Bachelor of Education (Secondary Science)

Why study the Bachelor of Education (Secondary Science) at UNE?

Teaching is a rewarding career choice for those who enjoy being part of children's development. The professional skills learned will be valued by the community and will bring teachers into contact with people of all ages. Teachers are members of one of the largest professions of our society. The degree will give students the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to become a successful secondary teacher. Students are encouraged to be independent learners who are able to adapt efficiently and constructively to meet the changes which occur in the teaching profession.

Teacher Registration: Students should note that teacher registration requirements vary from state to state. UNE bases its degree structures on the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) guidelines, under the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership framework for teacher registration. It is the responsibility of each student to check their eligibility to teach with the relevant state authority (including students who intend to teach in NSW).

IMPORTANT ADVICE

The NSW Government has raised admission requirements for undergraduate teaching courses from 2016. The new requirements are considerably higher than before and specify a minimum of three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English, or bridging units or alternative pathway as approved by NESA. Further information is available via the NESA Teacher Accreditation website.

Option 1 - You may attempt the Bachelor of Education (Secondary Science) without meeting the above requirement, however you are then required to complete 48 credit points of 'discipline units'. These are units which contribute to your background knowledge for the subjects you want to teach and are taught by Schools other than the School of Education. If you can pass all 48 credit points you will be deemed to have met the NSW Government's requirements and may proceed in the course. However, if you cannot pass all 48 credit points, you may not proceed and will be transferred to a non-teacher education course such as the Bachelor of Science.

Option 2 - Complete an undergraduate non-teacher education degree such as the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Educational Studies and, if you have achieved a GPA of 3.50 or more, you can then apply for the Master of Teaching (Secondary) as a postgraduate student.

Career Opportunities

Science teacher; secondary teacher

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

4 Years Full-time
Up to 10 years Part-time

FEES

CSP
International

2016 ATAR / OP

77.10 / 11

2017 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 2, On Campus

Official Abbreviation BEd(SecSc)
Course Type Undergraduate
CRICOS Code 029638A
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Course Duration
  • 4 Years Full-time
  • Up to 10 years Part-time
2016 ATAR 77.10
2016 OP 11
Fees CSP / International
Total Credit Points 192
Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).

Assumed knowledge is any two units of English and Mathematics.

Recommended studies: Physics and/or Chemistry and/or Biology, depending on major.

A candidate shall comply with the University's English Language Requirements for Courses in Education Accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Additional Requirements

Prior to undertaking a professional experience placement in New South Wales, there are a number of mandatory requirements which must be fulfilled.

Working with Children Check*

All students intending to enrol in units of study involving a practical experience placement or otherwise requiring interaction with children, will be required to obtain and maintain a NSW Working with Children Check clearance (or equivalent, depending upon relevant State requirements). The student is required to provide the University with appropriate evidence of their clearance, which will be verified at UNE. Relevant Government agencies will advise the University of any bar that may be placed upon a student, and UNE will respond accordingly.

Anaphylaxis Training*

The NSW Department of Education requires that all initial teacher education students are trained in anaphylaxis management before they can undertake any professional experience in New South Wales public schools.

*These requirements are subject to change. Students are referred to the Office for Professional Learning - Professional Experience Placement webpage for current information (including requirements for other states).

Fit for practice

It is expected that candidates entering a pre-service teaching program in Education will:

(a) follow the School of Education Code of Conduct, in particular, the Professional Experience Conduct for professional placement;

(b) exercise sound judgement based on cognitive, mental and physical health and be able to respond appropriately to demands of classroom situations;

(c) demonstrate personal resilience and persistence to cope and maintain wellbeing under stressful situations;

(d) demonstrate satisfactory academic progression prior to professional placement;

(e) safeguard the University's integrity and demonstrate duty of care to students while engaged in professional experience;

(f) show personal maturity to ensure that a professional relationship is established with students;

(g) communicate to students with clarity and in an appropriate manner that relates to the age of the student profile;

(h) possess and model the literacy and numeracy skills expected of teachers in interactions they have within the classroom and broader non education settings;

(i) be able to create, evaluate and reflect on the physical and emotional safety of children in a variety of situations and environments; and

(j) be able to establish and maintain effective professional relationships with colleagues and the broader school community.

Students who have a disability that may or will prevent them from meeting the above professional experience requirements should contact the Special Needs Office.

Students who have difficulties in meeting some of the above professional experience requirements will be required to contact Professional Experience Office to put in place remedial and/or counselling activities through a pro-active approach to improve their teaching practice.

