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This program is for continuing students only and from 2015 has been replaced by the Bachelor of Teaching (Humanities) (Honours) (program code 12368).
A good teacher can have a profound effect on a young person's outlook on education, their career aspirations and life generally. If you have a real commitment to helping young people get the most out of their education, a passion for learning, rapport with people and a sense of humour, then you will find teaching a truly rewarding professional career where you can make a difference.
The Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts program at the University of Newcastle aims to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for a highly successful career in teaching. Graduates of this program will be able to seek employment as 7-12 (Secondary) teachers in and beyond the New South Wales (NSW) Government, Catholic, and Independent school sectors. The program aims to develop graduates who are inspirational teachers with the capability to act professionally, ethically and effectively in their Secondary school destinations; insightful scholars with the capability to engage in rational enquiry into curriculum, policy and practice; and innovative leaders with the capability to play a constructive role in public discourse on and beyond education.
All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.
Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ for information on how to gain entry.
You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you may be eligible.
HSC or equivalent.
Band 4 English in NSW HSC. Students who do not meet this requirement on entry will have to demonstrate equivalent achievement before graduation as per Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards requirements.
HSC study in the area of your preferred teaching specialisation if completing the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts.
- National Police Certificate
- Working with Children Check
- Prohibited Employment Declaration
If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.
Students in this program may elect to complete a 40 unit embedded Honours program, assuming they meet and maintain the eligibility requirements. These requirements are determined by the Academic Senate, and can be found on the University website.
Students must undertake 40 units of research courses, namely EDUC4955 Education Honours I: Introduction to Education Research (10 units), EDUC4965 Education Honours II: Research Design and Methods (10 units) and EDUC4990 Honours III: Project and Thesis (20 units). See Program Convenor for further information regarding eligibility for Honours.
The programs in the School of Education incorporate both traditional and innovative approaches to professional experience. Students will complete the equivalent of 90 days professional experience in relevant school settings in a four-year Bachelor program. This matches the current Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) requirements for professional experience in four-year undergraduate initial teacher education programs.
NOTE: All teacher education students are required to do one professional experience placement of 20 days at a location outside of the local region (ie. in other parts of NSW or Australia). Students normally do this "out-of-area" placement in the third year of the program.
IMPORTANT: Some professional experience placements occur during university vacation times. Please check the professional experience website for placement dates before you book a holiday. http://www.newcastle.edu.au/faculty/education-arts/peu/education/
Graduates of an accredited initial teacher education program will be eligible for registration with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards, and can pursue careers as teachers or educators in both the NSW Department of Education and Communities, Catholic Education and Independent school systems; and in public and private sectors both nationally and internationally.
International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonably adjustments are provided in a timely manner.
Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.
Students may elect to undertake:
- a Double Major or Second Minor area in place of their electives or
- the Special Education Specialisation in the fourth year of their program in place of their electives (plus a Special Education Internship in place of the Secondary Internship).
Please consult your relevant Program Enrolment Checklist (PEC) and your Program Officer to ensure all the requirements of the program are completed.
International applicants intending to seek accreditation to teach should seek clarification of accreditation requirements with their proposed/intended employment authority prior to undertaking the program. Responsibility for clarification of suitability of undergraduate qualifications for employment with an employing authority rests with the applicant.
Please note: If you want to undertake any of the following teaching areas:
Society & Culture
Studies of Religion
You can ONLY do so if you are also undertaking one of the following as your first or second teaching areas:
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The Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts program is offered as a 4 year full time program or part-time equivalent. The program requires the successful completion of 320 units that are normally offered as 40 units per semester for eight semesters.
Students are required to successfully complete:
- Core Courses - 120 units
- A Major - Directed Courses - 80 units (except Business Studies which has 40 units of compulsory courses and Economics which has 20 units of compulsory courses). All majors (except Business Studies and Economics) must contain a maximum of 20 units at 1000 level and a minimum of 40 units at 3000 level.
- A Minor - Directed Courses - 40 units (except Business Studies which has 40 units of compulsory courses and Economics which has 20 units of compulsory courses). All minors (except Business Studies and Economics) must contain a minimum of 20 units at 2000 level or above.
- Compulsory Specialist Studies for the Major and Minor - 40 units
- Electives - 40 units.
A maximum of 120 units at 1000 level may be counted towards your degree, therefore it is important to choose your major, minor and electives carefully.
- Students who choose Society and Culture - must choose all their units (Major 80 units or Minor 40 units) from one of the following areas:
- Sociology and Anthropology
- Film, Media and Cultural Studies
- International Affairs
- Politics and Policy
- Religious Studies
- Students who choose a Society and Culture Major, must choose their minor in History, Geography, Economics or Business Studies.
- Students who choose a Society and Culture Minor, must choose their major in History, Geography, Economics or Business Studies.
- Business Studies must be taken as a first teaching area, or may only be undertaken as a second teaching area where it is combined with Economics (where Economics is undertaken as a first or second teaching area).
If undertaking a MAJOR or MINOR in Studies of Religion, English, Modern History or Drama:
- Students who wish to teach STUDIES OF RELIGION in NSW should enrol in no more than 20 units in any one religious tradition, and should not complete more than 10 units of study in AHIS courses (ancient religious history or traditions).
- Students who wish to teach ENGLISH in NSW must enrol in at least 30 units of literature. Additional units may be taken in creative writing, film or other literature.
- Students who wish to teach MODERN HISTORY in NSW should ensure that at least 10 units of your course choices include Australian History.
- Students who wish to teach DRAMA in NSW should ensure that your course choices cover performance, production, theory and preferably Australian drama.
Students will complete the equivalent of 90 days professional experience in relevant school settings. One of these in-school professional teaching experiences will involve placement in schools in a variety of geographic regions outside the Newcastle area (usually in 3rd year).
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From Semester 1, 2013 the Society and Culture Major – Gender Studies area has been discontinued for new students.
Any student who commenced the Bachelor of Teaching(Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts prior to 2013, and who is currently undertaking a major in Society and Culture - Gender Studies will be able to complete their major. For more information, please refer to the Further Information section.
Students who commenced this program before 2012 and are currently working towards the completion of a Chinese Language major will be able to complete this major in full. From 2012 onwards, Chinese Language will be offered as a minor only to new students.
As programs are regularly reviewed and updated some students may experience changes to their program of study during the course of their enrolment, and which may require transition arrangements. Students affected by changes to the program or experiencing transition problems are advised to check existing arrangements at "Further information". Students should consult with the Program Convenor or Student Hub for further information re transition arrangements.
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