Bachelor of Education - Primary

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00004G

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.

Structure

360 credit points. 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.

Subjects

  • Education-primary

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 or equivalent. ACT Prerequisites: Nil, Assumed Knowledge: Major in English (T), Major in Mathematics (T)
  • NSW Prerequisites: Nil, NSW Assumed Knowledge: A minimum of three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English, Two units of Mathematics Band 4. QLD Prerequisites: English (4,SA), Maths A, B or C (4,SA), Science (any) (4,SA)
  • VIC 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: Mathematics (any).

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.

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.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Melbourne (St Patrick's) International: $105,300
  • ATAR: 65
No
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years

Further information

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.

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