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This four year program combines the study of teaching in secondary schools with specialist studies in science. Studies in teaching includes the psychology of learning and teaching, the social contexts of education, classroom and behaviour management, Aboriginal education, education policy, and science curriculum and pedagogy. Science studies include a major and electives from the following areas:
As a science teacher you will guide students through a set of related processes for observing, experimenting, describing, classifying and analysing phenomena. You will then use the results of those activities to help students construct useful explanations of how things work.
Students may apply to complete an alternative program commencing in Year 4 in order to qualify for employment as a Special Education teacher, in addition to their teaching specialisation. Students may also apply for research honours in their second year which provides a pathway into postgraduate studies.
A teaching degree gives graduates a broad range of career opportunities within school settings and beyond. Further study at a postgraduate level can also be undertaken to expand employment opportunities.
Students in this program will complete an equivalent of 90 days professional experience in relevant school settings. The final year placement is a 10 week full time internship in a high school or in a special education setting if completing this specialisation.
All states and territories except the ACT require teachers to be registered before applying for employment. The regulatory authorities determine the qualification requirements and conditions for employment which may vary among authorities due to different schooling structures, curriculum and assessment approaches.
NSW Institute of Teachers http://www.nswteachers.nsw.edu.au/
Queensland College of Teachers http://www.qct.edu.au/
Teacher Registration Board of the NT http://www.trb.nt.gov.au/
Teacher Registration Board of SA http://www.trb.sa.edu.au
Teachers Registration Board Tasmania http://www.trb.tas.gov.au
Victorian Institute of Teaching http://www.vit.vic.edu.au
Western Australian College of Teaching http://www.wacot.wa.edu.au/
Private schools may have other criteria for employment eg religious education training.
For more information about Secondary Teaching, visit the School of Education site.
Some occupations require a higher level of completed study than an undergraduate degree, and for this reason it is worthwhile considering the range of Honours, Research Higher Degrees (RHD), Postgraduate Coursework programs and additional study options available. These options may also be useful for specialising in a particular area, or to stimulate career change. Some of the future options following a degree in Secondary Teaching include:
Students in this program may elect to complete a 40 unit embedded Honours program, assuming they meet and maintain the eligibility requirements. These requirements are determined by the Academic Senate, and can be found on the University website. For more information about this program, see Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Science (Honours).
Post Graduate Study:
Masters by Research
As the global job sector can be competitive, it is of great advantage to complete a postgraduate qualification, particularly by independent research (such as Masters by Research, or PhD). See examples of research areas within the School of Education here.
After completing a degree there are a broad range of postgraduate options available in a variety of fields which can allow you to specialise in a particular area of interest or build upon your existing knowledge base. To explore such options please visit the Postgraduate Handbook at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/campaigns/postgrad/
Graduates gain employment in a range of teaching and teaching related roles, however the knowledge and skills of teacher trained graduates means that they can gain employment in a very broad range of jobs. Below is a sample of job titles and descriptions that includes positions suitable for teaching graduates as well as positions that will require further study or experience.
- Careers Counsellor
- Community Project Officer
- Community Services Worker
- Education Officer
- Environmental Officer/Analyst/Consultant
- Events Manager
- Graduate Programs - Public and Private Sectors
- Grants Officer
- Head Teacher
- Home School Liaison Officer
- Instructional Designer
- International Aid/Development Worker
- Museum/Art Gallery Curator
- Museum Publications Officer/Editor
- Museum Visitor Services Coordinator
- Outdoor Education Teacher
- Policy Officer/Analyst
- Research Officer
- School Principal/Deputy Principal /Assistant School Principal
- Secondary Teacher
- Special Education Teacher
- TAFE Teacher
- Technical Writer
- Tour Guide
- Training Officer
- University Lecturer / Academic
- Visitor/Tourism Information Officer
- Youth Worker
Getting the Edge
Most employers seek to recruit people who have relevant work experience and an appreciation for their industry. Here is a check list of ideas about gaining experience and industry knowledge.
- Check the type of experience most employers in your field of interest expect. Don’t overlook the part time work you may be currently doing. Most employers understand that the skills are transferrable even if the work is not in their industry.
- Check your academic program for any courses that involve a placement or the opportunity to undertake an industry based project.
- Check your school for Summer Scholarships for research opportunities.
- Check vacancy sites for advertised traineeships, part time employment and vacation work opportunities in your field.
- Source and approach organisations directly about possible work shadowing or information interview opportunities.
- Source and approach organisations directly for paid work opportunities.
- Consider volunteering.
Note: Gaining experience may be important but not at the expense of your studies. Make sure you do not overload your timetable with unrealistic work commitments.
Below is a sample of typical employers of teaching graduates including school and non-school employers. Check employers’ websites for a section called Employment, Careers, Graduate Programs or similar titles. Some of these employers may offer vacation work opportunities.
