Become a secondary school teacher

Become a secondary school teacher

Become a secondary teacherWhy teach at secondary schools?

Secondary school teaching is a highly rewarding and interesting. You'll get to teach a different class everyday and work with diverse groups of children who are developing their skills and personalities.You'll get to watch your students grow and make an impact that could change the path of their lives.

Apart from teaching, you could work at various levels of educational management within the school, including student welfare, curriculum development, year adviser, faculty master, assistant principal and principal. 

What is the difference between primary and secondary teaching?

In secondary teaching you will specialise in your own subject rather than teach the whole curriculum. Unlike primary teaching where you will teach a class for the entire year, you will be teaching different classes throughout the week.

Courses and pathways to becoming a secondary school teacher

I don't yet have a degree

We offer two undergraduate degree programs that qualify you to work as a secondary school teacher. Both programs are also available in a part-time mode.

Bachelor of Arts with the degree of Bachelor of Education (Secondary) is a double degree that provides a pathway to secondary school teaching. It prepares you for secondary teaching in business studies, economics, English, geography, history, languages and mathematics as first teaching subjects.

Bachelor of Science with the degree of Bachelor of Education (Secondary) is a double degree that prepares you to become a qualified secondary teacher specialising in a science-related discipline, including mathematics.  

I already have a degree and I would like to teach

If you have a bachelor degree or equivalent that contains an appropriate academic major, you may undertake theBachelor of Education (Secondary)two year full-time program that qualifies you to work as a secondary school teacher.

The academic major of your undergraduate degree must be relevant to the follow areas of teaching: (or at least six undergraduate units of study)

  • economics
  • business studies
  • English
  • geography
  • history
  • languages
  • mathematics 
  • science.

I am a primary school teacher but would like to retrain to be a secondary school teacher

If you have a recognised primary school teaching qualification you can qualify as a secondary school teacher if you satisfy the subject-based content requirements specified by the BOSTES, complete the relevant sequence of methodology units and  professional experience units. You can complete these units through the Non-award program.  You are advised to check with your employer before undertaking additional training that may lead to different teaching duties.

What are the entry requirements?

From 2016 entry requirements for all NSW undergraduate teaching degrees have changed. A minimum of three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English, are needed to enrol in an accredited undergraduate teaching degree from 2016.

Under BOSTES requirements, Macquarie can enrol students in our education double degrees* if they achieve the required ATAR but do not achieve Band 5 standards because the structure of these programs focus initially on full-year sequence of discipline studies (what you teach) prior to undertaking curriculum and pedagogical studies and supervised professional experience placement (how to teach).

Note: It is NOT possible to complete these programs in a fully distance mode.*This applies to: Bachelor of Arts with Bachelor of Education (Primary), Bachelor of Arts-Psychology with Bachelor of Education (Primary), Bachelor of Arts with Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Science with Bachelor of Education (Secondary).

What if I didn't achieve three Band 5's, including one in English? Can I still enter into and education degree?

For the Education double degrees* if you achieve the required ATAR, irrespective of the number of Band 5 results you achieve in the HSC, you are able to enrol in this degree as you will undertake a full-year sequence of discipline studies prior to undertaking curriculum and pedagogical studies and supervised professional experience placement. 

*This applies to: Bachelor of Arts with Bachelor of Education (Primary), Bachelor of Arts with Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Science with Bachelor of Education (Secondary).

If I don't achieve a minimum of three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English will it take longer to complete my degree?

No - assuming you complete the required subjects you will finish in the standard duration.

What if I didn't achieve the required ATAR score?

Please visit the Universities entry scheme and pathways information to select the best pathway forward for your University study.

How will these changes impact current students?

Macquarie University works closely with the NSW BOSTES which accredits initial teacher education courses. Any course changes that impact current students will be communicated to students directly via their MQ email.

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