Bachelor of Teaching (Science)/Bachelor of Science

Course summary for current students

Year

2014 course information

Award granted

Bachelor of Teaching (Science)/Bachelor of Science

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code073787M
Deakin course codeD351

Notes:

(i) This course version is for students commencing from 2011.

(ii) Students who commenced prior to 2011 are to refer to 2007 to 2010 version of this course.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s innovative Bachelor of Teaching (Science)/Bachelor of Science degree provides graduates with a full science degree and a complete secondary teaching qualification.

It will prepare you for a career in science education, but also provide career flexibility through the widening field of science communication, and science-related industries. 

The flexible course structure gives you the opportunity to pursue two major study areas. Discipline and elective units in a variety of contemporary teaching fields – such as biology, chemistry, mathematical modelling and environmental science – will help you to build a breadth of knowledge in areas of interest.   In addition to specialising in two major study areas the Bachelor of Science degree component of the course requires you to complete at least one unit in each of the areas of biology, chemistry, physics, environmental studies and mathematics. This will give you a broad knowledge base in science which represents a key skill in most science careers and particularly in the career field of science teaching.

The course places great emphasis on industry experience and innovative teaching practices, and has a strong focus on integrating the traditional disciplines with vocational education and training.

The course includes 80 days of supervised school experience. Some of this experience may take place in non-school settings, consistent with current directions advocated by the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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

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 (Science) is offered as a combined course of 32 credit points (four years of full time study or part-time equivalent) with the revised Bachelor of Science to prepare secondary teachers in the disciplines of science and mathematics. Each Faculty teaches 16 credit points.

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 and a 4 credit point (minimum) science sub-major sequence consisting of 2 credit points at each of levels 1 and 2.

Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.
Biology
Biological Chemistry
Environmental Science
Mathematical Modelling
Note: Specialist Area Guidelines for teachers can be found on the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) website.

Course structure

Level 1
Trimester 1

EPP101Teacher-Learner Identity

SLE111Cells and Genes

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program ^

One Science major unit

Plus one elective OR

SLE133Chemistry in Our World #

^ SLE010 is a compulsory zero credit point unit

Trimester 2

EPP102Learning-Teaching Communities

SEP122Physics for the Life Sciences

One Science minor unit OR

SLE133Chemistry in Our World #

One Science major unit OR
SLE155Chemistry for the Professional Sciences #

# SLE133, SLE155 - Students who have not completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent should choose to do SLE133 in trimester 1.  Students who have completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent should choose to do SLE155 in trimester 2.

Level 2
Trimester 1

SIT194Introduction to Mathematical Modelling

Or

SLE251Research Methods and Data Analysis ##

Plus

EES200Communicating Science

SLE103Ecology and the Environment ##

One Science major unit

Trimester 2

EPP207Pedagogy

SLE352Community Science Project

One Science minor unit
One Science major unit


Level 3
Trimester 1

EPP304Ways of Knowing Children and Adolescents

Plus Secondary Curriculum Study 1A for 1st teaching method*
One Science minor unit

One Science major unit

Trimester 2

EEH531Promoting Student Wellbeing

Plus Secondary Curriculum Study 1B for 1st teaching method*
Two Science major units

Level 4 (commencing 2014)
Trimester 1

EXC425Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum

ESS439Issues in Science and Environmental Education

OR

ESM415Problem Solving and Modelling in the Mathematics Classroom

Note: From 2011 students undertaking a Mathematics major or sub major may elect to enrol in ESM415 in lieu of ESS439.

EPP305Policy, Schooling and Society

Plus Secondary Curriculum Study 2A for 2nd teaching method*


Trimester 2

EPP406Professional Identity and Curriculum Work

Plus Secondary Curriculum Study 2B for 2nd teaching method*


EXC440Teaching for Diversity

ESS415Resources in the Contemporary Science Curriculum

Notes: 

# SLE133, SLE155 - Students who have not completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent should choose to do SLE133 in trimester 1.  Students who have completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent should choose to do SLE155 in trimester 2.

## SLE251, SLE103 - Sequence of units may vary depending on the major sequence that students select.  Please contact Student Services office for unit advice.

* Units selected from the School of Education.

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

Biological Chemistry

Environmental Science

Mathematical Modelling

Secondary Curriculum Method study units:

Mathematics

ESM424Mathematics: Curriculum Study

ESM425Senior Mathematics: Curriculum Study

Environmental Science

ESS441Environmental Science and Society: Curriculum Study

ESS442Senior Environmental Science: Curriculum Study

Biology

ESS444Science: Curriculum Study

ESS467Senior Biology: Curriculum Study

Chemistry

ESS444Science: Curriculum Study

ESJ460Studies in Curriculum (TESOL or Senior Chemistry)

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


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 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

Professional experience within the Bachelor of Teaching (Science)/Bachelor of Science will be embedded within the Education Major units(EPP101, EPP102, EPP207, EPP304, EPP305, EPP406), the first of which will run in the first Trimester of the first year of this course. This enables students to build up skills in teaching in schools setting over the length of the course as well as gaining greater opportunities to connect theory with practice.

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 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 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 must follow Faculty requirements 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 www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/education/schoolexp ). Information contained in the Handbook is updated annually and is a summary of Faculty requirements in relation to school experience.

Professional Experience units

Bachelor of Teaching (Science)/Bachelor of Science

EPP101Teacher-Learner Identity

5 days

EPP102Learning-Teaching Communities

5 days

EPP207Pedagogy

10 days

EPP304Ways of Knowing Children and Adolescents

15 days

EPP305Policy, Schooling and Society

10 days

EPP406Professional Identity and Curriculum Work

35 days in total

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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