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Award granted Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)
Campus
Cloud (online)No
Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code016705B
Deakin course codeD347

Note:  Course version for students who commenced prior to 2007.  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 Arts degree.

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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.

LOTE/TESOL requirements

Students wishing to specialise in teaching, languages other than English (LOTE) or teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) within the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts must note the requirements below. Students are advised to take four linguistics discipline units ELL101, ELL102, ELL201 and ELL202 offered by the School of Education. ELL101, ELL102, ELL201 and ELL202 are course grouped to the Bachelor of Arts degree component of the course.

LOTE
Students are advised that the requirements of the Victorian Institute of Teaching for primary and secondary teachers of LOTE (Languages Other Than English) are as follows:

 

· A post-Year 12 major study in the language, together with teaching methodology in LOTE.

 

Native speakers of the language may seek a statement of equivalence from a Victorian University, to verify that they meet the standard of a 'post year 12 major study'. Teachers wishing recognition in languages which are not taught in Victorian universities and for which university statements of equivalence are not available, may seek equivalence accreditation with the Department of Education and Training, Victoria.

TESOL
The Victorian Institute of Teaching requirements for TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) include a sub-major in one of:

 

· Linguistics, or

· A second language (ie. not the teacher's first language), or Appropriate TESOL studies; together with

· Teaching methodology in TESOL.

 

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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 Arts. 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 Arts. Students should consult the unit descriptions for the Bachelor of Arts for an indication of the possible range of units available for selection.

Within the 16 credit points required for the Bachelor of Arts portion of the degree a minimum of 4 credit points must be completed at level 3 and a major sequence as described under course A300 Bachelor of Arts must also be completed.

Students are not permitted to enrol in units from another faculty (other than Psychology and Mathematics which are classed as Arts grouped).

The following major sequences in Arts are available at Burwood (Melbourne): Australian Studies, Children's Literature, Dance, Drama, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Languages (LOTE - Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian [Spanish from 2015]), Literary Studies, Mathematics, Media and Communication, Philosophy, Photography, Politics and Policy Studies, Psychology and Sociology.

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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
  • that includes a major sequence of course-grouped units amounting to not less than 6 credit points; and
  • that includes units amounting to not more than 8 credit points from the units leading to the award of a bachelors degree in a faculty specified by the School of Education

Students shall complete - within a partner degree in a combined structure - a major sequence of at least 6 credit points in one discipline area and a minor sequence of at least 4 credit points in a second discipline area which are to be related to the secondary curriculum method studies undertaken.
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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Course structure

Level 1
Trimester 1

EXE101 Understanding Children and Adolescents  

3 credit points from approved units in Arts degree course.

 

Trimester 2

EXE102 Unit description is currently unavailable  

3 credit points from approved units in Arts degree course.

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 major or sub-major sequence of study for first method area (1 unit).
2 credit points from approved units in Arts degree course.

 

Trimester 2

EXE202 Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting  

EXS202 Secondary School Experience 2b  

Secondary Curriculum Study (senior school level or B) - corresponding to Arts major or sub-major sequence of study for first method area (1 unit).
2 credit points from approved units in Arts 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 Arts major or sub-major sequence of study for second method area (1 unit).
2 credit points from approved units in Arts degree course.

 

Trimester 2

ECL302 Literacy Across the Curriculum  

EXS302 Secondary School Experience 3b  

Secondary Curriculum Study (senior school level or B) - corresponding to Arts major or sub-major sequence of study for second method area (1 unit).
2 credit points from approved units in Arts degree course.

Level 4

For students commencing from 2005 and prior to 2007
Trimester 1
EXE401 Professional Relationships  

EXS401 Secondary School Experience 4a  

One Education elective unit
2 credit points from approved units in Arts degree course.

 

Trimester 2

EXC530 Promoting Student Wellbeing  

EXC440 Teaching for Diversity  

EXE402 Transition to Beginning Teaching  

One Education elective unit
EXS402 Secondary School Experience 4b  

EXS403 Secondary School Experience 4c  

Note: EXC530, EXC440 offered in 2008.

Level 4

For students commencing prior to 2005
Trimester 1
EXE401 Professional Relationships  

EXS401 Secondary School Experience 4a  

One Education elective unit
2 credit points from approved units in Arts degree course.

