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Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Length4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

 

Indicative annual fee 2015$6,266* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Arts and Education
Tel 03 9246 8100 Burwood (Melbourne)

artsedstudentsupport@deakin.edu.au

 

Course Director

Glenn Auld, +61 3 925 17098, glenn.auld@deakin.edu.au

 

Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

CRICOS course code073789J
VTAC Codes1400514181 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code D347

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

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Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.

* The "indicative annual course fee" cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this course you will be eligible for employment as a secondary teacher in Australia and overseas. You will be able to teach in secondary schools from junior secondary to VCE levels as well as gain employment in community and youth performance companies, TAFE and adult education institutions, private academies and agencies, community arts offices, government departments and private industries and services.

 

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts component of this course you will be well placed to enter a variety of employment fields after developing in your studies abroad range of specialised and general skills, often demanded by today's employers. Depending on the subjects chosen you may find work in fields such as media and communication, photography, politics and policy studies, history, languages and visual arts.

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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 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.

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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

EPP101 Teacher-Learner Identity  

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

 

Trimester 2

EPP102 Learning-Teaching Communities  

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


Level 2
Trimester 1

EEL201 Literacy Across the Curriculum  

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

 

Trimester 2

EPP207 Pedagogy  

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

Level 3
Trimester 1

EPP304 Ways 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

EEH531 Promoting 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

EEM401 Numeracy Across the Curriculum  

EPP305 Policy, Schooling and Society  

Plus Secondary Curriculum Study A for 1st teaching method.

Plus One Education elective unit

Trimester 2

EPP406 Professional Identity and Curriculum Work  

EXC440 Teaching 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)

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.

 

*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)

ECA431 Arts Education Discipline Study 1  

ECA432 Arts Education Discipline Study 2  

 

English

ECL461 English Education A  

ECL462 English Education B  


LOTE

ESJ457 Studies 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)  

Note: ESJ460 students 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  

 

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

 

SIT192 Discrete Mathematics  

SIT190 Introductory Mathematical Methods  

SIT251 Unit description is currently unavailable  

SIT292 Linear Algebra for Data Analysis  

OR

SIT281 Cryptography  

 
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, 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)
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  

 

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)

ECA431 Arts Education Discipline Study 1  

ECA432 Arts Education Discipline Study 2  

 

(ECA433/ECA434 students select Music specialism)

ECA433 Arts Education Discipline Study 3  

ECA434 Arts Education Discipline Study 4  

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:

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 2016, 2018.
(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.

 

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.

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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.

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Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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Entry requirements - specific

Applicants are required to have successfully completed the Victorian Certificate of Education or equivalent.

 

 Units 1 and 2 – two units (any study combination) of general mathematics or mathematical methods  or units 3 and 4: any Mathematics. Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English other than EAL.

 

All applicants must meet any prerequisites and extra requirements specified for their choice of major discipline sequence selected from Arts (see Deakin entry for Dance, Drama, Media Arts or Visual Arts) and for Music must have VCE music or a minimum of Grade 6 Practical (AMEB). Telephone (03) 9246 8100 for further information.


Non Year 12 Form: VTAC Personal History online and GPA. Applicants must lodge a VTAC Personal History online (see page 23) with complete supporting evidence of academic results, references and certificates, relevant work or community experience, and information regarding motivation and commitment to study. Late applicants or change of preference by 10 December.

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Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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Credit for prior learning - specific

Students are advised to contact the Faculty for information regarding applying for credit transfer.

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How to apply

Applications for campus study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).

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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 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)

 

EPP101 Teacher-Learner Identity  

EPP102 Learning-Teaching Communities  

EPP207 Pedagogy  

EPP304 Ways of Knowing Children and Adolescents  

EPP305 Policy, Schooling and Society  

EPP406 Professional 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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