Study the Bachelor of Education (Secondary and Special Education) to develop the skills to become a special education teacher and address the diverse academic and developmental needs of young people. You'll gain discipline expertise to teach across the stages of secondary school and in an inclusive education setting.


Brisbane, Melbourne, Strathfield


4 yrs FT (or equivalent PT)

Essential Requirements for Admission

Assumed knowledge: A minimum of three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English, two units of Mathematics Band 4.

Secondary Teaching: Assumed Knowledge: Mathematics discipline: Mathematics (other than Mathematics General 2).

This course includes a full year of discipline studies to allow applicants to meet the three band 5 entry requirements.

English (units 3 and 4, C); general mathematics, mathematical methods or specialist mathematics (units 3 and 4, C); a general science subject (units 3 and 4, C).

English: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English; Mathematics: Units 1 and 2 – two units (any study combination) of General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics or Units 3 and 4 (any Mathematics).

Secondary Teaching: Prerequisite: To study a major or minor in Mathematics: Units 3 and 4: Mathematical Methods

Career outcomes

  • Secondary school teacher
  • special needs secondary school teacher
  • educator in community education centres, private colleges and inclusive education settings
  • policy development.

Professional Experience

Placements: 110 days with a minimum of 30 days in a special education setting, as a requirement for Victorian Institute of Teaching recognition of special education specialisation. Year 1: Community engagement, minimum of 35 hours. Year 2: 15 days, 15 days. Year 3: 15 days, 30 days. Year 4: 5 days, 30 days.

*Community engagement will be undertaken in an educational setting.

Professional Recognition / Accreditation

Graduates are eligible for registration as a secondary or special education teacher in government, independent, Catholic, and other faith-based schools. This program meets the teacher education component of the qualification requirements for registration in all states and territories.

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