experience placements concurrently with their secondary curriculum method studies. Students must be enrolled in an appropriate school experience unit in addition to enrolment in the secondary curriculum study method units.
Students may be required to complete the school experience component of the course outside the academic year. A satisfactory level of teaching competence during school experience is required for the award of the degree.

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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

 

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules

The Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) degree is undertaken in conjunction with the Bachelor of Science. Each course alone comprises 24 credit points but the two courses together constitute a combined course of 32 credit points. Course requirements for both degrees must be satisfied.

To complete the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) component of the course, 16 credit points must be taken in education and curriculum studies offered by the School of Education.
Students who are accepted into a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) combined course will be advised at the time of enrolment of the units recommended for study within the Bachelor of Science. Students should consult the unit descriptions for the Bachelor of Science for an indication of the possible range of units available for selection.

To satisfy the Bachelor of Science requirements students must complete 16 credit points in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment, including at least one 8-credit-point major sequence in a specific science discipline at least 4 science skill core units, a maximum of six units at level 1 and a minimum of four units at level 3.

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Detailed course rules

To be awarded the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) a student must satisfactorily complete 24 credit points of study that includes:

  • 16 credit points of specified units from the School of Education of which not less than 14 credit points are to be at level 2 or higher and at least 6 credit points are to be at level 3 or higher
  • a major sequence of course-grouped units amounting to not less than 8 credit points; and
  • units amounting to not more than 8 credit points from the units leading to the award of a bachelor's degree in a faculty specified by the Faculty of Arts and Education

Students shall complete - within a partner Bachelor of Science degree:

  • 16 credit points from science course-grouped units, which includes up to 6 credit points at level 1 and a minimum of 4 credit points at level 1 and a minimum of 4 credit points at level 3.
  • a major sequence of at least 8 credit points in one science discipline area
  • a minor sequence of at least 4 credit points in a second science discipline area (both the major and minor are to be related to the secondary curriculum method studies undertaken.
  • In addition, students commencing in 2006 are also required to complete four science skill units at level 1.

The course of study shall be completed within a period of not less than four years when undertaken as a combined course of 32 credit points and except with the permission of the Faculty Board not more than 10 consecutive years from the date of first enrolment in the course.
The course of study shall include satisfactory completion of at least 80 days of supervised school experience.
Students should note that four years of tertiary study inclusive of teacher education is required for employment as a teacher in Victoria.

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Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

 

Majors for the Bachelor of Science
Students may choose their major and minor from the following disciplines
(students should consult their course advisor before choosing their major and minor):

Biology
Biological Chemistry
Environmental Science
Mathematical Modelling

Note: In order to meet all course requirements within 16 credit points, Environmental
Science and Mathematical Modelling can only be combined as a major or minor with
Biology or Chemistry.


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Course structure

Course sequence for Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Science

 

For continuing students only.

Level 2
Trimester 1

EXE201 Creating Effective Learning Environments  

EXS201 Unit description is currently unavailable  

Secondary Curriculum Study (middle school level or A) - corresponding to Science major or sub-major sequence of study.
2 credit points from approved units in Science degree course.
Trimester 2
EXE202 Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting  

EXS202 Secondary School Experience 2b  

Secondary Curriculum Study (senior school level or B) - corresponding to Science major or sub-major sequence of study.
2 credit points from approved units in Science degree course.

Level 3

Trimester 1
ESM300 Numeracy Across the Curriculum  

EXS301 Secondary School Experience 3a  

Secondary Curriculum Study (middle school level or A) - corresponding to Science major or sub-major sequence of study.
2 credit points from approved units in Science degree course.
Note: ESM300 is offered via cloud (online) mode.
Trimester 2
ECL302 Literacy Across the Curriculum  

EXS302 Secondary School Experience 3b  

Secondary Curriculum Study (senior school level or B) - corresponding to Science major or sub-major sequence of study.
2 credit points from approved units in Science degree course.

