• Why study the Bachelor of Education (Secondary Music) at UNE?
    Teaching is a rewarding career choice for those who enjoy being part of children’s development. The professional skills learned will be valued by the community and will bring teachers into contact with people of all ages. Teachers are members of one of the largest professions of our society. The degree will give students the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to become a successful secondary teacher. Students are encouraged to be independent learners who are able to adapt efficiently and constructively to meet the changes which occur in the teaching profession. The Music component of this course is offered in fully online mode only, giving students flexibility with regard to location and when they can study and access course materials.

    Teacher Registration: Students should note that teacher registration requirements vary from state to state. UNE bases its degree structures on the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) guidelines, under the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership framework for teacher registration. It is the responsibility of each student to check their eligibility to teach with the relevant state authority (including students who intend to teach in NSW).


    The NSW Government raised admission requirements for undergraduate teaching courses in 2016. The new requirements are considerably higher than before and specify a minimum of three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English, or bridging units or alternative pathway as approved by NESA. Further information is available via the NESA Teacher Accreditation website.

    Option 1 – You may attempt the Bachelor of Education (Secondary Music) without meeting the above requirement, however you are then required to complete 48 credit points of ‘discipline units’. These are units which contribute to your background knowledge for the subjects you want to teach. If you can pass all 48 credit points you will be deemed to have met the NSW Government’s requirements and may proceed in the course. However, if you cannot pass all 48 credit points, you may not proceed and will be transferred to a non-teacher education course such as the Bachelor of Music.

    Option 2 – Complete an undergraduate non-teacher education degree such as the Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Educational Studies and, if you have achieved a GPA of 3.50 or more, you can then apply for the Master of Teaching (Secondary) as a postgraduate student.

    In addition to the above, from 2018 initial teacher education students must satisfy the School of their suitability for teaching through the satisfactory completion of a non-academic capability assessment.

    Note: Trimester 2 2018 applications will close at midday Thursday 14 June 2018.

    Career Opportunities
    Secondary teacher; Music teacher

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