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Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education - secondary

Course code: 1641 ~ Course abbreviation: BA/BEd ~ Total credit points required: 192 ~ 4 years full-time, 8 years part-time ~ No further intake at Gippsland* ~ Managing faculty: Education

    * Students enrolled prior to 2008 at Gippsland should see the Gippsland course adviser, contact details below, regarding the 2008 transition program.

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This double degree course allows students to qualify with both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education - secondary degrees. When students take the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education double degree, they are able to complete both courses in four years of full-time study at a normal course load for each year.

Course objectives

In the process of studying this double-degree course, students will engage in a range of teaching and learning approaches, in university and fieldwork settings. Upon successful completion of the course, students will obtain an arts major and minor field of study as well as a sequence of studies in education leading to registration in Victoria as a secondary school teacher.

Course structure

To receive the awards of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education, a student must successfully complete units totalling 192 points, consisting of:

a.) Studies in arts (96 points) including:

  • arts discipline major (48 points).
  • arts discipline minor (24 points).
  • an additional arts discipline first-year sequence (12 points).
  • a further 12 points in arts units.

For full details on the majors and minors offered, refer to the `Areas of study' section on the Arts faculty website at

b.) Studies in education (96 points) including a series of units relating to the theory and practice of education, teaching and curriculum. Fieldwork placements are also included.

Candidates intending to qualify as secondary school teachers need to be aware that their major and minor studies in arts must satisfy the requirements for the study of two curriculum specialism units in their fourth year and the requirements for employment laid down by the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Generally, to qualify for secondary curriculum specialism units, a candidate will require a minimum of two years of full-time academic study in that discipline. There are additional requirements for some disciplines.

Progressively over the course, students will be completing more of the education component, until the final year, which will be entirely education including an extended teaching fieldwork. This fieldwork is a program of field visits to different educational sites and includes structured teaching experience. The fieldwork placement is an integrated part of work in the Bachelor of Education program.

Course requirements

First year

  • EDF1303 Learning and educational inquiry 1
  • EDF1304 Learning and educational inquiry 2
  • 36 points of arts studies

Second year

  • EDF2004 Issues in classroom environments
  • EDF2005 Professional responsibilities, practice and relationships
  • 36 points of arts studies

Third year

  • EDF3006 Adolescent development and learning
  • EDF3007 Mediating the world of learning
  • EDF3008 Researching educational practices
  • EDF3009 Schooling: local - global
  • 24 points of arts studies

Fourth year

  • EDF4004 Assessing learning (core education unit)
  • EDF4006 Professional engagement
  • EDF41xx A Core Curriculum Unit
  • EDF41xx A Core Curriculum Unit, or EDFxxxx A Curriculum Elective Unit
  • EDF44xx Curriculum Specialism 1
  • EDF44xx Curriculum Specialism 2
  • EDFxxxx General Elective 1
  • EDFxxxx General Elective 2


Students must complete teaching practice which consists of a minimum of 80 days of satisfactory supervised school experience. Students who are employed in schools must complete a minimum of 40 days of supervised fieldwork in a setting other than the school in which they are employed. Students must be available to undertake fieldwork placements full time.

Professional recognition

On completion of the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education program of studies, graduates will be eligible for registration and employment as secondary school teachers in Victoria. For interstate and overseas positions, applicants are advised to check registration and employment requirements with local authorities.

Contact details

Clayton: telephone +61 3 9905 2819 or email

Course advisers

Ms Jennifer Brown (Clayton), Dr Margaret Plunkett (Gippsland - for transition arrangements)