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Warning! With the exception of four open enrolment subjects, this is a restricted degree. Subject enrolment is only available to students admitted into this degree.

Degree structure

Degree details

On completion of the degree students will be able to:

  1. apply discipline knowledge, principles and concepts associated with effective teaching of secondary school students
  2. critically evaluate and synthesise theory, research and practice to apply knowledge of the needs of students from diverse backgrounds and across the full range of abilities to enhance learning
  3. assess student learning and analyse diverse sources of data to support valid judgements of student learning
  4. plan and deliver effective teaching and learning experiences with demonstrated impact
  5. select, curate, use and create a range of digital resources and technologies to support learning and teaching
  6. demonstrate responsibility and accountability for being a life-long learner, identify and engage in professional learning; demonstrate personal literacy and numeracy competencies to the required accreditation standard
  7. engage in a continual cycle of improvement through critical and reflective practices including those based on local, national and global research and evidence-based practices
  8. create, lead and maintain positive learning environments for all students, including those from diverse cultural backgrounds
  9. communicate professionally and engage collaboratively with colleagues, students, parent/carers, and the community.

Graduates of this degree will have the skills, knowledge and experience required to teach in secondary schools. This degree provides a qualification for those who wish to teach students aged 12 years and over in the government, Catholic and independent school sectors. Additional careers include education administrator or policy development officer.

Professional recognition

This degree is recognised nationally as an initial teacher education qualification. Initial Teacher Education degrees in Australia are accredited by the relevant authority in the state or territory in which the institution providing the qualification is based.

Accordingly, the Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education) degree provided by Curtin University is fully accredited by the Teachers Registration Board of WA (TRBWA). This applies to the WA campus-based delivery of the degrees and to the online delivery provided through Curtin's partnership with Open Universities Australia.

Graduates of these accredited degrees are thus able to register as practicing teachers with the registration body in their home state or territory, based on the degree accreditation provided by the TRBWA.

Below is link to the list of state-based teacher registration bodies for reference.

State-based Teacher Registration Bodies (PDF, 30Kb)

Open enrolment subjects

There are four open enrolment subjects in this degree. Students do not have to submit an Application Form for open enrolment subjects and can enrol in EDC105, EDC135, EDS107 and EDS110 through Open Universities Australia.

Students who successfully complete two of these four open enrolment subjects may apply under the Academic Eligibility category for admission to the restricted Bachelor of Education (Secondary) degree provided they have satisfied other eligibility criteria.

Open enrolment subjects as electives in other degrees

Students who do not satisfy all of the Eligibility requirements for this degree or students who do not intend to apply for admission to this degree may study the Open enrolment subjects as electives. Please refer to the Award Requirements or Electives sections on your degree page for information about the maximum number of level 1 electives you may include in your degree.

Higher education via OUA

  • Successful study through OUA – either:
    • Successful completion of two of the four OUA open enrolment subjects: EDC105, EDC135, EDS107 and EDS110 and separate evidence of English proficiency is required OR
    • Successful completion of four subjects (EDC105, EDC135, EDS107 and EDS110) at pass level. (This satisfies the English language proficiency requirement.)

Higher education

  • Successful completion of one full time semester (four standard subjects) towards an Undergraduate or higher level of study at an Australian University (separate evidence of English competence is not required).

Secondary education

  • Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) 70 or equivalent. English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR. Desirable WACE course: At least Mathematics Applications ATAR. To determine your eligibility for entry please refer to Interstate Year 12 and IB Students, TISC Tertiary Institutions Service Centre link http://www.tisc.edu.au/static/guide/prerequisites-comparison.tisc

VET studies

  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma or Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma. You may also be eligible for credit toward your university study.
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV and evidence of English proficiency.

Work and Life

  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)

  • Finished secondary education more than two years ago

  • Bridging and enabling degree entry

  • Enabling degrees completed through other Australian Universities which meet minimum entry requirements for that institution will be accepted as minimum entry requirements for this degree.

