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Introduction to Secondary education

Do you feel a calling to become a teacher? Earn your secondary teaching degree online and turn into the role model you’ve always wanted to be.

Here at Open Universities Australia, you can compare online courses delivered by universities from across the country. We make it easier to narrow down your options and find your best fit, so you can graduate with the skills you need to succeed in the classroom.

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Louise studied secondary education with Curtin University through Open Universities Australia

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Why should you study secondary teaching?

If you'd like to do something that truly matters with your career, then high school teaching is a fulfilling choice. You’ll have a direct impact on teenagers in Years 7 to 12 (ages 12 to 18), when they’re still figuring out who they want to be. High school teachers are specialists in one or two subjects, so you’ll introduce them to interests that could end up defining their careers.

Demand for high school teachers in Australia is also very high. It’s estimated that schools will need at least 4,000 extra secondary teachers by 2025, which means your passion and enthusiasm for education will always be needed.

What you'll learn in a secondary teaching degree

When you study your secondary teaching degree online, you have the flexibility to learn about teaching methods and theories at a pace that suits your lifestyle. You can expect to cover essential topics like:

  • leadership and classroom management
  • lesson planning
  • assessment at a secondary school level
  • teaching with technology
  • diversity in the classroom
  • establishing a teacher identity.

You’ll also be required to choose one or two teaching specialisations, which means you can build your career around a special interest. You will explore how to teach young adults from Years 7 to 12 in these curriculum areas only.

What teaching specialisations can you choose?

  • Arts (Visual Arts or Drama)
  • English
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Technologies

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