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Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education: Mathematics) and Bachelor of Science

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Overview

This course will give you a professional qualification to teach in secondary schools in mathematics as well as a second teaching area in science or in humanities and social sciences.

In this five-year degree you will acquire a strong practical and theoretical preparation for teaching. The course covers professional teaching, special education, international education, and information and communications technology.

You will need to complete a Bachelor of Science major in mathematics. You may also opt to study a second teaching method in science or humanities and social science. Science teaching areas offered include biology, chemistry, earth and environmental science, geography, and physics. If your second teaching area is in Biology, Chemistry or Physics, you are required to also complete first-year units in another Science area. 

School observation and work-based training, worth a total of at least 560 hours, are integral components of the professional experiences in this degree. This professional experience is offered in partnership with participating schools and will provide you with the opportunity to develop your teaching skills and professional understanding.

In your fifth year you can take various education units of study, including Teaching International English, Meeting the Needs of Cultural Diversity, and Responding to Diverse Needs in Schools.

Subject areas

All students need to complete a major in mathematics, which requires the completion of 24 credit points of senior units of study in mathematics. Students may obtain a second major and this must relate to a science teaching area (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Earth and Environmental Science or Geography). A major in a science area requires the completion of 24 credit points of senior units of study in one Science subject area, including any units of study specified in the table of units of study as compulsory for that major. A student may not count a unit of study toward more than one major.

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Units of Study

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education: Mathematics) and Bachelor of Science

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Education One Teaching Area Mathematics Teaching Area 2 Elective
  2 Education One Teaching Area Mathematics Teaching Area 2 Elective
2 1 Education Two Curriculum and Professional Teaching Area Mathematics Teaching Area 2
  2 Education Two Curriculum and Professional Teaching Area Mathematics Teaching Area 2
3 1 Curriculum and Professional Curriculum and Professional Teaching Area Mathematics Teaching Area Mathematics
  2 Curriculum and Professional Curriculum and Professional Curriculum and Professional Curriculum and Professional (Professional Experience)
4 1 Curriculum and Professional Curriculum and Professional Curriculum and Professional Curriculum and Professional (Professional Experience)
  2 Curriculum and Professional Curriculum and Professional Teaching Area Mathematics Teaching Area Mathematics
5 1 Teaching Area 2/ Elective Teaching Area 2/ Elective Open Learning Environment units Open Learning Environment units
  2 Education Three/ Honours Curriculum and Professional Education Elective Education Elective

Assumed knowledge

Any two units of English (not English as a Second Language) with a Band 5 minimum, and Band 5 in two other HSC subjects. Mathematics or HSC Mathematics Extension 1. Other assumed knowledge depends on the areas or units studied.

Applying for honours

Honours is available to meritorious students, in either Education or Bachelor of Science. Honours in Education requires the completion of an alternative 12 credit-point honours pathway described in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Mathematics) and Bachelor of Science Table of units. Completion of the degree is required in the minimum standard full-time duration.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Prerequisites

Mathematics (equivalent of band 4 in the NSW HSC subject Mathematics* or band E3 in Mathematics Extension 1 or 2) from 2019, if you are completing a senior secondary (year 12) qualification in Australia. For details including equivalent requirements for other qualifications, visit Mathematics course prerequisites.

*The subject requirement refers to Mathematics (not Mathematics General or Mathematics Standard), or Mathematics Advanced which will be first examined in the NSW HSC in 2020.

Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE)
The requirement to complete the LANTITE applies to all students enrolled in the BEd (Primary); BEd (Health and PE); BEd (Secondary:Humanities and Social Sciences)/BA; BEd (Secondary: Maths)/BSc; BEd (Secondary: Science)/BSc; and all Master of Teaching programs except MTeach (Early Childhood).

Information about LANTITE for students commencing their studies in 2017 and beyond will be required to have successfully completed testing as follows: All BEd students commencing their studies in 2017 and beyond will be expected to sit and pass the test within the first two years of candidature.

Register to take the LANTITE.

For information about teacher-accreditation requirements in NSW, including the testing, visit the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Inherent requirements for programs in secondary education
To assist students to make informed choices about their study, the Sydney School of Education and Social Work has identified inherent requirements for coursework-award courses in Secondary Education. In order to successfully complete such a course, students must possess these qualities and skills (PDF).

 

Course opportunities

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education: Mathematics) and Bachelor of Science combined course includes significant professional experience placements in schools. The placements begin in the third year of the course and the amount of responsibility and duration of the placements progressively increases until the final placement, in which students are competent to teach under minimal supervision.

Professional accreditation

Our undergraduate Education courses are accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Career Pathways

  • Mathematics or science teacher
  • Curriculum consultant
  • Corporate trainer
  • Educational researcher
  • Government
  • Business administrator

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


Please note that for some courses there are additional costs in addition to the student contribution. Some of these additional costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Please consult the University's web page for more information: https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Combined undergraduate degree tuition fees


For international students, for combined undergraduate degrees, a single indicative course tuition fee applies for the duration of your study in the combined degree, regardless of the units of study that are undertaken as part of your combined degree. Importantly, the single indicative course tuition fee is subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your study in the combined degree.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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