Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 3 locations

Duration
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
QTAC code
113601
ATAR
60.00 for Brisbane
Fees (first year)*

$12624 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Beginning February 2024
Applications open August 2023
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: to be advised

Overview

Inspire and positively influence the lives of the young people who enter your classroom with a challenging and rewarding career in secondary education. Become a teacher who is confident, adaptable, and able to design and implement engaging and flexible learning experiences to meet the needs of your students. 

The Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary) degree provides you with an innovative pathway into becoming a secondary school teacher with two specialist teaching areas. 

By studying this double degree, you will deepen your disciplinary knowledge by completing a Bachelor of Arts alongside an initial teacher education qualification at the postgraduate level. You will have the option of completing your secondary teacher accreditation requirements for:

  • two major teaching areas, or
  • one major and up to two minor teaching areas, or
  • one major and one minor teaching area, together with accreditation to teach religious education in Catholic schools.


Achieve your goals with a scholarship.  

A generous Commonwealth Teaching Scholarship is available to support new undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolling in an initial teacher education (ITE) program to help meet the costs of their study. Learn more about eligibility and how to apply here

Get paid to learn with a Victorian Government ITE scholarship. Victorian students enrolling in a secondary school initial teacher education (ITE) program in 2024 or 2025 can apply to help cover the cost of studying. Learn more about eligibility and how to apply here

Professional experience

80 days. Year 3: Community engagement, minimum of 35 hours. Year 3: 25 days. Year 4: 25 days, 30 days.

Work placement

All initial teacher education programs must include a defined period of professional experience, where pre-service teachers practise teaching in a school under the direct supervision and guidance of an appropriately qualified teacher. 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.

This course provides you with 80 days of valuable professional experience through a range of school and community-based placements.


Community engagement

Students will have a choice between two Community Engagement units, namely HUMA330 Community Engagement Placement and HUMA331 Big Ideas: Social Enterprise and Innovation as part of the Bachelor of Arts component of their degrees. HUMA330 provides students with a opportunity to engage in a practical way with the efforts of business, faith groups and not-for-profit agencies to achieve a more just and equitable world by participating in and contributing to this important work through a placement opportunity. HUMA331 provides students with a tangible opportunity to demonstrate moral behaviour and ethical practice by working in a team setting to devise an innovative, cost-effective, real-world solution to a social challenge.  

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for registration as secondary school teachers in government, independent, Catholic, and other faith-based schools.

Careers

Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • secondary school education
  • community centre education
  • private colleges
  • advocacy
  • policy development.


Course details

Course structure

Course map

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Two Majors - Commencing Semester 1

  • Bachelor of Arts Majors Major 1 Unit 1 (100 level unit)10 cp
  • Bachelor of Arts MajorsMajor 2 Unit 1 (100 level unit)10 cp
  • Bachelor of Arts Elective Unit BA Elective10 cp
  • Education Studies UnitsEDES100Understanding Learning and Teaching10 cp
  • Bachelor of Arts Majors Major 1 Unit 2 (100/200 level unit)10 cp
  • Bachelor of Arts MajorsMajor 2 Unit 2 (100/200 level unit)10 cp
  • Bachelor of Arts MajorsMajor 2 Unit 3 (200 level unit)10 cp
  • Education Studies UnitsEDES103Understanding Learners and Their Contexts10 cp
  • ACER Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Units LNTE110Literacy and Numeracy Diagnostic0 cp
  • ACER Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Units LNTE100LANTITE - Literacy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students

    To register for the ACER LANTITE tests go to https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/ upon successful completion, ACU will add LNTE100 (Lit) LNTE101 (Num) to your transcript.  

    0 cp
  • ACER Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Units LNTE101LANTITE - Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students

    To register for the ACER LANTITE tests go to https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/ upon successful completion, ACU will add LNTE100 (Lit) LNTE101 (Num) to your transcript.  

    0 cp

One Major and Two Minors - Commencing Semester 1

One Major and Two Minors (Includes Third Teaching Area) - Commencing Semester 1

One Major, One Minor, and Electives - Commencing Semester 1

One Major, One Minor, and Religious Education - Commencing Semester 1

Two Majors - Commencing Semester 2

One Major and Two Minors - Commencing Semester 2

One Major and Two Minors (Includes Third Teaching Area) - Commencing Semester 2

One Major, One Minor, and Elective - Commencing Semester 2

One Major, One Minor, and Religious Education - Commencing Semester 2

Graduate statement

Insight

As an ACU graduate you have personal insight founded on an understanding of who you are as a professional, a citizen and a scholar. You embrace change and growth through critical self-awareness and learning autonomy. You are empowered to seek truth and meaning, drawing on the principles of justice, equity, and the dignity of all human beings.

