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  • Objectives
    The course aims to develop in students: * generic knowledge of the contribution of the social, behavioural and physical sciences to health and well-being of populations; * skills for professional team work in multi-disciplinary arenas; * the ability to critically analyse information; * facility in the up-to-date information technology and research processes in accessing information; * the capacity to apply evidence-based knowledge to population health and well-being issues; * foundational knowledge and skills in the disciplines of health promotion, health education and physical education including appropriate teaching methodologies/strategies to teach in these areas at middle school level; * skills in project planning and design in the management of health and/or physical activity programs for populations in a variety of settings; * the ability to teach within and across at least two learning areas relevant to teaching in middle schools; * knowledge and skills in a range of educational settings working with diverse groups of students; * the capacity to undertake ongoing professional study through a variety of pathways. Learning outcomes In undertaking the double degree program, students will: * achieve high levels of knowledge and understanding of the content, context and processes of learning and teaching within the school environment, and engage critically with this knowledge as a means of ongoing professional practice; * develop knowledge of, and skills in, curriculum including the areas of health education and health promotion, and/or physical education; * reflect critically on different teaching theories and practices, on their own teaching, and on their lives, in order to strive for excellence and creativity in their teaching role; * use a wide range of literacies with confidence and competence; * apply educational theory, knowledge and understanding to make informed professional judgements in diverse educational situations; * work collaboratively with colleagues, school students, their families and the wider community towards achieving high quality learning outcomes; * establish a firm educational and scientific foundation for ongoing professional development and lifelong learning; * achieve the knowledge and understanding that different disciplines provide and work across disciplinary boundaries to actively create cross-curriculum links; and * appreciate the need for continuing professional development in health and physical education.
  • Entry requirements
    Domestic students Prerequisites: None You can qualify for undergraduate courses through: * year 12 qualifications * mature age entry (STAT) * TAFE/VET qualifications * higher education transfers. Flinders also offers a range of special access schemes. International Students English language requirements Additional requirements: All students must have cleared a police check before they can undertake their compulsory practice teaching.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Education (Middle School)/Bachelor of Health Sciences
  • Course description
    The Bachelor of Education (Middle School) / Bachelor of Health Sciences:

        * focuses on the crucial ‘middle’ period from Years 6 to 10, which includes the transition from primary to secondary school
        * offers specialisations in physical education or health education and promotion, combined with another teaching specialisation.

    As part of this double degree program you will:

        * select from 1 of 2 specialised streams: Health Education/Promotion and Physical Education
        * choose a second teaching specialisation from the following: Society and Environment, Information Technology, English, Drama, Health Education, Physical Education, Modern Languages, Junior Science and Mathematics
        * take some core health sciences topics.

    A Teaching Practicum program is common to all Education degrees.

    We aim to educate teachers who appreciate the complex nature of their work and practice in ways that promote a socially just, democratic and ecologically sustainable world.

    What is Education?

    Education encompasses teaching and learning specific skills, and something less tangible but more profound: the imparting of knowledge, positive judgment and well-developed wisdom.
    Why study Education at Flinders?

    Our education courses:

        * allow you to complete 2 degrees in 4 years
        * provide specialised options for those who wish to teach at different levels within the education system
        * prepare students to become effective and appropriately skilled teachers
        * open a wider range of career options than conventional teaching programs
        * promote a socially just, democratic and ecologically sustainable world.

    Professional recognition

    Graduates will be provided with an academic qualification which will enable them to apply for registration to the Teachers' Registration Board in South Australia, interstate and some overseas countries (exact requirements may vary).
    Career opportunities

    What can I do with my Bachelor of Education degree?  
    Study a language

    Flinders also offers all students the opportunity to major in a language in conjunction with any undergraduate course. The Diploma in Language is designed to provide students with competence in a chosen language that adds greater portability to their qualifications. You will complete a total of 1 extra year of study and graduate with both your chosen degree and the Diploma in Language. You can apply for this at time of enrolment.

    The Bachelor of Education (Middle School)/Bachelor of Health Sciences may be taken as a double degree program in four years full-time (or the equivalent part-time). Students who study part-time would normally be expected to complete the double degree program within eight years.

    The course is offered by the Faculty of Education, Humanities, Law and Theology and the Faculty of Health Sciences.

