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 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 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 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.


Course overview

Course code

3207313

Course abbreviation

BA/BEd(Prim&EC)

Credit points

384

Equivalent units

32

Domestic duration

4 years full-time; 8 years part-time

International duration

4 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Coffs Harbour 1 330151 050651
Gold Coast 1 330161 050661
Lismore 1 330111 050611
Online 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
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

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/Early Childhood) 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. all eight (8) units listed in Part C of the Schedule of Units.
  2. 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).
  3. 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 Major
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 Early Childhood Major
TCH10515 - Play and Pedagogies in the Early Years Introductory
TCH10517 - Early Childhood Principles and Practice Introductory
TCH20002 - Children, Families and Communities Intermediate
TCH20003 - Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood Intermediate
TCH10518 - Early Childhood Matters Advanced
TCH10519 - Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood Advanced
TCH10521 - Education and Care I: Preschoolers Introductory
TCH10522 - Education and Care II: Infants and Toddlers Advanced

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
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
EDU20007 - English Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU20009 - Mathematics Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU10514 - Understanding Children and Young People Introductory
TCH10515 - Play and Pedagogies in the Early Years Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
TCH10014 - Professional Experience I: Becoming a Teacher Introductory
EDU20006 - Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Introductory
EDU20001 - Literacy, Assessment and Information & Communication Technology Intermediate
TCH10517 - Early Childhood Principles and Practice Introductory
Year 3, Session 1
EDU20008 - Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
TCH20003 - Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood Intermediate
TCH10521 - Education and Care I: Preschoolers Introductory
EDU10712 - Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities Intermediate
Year 3, Session 2
EDU30004 - English Education: Issues Advanced
EDU30005 - Mathematics Education: Issues Advanced
TCH20002 - Children, Families and Communities Intermediate
TCH20001 - Professional Experience II: Effective Teaching Intermediate
Year 4, Session 1
EDU30006 - Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Advanced
EDU20010 - Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
TCH10518 - Early Childhood Matters Advanced
TCH30002 - Professional Experience III: Transition to the Profession Advanced
Year 4, Session 2
EDU30003 - Equity and Diversity in Education Advanced
TCH10519 - Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood Advanced
TCH10522 - Education and Care II: Infants and Toddlers Advanced
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory

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 1 Note 1
MAT10002 - Mathematics and Numeracy Introductory Note 1 Note 1
TCH10515 - Play and Pedagogies in the Early Years Introductory Note 2 Note 2
Year 2, Session 2
EDU10514 - Understanding Children and Young People Introductory
TCH10521 - Education and Care I: Preschoolers Introductory Note 3 Note 3
EDU20001 - Literacy, Assessment and Information & Communication Technology Intermediate
TCH10517 - Early Childhood Principles and Practice Introductory Note 2 Note 2
Year 3, Session 1
CAR10003 - Foundations: Creative Arts Introductory
EDU20009 - Mathematics Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU20007 - English Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
TCH20003 - Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood Intermediate
Year 3, Session 2
EDU20006 - Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Introductory
EDU30005 - Mathematics Education: Issues Advanced
TCH20002 - Children, Families and Communities Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
TCH10522 - Education and Care II: Infants and Toddlers Advanced Note 3 Note 3
Year 4, Session 1
EDU20010 - Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
TCH10014 - Professional Experience I: Becoming a Teacher Introductory Note 3 Note 3
EDU20008 - Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU30006 - Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Advanced
Year 4, Session 2
EDU30003 - Equity and Diversity in Education Advanced
EDU30004 - English Education: Issues Advanced
TCH10519 - Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood Advanced Note 2 Note 2
TCH20001 - Professional Experience II: Effective Teaching Intermediate Note 3 Note 3
Year 5, Session 1
EDU10712 - Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
TCH10518 - Early Childhood Matters Advanced Note 2 Note 2
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory Note 1 Note 1
TCH30002 - Professional Experience III: Transition to the Profession Advanced Note 3 Note 3

Notes

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
Note 3: Practicum