Empathy

As an ACU graduate you value human dignity and diversity. This appreciation is founded on deep reflection, and empathy. You have experience of Indigenous Knowings and perspectives and can engage respectfully when working alongside Australia's First Peoples. You can connect with people and cultures and work with community in ways that recognise the dignity of the human person and all cultures

Imagination

As an ACU graduate you utilise imagination and innovation to solve problems. You critically analyse information from a range of sources to creatively solve practical problems and use critical thinking to make decisions and advance the common good. You appreciate the role of innovation and creative thinking in developing a better future for each person and community.

Impact

As an ACU graduate you recognise your responsibility to work for social justice and a sustainable world founded on a commitment to human dignity and the common good. You lead change through respectful collaboration and effective communication of ideas to diverse peoples, groups and communities in local and global contexts. You are empowered to positively impact your profession and the community.

AQF framework

Bachelor/Masters - AQF Level 7/9

Exit Points

A student who has successfully completed the following requirements may exit from the course with that qualification. Note that none of these qualifications will lead to teacher registration.

  1. Diploma in Liberal Arts: 80 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings of the Bachelor of Arts.
  2. Bachelor of Arts: 240 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings of the Bachelor of Arts
  3. Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies: 80 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings of the Master of Teaching (Secondary).
  4. Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies: 40 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings of the Master of Teaching (Secondary

Students may be able to exit with two degrees, (Diploma in Liberal Arts or a Bachelor of Arts; and a Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies or a Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies), depending on their progress in this degree.

Entry requirements

Applicants must comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy that includes meeting a minimum ATAR requirement.

International applicants must meet the English Language Requirements as defined in the Admissions to Coursework Programs Policy.

Demonstrate suitability for teaching as evidenced by completion of the relevant State assessment, which will be provided in the application process.

StatePrerequisites
New South Wales

Assumed knowledge: 2 units of English (any) (Band 3), Mathematics (other than Mathematics General 2) for study in Mathematics (Band 3)

Queensland

Prerequisites: English (Units 3 & 4, C)

Victoria

Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.

Prerequisite for study in MathematicsUnits 3 and 4: Mathematical Methods

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2024 Admission.

View transparency admission information

English language requirements

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): No score less than 7 in reading and writing; no score less than 8 in listening and speaking

 Pearson Test of English (PTE): A minimum of 65 in reading and writing and a minimum of 79 in listening and speaking

Test of English as a Foreign Language - Academic (TOEFL): No score less than 24 in reading, 27 in writing, 28 in listening and 26 in speaking

 ACU English Language Test: A++ (85 or above)

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): A minimum of 185 in reading and writing and 200 in listening and speaking

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you

Pathways

Pathways into course for current or recent Year 12 students

If you can’t meet the ATAR requirement for your choice of course and you’re currently completing Year 12 or finished Year 12 in the two years previously, we have entry programs to get you where you want to be. 

Alternatively, you may be able to complete a diploma or bridging course relevant to your desired course:

Understand your pathway options

Pathways into course for applicants with previous study and/or life experience

Are you applying to ACU as a non-school leaver? 

By that we mean, you’re not currently completing Year 12 and haven’t completed it in the two years previously. If the answer is yes and your selection rank isn’t enough to meet the requirements for your desired course you still have a number of options to help you achieve your study goals.

If you’re over 21, you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT), or you can complete a diploma or bridging course relevant to your desired course. 

Explore the pathways to your future

Fees

Course costs

Average first year fee*

$12624 CSP

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

Explore your options

Scholarships

You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.

Search our scholarships

How to apply

Domestic applicants

Brisbane

Apply through QTAC

QTAC code 113601

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Staff Profile

Dr Clint Sheehan

Lecturer in History Curriculum and Education

Dr Clint Sheehan is a Lecturer in History Curriculum and Education in the National School of Education at Australian Catholic University. A qualified secondary History and English teacher, Clint earned his PhD from the University of Newcastle in 2022 with a thesis entitled: Millennial perspectives: A mixed method study of factors influencing Australia final year pre-service and early career history teachers' integration of technology into classroom practice. His current research examines military history, and the role education can play in learning from historical events. His interests include Cold War and Naval History as well as cross discipline work. He is co-authoring an upcoming book, examining command decisions and the influence of classics education on the First Battle of El Alamein.

Dr Chrissy Monteleone

Deputy Head of School of Education NSW/ACT

Dr Chrissy Monteleone is a Senior Lecturer and the Deputy Head of School, Strathfield, in the Faculty of Education and Arts at the Australian Catholic University. Chrissy began her professional career in education in 2001, with a passion to find research based models to cater for student needs. Her school-based experience includes working in Primary Schools and as a Consultant in mathematics education, gifted education, early learning, technology. At ACU, together with a team of ACU academics, Chrissy leads partnerships in NSW and teaches across mathematics education and professional experience units. Chrissy's research focuses on Critical Mathematical Thinking in young students and Initial Teacher Education Professional Experiences and Partnerships between Universities and School Systems. Her published research includes Conceptualising critical mathematical thinking in young students. Other research projects focus on Initial Teacher Education Professional Experiences and Partnerships between Universities and School Systems. 

 

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