Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts

Course summary for current students

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

Notes: 

(i) Current course version for students commencing from 2011.

(ii) Students enrolled between 2007 and 2010 are to refer to the 2007 to 2010 version of this course.

(iii) Students enrolled prior to 2007 should contact their enrolment officer for course advice.

(iv) Students commencing in Trimester 2 or Trimester 3 may only undertake Bachelor of Arts units in their commencing trimester.

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

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

International students and permanent residents

Graduates of this course who are intending to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) will be required to demonstrate an IELTS of an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas where there is no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening. You are advised to read the VIT's Qualification for Teachers Registration policy carefully which is available at:  Further information


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

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 Professional Education studies, and curriculum studies offered by the School of Education. Students accepted into the 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.

Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts students may complete an 8 credit point Psychology or Mathematics major sequence to satisfy the Arts major sequence requirement.  

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

Details of major sequences

The following teaching methods which relate to the major sequences in Bachelor of Arts are available at Burwood (Melbourne):

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • English (Major sequence in Children's Literature, or Literacy Studies plus a part in Linguistics offered by Education)
  • LOTE (Languages other than English: Major sequence in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Spanish)
  • Mathematics
  • Media (Major sequence in Film Studies, Media & Communication, Photography)
  • Music (Music can be undertaken via cross institutional enrolment at Box Hill Institute of TAFE, to complete the required number of Music units with pre-requisite of VCE Music or equivalent of grade 6 AMEB)
  • Psychology
  • Humanities, Societies and Environments (SOSE) (Major sequence in Australian Studies, History, Philosophy, Politics & Policy Studies, Sociology)
  • TESOL
  • Visual Arts

Students can also undertake a double curriculum specialisation in one of the method areas below:

Dance
                Drama
                Music
                English
                Humanities, Society & Environment (SOSE)
                Visual Arts

Students may undertake 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 and are suitable for students wishing to teach in TESOL, LOTE or English.

In regards to LOTE, the Victorian Institute of Teaching for primary and secondary teachers of LOTE requires an Advanced level major study in the language requiring successful completion of Year 12 studies in the language for entry into the course. 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.

For those students wanting to undertake TESOL, the Victorian Institute of Teaching requirements for TESOL are 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.

Detailed course rules

The Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/ Bachelor of Arts 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; and
  • 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 will complete within the Bachelor of Arts (BA) a major sequence of 8 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.  There is a cap of 12 units set for each major in each discipline, with an additional internship unit available. Flexibility in the structure of the BA provides students with the opportunity to pursue their own interests and design their own courses of study within guidelines, including up to 8 credit points from other faculties or by cross-institutional study. 

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. Within the course of study, students will also satisfactorily complete 80 days of supervised school experience. This is a requirement for employment as a teacher in the State of Victoria if one undertakes tertiary study in teacher education.

Course structure

Notes: 

(i) Current course version for students commencing from 2011.

(ii) Students enrolled between 2007 and 2010 are to refer to the 2007 to 2010 version of this course.

(iii) Students enrolled prior to 2007 should contact their enrolment officer for course advice.

Level 1
Trimester 1

EPP101Teacher-Learner Identity

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

Trimester 2

EPP102Learning-Teaching Communities

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

Level 2
Trimester 1

EEL201Literacy Across the Curriculum

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

Trimester 2

EPP207Pedagogy

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

Level 3
Trimester 1

EPP304Ways of Knowing Children and Adolescents

Plus Secondary Curriculum Study A for 2nd teaching method.

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

Trimester 2

EEH531Promoting Student Wellbeing

Plus Secondary Curriculum Study B for 2nd teaching method.

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

Level 4

Trimester 1

EEM401Numeracy Across the Curriculum

EPP305Policy, Schooling and Society

Plus Secondary Curriculum Study A for 1st teaching method.

Plus One Education elective unit

Trimester 2

EPP406Professional Identity and Curriculum Work

EXC440Teaching for Diversity

Plus Secondary Curriculum Study B for 1st teaching method.

