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Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (HSIE)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    4 years full-time, 5.5 years part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Charles Sturt University

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What you'll learn

About this course

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.

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.


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); AND
  • 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.

Areas of study

In this education course, the subjects you will study include: Education studies

  • The learning environment
  • Adolescence and learning
  • Assessment and reporting
  • Pedagogy in diverse classrooms
  • Literacy strategies for learning
  • Classroom technologies
  • Principles of inclusive education

Indigenous studies

  • 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

Foundation studies

  • Mathematics and numeracy studies

Curriculum studies

  • Curriculum method 1: Society and environment
  • Curriculum method 2: Society and environment

Education studies option

  • Restricted elective education subject

OR 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) Level 1

  • The short twentieth century I
  • The short twentieth century II

Level 2

  • Colonial Australia
  • Twentieth century Australia
  • Media and society in the twentieth century
  • Australian civics and citizenship

Level 3

  • International history from 1945
  • Australia and Asia
  • Local history in context

Business studies (choose two subjects from each level) Level 1

  • Accounting I
  • Accounting II
  • Business law
  • Organisations and management
  • Marketing and society
  • Business statistics

Level 2

  • Accounting systems
  • Management accounting
  • Small business management
  • Human resources management
  • Industrial relations in Australia
  • Business organisations law
  • Buyer behaviour
  • Market research
  • Market analysis

Level 3

  • Strategic and sustainable accounting
  • Developing human resources
  • Issues in human resource management
  • Strategic human resource management
  • Comparative industrial relations
  • Marketing communications
  • Marketing of services

Geography (choose two subjects from each level) Level 1

  • Principles of ecology
  • Earth system processes
  • Introductory sociology

Level 2

  • Ecological soils
  • Vegetation ecology
  • Methods for environmental data analysis
  • Culture and heritage

Level 3

  • Landscape ecology
  • River hydrology and geomorphology
  • Environmental planning
  • Environment and society
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.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (HSIE) from Charles Sturt University.

Completion of this online teaching qualification opens up 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.

Curious about where a career in education could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) Teacher
  • Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) Tutor

Payment options & support

Finance options

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.

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).

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