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    Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

    James Cook University

    James Cook University


    Australia, Townsville

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    Start & Deadlines

    Next Intake DeadlinesFebruary-2025
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    Duration 4 years
    Tuition Fee
    AUD 32,040  / year
    Next Intake February-2025

    Bachelor of Education (Secondary)


    Design engaging learning activities and develop the skills to create positive learning environments for adolescents with a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) at JCU. Gain expertise in teaching strategies and develop specialised skills to support students from rural and remote areas with 85 days of work experience. With more than 15 teaching areas for you to choose from, you'll be equipped to deliver lessons across a variety of contexts.

    Learn to establish positive and engaging learning environments for secondary school students. Benefit from a wide range of placement opportunities across your degree in regional, rural and remote areas. Develop skills to improve Indigenous education outcomes and leverage a world-class education into a career that will change lives, including your own.

    Gain a full understanding of intercultural and ethical approaches to professional practice. Base your teaching on current research and policy that addresses social justice, diversity and sustainability.

    Take part in 85 days of placements in practical settings from your very first year of study, and experience teaching in metropolitan, rural and remote locations. Make a difference in the lives of young people, and improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

    Students choose two teaching areas to specialise in. Teaching areas offered at JCU include biology, business, chemistry, economics, English, French, geography, health and physical education, history, information communication technologies (ICT), Japanese, legal studies, mathematics, physics, industrial technologies and design, and food technologies and design.

    Not all teaching areas are available at the JCU Cairns campus. View the handbook for more information.

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    About JCU's Bachelor of Secondary Education

    Develop young minds and build leaders of the future with a high school teaching degree. Teaching is a rewarding career path allowing you to contribute to shaping the minds of future generations. James Cook University’s Bachelor of Education (Secondary) graduates experience exceptional employment outcomes* teaching in Australia and around the globe.

    A High School Teaching Degree with Holistic Focus

    Your educational journey at JCU prepares you for your career goals and more. As you achieve your high school teaching degree, you will learn far more than just the fundamentals of education. Your secondary teaching courses give you a strong foundation in how education intersects with sustainability, diversity, and issues of social justice.

    You care about developing society's intercultural understanding. You know that ethics will be important to you as a professional and a value you want to pass onto your future students. Gain the skills and knowledge to understand the learning strategies of pedagogy, create lessons plans and successfully manage a classroom with a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) from JCU.

    Like a Bachelor of Secondary Education, this degree prepares you to apply your skills in high-school classrooms across Australia or internationally. Gain work experience in rural and remote environments and learn to tackle the challenges these areas present.

    An Inclusive Environment

    Like a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary), this degree provides you with a supportive foundation to fuel your passion to teach the next generation. Begin your career with the knowledge to succeed and the skills to create a positive learning environment for students from a variety of backgrounds.

    Develop specialised skills as you work with secondary school students from urban, rural and remote communities. Understand intercultural and ethical approaches to working with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and create a beneficial learning environment for all students.

    Learning is a lifelong process and curriculums need to be forward thinking. Build the skills to develop educational material that meets the learning objectives of new curriculums. Gain these necessary practical experiences with your secondary education degree from JCU.

    Secondary Teaching Courses with Comprehensive Support

    Inspire your students as they grow and learn from your teachings. Experience the support you need to learn how to teach and manage a classroom through your secondary pre-service teacher education courses from JCU. You will learn from lecturers who are committed to student success, they will help you integrate pedagogical and technical knowledge with critical reflection and real-world skills.

    You can also take advantage of JCU’s Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS), one of our most popular resources. These sessions enable students from the same course to revise difficult material, consider different perspectives and discuss ideas together to gain a deeper understanding. Students who consistently attend PASS achieve higher marks and are more likely to pass assessments and classes.

    Benefit from JCU's network of professional connections and interact with other professionals in your field. You will have a chance to watch experts modelling effective communication and the integration of theory and practice.

    JCU's Secondary Education Degree Can Lead To A Fulfilling Career

    A degree and a job are important, but a fulfilling career that satisfies your passions will equip you to make a positive difference. Like a Bachelor of Secondary Education, you can specialise in the subjects you are most interested in.

    You will choose two teaching areas to specialise in during your studies. Complement your teaching skills and choose from languages, science, mathematics, history, health, law, or business. You can choose two complementary areas of focus or pursue diverse interests for a well-rounded skillset.

    A Secondary Education Degree Will Open Futures

    You will decide the course of your own future and your education at JCU will give you many options. With your Bachelor of Education (Secondary), you will be in high demand. Your specialist skills will make you ready to work in Australia or abroad, in a variety of schools, including state, independent, and Catholic schools.

    Your career path is not limited by teaching in the classroom. Like a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary), graduates of JCU’s Bachelor of Education (Secondary) work in education management, community development, and government roles. Whatever you choose, your education degree from JCU will position you as a leader in Australian education.
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    Consult the handbook for teaching areas available at each campus.

    Inherent requirements

    Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Bachelor of Education (Secondary).

    This course provides a foundation of Information Technology and Information System skills for entrants with limited IT experience. It also provides opportunities for experienced Information Technology and Systems professionals to enhance and apply their skills within emerging technology driven growth areas.

    You will learn how to apply Information Systems and Technologies in meeting current business needs in a real-world environment by integrating theoretical learnings with the practical application and experiences learnt through working on projects with real clients.

    You will graduate with relevant practical experiences to help you hit the ground running into a successful and exciting career in your chosen field.

    MITS also provides an optional opportunity for high achieving students to qualify to participate in a research project, offering valuable experience for your future career, or potentially being the first step on your path to a PhD.


    Entry Requirements

    English (Units 3/4,C), General Maths or Mathematical Methods or Specialist Maths (Units 3/4,C)

    English Program Requirements

    International students must attain an IELTS Academic with an average level of 7.5 or more, across the four components of listening, speaking, reading and writing; no score below level 7.0 in any of these components; and a score of 8.0 or more in the components of speaking and listening. Internationally schooled applicants may also be required to meet this requirement.

    English competency requirements may also be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree or master degree from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or the USA, or
    • Undergraduate degree taught in English from a South African University.


    JCU Education (Secondary) graduates are in high demand for their specialist skills with rural and remote communities.

    Graduates pursue careers both in Australia and overseas, in public, independent, and Catholic schools.

    You could find employment as a secondary teacher, or pursue roles in education management, government departments, or community development.

    Fee Information

    +estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load

    Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
    Scholarships and financial aid available if eligible

    Tuition Fee

    AUD 32,040 

    How to Apply

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