Professional Experience Unit (PEU)
Our PEU is dedicated to ensuring you gain the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed for a successful career in education.
Secondary teachers have the unique distinction of being able to nurture, teach and empower students at a critical period of their development. Study a degree in secondary education, and be at the forefront of tomorrow, directly influencing and enabling future generations at the cusp of their maturity. Learn how to inspire high school students to make the most their education, and excite their passions for your particular subject area.
Combine your passion for education with your chosen areas of interest – choose your teaching specialisations from a range of NESA Accredited Teaching Areas. Gain in-depth expertise, professional teaching accreditation, confidence and skills to empower high school students and change their lives.
UON education graduates are both qualified high school teachers and highly skilled specialists who work across teaching and non-teaching roles in education and related industries.
Gain a stronger competitive edge and widen your career opportunities with our secondary education degree. You will be able to choose a diverse range of study and pathway options allowing you to specialise in more than one teaching area in the creative and performing arts, humanities, physical health and personal development, technology or sciences.
Bachelor of Education (Secondary) graduates benefit from an integrated, experience-based approach to becoming skilled, knowledgeable and innovative secondary school teachers. At the same time, your studies will ensure you become a confident specialist in your chosen areas of expertise.
Specialise and diversify with up to three teaching areas – choose from 34 teaching areas and increase your knowledge, expertise and career pathways.
To focus your studies and gain flexibility in your degree, you may combine your major (first teaching area) with additional teaching areas under any of the three streams – Humanities & Visual Arts; STEM (Science Technology, Engineering Studies and Mathematics) and Health & Physical Education.
Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.
These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.
Our education graduates are well prepared and enjoy great employment prospects with 97% securing jobs within four months of completing their degree.
Our Bachelor of Education graduates are both qualified teachers and non-teaching professionals who work in classrooms, various education settings and across related industries in Australia and around the world. For instance, you could find yourself encouraging a student to follow their passions in Mathematics to help them get into MIT; or encouraging the quiet student to find their voice in public speaking and debating; or nurturing the leadership qualities of the next CEO of Qantas.
When you study secondary education at UON, your flexible skillset and specialist expertise will widen your employment prospects. Below are some typical jobs available to our graduates:
The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) degree at UON is accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) (formerly BOSTES). Graduates will be eligible to register with NESA for secondary teaching.
Aspiring teachers are qualified to work as year 7-12 (Secondary) teachers in and beyond the New South Wales Government, Catholic, and Independent school sectors.
The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) replaced the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) on 1 January 2017. NESA works with the NSW community to drive improvements in student achievement. They set and monitor quality teaching, learning, assessment and school standards. This includes responsibility, across NSW public, Catholic and independent schools.
This degree requires students to participate in placements in NSW Department of Education or other NSW school or service. During placement, students will be subject to the policies and procedures of the placement facility. Students must meet all the Education Placement Requirements, including a NSW Working with Children clearance.
The new Bachelor of Education degrees are designed to increase your competitive edge and employability. Learning is more innovative and experience-based, ensuring that UON Education graduates are more employable than ever.
Enjoy hands on teaching experience from your first year and develop your skills through Teach Live where you will enjoy simulated classrooms and virtual reality experiences. First year students also enjoy community service experiences.
As you move through your degree you will complete at least three professional experience placements. This equates to approximately 90 days supervised professional experience in relevant school settings. Students also benefit from ongoing volunteer placement opportunities, a strong alumni network and an engaging online platform.