Course summary

With a child-centred philosophy, supported by up-to-date evidence on best practice, this combined degree produces teachers who understand the attributes of inclusive education, the development and learning of young people, and the importance of life-long learning. It focuses on the values, disposition, knowledge and practical teaching skills required to provide a high quality educational environment for children, and to make a difference in the lives and future of the next generation.

Graduates are equipped to teach in primary schools and will complete discipline and curriculum studies in English; mathematics; human society and its environment; science and technology; creative arts; and personal development, health and physical education. They will also study literacy and numeracy, child development, and teaching students with diverse needs. They will have the option to major in Special Education or Australian Indigenous Education.

Students will complete a number of practical teaching experiences throughout the degree in order to put theory into practice and to observe and reflect on the dynamics of the education environment.

With a child-centred philosophy, supported by up-to-date evidence on best practice, this combined degree produces teachers who understand the attributes of inclusive education, the development and learning of young people, and the importance of life-long learning. It focuses on the values, disposition, knowledge and practical teaching skills required to provide a high quality educational environment for children, and to make a difference in the lives and future of the next generation.

Graduates are equipped to teach in primary schools and will complete discipline and curriculum studies in English; mathematics; human society and its environment; science and technology; creative arts; and personal development, health and physical education. They will also study literacy and numeracy, child development, and teaching students with diverse needs. They will have the option to major in Special Education or Australian Indigenous Education.

Students will complete a number of practical teaching experiences throughout the degree in order to put theory into practice and to observe and reflect on the dynamics of the education environment.

Students can study majors in Special Education and Indigenous Australian Education or can choose from a suite of electives. These provide an opportunity for students to shape their study towards their preferred employment.

Special Education prepares students to support children with diverse abilities. Combined with their final teaching qualification, this major provides students with the background to develop quality learning and support frameworks for students with additional learning and support needs. Students become familiar with supportive and safe learning environments, positive behavioural support and quality teaching for students with additional support needs.

Indigenous Australian Education prepares students for a career in teaching children who identify as Australian Aboriginal. The emphases are on building an understanding about Aboriginal history and cultures, contemporary issues, their experience in education, and appropriate community consultation.

These majors are offered by distance education and each requires students to complete an in-school professional experience. Some units may include on-campus workshops.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate analytical thinking, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills which show broad understanding and depth relevant to the education profession.

Creativity

Demonstrate an ability to identify and solve problems with intellectual independence.

Demonstrate an ability to develop innovative and creative responses to challenges in an educational setting.

Ethical practice

Demonstrate knowledge of ethical, legal and human rights principles in education settings.

Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to legislative requirements and codes of conduct relevant to the education profession..

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge and understanding of the relevant curriculum frameworks.

Demonstrate a solid knowledge of the pedagogy of effective educational practice.

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate the capacity for self-reflective learning and critical thinking with responsibility and accountability in professional practice.

Demonstrate skills in maintaining or advancing information and literacy skills to keep currency with pedagogical practice and professional development.

Communication and social skills

Communicate clearly, coherently and independently with exposition of knowledge and ideas in both oral and written forms.

Demonstrate teamwork skills and leadership in professional and learning community settings.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for diversity in others and self identify and apply proactive and inclusive strategies to encourage and support student engagement.

Students complete a program of in-school practical teaching experiences during the course, culminating in an extended in-school professional development experience, to demonstrate their professional capabilities as primary school teachers.

Accreditation with NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES). Courses accredited by BOSTES have national accreditation through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

Usually, Australian teacher qualifications are recognised internationally, but students need to check with potential employers and teacher registration authorities in other countries regarding accreditation requirements.


