Ask most teachers why they love their job and it won’t be the pay; or the holidays (that they have to spend doing marking while everyone thinks they are relaxing). Many teachers will tell you they chose their profession and they stick with it because of the kids – the students they interact with every day.
Making a difference in the education and upbringing of the next generation of young Australians is a privilege, a responsibility and also a source of – at least occasional – joy for teachers. Southern Cross offers combined degree programs which enable you to graduate with specialised skills, knowledge and experience teaching whatever age group of students you choose.
There are four Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education programs to choose from:
• Primary/Early childhood- qualified to work with and teach children from six-weeks-old through to primary school (12-years-old).
• Primary – qualified to work with and teach children throughout primary school
• Primary / Secondary – qualified to work with and teach children throughout primary and secondary school
• Secondary – qualified to work with and teach children throughout secondary school
With expert educators providing guidance on teaching methods, assessment and educational leadership, you will develop strong practical and theoretical skills, honing your teaching practice in a series of placements throughout the course.
Each stream provides opportunities to also develop specialised knowledge and skills relating to the age group you choose to teach – equipping you for a satisfying teaching career.
Dual qualification: early childhood educator in childcare centres, preschools and other early childhood services; and primary school teacher.
The course is accredited by NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). Courses have national accreditation through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).
The course has accreditation with the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority(ACECQA).
Usually, Australian teacher qualifications are recognised internationally, but students need to check with potential employers and teacher registration authorities in other countries regarding accreditation requirements.
The Australian Government introduced a Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE), effective from July 2016. All Initial Teacher Education students across Australia will need to successfully complete the national literacy and numeracy test (LANTITE) prior to completing their course. In line with accreditation requirements, at Southern Cross University the test needs to be successfully completed prior to undertaking the final professional experience placement.
Students complete a program of in-school professional teaching experiences during the course, culminating in an extended in-school development experience, to demonstrate their capabilities as primary school and early childhood teachers. This course provides students with teaching experiences across the age range from six-weeks to 12-years-old.
Students complete a Primary and an Early Childhood major.
The Primary major equips students for a career teaching in primary schools and includes studies in areas of teaching and learning, behaviour management, childhood development, and curriculum studies in English; Mathematics; Human Society and Its Environment; Science and Technology; Creative Arts; and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.
The Early Childhood major includes studies in early childhood development; teaching principles and practices; play and pedagogies; and units that target early childhood professional development such as leadership, advocacy and issues in early childhood education.
Please note: Some units in this course are only delivered online.
Most units have two or three assessment tasks, which may include a mix of essays, presentations, journals, portfolios, online discussions, quizzes, learning stories, role plays, an assessment of the student's professional experience, and end-of-semester examinations.
On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.