Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
040836B
Location:
  • Ballarat
  • Blacktown
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney
  • Strathfield
Duration:

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Entry to this course is governed by the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy. The selection of course entrants is based on academic merit and satisfaction of non-academic capabilities for entry to initial teacher education. In accordance with the mission of ACU, the Faculty of Education and Arts is committed to providing access to education for a diversity of students. For applicants who are not Year 12 students, the assessment may include year 12 or other studies undertaken to allocate an equivalent ranking. Additionally, ACU provides a range of access and equity schemes which consider additional or alternative factors in assessing applicants, including applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. ACU also offers approved, alternative entry pathway programs for domestic and international students.

Domestic students

Description

ACU has a long-held reputation as a leading provider of quality and innovative teacher education. This course is designed for people who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of children and inspiring young minds. A graduate of this course is eligible for registration as a primary teacher in government, independent and Catholic schools.

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) combines theory with practice, ensuring students not only learn about the social, political and cultural contexts that shape education in schools, but also gain hands on practical experience in primary school teaching by undertaking professional placements within schools during the course. This course has been designed to provide students with greater choice and flexibility to meet the changing needs and demands of the teaching profession. This degree will give students the unique opportunity to gain greater depth and breadth of knowledge in a specialist area, which includes:

  • Mathematics, Inclusive Education, Literacy, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education
  • Religious Education

Studies in religious education and theology are options in this degree to enable graduates to seek accreditation to teach religious education in Catholic and other faith-based primary schools. In Queensland and Victoria, the course includes a Lutheran strand providing graduates with the eligibility to apply for accreditation to teach religious education in Lutheran primary schools. Students wishing to teach religious education in Anglican schools (Queensland only) can take alternative units.

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is also available by direct entry application to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Away From Base mode.

Course duration

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Ballarat (Attendance)
  • Brisbane (Attendance)
  • Canberra (Attendance)
  • Melbourne (Attendance)
  • Blacktown (Attendance)
  • North Sydney (Attendance)
  • Strathfield (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4 Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1 EDES100
Understanding Learning and Teaching
10cp
EDES101
Educational Thought
10cp
EDEN100
Foundations of Literacy
10cp
Core Curriculum Unit 1
UNCC100 or PHIL102 or PHIL104
10cp
LNTE110
Literacy and Numeracy Diagnostic
0cp
Year 1 - Semester 2 EDES102
Professional Communication
10cp
EDES103
Understanding Learners and their Contexts
(Incl Community Engagement, minimum of 35 hours)
10cp
EDES104
Digital Cultures and Capabilities
10cp
Primary Teaching Specialisation
10cp
 
Year 2 - Semester 1 EDET100
Effective Teaching 1: Becoming a Teacher
(PEP BLOCK 150 days)
10cp
EDAR200
The Arts Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (F-6)
10cp
EDSS200
Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (F-6)
10cp
Primary Teaching Specialisation
10cp
LNTE111
Literacy and Numeracy Test
0cp
(Pre: LNTE110)
Year 2 - Semester 2 EDET101
Effective Teaching 2: Curriculum, Planning and Pedagogy
(PEP BLOCK 15 days)
10cp
(Pre: EDET100 & LNTE111)
EDMA200
Mathematics Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 1 (B-12)
10cp
EDEN200
English Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 1 (F-2)
10cp
(Pre: EDEN100)
Primary Teaching Specialisation
10cp
 
Year 3 - Semester 1 EDET200
Effective Teaching 3: Engaging Learners and Managing Learning Environments
(PEP BLOCK 1520 days)
10cp
(Pre: EDET101)
EDMA201
Mathematics Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 2 (F-6)
10cp
(Pre: EDMA200)
EDEN201
English Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 2 (3-6)
10cp
(Pre: EDEN200)
Primary Teaching Specialisation
10cp
 
Year 3 - Semester 2 EDHP200
Health and Physical Education Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (F-6)
10cp
EDSI200
Science Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (F-6)
10cp
EDES200
Comparative Education: Local and Global Contexts
10cp

OR

EDFX204
Engaging with Global Communities: Personal and Professional Learning in International Education Contexts
10cp

Primary Teaching Specialisation
10cp
 
Year 3 – Summer or Professional Term 1 EDES300
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges, Histories and Culture
10cp
    
Year 4 - Semester 1 EDET300
Effective Teaching 4: Diverse Learning and Inclusive Education
10cp
EDIT200
Technologies Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (F-6)
10cp
Primary Teaching Specialisation
10cp
Primary Teaching Specialisation
10cp
 
Year 4 - Professional Term 5 EDET400
Effective Teaching 5: Assessment and Data Informed practice
(PEP 5 days)
10cp
(Pre: EDET200)
Core Curriculum Unit 2
UNCC300 or PHIL320
10cp
   
Year 4 – Professional Term 7 EDET401
Effective Teaching 6: Professional Engagement and Reflection
(PEP BLOCK 30 days)
10cp
(Pre: EDET400)
    

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Credit Points

320

Exit Point

A student who has successfully completed the requirements of a course listed below may exit from the course with that qualification. Note that none of these qualifications qualify a student to teach in Australia.

