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Bachelor of Outdoor Education

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CSU’s Bachelor of Outdoor Education meets the growing demand for outdoor educators in schools, preparing students for professional teaching careers in secondary schools. This course has a strong practical focus and students will major in outdoor education and geography.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU’s Bachelor of Outdoor Education prepares students for the future needs of teachers with a specialisation in outdoor education and second teaching area in geography.

    This course is ideal for students who have a Diploma or Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation and want to take their qualifications to the next level to pursue a career in teaching, or for those who want to commence their career in outdoor education.

    Students studying this degree will gain reflective and dynamic teaching skills that enable them to work in secondary schools and a variety of other employment opportunities such as a group leader, activity specialist, adventure guide or expedition leader.

    Students will develop strong communication and critical thinking skills, ensuring they are able to work collaboratively with teachers, parents, students, therapists and policy writers among others.

    Graduates of this course will be professional role models in outdoor education who are sensitive to the community context in which they work and knowledgeable in the National Graduate and Teaching Standards.

    Professional experience

    There is a an extensive number of professional experience days in this course undertaken in a variety of secondary school settings, as well as a community placement. There is also the opportunity for students to undertake an international placement.

  • Career opportunities

    Graduates from CSU’s Bachelor of Outdoor Education will have opportunities to teach in secondary schools. Graduates can also work in a range of community organisations including:

    • youth centres
    • health care
    • government agencies
    • sport and recreation.
  • Professional recognition

    This course is accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) until 31 December 2019 for national accreditation recognised by the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

  • Credit and pathways

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    Students who have completed the TAFE Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation are awarded transfer credit represented as REC01C Outdoor Recreation Credit (16 points) upon application.

  • Workplace learning

    This course includes extensive professional experience teaching in a variety of secondary schools including international, rural, regional and/or urban settings. Students are required to undertake 85 days of placement, commencing in third year.

    Over the course of their studies, students will have the opportunity to apply discipline expertise through professional experience subjects. Students are also required to undertake 35 hours of community placement to enhance their understanding of community organisations.

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    EPT329 Working Within The Community
    EPT241 Professional Experience - Introduction to the Secondary Context
    EPT436 Transition to the Teaching Profession
    EEB106 Community Cultural Education Program

    Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students
    From 1 July 2016, all students must pass the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) before being able to register with their state-based teacher institute or equivalent body. From January 2017, all students will need to pass the test before undertaking their final professional experience placement. This computer-based test consists of both multiple choice and short answer questions and is designed to assess personal literacy and numeracy capabilities. The purpose of the test is to demonstrate to future employers that early career teachers have high levels of literacy and numeracy. CSU has a range of support options specifically for initial teacher education students preparing for the Test. More information about the test is available at teacheredtest.acer.edu.au

    Working with Children Check

    All teacher education students in Australia must comply with the working with children legislation requirements of the state / country of where their placement is occurring. Students will be required to provide evidence to the Faculty of Arts and Education’s Professional Experience Unit of a Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter prior to undertaking any placement in a school or early childhood service. The checks are intended to identify people who have convictions for such things as violence or sexual offences and who may put clients'/children’s personal safety or health at risk. Traffic violations and other minor offences are not of interest.

    Prospective students should be aware that not passing a Working with Children Check will make it difficult for them to complete a teacher education course satisfactorily because of the unavailability of suitable school or preschool professional experience placements.

    The Working with Children Check expires every five years. You will be required to ensure it remains current and valid to the end of the final placement in the course. Please note that a WWCC can take an extended period of time, so it is recommended that you commence the process early to prevent timing problems. The Australian Institute of Family Studies provides useful information and links relevant to the Australian states and territories. Information on the current Working with Children Check must be uploaded to the student’s information site on InPlace.


    Anaphylaxis Training for all Initial Teacher Education Students

    The NSW Education Standards Authority (ESA), previously the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES), now requires that all initial teacher education students have training in anaphylaxis. In order to meet this requirement, ALL students must complete the training module found at http://etraining.allergy.org.au. The online module takes approximately one hour to complete.

    On successful completion of the online module, participants will receive a certificate of completion. A copy of this certificate must be attached to your application for your professional experience placement. ESA suggests that students also present a copy of their certificate of completion to principals at the commencement of their professional experience placements. The training must be successfully undertaken every two years and students will need to ensure that their certificate of completion is current.

    The NSW Department of Education advises that students who do not successfully complete this training, as verified by the university, will not be able to undertake professional experience activities in NSW public schools.

    Child Protection Awareness Training

    Students must also complete child protection awareness training. Where this is not possible face to face, an online training course is available. This training needs to be renewed annually. See: Child protection awareness training e-learning module

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The Course Structure comprises: thirty three (33) subjects, equivalent to 264 subject points including a zero (0) point Community Professional Experience subject and a sixteen point (16) point credit package represented as REC01C Outdoor Recreation Credit for completion of a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation.

