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 work with children throughout their formative years and will be qualified to become both an early childhood educator and a primary school teacher.
Students will study child development, the role of play in learning, literacy and numeracy, teaching students with diverse needs, professional practice, and curriculum studies relating to the early childhood and primary years. 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 complete a Primary and an Early Childhood major.
The Primary major equips students for a career teaching in primary schools and includes studies in areas of teaching and learning, behaviour management, childhood development, and curriculum studies across English; mathematics; human society and its environment; science and technology; creative arts; and personal development, health and physical education.
The Early Childhood major includes studies in early childhood development; teaching principles and practices; play and pedagogies; and curriculum studies for early childhood learners.
|Graduate Attribute||Course Learning Outcome|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 teaching experiences in childcare centres, preschools and primary schools across the age range of birth to 12 years.
Accredited by NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) and Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). Courses accredited by BOSTES have national recognition 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.
4 years full-time; 8 years part-time
4 years full-time
|Location||Session||UAC code||QTAC code|
|Coffs Harbour||1||$18,880 ($2,360 per unit)||085927E|
|Gold Coast||1||$18,880 ($2,360 per unit)||085927E|
|Lismore||1||$18,880 ($2,360 per unit)||085927E|
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.
To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary/Early Childhood) a candidate shall successfully complete not less than thirty-two (32) units comprising:
- all eleven (11) units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units; and
- all thirteen (13) units listed in Part B of the Schedule of Units; and
- all eight (8) units listed in Part C of the Schedule of Units.
- A candidate who while enrolled for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary/Early Childhood) 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/Early Childhood).
- Permission to undertake a professional experience placement will at all times be at the discretion of the Head of School.
Schedule of units
Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment
|Note 1:||This unit is normally also offered in Session 3. A Session 3 enrolment will free up the above structure and enable some shifting of units to avoid the two practicums in Year 4 Session 2|
|Note 2:||Early Childhood unit|