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Secondary Teaching (Arts Combined English) (BEd+BA)

  • B1328BACHELOR OF EDUCATION/BACHELOR OF ARTS

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Title Secondary Teaching (Arts Combined English) (BEd+BA)
Course Code B1328
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
Organisational Unit School of Education
Academic Contacts http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicContacts
Qualification Bachelor of Education (BEd) in Secondary Teaching + Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English and Creative Writing
Duration 5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external) (except for one school experience, depending on teaching area selected and on-campus components of some units)
Description Secondary Teacher Education graduates are qualified to teach one or more learning areas at the secondary school level. For Secondary Teacher Education students the Bachelor degree studied concurrently with the Bachelor of Education should be relevant to one of the following learning areas in secondary schools:
Drama
English
History
Languages other than English (LOTE): Japanese
Languages other than English (LOTE): Indonesian
Mathematics
Selected science degrees
Sport and Health Science.
Advice about Murdoch majors suitable for each of these learning areas may be obtained from the Academic Student Advisor (BEd Secondary).

Professional Experience: There are 80 days of supervised teaching practice in this course.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

Students demonstrating English competence via IELTS need an overall score of 7.0 with no individual band less than 7.0
Special Requirements The WA Department of Education and cooperating non-government schools have the right to determine 'fit and proper persons' to enter and practice in schools. This means all students must obtain two criminal history checks.

The first is a current WA Department of Education Criminal Record check. The second is a Working with Children Check. Under the Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004 compulsory criminal record checks are required for people working with children.

The appropriate application forms are available from the Murdoch University School of Education Professional Experience office. The form for the first check is also available from the office's web site and the WA Department of Education web site. Federal and State police clearances obtained through police stations are not acceptable. Students should refer to the Study at Murdoch section of this Handbook for further details on this important matter.

It is important to understand that these two checks are mandatory and students are not permitted to enter schools without obtaining them.

For students with English as a second language the Western Australian College for Teaching requires an IELTS of 8 across all areas on graduation.
Employment Prospects A recent survey of all Murdoch teacher education graduates for the past decade showed that almost all were employed in teaching within a year of graduating. Murdoch graduates are employed in government and non-government schools and other education-related occupations.
Professional Recognition On completion of the Bachelor of Education, students have a widely accepted qualification from a recognised university and are eligible for graduate studies or employment in government and independent schools.
Excluded Double Majors Primary, 1-10 Health and Physical Education
Main research areas Education, teaching, curriculum
Exemptions/Credit and Professional Experience Students seeking exemptions must be able to provide documentary evidence in support of their application.

Students who have had at least two years of full-time recent, relevant and satisfactory teaching experience in an Australian school context may seek partial exemption from the Professional Experience unit/s. Whilst Murdoch recognises that some students may have prior and/or current teaching experience, it requires that a student's classroom competence be assessed before exemptions from Professional Experience can be given.

Students who have been employed as a teacher and have had at least one year of full-time equivalent recent, relevant and satisfactory teaching experience in an Australian school context may seek exemption from BED150 Understanding Teachers' Work.

Students cannot receive exemption from the Professional Internship: Secondary Teaching but those who are currently employed in relevant teaching positions may seek permission to complete one Professional Experience in their school. Students must contact the Murdoch University School of Education Professional Experience Office for advice.

If seeking uncredentialled credit students must submit a case in writing, with supporting documentary evidence to explain how the outcomes of units have already been achieved through prior experience. All applications for exemption and credit must be directed to the Accreditation Officer.
External Study Not all required units in these majors are offered completely externally. Some are offered as intensive sessions on-campus or in Perth metropolitan schools.

External students must undertake their first curriculum-based Professional Experience unit (EDN305) in a Perth metropolitan school. Subject to satisfactory completion of this unit, external students may arrange, in consultation with the Murdoch University School Experience Office, to complete their subsequent Professional Experience in a school other than in metropolitan Perth. Note: BED150 is not included as a first Professional Experience unit for this purpose.
Further Information Academic Contacts for the School of Education
Special Requirements for Admission to Teacher Education Courses
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 120 credit points

It is recommended that students select their units in such a way that they develop two teaching areas: Teaching Area A (aligned to the BA English) and Teaching Area B (selected from the other teaching areas offered). Study in the BA for Teaching Area A should be equivalent to five units (15 points) in total, with no more than two units at 100-year level (6 points).

Part I - 24 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

BED100 Ideas in Education - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Breadth Unit for Degree - 6 credit points

BED150 Understanding Teachers' Work - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

BAR150 Ideas and Identity - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 12 credit points

Education Units - 6 credit points

EDN111 Language for Learning and Teaching - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

EDN113 Living and Learning with Technology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

English Units - 6 credit points

EGL121 Turning Points in Literature - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

EGL122 Writing and Creativity - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

General Electives - 3 credit points

Select from any 100-level units offered by the University relevant to Teaching Area A and Teaching Area B, subject to individual unit prerequisites.

Students are advised to use their General Elective Units to develop their capacity for Teaching Area B.

Part II - 96 credit points

Year 2 - 24 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

BED200 Assessment and Action Research - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

Education Units - 6 credit points

Part-time and external students should contact the Student Centre when creating their study plan, particularly as it is necessary for concurrent enrolment in the Professional Experience and Secondary Curriculum units.

