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  • Objectives
    Deakin's Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts degree will introduce you to the knowledge and competencies required by secondary teachers as well as providing you with a broad understanding of the practice of educators. The course will also give you in-depth knowledge in one or more fields of study within the Bachelor of Arts. As part of the teaching component of this course you will learn key skills required for being a secondary teacher through studying topics such as assessment and reporting, how to create effective learning environments, and understanding children and adolescents. You are required to complete a minimum of 80 days supervised school experience over the duration of the course, providing hands-on experience in a classroom setting. Studies in the arts will provide you with opportunities to develop skills of critical and systematic thinking; an imaginative understanding and appreciation of the theory and practice of the social sciences; enhanced cultural sensitivity and understanding; skills and knowledge relevant to employment in the modern workforce and familiarity with the use and importance of information technology in learning and employment. All of these skills will complement the teaching profession.
  • Entry requirements
    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table. Some courses may have additional entry requirements. Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts (International Students)
  • Course description
    Fees and charges
    Fee paying place - International (IFP)
    A Fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

    Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

    Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
    EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

    * The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2009, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
    The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.
    Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
    Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.


    Career opportunities

    As a graduate of this course you will be eligible for employment as a secondary teacher in Australia and overseas. You will be able to teach in secondary schools from junior secondary to VCE levels as well as gaining employment in community and youth performance companies, TAFE and adult community educational institutions, private academies and agencies, community arts offices, government departments and private industries and services.

     

    As a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts component of this course you will be well placed to enter a variety of employment fields after developing in your studies, a combination of a broad range of specialised and general skills, often demanded by today's employers. Depending on the subjects you choose to take in the Bachelor or Arts component of this course, you may find work in fields such as media and communication, photography, politics and policy studies, history, languages and visual arts.

     
    Course rules

    The Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) degree is undertaken in conjunction with the Bachelor of Arts. Each course alone comprises 24 credit points but the two courses together constitute a combined course of 32 credit points. Course requirements for both degrees must be satisfied.

    To complete the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) component of the course, 16 credit points must be taken in education studies, curriculum studies, and school experience offered by the School of Education.

    Students who are accepted into a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) combined course will be advised at the time of enrolment of the units recommended for study within the Bachelor of Arts. Students should consult the unit descriptions for the Bachelor of Arts to get an indication of the possible range of units available for selection.

    Within the 16 credit points required for the Bachelor of Arts portion of the degree a minimum of 4 credit points must be completed at level 3 and a major sequence as described under course A300 Bachelor of Arts must also be completed.

    Students are not permitted to enrol in units from another faculty (other than Psychology and Mathematics which are classed as Arts grouped).

     

    The following teaching methods which relate to the major sequences in Bachelor of Arts are available at the Melbourne campus at Burwood:

    Dance*

    Drama*

    English Major sequence in Literacy Studies (plus a part in Linguistics offered by Education)

    LOTE Major sequence in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Italian

    Mathematics

    Media Major sequence in Film Studies, Media & Communication, Photography

    Psychology

    Humanities, Societies and Environments (formerly SOSE) Major sequence in Australian Studies, History, Philosophy, Politics & Policy Studies, Sociology
    TESOL Major sequence in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian

    Visual Arts

    * Please note that entry to Dance and Drama is by audition.

     

    Course structure


    Note: Students enrolled prior to 2007 should contact their enrolment officer for course advice.
    Year 1
    Trimester 1

    EXE101 Understanding Children and Adolescents  

    Plus 3 credit points from approved units in Arts degree course.

     

    Trimester 2

    EXE102 Understanding Learners  

    Plus 3 credit points from approved units in Arts degree course.


    Year 2
    Trimester 1

    EEE201 Creating Effective Learning Environments  

    EEY201 Secondary School Experience 2A  

    Secondary Curriculum Study (middle school level or A) - corresponding to major or sub-major sequence of study for first method area (1 unit).
    Plus 2 credit points from approved units in Arts degree course.

     

    Trimester 2

    EEE202 Curriculum Assessment and Reporting  

    EEY202 Secondary School Experience 2B  

    Secondary Curriculum Study (senior school level or B) - corresponding to Arts major or sub-major sequence of study for first method area (1 unit).
    Plus 2 credit points from approved units in Arts degree course.

    Year 3
    Trimester 1

    EEM301 Numeracy Across the Curriculum  

    EEY301 Secondary School Experience 3A  

    Secondary Curriculum Study (middle school level or A) - corresponding to Arts major or sub-major sequence of study for second method area (1 unit).
    Plus 2 credit points from approved units in Arts degree course.

