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  • Objectives
    This is a combined course satisfying the requirements for the Bachelor of Teaching and Bachelor of Arts. The course is designed for those intending to become teachers in secondary schools. A range of Bachelor of Arts sequences and units are available and students have a broad range of choice of their major and of one minor sequence. Students are advised to select at least one of these sequences from a main school teaching area. In Victoria and Queensland they must both be from main teaching areas. There is also a major Education sequence. The Bachelor of Teaching requirements foster the acquisition and development of the students’ basic professional knowledge, skills and attitudes required of an effective classroom teacher. The inclusion of units in Theology and Religious Education enables graduates to gain accreditation to teach Religious Education.
  • Entry requirements
    New South Wales Assumed knowledge: Mathematics (other than General Mathematics) for studies in Mathematics minor or Mathematics specialisation.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts)
  • Course description
    The dual degree program is designed to:

    1. offer studies in the Humanities, and Computing (all states), Mathematics (Victoria and New South Wales), Technology and Visual Arts (New South Wales only) in order to develop the knowledge, skills and conventions of these academic disciplines, and the capacity for rigorous, sustained, analytical thinking;
      
    2. contribute to students’ personal, spiritual and moral development through training in analysis, evaluation, interpretation, objective appraisal of arguments, and identification of salient justice issues;
      
    3. enable graduates to take an active part in the debates that inform a modern, democratic society and to serve the wider community in its ethical, spiritual and cultural development;
      
    4. facilitate, within the Christian tradition, the development of reflective, culturally aware, and responsive individuals able to function effectively as beginning teachers in a variety of settings, particularly Catholic schools, and committed to continuing professional development.

    Professional Experience

    Students must complete professional experience units during which time they are required to be available full-time.

    Working with Children Check

    Students accepting a place in this course are required to participate in a number of professional placements throughout their program. In order to participate in professional experience it is the responsibility of each student to ensure that they are able to successfully complete the child protection screening required in their state. Students, who are not cleared for working with children and therefore not be able to be placed in a compulsory professional placement, will not be able to complete their course.

    In Victoria, all students must apply for and obtain a Working With Children Check before they will be permitted to participate in the Professional Experience program.

    There are no exceptions to this requirement and no student will be placed in a school without a valid Working With Children Check.

    Students must obtain an application form for a Working With Children Check (WWCC) stamped with a University Stamp at Enrolment or during the enrolment period. It is the student's responsibility to submit the application form and, upon receiving the Working With Children Check/Card, submit the original Working With Children Check/Card and a copy of the original to Professional Experience personnel at the appropriate campus.

    The Professional Experience personnel will sight the original Working With Children Check/Card, verify its authenticity and return it to the student. The copy will be placed in the student's Professional Experience file. Students must carry the WWCC every time they visit a school or work with children as part of their University Course.

    International students must obtain and present their relevant police check from their home country and from any other country/ies where they have been domiciled for twelve months or more for the last ten years. These police checks must be sighted and authenticated before students will be permitted to undertake a Professional Experience in schools.
    English Language Requirements

    IELTS 7.0

    Teacher registration also requires students to meet the English language requirements in their state. It is the students’ responsibility to develop their English language skills during their candidature to ensure that they meet the registration guidelines, which usually require a score of at least 7.0 in each of the IELTS bands.

    Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts)
    BTeach/BA

    320 cp

    Minimum duration: 4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

    Course available at: Sydney (Strathfield), NSW

    EFTSL value of units: All 10 cp units in this course have an EFTSL value of 0.125. Units with a cp value of a multiple of 10 have corresponding EFTSL values.

    1. Definitions

    “Major”: 80 cp in prescribed units in one discipline or approved interdisciplinary area, including at least 10 cp at introductory level and at least 60 cp at advanced level.

    “Minor”: 40 cp in prescribed units in one discipline or approved interdisciplinary area, including at least 10 cp at introductory level and at least 20 cp at advanced level.
     