    The double degree program of Bachelor of Education (Middle School)/Bachelor of Health Sciences requires completion of a total of 144 units with a major in one of the following professional streams:

        * Health Education and Promotion or
        * Physical Education.

    A Lutheran strand is available for students wishing to teach in that system by enrolling in additional topics. Students need to contact the Australian Lutheran College.

    Eligible students can complete an honours degree in either Health Sciences or Education.

    Enrolment in the honours program is subject to the school/department being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY  [November, 2008]

    To qualify for the Bachelor of Education (Middle School)/Bachelor of Health Sciences, a student must complete 144 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study:

        * a Bachelor of Education component of 69 units;
        * a Bachelor of Health Sciences component of 75 units.

    The Bachelor of Education component must include:

        * 9 units of education topics at First Year level;
        * 12 units of education topics at Second Year level including professional experience;
        * 24 units of education topics at Third Year level including teaching practice;
        * 24 units of education topics at Fourth Year level including teaching practice.

    The Bachelor of Health Sciences component must include:

        * 33 units of either the Health Education and Promotion stream or the Physical Education stream;
        * 21 units of approved Bachelor of Health Sciences electives taken either from the other stream or from approved topics from the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science provided it relates to content knowledge in one of the SACSA (South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability) framework learning areas;
        * 21 units of core topics as listed in the Bachelor of Health Sciences course rule.

    Except with the permission of the Board:

        * no compulsory topic may be taken more than twice;
        * teaching practicum topics may not be attempted more than once.

    Students should note that teaching practicum topics require full-time commitment for their duration.

    More specific rules relating to majors, minors and electives may be referred to in the Bachelor of Health Sciences course rules.

    Health Education and Promotion major

    First Year

    Semester 1

    EDUC1101     

    Key Educational Ideas
        

    4.5
    HLPE1511     

    Foundation Studies in Health Education
        

    4.5
    HLTH1004     

    Human Bioscience
        

    4.5
        

    Approved elective for second teaching area
        

    4.5

    Semester 2

    EDUC1201     

    Ways of Explaining Education
        

    4.5
    HLPE1504     

    Health Promotion
        

    4.5
    HLTH1303     

    Reforming Health Care: Policy, Politics and the Profession
        

    4.5
        

    Approved elective for second teaching area
        

    4.5

    Second Year

    Semester 1


    HLPE2515     

    Health Education: Theory, Planning and Practice
        

    6
    HLTH2003     

    Society and Health: Sociology and Epidemiology
        

    6
    EDUC2302     

    Teaching Literacy and Numeracy in the Middle School: Policy Documents to Practice
        

    6

    Semester 2

    HLTH2006     

    Project Management for Health Promotion
        

    6
    EDUC2403     

    Development, Learning and Inclusive Teaching (6-12)
        

    6
        

    Approved elective for second teaching area
        

    6

    Third Year

    Semester 1


    HLTH3001     

    Health Research
        

    6
    EDUC3503     

    Curriculum Studies Specialisation 1: Middle School/Secondary
        

    6
        

    Approved elective for second teaching area
        

    6
    EDUC3667A     

    Lecture for Professional Teaching Practice 3B (6-10)
        

    0

    Semester 2

    EDUC3608     

    Integrated Curriculum Studies (Middle School/Secondary)
        

    6
    EDUCxxxx     

    Education elective
        

    6

    Non-semester
    EDUC3667     

    Professional Teaching Practice 3B (6-10)
        

    6

    Fourth Year

    Semester 1


    EDUC4700     

    Curriculum Studies Specialisation 2 (MS/Sec)
        

    6
    EDUC4705     

    Social and Cultural Worlds of Learning
        

    6

    Non-semester
    EDUC4778     

    Professional Teaching Practice 4B (6-10)
        

