Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts

Course summary for current students

Year2015 course information
Award granted

Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code073789J
Deakin course codeD347

Note: Current course version for students commencing from 2011. Students enrolled between 2007 and 2010 are to refer to the 2007 to 2010 version of this course. Students enrolled prior to 2007 should contact their enrolment officer for course advice.

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 working as a secondary teacher through studying topics such as teacher-learner identity, policy, schooling and society, how to create learning-teaching environments, pedagogy, understanding children and adolescents, and professional identity and curriculum. 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.

Professional recognition

This initial teacher program has been approved by the Victorian Institute of Teaching for the purposes of teacher registration in Victoria. Graduate intending to apply for registration in Victoria should carefully check all requirements relating to this process specified here


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.

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

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts, students must complete 32 credit points as follows:

Education:

Students must complete 16 credit points of units comprising:

  • 10 core units
  • 2 curriculum study units in a first teaching method area
  • 2 curriculum study units in a second teaching method area
  • 2 electives

The Education component of this course includes 80 days of supervised professional experience.

Arts

Students must complete 16 credit points of units comprising:

  • An approved Arts major sequence of at least 8 credit points
  • No more than 6 credit points of units at level 1
  • And either:
  1. A further 8 credit points of Arts units; or
  2. A further 4 credit points of Arts units plus 4 credit points of Mathematical Modelling units; or
  3. A further 4 credit points of Arts units plus 4 credit points of Psychology units; or
  4. A further 2 credit points of Arts units plus 6 credit points of Photography or Visual Arts units, or the equivalent of 6 credit points of Music units by cross-institutional enrolment at Box Hill Institute.

(Note: only students undertaking Psychology or Mathematics as their second teaching method area are permitted to take units from outside the Faculty of Arts and Education.)

Detailed course rules

Satisfactory completion of this course requires students to choose Arts units that are in recognised areas of teaching method study.

- For the 8 credit point major sequence, students must choose an approved Arts major recognised for discipline study in one of the following first teaching method areas:

  • Arts (Major in Photography or Visual Arts)
  • Dance (Major in Dance)
  • Drama (Major in Drama)
  • English (Major in one of Children's Literature or Literary Studies)
  • LOTE (Major in one of Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian or Spanish)*
  • Media (Major in one of Film Studies or Media Studies)**
  • SOSE (Major in one of Anthropology, Australian Studies, History, Philosophy, or Politics and Policy Studies)
  • TESOL (Major in one of Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian or Spanish)

(Note: Music, Mathematics and Psychology may not be taken as first teaching methods in this course because these are not approved major sequences within the Bachelor of Arts).

*Note: Students selecting LOTE as a first teaching method who do not have a background of Year 12 studies in the language must select a further 2 credit points of study in the language of their major in following the rule below.

**Note: Continuing students enrolled 2011-2015 may take Photography as a Media teaching method area.

- Choose 8 further Arts units, which must include discipline studies in one of the following second teaching method areas:

1. 4 credit points in one of the following discipline areas, plus a further 4 credit points of any Arts units:

  • Arabic (TESOL)
  • Chinese (TESOL)
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Film Studies (Media)
  • Literary Studies (English)
  • Children's Literature (English)
  • Mathematical Modelling
  • Media Studies (Media)
  • Psychology
  • Indonesian (TESOL)
  • Spanish (TESOL)

2. 4 credit points in one of the following discipline areas, plus a further 2 credit points in another one of the following discipline areas, plus a further 2 credit points of any Arts units:

  • Anthropology (SOSE)
  • Australian Studies (SOSE)
  • History (SOSE)
  • Philosophy (SOSE)
  • Politics and Policy Studies (SOSE)
  • Sociology (SOSE)

3. 6 credit points in one of the following discipline areas plus a further 2 credit points of any Arts units:

  • Music - Box Hill (for continuing students enrolled between 2011-2015)
  • Photography (Art)
  • Visual Arts (Art)

4. 8 credit points in one of the following discipline areas:

  • Arabic (LOTE - Only for students who completed the language at Year 12)
  • Chinese (LOTE - Only for students who completed the language at Year 12)
  • Indonesian (LOTE - Only for students who completed the language at Year 12)
  • Spanish (LOTE - Only for students who completed the language at Year 12)
  • Music - Box Hill (students commencing 2016)

Note: native speakers of a language other than English can study two teaching methods and have LOTE recognised as a third teaching method area. Contact Student Services for advice on this option.

