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.
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Why should you study secondary teaching?
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.
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.
Student stories and study advice
Want to teach and inspire young children before they reach primary school? There are two main study paths to choose from, depending on your goals.
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