Level 4 for students commencing prior to 2005 only

Trimester 1
EXE401 Professional Relationships  

EXS401 Secondary School Experience 4a  

One Education elective unit
2 credit points from approved units in Science degree course
Trimester 2
EXE402 Transition to Beginning Teaching  

Three Education elective units
EXS402 Secondary School Experience 4b  

EXS403 Secondary School Experience 4c  


Level 4 for students commencing from 2005 only

Trimester 1
EXE401 Professional Relationships  

EXS401 Secondary School Experience 4a  

One Education elective unit
2 credit points from approved units in Science degree course
Trimester 2
EXC440 Teaching for Diversity  

EXC530 Promoting Student Wellbeing  

EXE402 Transition to Beginning Teaching  

One Education elective unit.
EXS402 Secondary School Experience 4b  

EXS403 Secondary School Experience 4c  

Note: The Education elective units are selected in consultation with the course adviser to complement the teaching methods (curriculum studies).

 

Secondary curriculum studies
Note: Students are required to undertake professional experience placements concurrently with enrolment in secondary curriculum studies.

Mathematics

ESM424 Mathematics: Curriculum Study  

ESM425 Senior Mathematics: Curriculum Study  


Environmental Science
ESS441 Environmental Science and Society: Curriculum Study  

ESS442 Senior Environmental Science: Curriculum Study  


Biology
ESS444 Science: Curriculum Study  

ESS467 Senior Biology: Curriculum Study  


Chemistry
ESS444 Science: Curriculum Study  

ESJ460 Studies in Curriculum (TESOL or Senior Chemistry)  

Note: ESJ460 students to select Senior Chemistry: Curriculum Study specialism.

Secondary elective units
Note: The offering of secondary electives is subject to the availability of staff and sufficient numbers of students enrolled.

ECL469 Digital Literacies  

ECL470 Children's Literature in the Classroom  

ECP303 Child Protection  

ECS420 Contemporary Global Issues in Social, Political and Environmental Learning  

ECS421 Learning Beyond the Classroom: Local Communities  

EEG402 Teaching in a Global World  

ESH418, ESH457 final year of offer 2013.

ESM415 Problem Solving and Modelling in the Mathematics Classroom  

ESM433 Exploring Space and Number  

ESM438 Evaluating Children's Progress  

ESP401 Student Behaviour Management and Welfare  

ESP437 Teaching for Interpersonal Development  

ESP485 Teaching Thinking Skills  

ESS415 Resources in the Contemporary Science Curriculum  

ESS439 Issues in Science and Environmental Education  

EET330 Teaching with New Technologies  

EST430 Educational Software Tools 1  

Note:
(i) ECL469, ESM438 offered in alternate years 2014, 2016.
(ii) The offering of secondary electives is subject to the availability of staff and sufficient number of students enrolled.
(iii)EST430 is offered wholly in Cloud (online) mode.
(iv) ESM433 offered in alternate years 2015, 2017.

 

Compulsory science skills units:

SLE111 Cells and Genes  

SLE131 Unit description is currently unavailable  

SIT191 Introduction to Statistics  

SEP122 Physics for the Life Sciences  

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Details of major sequences

Students are required to complete at least one 8 credit point major sequence (8 units of study) and a minor sequence of at least 4 credit points (4 units of study) in the second discipline.

Biology

SLE111 Cells and Genes  

SLE132 Biology: Form and Function  

(prerequisites apply)
2 credit points from SBB2 or SQB2 - coded units.
2 credit points from SBB3 or SQB3 - coded units.
plus an additional 2 credit points from SBB2 or SQB2 or SBB3 or SQB3 - coded units.');
*Maximum of 2 SQB coded units within the biology 8cp major.

Biological Chemistry

Note: From 2013, students to contact the Student Services office for first year Chemistry units advice.

 

SLE131 Unit description is currently unavailable  

SLE152 Unit description is currently unavailable  

SLE212 Biochemistry  

SLE222 Biochemical Metabolism  

SBC231 Unit description is currently unavailable  

SBC232 Unit description is currently unavailable  

SLE311 Chemical Hazards  

SLE312 Toxicology  

Environmental Science

SLE103 Ecology and the Environment  

Choose one level unit from SQA/SQB/SQE coded units
Choose two level 2 units from SQA/SQB/SQE coded units
Choose two level 3 units from SQA/SQB/SQE coded units
Plus an additional two level 2 or 3 units from SQA/SQB/SQE coded units.