Course structure

Year 1

EPP101Teacher-Learner Identity

EPP102Learning-Teaching Communities

6 credit points of Arts units chosen in accordance with the detailed course rules for your selected teaching method areas.

Year 2

EEL201Literacy Across the Curriculum

EPP207Pedagogy

6 credit points of Arts units chosen in accordance with the detailed course rules for your selected teaching method areas.

Year 3

EPP304Ways of Knowing Children and Adolescents

EEH531Promoting Student Wellbeing

4 credit points of Arts units to complete major sequence

2 credit points of curriculum study units in second teaching method area (see below)

Year 4

EEM401Numeracy Across the Curriculum

EPP305Policy, Schooling and Society

EPP406Professional Identity and Curriculum Work

EXC440Teaching for Diversity

2 credit points of Education electives (see below)

2 credit points of curriculum study units in first teaching method area (see below)

(i) EEM401 is a cloud (online) unit
(ii) All units are 1 credit point

Course map

Teaching method area

Discipline study units

Curriculum study units

Art

Photography (students commencing 2016)

Visual Arts

ECA431*

ECA432*

Dance

Dance

ECA431*

ECA432*

Drama

Drama

ECA431*

ECA432*

English

Children's Literature

Literary Studies

ECL461

ECL462

LOTE

Arabic

Chinese

Indonesian

Spanish

ESJ457

ESJ458

Mathematics

Mathematical Modelling

ESM424

ESM425

Media

Media Studies

Film Studies

Photography (continuing students enrolled 2011-2015)

ECA435

ECA436

Music

By cross institutional study at Box Hill Institute only

ECA431*

ECA432*

Psychology

Psychology

ESP202

ESP203

Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE)

Anthropology

Australian Studies

History

Philosophy

Politics and Policy

Sociology

ECS471

ECS472

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Arabic

Chinese

Indonesian

Spanish

ESJ459

ESJ460

* Students choosing any two of Art, Dance, Drama and Music as their two teaching method areas should also undertake curriculum study units ECA435 and ECA436 for their second method area.

Recommended Education Electives

ECP303Child Protection

EEG402Teaching in a Global World

EET330Teaching with New Technologies

ELL101Language: Speech and Sounds *

ELL102Language: Words and Structure *

ELL201Language and Social Contexts *

ELL202Texts Across Cultures *

ESM438Evaluating Children's Progress

ESP401Student Behaviour Management and Welfare

ESP437Teaching for Interpersonal Development

ESP485Teaching Thinking Skills

EST430Educational Software Tools 1

* Students undertaking English or TESOL as teaching method areas are particularly recommended to take one or more Linguistics electives.



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 transfer for 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)

EPP101Teacher-Learner Identity [Coursework only from 2015]

EPP102Learning-Teaching Communities

EPP207Pedagogy

EPP304Ways of Knowing Children and Adolescents

EPP305Policy, Schooling and Society

EPP406Professional Identity and Curriculum Work

To pass the units listed above pre-service teachers must successfully complete the unit work assignment component, submitting and passing the unit’s associated assessment pieces;

and successfully complete the appropriate professional experience days based in school/s.

The practicum component is assessed primarily by the supervising classroom teacher in consultations with the pre-service teacher. Satisfactory completion of the practicum component within each education studies/professional experience unit is compulsory in order for the student to progress.