     

    Trimester 2

    EEL302 Literacy Across the Curriculum  

    EEY302 Secondary School Experience 3B  

    Secondary Curriculum Study (senior school level or B) - corresponding to Arts major or sub-major sequence of study for second method area (1 unit).
    Plus 2 credit points from approved units in Arts degree course.

    Year 4 Available in 2010

     

    Trimester 1

    EEE401 Professional Relationships  

    EEY401 Secondary School Experience 4A  

    Plus One Education elective unit
    Plus 2 credit points from approved units in Arts degree course.

     

    Trimester 2

    EEH530 Promoting Student Wellbeing  

    EXC440 Teaching for Diversity  

    EEE402 Transition to Beginning Teaching  

    Plus One Education elective unit

    EEY402 Secondary School Experience 4B  

    EEY403 Secondary School Experience 4C  

     

    Notes:
    (i) EEM301 is a wholly online unit
    (ii) All units are 1 credit point unless otherwise note (see below)
    (iii) EEE201, EEE202, EEM301, EEL302, EEE401, EEE402, EEH530 are 0.75 credit point units
    (iv) EEY201, EEY202, EEY301, EEY302, EEY401, EEY402, EEY403 are 0.25 credit point units

    Secondary curriculum studies
    Note: Students are required to undertake professional experience placements concurrently with enrolment in secondary curriculum studies.
    Specialist area Guidelines for teachers can be found on the website of the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).

    *Visual Arts
    (ECA431/432 students select the Visual Arts specialism)

    ECA431 Arts Education Discipline Study 1  

    ECA432 Arts Education Discipline Study 2  


    *Dance
    (ECA431/432 students select the Dance specialism)

    ECA431 Arts Education Discipline Study 1  

    ECA432 Arts Education Discipline Study 2  


    *Drama
    (ECA431/432 students select the Drama specialism)

    ECA431 Arts Education Discipline Study 1  

    ECA432 Arts Education Discipline Study 2  


    *Media
    (ECA435/436 students select the Media studies specialism)

    ECA435 Arts Education Discipline Study 5  

    ECA436 Arts Education Discipline Study 6  

    *Students taking two single methods in Visual Arts, Dance, Drama or Media should enrol in ECA431 and ECA432 for one of their single methods (the choices here are Visual Arts, Dance or Drama) and in ECA435 and ECA436 for the other single method (the choices here are Visual Arts, Dance, Drama and Media. Note that Media is only available as a single method choice under the unit codes ECA435 and ECA436.
    For Double methods in Visual Arts, Dance or Drama, see Double method requirements below.

    English

    ECL461 English Education A  

    ECL462 English Education B  


    LOTE

    ESJ457 Studies in Curriculum 1  

    ESJ458 Studies in Curriculum 2  

    Notes:
    (i) ESJ457 students to select the LOTE: Curriculum Study specialism.
    (ii) ESJ458 students to select the LOTE Materials Development specialism.

    TESOL

    ESJ459 Studies in Curriculum 3  

    ESJ460 Studies in Curriculum 4  

    Notes:

    (i) ESJ459 students to select the TESOL Curriculum Study A specialism.
    (ii) ESJ460 students to select the TESOL Curriculum Study B specialism.

    Humanities, Societies and Environments (formerly SOSE)

    ECS471 Humanities, Societies and Environments: Curriculum Study A  

    ECS472 Humanities, Societies and Environments: Curriculum Study B  


    Mathematics

    ESM424 Mathematics: Curriculum Study  

    ESM425 Senior Mathematics: Curriculum Study  


    Psychology

    ESP202 Senior Psychology A: Curriculum Study  

    ESP203 Senior Psychology B: Curriculum Study  


    Double method requirements
    To meet specific requirements for double methods in dance, drama, English and visual arts, the following units must be completed in addition to the relevant secondary curriculum studies units listed above.

    Dance
    ECA433/ECA434 students select Dance specialism)

    ECA433 Arts Education Discipline Study 3  

    ECA434 Arts Education Discipline Study 4  


    Drama
    (ECA433/ECA434 students select Drama specialism)

    ECA433 Arts Education Discipline Study 3  

    ECA434 Arts Education Discipline Study 4  


    Visual Arts
    (ECA433/434 students select Visual Arts specialism)

    ECA433 Arts Education Discipline Study 3  

    ECA434 Arts Education Discipline Study 4  


    English

    ECL467 Reader and Text  

    ECL470 Children's Literature in the Classroom  

    Note: ECL467 offered in alternate years 2010, 2012

    Humanities, Societies and Environments (formerly SOSE)

    ECS420 Contemporary Global Issues in Social, Political and Environmental Learning  

