Study secondary teaching at the University of Newcastle to develop foundation teaching skills and specialise in an areas of interest.

Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) / Bachelor of Mathematics

What you will study

pull-rightThe Bachelor of Secondary Teaching /Mathematics degree 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 your first year of the secondary mathematics teaching degree you will be introduced to the foundations of education and learn how to incorporate technology into teaching and learning. You will commence studies in how to teach the core secondary mathematics curriculum and begin study of mathematics as a pure and applied academic discipline.

Second year study

In your second year of you 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 explore innovative ways of teaching high school mathematics. You will also continue studies in pure and applied mathematics, and engage in your first 20-day supervised professional experience placement in a secondary school.

Third year study

Year three of the Bachelor of Secondary Teaching/Mathematics 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 mathematics curriculum and pedagogy.

Fourth year study

In your final year you will study how to teach the discipline-specific literacies of your subject area, and engage in the study of how to teach senior mathematics. Your year will conclude with a 50-day internship where you will take leadership of a series of mathematics classes in a secondary high school.

Additional specialisation options

In this degree 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 degree and that may provide you with an edge in the career market include:

  • special education
  • Honours research.

This Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Mathematics is subject to approval from the NSW Institute of Teachers. For more detailed program information about the Bachelor of Teaching (secondary) / Bachelor of Mathematics, please visit the handbook page.

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