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Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (BSED) - BEd

QTAC code (Australian and New Zealand applicants): Springfield campus: 928411; External: 908415; Toowoomba campus: 908411

CRICOS code (International applicants): 0100827

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Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Campus:Springfield, Toowoomba -
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration:4 years full-time, 9 years part-time 

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Email: study@usq.edu.au  
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Professional accreditation

Graduates from this program will have met the requirements to apply for teacher registration with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT).

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Program objectives

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Education program, students should be able to:

  1. Know students and how they learn (possess a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts)

  2. Know the content and how to teach it (transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to others)

  3. Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning (well-developed cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to others)

  4. Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments (apply knowledge and skills with initiative and judgement in planning, problem-solving and decision making in professional practice)

  5. Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning (analyse, generate and transmit solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems and transmit knowledge and ideas to others)

  6. Engage in professional learning (through collaborative professional practice apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge and skills in a range of contexts to undertake professional work and as a pathway for further learning)

  7. Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers, and the community (through professional integrity and ethical practice present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas in order to communicate knowledge, skills and ideas to others).


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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 07. Graduates at this level will have broad and coherent knowledge and skills for professional work and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting www.aqf.edu.au.

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Program Information Set

View USQ’s admission criteria, student profiles and a summary of all offers made under Course Admission Information Set via the QTAC website.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Have achieved a minimum Overall Position (OP) 15, tertiary entrance rank 68 or equivalent qualification.^

Academic:


Non-academic:

As a result of a national requirement, submission of a 1000-word personal statement that demonstrates Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) competencies. The personal statement must address two categories that show your understanding of and motivations for studying the program:

  • Category 1: Interest in teaching children/young people;

  • Category 2: Involvement in personal learning and leadership activities.


Information regarding the rationale surrounding this admission requirement, is available at Ask USQ.

For information regarding the selection guidelines for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programs, including what is expected of you in your 1000-word personal statement, please visit the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) website.

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These are determined by the University for specific programs each Semester. The 2019 OP and tertiary entrance ranks are based on agreed QTAC schedules which assess formal study at Year 12 or equivalent level, tertiary, preparatory, professional or vocational qualifications or work experience, as detailed in the QTAC Assessment of Qualifications Manual and QTAC Assessor Guidelines.

Special admissions may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your Selection Rank. The additional points don't apply to all applicants or all programs. Please read the information about USQ's Special Admissions carefully to find out what you may be eligible for.

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Program fees

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a students' higher education and students pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

The Bachelor of Secondary Education is comprised of 32 units at undergraduate level (AQF Level 7). The Secondary program provides sound depth and breadth of knowledge appropriate for two teaching areas.

Students can undertake 2 major teaching areas OR 1 major and 1 minor teaching area. The program structure is as follows:

Option 1* 
  • 18 Core Courses

  • 2 x Major teaching areas (7 course major)


 
Option 2* 
  • 18 Core Courses

  • 1 x Major teaching area (7 course major)

  • 1 x Minor teaching area (5 course minor)

  • 2 x Elective/Approved courses from the special interest area


 
Option 3* 
  • 18 Core Courses

  • 1 x Extended Major teaching area (9 course major)

  • 1 x Minor teaching area (5 course minor)


 

Footnotes
*Not all teaching areas within the Secondary specialisation are made available every year in on-campus mode at Toowoomba and Springfield campuses. Not all teaching areas within the Secondary specialisation are available entirely externally.

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Program completion requirements

Within the 32 units required to complete this program, there are strict professional experience requirements. These required are broken down to 80 days supervised placement within various settings and 20 days unsupervised placement.

Please refer to Professional experience for further information.

In addition to successfully completing all requirements for the program, students are required to pass the personal Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) in order to graduate from the Bachelor of Education program. For useful information about the LANTITE please go to the MyITE site and click on Your LANTITE requirements explained. You can register for the LANTITE test through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website.

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Required time limits

The standard duration for completion of this program is four years full-time or nine years part-time. Students have a maximum of nine years to complete this program.

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Major studies

A major teaching area is to be defined as a USQ Major which is printed on a student’s testamur as well as aligning with the relevant registering body’s terminology.

When choosing teaching areas, please consider the professional experience requirements of this program. Queensland students may also like to refer to the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) website for guidance in choosing sought after teaching areas.

Students can usually only select a major teaching area from within a Learning Area as indicated. Once students become active in the program, they will be required to submit a Form T - BEDU Secondary Teaching Areas. Students need to be aware of the compulsory and recommended prior study for each teaching area. Should the teaching area not be approved, the student will be advised accordingly and provided with advice on alternatives.

Learning Area: The Arts

Teaching Areas:

  • Drama

  • Film, Television and New Media

  • Music

  • Visual Art


Learning Area: English

Teaching Areas:

  • English


Learning Area: Health and Physical Education

Teaching Area:

  • Health and Physical Education


Learning Area: Humanities and Social Sciences

Teaching Areas:

  • Accounting

  • Business Studies

  • Economics

  • Geography

  • History

  • Legal Studies

  • Religious Studies and Ethics


Learning Area: Mathematics

Teaching Area:

  • Mathematics


Learning Area: Sciences

Teaching Areas:

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Earth and Environmental Science

  • Physics

  • Psychology


Learning Area: Technologies

Teaching Areas:

  • Design and Technology

  • Digital Technology

  • Food and Nutrition


Specific majors

In this section:

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Accounting

Accounting as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Humanities and Social Sciences. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 11 and 12 Accounting, as well as Years 7 – 10 Economics and Business.

Recommended prior study: Accounting in Years 11 and 12.

This teaching area provides a background in financial and other information for making and evaluating decisions about the allocation of scarce resources. A comprehensive accounting system is central to assisting in the discharge of accountability and to the development and maintenance of the financial control of business organisations. Accounting information helps to evaluate performance and to report on the operation of an organisation from both an internal and external perspective. Please refer to the Accounting Syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
ACC1101 Accounting for Decision-Making   
ACC1105 Accounting Principles  Pre-requisite: ACC1101
Enrolment is not permitted in ACC1105 if ACC1102 and/or ACC3101 has been previously completed  
FIN1101 Introduction to Corporate Finance   
ACC2102 Financial Accounting  Pre-requisite: ACC1105 Enrolment is not permitted in ACC2102 if ACC1102 has been previously completed  
ACC2113 Management Accounting I   
ECO1000 Economics   
EDS4405 Secondary Business Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

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Biology

Biology as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Sciences. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 11 and 12 Biology, as well as Years 7 – 12 Science.

Recommended prior study: A Science in Years 11 and 12.