Professional Placements

A requirement of accreditation is that secondary school professional placements must be undertaken in a school using NSW Board of Studies syllabuses or equivalent Australian syllabuses and be assessing teaching proficiency against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Students may only complete up to 10% (8 days) of the required secondary professional experience (practicum) days in secondary schools not using NSW Board of Studies syllabuses or equivalent Australian syllabuses. Limited placements can occur in non-Australian settings in accordance with the NESA policy regarding overseas placements. Students are referred to the Office for Professional Learning - Professional Experience Placement webpage for further information.

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

Professional experience (practicum) is a pivotal part of any preservice teacher education program. Experienced teachers within schools are selected by the schools to function as school-based educators of student teachers in supervising the placements. Preservice teachers are supported in not only developing essential teaching competencies, but also in thoughtfully combining those practical experiences with a theoretical framework developed within academic units. In the secondary teaching courses each curriculum area has associated practicum requirements and the co-ordination of enrolment in such linked units is required.

Students are required to complete 80 days of supervised professional experience. This professional experience is embedded into 4 core units of study. This time is structured as block placements of up to 4 weeks duration and students need to plan for this full time commitment. Generally, off-campus candidates are permitted to undertake the practicum in approved schools of their own choice.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Scholarships

The University offers a number of Faculty/College and country scholarships available to Australian citizens and permanent residents

Academic Colours

Violet (BCC 179)

Further Information

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary Science) in 2017.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and the Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).

English Language Proficiency

A candidate shall comply with the University's English Language Requirements for Courses in Education Accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Additional Requirements

Prior to undertaking a professional experience placement in New South Wales, there are a number of mandatory requirements which must be fulfilled.

Working with Children Check*

All students intending to enrol in units of study involving a practical experience placement or otherwise requiring interaction with children, will be required to obtain and maintain a NSW Working with Children Check clearance (or equivalent, depending upon relevant State requirements). The student is required to provide the University with appropriate evidence of their clearance, which will be verified at UNE. Relevant Government agencies will advise the University of any bar that may be placed upon a student, and UNE will respond accordingly.

Anaphylaxis Training*

The NSW Department of Education requires that all initial teacher education students are trained in anaphylaxis management before they can undertake any professional experience in New South Wales public schools.
*These requirements are subject to change. Students are referred to the Office for Professional Learning - Professional Experience Placement webpage for current information (including requirements for other states).

Fit for Practice

Candidates entering a pre-service teaching program in Education will:

  • follow the School of Education Code of Conduct, in particular, the Professional Experience Conduct for professional placement;
  • exercise sound judgement based on cognitive, mental and physical health and be able to respond appropriately to demands of classroom situations;
  • demonstrate personal resilience and persistence to cope and maintain wellbeing under stressful situations;
  • demonstrate satisfactory academic progression prior to professional placement;
  • safeguard the University's integrity and demonstrate duty of care to students while engaged in professional experience;
  • show personal maturity to ensure that a professional relationship is established with students;
  • communicate to students with clarity and in an appropriate manner that relates to the age of the student profile;
  • possess and model the literacy and numeracy skills expected of teachers in interactions they have within the classroom and broader non-education settings;
  • be able to create, evaluate and reflect on the physical and emotional safety of children in a variety of situations and environments; and
  • be able to establish and maintain effective professional relationships with colleagues and the broader school community.

Students who have a disability that may or will prevent them from meeting the above professional experience requirements should contact the Special Needs Office.

Students who have difficulties in meeting some of the above professional experience requirements will be required to contact the Professional Experience Office to put in place remedial and/or counselling activities through a pro-active approach to improve their teaching practice.

Professional Placements

A requirement of accreditation is that secondary school professional placements must be undertaken in a school using NSW Board of Studies syllabuses or equivalent Australian syllabuses and be assessing teaching proficiency against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Students may only complete up to 10% (8 days) of the required secondary professional experience (practicum) days in secondary schools not using NSW Board of Studies syllabuses or equivalent Australian syllabuses. Limited placements can occur in non-Australian settings in accordance with the NESA policy regarding overseas placements. Students are referred to the Office for Professional Learning - Professional Experience Placement webpage for further information.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) four years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to ten years as a part-time candidate.

Due to academic qualification requirements, this course cannot be completed in less than three years unless the period of candidature has been reduced for advanced standing granted.

Course Requirements

1. To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 192 credit points which includes 80 days of embedded professional experience.

2. Candidates are required to pass 48 credit points of discipline units prior to commencing any curriculum unit and/or their first professional experience placement.

3. Candidates are required to pass literacy and numeracy tests prior to commencing their final professional experience placement.