Plus One Education elective unit

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

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

ECA431Arts Education Discipline Study 1

ECA432Arts Education Discipline Study 2


*Dance
(ECA431/432 students select the Dance specialism)
ECA431Arts Education Discipline Study 1

ECA432Arts Education Discipline Study 2


*Drama

(ECA431/432 students select the Drama specialism)
ECA431Arts Education Discipline Study 1

ECA432Arts Education Discipline Study 2


*Media

(ECA435/436 students select the Media studies specialism)
ECA435Arts Education Discipline Study 5

ECA436Arts 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.

*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 2 credit points of study sequence at Deakin.

(ECA431/432 students select the Music specialism)

ECA431Arts Education Discipline Study 1

ECA432Arts Education Discipline Study 2

English

ECL461English Education A

ECL462English Education B


LOTE

ESJ457Studies in Curriculum (Lote A)

ESJ458

Studies in Curriculum (LOTE B)


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

TESOL
ESJ459

Studies in Curriculum (TESOL 7-10)


ESJ460

Studies in Curriculum (TESOL or Senior Chemistry)

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)

ECS471History and Humanities: Curriculum Study A

ECS472History and Humanities: Curriculum Study B


Mathematics

ESM424Mathematics: Curriculum Study

ESM425Senior Mathematics: Curriculum Study

For students who have not completed VCE Mathematical Methods 3 & 4:

SIT192Discrete Mathematics

SIT190Introductory Mathematical Methods

SIT251Unit description is currently unavailable

SIT292Linear Algebra and Applications to Data Communications

OR

SIT281Cryptography

 
Psychology

ESP202Senior Psychology A: Curriculum Study

ESP203Senior Psychology B: Curriculum Study


Double method requirements

To meet specific requirements for double methods in dance, drama, English, Humanities, Societies and Environments (SOSE), music 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)
ECA433Arts Education Discipline Study 3

ECA434Arts Education Discipline Study 4


Drama

(ECA433/ECA434 students select Drama specialism)
ECA433Arts Education Discipline Study 3

ECA434Arts Education Discipline Study 4


Visual Arts

(ECA433/434 students select Visual Arts specialism)
ECA433Arts Education Discipline Study 3

ECA434Arts Education Discipline Study 4


English
ECL469Digital Literacies

ECL470Children's Literature in the Classroom

ECL469 offered in alternate years 2014, 2016.

Humanities, Societies and Environments (formerly SOSE)

ECS420Contemporary Global Issues in Social, Political and Environmental Learning

ECS421Learning Beyond the Classroom: Local Communities

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.

(ECA431/432 students select Music specialism)

ECA431Arts Education Discipline Study 1

ECA432Arts Education Discipline Study 2

(ECA433/ECA434 students select Music specialism)

ECA433Arts Education Discipline Study 3

ECA434Arts Education Discipline Study 4

Secondary elective units

ECA433Arts Education Discipline Study 3

ECA434Arts Education Discipline Study 4

ECL469Digital Literacies

ECL470Children's Literature in the Classroom

ECP303Child Protection

ECS420Contemporary Global Issues in Social, Political and Environmental Learning

ECS421Learning Beyond the Classroom: Local Communities

EEG402Teaching in a Global World

ESH418, ESH457 final year of offer 2013.
ESM415Problem Solving and Modelling in the Mathematics Classroom

ESM433

Exploring Space and Number

ESM438Evaluating Children's Progress

ESP401Student Behaviour Management and Welfare

ESP437Teaching for Interpersonal Development

ESP485Teaching Thinking Skills

ESS415Resources in the Contemporary Science Curriculum

ESS439Issues in Science and Environmental Education

EET330Teaching with New Technologies

EST430Educational Software Tools 1

Notes:

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) ECL469, ESM438 offered in alternate years 2014, 2016.
(iv) EST430 is offered wholly in Cloud (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 2015, 2017.


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

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.

 

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