    Curriculum Methods Subjects
    EMH441 Curriculum Method 1: Society and Environment
    EMR441 Curriculum Method 1: Health & Physical Education & Outdoor Education
    EMR442 Curriculum Method 2: Senior Health, Physical, Outdoor and Environmental Education
    EMH442 Curriculum Method 2: Society and Environment

    Professional Experience Subjects
    EPT241 Professional Experience Introduction
    EPT329 Working Within the Community
    EPT436 Transition to the Teaching Profession

    Community Professional Experience Subject
    EEB106 Community Cultural Education Program (0 subject points)

    Education Subjects
    ESS419 Principles of Inclusive Education
    ELN402 Literacy Strategies for Learning
    EEE405 Assessment and Reporting
    ESC407 Classroom Technology
    EEP306 Pedagogy in Diverse Classrooms
    EED308 Adolescence and Learning
    EEA202 Managing the Classroom Environment
    EED408 Successful Teaching

    Teaching Specialisation Subjects
    REC167 Leadership and Communication
    PKM260 Interpretation and Environmental Education
    ENM101 People and the Environment
    REC200 Principles of Ecotourism
    BIO112 Principles of Ecology
    GEO164 Earth System Processes
    PKM364 Outdoor Recreation Design
    PKM230 Social Psychology of Risk
    GEO363 Community Engagement and Capacity Building
    GEO204 Soils and Landscapes
    REC302 Interpretive Guiding Management in Ecotourism
    PKM302 Philosophy of Outdoor Education
    GEO303 Climatology
    REC01C Outdoor Recreation Studies Credit (16 points) - Credited upon completion of a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation

    Indigenous Culture & History Subject
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

    Core Studies
    LIT101 Language and Text
    MTH100 Foundation Mathematics

    Key subjects
    Key Subjects are effective from Session 1, 2015:

    LIT101 Language and Text
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    EMR441 Curriculum Method 1: Health & Physical Education & Outdoor Education
    REC167 Leadership and Communication

    Enrolment pattern

    Year 1, Session 1*
    REC167 Leadership and Communication
    MTH100 Foundation Mathematics
    ENM101 People and the Environment
    REC01C Outdoor Recreation Credit (16 points)

    Year 1, Session 2*
    REC200 Principles of Ecotourism
    BIO112 Principles of Ecology
    GEO164 Earth System Processes

    Year 1, Session 3
    EEB106 Community Cultural Education Program (zero points)
    LIT101 Language and Text

    Year 2, Session 1*
    PKM364 Outdoor Recreation Design
    PKM230 Social Psychology of Risk
    PKM260 Interpretation and Environmental Education

    Year 2, Session 2*
    REC302 Interpretive Guiding Management in Ecotourism
    PKM302 Philosophy of Outdoor Education
    GEO303 Climatology

    Year 2, Session 3
    GEO204 Soils and Landscapes

    Year 3, Session 1
    EPT241 Professional Experience Introduction
    EEA202 Managing the Classroom Environment
    EMR441 Curriculum Method 1: Health & Physical Education and Outdoor Education
    EED408 Successful Teaching

    Year 3, Session 2
    GEO360 Community Engagement and Capacity Building
    EEP306 Pedagogy in Diverse Classrooms
    EED308 Adolescence and Learning
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

    Year 3, Session 3
    ESC407 Classroom Technology

    Year 4, Session 1
    EPT329 Working Within the Community
    ESS419 Principles of Inclusive Education
    ELN402 Literacy Strategies for Learning
    EMH441 Curriculum Method 1: Society and Environment

    Year 4, Session 2
    EPT436 Transition to the Teaching Profession
    EEE405 Assessment and Reporting
    EMR442 Curriculum Method 2: Senior Health, Physical, Outdoor and Environmental Education
    EMH442 Curriculum Method 2: Society and Environment

    *These sessions contain 3 subjects for enrolment as students are completing Cert IV Outdoor Recreation with an external provider.

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    ENM101 People and the Environment

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    7000

    Assumed knowledge for entry into this program is a Band 5 result in at least three subjects, one of which must be English. Where students do not meet these entry requirements, CSU offers approved pathways and concurrent study.

    Normal admission requirements of the University will apply, with students being admitted under the UAC and VTAC systems.

    English Language Proficiency Entry Requirements for Teacher Education Preparation Programs

    English Language Proficiency entry requirements for non-Anglophone International students are: an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.5 (with no score below 7 in reading and writing, and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening).

    Note: Please refer to relevant National or State employing bodies for their English language proficiency requirements when seeking employment.

    Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership requirement

    The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) set graduate standards and course requirements which are administered by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), previously NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES). Entry standards for initial teacher education courses are three Band 5 results including English in the NSW Higher School Certificate or equivalent. Study of any two units of HSC Mathematics or equivalent is recommended. CSU courses are designed and accredited with an alternate entry as all students undertake core discipline studies in the first two years of study equivalent to three Band 5 results including English and Mathematics before undertaking curriculum and professional studies.


     

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation

    Tuition fees for the Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation are separate to the costs of subjects taken at CSU. For details on the cost of the Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation please contact Wodonga Institute of TAFE on 1300 [MY TAFE]

    TUITION FEE

    VTG Government subsidised places

    Approximately $3,000 depending on specialisations chosen.

    Full Fee paying (not eligible for a subsidised place)

    Approximately $6,000 depending on specialisations chosen.

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.


    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNNKEOE
    UACOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNN213911
    VTACOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNN1300110021

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 264 points.

  • How to apply
    Apply through UAC

    Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

    Apply through UAC

    Apply through VTAC

    Apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre if you do not reside in NSW or ACT and wish to study on campus at Albury-Wodonga Campus.

    Apply through VTAC

    This course is not available to international students.

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS018 - Foundation Mathematics
    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills in the area of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS024 Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (Intended primarily for International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 Academic Writing Skills (FACE TO FACE WORKSHOP ONLY)
    • SSS034 Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    • SSS035 Critical Thinking
    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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