Secondary education courses
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.
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.
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Curriculum and Culture in Secondary Schools
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.
The secondary teaching specialisations you can focus on include:
- Arts (Visual Arts or Drama)
- Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)
- Physical Education
Once you’re comfortable with the curriculum, you’ll be required to complete professional placements (in person) in a secondary school environment. This is compulsory before you can register as a teacher in Australia, and a fantastic opportunity to put your classroom skills into practice.
Secondary teaching course FAQs
If you don’t have a qualification, you can choose:
- An approved secondary school teaching degree, like a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) or Bachelor of Education (Secondary), majoring in the teaching specialisation of your choice.
- A Bachelor Degree in an area you’d like to teach in. After that, you’ll need to complete an approved postgraduate course like a Master of Teaching (Secondary).
If you already have a degree (in a non-education field), you can choose:
- An approved postgraduate pre-service teacher education degree, like a Master of Teaching (Secondary).
It depends on what—and how—you decide to study.
As a general guide:
- A Bachelor Degree is equivalent to three or four years of full-time study.
- A Masters Degree is equivalent to two years of full-time study.
That said, when you enrol through Open Universities Australia, you can control how long it takes to complete your course. You have the flexibility to choose how many subjects you take on at a time (your study load), and scale them up and down as it suits you. If you’re in need of a break, you can put your studies on hold until you’re ready to resume.
Achieving an ATAR of 70 or above is the traditional way to enrol in a teaching degree—but it’s not the only way.
If your Year 12 results don’t quite go to plan, don’t panic. You can still get into teaching through us by enrolling in undergraduate education subjects that don’t have any entry requirements.
Once you successfully complete these subjects, you’ll be free to transition into a Bachelor of Education either online or on campus. Give our student advisors a call to find out more about how this works.
Here at Open Universities Australia, we make enrolling online as straightforward as possible. To get started, find the course for you by browsing the options on this page. You can also compare different qualifications using our handy comparison tool, or request help from one of our student advisors.
When you’ve made your choice, click ‘Apply now’ on the relevant course page and follow the prompts to begin your enrolment. We’ll ask you to supply some supporting documentation, including proof of your identity, your tax file number, and a unique student identifier (USI) during this process.
Your university will get in touch with you via email to confirm whether or not your application has been successful.
If you get stuck at any time, reach out to us and we’ll talk you through it.
You can also take a look at our online self-service enrolling instructions.
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Looking to the future
Brendan is a high school teacher with a passion for the future—both his students', and his own. Through OUA, he's determined to become a school principal.
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