Biology is the study of the natural systems of the living world. There are two broad aspects to these natural systems. One is concerned with the study of the many different kinds of organisms and their interactions with each other and with the non-living parts of their environment. The other aspect is the study of the internal structure of organisms and the processes that maintain life. Please refer to the Biology Syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
BIO1101 Biology 1   
BIO1104 Medical Microbiology and Immunology 1    
BIO2103 Biology 2   Pre-requisite: BIO1101 
REN2200 Ecology for Sustainability    
BIO2219 Genetics  Pre-requisite: BIO1101 
SCI3302 Industry Placement   
EDS4403 Secondary Science Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

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Business Studies

Business Studies as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Humanities and Social Sciences. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 11 and 12 Business and Business Studies, as well as Years 7 – 10 Economics and Business.

Recommended prior study: Business Communication and Technologies (BCT) or Business Management (BM) or Accounting in Years 11 and 12.

This teaching area provides a background in financial and other information for making and evaluating decisions about the allocation of scarce resources. A comprehensive accounting system is central to assisting in the discharge of accountability and to the development and maintenance of the financial control of business organisations. Accounting information helps to evaluate performance and to report on the operation of an organisation from both an internal and external perspective. Please refer to Business Syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
MKT1001 Introduction to Marketing   
CIS1101 Business Online   
MKT2014 Global Marketing Channels   
FIN1101 Introduction to Corporate Finance   
MGT3004 Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship   
MGT3203 Project Management Processes   
EDS4405 Secondary Business Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

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Chemistry

Chemistry as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Sciences. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 11 and 12 Chemistry, as well as Years 7 – 10 Science.

Recommended prior study: Chemistry in Years 11 and 12.

Chemistry provides an understanding of the materials around us and why they behave as they do. Being central to understanding the phenomena of the reactions of matter in our material universe, it also bridges links with other branches of natural science. Please refer to the Chemistry Syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
CHE1110 Chemistry 1   
SCI1901 Science Fundamentals   
CHE2120 Chemistry 2  Pre-requisite: CHE1110 
CHE2810 Food Chemistry  Pre-requisite: CHE2120 
CHE2820 Principles of Food Analysis  Recommended pre-requisites: CHE2120 and CHE2810 
SCI3302 Industry Placement   3   1   Pre-requisite: completion of second year 
EDS4403 Secondary Science Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

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Design and Technology

Design and Technology as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Technologies. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 7 – 10 Industrial Technology and Years 11 and 12 Design, Engineering, Building and Construction Skills, Engineering Skills, Furnishing Skills, Industrial Graphics Skills and Industrial Technology Skills.

Compulsory prior study: Information Technology Design, Graphics, Engineering in Years 11 and 12 or other certificate course in this area OR a trade qualification.

Technology has been developed through working and building with materials and tools and has been an integral part of society for as long as humans have had the desire to improve their quality of life. This Teaching Area encourages knowledge and application of available resources, systems and practices through inquiry, design and problem-solving methodologies. Please refer to the Technology Studies Syllabus for further information.

Components of this teaching area require workshop experience sessions that will be conducted in a number of different settings. These sessions will be supervised by experienced Manual Arts teachers. Available locations will be advertised within course materials with locations being primarily within the Toowoomba and Springfield regions. Students taking this option will have to travel independently to these locations.

Application to this teaching area is required. Applications must identify that the pre-service teacher meets the compulsory study requirements as listed above but also have a school within 50 kilometres willing to take them on for four years in relation to workshop skills courses and professional experience. Professional experience will work with technology design teachers to coordinate this prior to acceptance into this teaching area.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
ENM1500 Introductory Engineering Mathematics   
ITD1100 ITD Guidelines and Practices   
ITD3120 Design and Visual Communication   
ITD3110 Graphical Communication *   
ITD3200 ITD Curriculum and Pedagogy*   
ITD1210 Material Technologies 1 (Wood and Plastic) **   
ITD2220 Material Technologies 2 (Metals) **   

Footnotes
*These courses will be offered from 2021.
**These courses will be offered from 2022.

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Digital Technology

Digital Technology as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Technologies. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 11 and 12 Digital Solutions as well as Years 7 – 10 Technologies.

Recommended prior study: Information Technology Systems (ITS) or Information Processing and Technology (IPT) in Years 11 and 12.

Digital Technology is an area of study that provides students with knowledge, skills, processes and understanding of information technology. It emphasises problem identification and solution rather than the use of specific applications, and is an intellectual discipline that involves a study of information systems, algorithms, software programming, human–computer interaction, and the social and ethical issues associated with the use of information technology. Please refer to the Digital Solutions syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
CSC1401 Foundation Programming   
CIS1000 Information Systems Concepts   
CIS2003 Component Based Software Development  Pre-requisite: CSC1401 
CIS2002 Database Design and Implementation   
CSC2406 Web Technology 1   
CIS3003 Networks and Distributed Systems   
EDS4406 Secondary Computing Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

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Drama

Drama as a teaching area fits within the learning area of The Arts. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 7 – 12 Drama as well as Years 11 – 12 Drama in Practice and Arts in Practice.

Recommended prior study: Drama in Years 11 and 12.

Drama provides a medium for exploration, social criticism, celebration and entertainment and is explored through the dimensions of forming, presenting, and responding. The study of drama actively promotes participation in an experiential mode of learning that blends intellectual and emotional experience and offers a unique means of enquiry that contributes to pre-service teachers knowing and understanding themselves and the world.

Please be aware that some courses offered in the Arts have an audition component and or on-campus participation. Please check all of these aspects with the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts before selecting this teaching area.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
THE1001 Theatre in Context 1: Sophocles to Shakespeare   
THE1002 Theatre in Context 2: Bourgeois to Broken  Recommended that THE1001 be completed prior to THE1002.  
THE1003 Political and Community Theatre   
THE2003 Children's and Young People's Theatre   
THE2008 Modern Drama: Plays in-between/ THE2007 Shakespearean Theatre: Then and Now  Recommended that THE1001 and THE1002 be completed prior to THE2008 orTHE2007  
THE2005 Australian Theatre  Recommended that THE1001 and THE1002 be completed prior to THE2005 
EDS4407 Secondary Arts Curriculum and Pedagogy   Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

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Earth and Environmental Science

Earth and Environment Science as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Sciences. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 7 – 10 Science and Years 11 and 12 Earth and Environmental Science.

Recommended prior study: A Science in Years 11 and 12.

Earth & Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary subject that provides opportunities for students to engage with the dynamic interactions in and between four systems: geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. Please refer to the Earth and Environmental Science syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
SCI1901 Science Fundamentals   
CLI2201 Climate Change and Variability   
AGR2301 Agricultural Science   
REN1201 Environmental Studies / REN2200 Ecology for Sustainability*   
CLI3302 Adaptation to Climate Change   
AGR3304 Soil Science   
EDS4403 Secondary Science Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

Footnotes
*REN2200 is for students with a Geography minor only.

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Economics

Economics as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Humanities and Social Sciences. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 11 and 12 Economics, as well as Years 7 – 10 Economics and Business.

