ACU’s secondary teaching courses allow you to graduate with a dual specialisation in an area you’re passionate about. As an undergraduate student, you can pursue a four-year combined Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts (or Bachelor of Exercise Science) degree. If you already have an appropriate undergraduate degree, our Master of Teaching (Secondary) will prepare you to teach your specialist areas. Whichever the path, you will graduate with the professional knowledge, skills and practical experience required to be an effective classroom teacher.
Our pre-service courses combine theory with practice, ensuring that you not only learn about the social, political and cultural contexts that shape education in schools, but also gain hands-on practical experience in secondary school teaching by undertaking professional placements within schools throughout your degree. Supervised professional experience is at the heart of all our pre-service teacher education courses and the Faculty will find appropriate placements to suit the needs of your course.
As a secondary school qualified teacher you can work in government, independent, Catholic and other faith-based schools to educate junior secondary to VCE students in one or more curriculum areas including: English, Drama, Mathematics, Physical Education, Outdoor Education, Health, Music, Science, Visual Arts, Media, Religious Education, History, Humanities, Business and Commercial subjects, Psychology and Languages.
Our courses will qualify you to teach across all secondary school years and you will be eligible for registration as a secondary school teacher in the ACT, Vic, NSW, Qld and overseas.
As an ACU Secondary Teaching graduate what valued skills will you possess?
- An action-research-based approach to reflective practice and the ability to consider the implications and applications of this approach to your own professional development and its contribution to student learning and wellbeing
- An understanding of the problems, issues and challenges facing education professionals and the contemporary thinking and research that address these issues
- A strong capacity as a reflective, independent and flexible thinker who can apply your skills to improve curriculum offerings and advance your community’s education
- A strong grounding in secondary education curriculum and pedagogy
- The values, attitudes, attributes, knowledge and skills to enable you to be an effective, committed and engaged secondary educator in diverse education settings, nationally and internationally
- A passion for and commitment to the generation and dissemination of knowledge, skills and attitudes that can facilitate the implementation of high quality secondary education for all individuals
Where to from ACU?
- Graduates from these courses go on to become teachers in secondary schools including Catholic, government and independent settings
- Graduates may also teach in institutes of technical and further education (TAFE), vocational education, community education centres, private colleges and special education settings.