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Summary
Bachelor of Education Specialisation Secondary (BEDU)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • Online

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 3 (November)

Number of Units
  • 32 units

Duration
  • 4 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba

This program is currently being re-accredited and is, as a consequence, likely to undergo some changes.
View USQ Handbook

Year 7 to Year 12

Are you looking for a degree that gives you flexibility, industry engagement, professional development and, most importantly, a lot of confidence? USQ’s Bachelor of Education (Secondary) is designed to produce graduates who are 100% prepared to teach students in Years 7 to 12.

Your degree will prepare you to teach two secondary subjects. There are over 20 different study areas offered from which you can choose. Having two major teaching areas makes you a flexible and desirable educator in the Secondary school environment.

Offered online, on-campus or a combination of both, the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) offers flexibility to fit your study in and around other life commitments such as work, family and children.

A key feature of the degree is the opportunity to complete your 100 days of professional experience at any Queensland school or a variety of locations including rural placements and with students who study via the School of Distance Education. Completing your professional experience overseas is also an option. 

Professional accreditation

Graduates of the Bachelor of Education are eligible to apply for registration as a teacher through the Queensland College of Teachers. To be eligible for registration in Queensland, both domestic and international students must have completed the minimum 40 days of supervised practical experience in Australian Schools. Live interstate or overseas? You will need to investigate registration eligibility on an individual basis.

In addition to completing all requirements for the degree, students need to pass the Personal Literacy and Numeracy Test (PLANTITE) prior to graduation. It's recommended that students pass the PLANTITE before the successful completion of 16 courses. Please register for the PLANTITE test through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) will have the skills and experience required to teach students in Years 7 to 12. Strategies to move Year 7 into High Schools in Queensland in 2015 may also provide additional opportunity for those wishing to focus on the Middle Years.

Not sure you want to take the traditional teaching path? Teaching skills are in demand in other areas, including roles with human services and community-based government organisations.

Professional experience

In addition to the courses listed below, you will also need to complete professional experience. These experiences provide you with opportunities to put theory into practice.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 10
plus 6 x shared courses
6
plus 1 x secondary course
1
plus 14 x teaching area courses
14
plus 1 x discipline course
plus 100 days of professional experience    -
Total 32
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 6344
Domestic full fee paying AUD 18210

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

Professional experience

This program includes a compulsory professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2017 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

15/66
OP/Rank
This is the 2017 OP / Rank for this program.

Entry Requirements

  • Subject pre-requisites: English (4, SA), Mathematics A (4, SA) or equivalent
  • Year 12 science subject (4 SA) or equivalent
  • For Semester 1 2018 a statement addressing suitability criteria. Information on the selection guideline including the process for assessing an applicant's non-academic capabilities is available from the QTAC initial teacher education webpage
  • Special entry pathways may be available. Please contact USQ

Note: All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of professional experience placements within this degree.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 7.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Alternate pathways

A number of other pathways are also available if you haven't been able to study previously or don't meet the requirements for entry into your program of interest.


How to apply

Apply with QTAC
If you're new to USQ
OR
Apply with USQ
If you're a current or previous USQ student (Not Head Start students)

Note: Semester 3 intake is only available in on-campus at Springfield and online.

QTAC codes

Mode Codes
External/Online 908415
Springfield 928411
Toowoomba 908411

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 3, 2017 - applications close Monday 6 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 13 November 2017.
  • Semester 1, 2018 - applications close Monday 19 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 26 February 2018.
  • Semester 2, 2018 - applications close Monday 2 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 16 July.

If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.