Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 3 locations

Duration
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
QTAC code
113601
ATAR
N/A
Fees (first year)*

$14274 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Beginning February 2023
Applications open August 2022
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.

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

Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5

Year 1 - Semester 1

Major 1a

100-level

10cp

Major 2a

100-level

10cp

BA Elective

10cp

EDES100 Understanding Learning and Teaching

10cp

Year 1 - Winter Term

Core Curriculum Unit 1

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society

OR

PHCC102 Being Human

OR

PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life

10 cp

Year 1 - Semester 2

Major 1b

100/200-level

10cp

Major 2b

100/200-level

10cp

Major 2c

200-level

10cp

EDES103 Understanding Learners and Their Contexts

10cp

LNTE110 Literacy and Numeracy Diagnostic

AND

LNTE100 LANTITE - Literacy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students

AND

LNTE101 LANTITE - Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students

0 cp

Year 2- Summer Term

EDES105 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges, Histories and Cultures

10 cp


Year 2 - Semester 1

Major 1c

200-level

10cp

Major 1d

200-level

10cp

Major 2e

200-level

10cp

Major 2d

200-level

10cp

Year 2 - Winter Term

Core Curriculum Unit 2

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World

OR

PHCC320 The Just Society

10 cp

Year 2 - Semester 2

Major 1e

200-level

10cp


Major 1f

300-level

10cp

Major 2f

300-level

10cp

Major 2g

200-level

10cp

Year 3 - Summer Term

HUMA330 Community Engagement: Placement

OR

HUMA331 Big Ideas: Social Enterprise and Innovation

10 cp

Year 3 - Semester 1

Major 1g

200-level

10cp

Major 1h

300-level

10cp

Major 2h

300-level

10cp

EDES104 Digital Cultures and Capabilities

10 cp

Year 3 - Semester 2

EDXX599 (TA1)

Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 1

10cp

EDXX599 (TA2)

Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 1

10cp

EDET595 Effective Teaching 1: Professional Practices

10 cp

Year 4 - Summer Term

EDES601 Special Education and Inclusive Practice

10 cp

Education Elective

(Elective offerings available in Semester 2, PT4 and Summer)

10cp

Year 4 - Professional Term 2 or Semester 1

EDXX699 (TA1)

Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 1

10cp

(Pre: EDXX599)

EDXX699 (TA2)

Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 1

10cp

(Pre: EDXX599)

EDET692 Applied Educational Assessment Across the Secondary Curriculum

10 cp

EDET695 Effective Teaching 2: Engaging Learners

10 cp

Year 4 - Winter Term

EDES690 Literacy and Numeracy across the Secondary Curriculum

10 cp

Year 4 - Semester 2

Education Elective

(Elective offerings available in Semester 2, PT4 and Summer)

10cp

EDET696 Effective Teaching 3: Teacher Inquiry and Evidence-based Practice

10cp

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary) - 2 Arts majors Semester 1 Intake

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 2023 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

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.

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How to apply

Domestic applicants

Brisbane

Apply through QTAC

QTAC code 113601

You can apply Direct to ACU if you are not a recent school leaver and have not already applied through VTAC, UAC or QTAC.

Deferment

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

 

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