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Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts

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Award granted Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)
CampusOffered at Melbourne Burwood Campus
Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code016705B
Deakin course codeD347

Note: Current course version for students commencing from 2007 to 2010.


Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin's Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts degree will introduce you to the knowledge and competencies required by secondary teachers as well as providing you with a broad understanding of the practice of educators. The course will also give you in-depth knowledge in one or more fields of study within the Bachelor of Arts.

 

As part of the teaching component of this course you will learn key skills required for being a secondary teacher through studying topics such as assessment and reporting, how to create effective learning environments, and understanding children and adolescents. You are required to complete a minimum of 80 days supervised school experience over the duration of the course, providing hands-on experience in a classroom setting.

 

Studies in the arts will provide you with opportunities to develop skills of critical and systematic thinking; an imaginative understanding and appreciation of the theory and practice of the social sciences; enhanced cultural sensitivity and understanding; skills and knowledge relevant to employment in the modern workforce and familiarity with the use and importance of information technology in learning and employment. All of these skills will complement the teaching profession.

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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.

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 (Languages other than English)
Students are advised that the requirements of the Victorian Institute of Teaching for primary and secondary teachers of LOTE are as follows:
An Advanced level major study in the language requiring successful completion of Year 12 studies in the language for entry into the program.

NOTE: Native speakers of the language may seek a statement of equivalence from an Australian university, to verify that their knowledge and competence in the language meets the standard of a post-Year 12 Advanced level major study in the language.
All programs or program combinations should equip prospective teachers of languages with:
•    a sufficient level of competence in a range of acceptable spoken and written uses of the standard variety of the language so that they can provide their students with a reliable language model. This includes the ability to use the language:
•    in an appropriate range of registers and contexts
•    as the medium of instruction for classroom and instructional purposes
•    with users from a range of ages, regions and/or social groups, both in Australia and overseas
•    an understanding of the significant works of the language (poetry, prose, drama, song, film etc), both contemporary and traditional, and insights into its related history, culture and social life, including in Australia
•    knowledge of the formal properties of the phonology, syntax and discourse patterns of the standard language; an understanding of the significant features of the main varieties of the language (regional and social); an understanding of the legitimacy of a range of varieties/settings of the language; and an understanding of the contrastive features of English and the language
•    a sound understanding of the pedagogy for teaching languages in the primary and/or secondary schools, including the ability to implement various program models for teaching languages
•    an understanding of contemporary research findings in language acquisition, including oracy and literacy development in the first and second languages
•    educational theory and practice in Australian schools as it relates to the teaching of languages.

 

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

The Victorian Institute of Teaching requirements for TESOL are as follows:


A sub-major study in one of Linguistics or

A second language (i.e. not the teacher's first language) or

Appropriate TESOL Studies that includes the following core content:

    * the nature of the English language and the learning of English including formal systems, spoken and written discourse, language and social context, and bi/multilingual language and literacy development
    * the socio-cultural context of TESOL including educational, cultural, historical and inter-group issues and the implications for teaching and learning
    * acquisition of English as a second or additional language. The study of how a second or additional language is acquired with reference to English with implications for TESOL pedagogy
    * the institutional context of TESOL including the role of the TESOL teacher in the school organisation, with parents (as appropriate) and the wider community
    * together with teaching methodology which covers TESOL principles and approaches for a range of educational contexts, including factors affecting the development of language proficiency, and assessment procedures to facilitate appropriate placement of students with ESL needs.

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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 studies, curriculum studies, and school experience 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 to get 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 teaching methods which relate to the major sequences in Bachelor of Arts are available at the Melbourne Burwood Campus:

Dance*

Drama*

English Major sequence in Literacy Studies (plus a part in Linguistics offered by Education)

LOTE Major sequence in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Italian

Mathematics

Media Major sequence in Film Studies, Media & Communication, Photography

Psychology

Humanities, Societies and Environments (formerly SOSE) Major sequence in Australian Studies, History, Philosophy, Politics & Policy Studies, Sociology
TESOL Major sequence in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian

Visual Arts

* Please note that entry to Dance and Drama is by audition.

 

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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 6 credit points
  • 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

Note: Students enrolled prior to 2007 should contact their enrolment officer for course advice.
Level 1
Trimester 1

EXE101 Unit description is currently unavailable   

Plus 3 credit points from approved units in Arts degree course.

 

Trimester 2

EXE102 Unit description is currently unavailable   

Plus 3 credit points from approved units in Arts degree course.


Level 2
Trimester 1

EEE201 Unit description is currently unavailable   

EEY201 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).
Plus 2 credit points from approved units in Arts degree course.