Recommended prior study: Economics in Years 11 and 12.

The study of Economics enables decision-making based on contemporary economic theory. Economics is a study of how to use scarce resources in the best way possible Households, businesses and governments are confronted with “the economic problem: of alternative uses of their limited resources. Please refer to the Economics Syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
ECO1000 Economics   
FIN1103 Financial Markets   
ECO2000 The Macro-economy and Business   
ECO2001 Business Economics   
ECO3030 Sustainable Economies   
ECO3010 International Economics and Trade   
EDS4405 Secondary Business Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

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English

English as a teaching area fits within its own learning area. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 7 – 12 English as well as Years 11 - 12 Literature, Essential English and English and Literature Extension.

Compulsory prior study: English in Years 11 and 12.

Students will engage with a wide variety of literary, mass media and everyday texts in addition to conceptualise, imagine, appreciate, experiment, speculate, reflect, make decisions, hypothesise, analyse and evaluate their ability to think, use language, and make meaning. Please refer to the English Syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
ENL1000 Introduction to Literature    
ENL1001 Australian Stories    
ENL2005 Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature  2    
ENL2006 Literature and Adolescence: Writing the Child   2   1    
ENL2007 Speculative Fictions / Science Fiction  2   2    
ENL3000 Modernism   Pre-requisite: ENL1000 
EDS4410 Secondary English Curriculum and Pedagogy   Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

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Film, Television and New Media

Film, Television and New Media as a teaching area fits within the learning area of The Arts. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 7 – 10 Media, as well as Years 11 and 12 Film, Television and New Media, Media Arts in Practice and Arts in Practice.

Recommended prior study: Film, Television and New Media in Years 11 and 12.

Film, Television and New Media are our primary sources of information and entertainment. They are important channels for education and cultural exchange. They are fundamental to our self-expression and representation as individuals and as communities. Please refer to the Film, Television and New Media Syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
FTR1002 Fundamentals of Media    
FTR1004 Editing    
FTR1005 Location Production    
TVR1004    
TVR1002    
FTR2006 Documentary and Factual Entertainment   Pre-requisite: FTR1004 and FTR1005 
EDS4407 Secondary Arts Curriculum and Pedagogy   Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

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Food and Nutrition

Food and Nutrition as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Technologies. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 11 – 12 Food and Nutrition, Hospitality Practices and Years 7 – 10 Home Economics.

Recommended prior study: Home Economics or Hospitality/Hospitality Practices in Years 11 and 12.

Food & Nutrition is the study of food in the context of food science, nutrition and food technologies, considering overarching concepts of waste management, sustainability and food protection. Please refer to the Food and Nutrition syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
BIO1810 Introduction to Food Science   
EDH2152 Health and Wellbeing   
SES1103 Nutrition and Exercise   
CHE2810 Food Chemistry  Pre-requisite: BIO1810 
BIO2810 Nutrition and Health  Pre-requisite: BIO1810 and CHE2810 
FTR1000 Elements of Graphic Design   
EDS4403 Secondary Science Curriculum and Pedagogy / ITD3200 ITD Curriculum and Pedagogy*^  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

Footnotes
*ITD3200 is only to be completed if student’s minor is a Science.
^This course will be offered from 2021.

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Geography

Geography as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Humanities and Social Sciences. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 7 – 12 Geography as well as Years 7 - 10 Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS).

Recommended prior study: Geography in Years 11 and 12.

Geography contributes to the content, cognitive processes, skills and values that it can promote to help to explore, understand and evaluate the social and environmental dimensions of the world. Geography evokes feelings for environments and people in environments covering themes such as managing the natural environment, people and development, social environments, and resources and environment. Please refer to the Geography Syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
REN1201 Environmental Studies   
REN3302 Sustainable Resource Use  Recommended Pre-requisite: REN1201 
GIS1401 Geographic Data Presentation   
CLI1110 Weather and Climate   
URP3201 Sustainable Urban Design and Development   
CLI3301 Climate and Environment Risk Assessment   
EDS4408 Secondary Humanities Curriculum and Pedagogy   Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

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Health and Physical Education (HPE)

Health and Physical Education as a teaching area fits within its own learning area. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 7 – 10 Health and Physical Education (HPE) and Years 11 and 12 Physical Education, Health, and Sport and Recreation.

Recommended prior study: Health and Physical Education in Years P - 10.

Health and Physical Education focuses on Health and Physical Education curriculum and pedagogy, the sociocultural underpinnings of sport and physical activity; the study of personal, social and community health and wellbeing from a socio-ecological perspective and the scientific bases of human movement including, anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology and sports psychology; skill acquisition and development. Please refer to the Health and Physical Education senior curriculum area for further information. These are the Year 11 and 12 syllabuses for Physical Education; Health and Sport and Recreation. You can also refer to the Australian Curriculum Health and Physical Education P – 10 available on the Australian Curriculum or QCAA websites sites.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
EDH2151 Practical Studies in Movement   
EDH1450 HPE Discipline Studies 1   
EDH2253 Scientific Bases of Movement 1   
EDH2152 Health and Wellbeing   
EDH3258 Humans in Movement   
EDH3154 HPE Discipline Studies 2    
EDH3257 HPE Curriculum Studies 3  Pre-requisite: ESP2200  

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History

History as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Humanities and Social Sciences. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 7 – 10 History or Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) and Years 11 and 12 Ancient and Modern History.

Recommended prior study: Ancient or Modern History in Years 11 and 12.

The study of History is an integral part of the Social Sciences, and provides the knowledge necessary to understand the social, cultural, political and economic activities and institutions of society and their relationship with the natural environment from a historical perspective. Please refer to the Ancient History Syllabus and the Modern History Syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
HIS1000 World History to 1500 CE   
ANT1000 World Archaeology: An Introduction   
HIS2103 World History Since 1500 CE   
HIS2001 Race Relations in Australian History*  2   1   Pre-requisite: One unit of History 
HIS3002 The Twentieth Century^/HIS1001 Introduction to Australian History  Pre-requisite: Any two courses of History 
HIS3005 Europe: History of an Idea^/HIS2000 Contemporary Australia^  Pre-requisite: Any two courses of History. 
EDS4404 Secondary History Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200  

Footnotes
*This course is offered in odd-numbered years only.
^This course is offered in even-numbered years only.

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Legal Studies

Legal Studies as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Humanities and Social Sciences. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 11 and 12 Legal Studies, Social and Community Studies and Years 7-10 Civics and Citizenship.

Recommended prior study: Legal Studies in Years 11 and 12.