  1. Non-Award Certificate in Educational Studies
  2. Diploma in Educational Studies (Tertiary Preparation)
  3. Bachelor of Educational Studies

A student who does not meet the LANTITE requirements may access an appropriate exit point if they meet the requirements of that award.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Ballarat
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Blacktown
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Canberra
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
North Sydney
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $6680 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy that includes meeting a minimum ATAR requirement.

Assumed knowledge includes minimum requirements in English and Mathematics.

In addition, applicants will be required to demonstrate suitability for teaching.

All applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed:

  1. the following prerequisites at year 12 level or equivalent:

Australian Capital Territory

  • Prerequisites: Nil
  • Assumed Knowledge: Major in English (T) and Major in Mathematics (T)

New South Wales

  • Prerequisites:Nil
  • Assumed Knowledge: A minimum of three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English and Two units of Mathematics Band 4

Queensland

  • Prerequisites: English (Units 3 & 4, C); General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C); a General science subject (Units 3 & 4, C)

Victoria

  • Prerequisites: English: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English; Mathematics: Units 1 and 2 – two units (any study combination) of General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics or Units 3 and 4 (any Mathematics).

OR

  1. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants may be selected following an interview with the course coordinator and staff of the campus Indigenous Higher Education Unit. They should have:
    1. minimum of three years’ work experience; or
    2. of year 12 or equivalent; or
    3. relevant tertiary study skills or successful completion of a Tertiary Communication Skills program.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Ballarat, Victoria
Apply through VTAC
Brisbane, Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Canberra, ACT
Apply through UAC
Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC
Sydney (Blacktown), NSW
Apply through UAC
Sydney (North Sydney), NSW
Apply through UAC
Sydney (Strathfield), NSW
Apply through UAC

Direct Applications

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

  • Most applicants to undergraduate courses at ACU are eligible for adjustment factors – which can help improve your selection rank when applying for a degree. Your location, school or personal circumstances may make you eligible too. Learn more about the full list of available adjustments.

Articulation from another course

Work and Life Experience

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience – A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience – you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation

If you have a Selection Rank but it's not enough for this course

  • Complete 2 non-award individual UG units; the results attained for these units can then be converted to a Selection Rank
  • Complete a VET qualification such as an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required Selection Rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new Selection Rank will be calculated from your results in the ACU units. Note - you may need to complete up to 8 units (equivalent to one year full-time) and achieve more than a pass grade to gain entry to this course.

Career paths

The course is designed for those intending to become teachers in primary schools throughout Australia, including Catholic, government and independent settings Graduates may teach primary school students in community education centres, private colleges and Inclusive Education settings.

Professional experience

All initial teacher education programs must include a defined period, or professional experience, where pre-service teachers practise teaching in a school under the direct supervision and guidance of an appropriately qualified teacher. In order to graduate, pre-service teachers must satisfy all the requirements of their program, including the professional experience requirements. The current requirements are for a minimum of 80 days of professional experience that occurs in structured supervised settings.

Supervised professional experience is at the heart of all our pre-service teacher education courses and the Faculty will find appropriate placements to suit the needs of your course. Placements will usually be arranged for the scheduled placement period in the professional experience calendar though this may not always be possible.

Pre-service teachers must complete professional experience units in primary school settings in line with the requirements of state/territory teacher accreditation bodies. During this time they are required to be available on a full time basis. All students must apply for and obtain background checks as required by Federal and State/Territory laws, including the Working with Vulnerable People check, Working with Children check and National Police check, before they will be permitted to participate in the Professional Experience Program. International students must bring police check documentation from their own countries. All students who have lived in another country for 12 months or more must provide a police check from that country for that period.

Professional recognition

This program is pending Victorian Institute of Teaching accreditation. Once accredited the programs will meet the qualification requirements for teacher registration in all states and territories.

