Bachelor of Education (In-service Conversion)

Why study the Bachelor of Education (In-service Conversion) at UNE?

This is a degree with flexibility which offers currently accredited in-service teachers the option of up-skilling to a new sector of teaching, for example, secondary to primary, or primary to secondary. It also allows currently accredited secondary teachers to up-skill to another teaching subject. Finally, it also allows conditionally accredited "three-year-trained" teachers to upgrade to four-year trained. Graduates will have the subject of their specialisation within the degree appear on their testamur e.g. (Primary), (Secondary History), (Fourth Year Upgrade).

Career Opportunities

Primary and High School teaching; school management; educational psychology; human resources; educational research.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

1.5 Years Full-time
Up to 6 years Part-time

FEES

Commonwealth Supported Place

2018 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 2, Online

Official Abbreviation BEd(InServConv)
Course Type Undergraduate
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Course Duration
  • 1.5 Years Full-time
  • Up to 6 years Part-time
Fees Commonwealth Supported Place
Total Credit Points 144
How to Apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) hold an AQF Level 7 four year pre-service teaching qualification of a recognised University or tertiary institution; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree and an AQF Level 7 or Level 8 or Level 9 one or two year pre-service teaching qualification of a recognised University; or

(c) (i) a performing standard equivalent to Grade 6 of the Australian Music Examinations Board demonstrated via audition or music performance qualifications, and (ii) a music theory standard equivalent to Grade 4 of the Australian Music Examinations Board demonstrated via music performance qualifications or the successful completion of a music theory test set by the Music Discipline Convenor in addition to satisfying rule (a) or rule (b); (Music Major only); or

(d) hold a three-year pre-service teaching qualification of a recognised University or tertiary institution, and be conditionally accredited to teach by the NSW Education Standards Authority, or interstate equivalent (Fourth Year Upgrade Major only).

All candidates must comply with the University's English Language Requirements for Courses in Education Accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Assumed knowledge for students attempting the Schedule B Physics major is two units of Calculus.

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 undertake a professional experience placement whose work is categorised as 'practical training as part of an educational or vocational course'; in schools or other educational institutions (eg pre-schools, kindergartens and child care centres) must complete a Working with Children Check application.

Child Protection Awareness Training*

All students must complete online Child Protection and Awareness Training prior to the commencement of their professional experience placement in a school setting.

Anaphylaxis Training*

All students must be trained in anaphylaxis management before they can undertake any professional experience in a school setting.

*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/Informed Consent information

Prospective candidates should only accept an offer of a place in this course if they are able to meet the following "Fit for Practice" requirements:

(a) abide by relevant UNE Rules and Procedures, for example, Student Behavioural Misconduct Rules, and any relevant School of Education Policies, for example, the Professional Experience Policy for professional placements;

(b) exercise sound judgement based on cognitive, mental and physical health and be able to respond appropriately to demands of teaching 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/children while engaged in professional experience;

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

(g) communicate to students/children with clarity and in an appropriate manner that relates to their age/profile;

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

(i) be able to create, evaluate and reflect on the physical and emotional safety of students/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/early childhood community.

Candidates who have or who develop a disability that may or will prevent them from meeting the above professional experience requirements should contact Student Support to see if reasonable adjustments are practicable.

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

Professional Placements

Professional Placements must be undertaken in a school using NSW Education Standards Authority 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 primary professional experience (practicum) days in primary schools not using NSW Education Standards Authority 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. Students who are required to undertake professional experience placement must read, understand and adhere to the Professional Experience Policy of the School of Education.

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

Students will complete professional experience in a designated unit and in an approved school setting.

Advanced Standing

(a) Candidates wishing to follow the Primary Methods or Secondary Methods (excepting Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics) specialisations will be granted 90 credit points of Block Advanced Standing as set out in Schedule A and D.

(b) Candidates wishing to follow the Secondary Methods (Biology or Chemistry or Earth and Environmental Science or Physics) specialisations will be granted 78 credit points of Block Advanced Standing as set out in Schedule B.

(c) Candidates admitted under rule (c) wishing to obtain Music as a Secondary teaching area will be granted 78 credit points of Block Advanced Standing as set out in Schedule C.

(d) Candidates admitted under rule (d) undertaking the Fourth Year Upgrade Program will be granted 90 credit points of Block Advanced Standing as set out in Schedule E.

(e) There shall be no maximum to credit points granted for units which have been passed at UNE prior to admission to candidature and which have not counted towards a previous qualification.

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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 (In-service Conversion) in 2018.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
(a) hold an AQF Level 7 four year pre-service teaching qualification of a recognised University or tertiary institution; or
(b) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree and an AQF Level 7 or Level 8 or Level 9 one or two year pre-service teaching qualification of a recognised University; or
(c) (i) a performing standard equivalent to Grade 6 of the Australian Music Examinations Board demonstrated via audition or music performance qualifications, and (ii) a music theory standard equivalent to Grade of the Australian Music Examinations Board demonstrated via music performance qualifications or the successful completion of a music theory test set by the Music Discipline Convenor in addition to satisfying rule (a) or rule (b); (Music Major only) or
(d) hold a three-year pre-service teaching qualification of a recognised University or tertiary institution, and be conditionally accredited to teach by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), or interstate equivalent (Fourth Year Upgrade Major only).

All candidates must comply with the University's English Language requirements for Courses in Education Accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority.

Assumed knowledge for students attempting the Schedule B Physics major is two units of Calculus.