Responsible citizens should develop a basic understanding of the operation of our legal system in order to understand the interplay of ‘law in society’. Legal Studies provides basic legal knowledge and awareness of the range of regulatory laws (rules) and the procedures for empowering all stakeholders to contribute to, and participate in, responsible citizenship. Please refer to the Legal Studies Syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
LAW1111 Australian Legal System   
LAW1112 Legal Writing and Research   
LAW1121 Criminal Law  Pre-requisite: LAW1111 
LAW1113 Contract and Torts A  Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: LAW1111  
LAW2222 Public International Law  Pre-requisite: LAW1111 and LAW1112 
LAW1124 Torts B  Pre-requisite: LAW1113 
EDS4405 Secondary Business Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

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Mathematics

Mathematics as a teaching area fits within its own learning area. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 7 – 10 Mathematics as well as Years 11 - 12 Essential Mathematics, General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics.

Compulsory prior study: Mathematics B in Years 11 and 12.

Mathematics is an integral part of a general education. It underpins science and technology, most industry, trade and commerce, social and economic planning and communication systems and is an essential component for effective participation in a rapidly changing society. The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. It develops the numeracy capabilities that all students need in their personal, work and civic life, and provides the fundamentals on which mathematical specialities and professional applications of mathematics are built. Please refer to the Mathematics Syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
MAT1102 Algebra and Calculus I   
MAT2100 Algebra and Calculus II  Pre-requisite: MAT1102  
MAT2200 Operations Research 1   Pre-requisite: MAT1102  
STA2300 Data Analysis   
MAC2901 Mathematics for Teachers   
STA2301 Distribution Theory  Pre-requisite: STA2300 
EDS4402 Secondary Mathematics Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

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Music

Music as a teaching area fits within the learning area of The Arts. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 7 – 12 Music and Years 11 and 12 Creative Arts and Music Extension.

Recommended prior study: Music and/or Creative Arts in Years 11 and 12.

Music is an important part of cultural life. It makes a significant contribution to personal, social and cultural identities, it offers a unique form of self-expression and communication, and it assists beginning educators to understand people of different cultures. Fundamental to the study of music is the development of creativity and expressiveness, which goes hand in hand with fostering self-discipline, concentration, listening skills and fine-motor skills. Please refer to the Music Syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
MUI1007 Making Music 1: Learning Musical Languages   
MUI1000 Making Music 2: Creating Melody and Harmony  Pre-requisite: MUI1007  
MUI3012 Musical Contexts 3: Critical Perspectives   
MUI2002 Making Music 3: Popular Song Writing   
MUI2008 Making Music 4: Composing and Improvising  Pre-requisite: MUI1000 
MUI2006 Musical Contexts 2: Western Popular Music   
EDS4407 Secondary Arts Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200  

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Physics

Physics as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Sciences. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 11 and 12 Physics, as well as Years 7 – 12 Science.

Compulsory prior study: Mathematics B and Physics in Years 11 and 12.

Please note: if Physics is chosen as a major, it is compulsory that Mathematics is chosen as the minor study.

Physics is the fundamental science in that its principles are used to varying extents in other science disciplines. The study of Physics gives students a means of enhancing their understanding of the world around them, a way of achieving useful knowledge and skills, and a stepping stone for further study. It is more mathematical than other sciences and so beginning educators of Physics can expect to use concepts from mathematics subjects. Please refer to the Physics Syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
PHY1104 Physics 1   
PHY1911 Physics 2   
PHY2206 Medical Physics   
PHY2204 Astronomical Techniques  Pre-requisite: PHY1104 and PHY1911 
PHY3304 Photonics  Pre-requisite: PHY1104 and PHY1911 
PHY3303 Modern Physics  Pre-requisites: 2 Level 2 courses  
EDS4403 Secondary Science Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

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Psychology

Psychology as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Sciences. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 11 – 12 Psychology as well as Years 7-10 Science.

Recommended prior study: A Science in Years 11 and 12.

The Australian Curriculum: Psychology provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important psychological concepts and processes. The practices used to develop scientific knowledge of psychology’s contribution to our culture and society and it’s applications in our lives. The curriculum supports students to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues. Please refer to the Psychology syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
PSY1010 Foundation Psychology A   
PSY1020 Foundation Psychology B   
PSY8145 Research Skills in Psychology for Teachers   
PSY2010 Social Processes of Behaviour  Pre-requisite: PSY1010 
PSY4090 Psychology Complementary Studies B   
PSY3030 Abnormal Psychology   
EDS4403 Secondary Science Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

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Visual Art

Visual Art as a teaching area fits within the learning area of The Arts. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 7 – 12 Visual Art and Years 11 and 12 Visual Arts in Practice and Arts in Practice.

Recommended prior study: Visual Art in Years 11 and 12.

Visual Art involves the production of artworks (making) and the appreciation of artworks (appraising) through the processes of researching, developing and resolving. Please refer to the Visual Art Syllabus for further information.

Please be aware that some courses offered in the Arts have an audition component and on-campus participation. The Contemporary Arts Practice courses 1-5 must be taken at the Toowoomba campus. Each of these courses has a Studio Practice component which can only be taken at the Toowoomba campus and which must be taken by Secondary Visual Art students. Separate application, interview and folio is required for Visual Art. Please contact the School of Creative Arts, email usq.support@usq.edu.au or telephone +61 7 46 311 079 or complete the Creative Arts Audition/Interview Registration Form.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
VSA1002 Introduction to Contemporary Art Practice   
VSA1001 Contemporary Art Practice 1   
VSA1000 Introduction to Art Theory    
VSA2000 Perspectives in Contemporary Art    
VSA2001 Artists, Works and Processes    
VSA3021 Contemporary Art Theory 1   Pre-requisite: VSA1000 and VSA2000 and VSA2001 
EDS4407 Secondary Arts Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

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Minor Studies

A minor teaching area is to be defined as a USQ Minor and is not printed on a student’s testamur as well as aligning with the relevant registering body’s terminology.

When choosing teaching areas, please consider the professional experience requirements of the Secondary specialisation. Queensland students may also like to refer to the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) website for guidance in choosing sought after teaching areas.

Students can only select one minor from within a Learning Area as indicated. Once students become active in the program, they will be required to submit a Form T – BEDU Secondary Teaching Areas. Students need to be aware of the compulsory and recommended prior study for each teaching area. Should the teaching area not be approved, the student will be advised accordingly and provided with advice on alternatives.

Learning Area: The Arts

Teaching Areas:

  • Drama

  • Film, Television and New Media

  • Music

  • Visual Art


Learning Area: English

Teaching Area:

  • English


Learning Area: Health and Physical Education

Teaching Area:

  • Health and Physical Education


Learning Area: Humanities and Social Sciences

Teaching Areas:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

  • Accounting

  • Business Studies

  • Economics

  • Geography

  • History

  • Legal Studies

  • Religious Studies and Ethics


Learning Area: Mathematics

Teaching Area:

  • Mathematics


Learning Area: Sciences

Teaching Areas:

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Earth and Environmental Science

  • Physics

  • Psychology


Learning Area: Technologies

Teaching Areas:

  • Design and Technology

  • Digital Technology

  • Engineering

  • Food and Nutrition


Learning Area: Other

Teaching Area:

  • Special Education


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies as a teaching area fits within the domain of Humanities and Social Sciences. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 11 and 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, as well as Years 7 – 10 Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies provides opportunities to examine important events from various points of view to ensure that all perspectives are represented. By understanding that there are various ways of viewing the world, it will help to identify and address prejudice and racism. Please refer to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment requirements 
ISE1000 Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Australia   
ISE2000 Reconciliation from Policy to Practice   
ISE3001 Perspectives on Knowledge   
ISE3000 Language, Culture, Country and Community   
EDS4408 Secondary Humanities Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

Accounting

Accounting as a teaching area fits within the domain of Business and Economics. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 11 and 12 Accounting, as well as Years 7 – 12 Business Studies.

