Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Away from Base)

Available to:
Domestic students only.
Location:
  • Strathfield
Duration:

4 years or equivalent part-time

This mode is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students only.

Domestic students

Description

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is available by direct entry application to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Away From Base mode. This study mode allows students to live and work in their local community, while studying and attending 4 residentials of one week each in Strathfield throughout the year.

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 allows students to live and work in their local community while they learn how to teach in each of these key learning areas:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • science
  • technology.

In addition students may elect to study religious education.

In addition to working within your home community, you’ll also gain practical experience by being placed within schools during the course (this is a compulsory component and is taken in block-periods that may extend from 1 to 10 weeks in NSW, and 1 to 6 weeks in Queensland).

Students are also  required to attend two compulsory residential schools on campus each semester.

Course duration

4 years or equivalent part-time

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Strathfield (Multi-mode)

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 completed the specified requirements may exit from the course with the Bachelor of Educational Studies. This does not provide a qualification to teach.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer

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.

Additional Approvals

Requirements for working with children: All students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they may enter a classroom. These are: Blue Card (Qld) or Working with Children Check (ACT, NSW and Vic). International students must bring police check documentation from their own countries. To meet the requirements for working in settings other than schools, a National Police check may be required. All students who have lived in another country for 12 months or more must provide a police check from that country for that period.

*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

Direct Applications

Admission Pathways to this course

Career paths

Graduates may work as a Primary teacher, Education administrator, Government policy professional, Group facilitator and market researcher while contributing to improving Indigenous education.

Professional experience

Students must complete professional experience units during which time they are required to be available full-time.  All students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they may enter a classroom. These are: Blue Card (Qld), Working with Vulnerable People (ACT) or Working with Children Check (NSW and Vic). 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.

Graduates of this course must have completed ten days of community engagement.

Professional recognition

This program has been listed on the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) accredited programs list and meets the teacher education component of the qualification requirement for registration (accreditation) as a secondary school teacher in all states and territories.

Pathways to further study

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

More course information

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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