Accreditation summary template

National summary statement about the accreditation process

The accreditation process involves a rigorous assessment of an initial teacher education (ITE) program against a set of nationally agreed standards. Accreditation standards and procedures are designed to ensure that all graduates of ITE meet the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the Graduate career stage. This ensures the program is of high quality and prepares pre-service teachers for the teaching profession. The process also includes an assessment of a provider’s quality assurance and continuous improvement mechanisms, as well as ensuring that the provider has a nationally endorsed teaching performance assessment which all graduates must successfully complete.

In Queensland, each program is assessed by a panel of nationally trained assessors that includes school leaders, employers, practising teachers and higher education representatives. A mandatory site visit involving forums with school partners, graduates, ITE students and the teaching staff of the ITE program is embedded in Queensland reaccreditation processes. Panels make a recommendation to the QCT’s Professional Standards Committee, which holds responsibility for granting accreditation and determines the length of the accreditation period. A maximum of five years accreditation may be granted.

More information on the accreditation process may be found at: www.aitsl.edu.au/deliver-ite-programs/standards-and-procedures.

Jurisdiction QLD
Provider James Cook University
Program title Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
Program type Undergraduate
Program duration in equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) 4 years
Minimum program duration 4 years
Stage of schooling Secondary
Mode(s) of delivery Online
Campus location(s) Cairns, Townsville
Date of current accreditation 31/12/2018
Accreditation outcome* Five-year accreditation period granted
Accreditation expiry date (optional) 30/12/2023
Quality assurance processes in place

Quality assurance processes include, but are not limited to: 

  • Evidentiary Portfolio of achievement of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the Graduate career stage 
  • Graduate Teaching Performance Assessment (GTPA) data 
  • Professional Experience Performance Report (QPERF) 
  • Graduate employment data, student experience, and employer satisfaction data (QILT) 
  • Professional Partnership survey data 
  • Student Evaluation of Teaching and Learning (SELT) 
  • Student feedback and evaluation focus groups. 

Program description and rationale

To graduate with a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) students are required to complete 96 credit points as per the course structure, including 16 core units and 14 units in two chosen discipline teaching areas (10 units in discipline-specific subjects and 4 curriculum and pedagogy units). 

Discipline teaching areas (options vary depending on location):  

  • Accounting 
  • Biology  
  • Business 
  • Chemistry  
  • English 
  • French 
  • Geography 
  • Health and Physical Education 
  • History 
  • Information Communication Technologies (ICT) 
  • Japanese 
  • Legal Studies 
  • Mathematics, and 
  • Physics. 

The JCU Bachelor of Education (Secondary) includes 95 days of supervised professional experience in secondary schools. Students undertake a further 20 days of either an Internship or Work-Integrated Learning in a service organisation. 

For further information including entry requirements and career opportunities, please visit: Bachelor of Education (Secondary) 

James Cook University graduates have successfully passed the national literacy and numeracy test (LANTITE), the final Queensland Professional Experience Reporting Framework (QPERF) and the Graduate Teaching Performance Assessment (GTPA). 

* Nationally accredited ITE programs delivered in Queensland are subject to ongoing monitoring, including:

  • submission of an annual report on the operation of the program
  • prior approval of any significant changes to the program
  • employment of only registered teachers to supervise or assess the work of a preservice teacher in a prescribed school.