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Program summary

Share your love of the arts with the next generation.

This double degree gives you the opportunity to combine your arts knowledge with teaching skills. Gain an edge and increase your career options with two degrees in four years of study. Choose to specialise in two teaching areas such as English, geography, history, drama, biology, chemistry or mathematics.

You’ll study how students in Years 7-12 learn, how to plan, teach and assess, and develop curriculum content knowledge. You’ll complete 80 days of supervised professional experience in Queensland schools to link theory and practice. Gain valuable and rewarding wider field experience where you engage with community projects and work with children, families and communities. You’ll learn strategies to cater to a diverse range of learners in schools as well as other educational facilities.

You can attend professional development seminars to enhance your knowledge and skills in areas such as classroom management and setting yourself up for success during your first year of teaching. You also have the opportunity to experience different school settings and learners by either undertaking a teaching placement in, or taking a 6-day trip to, rural and remote areas. These experiences allow you to make more informed decisions about your career.

Our program has been developed in partnership with leading educational bodies, and as you graduate you’ll be eligible to register with the Queensland College of Teachers.

Personal statement requirement

As part of your application, you will need to write a 1000-word personal statement on why you think you would make a great teacher, and why influencing the future appeals to you.

After you have submitted an application for this program, you will be contacted with further information about the written statement and how to complete your application.

More information is on the QTAC website.

Post-admission requirements

Students complete 80 days of Supervised Professional Experience, completed as full-time blocks, and 15 days of Wider Field Experience. The majority of Supervised Professional Experience must be completed in Queensland schools. Students must obtain a Blue Card (or link their existing Blue Card to USC) prior to commencing supervised professional experience. Applications should be submitted at least 12 weeks prior to the SPE start date. View the Blue Card Fact Sheet for further information. Blue Cards are free-of-charge for Education students when applying through the School of Education at USC.

Students will also need to successfully complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students. For more information on this Government initiative please visit the Students First website. Further information on the test, including sample test questions and registration information, please visit the Australian Council of Educational Research website.

Career opportunities

Teacher in secondary schools, private practice, community education centres, private colleges, universities, or careers in related discipline areas.

Registration

Graduates may apply for registration with the Queensland College of Teachers.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

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Program structure

Required courses (13)

COR109 Communication and Thought
EDU114 Professional Experience: Orientation to the Profession
EDU300 Assessing Learning
EDU328 Professional Experience: Managing Learning Environments
EDU410 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives in Learning and Teaching
EDU411 Professional Experience: The Professional Teacher
EDU412 Diversity and Inclusion
EDU415 Teacher as Researcher
EDU417 Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum
EDU419 Professional Experience: Individual Learner Needs
EDU420 The Psychology of Learning
EDU421 Using Data for Learning
SCS203 Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

Required curriculum and pedagogy courses from (4)

Select 4 curriculum and pedagogy courses associated with your teaching areas (major and minor courses) from:

EDU337 Teaching Junior Secondary Arts
EDU338 Teaching Senior Secondary Arts
EDU347 Teaching Junior Secondary English
EDU348 Teaching Senior Secondary English
EDU352 Teaching Junior Secondary Science 1
EDU353 Teaching Senior Secondary Science 1
EDU356 Teaching Junior Secondary Geography
EDU357 Teaching Senior Secondary Geography
EDU358 Teaching Junior Secondary History
EDU359 Teaching Senior Secondary History
EDU363 Teaching Junior Secondary Mathematics
EDU364 Teaching Senior Secondary Mathematics

Major courses (8)

Drama**
English
Geography
History

** Note: Students completing a major in Drama are required to complete DRA305 Theatre Internship

Minor courses (4)

Biological Sciences
Chemical Sciences
Drama
English
Geography
History
Mathematical Sciences

Discipline specific courses relating to chosen minor from (2):

Students undertaking Biological Sciences, or Chemical Sciences minors, or a combined Drama major and English minor will be required to select 3 discipline specific courses

Biological Sciences (3):