English language requirements

A minimum of 7.0 in Reading and Writing and a minimum of 7.5 in listening and speaking.

Pathways to further study

Bachelor Degree graduates may be eligible to progress to a range of postgraduate coursework programs, e.g. Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas and, through them and/or with relevant work experience, to Master’s degree programs.

More course information

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is also available by direct entry application to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Away From Base mode.

Non-academic assessment - suitability for teaching
Applicants who apply for entry into this initial teacher education course will be required to complete a non-academic assessment. The assessment is to demonstrate suitability for teaching and will be part of your application when applying for admission into this course. Please visit our Suitability for teaching page for more information.

NSW Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Entry Requirements
Entry to all undergraduate teaching degrees in New South Wales (NSW) requires three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English or equivalent. This course is structured to allow applicants to meet the three Band 5 entry requirements within the degree program by including a full year of discipline studies before applicants study how to teach. (see NESA website)

Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)
Students will be required to demonstrate they have achieved approved benchmarks in literacy and numeracy as demonstrated through the Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) before undertaking their final professional experience placement. Learn more.

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

International students

Description

ACU has a long-held reputation as a leading provider of quality and innovative teacher education. This course is designed for people who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of children and inspiring young minds. A graduate of this course is eligible for registration as a primary teacher in government, independent and Catholic schools.

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) combines theory with practice, ensuring students not only learn about the social, political and cultural contexts that shape education in schools, but also gain hands on practical experience in primary school teaching by undertaking professional placements within schools during the course. This course has been designed to provide students with greater choice and flexibility to meet the changing needs and demands of the teaching profession. This degree will give students the unique opportunity to gain greater depth and breadth of knowledge in a specialist area, which includes:

  • Mathematics, Inclusive Education, Literacy, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education
  • Religious Education

Studies in religious education and theology are options in this degree to enable graduates to seek accreditation to teach religious education in Catholic and other faith-based primary schools. In Queensland and Victoria, the course includes a Lutheran strand providing graduates with the eligibility to apply for accreditation to teach religious education in Lutheran primary schools. Students wishing to teach religious education in Anglican schools (Queensland only) can take alternative units.

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is also available by direct entry application to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Away From Base mode.

Course duration

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Ballarat
  • 22-Feb-2021 , 21-Feb-2022
Blacktown
  • 22-Feb-2021 , 21-Feb-2022
Brisbane
  • 22-Feb-2021 , 21-Feb-2022
Canberra
  • 22-Feb-2021 , 21-Feb-2022
Melbourne
  • 22-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021 , 21-Feb-2022
North Sydney
  • 22-Feb-2021 , 21-Feb-2022
Strathfield
  • 22-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021 , 21-Feb-2022

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Credit Points

320

Exit Point

A student who has successfully completed the requirements of a course listed below may exit from the course with that qualification. Note that none of these qualifications qualify a student to teach in Australia.

  1. Non-Award Certificate in Educational Studies
  2. Diploma in Educational Studies (Tertiary Preparation)
  3. Bachelor of Educational Studies

A student who does not meet the LANTITE requirements may access an appropriate exit point if they meet the requirements of that award.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4 Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1 EDES100
Understanding Learning and Teaching
10cp
EDES101
Educational Thought
10cp
EDEN100
Foundations of Literacy
10cp
Core Curriculum Unit 1
UNCC100 or PHIL102 or PHIL104
10cp
LNTE110
Literacy and Numeracy Diagnostic
0cp
Year 1 - Semester 2 EDES102
Professional Communication
10cp
EDES103
Understanding Learners and their Contexts
(Incl Community Engagement, minimum of 35 hours)
10cp
EDES104
Digital Cultures and Capabilities
10cp
Primary Teaching Specialisation
10cp
 
Year 2 - Semester 1 EDET100
Effective Teaching 1: Becoming a Teacher
(PEP BLOCK 150 days)
10cp
EDAR200
The Arts Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (F-6)
10cp
EDSS200
Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (F-6)
10cp
Primary Teaching Specialisation
10cp
LNTE111
Literacy and Numeracy Test
0cp
(Pre: LNTE110)
Year 2 - Semester 2 EDET101
Effective Teaching 2: Curriculum, Planning and Pedagogy
(PEP BLOCK 15 days)
10cp
(Pre: EDET100 & LNTE111)
EDMA200
Mathematics Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 1 (B-12)
10cp
EDEN200
English Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 1 (F-2)
10cp
(Pre: EDEN100)
Primary Teaching Specialisation
10cp
 
