The University of Newcastle, Australia
Selection Rank
62.00
73.13 (Median SR)
62.00
73.13 (Median SR)
About Selection Ranks
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 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 3 August 2020
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 3 August 2020
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

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

Start dates
  • First intake in 2021
  • First intake in 2021
Fees

AUD32,175 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.5
  • IELTS section minimum - 7.0 (R,W), 8.0 (L,S)

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Duration

4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 40107
CRICOS code: 095155F

Earth and Environmental Science

Study a teaching area in earth and environmental science for secondary education

Study the Earth and Environmental Science teaching area within your Bachelor of Education (Secondary) degree to become a qualified teacher, and learn specialist knowledge in science. Our teaching area is a unique blend of courses in the traditional fields and critical environmental areas. This will prepare you to teach secondary school students about topics such as environmental geoscience and geology.

You can study these scientific disciplines as part of the earth and environmental science teaching area:

  • animal biology
  • physical geography
  • and geology
  • marine biology
  • ecology

The science courses above are combined with the knowledge and skills in critical environmental issues and areas such as:

  • biodiversity
  • human impacts
  • coastal environments
  • sustainable practices
  • community engagement.

The Earth and Environmental Science teaching area incorporates fieldwork and laboratory components. You may be able to go on field trips to a variety of destinations throughout the state to gain practical real-world experience. Gain specialist skills in a high-demand1 teaching area and develop the skills and knowledge for both teaching and non-teaching roles.

You may wish to couple this teaching area by co-majoring in complementary fields like geography, chemistry or biology.

What jobs can you get with a teaching area in teaching earth and environmental science?

Study the earth sciences as one of your core teaching areas to learn how to teach junior and senior secondary school science courses. You may find work in:

  • High school teaching
  • Educational policy development
  • Research and analysis

A teaching area in teaching Earth and Environmental Science will develop your communication and writing skills, as well as specialist knowledge in the field. These skills are transferable to careers outside of education. You can find out more by visiting our Bachelor of Science - Earth Sciences major page.

Suitable for education and teaching students with:

  • An interest in learning about how the Earth functions, its systems and environmental processes.
  • Goals to apply their specialist knowledge to teaching scientific theory, research and experimentation in a secondary school.
  • A commitment to designing engaging and challenging science lessons, to facilitate learning and growth in high school classes.

What do you learn in an earth and environmental science teaching area?

Students who study the earth and environmental science teaching area will learn to teach a combination of scientific topics to senior and junior high school classes. We offer courses in:

  • Environmental Science Theory and Concepts: Your core courses will focus on the fundamental concepts of earth and environmental science. You will study how life on Earth is sustained, and learn how to monitor, measure and assess environmental variables in different contexts.
  • Conservation and Fieldwork: Students have the option to specialise in the study of conservation in a variety of environments, and conduct research in the field. Courses will focus on the theoretical background, including relevant legislation, and how to produce a Fauna Impact Assessment (FIS). This study will inform your own conservation research in the field.
  • Environmental Science Specialties: Within this major (first teaching area) you will be able to specialise in a variety of topic areas. You can study courses in ecology, animal biology, marine conservation, estuarine ecology, astronomy and coastal environments, among many others. This will allow you to further explore your interests, in preparation to teach these topics to high school classes.

Which degrees include this teaching area?

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and any associated degree program allows you to study a teaching area in teaching earth and environmental science.