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Undergraduate Certificate of Teaching (Secondary) (UCTS) -

Start:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
Standard duration:0.5 years full-time 
Program articulation:

To: Bachelor of Education (Secondary); Diploma of University Studies


In 2023 the program follows the Semester calendar. The Academic Calendar and Important Dates webpage will allow you to view and download a copy of the important dates for the Semester calendar.

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Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 5315
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Freecall (within Australia): 1800 269 500
Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 5315

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Program aims

This Undergraduate Certificate of Teaching (Secondary) provides you with an introduction to the key concepts, knowledge and skills that underpin the work of a secondary school teacher. It balances theoretical understandings with practical considerations enabling you to start a journey towards being ‘classroom ready’. This certificate is an entry point to a Bachelor of Secondary Education, which provides graduates with a qualification for teaching students from Year 7 to 12.

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Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. identify the key attributes for teachers and determine the professional responsibilities that are required to teach in a discipline area

  2. collect, analyse and apply relevant and appropriate sources of professional learning for secondary teachers

  3. design supportive learning environments that promote positive behaviour through effective teaching and learning

  4. explain and justify a function-based approach to manage adolescent behaviour which includes the theoretical underpinnings, assumptions, and goals about behaviour

  5. select appropriate pedagogies for the teaching of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners with consideration of culture, cultural identity and linguistic backgrounds and their impact on education.

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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 07. Graduates at this level will have broad and coherent knowledge and skills for professional work and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting

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Program Information Set

View UniSQ’s admission criteria, student profiles and a summary of all offers made under Course Admission Information Set via the QTAC website.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Admission into this short program is available to eligible Commonwealth Support applicants, who are aged 17 years or over. UniSQ assumes your knowledge is equivalent to senior high school English (Units 3 & 4, C).

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Program fees

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a students' higher education and students pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Schedules.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Schedule

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

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Program completion requirements

Students must maintain good standing in this program. Please refer to the Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Procedure.

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of one year to complete this program.

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IT requirements

Students must have reliable and ready access to email and the Internet. Broadband access is required for the four compulsory core courses. For information technology requirements, please see the minimum computing standards.

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Upon successful completion of the Undergraduate Certificate of Teaching (Secondary), graduates may be eligible for entry to the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) subject to meeting:




As a result of a national requirement, submission of a 1000-word personal statement that demonstrates Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) competencies. The personal statement must address two categories that show your understanding of and motivations for studying the program:

  • Category 1: Interest in teaching children/young people;

  • Category 2: Involvement in personal learning and leadership activities.

Recommended enrolment pattern

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Undergraduate Certificate of Teaching (Secondary) Recommended Enrolment Pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

CourseYear of program and semester in which course is normally studiedEnrolment requirementsComments

Choose four (4) courses from this list:

EDC1000 Introduction to the Profession1111, 2BECH or BEED only: Enrolment is not permitted if EHF1100 has been previously completed. BPED only: Enrolment is not permitted if EPP1100 has previously been completed. BSED only: Enrolment is not permitted if ESF1100 has previously been completed.
EDC1001 Understanding Learner Development11, 211, 2, 3Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in: BECH or BEED or BPED or BSED or BGEN. BECH/BEED/BPED only: Enrolment is not permitted if EDC1100 has previously been completed. BSED only: Enrolment is not permitted if ESD1100 has previously been completed. Semester 2 Springfield and Toowoomba offer and Semester 3 Online offer is not available in 2023.
ESB2100 Positive Behaviour for Learning: Taking Responsibility1111, 2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following: UCTS or BEDU or BSED or MOLT (Secondary) Pre-requisite: BEDU and BSED Only - EDU100 or ESP1200 or EDC1400 Co-requisite: BEDU (Secondary) and BSED Only - EDS2401
EDH2152 Health and Wellbeing11, 211, 2, 3Semester 1 Springfield, Toowoomba and Online offer is not available in 2023.
ESD1100 1111, 2Not offered in 2023.