Secondary education

Why study Secondary education?

La Trobe’s new Bachelor of Education (Secondary) has been created to meet new national standards and develop your skills in the diverse academic and developmental needs of young people. You’ll undertake ongoing school experiences, integrating knowledge of teaching and learning with professional practice.

With a common foundation year across all our undergraduate education degrees, you have time to develop your literacy and numeracy skills and the flexibility to move between courses if you want to change your teaching focus.

You’ll gain the expertise to teach across the stages of secondary school, specialising in two of the following discipline areas:

Melbourne and Bendigo Campuses:

  • STEAM
  • English
  • Maths
  • Humanities
  • Science*
  • Languages Other Than English (LOTE)
  • Physical education
  • Health education
  • Visual arts
  • Drama
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)#
  • Psychology.

Mildura Campus:

  • English
  • Humanities

*Science available to teach Years 7-10 only in Bendigo
#TESOL available to teach Years 7-10 only in Bendigo

Professional practice is a major focus in all our teacher education degrees, with an emphasis on innovative placement models and opportunities for urban, regional, international and cultural placements to ensure you get the experience you need to move into the classroom after your degree.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for work in government, Catholic and independent schools nationally and overseas (subject to registration). Graduates may also find work in youth services, education leadership-related areas, government, private sector, media and service industries.

Courses

Local students

NB: The ATARs published here are a guide, based on the most recent intake, and can change from year to year. These are Clearly-in ATARs, meaning applicants with scores equivalent to, or higher than the quoted ATAR, were made an offer.

2017

Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Duration :
5 years full-time (4.5 years accelerated program) or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus/ATAR*:
Melbourne n/a
Year
2017
About this course
Please note: this course is currently not taking any enrolments. We will introduce a new Master of Teaching (Secondary) in 2017, and will offer this course in combination with undergraduate programs, such as Bachelor of Arts.

This course gives you the flexibility to combine your interest in the humanities with a postgraduate qualification in secondary teaching, giving you the skills and experience you need to work in the classroom.

Our range of arts subjects allows you to build a specialised degree in areas such as politics, history, language studies and English. Along with lectures and tutorials, your classes will include a combination of seminars, online videos and podcasts, providing a balance of group study and independent learning. We limit our seminar classes to 25 people to give you personalised academic guidance.

Your teaching subjects will cover education theory, cultural and Indigenous perspectives, and child and adolescent development. You'll also study both state and national curricula, curriculum theory, teaching methodologies, and classroom management.

Professional placement is a key part of this course, giving you 60 days of practical experience in the classroom under the supervision of a qualified teacher. This is your chance to understand how students learn, find out how to create a positive learning environment, and discover your own teaching methods.
Career opportunities
On graduation, you can find roles in government, Catholic or independent Victorian schools.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
If you didn't get the ATAR there are other ways to get into this course. Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying. Selection may also be based on GPA or STAT Multiple Choice.
Subject bonus
A study score of 25 in Drama, any Humanities, Legal Studies, Psychology or Theatre Studies equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.


Costs
Successful applicants must apply for a Working with Children Check prior to commencing teaching placements. The cost is approximately $76.10 and is valid for five years. For further information please visit: www.justice.vic.gov.au/workingwithchildren
How to apply
Please note: this course is currently not taking any enrolments. We will introduce a new Master of Teaching (Secondary) in 2017, and will offer this course in combination with undergraduate programs, such as Bachelor of Arts, from 2018. Until then, prospective students may enrol in the Bachelor of Arts and, subject to completing this program and meeting admission requirements, can complete the new Masters of Teaching (Secondary). To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
Duration :
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (February and July)
Campus/ATAR*:
Melbourne 60.15
Bendigo 61
Mildura N/A
Year
2017
About this course
The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) will develop your skills to address the diverse academic and developmental needs of young people. You'll gain discipline expertise to teach across the stages of secondary school. Students will have the opportunity to specialise in two of the following disciplines:

- English
- maths
- humanities (including history and geography)
- science (including physics, chemistry and biology)
- Languages Other Than English (LOTE), English as a Second Language (ESL)
- TESOL
- physical education
- health education
- visual arts
- technology
- drama
- psychology.

The design of the program reflects the school year, so you have the opportunity to undertake on-going school experience and ensure integration of knowledge of teaching and learning with practice.

You'll complete 80 days of professional experience during the course.
Career opportunities
Graduates are prepared for work in government, Catholic and independent schools nationally and overseas (subject to registration). Graduates may also find work in youth services, education leadership-related areas, government, private sector, media and service industries.
Professional recognition
All initial teacher education programs are required to be reaccredited with the VIT every five years. Consequently, the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) is currently undertaking accreditation with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. Professional registration may require an application to VIT and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact vit.vic.edu.au for details.
Prerequisite
VCE English Units 3 and 4 study score of at least 25, or at least 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL). VCE mathematics Units 1 and 2, not Foundation Mathematics.

