The University of Notre Dame Australia

Bachelor of Secondary Education

The University of Notre Dame Australia

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 01032F

The Bachelor of Secondary Education is a comprehensive undergraduate program that combines theory, the latest teaching technology, and opportunities for practical classroom experience. Working from a rigorous and practical curriculum, students will acquire the requisite academic and practical skills needed to teach early and late adolescents. Students will be required to choose a first teaching area as well as a second teaching area. First teaching area subjects include English, Mathematics, Religious Education, Modern History, Ancient History, Drama and Business Studies. The second teaching area is chosen from this same list of subjects with the addition of Economics, Legal Studies and Studies of Religion. An integral part of the program is 27 weeks of supervised professional experience (practicum). During the three professional experience placements, students will be required to teach in both their first and second teaching areas as well as immerse themselves in at least two different secondary school communities. Upon graduation, students are eligible to teach in Catholic, Government and Independent secondary schools in NSW. All teacher education students in NSW 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). Education student must register and pay for the test. Education students also need to successfully complete the Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment after their final teaching placement in order to graduate from this program and be able to register with NESA as an accredited teacher.


  • 3 core curriculum courses
  • 11 compulsory education courses including professional experience
  • 4 teaching methods courses
  • 6 courses for first teaching area specialisation
  • 4 courses for second teaching area specialisation
  • 4 elective courses


  • Secondary education

Standard entry requirements

  • Refer to Notre Dame general admission criteria
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The Bachelor of Secondary Education program is fully accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), allowing you to teach at government, independent and Catholic schools across New South Wales. In addition, you will be approved to teach the Board of Studies secondary curriculum from Years 7 to 12 in the two subjects you choose.

Study pathways

Students may undertake the University's Tertiary Pathway Program and apply to enter the Primary Teaching Program at the end of their pathway program (entry is not guaranteed), or complete the STAT - Scores of 150 or higher in both the Multiple Choice and Written English sections are required.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
  • ATAR: The admission requirements at Notre Dame are based on a selection rank which includes your academic results, unique experiences, interests and contributions to the society.
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 10 years

Further information

All teacher Education students in NSW are required to enrol, pay and sit the national Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) and demonstrate the required minimum level of personal literacy and numeracy prior to their final professional experience. Students are encouraged to sit the test early in their degree.

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