Secondary Teaching / Arts

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Undergraduate Degree

Description

The Bachelor of Secondary Teaching / Bachelor of Arts combines the study of teaching in secondary schools with specialist studies in a range of humanities, social sciences, and business disciplines. Studies in teaching include the psychology of learning and teaching, the social contexts of education, classroom and behaviour management, Aboriginal education, education policy, and curriculum and pedagogy. Teaching specialisations include one or two majors from Aboriginal Studies, Ancient History and Classical Languages, Chinese (pre-2012 enrolment only), Creative and Performing Arts, English and Writing, Film, Media and Cultural Studies, French Studies, German, History, Human Geography and the Environment, Japanese Studies, Linguistics, Politics and International Relations, and Sociology and Anthropology. Obtaining more than one teaching specialisation can highly increase employment prospects for graduates in high schools.

Graduates of this program are able to seek employment as primary teachers in and beyond the NSW Government, Catholic, and Independent school sectors. Employment opportunities exist not only in school settings, but industries where the ability to educate and impart knowledge is a desirable quality.

Australian Accreditation

Graduates will be eligible for registration with the NSW Institute of Teachers, and can pursue careers as teachers or educators in the NSW Department of Education and Training, Catholic Education and Independent school systems; and in public and private sectors both nationally and internationally. In addition to teaching accreditation, one may also have the opportunity to apply for accreditation as a result of their dual degree and certain majors studied. For more information, visit the Degrees to Careers webpages for each of your majors.

View our Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) / Bachelor of Arts in the Program Handbook and the online prospectus What Can I Study?.

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:

Honours:

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)/Arts (Honours).

Postgraduate Study:

Research

Masters by Research
PhD

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. 

Coursework

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.

Sample Jobs

The following list provides some example jobs available to graduates of a Bachelor of Secondary Teaching (Science). Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Check your academic program for any courses that involve a placement or the opportunity to undertake an industry based project.
  3. Check your school for Summer Scholarships for research opportunities.
  4. Check vacancy sites for advertised traineeships, part time employment and vacation work opportunities in your field.
  5. Source and approach organisations directly about possible work shadowing or information interview opportunities.
  6. Source and approach organisations directly for paid work opportunities.
  7. 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.

 

Sample Employers

Bachelor of Secondary Teaching (Arts) graduates find employment opportunities in small, medium or large organisations of varying industries. Below are some examples of organisations that may recruit those holding this degree. Check employers’ websites for sections titled Employment, Careers, Graduate Programs, or for similar sections. Some employers may also offer vacation work opportunities.

Recruitment Timing

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 .

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.


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.

Australian

  • 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

International

Graduate Attributes and Employability

Bachelor of Secondary Teaching (Arts) graduates will have the skills, abilities and knowledge sought after by a broad range of employers. On completion of the degree, graduates can expect to 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.