Course Description

Science Education at UOW involves learning science and how to teach it effectively. As a science teacher you will teach the structure and behaviour of both the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. UOW educated science teachers have practical teaching skills and a high-level knowledge of science.

Science Education at UOW qualifies you to be a high school science teacher. You will complete extensive professional experience throughout your degree, which allows you to learn by observation and apply your skills in the classroom. You may also have opportunities for rural and international professional experiences, and to study overseas with UOW's international exchange and study abroad partners, and to join international cultural immersion programs.

UOW offers up to five Science Secondary Education Scholarships to students starting this degree with an ATAR above 80 and Band 5 in at least one science subject.

What you will study

During this four-year degree you will study a combination of science and education subjects allowing you to practically apply both disciplines throughout your degree.

Science subjects including biology, chemistry, earth and environmental science, and physics are complemented with education subjects about teaching and learning strategies including learning and development, pedagogy (the method and practice of teaching), professional teaching skills, curriculum studies and meeting learners' needs.

Teaching is an academically rigorous profession and teachers play a critical role in our communities. Strengthening requirements for studying teaching degrees is an initiative of the NSW Government to ensure that initial teacher education programs prepare high quality graduate teachers who can respond to the needs of all learners to make a positive impact on student learning. At UOW we are committed to ensuring our graduates are of the highest standard by setting appropriate entry criteria and maintaining a strongly developmental program that supports teacher education students from diverse backgrounds with diverse experiences, abilities and perspectives to become the teachers of the future.


4 years full time, 8 years part time

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Teacher Education undergraduate courses at University of Wollongong (UOW) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 64.0% (national average 59.9%)
Improved skills: 85.4% (national average 77.9%)
Overall satisfaction: 87.2% (national average 77.8%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from University of Wollongong (UOW). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Teacher Education undergraduate courses at University of Wollongong (UOW) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 80.1% (national average 77.5%)
Studying full time: 4.3% (national average 7.4%)
Median full time salary: $62,900 (national average $62,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 069491F
University of Wollongong (UOW) Code: 887

Entry Requirements

Lowest ATAR to receive an offer: 66
Median ATAR to receive an offer: 75
Highest ATAR to receive an offer: 94
Guaranteed entry ATAR: 73