When you study health and physical education at the University of Newcastle and exercise your skills on campus and within a secondary school setting.

Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) / Bachelor of Health and Physical Education

What you will study

What you will studyThe Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Health and Physical Education 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.

First year study

In the first year of your health and physical education teaching degree you will be introduced to the foundations of education, learn how to incorporate technology into teaching and learning and commence studies in how to teach the core secondary personal development, health, and physical education (PDHPE) curriculum.

You will also begin study of sports science and health science; and begin your physical education studies with an examination of court and striking games, and motor skill development.

Second year study

In your second year of the secondary teaching degree you will study the psychology of learning and teaching; the social contexts of education and the theory and practice of classroom and behaviour management. You will continue studying health and sports science and progress your physical education studies by learning about performance activities and invasion games. You also will also engage in your first 20-day supervised professional experience placement in a secondary school.

Third year study

Throughout year three of the health and physical education teaching degree 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 expand your repertoire by furthering your knowledge of PDHPE curriculum and pedagogy. You will also continue studies in health and sports science, and learn strategies for engaging people in lifetime physical activity.

Fourth year study

During the final year of the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Health and Physical Education degree you will study how to teach the discipline-specific literacies of your subject area, and engage in the study of how to teach senior PDHPE curriculum. You will complete your understanding of physical education by studying physical activity behaviour, sports coaching, and the sociology of sport and physical activity. Your year will conclude with a 50-day internship where you will be responsible for a series of PDHPE classes in a secondary high school.

Additional specialisation options

In this teaching degree you will have the opportunity to take two 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:

  • special education
  • Honours research.

This Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Health and Physical Education is subject to approval from the NSW Institute of Teachers.For further information regarding the course program for the health and physical education teaching degree please visit the handbook page.

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