University of Technology Sydney

C10405v2 Bachelor of Communication (Writing and Publishing) Master of Teaching in Secondary Education

Award(s): Bachelor of Communication (Writing and Publishing) (BComm)
Master of Teaching in Secondary Education (MTeach)

UAC code: 600060 (English) (Autumn D session), 600061 (English/EALD) (Autumn D session), 600062 (English/Society & Culture) (Autumn D session)
CRICOS code: 102566B
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 192
Course EFTSL: 4
Location: City campus

Notes

This new course replaces the Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Education (Secondary) from 2021. Students may use the 2020?selection rank for the Bachelor of Communication (Creative Writing) as a guide. The lowest selection rank for Autumn 2020 intake was 72.95. ?


Overview
Career options
Innovation and Transdisciplinary program
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Inherent requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Rules and regulations
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

The Bachelor of Communication (Writing and Publishing) Master of Teaching in Secondary Education (English) offers students the knowledge and practical hands-on experience required to teach over 72,000 secondary school pupils studying English in NSW (NSW Education Standards Authority, 2021 HSC Enrolments by Course, 2021). Depending on the stream taken, students may also be able to teach the 4500 students studying Society and Culture in NSW or English language to the 25% of Australian students that have English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) (NSW Education Standards Authority, 2021 HSC Enrolments by Course, 2021).

The combined "Vertical Stack" course (undergraduate + postgraduate degree) enables students to gain a greater depth of disciplinary knowledge in Communications (Writing and Publishing) before commencing their teaching subjects in the Master of Teaching from their second year of study. Gaining a wider and deeper understanding in their field of study gives students more confidence when they commence teaching. They enter the classroom up to date on the most current developments in the discipline, and this is highly valued by schools.

The unique vertical structure of this combined course means students do not need to meet the standard three Band 5 HSC results, including English, for admission to an initial teacher education course.

To ensure that a high quality of teachers is maintained in the education sector, students need to achieve a Credit average in the first two years of their university studies before progressing into the final years of the program.

If students do not meet the Credit average, they can still continue in the Bachelor of Communications (Writing and Publishing) and graduate with that qualification.

Students spend 80 days in one of more than 200 secondary schools across NSW. This practical experience with a trusted UTS partner school helps them gain the skills and confidence in curriculum and classroom management required for effective teaching in English (and EALD or Society and Culture if relevant), and also helps them develop personal and professional networks within and beyond education for their future career path.

Not only are students accelerated in their career pathway to secondary teaching by achieving two qualifications, including one at postgraduate level, within the duration of a single undergraduate degree, they also have the benefits of a range of career options.

Career options

Secondary teacher in English or EALD or Society and Culture in a public or private school, locally or internationally (subject to meeting relevant employer requirements). Graduates may also seek work as a fiction and non-fiction writer, editor, publisher, scriptwriter, literary agent, communication coordinator, arts and cultural administrator, copywriter, feature writer, publications officer, freelance writer, book marketing coordinator, digital content producer, marketing content producer for government, NGOs and cultural groups, video game writer, writer for media organisations.

Innovation and Transdisciplinary program

Transdisciplinarity and Innovation at UTS

All UTS students have the opportunity to develop distinctive capabilities around transdisciplinary thinking and innovation through the TD School. Transdisciplinary education at UTS brings together great minds from different disciplines to explore ideas that improve the way we live and work in the world. These offerings are unique to UTS and directly translate to many existing and emerging roles and careers.

Diploma in Innovation

The Diploma in Innovation (C20060) teaches innovation, supports personal transformation and provides the hard skills needed to support the inventors and inventions of the future. Students come out of the Diploma in Innovation, with the hard skills to create and support sectoral and societal transformation. Graduates are able to fluently integrate ideas, across professional disciplines and are inventors of the future.

All UTS undergraduate students (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation) can apply for the Diploma in Innovation upon admission in their chosen undergraduate degree. It is a complete degree program that runs in parallel to any undergraduate degree. The course is offered on a three-year, part-time basis, with subjects running in 3-week long intensive blocks in July, December and February sessions. More information including a link to apply is available at https://dipinn.uts.edu.au.

Transdisciplinary electives program

Transdisciplinary electives broaden students' horizons and supercharge their problem-solving skills, helping them to learn outside, beyond and across their degrees. Students enrolled in an undergraduate course that includes electives can choose to take a transdisciplinary subject (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation). More information about the TD Electives program is available here.