Year 3 - Semester 1 EDET200
Effective Teaching 3: Engaging Learners and Managing Learning Environments
(PEP BLOCK 1520 days)
10cp
(Pre: EDET101)
EDMA201
Mathematics Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 2 (F-6)
10cp
(Pre: EDMA200)
EDEN201
English Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 2 (3-6)
10cp
(Pre: EDEN200)
Primary Teaching Specialisation
10cp
 
Year 3 - Semester 2 EDHP200
Health and Physical Education Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (F-6)
10cp
EDSI200
Science Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (F-6)
10cp
EDES200
Comparative Education: Local and Global Contexts
10cp

OR

EDFX204
Engaging with Global Communities: Personal and Professional Learning in International Education Contexts
10cp

Primary Teaching Specialisation
10cp
 
Year 3 – Summer or Professional Term 1 EDES300
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges, Histories and Culture
10cp
    
Year 4 - Semester 1 EDET300
Effective Teaching 4: Diverse Learning and Inclusive Education
10cp
EDIT200
Technologies Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (F-6)
10cp
Primary Teaching Specialisation
10cp
Primary Teaching Specialisation
10cp
 
Year 4 - Professional Term 5 EDET400
Effective Teaching 5: Assessment and Data Informed practice
(PEP 5 days)
10cp
(Pre: EDET200)
Core Curriculum Unit 2
UNCC300 or PHIL320
10cp
   
Year 4 – Professional Term 7 EDET401
Effective Teaching 6: Professional Engagement and Reflection
(PEP BLOCK 30 days)
10cp
(Pre: EDET400)
    

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $3013.00 (2021)
  • Average first year fee: $24104.00 (2021)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $96416.00 (2021)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Essential requirements for admission

International students applying must have an IELTS minimum of 7.0 in Reading and Writing and a minimum of 7.5 in listening and speaking.

Applying for Admission

How to Apply

Information on the application procedure.

International Students Apply Now
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre:
NSW & ACT
Apply through UAC
Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Victoria
Apply through VTAC

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Career paths

The course is designed for those intending to become teachers in primary schools throughout Australia, including Catholic, government and independent settings Graduates may teach primary school students in community education centres, private colleges and Inclusive Education settings.

Professional experience

All initial teacher education programs must include a defined period, or professional experience, where pre-service teachers practise teaching in a school under the direct supervision and guidance of an appropriately qualified teacher. In order to graduate, pre-service teachers must satisfy all the requirements of their program, including the professional experience requirements. The current requirements are for a minimum of 80 days of professional experience that occurs in structured supervised settings.

Supervised professional experience is at the heart of all our pre-service teacher education courses and the Faculty will find appropriate placements to suit the needs of your course. Placements will usually be arranged for the scheduled placement period in the professional experience calendar though this may not always be possible.

Pre-service teachers must complete professional experience units in primary school settings in line with the requirements of state/territory teacher accreditation bodies. During this time they are required to be available on a full time basis. All students must apply for and obtain background checks as required by Federal and State/Territory laws, including the Working with Vulnerable People check, Working with Children check and National Police check, before they will be permitted to participate in the Professional Experience Program. International students must bring police check documentation from their own countries. All students who have lived in another country for 12 months or more must provide a police check from that country for that period.

Professional recognition

This program is pending Victorian Institute of Teaching accreditation. Once accredited the programs will meet the qualification requirements for teacher registration in all states and territories.

English language requirements

A minimum of 7.0 in Reading and Writing and a minimum of 7.5 in listening and speaking.

Pathways to further study

Bachelor Degree graduates may be eligible to progress to a range of postgraduate coursework programs, e.g. Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas and, through them and/or with relevant work experience, to Master’s degree programs.

More course information

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is also available by direct entry application to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Away From Base mode.

Non-academic assessment - suitability for teaching
Applicants who apply for entry into this initial teacher education course will be required to complete a non-academic assessment. The assessment is to demonstrate suitability for teaching and will be part of your application when applying for admission into this course. Please visit our Suitability for teaching page for more information.

NSW Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Entry Requirements
Entry to all undergraduate teaching degrees in New South Wales (NSW) requires three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English or equivalent. This course is structured to allow applicants to meet the three Band 5 entry requirements within the degree program by including a full year of discipline studies before applicants study how to teach. (see NESA website)

Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)
Students will be required to demonstrate they have achieved approved benchmarks in literacy and numeracy as demonstrated through the Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) before undertaking their final professional experience placement. Learn more.

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