 

Trimester 2

EEE202 Unit description is currently unavailable   

EEY202 Unit description is currently unavailable   

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

Level 3

Trimester 1
EEM301 Unit description is currently unavailable   

EEY301 Unit description is currently unavailable   

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

 

Trimester 2

EEL302 Unit description is currently unavailable   

EEY302 Unit description is currently unavailable   

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

Level 4

 

Trimester 1

EEE401 Unit description is currently unavailable   

EEY401 Unit description is currently unavailable   

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

 

Trimester 2

EEH530 Unit description is currently unavailable   

EXC440 Unit description is currently unavailable   

EEE402 Unit description is currently unavailable   

Plus One Education elective unit
EEY402 Unit description is currently unavailable   

EEY403 Unit description is currently unavailable   

 

Notes:
(i) EEM301 is a wholly online unit
(ii) All units are 1 credit point unless otherwise note (see below)
(iii) EEE201, EEE202, EEM301, EEL302, EEE401, EEE402, EEH530 are 0.75 credit point units
(iv) EEY201, EEY202, EEY301, EEY302, EEY401, EEY402, EEY403 are 0.25 credit point units


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 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ECA432 Unit description is currently unavailable   


*Dance
(ECA431/432 students select the Dance specialism)
ECA431 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ECA432 Unit description is currently unavailable   


*Drama

(ECA431/432 students select the Drama specialism)
ECA431 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ECA432 Unit description is currently unavailable   


*Media

(ECA435/436 students select the Media studies specialism)
ECA435 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ECA436 Unit description is currently unavailable   

*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 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ECL462 Unit description is currently unavailable   


LOTE

ESJ457 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ESJ458 Unit description is currently unavailable   

Notes:
(i) ESJ457 students to select the LOTE: Curriculum Study specialism.
(ii) ESJ458 students to select the LOTE Materials Development specialism.

TESOL
ESJ459 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ESJ460 Unit description is currently unavailable   

Notes:

(i) ESJ459 students to select the TESOL Curriculum Study A specialism.

(ii) ESJ460 students to select the TESOL Curriculum Study B specialism.

Humanities, Societies and Environments (formerly SOSE)

ECS471 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ECS472 Unit description is currently unavailable   


Mathematics

ESM424 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ESM425 Unit description is currently unavailable   


Psychology

ESP202 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ESP203 Unit description is currently unavailable   


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 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ECA434 Unit description is currently unavailable   


Drama

(ECA433/ECA434 students select Drama specialism)
ECA433 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ECA434 Unit description is currently unavailable   


Visual Arts

(ECA433/434 students select Visual Arts specialism)
ECA433 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ECA434 Unit description is currently unavailable   


English
ECL469 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ECL470 Unit description is currently unavailable   


Humanities, Societies and Environments (formerly SOSE)

ECS420 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ECS421 Unit description is currently unavailable   

 

Music

Students must have VCE music or the equivalent of grade 6 AMEB to undertake music method.  Students will enrol at Box Hill TAFE as a cross institution enrolment and undertake 6 credit points of study there and then undertake the following Music specialism in the following 4 credit points of study sequence at Deakin.

ECA431 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ECA432 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ECA433 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ECA434 Unit description is currently unavailable   


Secondary elective units

ECA433 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ECA434 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ECL469 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ECL470 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ECP303 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ECS420 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ECS421 Unit description is currently unavailable   

EEG402 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ESH418 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ESH457 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ESM415 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ESM433 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ESM438 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ESP401 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ESP437 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ESP449 Unit description is currently unavailable   *

ESP485 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ESS415 Unit description is currently unavailable   

ESS439 Unit description is currently unavailable   

EET330 Unit description is currently unavailable   

EST430 Unit description is currently unavailable   

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) Studies in dance, drama, music or visual art are available to all D347 students in the elective units ECA433 (T1) and ECA434 (T2).

(iii) ESM438 offered in alternate years 2012, 2014.
(iv) EST430 is offered in wholly online mode.
(v) The offering of secondary electives is subject to the availability of staff and sufficient number of students enrolled.

(vi) ESM433 offered in alternate years 2011, 2013.

* ESP449 not offered 2011, reoffer 2012.

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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

School 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 school 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 Professional 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. S

 

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 - for students commencing prior to 2011.

Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)


Note: 4 days of observation take place in EXE102.

 

EEY201 Secondary School Experience 2A (B)
6 days

 

EEY202 Secondary School Experience 2B (B)
10 days

 

EEY301 Secondary School Experience 3A (B)
10 days

 

EEY302 Secondary School Experience 3B (B)
10 days

 

EEY401 Secondary School Experience 4A (B)
10 days

 

EEY402 Secondary School Experience 4B (B)
15 day block

 

EEY403 Secondary School Experience 4C (B)
15 day block

 

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8th June 2007