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.
Graduates may find employment as a secondary school teacher in schools and colleges. Graduates can teach in up to two subjects: English, Mathematics, Modern History, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Environmental Science, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education and Geography. If graduates wish to teach Society and Culture or Aboriginal Studies they must also have completed Modern History or Geography.
Courses have accreditation with the 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).
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 has 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 secondary school teachers.
Students can tailor the course to study two of the following teaching majors or one teaching major with a specialisation and electives.
Teaching majors (and locations: L = Lismore, O = Online)
The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) is primarily delivered in online mode.
Please note: some units require attendance at on-campus workshops.
** One unit is offered as a three-week intensive that includes a one-week field trip.
The assessment methods used in this course vary from unit to unit. Most units have progressive assessment with grades typically allocated across a combination of assessment tasks due at different times during the study period. Some units may also include a formal examination at the end of the study period. Assessment requirements for each unit are advised in writing to students at the commencement of each study period with clear guidelines, due dates, and the weighting for each assessment task.
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. Online students may be required to attend one to three-day workshops in curriculum areas that involve practical components.