Honours in secondary education

Why study Honours in secondary education?

Honours provides students with the opportunity to enhance research skills, writing skills, networking skills, problem solving skills and inter and intra personal skills. This training provides a solid basis for students who wish to progress to postgraduate study and can also facilitate the gaining of employment. The advanced skills you will gain as a result of completing Honours are highly sought after by employers and will be advantageous when seeking work in a competitive job market.

Career opportunities

There is an increasing demand for teachers and educators. Subject to registration, graduates may seek employment nationally and overseas. La Trobe designs its courses with your future career in mind and partners with a range of professional organisations for accreditation and registration. Refer to the detail for each course below to see what professional registration and membership options exist. Graduates may also find work in children's services, education leadership-related areas, government, private sector, media and service industries.

Course information



Students complete 90 credit points of coursework subjects:


Students complete a 15,000 word research thesis. The writing of a thesis is carried out under the guidance of a supervisor. The thesis is designed to test your potential to conduct individual academic research, and conceive and carry out a research plan, to analyse and interpret data, to construct arguments, and produce a substantial piece of work.

Entry requirements

To qualify for entry into Bachelor of Education (Honours) students must achieve a weighted average mark of 80 throughout their undergraduate studies.

How to apply

Local students

If you are interested in undertaking an Honours year in education, you should:

  • Discuss ideas for a thesis topic with your lecturers and tutors
  • Secure the agreement of a supervisor
  • Apply in writing for admission by the first Monday in November in the year prior to starting Honours. Your letter should include:
    • a 200-300 word abstract of your thesis research topic (this is not binding)
    • a statement of results
    • your intention to complete the course part-time or full-time

Students interested in completing an Honours year in Education should contact David Beagley (d.beagley@latrobe.edu.au), Honours Coordinator for the Bachelor of Education.

International students

International Students can apply directly through La Trobe International.

Students interested in completing an Honours year in Education should contact Di Itter (d.itter@latrobe.edu.au), Honours Coordinator for the Bachelor of Education.

Honours contact

David Beagley
Lecturer in Literacy Education
T: 03 5444 7467
E: d.beagley@latrobe.edu.au

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.