Course summary

This combined degree equips students to work with children throughout their formative years. Designed to improve career opportunities, graduates qualify to become early childhood educators and primary school teachers. Graduates are qualified to work with and teach children from birth through to primary school (12-years-old).

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 professional 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. The course includes study in inclusive education, the development and learning of children, and the importance of life-long learning.

Entry into our teaching degrees is 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 education 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 units that target early childhood professional development such as leadership, advocacy and issues in early childhood education. 

Please note: Some units in this course are only delivered online.

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 early childcare centres and primary schools across the age range of birth to 12 years.

The course is accredited by NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) 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.


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


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:
    1. 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. Both components of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) as required by the Federal Government.
  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.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access and Inclusion website. If you have a disability or health condition which may impact on your ability to meet these requirements please refer to the Student Access and Inclusion website for further information and contact details.


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
EDU83003 - Inclusive Teaching 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
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World 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
EDU10128 - Introduction to Teaching Introductory
TCH10515 - Play and Pedagogies in the Early Years Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
TCH10014 - Professional Experience I: Becoming a Teacher Introductory
EDU10514 - Understanding Children and Young People 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
EDU30006 - Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Advanced
Year 3, Session 2
EDU30004 - English Education: Issues Advanced
EDU20006 - Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Introductory
TCH20002 - Children, Families and Communities Intermediate
TCH20001 - Professional Experience II: Effective Teaching Intermediate
Year 4, Session 1
EDU10712 - Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities Intermediate
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
EDU83003 - Inclusive Teaching Advanced
TCH10519 - Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood Advanced
TCH10522 - Education and Care II: Infants and Toddlers Advanced
EDU30005 - Mathematics Education: Issues Advanced

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
ENG10010 - Language & Literacy Introductory
MAT10002 - Mathematics and Numeracy Introductory
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
CAR10003 - Foundations: Creative Arts Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
EDU10128 - Introduction to Teaching Introductory
EDU10514 - Understanding Children and Young People Introductory
EDU20006 - Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Introductory
TCH10517 - Early Childhood Principles and Practice Introductory
Year 3, Session 1
EDU20009 - Mathematics Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU20007 - English Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
TCH10515 - Play and Pedagogies in the Early Years Introductory
TCH10014 - Professional Experience I: Becoming a Teacher Introductory Note 1 Note 1
Year 3, Session 2
EDU30004 - English Education: Issues Advanced
EDU20001 - Literacy, Assessment and Information & Communication Technology Intermediate
TCH20002 - Children, Families and Communities Intermediate
TCH20001 - Professional Experience II: Effective Teaching Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
Year 4, Session 1
TCH20003 - Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood Intermediate
EDU10712 - Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities Intermediate
EDU20008 - Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
TCH10521 - Education and Care I: Preschoolers Introductory Note 1 Note 1
Year 4, Session 2
EDU83003 - Inclusive Teaching Advanced
TCH10519 - Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood Advanced
EDU30005 - Mathematics Education: Issues Advanced
TCH10522 - Education and Care II: Infants and Toddlers Advanced Note 1 Note 1
Year 5, 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 Note 1 Note 1

Notes

Note 1: This unit involves a practicum.