Recommended prior study: Accounting in Years 11 and 12.

This teaching area provides a background in financial and other information for making and evaluating decisions about the allocation of scarce resources. A comprehensive accounting system is central to assisting in the discharge of accountability and to the development and maintenance of the financial control of business organisations. Accounting information helps to evaluate performance and to report on the operation of an organisation from both an internal and external perspective. Please refer to the Accounting Syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
ACC1101 Accounting for Decision-Making   
FIN1101 Introduction to Corporate Finance   
ACC1105 Accounting Principles  Pre-requisite: ACC1101 
ACC2102 Financial Accounting  Pre-requisite: ACC1105 
EDS4405 Secondary Business Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

Biology

Biology as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Sciences. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 11 and 12 Biology, as well as Years 7 – 10 Science.

Compulsory prior study: A Science in Years 11 and 12.

Biology is the study of the natural systems of the living world. There are two broad aspects to these natural systems. One is concerned with the study of the many different kinds of organisms and their interactions with each other and with the non-living parts of their environment. The other aspect is the study of the internal structure of organisms and the processes that maintain life. Please refer to the Biology Syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
BIO1101 Biology 1   
BIO2103 Biology 2  Pre-requisite: BIO1101 
BIO2219 Genetics  Pre-requisite: BIO1101 
REN2200 Ecology for Sustainability   
EDS4403 Secondary Science Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

Business Studies

Business Studies as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Humanities and Social Sciences. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 11 and 12 Business, as well as Years 7 – 12 Business Studies.

Recommended prior study: Business Communication and Technologies (BCT) or Business Management (BM) or Accounting in Years 11 and 12.

This teaching area provides a background in financial and other information for making and evaluating decisions about the allocation of scarce resources. A comprehensive accounting system is central to assisting in the discharge of accountability and to the development and maintenance of the financial control of business organisations. Accounting information helps to evaluate performance and to report on the operation of an organisation from both an internal and external perspective. Please refer to Business Syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
FIN1101 Introduction to Corporate Finance   
CIS1101 Business Online   
MKT2014 Global Marketing Channels   
MGT3203 Project Management Processes   
EDS4405 Secondary Business Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

Chemistry

Chemistry as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Sciences. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 11 and 12 Chemistry, as well as Years 7 – 10 Science.

Recommended prior study: Chemistry in Years 11 and 12.

Chemistry provides an understanding of the materials around us and why they behave as they do. Being central to understanding the phenomena of the reactions of matter in our material universe, it also bridges links with other branches of natural science. Please refer to the Chemistry Syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
CHE1110 Chemistry 1^   
SCI1901 Science Fundamentals   
CHE2120 Chemistry 2  Pre-requisite: CHE1110  
CHE2810 Food Chemistry  Pre-requisite: CHE2120  
EDS4403 Secondary Science Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

Footnotes
^Students enrolled externally will be required to attend a residential school and should contact the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences.

Design and Technology

Design and Technology as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Technologies. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 7 – 10 Industrial Technology and Years 11 and 12 Design, Engineering, Building and Construction Skills, Engineering Skills, Furnishing Skills, Industrial Graphics Skills and Industrial Technology Skills.

Compulsory prior study: Information Technology Design, Graphics, Engineering in Years 11 and 12 or other certificate course in this area OR a trade qualification.

Technology has been developed through working and building with materials and tools and has been an integral part of society for as long as humans have had the desire to improve their quality of life. This Teaching Area encourages knowledge and application of available resources, systems and practices through inquiry, design and problem-solving methodologies. Please refer to the Technology Studies Syllabus for further information.

Components of this teaching area require workshop experience sessions that will be conducted in a number of different settings. These sessions will be supervised by experienced Manual Arts teachers. Available locations will be advertised within course materials with locations being primarily within the Toowoomba and Springfield regions. Students taking this option will have to travel independently to these locations.

Application to this teaching area is required. Applications must identify that the pre-service teacher meets the compulsory study requirements as listed above but also have a school within 50 kilometres willing to take them on for four years in relation to workshop skills courses and professional experience. Professional experience will work with technology design teachers to coordinate this prior to acceptance into this teaching area.

NB: Students are required to meet with the Secondary Specialisation Convenor in order to compile their enrolment pattern prior to commencement of degree. This pattern will be dependent on their previous studies/experience.

Digital Technology

Digital Technology as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Technologies. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 11 and 12 Information & Communication Technology Skills and Digital Solutions as well as Years 7 – 10 Technologies.

Recommended prior study: Information Technology Systems (ITS) or Information Processing and Technology (IPT) in Years 11 and 12.

Digital Technology is an area of study that provides students with knowledge, skills, processes and understanding of information technology. It emphasises problem identification and solution rather than the use of specific applications, and is an intellectual discipline that involves a study of information systems, algorithms, software programming, human–computer interaction, and the social and ethical issues associated with the use of information technology. Please refer to the Digital Solutions syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
CSC1401 Foundation Programming   
CIS1000 Information Systems Concepts   
CIS2003 Component Based Software Development   
CIS2002 Database Design and Implementation   
EDS4406 Secondary Computing Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

Drama

Drama as a teaching area fits within the learning area of The Arts. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 11 – 12 Drama, Drama in Practice, Arts in Practice as well as Years 7-10 Drama.

Recommended prior study: Drama in Years 11 and 12.

Drama provides a medium for exploration, social criticism, celebration and entertainment and is explored through the dimensions of forming, presenting, and responding. The study of drama actively promotes participation in an experiential mode of learning that blends intellectual and emotional experience and offers a unique means of enquiry that contributes to pre-service teachers knowing and understanding themselves and the world.

Please be aware some courses offered in the Arts have an audition component and or on-campus participation requirement. Please check all of these aspects with the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts before selecting this teaching area.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
THE1001 Theatre in Context 1: Sophocles to Shakespeare   
THE1002 Theatre in Context 2: Bourgeois to Broken   
THE1003 Political and Community Theatre   
THE2003 Children's and Young People's Theatre   
EDS4407 Secondary Arts Curriculum and Pedagogy   Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

Earth & Environmental Science

Earth and Environment Science as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Sciences. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 7 – 10 Science and Years 11 and 12 Earth and Environmental Science.

