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Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

Overview

Become a secondary school teacher. Guide our future leaders and ignite the minds of the next generation.

Our secondary education degrees combine university study with practical experience. You'll explore how to teach and how people learn, study topics from two teaching areas, then apply your knowledge in the classroom.

Throughout your program you’ll be immersed in hands-on workshops, school visits and supervised placements, and gain a strong understanding of day-to-day life in a secondary school.

To make sure you get both the teaching skills and the specialist subject knowledge you need to become an expert teacher, you will study the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) as a dual degree with one of the following:

  • Bachelors of Arts
  • Bachelors of Science
  • Bachelors of Music (Honours)
  • Bachelors of Mathematics
  • Bachelors of Business Management
Location
St Lucia
Duration
4 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
Program Code
2312
Location
St Lucia
Duration
4 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021)
Program Code
2312
CRICOS Code

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • 30+ majors to choose from
  • 96% of graduates offered teaching jobs
  • Practical teaching experience from your first year of study

23 in the world for education

QS World University Rankings 2020

1 in Queensland for education

QS World University Rankings 2020

Study Education at The University of Queensland

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

Placements and work experience

Compulsory Placement Course

Students must complete 15 days school experience and 75 days supervised practicum. Every effort is made to place students within a reasonable distance of their home base but they can be expected to travel up to 90 minutes due to public transport connections and incur costs associated with travel and possible lost income over this period. Students are generally placed at Ipswich, Brisbane, and southeast Queensland and are encouraged to explore the option of a rural placement. Financial assistance may be available to assist with travel and accommodation costs for rural placements.

Students are required to have a current Blue Card (Working with Children Check) before commencing practicum, which must remain valid throughout their entire practicum. Students can apply for a Blue Card through the School of Education and should do so three months before their practicum is due to commence. The Teacher Preparation Programs Handbook provides information about practicum and school experience requirements and is available from School of Education.

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Learning and Development for Educators
  • Literacies within and across the Curriculum
  • Indigenous knowledge and education
  • Teachers as Educational Innovators and Agents of Change

Dual programs

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Secondary school teacher
  • Education advocate
  • Education project or policy officer
  • Private tutor

Graduate salary

Teacher education (undergraduate)

$67K–$68K

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Next steps after graduation

You’ll be eligible to apply for registration as a teacher with the Queensland College of Teachers, and to work as a secondary school teacher in state and independent schools in Australia and worldwide. 96% of our graduates are offered teaching jobs.

If you complete a specialisation in music or a language (Chinese, French, German, Japanese or Spanish), you can also teach in primary schools.

Further study and experience can lead to roles as a head of department, principal, guidance officer, learning support teacher, or student adviser.

Other graduates choose to work with non-school-based education providers (such as tutoring companies), government agencies or education advocacy organisations.

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Queensland College of Teachers

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

This program is only offered as a dual degree. Students receive information about dual degrees in the Enrolment Guide.

BEd: Year 12 or equivalent English, plus one of Mathematics A, B or C; and entry to the other program.

From 2018 applicants to education programs in Australia must complete non-academic entry criteria. The process is currently under development - please check QTAC's advice.

Prerequisites

This program is only offered as a dual degree. Students receive information about dual degrees in the Enrolment Guide.

BEd: Year 12 or equivalent English, plus one of Mathematics A, B or C; and entry to the other program.

From 2018 applicants to education programs in Australia must complete non-academic entry criteria. The process is currently under development - please check QTAC's advice.

English language requirements

IELTS score of 7.5 overall; speaking 8; listening 8, reading 7, writing 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ.

TOEFL IBT, TOEFL PB, Pearsons, BE, CES, and OET are not accepted.

Learn more about English language requirements

Additional application information

Bachelor of Education (Secondary) Prerequisite Guides are available from the School of Education. The Prerequisite Guide outlines the teaching areas within this program and the prerequisites for each of the areas. Please refer to the dual degree planners.

From 2018 applicants to education programs in Australia must complete non-academic entry criteria. The process is currently under development - please check QTAC's advice.

Current UQ Students
If you are a current UQ student and wish to change your program into the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) you will still need to apply through QTAC, as they require you to complete a Non Academic Selection Criteria as part of the entry requirements for this degree.

The following advice has been provided from the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT):

Transferring students
If a student is admitted as a transfer student into an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) program at a new university and they enrolled in their original ITE primary program prior to the implementation of the non-academic selection tool pre-requisite, they are able transfer without meeting the requirement. If a student is being admitted into an ITE program as a new student, the prerequisite will need to be met.

Students accepted into an ITE program who defer the commencement of their study date post Semester 2 2017
A student who has already accepted a placement in an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) program and has deferred their study for a period no longer than one year will not need to submit documentation to address the requirements of the non-academic selection tool.

Additional application information

As part of the Australian Institute for Teaching and Leadership (AITSL) revised Standards and Procedures (2015), applicants to initial teacher education courses (pre-service teachers) must satisfy both academic and non-academic entry criteria for selection to the course. All applicants will need to complete an online questionnaire to meet the non-academic entry requirement for this program. Once you have submitted your application, you will be directed to the online questionnaire.

From 2018, all students are required to successfully meet the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) standards prior to graduation. For more information on the test including sample tests, indicative fees, testing institutions and registration information, please visit the School of Education LANTITE website and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

Additional costs

  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.
  • From 2018, all students are required to successfully meet the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) standards prior to graduation.
  • UQ committed to fund test costs to the end of 2018. From 1 January 2019 this is no longer available and students must cover this cost. The 2018 fee was $185 ($92.50 per test). ACER lists current fees.
  • Please contact the School of Education for further details (education@.uq.edu.au) or visit the School of Education office.
  • For more information on the test, including sample tests and registration information, please visit the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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