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:

Jurisdiction QLD
Provider University of Queensland
Program title Bachelor of Science/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 On Campus
Campus location(s) St Lucia
Date of current accreditation 29/11/2018
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:

  • Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment data
  • Final Professional Experience Report data
  • Performance data for Critical Tasks
  • Supervising teacher surveys
  • Graduate tracking data and surveys
  • Student Evaluation of Course and Teaching (SECaT)
  • National collections such as QILT.

Program description and rationale

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Education (Secondary), students are required to complete 64 units, including 32 units as part of the Bachelor of Education and 32 units in the Bachelor of Science (including 16 units in the major teaching area and 8 in the minor).

Discipline teaching areas:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Digital Technologies
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

The UQ Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) includes 80 days of supervised and assessed professional experience in secondary schools.

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Education students complete two degrees in less time than if each was studied separately. The Bachelor of Science provides the content knowledge for two teaching areas whilst the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) provides the necessary skills, knowledge and practical experiences required for teaching.

For further information, including entry requirements and career opportunities, please visit:

 University of Queensland Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) 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.