 

Trimester 2

EXE402 Transition to Beginning Teaching  

Three Education elective units
EXS402 Secondary School Experience 4b  

EXS403 Secondary School Experience 4c  

 

Secondary curriculum studies
Note: Students are required to undertake professional experience placements concurrently with enrolment in secondary curriculum studies.
Specialist area Guidelines for teachers can be found on the website of the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).


*Visual Arts
(ECA431/432 students select the Visual Arts specialism)

ECA431 Arts Education Discipline Study 1  

ECA432 Arts Education Discipline Study 2  


*Dance
(ECA431/432 students select the Dance specialism)
ECA431 Arts Education Discipline Study 1  

ECA432 Arts Education Discipline Study 2  


*Drama

(ECA431/432 students select the Drama specialism)
ECA431 Arts Education Discipline Study 1  

ECA432 Arts Education Discipline Study 2  


*Media

(ECA435/436 students select the Media studies specialism)
ECA435 Arts Education Discipline Study 5  

ECA436 Arts Education Discipline Study 6  

*Students taking two single methods in Visual Arts, Dance, Drama or Media should enrol in ECA431 and ECA432 for one of their single methods (the choices here are Visual Arts, Dance or Drama) and in ECA435 and ECA436 for the other single method (the choices here are Visual Arts, Dance, Drama and Media. Note that Media is only available as a single method choice under the unit codes ECA435 and ECA436.

For Double methods in Visual Arts, Dance or Drama, see Double method requirements below.

 

English

ECL461 English Education A  

ECL462 English Education B  


LOTE

ESJ457 Studies in Curriculum (Lote A)  

ESJ458 Studies in Curriculum (LOTE B)  

(i) ESJ457 students are required to select the LOTE: Curriculum Study specialism.

(ii) ESJ458 students are required to select the LOTE Materials Development specialism.

TESOL

ESJ459 Studies in Curriculum (TESOL 7-10)  

ESJ460 Studies in Curriculum (TESOL or Senior Chemistry)  

Note: ESJ460 students are required to select the TESOL Curriculum Study B specialism.


Humanities, Societies and Environments (formerly SOSE)

ECS471 History and Humanities: Curriculum Study A  

ECS472 History and Humanities: Curriculum Study B  


Mathematics

ESM424 Mathematics: Curriculum Study  

ESM425 Senior Mathematics: Curriculum Study  


Psychology

ESP202 Senior Psychology A: Curriculum Study  

ESP203 Senior Psychology B: Curriculum Study  


Double method requirements

To meet specific requirements for double methods in dance, drama, English and visual arts, the following units must be completed in addition to the relevant secondary curriculum studies units listed above.

Dance

ECA433/ECA434 students select Dance specialism)
ECA433 Arts Education Discipline Study 3  

ECA434 Arts Education Discipline Study 4  


Drama

(ECA433/ECA434 students select Drama specialism)
ECA433 Arts Education Discipline Study 3  

ECA434 Arts Education Discipline Study 4  


Visual Arts

(ECA433/434 students select Visual Arts specialism)
ECA433 Arts Education Discipline Study 3  

ECA434 Arts Education Discipline Study 4  


English
ECL469 Digital Literacies  

ECL470 Children's Literature in the Classroom  

ECL469 offered in alternate years 2016, 2018.


Humanities, Societies and Environments (formerly SOSE)

ECS420 Contemporary Global Issues in Social, Political and Environmental Learning  

ECS421 Learning Beyond the Classroom: Local Communities  

Secondary elective units

ECA433 Arts Education Discipline Study 3  

ECA434 Arts Education Discipline Study 4  

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  

Notes:
(i) Students undertaking two single method specialisms in Arts Education (i.e. have enrolled in ECA431, ECA432 for one of their single methods and in ECA435, ECA436 for the other single method) may also enrol in ECA433, ECA434 as secondary elective units. ECA433, ECA434 students select one specialism in Visual Arts, Dance or Drama in these units'
(ii)  ECL469, ESM438 offered in alternate years 2016, 2018.
(iii) EST430 is offered in Cloud (online) mode.
(iv) The offering of secondary electives is subject to the availability of staff and sufficient number of students enrolled.

(v) ESM433 offered in alternate years 2015, 2017.

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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 are required to comply with the on-line instructions regarding enrolment/re-enrolment in school experience; failure to enrol/re-enrol jeopardises a student’s school experience placement.

 

Students should 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