Recommended prior study: A Science in Years 11 and 12.

Earth & Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary subject that provides opportunities for students to engage with the dynamic interactions in and between four systems: geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. Please refer to the Earth and Environmental Science syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
SCI1901 Science Fundamentals   
AGR2301 Agricultural Science   
CLI3302 Adaptation to Climate Change   
REN2200 Ecology for Sustainability* / REN1201 Environmental Studies   
EDS4403 Secondary Science Curriculum and Pedagogy   

Footnotes
* REN2200 Ecology for Sustainability is for students with a Geography major .

Economics

Economics as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Humanities and Social Sciences. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 11 and 12 Economics, as well as Years 7 – 10 Economics and Business.

Recommended prior study: Economics in Years 11 and 12.

The study of Economics enables decision-making based on contemporary economic theory. Economics is a study of how to use scarce resources in the best way possible Households, businesses and governments are confronted with “the economic problem: of alternative uses of their limited resources. Please refer to the Economics Syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
ECO1000 Economics   
FIN1103 Financial Markets   
ECO2000 The Macro-economy and Business   
ECO3010 International Economics and Trade   
EDS4405 Secondary Business Curriculum and Pedagogy   Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

Engineering

Engineering Studies as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Technologies. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Engineering in Years 11 and 12.

Recommended prior study: Mathematics B and Engineering or Design Technology in Years 11 and 12.

Engineering is an area of study that provides an opportunity for students to gain an understanding of the underlying principles of engineering in its broadest sense. It is concerned with the theoretical concepts and practical applications related to technology, industry and society, engineering materials, engineering mechanics, and control systems. Please refer to the Engineering Syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
ENG1100 Introduction to Engineering Design   
MEC1201 Engineering Materials   
ENG2002 Technology, Sustainability and Society   
ITD3110 Graphical Communication    
ITD3200 ITD Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP3100 

English

English as a teaching area fits within its own learning area. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 11 – 12 English, Literature, Literacy, Essential English as well as Years 7 – 10 English.

Students will engage with a wide variety of literary, mass media and everyday texts in addition to conceptualise, imagine, appreciate, experiment, speculate, reflect, make decisions, hypothesise, analyse and evaluate their ability to think, use language, and make meaning. Please refer to the English Syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
ENL1000 Introduction to Literature    
ENL1001 Australian Stories    
ENL2005 Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature    
ENL2006 Literature and Adolescence: Writing the Child   1    
EDS4410 Secondary English Curriculum and Pedagogy   Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

Film, Television and New Media

Film, Television and New Media as a teaching area fits within the learning area of The Arts. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 7 – 10 Media, as well as Years 11 and 12 Film, Television and New Media and Arts in Practice.

Recommended prior study: Film, Television and New Media in Years 11 and 12.

Film, Television and New Media are our primary sources of information and entertainment. They are important channels for education and cultural exchange. They are fundamental to our self-expression and representation as individuals and as communities. Please refer to the Film, Television and New Media Syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
FTR1002 Fundamentals of Media    
FTR1004 Editing    
FTR1005 Location Production    
TVR1004    
EDS4407 Secondary Arts Curriculum and Pedagogy   Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

Food and Nutrition

Food and Nutrition as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Technologies. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 11 – 12 Food and Nutrition, Hospitality Practices and Years 7 – 10 Home Economics.

Recommended prior study: Home Economics or Hospitality/Hospitality Practices in Years 11 and 12.

Food & Nutrition is the study of food in the context of food science, nutrition and food technologies, considering overarching concepts of waste management, sustainability and food protection. Please refer to the Food and Nutrition syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
BIO1810 Introduction to Food Science   
SES1103 Nutrition and Exercise   
FTR1000 Elements of Graphic Design   
CHE2810 Food Chemistry  Pre-requisite: BIO1810 
EDS4403 Secondary Science Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

Geography

Geography as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Humanities and Social Sciences. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 7 – 12 Geography and Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS).

Recommended prior study: Geography in Years 11 and 12.

Geography contributes to the content, cognitive processes, skills and values that it can promote to help to explore, understand and evaluate the social and environmental dimensions of the world. Geography evokes feelings for environments and people in environments covering themes such as managing the natural environment, people and development, social environments, and resources and environment. Please refer to the Geography Syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
CLI1110 Weather and Climate   
REN1201 Environmental Studies   
REN3302 Sustainable Resource Use  Pre-requisite: REN1201 
GIS1401 Geographic Data Presentation   
EDS4408 Secondary Humanities Curriculum and Pedagogy   Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

Health and Physical Education (HPE)

Health and Physical Education as a teaching area fits within its own learning area. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 7 – 10 Health and Physical Education (HPE) and Years 11 and 12 Physical Education; Health and Sport and Recreation.

Recommended prior study: Health and Physical Education in Years P – 10.

Health and Physical Education focuses on Health and Physical Education curriculum and pedagogy, the sociocultural underpinnings of sport and physical activity; the study of personal, social and community health and wellbeing from a socio-ecological perspective and the scientific bases of human movement including, anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology and sports psychology; skill acquisition and development. Please refer to the Health and Physical Education senior curriculum area for further information. These are the year 11 and 12 syllabuses for Physical Education; Health Education and Recreation. You can also refer to the Australian Curriculum Health and Physical Education P – 10 available on the Australian Curriculum or QCAA websites sites.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
EDH2151 Practical Studies in Movement   
EDH1450 HPE Discipline Studies 1   
EDH2152 Health and Wellbeing   
EDH3154 HPE Discipline Studies 2   
EDH3257 HPE Curriculum Studies 3  Pre-requisite: ESP2200  

History

History as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Humanities and Social Sciences. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 7 – 10 Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) and Years 11 and 12 Ancient and Modern History.

Recommended prior study: Ancient or Modern History in Years 11 and 12.

The study of History is an integral part of the Social Sciences, and provides the knowledge necessary to understand the social, cultural, political and economic activities and institutions of society and their relationship with the natural environment from a historical perspective. Please refer to the Ancient History Syllabus and the Modern History Syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
HIS1000 World History to 1500 CE   
ANT1000 World Archaeology: An Introduction   
HIS2013   2    
HIS3005 Europe: History of an Idea */ HIS2000 Contemporary Australia*  Pre-requisite: any two courses of History. 
EDS4404 Secondary History Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

Footnotes
*This course is offered in even-numbered years only.

Legal Studies

Legal Studies as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Humanities and Social Sciences. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 11 and 12 Legal Studies, Social and Community Studies as well as Years 7 – 10 Humanities and Social Sciences.

Recommended prior study: Legal Studies in Years 11 and 12.

