ACU English Language Centres

Bachelor of Education (Secondary and Special Education)

ACU English Language Centres

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00004G

Become an in-demand secondary teacher who makes a difference. In a supportive and collaborative learning environment, backed by world-leading expertise, you will build your knowledge, resourcefulness and creativity as a secondary teacher. Develop the practical skills to nurture and advocate for secondary school students with a disability or learning and behavioural difficulties. This course combines one discipline teaching area with special education giving you the ability to gain registration to teach in both secondary and special education settings. Expand your skills over time, from observing your mentor teacher, to co-teaching, through to planning for and teaching multiple classes a day.


320 credit points. All initial teacher education programs must include a defined period, or professional experience, where pre-service teachers practise teaching in a school under the direct supervision and guidance of an appropriately qualified teacher. In order to graduate, pre-service teachers must satisfy all the requirements of their program, including the professional experience requirements. The current requirements are for a minimum of 80 days of professional experience that occurs in structured supervised settings. Supervised professional experience is at the heart of all our pre-service teacher education courses and the Faculty will find appropriate placements to suit the needs of your course. Placements will usually be arranged for the scheduled placement period in the professional experience calendar though this may not always be possible. Pre-service teachers must complete professional experience units in secondary school settings in line with the requirements of state/territory teacher accreditation bodies. During this time they are required to be available on a full time basis. All students must apply for and obtain background checks as required by Federal and State/Territory laws, including the Working with Vulnerable People check, Working with Children check and National Police check, before they will be permitted to participate in the Professional Experience Program. International students must bring police check documentation from their own countries. All students who have lived in another country for 12 months or more must provide a police check from that country for that period.


  • Secondary education

Standard entry requirements

  • An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy that includes meeting a minimum ATAR requirement. Assumed knowledge includes minimum requirements in English and Mathematics. In addition, applicants will be required to demonstrate suitability for teaching. All applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy. To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed: the following prerequisites at year 12 level or equivalent: Australian Capital Territory Prerequisites: Nil Assumed Knowledge: Major in English (T) and Major in Mathematics (T) Secondary Teaching: Assumed Knowledge: Humanities: SOSE (T)
  • Mathematics discipline: Major in Mathematics (T) New South Wales Prerequisites: Nil Assumed Knowledge: A minimum of three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English and Two units of Mathematics Band 4Secondary Teaching: Assumed Knowledge: Mathematics discipline: Mathematics (other than Mathematics General 2) Queensland Prerequisites: English (Units 3 & 4, C)
  • General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)
  • Victoria Prerequisites: English: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English
  • Mathematics: Units 1 and 2 - two units (any study combination) of General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics or Units 3 and 4 (any Mathematics). Secondary TeachingPrerequisites: To study a major or minor in Mathematics: Units 3 and 4: Mathematical Methods OR Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants may be selected following an interview with the course coordinator and staff of the campus Indigenous Higher Education Unit. They should have: minimum of three years' work experience
  • Orcompletion of year 12 or equivalent
  • Ordemonstrated relevant tertiary study skills or successful completion of a Tertiary Communication Skills program. *Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Melbourne (St Patrick's) International: $107,392 Yes
  • Full-time : 4 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) International: $107,392 Yes
  • Full-time : 4 years

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