Course overview

Course code

3207310

Course abbreviation

BA/BEd(Prim)

Credit points

384

Equivalent units

32

Duration

4 years full-time; 8 years part-time

Duration

4 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Coffs Harbour Session 1 330150 050751
Gold Coast Session 1 330160 050161
Lismore Session 1 330110 050711
Online Session 1 N/A N/A

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Coffs Harbour Session 1 $18,880 ($2,360 per unit) 085928D
Gold Coast Session 1 $18,880 ($2,360 per unit) 085928D
Lismore Session 1 $18,880 ($2,360 per unit) 085928D

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary) a candidate shall successfully complete not less than thirty-two (32) units comprising:
    1. all eleven (11) units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units; and
    2. all thirteen (13) units listed in Part B of the Schedule of Units; and
    3. the remaining eight (8) units from Part C and/or Part D of the Schedule of Units.
  2. A candidate who while enrolled for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary) has completed the requirements for the Bachelor of Educational Studies may elect to be awarded the Bachelor of Educational Studies following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary).
  3. A candidate who while enrolled for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary) has completed the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts may elect to be awarded the Bachelor of Arts following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary).
  4. Permission to undertake a professional experience placement will at all times be at the discretion of the Head of School.

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note
PART A
EDU10128 - Introduction to Teaching Introductory
EDU10712 - Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities Intermediate
EDU20001 - Literacy, Assessment and Information & Communication Technology Intermediate
EDU30003 - Equity and Diversity in Education Advanced
ENG10010 - Foundations: Language & Literacy Introductory
MAT10002 - Foundations: Mathematics and Numeracy Introductory
EDU10514 - Understanding Children and Young People Introductory
TCH10014 - Professional Experience I: Becoming a Teacher Introductory
TCH20001 - Professional Experience II: Effective Teaching Intermediate
TCH30002 - Professional Experience III: Transition to the Profession Advanced
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
PART B PRIMARY
ENG10004 - Foundations: English Introductory
EDU20007 - English Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU30004 - English Education: Issues Advanced
EDU20009 - Mathematics Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU30005 - Mathematics Education: Issues Advanced
HUM10001 - Foundations: Human Society and its Environments Introductory
EDU20008 - Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
SCI10003 - Foundations: Science and Technology Introductory
EDU30006 - Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Advanced
CAR10003 - Foundations: The Arts Introductory
EDU20006 - Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Introductory
HEA10003 - Foundations: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Introductory
EDU20010 - Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
PART C

Title Level of learning Note
Eight (8) units in a specialist area, as approved by Head of School including the following two units:
EDU01105 - Professional Learning Project Advanced
EDU10716 - Professional Development in Education Advanced
PART D

Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
ENG10010 - Language & Literacy Introductory
EDU10128 - Introduction to Teaching Introductory
MAT10002 - Mathematics and Numeracy Introductory
CAR10003 - Foundations: Creative Arts Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
SCI10003 - Foundations: Science and Technology Introductory
ENG10004 - Foundations: English Introductory
HUM10001 - Foundations: Human Society and its Environments Introductory
HEA10003 - Foundations: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
EDU20007 - English Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU20009 - Mathematics Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU10514 - Understanding Children and Young People Introductory
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
EDU20001 - Literacy, Assessment and Information & Communication Technology Intermediate
EDU20006 - Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Introductory
TCH10014 - Professional Experience I: Becoming a Teacher Introductory
First unit from Part C Special Education Specialisation OR Indigenous Australian Education Specialisation Note 1
Year 3, Session 1
EDU20008 - Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU20010 - Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU10712 - Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities Intermediate
Second unit from Part C Special Education Specialisation OR Indigenous Australian Education Specialisation Note 1
Year 3, Session 2
EDU30004 - English Education: Issues Advanced
EDU30005 - Mathematics Education: Issues Advanced
TCH20001 - Professional Experience II: Effective Teaching Intermediate
Third unit from Part C Special Education Specialisation OR Indigenous Australian Education Specialisation Note 1
Year 4, Session 1
EDU30006 - Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Advanced
TCH30002 - Professional Experience III: Transition to the Profession Advanced
Fourth unit from Part C Special Education Specialisation OR Indigenous Australian Education Specialisation Note 1
Fifth unit from Part C Special Education Specialisation OR Indigenous Australian Education Specialisation Note 1
Year 4, Session 2
EDU30003 - Equity and Diversity in Education Advanced
EDU01105 - Professional Learning Project Advanced
EDU10716 - Professional Development in Education Advanced
Sixth unit from Part C Special Education Specialisation OR Indigenous Australian Education Specialisation Note 1

