Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

School of Education, Fremantle Campus

At The University of Notre Dame Australia, we are committed to helping students become professionals who are in great demand in the workforce and this is especially true of our Education programs. The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) provides students with the qualifications to work with students aged from 12 to 17 years in Catholic, Independent and Government schools. As part of your studies, you will complete 32 weeks of school-based practical experience and also choose a Major and Specialisation teaching area.

  • Why study this degree?

    Our Bachelor of Education (Secondary) is a well-rounded undergraduate program that combines theory, the latest teaching technology, and plenty of hands-on classroom experience.  Working from a rigorous and practical curriculum, you will acquire the academic skills needed to teach secondary school students. In addition, you will be required to choose one major teaching area such as English, Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Science or Religious Education. You will complete eight courses in your chosen major area, plus four courses in your chosen area of specialisation.

    An integral part of your degree is the 32 weeks of supervised teaching (practicum) experience. This is divided into two weeks of classroom immersion and teacher assistance in your first year; one term with a special focus on your Learning Area Major in both your second and third years; one term with a special focus on your Learning Area Specialisation in your third year; and an internship in your final year which focuses on both your Learning Area Major and Specialisation, as well as Religious Education if you have chosen to complete your accreditation to teach Religious Education.

    Please note: Education students in WA must sit the national Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE). The test is administered externally by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). You must register and pay for the test.

  • Program summary

    Core Curriculum

    • Introduction to Philosophy
    • Introduction to Theology
    • Ethics

    Year One

    • Information Literacy Skills for Education Studies
    • Introduction to ICT for Teachers
    • Introduction to Teaching and the Curriculum Framework
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Classroom Immersion: Secondary (two weeks of classroom immersion and teacher assistance)
    • Psychological Principles of Classroom Management
    • Three Major Teaching Area Subjects
    • One Specialisation Teaching Area Subject

    Year Two

    • Foundational Teaching Skills
    • Catering for Difference
    • School Experience 1: Secondary (10 weeks of school experience with special focus on your Learning Area Major/Specialisation)
    • Transforming Learning Through ICT
    • Teaching Method Major
    • Education, Service & Community Engagement
    • Principles of Secondary Religious Education 1
    • Two Major Teaching Area Subjects
    • One Specialisation Teaching Area Subject

    Year Three

    • Contemporary Issues in Secondary Schooling
    • Teaching and Learning Strategies for Adolescents
    • School Experience 2: Secondary(10 weeks of school experience with special focus on your Learning Area Major/Specialisation)
    • Advanced Teaching Skills
    • Teaching Method Specialisation
    • Liturgy and Sacraments
    • Two Major Teaching Area Subjects
    • One Specialisation Teaching Area Subject

    Year Four

    • Principles of Secondary Religious Education 2
    • Preparing for Internship and Transition
    • Scripture and Church
    • Working with Indigenous Students
    • Professional and Legal Responsibilities of the Teacher
    • Christology
    • Teaching Internship: Secondary (10 weeks of school experience with an integrated program of teaching in both Learning Area Majors/Specialisations and Religious Education)
    • One Major Teaching Area Subject
    • One Specialisation Teaching Area Subject

    Subject Major and Specialisations

    • Accounting/Business Studies
    • Behavioural Science
    • Communications
    • Economics
    • English
    • Geography
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Politics and Legal Studies
    • Politics
    • Religious Education
    • Science
    • Society and Environment
    • Theatre Arts

    More information about the courses can be found at the course descriptions page.

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency. Initial Teacher Education applicants are required to achieve minimum entry standards as specified for Initial Teacher Education. We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative minimum ATAR of 80 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 28

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • One semester (FTE) success in an undergraduate university course with at least a 65 per cent average grade or higher taken at Notre Dame or an alternative university.

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    • STAT scores of at least 150 in the Multiple Choice section and Written English section are required
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE exams with a resulting ATAR of 80
  • Fees

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The HECS-HELP  loan scheme assists eligible students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your HECS-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

    For further information on fee places and Government loan schemes, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees Page.

  • Career opportunities

    The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

    • Independent schools
    • Government schools
    • Catholic schools
  • Professional accreditation

    Teachers’ Registration Board of Western Australia

  • Student profile data

    Table 2 below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this Program. It provides data on all students who commenced in this Program in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

    TABLE 2a – Bachelor of Education (Secondary) BASIS OF ADMISSION IN SEMESTER 1, 2021 INTAKE

    Applicant background

    Semester 1 2021

    Number of students

    Percentage of all students

    (A) Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) studyN/AN/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, interview, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    • Admitted   on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, interview, school marks & recommendation with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    International students<5N/P
    All students42100.0%


    (Excluding adjustment factors) *
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors) *
    [only if relevant]
    Highest rank to receive an offerN/AN/A
    Median rank to receive an offerN/AN/A

    Lowest rank to receive an offer



    “<5” – the number of students is less than 5
    N/A – Students not accepted in this category
    N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Education (Secondary), please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on


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