Mathematical Modelling

SIT192 Discrete Mathematics  

SIT194 Introduction to Mathematical Modelling  

SIT281 Cryptography  

SIT291 Mathematical Methods for Information Modelling  

SIT292 Linear Algebra and Applications to Data Communications  

SIT396 Complex Analysis  

SIT392 Public-Key Cryptography  

SIT399 Advanced Topics in Mathematics  

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Working with Children Check

The Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic.) requires a person who engages in child-related work, as defined in the Act, to obtain an assessment notice under the Act, known as a Working with Children Check (WWCC). The Act is administered by the Department of Justice: justice.vic.gov.au

Professional experience placements in schools in the course of a university degree are “child-related work”.  Under the Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic.), administered by the Department of Justice, a student teacher must obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC) before commencing professional experience placements in a school.  The WWCC must remain current throughout the course.  It is an offence under the Act to engage in school experience without holding a WWCC.

 

Students will not be allowed to commence school experience in any school in Victoria until a Working with Children Check is obtained.  The Department of Education has requested that on the application form a student nominates the University as the (or one of the) employers.  The University will then be sent a copy of the assessment notice.  Because the University needs to assure a school that a student placed at the school has a current Working with Children Check, each student must give their authority to provide the assurance - a student will be required to sign an authority for the University to inform a school that a WWCC has or has not been obtained.

 

While the University will hold on file documentation relating to the WWCCs obtained by students engaged in school experience, it is each student’s responsibility to ensure that he or she can produce the WWCC card to the school upon request and to keep the WWCC current under the Act.

 

Students are required to apply for a WWCC through a participating Australia Post outlet (which can be found on the Australia Post website or the Department of Justice website) and provide proof to the faculty that the WWCC has been undertaken.

 

Should a student fail to obtain a WWCC, practical training in a school will not be provided, and as practical training is a requirement for completion of a teaching degree, the student may be unable to complete the degree.  Should such a situation arise, the University will provide advice on options for tertiary study.

 

It is the responsibility of students undertaking placements outside Victoria to enquire about and, where necessary, to meet any similar legislative or other requirements concerning working with children.

Professional Experience requirements

Students are required for registration purposes (and for the award of the degree) to have completed over the duration of their course a minimum of 80 days of supervised school experience. Students should ensure they are conversant with the Standards for Graduating Students as required by the Victorian Institute of Teaching. The school experience is organised by the School Experience Office and students do not make contact with schools regarding placements under any circumstances. 

 

Students should also note that it is a requirement of the course that school experience is undertaken in conjunction with their curriculum studies and Education Major studies and during the time tabled dates unless, in exceptional circumstances, alternative arrangements are negotiated and agreed to in writing with the Professional Experience Office.

Students should note that normally any paid or unpaid work undertaken in a school as an unqualified teacher/teacher’s aide will not be recognised for credit as recognised prior learning in supervised school experience for this course.

Students may be required to complete the school experience component of the course outside the academic year. A satisfactory level of teaching competence during supervised school experience is required for award of the degree. An “unsatisfactory” result on any school experience placement will be referred to the Faculty Academic Progress and Discipline Committee.

 

 

Graduates of an accredited teaching course should note that teacher registration is required in Victoria and is administered by the Victorian Institute of Teaching under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic.).  Prospective students should acquaint themselves with the requirements for registration in Victoria or in any other relevant location.  These requirements include the ability to satisfy the Standards for Graduating Students (available at: vit.vic.edu.au)

 

Professional Experience enrolment

Students need to carefully follow the instructions correctly when enrolling or re-enrolling online in school experience units. Failure to enrol or re-enrol correctly jeopardises a student’s school experience placement and this could lead to a delay in the award of the degree. Students must follow Faculty rules in relation to the number of days of school experience to be completed for each placement as per the Professional Experience Handbook (available from the campus of enrolment) which includes the published school experience timetable. Students should note that a ‘day’ constitutes a whole school day (not part thereof).

Students should obtain a copy of the Professional Experience Handbook each year from the Professional Experience Office (also available at deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/education/schoolexp). Information contained in the Handbook is updated annually and is a summary of Faculty rules in relation to school experience.

Schedule of School Experience units

Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)
EXS201 Secondary School Experience 2A 
10 days
EXS202 Secondary School Experience 2B 
10 days
EXS301 Secondary School Experience 3A 
10 days
EXS302 Secondary School Experience 3B 
10 days
EXS401 Secondary School Experience 4A
10 days
EXS402 Secondary School Experience 4B 
15 day block
EXS403 Secondary School Experience 4C 
15 day block

 

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8th June 2007