When you study secondary teaching and arts at the University of Newcastle you will graduate with the essential skills for a successful career in teaching.

Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) / Bachelor of Arts

What you will study

 What you will studyStudy and teach within your specialty

The Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts is offered as a four year full-time degree or part-time equivalent. The specialist teaching degree requires the successful completion of 320 units of study that are normally offered as 40 units per semester for eight semesters.

When you study secondary teaching at the University of Newcastle you will benefit from various opportunities to integrate your learning within a classroom setting. Practical school placements are an essential component of your teaching degree and from the second to fourth year of study you will complete the equivalent of 90 days professional experience in relevant school settings.


First year study

In the first year of your Bachelor of Secondary Teaching and Arts degree you will be introduced to the foundations of education and learn how to incorporate technology into teaching and learning. You will also commence studies in how to teach the junior curriculum of your first teaching area, and begin your study of both a major and a minor discipline area associated with the list below:

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Ancient or Modern History*
  • Economics, Business and Legal Studies*
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography*
  • Languages (e.g. Chinese, French, German or Japanese)
  • Society and Culture (only available to study with * disciplines)
  • Studies of Religion.

Second year study

In the second year of your teaching degree you will study the psychology of learning and teaching, the social contexts of education, the theory and practice of classroom and behaviour management and you will commence studies in the junior curriculum of your second teaching area.

 You will also continue studies in your major and minor discipline areas, and engage in your first 20-day supervised professional experience placement in a secondary school.

Third year study

In year three of the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts you will study special education, or how to work with children who have additional learning needs, and have the opportunity to employ the strategies you learn in a 20-day supervised professional experience placement. You will also study Aboriginal education, policy and issues and study how to teach the discipline-specific literacies of your subject area. You will also continue studies in your discipline major.

Fourth year study

During the final year of the teaching degree you will study how to teach the senior curriculum of your first and second teaching areas. You will also have the opportunity to complete four elective courses of your choice. Your year will conclude with a 50-day internship where you will have leadership of a series of classes in a secondary high school.

Additional specialisation options

When you study a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts you will have the opportunity to take four elective courses. These may be taken in any area that you like, or in areas that will provide you with an additional competitive advantage in the job market upon graduation. Areas of specialisation that are available in this program and that may provide you with an edge in the career market include:

  • completion of a double major
  • study of a third teaching area
  • special education (for eligible students)
  • Honours research (for eligible students).

This Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts is subject to approval from the NSW Institute of Teachers.  

For further information regarding the course program for the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts please refer to the handbook page.

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