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
ENG10010 - Language & Literacy Introductory
EDU10128 - Introduction to Teaching Introductory
MAT10002 - Mathematics and Numeracy Introductory
CAR10003 - Foundations: Creative Arts Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
SCI10003 - Foundations: Science and Technology Introductory
ENG10004 - Foundations: English Introductory
HUM10001 - Foundations: Human Society and its Environments Introductory
HEA10003 - Foundations: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
EDU20007 - English Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU20009 - Mathematics Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU10514 - Understanding Children and Young People Introductory
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
EDU20001 - Literacy, Assessment and Information & Communication Technology Intermediate
TCH10014 - Professional Experience I: Becoming a Teacher Introductory
EDU20006 - Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Introductory
Education Electives OR General Electives
Year 3, Session 1
EDU20008 - Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU20010 - Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU10712 - Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities Intermediate
Education Electives OR General Electives
Year 3, Session 2
EDU30004 - English Education: Issues Advanced
EDU30005 - Mathematics Education: Issues Advanced
TCH20001 - Professional Experience II: Effective Teaching Intermediate
Education Electives OR General Electives
Year 4, Session 1
EDU30006 - Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Advanced
TCH30002 - Professional Experience III: Transition to the Profession Advanced
Education Electives OR General Electives
Education Electives OR General Electives
Year 4, Session 2
EDU30003 - Equity and Diversity in Education Advanced
Education Electives OR General Electives
Education Electives OR General Electives
Education Electives OR General Electives

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 2
ENG10004 - Foundations: English Introductory
HUM10001 - Foundations: Human Society and its Environments Introductory
HEA10003 - Foundations: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Introductory
SCI10003 - Foundations: Science and Technology Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
EDU10128 - Introduction to Teaching Introductory
ENG10010 - Language & Literacy Introductory Note 3
MAT10002 - Mathematics and Numeracy Introductory Note 3
1 Unit from Special Education Specialisation OR Indigenous Australian Education Specialisation OR Education Electives OR Specialist Program Specialisation OR General Electives
Year 2, Session 2
EDU10514 - Understanding Children and Young People Introductory
EDU20001 - Literacy, Assessment and Information & Communication Technology Intermediate
1 Unit from Special Education Specialisation OR Indigenous Australian Education Specialisation OR Education Electives OR Specialist Program Specialisation OR General Electives
1 Unit from Special Education Specialisation OR Indigenous Australian Education Specialisation OR Education Electives OR Specialist Program Specialisation OR General Electives
Year 3. Session 1
CAR10003 - Foundations: Creative Arts Introductory
EDU20009 - Mathematics Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU20007 - English Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
1 Unit from Special Education Specialisation OR Indigenous Australian Education Specialisation OR Education Electives OR Specialist Program Specialisation OR General Electives
Year 3, Session 2
EDU30005 - Mathematics Education: Issues Advanced
EDU20006 - Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Introductory
TCH10014 - Professional Experience I: Becoming a Teacher Introductory Note 2
1 Unit from Special Education Specialisation OR Indigenous Australian Education Specialisation OR Education Electives OR Specialist Program Specialisation OR General Electives
Year 4, Session 1
EDU20008 - Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU30006 - Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Advanced
EDU20010 - Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
1 Unit from Special Education Specialisation OR Indigenous Australian Education Specialisation OR Education Electives OR Specialist Program Specialisation OR General Electives
Year 4, Session 2
EDU30003 - Equity and Diversity in Education Advanced
EDU30004 - English Education: Issues Advanced
TCH20001 - Professional Experience II: Effective Teaching Intermediate Note 2
Year 5, Session 1
EDU10712 - Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities Intermediate Note 3
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory Note 3
TCH30002 - Professional Experience III: Transition to the Profession Advanced Note 2

Notes

Note 1: Units can only be selected from one Specialisation throughout this progression.
Note 2: Practicum unit
Note 3: This unit is normally also offered in Session 3.

Unit groups

Specialist Program Specialisation

Title Level of learning Note
Eight (8) units in a specialist area, as approved by Head of School including the following two units:
EDU01105 - Professional Learning Project Advanced
EDU10716 - Professional Development in Education Advanced