4. The Science Discipline component of the integrated degree shall total 96 credit points and comprise of one of the following majors:
(a) Agricultural Science Major
(i) 60 credit points from Group 1
(ii) 12 credit points from Group 2
(iii) 24 credit points from Group 3

(b) Biology Major
(i) 66 credit points from Group 1
(ii) 12 credit points from Group 2
(iii) 18 credit points from Group 3

(c) Chemistry Major
(i) 48 credit points from Group 1
(ii) 24 credit points from Group 2
(iii) 24 credit points from Group 3

(d) Earth and Environmental Science Major
(i) 54 credit points from Group 1
(ii) 12 credit points from Group 2
(iii) 30 credit points from Group 3 of which at least 12 credit points must be at 300-level

(e) Computing Technology Software Design and Mathematics Major
(i) 66 credit points from Group 1
(ii) 12 credit points from Group 2
(iii) 18 credit points from Group 3

(f) Physics Major
(i) 24 credit points from Group 1
(ii) 24 credit points from Group 2
(iii) 48 credit points from Group 3 of which at least 12 credit points must be at 300-level

5. The Education component of the combined degree shall total 96 credit points including 80 days of embedded professional experience and comprises:
(a) 54 credit points of Compulsory Education units including 80 days of embedded professional experience;
(b) at least 24 credit points of Curriculum units depending upon the number and combination of designated teaching areas/teaching specialisations;
(c) at least 6 credit points of Listed Elective Education units depending upon the number and combination of designated teaching areas/teaching specialisations.

6. (i) Candidates undertaking 24 credit points of Curriculum units must complete 18 credit points of Listed Elective Education units including 6 credit points from each of Groups A, B and C; or
(ii) Candidates undertaking 36 credit points of Curriculum units must complete 6 credit points from Group A, B or C.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Science Discipline component:
One Approved Major 96 cps
Bachelor of Education component:
Compulsory Education Units
(including 80 days embedded Professional Experience)
54 cps
Mandatory Literacy and Numeracy Tests -
Curriculum Units 24 to 36 cps
Listed Elective Education Units 6 to 18 cps
Total 192 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Bachelor of Education (Secondary Science).

Exit Pathways

Candidates who discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the non-accredited, non-teaching qualification, Diploma in Educational Studies, on completion of 48 credit points at 100-level or above.
Candidates who discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the non-accredited, non-teaching qualification, Bachelor of Educational Studies, on completion of 144 credit points including at least 36 credit points at 300-level or above.
Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirements of the Bachelor of Education (Secondary Science). This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University or external accreditation body requirements.

Progress and Conduct

Any candidate who has not successfully completed 48 credit points of discipline units prior to their first curriculum unit and/or professional experience placement may be asked to show cause why their candidature should not be discontinued and they be transferred to another course.

Any candidate who has not successfully completed mandatory literacy and numeracy tests before their final professional placement may be asked to show cause why their candidature should not be discontinued and they be transferred to another course.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary Science) aims to provide candidates with:

(i) a professional qualification that meets the well accepted requirements for secondary initial teacher education in Australia, including the accreditation requirements of the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership; and

(ii) UNE Graduate Attributes:

- knowledge of discipline (includes a global perspective);

- communication skills;

- problem solving;

- information literacy;

- ethical conduct and social responsibility;

- lifelong learning; and

- independence and collaboration.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. satisfy the seven elements prescribed by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership:
  2. know their students and how students learn;
  3. know their subject/content and how to teach that content to their students;
  4. plan for and implement effective teaching and learning;
  5. create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments;
  6. assess, provide feedback and report on student learning;
  7. continually improve by engaging in professional learning; and
  8. continually engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will have the broad and coherent knowledge to effectively plan and deliver Science education in secondary school settings and will understand the cultural contexts and global perspectives of both their own teaching discipline and schooling in general and the diversity of the student population. They will be able to demonstrate intercultural competence by responding flexibly to the needs of students, colleagues, families and community members.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with students, colleagues, parents and other stakeholders.

Problem Solving

Graduates will be able to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence.

Information Literacy

Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of digital resources and tools and their safe, legal and ethical use, and be able to apply this knowledge in the school setting.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates will have developed responsibility for others and an understanding that personal beliefs and actions impinge on others. They will demonstrate this through ethical conduct and by being sensitive and responsive to the needs of children, colleagues, families and the community.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will understand the importance of life-long learning and will be equipped with the skills to pursue professional and personal development.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates will be able to work independently and collaboratively with others to achieve educational and professional goals.

How to Apply

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