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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Science

Foster the science future

Great science teachers tap into the natural curiosity and imaginative thinking of young people. They build a strong foundation of knowledge and inspire a spirit of discovery.

With a shortage of high school science teachers in Australia, there is a high demand for educators capable of shaping the next generation of scientists. Our Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Science gives you the skills to take on this stimulating and vital role.

Develop your digital capabilities in our eLearning Program - the first and only one of its kind for Education students in Australia. We will show you how to use your own iPad with pencil and keyboard to its full teaching potential so you can earn Apple Teacher status. You might even do your first-year placement in an Apple Distinguished School.

What will you do?

You’ll build deep understandings of the subjects you intend to teach, selecting from: 

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Digital Technologies*
  • Mathematics*
  • Physics
  • Psychology

You’ll also:

  • explore educational issues, curriculum and practice relevant to the secondary years
  • work with inspiring teachers and researchers
  • gain professional experience and connections through extensive school placements.

Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate fully qualified to register as a secondary teacher Australia-wide. If you’d like to teach overseas, your degree will be valid in most other countries. An education background will also prove invaluable in a wide range of careers servicing communities outside of the classroom.

Campus Information

North Terrace

The campus provides a mix of the historical and contemporary, combining old sandstone buildings with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities.

Intakes

  • Feb

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

Industry Placement
Criminal History Check and Responding to Abuse and Neglect training

Professional Experience Placements form a compulsory part of the program.  Students will be required to undertake a Child-related Employment screening through Department of Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI).  If a student fails to obtain clearance for any reason, the University cannot accept responsibility for obtaining a professional experience placement or any professional experience activity that a student may require to complete the course of study.

In addition, students who are completing any in-school activities or professional experience placements must undertake mandatory training in Responding to Abuse and Neglect prior to the commencement of the activity/placement. Students must provide documented evidence that shows that they have completed all of the required training.

Potential careers
SACE Teacher, SSO, STEM Teacher, STEM in Schools Professional Development Provider, Education Coordinator, Education Officer / Educator, School Services Officer, Science Communicators, Science Educators, Scientific Officer, Scientist, Teacher

 

PSW Opportunity

The additional year of post study work rights is not available to international students studying in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

Bachelor Degree or Masters by Coursework Degree - 2 years - 3 years (Adelaide)

Masters by Research - 3 years - 4 years (Adelaide)

PhD qualification - 4 years - 5 years (Adelaide)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

ISC & CBSE [India] 75%

ISBE [India] 85%

All India Senior Secondary Certificate (CBSE, New Delhi), Indian School Certificate (ISC), Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu State Board Examination and Telangana State Board Examination.

Best three subjects, excluding language and non-academic subjects.

You must have completed at least one year at your home institution, however you are able to apply following one semester
You must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.5 out of 4.0 on the US scale or equivalent
You must meet the English Language requirements

IELTS - Overall band score of at least 7.0 Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 7.0

TOEFL (paper based) - Total score of 577, Test of Written English (TWE) 4.5

TOEFL (internet based) - Total score of 94,  Writing 27 Speaking 23 Reading 24 and Listening 24

Pearson Test of English - Overall score of 65, Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 65

Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)) - Overall score of 185 Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 185

Additional Entry Requirements
Teaching Capabilities Statement
In accordance with national teacher education program standards, applicants must fulfil non-academic entry requirements. Applicants are required to submit a 400-600 word Teaching Capabilities Statement which speaks to motivation to become a teacher. The statement must address three themes:

* understanding of the role of a teacher
* the personal and academic qualities possessed that will enable you to become an effective teacher
* your attitude to learning

Please note you may only submit one Teaching Capabilities Statement. Once you submit your statement you cannot make any changes or edits. Your submission will be final.

Pathway students will be contacted directly by the university and asked to submit their statement at the end of their foundation program.

Criminal History Check - DCSI Clearance
A successful Department of Child and Social Inclusion (DCSI) Clearance is required by teacher employment authorities in South Australia. A successful DCSI is required prior to undertaking any professional experience placement which involves contact with minors (under 18 years of age). These placements form a compulsory part of the program. International students will be required to obtain a certificate from their home country.

Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)
Prior to graduation, all students enrolled in Initial Teacher Education programs must successfully complete the LANTITE.