What will I learn?

Secondary educators guide their students through adolescence and prepare them for a successful life ahead.

This initial teacher education degree prepares you for a rewarding career in secondary school teaching, and enables you to pursue specialist interests.

You will develop the critical knowledge and skills of best practice in education, to meet the needs of 21st-century learners.

You can choose to major in English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) or the Arts. You’ll specialise in either one or two curriculum areas, studying several units that provide specialist discipline knowledge, taught by active teaching and research professionals.

Core education units cover areas such as planning, implementing and evaluating learning experiences and programs; classroom management and teaching strategies, learning processes, educational psychology, Indigenous education, teaching students with diverse learning needs and curriculum studies.

The Science (Biology) Education major will prepare you to teach in the Biology subject area in Years 11 and 12, as well as across Science curriculum area from Years 7 to 12.

Second specialisation stream

In addition to your major biology teaching area, you will choose a second specialisation stream from one of the following options:

Minor teaching area – this will be a teaching area other than biology
Broadening – additional content and curriculum units in biology
Education specialty – additional education units and biology curriculum units

What you'll learn

apply discipline knowledge, principles and concepts associated with effective teaching of secondary school students.
critically evaluate and synthesise theory, research and practice to apply knowledge of the needs of students from diverse backgrounds and across the full range of abilities to enhance learning.
assess student learning and analyse diverse sources of data to support valid judgements of student learning.
plan and deliver effective teaching and learning experiences with demonstrated impact.
select, curate, use and create a range of digital resources and technologies to support learning and teaching.
demonstrate responsibility and accountability for being a life-long learner, identify and engage in professional learning; demonstrate personal literacy and numeracy competencies to the required accreditation standard.
engage in a continual cycle of improvement through critical and reflective practices including those based on local, national and global research and evidence-based practices.
create, lead and maintain positive learning environments for all students, including those from diverse cultural backgrounds.
communicate professionally and engage collaboratively with colleagues, students, parent/carers, and the community.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$31,100.00 (US$ 21,244) per year
Total indicative course fee: AUD $123,100

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

24 February 2020, 27 July 2020


Curtin University

Bentley Campus,

Kent Street,


Western Australia,

6102, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

United States High School Diploma or a High School Diploma based on a US curriculum with a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 (or an average grade of B) and a Total score (Evidence-based Reading and Writing section and Math section) of at least 1000 out of 1600 in the SAT from the same sitting, a minimum of 400 in Evidence-based Reading and Writing section, and 400 in Math section is required. This qualification does not satisfy any course prerequisites. English Language Requirements: IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking - 6.0; Overall band score 6.5; TOEFL Score: 79 (overall); Reading 13; Listening 13; Speaking 18; Writing 21; Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE-A) 58, Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing - 50; C1 Advanced (CAE) - 176 with 169 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking; C2 Proficiency (CPE)- 190 with 176 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

For international students

Students from different countries should have qualifications equivalent to Australian Year 12 and a scaled mark of at least 50 in English, Literature, or English as an Additional Language or Dialect.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - Reading 7.0, Writing - 7.0 and Listening 8.0, Speaking - 8.0; Overall band score 7.5; TOEFL Score: 79 (overall); Reading 13; Listening 13; Speaking 18; Writing 21; Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE-A) 58; Occupational English Test (OET) Grade B in listening, reading, writing and speaking; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking 190, Overall score: 176; Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking 176, Overall score:169.

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About this uni

Curtin is placed in the top one per cent of universities worldwide in the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017.

  • Among top 20 global young universities
  • Campuses around the globe
  • Offers international students scholarship opportunities