Course intended learning outcomes

This course engages with the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), which are tailored to the Graduate Attributes set for all graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

1.1 Act in a professional manner appropriate to communication industries
1.2 Apply theoretically informed understandings of communication industries to independent and collaborative projects across a range of media
2.1 Employ appropriate research and inquiry skills to independently gather, organise and analyse information across diverse platforms
2.2 Act as reflexive critical thinkers and innovative creative practitioners who evaluate their own and others' work
3.1 Demonstrate a strong awareness, knowledge of, and sensitivity to, diversity, equity and global contexts
4.1 Apply knowledge of Indigenous issues in professional practices and engage responsibly in communicating with and about Indigenous people and communities
5.1 Analyse and act ethically in the personal, political and professional contexts of civil society
6.1 Exemplify effective and appropriate communication in different communication industry contexts
6.2 Utilise digital literacy and production skills across a range of media
MT.1.1 Know secondary school students and how they learn, with an advanced ability to critically evaluate the physical, social and emotional dimensions of learners
MT.1.2 Know the content and how to teach it, demonstrating an advanced knowledge of a teaching program in one or more disciplines to critically evaluate its delivery
MT.1.3 Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning with an advanced knowledge of educational practice, pedagogy, policy, curriculum and systems
MT.1.4 Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning
MT.1.5 Engage in professional learning for educators
MT.2.1 Plan and carry out extended analysis, and undertake independent research, of issues related to content-specialisations and teaching theories and practices
MT.3.1 Create and maintain inclusive, supportive, well managed, diverse and safe learning environments
MT.4.1 Research and plan ways to embed Indigenous Australian knowledges in the curriculum and acknowledge histories of Indigenous Australian strength, disadvantage and dominant culture privilege
MT.5.1 Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the associated school communities
MT.6.1 Communicate effectively using diverse modes and technologies in academic, professional and community contexts
MT.6.2 Collaborate with learning designers, analysts and subject matter experts, using effective English communication skills, to design technology-intensive learning resources

Key

MT = Master of Teaching in Secondary Education

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

Applicants must submit a personal statement as part of their application.

Applicants should also review the inherent requirements to ensure they are able to complete this course.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7.5 overall, with a minimum of 8.0 in both the speaking and listening modules, and a reading and writing score of 7.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 610-633 overall with TWE of 5.0, internet based: 102-109 overall with a writing score of 27; or PTE: 73-78 overall with a 79 in both the speaking and listening, and a reading and writing score of 65; or C1A/C2P: 191-199 overall with 200 in both the speaking and listening, and a reading and writing score of 185.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are essential to the successful completion of a course. For more information about inherent requirements and where prospective and current students can get assistance and advice regarding these, see the UTS Inherent requirements page.

Prospective and current students should carefully read the Inherent Requirements Statement below and consider whether they might experience challenges in successfully completing this course.

UTS will make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, professional experiences, course related work experience and other course activities to facilitate maximum participation by students with disabilities, carer responsibilities, and religious or cultural obligations in their courses.

For course specific information see the Communication Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement and the BABEd (Primary and Secondary) and MTeach (Secondary) (Essential) Requirements Statement.

Course duration and attendance

The course duration is four years of full-time study.

Course progression criteria apply to this course see the course Rules and Regulations below.

Course structure

Students must complete 96 credit points of disciplinary content subjects in the Bachelor of Communication (Writing and Publishing) consisting of 24 credit points of core subjects and a 48 credit points major. Students who selected the English/Society and Culture teaching area at application undertake 24 credit points of specific subjects from the Society and Culture stream, while those who chose the English or English/English as an Additional Language/Dialect teaching areas, complete 24 credit points of Communication electives.

In the Master of Teaching in Secondary Education component students complete 96 credit points comprising 42 credit points of core subjects focused on the foundation education disciplines of learning, motivation and adolescent psychology as well as addressing the education of students with special needs; and 54 credit points of teaching methods and professional experience relating to the teaching area/s chosen at application, as well as elective subjects or, for those undertaking English/EALD, additional subjects contributing to their second teaching area.

Industrial training/professional practice

Students undertake professional experience totalling 80 days of supervised teaching practice in schools. Students work under the supervision of an in-service high school teacher in their area(s) of specialisation and are mentored by a tertiary education supervisor.

Course completion requirements

STM91104 Communication core 24cp
MAJ09477 Writing and Publishing 48cp
CBK91929 Society and Culture stream / Communication electives 24cp
STM91579 Secondary Education core 42cp
CBK91930 Specialisation Choice 54cp
Total 192cp

Course program

Example programs for students undertaking the course full time are shown below.

Course programs for each individual major and stream are available at study plan management.