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 undertake a professional experience placement whose work is categorised as 'practical training as part of an educational or vocational course'; in schools or other educational institutions (eg pre-schools, kindergartens and child care centres) must complete a Working with Children Check application.

Child Protection Awareness Training*

All students must complete online Child Protection and Awareness Training prior to the commencement of their professional experience placement in a school setting.

Anaphylaxis Training*

All students must be trained in anaphylaxis management before they can undertake any professional experience in a school setting.

*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/Informed Consent Information

Prospective candidates should only accept an offer of a place in this course if they are able to meet the following "Fit for Practice" requirements:

  • abide by relevant UNE Rules and Procedures, for example, Student Behavioural Misconduct Rules, and any relevant School of Education Policies, for example, the Professional Experience Policy for professional placements;
  • exercise sound judgement based on cognitive, mental and physical health and be able to respond appropriately to demands of teaching 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/children while engaged in professional experience;
  • show personal maturity to ensure that a professional relationship is established with students/children;
  • communicate to students/children with clarity and in an appropriate manner that relates to their age/profile;
  • possess and model the literacy and numeracy skills expected of teachers in interactions they have within the classroom and broader settings;
  • be able to create, evaluate and reflect on the physical and emotional safety of students/children in a variety of situations and environments; and
  • be able to establish and maintain effective professional relationships with colleagues and the broader school/early childhood community.

Candidates who have or who develop a disability that may or will prevent them from meeting the above professional experience requirements should contact Student Support to see if reasonable adjustments are practicable.

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

Professional Placements

Professional Placements must be undertaken in a school using NSW Education Standards Authority 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 primary professional experience (practicum) days in primary schools not using NSW Education Standards Authority 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. Students who are required to undertake professional experience placement must read, understand and adhere to the Professional Experience Policy of the School of Education.

Advanced Standing

(a) Candidates wishing to follow the Primary Methods or Secondary Methods (excepting Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics) specialisations will be granted 90 credit points of Block Advanced Standing as set out in Schedule A and D.

(b) Candidates wishing to follow the Secondary Methods (Biology or Chemistry or Earth and Environmental Science or Physics) specialisations will be granted 78 credit points of Block Advanced Standing as set out in Schedule B.

(c) Candidates admitted under rule (c) wishing to obtain Music as a Secondary teaching area will be granted 78 credit points of Block Advanced Standing as set out in Schedule C.

(d) Candidates admitted under rule (d) undertaking the Fourth Year Upgrade Program will be granted 90 credit points of Block Advanced Standing as set out in Schedule E.

(e) There shall be no maximum to credit points granted for units which have been passed at UNE prior to admission to candidature and which have not counted towards a previous qualification.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) one and a half years as a full-time candidate*;
(b) up to six years as a part-time candidate.
*Full-time candidature is not available for all schedules.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 144 credit points including 20 days of professional experience and including not more than 24 credit points at 100-level; and 24 to 42 credit points at 300-level subject to discipline area and as specified in Schedule A or Schedule B or Schedule C or Schedule D or Schedule E.

Program of Study

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

Schedule A

For candidates wishing to obtain a secondary teaching area from ONE of the following: Aboriginal Studies; Agricultural Technology; Ancient History; Business Studies; Computing Technology Information Systems; Drama; Economics; English; Geography; Languages; Legal Studies; Mathematics; Modern History; Society and Culture; Studies in Religion; Teaching English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D).

Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 90 cps
Core Unit (20 days Professional Experience) 6 cps
Curriculum Units 12 cps
Major Discipline Area 36 cps
Total 144 cps

Schedule A - To view complete Program of Study click here

Schedule B

For candidates wishing to obtain a secondary teaching area from ONE of the following: Biology; Chemistry; Earth and Environmental Science; Physics.

Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 78 cps
Core Unit (20 days Professional Experience) 6 cps
Curriculum Units 12 cps
Major Discipline Area 48 cps
Total 144 cps

Schedule B - To view complete Program of Study click here

Schedule C

For candidates admitted under Rule (c) wishing to obtain Music as a secondary teaching area.

Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 78 cps
Core Unit (20 days Professional Experience) 6 cps
Curriculum Units 12 cps
Major Discipline Area 48 cps
Total 144 cps

Schedule C - To view complete Program of Study click here

Schedule D

For candidates wishing to convert from secondary to primary teaching.

Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 90 cps
Core Units (including 20 days Professional Experience) 54 cps
Total 144 cps

Schedule D - To view complete Program of Study click here

Schedule E

For candidates admitted under Rule (d) completing a Fourth Year Upgrade Program.

Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 90 cps
Core Units (including 20 days Professional Experience) 54 cps
Total 144 cps

Schedule E - To view complete Program of Study click here

Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Bachelor of Education (In-service Conversion).

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 (In-service Conversion) aims to provide candidates with:

(1) the discipline knowledge, teaching methodology, and professional experience, enabling them to teach in a discipline and/or sector different from that for which they are already qualified, or, in the case of candidates attempting the Fourth Year Upgrade Program, extending their current knowledge to the level of a four-year-trained teacher; and

(2) UNE Graduate Attributes:

(i) Knowledge of discipline (includes a global perspective);

(ii) Communication skills;

(iii) Problem solving;

(iv) Information literacy;

(v) Ethical conduct and social responsibility;

(vi) Life-long learning; and

(vii) 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 in a discipline and/or sector different from that for which they are already qualified:
  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 acquired broad and coherent knowledge to effectively plan and deliver education in one of a Primary or Secondary school setting. 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 their 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.

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