Responsible citizens should develop a basic understanding of the operation of our legal system in order to understand the interplay of ‘law in society’. Legal Studies provides basic legal knowledge and awareness of the range of regulatory laws (rules) and the procedures for empowering all stakeholders to contribute to, and participate in, responsible citizenship. Please refer to the Legal Studies Syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
LAW1111 Australian Legal System   
LAW1112 Legal Writing and Research   
LAW1121 Criminal Law  Pre-requisite: LAW1111 
LAW1113 Contract and Torts A  Pre-requisite: LAW1111 
EDS4405 Secondary Business Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

Mathematics

Mathematics as a teaching area fits within its own learning area. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 7 – 10 Mathematics as well as Years 11 – 12 Essential Mathematics, General Mathematics and Mathematical Methods.

Compulsory prior study: Mathematics B in Years 11 and 12.

Mathematics is an integral part of a general education. It underpins science and technology, most industry, trade and commerce, social and economic planning and communication systems and is an essential component for effective participation in a rapidly changing society. The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. It develops the numeracy capabilities that all students need in their personal, work and civic life, and provides the fundamentals on which mathematical specialities and professional applications of mathematics are built. Please refer to the Mathematics Syllabus for further information.

Enrolment Pattern if Physics is NOT the Major

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
MAT1000 Mathematics Fundamentals   
MAT1100 Foundation Mathematics   
MAC2901 Mathematics for Teachers   2   2    
STA2300 Data Analysis   
EDS4402 Secondary Mathematics Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

Enrolment Pattern if Physics IS the major study area

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements  
MAT1102 Algebra and Calculus I   
MAT2100 Algebra and Calculus II   
MAT2200 Operations Research 1   
STA2300 Data Analysis   
EDS4402 Secondary Mathematics Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

Music

Music as a teaching area fits within the learning area of The Arts. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 7 – 12 Music as well as Years 11 – 12 Music, Arts in Practice, Music Extension (Composition), Music Extension (Musicology), Music Extension (Performance) and Music in Practice.

Recommended prior study: Music and/or Creative Arts in Years 11 and 12.

Music is an important part of cultural life. It makes a significant contribution to personal, social and cultural identities, it offers a unique form of self-expression and communication, and it assists beginning educators to understand people of different cultures. Fundamental to the study of music is the development of creativity and expressiveness, which goes hand in hand with fostering self-discipline, concentration, listening skills and fine-motor skills. Please refer to the Music Syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
MUI1007 Making Music 1: Learning Musical Languages   
MUI1000 Making Music 2: Creating Melody and Harmony  Pre-requisite: MUI1007  
MUI2008 Making Music 4: Composing and Improvising  Pre-requisite: MUI1000 
MUI2002 Making Music 3: Popular Song Writing   
EDS4407 Secondary Arts Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

Physics

Physics as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Sciences. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 11 and 12 Physics, as well as Years 7 – 10 Science.

Recommended prior study: Mathematics C and Physics in Years 11 and 12.

Physics is the fundamental science in that its principles are used to varying extents in other science disciplines. The study of Physics gives students a means of enhancing their understanding of the world around them, a way of achieving useful knowledge and skills, and a stepping stone for further study. It is more mathematical than other sciences and so beginning educators of Physics can expect to use concepts from mathematics subjects. Please refer to the Physics Syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
PHY1104 Physics 1   
PHY1911 Physics 2   
PHY2206 Medical Physics   
PHY3303 Modern Physics   
EDS4403 Secondary Science Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

Psychology

Psychology as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Sciences. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 11 – 12 Psychology as well as Years 7 – 10 Science.

Recommended prior study: A Science in Years 11 and 12.

The Australian Curriculum: Psychology provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important psychological concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, of psychology’s contribution to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives. The curriculum supports students to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues. Please refer to the Psychology syllabus for further information.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
PSY1010 Foundation Psychology A   
PSY1020 Foundation Psychology B   
PSY8145 Research Skills in Psychology for Teachers   
PSY4080 Psychology Complementary Studies A   
EDS4403 Secondary Science Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

Religious Studies and Ethics

Religious Studies and Ethics as a teaching area fits within the learning area of Humanities and Social Sciences. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 7 – 10 Humanities and Social Sciences as well as Years 11 and 12 Religion and Ethics and Study of Religion. If teaching in a Christian school, students may also be expected to teach Years 7 – 10 Christian Studies.

Please note: If you would like to study Religious Studies and Ethics s as a minor in 2020, please contact the Secondary Specialisation Convenor for an Enrolment Pattern.

Recommended prior study: Study of Religion in Years 11 and 12.

Special Education

Special Education as a teaching area is not a curriculum area and therefore sits within the learning area of Other Specialist Area. Once employed, students would be expected to teach or provide support to special needs students in Years 7 – 12.

Special Education qualifies you to teach in special education units within secondary schools as well as being qualified to provide learning and behaviour support in that setting. Additionally, a minor in special education in combination with your major curriculum area, will enable you to effectively cater for the special learning needs of diverse students in your classroom.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
SPE3009 Learning Intervention - Reading and Writing   
ESI3002 Challenging Behaviour: A Functional Approach in Secondary Context   
SPE3008 Communication and Collaboration   
ESI3006 Developmental Differences in Learning in Secondary Context   
SPE3007 Instructional Approaches in Special Education   Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

Visual Art

Visual Art as a teaching area fits within the learning area of The Arts. Once employed, students would be expected to teach Years 7 – 10 Visual Art and Years 11 and 12 Visual Art, Visual Art in Practice and Arts in Practice.

Recommended prior study: Visual Art in Years 11 and 12.

Visual Art involves the production of artworks (making) and the appreciation of artworks (appraising) through the processes of researching, developing and resolving. Please refer to the Visual Art Syllabus for further information.

Please be aware that some courses offered in the Arts have an audition component and on-campus participation. The Contemporary Arts Practice courses 1-5 must be taken at the Toowoomba campus. Each of these courses has a Studio Practice component which can only be taken at the Toowoomba campus and which must be taken by Secondary Visual Art students. Separate application, interview and folio is required for Visual Art. Please contact the School of Creative Arts, email usq.support@usq.edu.au or telephone +61 7 46 311 079 or complete the Creative Arts Audition/Interview Registration Form.

Course  Year of recommended study  Semester of recommended study  Enrolment Requirements 
VSA1000 Introduction to Art Theory   
VSA1001 Contemporary Art Practice 1   
VSA2001 Artists, Works and Processes   
VSA2000 Perspectives in Contemporary Art   
EDS4407 Secondary Arts Curriculum and Pedagogy  Pre-requisite: ESP2200 

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Electives/Approved courses

As detailed in the Program structure section of this Handbook, students must select a two course Specialisation. This may be from the below table from the choices of Health and Physical Education (HPE); Special Education or Vocational Education and Training (VET) detailed in the table below.

Alternatively, students may choose two more courses from their minor to create a double major OR add two more courses to their major to create an extended major.