- ACT Association of Independent Schools (Australia)
- ACT Department of Education and Training (Australia)
- Amnesty International (International)
- Association of Independent Schools NSW (Australia)
- AusAID (International)
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (Australia)
- Australian Catholic Schools (Australia)
- Australian Defence Force (International)
- Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) (Australia)
- Council of International Schools (International)
- Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (Australia)
- Department of Families, Housing, Communities and Indigenous Affairs (Australia)
- Mission Australia (Australia)
- NT Association of Independent Schools (Australia)
- NT Department of Education and Training (Australia)
- Oxfam (International)
- Powerhouse Museum (Australia)
- Protocol Education (International)
- QLD Department of Education and Training (Australia)
- QLD Independent Schools (Australia)
- Questacon (Australia)
- SA Association of Independent Schools (Australia)
- SA Department of Education and Children's Services (Australia)
- The Samaritans (Australia)
- TAS Department of Education (Australia)
- TAS Independent Schools (Australia)
- TimePlan (International)
- Uteach Recruitment (International)
- VIC Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (Australia)
- VIC Independent Schools VIC (Australia)
- WA Association of Independent Schools WA (Australia)
- WA Department of Education (Australia)
Some large organisations have specific graduate recruitment programs designed to employ the pick of graduates each year. You must be in your final year of study or recently completed to apply for these programs. The timing of these recruitment drives varies and may occur at any point in the academic year, in some cases starting as early as the first few weeks of the first semester or trimester.
Find out if employers in your area/s of interest have graduate programs, when they typically recruit and what recruitment methods they use. Check with the Careers Service .
Job Prospects and Salary
For up-to-date information please see Job Outlook Australia. This site provides basic Australian labour market information including job prospects, skills requirements and salaries. You might try some of the classifications below as a guide on this site.
Societies and Associations
Associations and societies often provide relevant and up to date information about a variety of issues relating to specific industry sectors. These can be a good starting point to learn more about occupations through profiles, industry news, links to academic journals and information on research developments. Many also offer student membership, conference and professional development activities, newsletters and the opportunity to participate in projects.
- Association of Independent Schools of NSW (Australia)
- Australasian Teacher Regulatory Authorities (Australia)
- Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (Australia)
- Australian School Library Association (Australia)
- Australian Science Teachers Association (Australia)
Don’t overlook student societies and associations. As well as student chapters of professional associations, some faculties or schools have discipline based student associations. Check your school or faculty web site; perhaps you might start one if one doesn’t exist.
Some academic disciplines run Seminar Programs that involve regular seminars presented by University of Newcastle academics, visiting academics and postgraduate students. Check your schools website for the timetable.
Job Search Sites
Searching job sites is a good way to gain an understanding of: industries recruiting professionals in this field; types of roles and the requirements or expectations of employers for these roles. There are many online job search sites, here are a few to start with:
Australian and International
- CareerHub: the University of Newcastle Careers Service careers and job search site for enrolled students and graduates.
- CareerOne: Australia wide job listings, all levels and industries including executive positions
- MyCareer: Australian and international listings
- Seek: comprehensive Australian job listings, also includes New Zealand and UK listings
- The Big Chair: Management and Executive Jobs
Graduate Attributes and Employability
Graduate attributes for the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Science are the skills, abilities and knowledge that are required to practice in the teaching field. The attributes are highly sought after by an even broader range of employers. Below is the complete list of attributes that graduates will have demonstrated upon the completion of the degree.
Graduates of Undergraduate Teaching programs will be:
- Inspirational teachers who act professionally, ethically, and effectively through their:
- knowledge of curriculum, pedagogy, learning and assessment;
- critical insights into curriculum, policy and practice;
- appreciation of, and respect for, student diversity and education’s important role in realising socially just and sustainable futures;
- capacity to communicate effectively, for a variety of purposes, using a range of strategies and technologies; and
- understanding of their legal, social and collegial responsibilities as members of the teaching profession.
- Insightful scholars who engage in rational enquiry into the theory and practice of education through their:
- critical engagement with educational research;
- critical appreciation of the historical, philosophical and socio-cultural contexts of education;
- critical and creative reflection upon the aims and practices of the teaching profession;
- capacity for life-long self-directed learning; and
- commitment to the principles of academic honesty and integrity.
- Innovative leaders who play a constructive role in public discourse within and beyond education through their:
- commitment to continuous improvement in pedagogical practice;
- capacity to respond creatively and effectively to educational change;
- capacity to act autonomously and collaboratively in educational settings;
- ability to communicate effectively about educational issues; and
- recognition of their role as responsible participants and partners in local, national and global communities.
You will recognise these attributes in the selection criteria listed in the following job ads.
Sample Job Ads & Tips
Job ads provide useful information about the job and the required skills, experience and qualifications. Information like this is useful in career planning. Below is a small sample of job ads with tips on planning and job applications; explore further to gather more useful information for your planning.
Please note: the job ads listed on this page are not current and were sourced from a variety of websites in 2010.