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 University of Southern Queensland
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 On Campus / Online
Campus location(s) Springfield, Toowoomba
Date of current accreditation 31/12/2018
Accreditation outcome* Five-year accreditation period granted
Accreditation expiry date (optional) 31/12/2023
Quality assurance processes in place

Quality assurance processes include, but are not limited to:

  • Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment data
  • Final Professional Experience Report
  • Performance data for Critical Tasks
  • Evidentiary portfolio
  • Provider surveys of school leaders
  • Provider surveys of graduates
  • Professional Partnerships Survey
  • Program experience surveys
  • National collections such as QILT.

Program description and rationale

To graduate with a Bachelor of Education (Secondary), students are required to complete 32 units in two teaching areas and core education subjects.

Discipline teaching areas:

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Design and Technology
  • Digital Technology
  • Drama
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Film, Television and New Media
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Geography
  • Health and Physical Education (HPE)
  • History
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religion and Ethics
  • Visual Art.

The USQ Bachelor of Education (Secondary) includes 80 days of supervised professional experience in secondary schools and a 20-day supervised internship.

Bachelor of Education (Secondary) students can complete professional experience at a variety of locations, including rural, remote and international placements. Placements may include a mixture of mainstream classroom settings as well as opportunities to engage in alternative educational settings.

For further information, including entry requirements and career opportunities, please visit: https://www.usq.edu.au/study/degrees/bachelor-of-education-secondary

USQ 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.