Please contact the Program Administration Team if you have particular questions regarding these electives.

Special Interest Area/Course  Semester of offer External/Online  Semester of offer Toowoomba Campus  Semester of offer Springfield Campus 
Health and Physical Education (HPE) 
Select one of the following two courses (EDH3150 or EDH3155): 
EDH3150 Physical Activity in Society
OR
EDH3155 Scientific Bases of Movement 2 
3      
Select one of the following two courses (EDH3256 or EDH4259): 
EDH3256 Sports Administration, Coaching and Officiating
OR
EDH4259 Sociology of Sport 
2   2  
   
Special Education 
SPE3009 Learning Intervention - Reading and Writing 
ESI3002 Challenging Behaviour: A Functional Approach in Secondary Context     
Vocational Education and Training (VET) 
EDV3500 Competency Based Training and Assessment     
EDV3551 Vocational and Workplace Literacies     

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Professional experience

Within the 32 units required to complete this program, there are strict requirements for professional experience. These required are broken down to 80 days supervised placement within various settings and 20 days unsupervised placement.

Students can undertake a maximum of one course with a professional experience component in the one semester.

Of the required supervised professional experience, all students, domestic and international, must complete a minimum of 50% of the supervised placement in Australian Primary and/or Secondary school settings.

Students must also hold a valid Blue Card within Queensland or hold a valid Working with Children Check as well as having completed any further training/certificates relevant to the state which they are completing their Professional Experience.

For further information, please see the Professional Experience and education placements website.

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IT requirements

For information technology requirements, please refer to the minimum computing standards.

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Other program requirements

Students must maintain good standing in this program. Please refer to the Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Procedure.

Students must also hold a valid Blue Card within Queensland or hold a valid Working with Children Check as well as having completed any further training/certificates relevant to the state which they are completing placement their Professional experience.

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Exit points

This program contains provision for three generic exit awards, as follows:

  • Bachelor of General Education Studies (BGES) - available at the completion of 24 approved courses; 12 of which must be education courses;

  • Associate Degree in Education Studies (DAES) - available at the completion of 16 approved courses; 8 of which must be education courses; and

  • Diploma of Education Studies (DPES) - available at the completion of 8 education courses.


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Credit

Candidates eligible for admission into this program may be eligible for up to 24 units of credit on the basis of successful completion of relevant, equivalent undergraduate level study completed at a recognised university or institution.

Credit approved in this program or a specific specialisation will not automatically apply to other specialisations or USQ programs. Claims for credit should be submitted prior to or at the time of enrolment. Each claim will be assessed on individual merit in line with the Credit and Exemptions Procedure.

For instructions on applying for credit, please visit our website.

Recommended enrolment pattern

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Recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Students are strongly encouraged to follow the recommended enrolment pattern for their specialisation. This is particularly important in respect to Professional Experience. Delaying Professional Experience may delay program completion by up to four (4) years.

For further information and guidance on Teaching Area Courses, please refer to Major studies and Minor studies.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirementsComments
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
ESF1100 The Educator as Professional1111Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or BSED Enrolment is not permitted in ESF1100 if EDC1200 has been previously completed
ESD1100 Adolescence to Adulthood Development1111Enrolment is not permitted in ESD1100 if EDC1100 has been previously completed
Teaching Area Course (Major)See Major Studies section
Teaching Area Course (Minor)See Minor Studies section
ESP1200 The Beginning Teacher1212Pre-requisite: ESF1100 or EDC1200 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or BSED Enrolment is not permitted in ESP1200 if EDC1400 has been previously completed 10 day supervised Professional Experience
Teaching Area Course (Major)See Major Studies section
Teaching Area Course (Major)See Major Studies section
Teaching Area Course (Minor)See Minor Studies section
EDS2401 Junior Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy2121Pre-requisite: ESP1200 or EDC1400 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or BSED Co-requisite: ESD1100 15 day supervised Professional Experience
ESB2100 Positive Behaviour for Learning: Taking Responsibility2121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following: BEDU or BSED or MOLT (Secondary) Pre-requisite: BEDU and BSED Only - ESP1200 or EDC1400 Enrolment is not permitted in ESB2100 if EDC2100 has been previously completed
Teaching Area Course (Major)See Major Studies section
EDC2300 Assessment Practices for Secondary2121Pre-requisite: ESP1200 or EDC1400 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or BSED
ESP3100 Social and Emotional Wellbeing in Contemporary Secondary School Context2222Pre-requisite: EDS2401 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or BSED 15 day supervised Professional Experience
EDC2400 Educating Learners with Special Needs Across Contexts2222 Successful completion of 8 courses is required before enrolment in EDC2400
Teaching Area Course (Major)See Major Studies section
Teaching Area Course (Minor)See Minor Studies section
ESP2200 Senior Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy*3131Pre-requisite: ESP3100 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Program: BEDU or BSED Enrolment is not permitted in ESP2200 if EDS3450 has been previously completed 15 day supervised Professional Experience
Teaching Area Course (Major)See Major Studies section
Teaching Area Course (Minor)See Minor Studies section
Special Interest Area CourseSee Electives/Approved Courses section
EDC1300 The Collaborative Educator32Pre-requisite: ESP2200 or EDS2402 or EDH2254 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or BSED
ESN4200 Numeracy and Learning Analytics32Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or BSED Enrolment is not permitted in ESN4200 if EDS2402 has been previously completed
Curriculum and Pedagogy course (for Major Teaching Area)See Major Studies section
Curriculum and Pedagogy course (for Minor Teaching Area)See Minor Studies section
EDS4401 Reflexive Professional Practice4141Pre-requisite: ESP3100 or EDC3100 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or BSED 25 day supervised Professional Experience
ESI4100 Promoting Inclusive Practices41Pre-requisite: ESP3100 or EDC3100 Enrolment is not permitted in ESI4100 if EDX3250 has been previously completed
EST4100 Designing Digital and Blended Learning Spaces4141Pre-requisite: ESP3100 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or BSED Enrolment is not permitted in EST4100 if EDC3100 has been previously completed
EDS4250 Literacies Across the Curriculum4141Pre-requisite: ESP3100 or EDC3100 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or BSED
EDC4000 Preparing for the Profession#4242Pre-requisite: ECP4100 or EDE4103 or EDP4130 or EDS4401 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or BEED or BPED or BSED 20 day unsupervised Professional Experience
EDC2200 First Nations Education4242Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEED or BSED or BEDU or BECH
Special Interest Area course/Extended HPE MajorSee Electives/Approved Courses section
EDX4150 Transitions in Post-Compulsory Education42Pre-requisite: ESP3100 or EDC3100 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or BSED

Footnotes
*Please refer to the Course Specifications for details and enrolment instructions for the semester 3 offer.
#The internship in EDC4000 requires QCT internship authorisation for this course in the final semester of study. Please refer to the Course Specifications for details and enrolment instructions for the semester 3 offer.