The online Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (HSIE) course, offered by Charles Sturt University, provides an industry entry point for students who have previously acquired knowledge in an HSIE subject area, but who wish to pursue teaching as a career.
The online study program adopts a multidisciplinary approach to education, allowing you to draw from your specialised skills base and apply this knowledge within the context of the high-school classroom.
Gain an all-round education that includes concepts of pedagogy and curriculum design as you develop the skills required to teach Years 7 to Year 12 in your chosen discipline.
If you already have substantial knowledge in a field of HSIE – geography, economics, business, legal studies, society and the environment – this stream of the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) course is the ideal avenue for you to learn to communicate your specialised skills within the secondary school classroom.
You’ll learn how to effectively monitor and assess student progress, make use of learning techniques and technologies appropriate to your field, and to engage professionally with students, staff and the broader school community.
Depending on your previous experience, you may choose to complete a series of electives from the modern history, geography or business studies teaching areas.
You will enter this program with between 72 and 88 credit points, allowing you to complete this course in 3-3.65 years on a full-time study loading, or 5-5.5 years part-time.
Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for this program:
Completion of at least 2 years’ university study of a relevant degree, including at least two subjects from one of the following areas: geography; modern history; business studies (one subject must be at level 1 and one at level 2 or higher)
At least one year of relevant industry employment or experience
Students are also required to undertake a current Working With Children Check, and to provide evidence of proficiency in literacy in accordance with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership requirements.
Supporting documentation, including an official transcript and current resume must also be supplied at the time of application.
Practical work placement
To ensure you graduate with the strong mix of practical work experience and academic foundations you need to be job-ready, the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (HSIE) includes four professional experience subjects, equating to at least 80 days of workplace learning throughout the course. Students are responsible for organising appropriate sites in which to undertake their placement.
Areas of study
In this education course, the subjects you will study include:
The learning environment
Adolescence and learning
Assessment and reporting
Pedagogy in diverse classrooms
Literacy strategies for learning
Principles of inclusive education
Indigenous cultures, histories and contemporary studies
Professional experience studies
Professional experience – introduction to the secondary context
Student learning and engagement
Working within the community
Transitions to the teaching profession
Mathematics and numeracy studies
Curriculum method 1: Society and environment
Curriculum method 2: Society and environment
Education studies option
Restricted elective education subject
One subject selected from:
Teaching Indigenous studies effectively
Understanding Indigenous communities and the child
The multimodal writing process
Collaboration and teamwork in the inclusive school
Designing and managing the inclusive learning classroom
Plus six discipline subjects from one of the following teaching areas (subject to prior experience and Course Director approval).
Modern history (choose two subjects from each level)
The short twentieth century I
The short twentieth century II
Twentieth century Australia
Media and society in the twentieth century
Australian civics and citizenship
International history from 1945
Australia and Asia
Local history in context
Business studies (choose two subjects from each level)
Organisations and management
Marketing and society
Small business management
Human resources management
Industrial relations in Australia
Business organisations law
Strategic and sustainable accounting
Developing human resources
Issues in human resource management
Strategic human resource management
Comparative industrial relations
Marketing of services
Geography (choose two subjects from each level)
Principles of ecology
Earth system processes
Methods for environmental data analysis
Culture and heritage
River hydrology and geomorphology
Environment and society
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Completion of this online teaching qualification assures you access to a diverse range of employment opportunities within the field of education.
You will be positioned particularly well to pursue secondary HSIE teaching roles in both government and non-government schools, but may also wish to apply your teaching skills to a career in public administration and safety, health care and social assistance or a range of other opportunities within the education and training sector.
How else will I benefit from this bachelor degree?
Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Education (Secondary) from Charles Sturt University.
Studying online/by correspondence means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and a qualification that’s highly valued.
CSU ranks highly for graduate employment. A recent survey showed that 87% of all CSU graduates find employment within four months of completing their degree.
CSU courses are developed with the utmost flexibility so students can complete their course around other commitments. You can choose to study just one subject per session or, with approval, fast-track the completion of your degree.
Recognition of Prior Learning may be available for previous work experience, formal training or qualifications in this field.
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If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Additionally, if you are an Australian resident you may also be eligible to receive Austudy/Abstudy or Youth Allowance.
CSU provides access to a range of scholarships and loans to help its students with the costs associated with university study.
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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.
CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.
You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.