Additional information

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin's English Language requirements. You normally need ONE of the following:

  • Must have a 50% minimum in English ATAR (or equivalent)

  • Completion of at least one full time semester (or equivalent) of Undergraduate level studies at an Australian university

  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma

  • Successful completion of two degree level subjects via Open Universities Australia (OUA) and English proficiency

  • Successful completion of two degree level subjects at an Australian university and English proficiency

  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)* - STAT elements considered are E, V and Q.

  • International English Language Testing System (Academic)* - Overall 7.5 with no band less than 7.0 in Reading and Writing and 8.0 in Listening and Speaking.

* Please note these tests are only valid for two years.

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

*** Please Note: If any academic or legal document is not in English, you must provide a colour scan of the non-English documents, including a colour scan of the official English translations of these documents. This is for comparison purposes. ***

Special requirements

Working with Children Check

A Working with Children Check (as required in the state or country of residence) is compulsory.

Due to the specialist nature of the teaching profession, and the professional experience practicum placement component of this degree, all successful applicants will be required to have a current Working with Children Check and any other relevant State requirements at the beginning of the degree and before engaging in any assessment task in a subject that involves child-related work or professional experience placement. If students have any doubt about their eligibility to acquire these clearances they should contact the local Teacher Registration Authority.

Practicum placement

Professional Experience Placements

All students are required to complete compulsory professional experience placements as part of designated subjects in the second, third and fourth year of the degree. All professional experience placements must be in a registered school and where the language of instruction is English. Students must hold and provide a valid Working with Children Check (WCC) and other relevant State requirements prior to undertaking any subjects which require placement in a school on a volunteer or scheduled basis.

Placements are undertaken on a full-time basis for the number of days shown in a continuous block and students need to plan carefully to ensure they are able to meet this commitment. There is a total of 90 days of professional experience in the degree, which will satisfy all states' requirements for teacher registration.

Students can complete no more than 25% of professional experience days in schools outside Australia. Therefore, only 3rd year students will only be able to complete their 3 week placement outside Australia and will be required to complete all other placements within Australia.

Students must be able to complete placements in more than one school over the duration of the degree. Students will complete the majority of their professional experience in their major teaching area. Specific requirements for professional experience will be outlined in the Professional Experience Handbook. The final placement of 5 pre-visits and one full school term is the final subject in the degree and cannot be undertaken until all other subjects have been successfully completed. Clearance will be given to enrol in the internship subject pending results of final subjects.

Note: The second year of the degree includes two professional experience subjects that require placements of 10 consecutive days and 15 consecutive days respectively. These two subjects are undertaken in consecutive study periods so that the placements are undertaken in the same calendar year in the same school. The third year professional experience subject contains a block placement of 15 consecutive days in a different school and the fourth year has a full school term Internship of at least 50 consecutive days in a third school.

None of the four professional experience placements can be broken or split into shorter periods. The professional experience must be conducted as a full time block placement at the specified time.

In those circumstances where the student is having difficulty securing a placement, Curtin University staff will assist and will seek input from the student to identify possibilities before making direct contact with the school. Students having difficulty should contact Curtin in sufficient time to ensure that they are not disadvantaged due to their personal inability to identify a site for professional experience.

Please note that professional experience cannot be conducted in an education setting where there exists a conflict of interest such as the student conducts paid employment at this setting, the student has closed family members employed as staff, and/or the student’s siblings or own children attend this setting.

Further information about the professional experience placement requirements will be provided to students who have been admitted to the degree. Students who may seek to vary any of the stated conditions and requirements in the various professional experience subject handbooks must contact hum-ed-ouaprac@curtin.edu.au prior to enrolling in the subject.

To view the Practicum Calendar, please see below:

EDS210, EDS261 Placement Calendar 2019 (PDF, 25KB)

Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) is assessed on individual merit and is awarded for different types of learning, for example, studies you have previously completed or for relevant work experience.