Students must complete the Biological Sciences minor plus all 3 of the following courses:
LFS100 Cell Biology
SCI102 Biodiversity and Ecology
SCI105 Chemistry

Chemical Sciences (3):

Students must complete the Chemical Sciences minor plus all 3 of the following courses:
CHM202 Organic Chemistry
LFS100 Cell Biology
SCI105 Chemistry

Drama (2):

Students must complete the Drama minor plus 2 of the following courses:
DRA301 Devising Performance***
DRA204 Theatre Production***
OR select 1 course from:
DRA206 Acting 2: Contemporary Shakespeare
EGL205 Imagined Homelands: An Exploration of Australian Literature

*** Note: Students completing an English major must select DRA204 Theatre Production and DRA301 Devising Performance

English (2):

Students must complete the English minor plus 2 of the following courses, or all 3 of the following courses if combined with a Drama major:
CMN116 Playing with Words : an Introduction to Creative Writing Craft
EDU307 The English Language
EGL206 Reading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Writing

Geography (2):

Students must complete the Geography minor plus 2 of the following courses:
GEO100 Changing Planet Earth
ENP236 Regions, Change and Sustainability
ENP245 Landscapes, Place and People
ENP255 Urbanism and Urban Design
ENS242 Introduction to Weather and Climate
ENS253 An Introduction to Geographic Information Science and Technology
ENS254 Earth Observation: Remote Sensing and Surveying
ENS353 Applied Geospatial Analysis
GEO201 Hydrology and Geomorphology
GEO302 Coastal Geomorphology
GEO310 Indigenous Peoples and the Environment
GEO340 Historical Geographies
GEO350 Animals and Society 

History (2):

Students must complete the History minor plus 2 of the following courses:
HIS200 Heritage: Australian and Global Contexts
HIS201 The uses and abuses of history
HIS210 Explorations in Environmental History
HIS240 Nationalism and Identity in the 20th Century: Themes and Tensions
HIS320 Research Project in History and Australian Studies
GEO340 Historical Geographies

Mathematical Sciences (2):

Students must complete the Mathematical Sciences minor plus the following 2 courses:
MTH103 Introduction to Applied Mathematics
MTH104 Introductory Calculus

Elective course (1)*

Select 1 elective course from either Faculty of Arts, Business and Law or Science, Health, Education and Engineering
* Students undertaking Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences minors will not be required to select an elective as they undertake an additional discipline specific course

* Students undertaking Drama major and English minor will be required to use elective course to satisfy pre-requisites

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 384

Recommended study sequence

Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 384 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete no more than 15 introductory level courses (100 coded), including the core course
  • Complete a minimum of  80 days Supervised Professional Experience, completed as full-time blocks and complete 75 hours of Wider Field Experience
  • Successfully complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students. For more information on this Government initiative please visit the Students First website. Further information on the test, including sample test questions and registration information, please visit the Australian Council of Educational Research website.
  • You must select and register your compulsory major(s)/minor(s) as soon as possible
In order to commence Supervised Professional Experience placement you must:
  • Obtain a Blue Card (or link your existing Blue Card to USC) prior to commencing supervised professional experience. Applications should be submitted at least 12 weeks prior to the SPE start date. View the Blue Card Fact Sheet for further information.
  • Complete PrePlace and a Student Placement Agreement (further information will be provided by the placement office upon enrolment)
  • Be willing to travel to attend supervised professional experience placements
  • Visit Education - Supervised Professional Experience (SPE) for more information regarding requirements for placements
Program notes
  • Cross-institutional study is not permitted for the education (EDU) coded courses and SCS203 Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) / Bachelor of Arts
  • Each course must count towards one discipline area only. They cannot be used to count towards both teaching discipline areas
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Refer to the Planning your study page to manage your progression
  • Register your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?

Exceptions

The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • USC Tertiary Preparation Pathways (TPP) students who are currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years; or
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students; or
  • USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement;
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

Continuing students

Before you enrol, visit Planning your study to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

More information

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester, session and/or trimester dates.

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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