    6

    Semester 2

    EDUC4802     

    Teaching Indigenous Australian Students
        

    6
    HLTH3003     

    Health Work Placement
        

    6

    Either
    HLPE2507     

    Human Sexuality, OR
        

    6
    HLPE2509A     

    School Health Promotion and Nutrition
        

    6
    Physical Education major

    First Year

    Semester 1


    EDUC1101     

    Key Educational Ideas
        

    4.5
    HLPE1521     

    Foundation Studies in Physical Education
        

    4.5
    HLTH1004     

    Human Bioscience
        

    4.5
        

    Approved elective for second teaching area
        

    4.5

    Semester 2

    EDUC1201     

    Ways of Explaining Education
        

    4.5
    HLPE1522     

    Physiological Foundations of Physical Education
        

    4.5
    HLTH1303     

    Reforming Health Care: Policy, Politics and the Profession
        

    4.5
        

    Approved elective for second teaching area
        

    4.5

    Second Year

    Semester 1


    HLPE2517     

    Social Context of Physical Education
        

    6
    EDUC2302     

    Teaching Literacy and Numeracy in the Middle School: Policy Documents to Practice
        

    6
        

    Approved elective for second teaching area
        

    6

    Semester 2

    HLPE2504     

    Movement Bases of Physical Education
        

    6
    EDUC2403     

    Development, Learning and Inclusive Teaching (6-12)
        

    6
        

    Approved elective for second teaching area
        

    6

    Third Year

    Semester 1


    HLTH2003     

    Society and Health: Sociology and Epidemiology
        

    6
    HLPE2524     

    Historical and Cultural Constructions of Physical Activity
        

    6
    EDUC3503     

    Curriculum Studies Specialisation 1: Middle School/Secondary
        

    6
    EDUC3667A     

    Lecture for Professional Teaching Practice 3B (6-10)
        

    0

    Semester 2

    EDUC3608     

    Integrated Curriculum Studies (Middle School/Secondary)
        

    6
        

    Education elective topic (from approved list)
        

    6

    Non-semester
    EDUC3667     

    Professional Teaching Practice 3B (6-10)
        

    6

    Fourth Year

    Semester 1


    EDUC4700    

    Curriculum Studies Specialisation 2 (MS/Sec)
        

    6
    EDUC4705    

    Social and Cultural Worlds of Learning
        

    6

    Non-semester
    EDUC4778     

    Professional Teaching Practicum 4B (6-10)
        

    6

    Semester 2

    EDUC4802     

    Teaching Indigenous Australian Students
        

    6
    HLTH3001     

    Health Research
        

    6
        

    Choose one topic from either:
        

    HLTH2006     

    Project Management for Health Promotion, OR
        

    6
    HLPE2507     

    Human Sexuality, OR
        

    6
    HLPE2509     

    School Health Promotion and Nutrition, OR
        

    6
    HLPE2510     

    Outdoor Education, OR
        

    6
    HLTH3003     

    Health Work Placement
        

    6
    Honours degree
    There are two pathways to an Honours degree in Education:

       1. A full-year program consisting of 36 units of dedicated honours topics taken after the completion of the student's ordinary education degree.
       2. An alternative program for students who have completed, to a sufficiently high standard (a GPA of 5.5 or higher), the first 108 units towards their particular Bachelor of Education double degree program. Admission will also depend upon the School of Education being able to provide adequate resources to supervise and manage the student's proposed research project. The general requirement of the Honours program in Education is the successful completion of 36 units of honours Education topics. However, in the alternative program, students will take 18 of these units concurrently with the relevant double degree program as part of their fourth year of study. An overload of 6 units will be required in each semester of that year. Eligible students will enrol in a three-semester program commencing in the fourth year of their double degree program.

    The study pattern for the alternative three-semester program is as follows:

    Year 4

    Semester 1
    (6-unit overload)

    EDUC7000     

    Introduction to Research in Education (Honours Topic)
        

    6
    EDUC4700     

    Curriculum Studies Specialisation 2 (MS/Sec)
        

    6
    EDUC4778     

    Professional Teaching Practice 4B (6-10)
        

    6
    EDUC4705     

    Social and Cultural Worlds of Learning
        

    6

    Semester 2 (6-unit overload)

    HLTH3001     

    Health Research (Honours Topic)
        

    6
    EDUC7002     

    Preparation for Research Thesis (Honours Topic)
        

    6
    EDUC4802     

    Teaching Indigenous Australian Students
        

    6
        

    BHlthSc topic
        

    6

    Year 5

    Semester 1


    EDUC7003     

    Honours Thesis in Education (Honours Topic)
        

    18

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