Bachelor of Education - Primary

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

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.

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent. ACT: Major in English (T), minimum B grade; and Major in Mathematics (T), minimum C grade, and recommended studies Science (T). NSW: minimum of 3 Band 5 HSC results, including one in English, HSC results and successfully completed bridging units benchmarked to HSC Band 5 results, or completion of BOSTES approved alternative entry pathway, achieved the published entry rank and pass a full year of academic studies in the subjects in which they intend to teach. Qld: At least sound achievements in QCAA English, Mathematics (QCAA Mathematics A and/or B and/or C), and Science, or equivalent of these subjects from another jurisdiction. Vic: Minimum of Units 1 and 2 - 2 units (any study combination) of general mathematics or mathematical methods or Units 3 and 4 mathematics (any). Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.

Structure:

360 cp.

Subjects you can Study:

Education-primary

Study Pathways:

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.

Further information:

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 the course. Placements will usually be arranged for the scheduled placement period in the professional experience calendar though this may not always be possible. Students will be required to demonstrate they have achieved approved benchmarks in literacy and numeracy.

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 primary school teacher in all states and territories.

Accepts International Students:

Yes

Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Related Careers:

Teacher - Primary,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Ballarat (Aquinas) 58.75 No Full time 4 years
Ballarat (Aquinas) 58.75 No Part time 8 years
Canberra (Signadou) 61.8 No Full time 4 years
Canberra (Signadou) 61.8 No Part time 8 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 58.5 No Full time 4 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 58.5 No Part time 8 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) 58.5 No Full time 4 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) 58.5 No Part time 8 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info Yes Full time 4 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info Yes Part time 8 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 58.5 No Full time 4 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 58.5 No Part time 8 years

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.


*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.


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