Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
The Bachelor of Secondary Education is a contemporary degree which combines a strong theoretical framework with plenty of practical teaching experience in the classroom. In addition, you have the freedom to choose two teaching areas that you wish to be accredited to teach in Years 7 to 12. On top of equipping you to teach in secondary schools across NSW, this four-year degree offers the chance to develop an expertise in subjects such as English, mathematics, history, drama, business studies (including commerce and economics), Studies of Religion and Catholic Religious Education.
Practical Component The amount of school experience in the Notre Dame Bachelor of Secondary Education program is significantly more than is offered at many other institutions. In addition to one week observation in the first year, the Bachelor of Secondary Education degree provides students with comprehensive practical teaching experience. Year Two - Professional Experience 2 Nine weeks. Year Three - Professional Experience 3 One Full Term. Year Four - Professional Experience 4: Internship One Full Term
- The Bachelor of Secondary Education comprehensive program is designed to develop expertise to teach the Board of Studies secondary curriculum from Years 7 to 12 in two of the following areas: Studies of Religion, English, Mathematics, History - Modern or Ancient, Drama (Theatre Studies), Business Studies or Commerce (including Economics), Catholic Religious Education
Standard entry requirements
- Applicants with recent Secondary Education: Option 1 - HSC performance Band results which include 3 x Band 5 results, with one of these Band 5 results being in English
- Option 2 - HSC performance Band Results with a Band 4 in English, a minimum average of Bands 4s and an overall minimum average HSC mark of 75% in HSC Category A Courses (or Interstate equivalent). Applicants must be eligible for an ATAR or OP. Under this option students must pass all courses (units) in their first year before moving into second year
- Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24. Applicants with Higher Education Study. Other University Studies completed at undergraduate level or higher. A minimum number of 4 successfully completed subjects
- Or Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University. Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing. Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study. Completed AQF Diploma or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
The Bachelor of Secondary Education program is fully accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), allowing you to teach at government, independent and Catholic schools across New South Wales. In addition, you will be approved to teach the Board of Studies secondary curriculum from Years 7 to 12 in the two subjects you choose.
Students may undertake the University's Tertiary Pathway Program and apply to enter the Primary Teaching Program at the end of their pathway program (entry is not guaranteed), or complete the STAT - Scores of 150 or higher in both the Multiple Choice and Written English sections are required.
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All teacher Education students in NSW are required to enrol, pay and sit the national Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) and demonstrate the required minimum level of personal literacy and numeracy prior to their final professional experience. Students are encouraged to sit the test early in their degree.