    ECS421 Learning Beyond the Classroom: Local Communities  


    Secondary elective units

    ECA433 Arts Education Discipline Study 3  

    ECA434 Arts Education Discipline Study 4  

    ECL467 Reader and Text  

    ECL470 Children's Literature in the Classroom  

    ECP303 Child Protection  

    ECS420 Contemporary Global Issues in Social, Political and Environmental Learning  

    ECS421 Learning Beyond the Classroom: Local Communities  

    EEG402 Teaching in a Global World  

    EEI402 Diversity, Difference and Socially-Just Schooling  

    ESE499 Independent Project  

    ESH418 Issues in Health Education  

    ESH457 Youth and Recreation  

    ESM415 Problem Solving in the Mathematics Classroom  

    ESM433 Exploring Space and Number  

    ESM438 Evaluating Children's Progress  

    ESP401 Student Behaviour Management and Welfare  

    ESP437 Teaching for Interpersonal Development  

    ESP449 Simulations and Games in Teaching and Learning  

    ESP485 Teaching Thinking Skills  

    ESS415 Resources in the Contemporary Science Curriculum  

    ESS439 Issues in Science and Environmental Education  

    EET330 Teaching with New Technologies  

    EST430 Educational Software Tools 1  

    Notes:
    (i) Students undertaking two single method specialisms in Arts Education (i.e. have enrolled in ECA431, ECA432 for one of their single methods and in ECA435, ECA436 for the other single method) may also enrol in ECA433, ECA434 as secondary elective units. ECA433, ECA434 students select one specialism in Visual Arts, Dance or Drama in these units
    (ii) ECL467, ESM438, ESS439 offered in alternate years 2010, 2012
    (iii) ESE499 and EST430 are offered in wholly online mode.
    (iv) The offering of secondary electives is subject to the availability of staff and sufficient number of students enrolled.

    (v) ESM433 offered in alternate years 2009, 2011.
    Detailed course rules
    To be awarded the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) a student must satisfactorily complete 24 credit points of study that includes:

        * 16 credit points of specified units from the School of Education of which not less than 14 credit points are to be at level 2 or higher and at least 6 credit points are to be at level 3 or higher
        * a major sequence of course-grouped units amounting to not less than 6 credit points
        * units amounting to not more than 8 credit points from the units leading to the award of a bachelors degree in a faculty specified by the School of Education; and
        * at least one unit classified as a level 3 wholly online unit.

    Students shall complete - within a partner degree in a combined structure - a major sequence of at least 6 credit points in one discipline area and a minor sequence of at least 4 credit points in a second discipline area which are to be related to the secondary curriculum method studies undertaken.

    The course of study shall be completed within a period of not less than four years when undertaken as a combined course of 32 credit points and except with the permission of the Faculty Board not more than 10 consecutive years from the date of first enrolment in the course.
    The course of study shall include satisfactory completion of at least 80 days of supervised school experience. Students should note that four years of tertiary study inclusive of teacher education is required for employment as a teacher in Victoria.



    Contact hours
    For each unit of study students are expected to participate in at least three hours of formal contact each week of trimester. A minimum of six hours of study time in addition to the formal contact is also expected for each unit each week.
    LOTE/TESOL requirements
    Students wishing to specialise in teaching languages other than English (LOTE) or teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) within the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts must note the requirements below. Students are advised to take four linguistics discipline units ELL101, ELL102, ELL201 and ELL202 offered by the School of Education. ELL101, ELL102, ELL201 and ELL202 are course grouped to the Bachelor of Arts degree component of the course.

     

    LOTE
    Students are advised that the requirements of the Victorian Institute of Teaching for primary and secondary teachers of LOTE (Languages Other Than English) are as follows:

     

     

    · A post-Year 12 major study in the language, together with teaching methodology in LOTE.

     

    Native speakers of the language may seek a statement of equivalence from a Victorian University, to verify that they meet the standard of a 'post year 12 major study'. Teachers wishing to get recognition in languages which are not taught in Victorian universities and for which university statements of equivalence are not available, may seek equivalence accreditation with the Department of Education and Training, Victoria.

    TESOL
    The Victorian Institute of Teaching requirements for TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) include a sub-major in one of:

     

     

    · Linguistics, or

    · A second language (ie. not the teacher's first language), or Appropriate TESOL studies; together with

    · Teaching methodology in TESOL.

     


    Admission requirements - general
    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
    Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
    Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.


    Advanced standing - general
    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for advanced standing. You will need to provide your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your advanced standing.
    Your advanced standing is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Advanced Standing System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.


    How to apply

        * Applicant Portal: Use our online application system to submit and track your application now.
        * Apply through a Deakin International office: Fill out an application form and submit it to a Deakin International office.
        * Apply through a Deakin representative: Take your application form to your preferred agent for assistance.