English major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
54000 Citizenship and Communication   8cp
52690 Narrative in Theory and Practice   6cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91928 Electives 24cp  
Spring session
54001 Digital Literacies   8cp
52691 Writing and Editing Foundations   6cp
52692 Imagining the Real   6cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91928 Electives 24cp  
Year 2
Autumn D Session
010047 Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum   6cp
013407 Resetting the Future: Indigenous Australian Education   6cp
013232 English Teaching Methods 1   6cp
010048 Professional Learning   6cp
Spring session
52694 Publishing Cultures   6cp
52695 Adaptations   6cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91928 Electives 24cp  
Spring D Session
010049 Understanding and Engaging Adolescent Learners   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
54002 Communicating Difference   8cp
52696 Professional Pathways in Writing and Publishing   6cp
52650 Screen Story   6cp
Spring session
52697 Major Writing Project   6cp
Spring D Session
013241 Professional Experience Teaching Practice 1   6cp
010046 Learning Futures: Teaching for Complexity and Diversity   6cp
013233 English Teaching Methods 2   6cp
Year 4
Autumn D Session
013234 English Teaching Methods 3   6cp
013404 Inclusive Education   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91921 Secondary Education electives 24cp  
Spring D Session
013242 Professional Experience Teaching Practice 2   6cp
013408 Teaching and Learning with Digital Technologies   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91921 Secondary Education electives 24cp  
English major and EAL/D minor, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
54000 Citizenship and Communication   8cp
52690 Narrative in Theory and Practice   6cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91928 Electives 24cp  
Spring session
54001 Digital Literacies   8cp
52691 Writing and Editing Foundations   6cp
52692 Imagining the Real   6cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91928 Electives 24cp  
Year 2
Autumn D Session
013232 English Teaching Methods 1   6cp
010048 Professional Learning   6cp
010047 Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum   6cp
013407 Resetting the Future: Indigenous Australian Education   6cp
Spring session
52694 Publishing Cultures   6cp
52695 Adaptations   6cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91928 Electives 24cp  
Spring D Session
010049 Understanding and Engaging Adolescent Learners   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
54002 Communicating Difference   8cp
52696 Professional Pathways in Writing and Publishing   6cp
52650 Screen Story   6cp
Spring session
52697 Major Writing Project   6cp
Spring D Session
013241 Professional Experience Teaching Practice 1   6cp
010046 Learning Futures: Teaching for Complexity and Diversity   6cp
013233 English Teaching Methods 2   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
013102 Introducing Knowledge about Language   6cp
028253 TESOL: Methodology   6cp
Autumn D Session
013404 Inclusive Education   6cp
013234 English Teaching Methods 3   6cp
Spring session
010025 Teaching EAL/D and Literacy in Schools   6cp
013105 The Multilingual Learner   6cp
Spring D Session
013242 Professional Experience Teaching Practice 2   6cp
013408 Teaching and Learning with Digital Technologies   6cp
English major and Society and Culture minor, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
54000 Citizenship and Communication   8cp
52690 Narrative in Theory and Practice   6cp
52670 Self and Society   6cp
Spring session
54001 Digital Literacies   8cp
52691 Writing and Editing Foundations   6cp
52692 Imagining the Real   6cp
013992 Aboriginal Sydney Now   6cp
Year 2
Autumn D Session
010047 Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum   6cp
013407 Resetting the Future: Indigenous Australian Education   6cp
013232 English Teaching Methods 1   6cp
010048 Professional Learning   6cp
Spring session
52672 Comparing Indigenous Histories and Politics   6cp
52695 Adaptations   6cp
52694 Publishing Cultures   6cp
Spring D Session
010049 Understanding and Engaging Adolescent Learners   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
54002 Communicating Difference   8cp
52650 Screen Story   6cp
52696 Professional Pathways in Writing and Publishing   6cp
Autumn D Session
013235 Human Society and its Environment Teaching Methods 1   6cp
Spring session
52673 Political Ideas and Change   6cp
52697 Major Writing Project   6cp
Spring D Session
013171 Society and Culture Teaching Methods 2   6cp
013233 English Teaching Methods 2   6cp
Year 4
Autumn D Session
013404 Inclusive Education   6cp
013234 English Teaching Methods 3   6cp
013241 Professional Experience Teaching Practice 1   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK90869 Electives (Secondary Education) 12cp  
Spring D Session
013242 Professional Experience Teaching Practice 2   6cp
013408 Teaching and Learning with Digital Technologies   6cp
010046 Learning Futures: Teaching for Complexity and Diversity   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK90869 Electives (Secondary Education) 12cp  

Rules and regulations

Course progression criteria exist and students are required to:

  • satisfactorily complete the NSW Government’s LANTITE Literacy and Numeracy test before progressing to the first Professional Experience supervised teaching placement in Year 3
  • achieve credit average results at the completion of 96 credit points (typically at the end of Year 2). Students who do not achieve a credit average are transferred to the relevant standalone Bachelor degree. Upon completion, they are eligible to apply to the Master of Teaching in Secondary Education via the regular graduate entry pathway.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) as a recognised secondary school teaching qualification. To gain employment as a teacher in NSW schools, graduands must meet the requirements of NESA, including language proficiency.

Other information

Further information is available from the Building 10 Student Centre:

Local and current students:
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
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Future international students:
telephone 1800 774 816 (freecall within Australia)
+61 3 9627 4816 (from outside Australia)
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