Students must be admitted in an award degree of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all required supporting documentation for a formal assessment.

To apply for CRL, please visit the Curtin University website: https://study.curtin.edu.au/credit/

It is important to note accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For further information see the scanned documents and certification requirements and guidelines.

More information about the policies and procedures related to CRL assessment and appealing a CRL assessment outcome can be found in the Credit for Recognised Learning manual (PDF).

If you have any questions, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au

Applications for Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education) are only accepted for commencement in SP1 or SP3. Students wishing to commence their studies in other study periods can do so by enrolling in the Level 1 Open Subjects.

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education) degree is designed for people seeking to attain an Initial Teacher Education qualification in order to register as a teacher in Australia and any other countries that recognise an Australian teaching qualification. Students will develop advanced critical skills, knowledge and understanding concerning best practice in education and in meeting the needs of 21st century learners. Most subjects in this degree will be offered fully online, in order to provide more flexible access. Students will have four opportunities to engage in professional practice in schools, culminating in a final professional placement of 10 continuous weeks.

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education) will be chosen by those who wish to teach in Secondary schools in Years 7 - 12. Students in this degree will specialise in one Secondary school curriculum area and will be qualified to teach Years 7 to 12 in this major teaching area. The curriculum areas offered in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education) are: The Arts (Visual Arts), English and Humanities and Social Sciences.

Please Note: Applicants for admission will be required to elect a major teaching area from those offered via OUA. These are: The Arts (Visual Arts), English and Humanities and Social Sciences.

Recommended Study Pattern

Students are required to complete all the subjects in each level of the degree before progressing to the subjects of the subsequent level. For example, all first level subjects should be completed prior to enrolling in a second level subject. Students must complete any prerequisite subjects required. The standard full-time study load is two subjects per study period.

Students must complete all first, second and third level core subjects prior to enrolling in any fourth level subjects.

All core subjects must be completed before enrolling in the Internship and all students will need specific clearance from Curtin University’s School of Education prior to enrolment in this subject.

Award Requirements

Students must successfully complete all subjects. There are 29 subjects in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education). These are comprised of:

  • core Education subjects
  • core Major subjects (relating to Major Teaching Area elected on admission)
  • subjects requiring professional experience block placements in school settings, including a final internship placement of at least 50 consecutive days (1 full term)
  • specified elective subjects

Please note that students can be terminated from this degree if they fail to make satisfactory progress.

LANTITE Completion Requirement

Students are also required to provide evidence of successful completion of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students (LANTITE) prior to enrolment in the Internship subject. The test is managed by ACER and details of the test (for example, sample questions, the Test Window dates, and registration) can be found at: https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/. Students are responsible for meeting the costs associated with taking these tests, which are a national requirement applicable to all teaching graduates.

Students must successfully complete all required subjects in the degree and the LANTITE prior to enrolling in the final professional experience subject.

Choose your subjects


Choose 1 of the following 3 Majors:

  • The Arts (Visual Arts) Education Major OR
  • English Education Major OR
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Education Major

Below are links to recommended study plans for each of the Major Teaching Areas:

Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education) (The Arts - Visual Arts Education) (PDF, 118Kb)
Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education) (English Education) (PDF, 118Kb)
Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education) (Humanities and Social Sciences Education) (PDF, 119Kb)

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education) has undergone a major change.

From 2019 a new version of the degree will be implemented which includes four new subjects, a number of updated subjects (which may have changed titles and/or new subject codes) and a reorganisation of the degree structure to distribute the Professional Experience subjects better throughout the degree. The specified elective subjects have also been finalized and added to the structure.

Students currently admitted to the previous versions of the Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education) will still be able to complete their degree within four years full-time or equivalent part-time study. In fact, many students will find they can simply continue their studies according to the new structure.

For further information/advice regarding this change, please contact Curtin University at OpenCurtin@curtin.edu.au.

Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education) Recoded Subjects 2019 (PDF, 67KB)