    2. Requirements for Completion of the Degree39

    To qualify for the degree, a student must complete:

    1. 320 cp consisting of:

       1. 160 cp in accordance with the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree, consisting of:       
             1. 80 cp from 1 Major in Visual Arts;    
             2. 40 cp from 1 Minor40 in a second Curriculum Studies area;       
             3. 40 cp from other units from the Bachelor of Arts which may be:        
                   1. a further 40 cp from Visual Arts, or           
                   2. 40 cp from Electives, preferably including some Visual Arts units;   
                            
       2. 160 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:    
             1. 80 cp from Education Studies;    
             2. 60 cp from Curriculum Studies;    
             3. 20 cp from Internship or equivalent;   

    and 

    2.

       1. 2 Professional Experience units; and
       2. 1 Community Engagement Program unit.

    Schedule of Unit Offerings

    Prerequisite (Pre), co-requisite (Co) and incompatible (Inc) units are indicated in parentheses where applicable.

    Arts Units

    Units from the following disciplines listed in the Schedule of Unit Offerings for the Bachelor of Arts degree:
     
      Major
      Visual Arts
     
      The second Minor may be selected from the following list
      Computing
      Economics/Business
      Geography
      History
      Literature
      Mathematics
      Theological Studies
     
      Education Studies Units
     
      Core Units
     
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    EDFD127     10     Contexts for Learning and Development
    EDFD133     10     Understanding Learning
    EDFD220     10     Teaching and Managing Learning Environments
    EDFD221     10     Creating Inclusive, Safe and Supportive Schools
    EDFD307     10     Educational Assessment
    EDFD447     10     Diversity in the Classroom
    EDFD452     10     Transition to the Profession
    EDFD454     10     Curriculum Literacies

    Curriculum Studies Units
     
    Core Unit

    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    EDFD212     10     Professional Ethics in Education
    EDAR416     10     Visual Arts Curriculum and Teaching 1
    EDAR417     10     Visual Arts Curriculum and Teaching 2

    Electives

    One elective from:
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    EDAB111     10     Indigenous Peoples and Culture
    EDFD102     10     Race and Racism in Australian Educational Contexts
    EDFD111     10     Alternatives in Education
    EDFD112     10     Children at Risk
    EDFD207     10     Social Justice and Education
    EDFD210     10     Global Perspectives in Education
    EDFD213     10     Technology and Learning
    EDFD214     10     Language, Community Contexts and Empowerment
    EDSS100     10     Australia in an Asian Context

    Electives Curriculum and Teaching Units41

    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    EDLA438     10     English Curriculum and Teaching 1
    EDLA439     10     English Curriculum and Teaching 2
    EDMA417     10     Mathematics Curriculum and Teaching 1
    EDMA418     10     Mathematics Curriculum and Teaching 2
    EDRE527     10     Religious Education Curriculum and Teaching Studies 1
    EDRE528     10     Religious Education Curriculum and Teaching Studies 2
    EDSS420     10     History Curriculum and Teaching 1
    EDSS421     10     History Curriculum and Teaching 2
    EDSS430     10     Economics/Business Curriculum and Teaching 1
    EDSS431     10     Economics/Business Curriculum and Teaching 2
    EDSS432     10     Geography Curriculum and Teaching 1
    EDSS433     10     Geography Curriculum and Teaching 2
    EDST441     10     ICT Curriculum and Teaching 1
    EDST442     10     ICT Curriculum and Teaching 2

    Internship

    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    EDFX409     20     Internship

    Professional Experience Units

    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    EDFX207     0     Community Engagement Program
    EDFX214     0     Professional Experience Secondary 2
    EDFX311     0     Professional Experience Secondary 3

     
    39 Requirements for working with children: All students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they may enter a classroom. These are: Blue Card (Qld), Working with Children Background Check (ACT, Vic, NSW). International students should check this with the Course Co-ordinator and may need to bring documentation from their own countries.
    40 Arts majors and minors must be in the discipline areas in which the Curriculum Studies units are undertaken.
    41 20 cp are to be taken from one Curriculum and Teaching Studies area which builds on the discipline minor already taken.
    To be eligible to enrol in a Curriculum and Teaching Studies sequence, a student must either have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite study prescribed for that Curriculum and Teaching Study or be able to demonstrate knowledge or skills approved by the Course Co-ordinator as equivalent. In the case of Religious Education, the designated Theological Studies units provide co-requisites.

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