    Tracking your application:
    If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

        * If you applied online, log back into the Applicant Portal using your username and password.
        * If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
        * If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact that office.



    Working with Children Check

    The Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic.) requires a person who engages in child-related work, as defined in the Act, to obtain an assessment notice under the Act, known as a Working with Children Check (WWCC). The Act is administered by the Department of Justice: justice.vic.gov.au

    School experience placements in schools in the course of a university degree are “child-related work”. Under the Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic.), administered by the Department of Justice, a student teacher must obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC) before commencing school experience placements in a school. The WWCC must remain current throughout the course. It is an offence under the Act to engage in school experience without holding a WWCC.

     

    Students will not be allowed to commence school experience in any school in Victoria until a Working with Children Check is obtained. The Department of Education has requested that on the application form a student nominates the University as the (or one of the) employers. The University will then be sent a copy of the assessment notice. Because the University needs to assure a school that a student placed at the school has a current Working with Children Check, each student must give their authority to provide the assurance - a student will be required to sign an authority for the University to inform a school that a WWCC has or has not been obtained.

     

    While the University will hold on file documentation relating to the WWCCs obtained by students engaged in school experience, it is each student’s responsibility to ensure that he or she can produce the WWCC card to the school upon request and to keep the WWCC current under the Act.

     

    Students are required to apply for a WWCC through a participating Australia Post outlet (which can be found on the Australia Post website or the Department of Justice website) and provide proof to the faculty that the WWCC has been undertaken.

     

    Should a student fail to obtain a WWCC, practical training in a school will not be provided, and as practical training is a requirement for completion of a teaching degree, the student may be unable to complete the degree. Should such a situation arise, the University will provide advice on options for tertiary study.

     
    It is the responsibility of students undertaking placements outside Victoria to enquire about and, where necessary, to meet any similar legislative or other requirements concerning working with children.
    School Experience requirements

    Students are required for registration purposes (and for the award of the degree) to have completed over the duration of their course a minimum of 80 days of supervised school experience. Students should ensure they are conversant with the Standards for Graduating Students as required by the Victorian Institute of Teaching. The school experience is organised by the School Experience Office and students do not make contact with schools regarding placements under any circumstances. Students are required to comply with the on-line instructions regarding enrolment/re-enrolment in school experience; failure to enrol/re-enrol jeopardises a student’s school experience placement. S

     

    Students should note that it is a requirement of the course that school experience is undertaken in conjunction with their curriculum studies and Education Major studies and during the time tabled dates unless, in exceptional circumstances, alternative arrangements are negotiated and agreed to in writing with the School Experience Office. Students should note that normally any paid or unpaid work undertaken in a school as an unqualified teacher/teacher’s aide will not be recognised for credit as recognised prior learning in supervised school experience for this course. Students may be required to complete the school experience component of the course outside the academic year.

     

    A satisfactory level of teaching competence during supervised school experience is required for award of the degree. An “unsatisfactory” result on any school experience placement will be referred to the Faculty Academic Progress and Discipline Committee.

     

    Graduates of an accredited teaching course should note that teacher registration is required in Victoria and is administered by the Victorian Institute of Teaching under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic.). Prospective students should acquaint themselves with the requirements for registration in Victoria or in any other relevant location. These requirements include the ability to satisfy the Standards for Graduating Students (available at: vit.vic.edu.au)

     
    School Experience enrolment

    Students need to carefully follow the instructions correctly when enrolling or re-enrolling online in school experience units. Failure to enrol or re-enrol correctly jeopardises a student’s school experience placement and this could lead to a delay in the award of the degree. Students must follow Faculty rules in relation to the number of days of school experience to be completed for each placement as per the School Experience Handbook (available from the campus of enrolment) which includes the published school experience timetable. Students should note that a ‘day’ constitutes a whole school day (not part thereof).

    Students should obtain a copy of the School Experience Handbook each year from the School Experience Office (also available at deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/education/schoolexp ). Information contained in the Handbook is updated annually and is a summary of Faculty rules in relation to school experience.
    Schedule of School Experience units

    Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)
    EEY201 Secondary School Experience 2A (B)
    10 days

     

    EEY202 Secondary School Experience 2B (B)
    10 days

     

    EEY301 Secondary School Experience 3A (B)
    10 days

     

    EEY302 Secondary School Experience 3B (B)
    10 days

     

    EEY401 Secondary School Experience 4A (B)
    10 days

     

    EEY402 Secondary School Experience 4B (B)
    15 day block

     

    EEY403 Secondary School Experience 4C (B)
    15 day block

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