NB: The scores above are indicative only and may change based on the number of applications received and places available. Achieving the above listed scores does not guarantee an offer of a place.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
All applicants are strongly advised to complete a Personal Statement in support of their application. Your statement must include information in relation to the following personal attributes: motivation to teach; interpersonal and communication skills; personal strengths; and learning goals.
Additional information
You are required to obtain a Working With Children Check prior to your first placement.
As a result of new professional standards, all students will be required to complete an externally administered Literacy and Numeracy Test prior to graduation in order to be eligible to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. You will have the opportunity for diagnostic tests and support during your studies to ensure you are at an appropriate standard prior to sitting the formal test. For more information about the Literacy and Numeracy Test, visit: teacheredtest.acer.edu.au
How to apply
Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2017.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
Bachelor of Technology Education
Duration :
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent. All eligible applicants into this course are provided advanced standing for the first two years of the course.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus/ATAR*:
Melbourne N/A
Bendigo N/A
Year
2017
About this course
The Bachelor of Technology Education is a specialist qualification to teach in secondary schools in the areas of Technology and Vocational Education and Training (VET).

For years between 7 and 10 you can integrate strands of studies including design, creativity and technology.

At the VCE level, technology becomes more specialised and includes:
- Design and Technology
- Food and Technology
- Systems Engineering.

Once you graduate, you'll be able to teach in one or more of these areas and also in VCE VET courses and/or VCAL. On completion all graduates will hold an updated Cert IV in Assessment and Training to ensure they are eligible to teach VET in schools.

You'll complete 80 days of professional experience during the course.
Career opportunities
You'll be prepared for a range of teaching careers in:
- TAFE
- secondary schools (VCAL)
- community
- non-traditional learning environments, including advisory boards, private organisations and local and state government.
Professional recognition
All initial teacher education programs are required to be accredited with the VIT every five years. Consequently, the Bachelor of Technology Education is currently undertaking accreditation with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. Professional registration may require an application to VIT and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact vit.vic.edu.au for details.
Prerequisite
All applicants into this course are provided advanced standing for the first two years of the course based on :
- A Certificate of Proficiency of the Victorian Industrial Training Commission or equivalent, substantial relevant work experience such as that the period of apprenticeship and work experience totals not less than 8 years; or,
- A Certificate of Technology or other approved two year, full time, post-Year 11 TAFE certificate or equivalent, plus at least 2 years work experience; or
- A Diploma or other approved two-year, full-time, post-Year 12 qualification, or equivalent, plus at least 2 years of relevant work experience.

NB: The scores above are indicative only and may change based on the number of applications received and places available. Achieving the above listed scores does not guarantee an offer of a place.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
All applicants must complete and submit a Personal Statement. Your statement must include information in relation to the following personal attributes: motivation to teach; interpersonal and communication skills; personal strengths; and learning goals.
Additional information
You are required to obtain a Working With Children Check prior to your first placement.
As a result of new professional standards, all students will be required to complete an externally administered Literacy and Numeracy Test prior to graduation in order to be eligible to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. You will have the opportunity for diagnostic tests and support during your studies to ensure you are at an appropriate standard prior to sitting the formal test. For more information about the Literacy and Numeracy Test, visit: teacheredtest.acer.edu.au
How to apply
Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2017.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.

Want to know more?

Feel free to ask us a question about any course for local students.

Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There is also a wide range of scholarships available for local students.

International students

2017

Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (093397D)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (February and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
$27,000
Campus
Melbourne, Bendigo, Mildura
Year
2017
About this course
The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) will develop your skills to address the diverse academic and developmental needs of young people. You'll gain discipline expertise to teach across the stages of secondary school. Students will have the opportunity to specialise in two of the following disciplines:

- English
- maths
- humanities (including history and geography)
- science (including physics, chemistry and biology)
- Languages Other Than English (LOTE), English as a Second Language (ESL)
- TESOL
- physical education
- health education
- visual arts
- technology
- drama
- psychology.

The design of the program reflects the school year, so you have the opportunity to undertake on-going school experience and ensure integration of knowledge of teaching and learning with practice.

You'll complete 80 days of professional experience during the course.
English Language Requirements
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic module with an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing - where there is no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening ON ENTRY

G & PG (incl HDR) Option 4 - Academic 7.5, no band less than 7.0
Academic entry requirements
Australian Yr 12 ATAR - as per currently published

LTM Foundation Studies - 65

International Baccalaureate - 26

GAOKAO - see: the website

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

NB: The scores above are indicative only and may change based on the number of applications received and places available. Achieving the above listed scores does not guarantee an offer of a place.
Subject prerequisite
VCE English Units 3 and 4 study score of at least 25, or at least 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL). VCE mathematics Units 1 and 2, not Foundation Mathematics.
Additional information
All applicants are strongly advised to complete a Personal Statement in support of their application. Your statement must include information in relation to the following personal attributes: motivation to teach; interpersonal and communication skills; personal strengths; and learning goals.
Professional recognition
All initial teacher education programs are required to be reaccredited with the VIT every five years. Consequently, the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) is currently undertaking accreditation with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. Professional registration may require an application to VIT and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact vit.vic.edu.au for details.
Career opportunities
You'll be prepared for a range of teaching careers in:
- secondary schools
- community
- non-traditional learning environments, including advisory boards, private organisations and local and state government.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. View all staff from the School of Education.