This combined degree equips students to work with children throughout their formative years. Designed to improve career opportunities, graduates become early childhood educators and primary school teachers.
In their first year, students study essential foundational content for teaching in primary schools and early childhood settings. Starting in their second year, and continuing throughout the remainder of their degree, students study curriculum, pedagogy and effective teaching strategies. They also begin significant blocks of practical teaching experiences in schools and early childhood settings.
With a child-centred philosophy, supported by up-to date evidence on best practice, this combined degree focuses on the values, disposition, knowledge and practical teaching skills required to provide a high quality education environment for children. It produces teachers who understand the attributes of inclusive education, the development and learning of children, and the importance of life-long learning.
Graduates are qualified to work with and teach children from birth through primary school (12 years old).
Entry into our teaching degrees will be based on an indicative ATAR of 70 or OP of 13 with no additional prerequisite entry requirements. Our education degrees are combined with a Bachelor of Arts to ensure a comprehensive foundation for our educations students in relevant discipline areas like mathematics, English and science.
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.
Please note: Some units in this course are only delivered by distance education.
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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.
Courses have accreditation with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) and the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). Courses have national accreditation through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).
The course has accreditation with the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority(ACECQA).
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.
The Australian Government has introduced a Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE), effective from July 2016. All Initial Teacher Education students across Australia will need to successfully complete the national literacy and numeracy test (LANTITE) prior to completing their course. In line with accreditation requirements, at SCU the test needs to be successfully completed prior to undertaking the final professional experience placement.
4 years full-time; 8 years part-time
4 years full-time
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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.
- Both components of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) as required by the Federal Government.
- not less than thirty-two (32) units comprising:
- 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
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