When you study secondary teaching and science at the University of Newcastle you will explore the foundations of education along with diverse scientific subject

Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) / Bachelor of Science

What you will study

What you will studyThe Bachelor of Secondary Teaching and Science 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 Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Science 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 secondary science curriculum.

You will also study the mathematics you need to have a successful career in science teaching and explore statistics for the sciences. Further, you will have the opportunity to select courses in one of the following discipline majors:

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • earth and environmental science
  • physics

Second year study

In the second year of your Bachelor of Secondary Teaching and Science 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 extend your understanding of teaching Secondary science and you will continue studies in your discipline major.

The second year of the teaching degree also requires you to complete study in a second area of science from the majors list and engage in your first 20-day supervised professional experience placement in a secondary school.

Third year study

During year three of the secondary teaching/science 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 study Aboriginal education, policy and issues; and expand your repertoire by furthering your knowledge of science curriculum and pedagogy. You will also have the opportunity to continue studies in your discipline major.

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 science. Your year will conclude with a 50-day internship where you will take leadership of a series of science classes in a secondary high school.

This Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Science is approved by the NSW Institute of Teachers.

For further information regarding the course program associated with this teaching degree please visit the handbook page.

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