EDN221 Learning and Teaching - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

EDN2101 Professional Experience: BEd Secondary Teaching
MURDOCH: ST4-placement

English Unit - 3 credit points

EGL252 Great Books Past and Present 1 - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

Specified Electives - 6 credit points

English Units - 6 credit points

Select from the Specified Elective Unit List below.

General Electives - 6 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University relevant to Teaching Area A and Teaching Area B, subject to individual unit prerequisites.

Year 3 - 24 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

BAR200 Developing Research Skills and Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Breadth Unit University-Wide - 3 credit points

Select one 200-level University Breadth Unit.

Core Units - 9 credit points

Education Units - 6 credit points

EDN305 Professional Experience: BEd Secondary
Not available this year
Students are usually to enrol concurrently in this unit with their Teaching Area B unit.

Students must select as a Teaching Area B one of the following units which is different from their Teaching Area A (English) and for which they have, or will have, the prerequisites (minimum of 15 points). At least 9 points must have been completed before enrolment in these units.

EDN371 Drama and the Curriculum A (Secondary 7 - 10) - 3 points
Not available this year

EDN373 Mathematics and the Curriculum A (Secondary 7 - 10) - 3 points
Not available this year

EDN375 Second/Foreign Languages and the Curriculum A (Secondary 7 - 10) - 3 points
Not available this year

EDN376 Science and the Curriculum A (Secondary 7 - 10) - 3 points
Not available this year

EDN377 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum A (Secondary 7 - 10) - 3 points
Not available this year

Students who do not have enough content background to select one of the above Teaching Area B options must substitute with one of the following units, or take an elective in their non-Education Major. This will not provide a student with a second teaching area.

EDN206 ICT in the Classroom - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-external

EDN211 Special Topics in Education: Catholic Studies - Prayer and Morality - 3 points
MURDOCH: SUM-internal

EDN301 Children's Literature in the Classroom - 4 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

EDN304 Engaging Communities through Drama - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

EDN405 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in the Classroom - 3 points
Not available this year

English Unit - 3 credit points

EGL345 Great Books Past and Present 2 - 3 points
Not available this year

Specified Electives - 6 credit points

English Units - 6 credit points

Select from the Specified Elective Unit List below.

General Electives - 3 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University relevant to Teaching Area A and Teaching Area B, subject to individual unit prerequisites.

Year 4 - 24 credit points

Research Skills Units - 6 credit points

BED300 Schooling and Society - Research Skills - 3 points
Not available this year

BAR300 Bachelor of Arts Research Skills Unit - 3 points
Not available this year

Core Units - 15 credit points

Education Units - 15 credit points

EDN353 Country, Cultures, Peoples: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives Across the Curriculum - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

EDN332 Children, Families and Communities - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

EDN446 Adolescent Health and Development - 3 points
Not available this year

EDN410 Professional Experience: BEd Secondary - 3 points
Not available this year
Students should enrol concurrently in this unit with their Teaching Area A unit.

EDN372 English and the Curriculum A (Secondary 7 - 10) - 3 points
Not available this year

General Electives - 3 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University relevant to Teaching Area A and Teaching Area B, subject to individual unit prerequisites.

Year 5 - 24 credit points

Core Units - 24 credit points

Education Units - 24 credit points

Semester 1 - 12 credit points

EDN465 Professional Experience: Perspectives on Curriculum - 3 points
Not available this year

EDN358 Creating and Managing Effective Learning Environments - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

In Year 5 students complete two additional curriculum units that extend the work begun in Years 3 and 4.

Teaching Area A
EDN472 English and the Curriculum B (Secondary 11 - 12) - 3 points
Not available this year

Teaching Area B
Students must select as a continuation of their Teaching Area B one of the following units which is different from their Teaching Area A (English), for which they have the prerequisites (minimum of 15 points), and which continues their 300-level unit in the area.

EDN471 Drama and the Curriculum B (Secondary 11 - 12) - 3 points
Not available this year

EDN473 Mathematics and the Curriculum B (Secondary 11 - 12) - 3 points
Not available this year

EDN476 Science and the Curriculum B (Secondary 11 - 12) - 3 points
Not available this year

EDN477 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum B (Secondary 11 - 12) - 3 points
Not available this year

Semester 2 - 12 credit points

Note that EDN4303 Professional Internship: Preliminary Secondary Teaching and EDN4301 Professional Internship: Secondary Teaching require that 40 days be spent in schools, so enrolling in other units is not possible.

EDN449 Inclusive Education - 3 points
Not available this year

EDN4303 Professional Internship: Preliminary Secondary Teaching - 3 points
Not available this year

EDN4301 Professional Internship: Secondary Teaching - 6 points
Not available this year

Specified Elective Unit List

English Units

Select Specified Electives from the following units during Years 2 and 3, subject to individual unit prerequisites.

EGL233 Telling True Stories - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

EGL346 Literary Theory - 3 points
Not available this year

EGL230 Popular Literature and Science Fiction - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

EGL235 Australian Literature and Film - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

EGL344 Sonnet to Song: Understanding Poetry - 3 points
Not available this year

EGL343 Contemporary Fiction Writing - 3 points
Not available this year

EGL348 Shakespeare - 3 points
Not available this year

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