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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.5
  • IELTS section minimum - 7.0 (R,W), 8.0 (L,S)

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4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 40107
CRICOS code: 095155F

Study secondary education at UON

Secondary teachers have the unique distinction of being able to nurture, teach and support students at a very critical period of their growth and development. You will be at the forefront of tomorrow, directly influencing and enabling future generations at the cusp of their maturity.

Combine your passion for education with your chosen subject areas of interest to gain in-depth expertise, confidence and skills to change lives and empower young minds. UON education graduates are both qualified teachers and highly skilled specialists who work in both teaching and non-teaching roles across education and related industries.

Why study with us?

  • Our graduates get jobs with 97% of our secondary teaching graduates from 2016 securing employment within four months of graduating.
  • Become work-ready through experience-based learning: virtual reality teaching, minimum three professional placements (90 days*), community experiences and volunteer opportunities.
  • Teaching admission pathways provide options so that all students can study the same courses regardless of HSC Band 5 results.
  • Become a high-demand teacher with sought-after expertise due to decreasing teacher numbers. Enhance your qualifications by choosing from a range of 30 majors/minors.
  • Flexible career paths allow our graduates to work as teachers, industry leaders and professionals in various related sectors.

*This is an approximate period. For more information, refer to the Practical Experience section.

What you will study

Gain a stronger competitive edge and widen your career opportunities with a diverse range of study and pathway options allowing you to specialise in more than one field. Choose from 30 diverse subject areas and increase your knowledge, expertise and career pathways.

As a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) graduate, you will benefit from an integrated, experience-based approach to becoming a skilled, knowledgeable and innovative secondary school teacher, as well as a confident specialist in your chosen areas of expertise.

Key learning areas

Students must complete one major (in their first teaching area) and have the option of completing a minor(s) (second and third teaching area) or a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) minor or a special education minor. Extended studies are also an option in some majors.

Career opportunities

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:

  • high school teacher (in subject specific areas)
  • special education
  • English as a second language teacher
  • health and fitness trainer
  • community educator
  • educational researcher
  • education publication writer or editor
  • education policy analyst
  • education consultant
  • curriculum developer
  • educational materials developer
  • curriculum evaluator
  • educational administrator.

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

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.

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)

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.

Practical experience

Practical experience

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.

  • Teach Live – teach online avatars in a virtual classroom to enhance confidence and improve your instructional skills.
  • Ed Outreach - Enjoy experience-based learning and benefit from Ed Outreach community experiences from your first year of study.
  • Teach Outreach  - a volunteer placement program that provides hands-on experience at local schools, centres and community organisations.
  • NuTeach - an online platform that houses a wide range of resources and provides the space and opportunity to network and collaborate with our 6,000+ Education students and 150+ staff in Australia and around the world.