Study a rich liberal arts degree alongside an initial teacher education qualification with some of the brightest students and scholars in Australia.
The Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)/Master of Teaching (Secondary) is a double degree for students who wish to pursue a multidisciplinary Bachelor of Arts centred on key texts of the Western intellectual tradition, followed by a Master of Teaching (Secondary) enabling them to become fully qualified secondary teachers in two teaching areas. Our course is accelerated and will see you graduate in 4.5 years.
We are committed to a personal learning approach and the 14 core units of the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) will be delivered in small seminars of around 10 students, allowing in-depth, guided discussion. You will develop highly valued professional skills, such as clear communication, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and problem solving – skills that will empower you to become a confident, adaptable teacher who is able to meet the needs of all students in the classroom.
This course is offered at our North Sydney Campus. The Master of Teaching (Secondary) units can be undertaken at the Strathfield, Melbourne or Brisbane campuses, or online.
Applications for Semester 1 2023 will open in August.
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Depending on your choice of major or minors, this course will prepare you to teach in two specialist areas – English and one of the following:
- geography, environment and society
- study of religions
- visual arts.
To graduate from this course, you must complete all units from the Schedule of Unit Offerings outlined in the course handbook on the ACU website and at least 80 days of professional experience placement (mentored teaching experience in schools).
The Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) component of the program comprises:
- 14 Western civilisation units
- one community engagement unit
- either one arts major (eight units), or one arts minor (four units) with four arts elective units
- one arts elective unit.
The Master of Teaching (Secondary) component of the program comprises:
- 10 education studies and effective teaching units
- four curriculum studies units
- two education elective units.
In order to graduate, you must also successfully complete all components of the ‘Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education’ (LANTITE) prior to your final professional experience.
As a graduate of this course, you will have a strong grounding in secondary education curriculum and pedagogy, and you will have the confidence and practical experience to teach in your specialist teaching area. You will build your skills and practice through 80 days of supervised professional experience.
Graduates are eligible for registration as a secondary teacher in government, independent, Catholic or other faith-based schools, and a range of secondary education settings.
You will have the opportunity to study abroad for up to one semester at ACU’s Rome Campus. As a foundational site of Western culture, Rome offers an unparalleled context for the serious study of the Western intellectual tradition. With interdisciplinary intensive units in history, philosophy, religion, politics, art and literature, you will be able to explore Western civilisation at its very heart. You can elect to attend all or part of ACU’s Semester in Rome program as part of your course of study.
Thanks to the generous terms of the philanthropic agreement between ACU and the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation, scholarships valued at $135,000 ($30,000 per year) are available to high-achieving Australian citizens or permanent residents. These scholarships support students with living expenses and include an early payment to help offset start-up costs such as relocation and accommodation. Scholarship recipients are also eligible for additional funding for an optional international study experience.
The Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)/Master of Teaching (Secondary) is available to domestic students on a Commonwealth Supported Place basis, and to international full-fee paying students. To be eligible for admission to the course, you must comply with the ACU Admission to Coursework Programs Policy and must have completed the following prerequisites at Year 12 level or equivalent: NSW English (Advanced) (Band 2) or English (EAL) (Band 4).
ACU Ramsay Scholarships are available to Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents who meet the required criteria of (a) high academic ability and (b) potential to contribute positively to Australia and the world. You will need to demonstrate your suitability for teaching as part of the admission process.
How to apply
Applications can be made through UAC or directly to ACU. Applicants are assessed on the following criteria to determine suitability for this course:
- sample of academic work
- ATAR/selection rank, International Baccalaureate (IB) or equivalent
- performance at interview, and
- demonstrated suitability for teaching, as evidenced by completion of the relevant state assessment, which will be provided in the application process.
Visit acu.edu.au/western-civilisation for more information.
Additional entry requirements
Students will require a Working with Children Check to be enrolled in this degree.
Flexibility in enrolment
This course is available for midyear entry and can be taken full-time or part-time.
Sample course map
Sample course map with a first teaching area (other than English) and English as a second teaching area.