Course summary

It takes a special kind of educator to work with children in their first years of life and schooling. However, the rewards are many as you make a positive difference in the education and upbringing of the next generation of young people.

Our combined degree prepares you to work with children through their formative years. You'll explore inclusive education, the development and learning of children, and the importance of lifelong learning with significant blocks of in-school professional placement.

You complete core studies in both early childhood and primary teaching with discipline and curriculum studies in English; Mathematics; Human Society and Its Environment; Science and Technology; Creative Arts; and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

As a graduate, you will be qualified as an early childhood educator and a primary school teacher in Queensland and New South Wales. Please note your application must include a personal statement outlining your non-academic capabilities. See education non-academic requirements.

You will complete both a Primary and an Early Childhood major.

The Primary major equips you for a career teaching in primary schools and includes studies in areas of teaching and learning, behaviour management, childhood development, and curriculum studies in 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. 

All students need to successfully complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) prior to undertaking the first professional experience placement.

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.

You complete a program of in-school professional teaching experiences during the course, culminating in an extended in-school development experience, to demonstrate your capabilities as a primary school and early childhood teacher. This course provides you with teaching experiences across the age range from six-weeks to 12-years-old.

This course is currently undergoing its five-year reaccreditation with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) for national accreditation through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

This course is currently undergoing reaccreditation 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.

All Initial Teacher Education students across Australia need to successfully complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE). At Southern Cross University the test needs to be successfully completed prior to undertaking the first 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 N/A N/A
Gold Coast 1 N/A N/A
Lismore 1 N/A N/A
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.

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary/Early Childhood) students must complete the equivalent of 32 units (384 credit points), comprising:

  • 7 core units (84 credit points),
  • 10 units (120 credit points) in the Primary major,
  • 7 units (84 credit points) in the English Primary Specialisation,
  • 8 units (96 credit points) in the Early Childhood major, and
  • both components of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) as required by the Federal Government.

Permission to undertake a professional experience placement will at all times be at the discretion of the Head of School.

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with the Bachelor of Educational Studies after completing the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points).

Students may be eligible to exit with the Associate Degree of Educational Studies after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points).

Students may be eligible to exit with the Diploma of Educational Studies after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points).

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

Core Units

EDU71002 - Foundations for Education Introductory
EDU10712 - Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities Intermediate
EDU83003 - Inclusive Teaching Advanced
MAT10002 - Foundations: Mathematics and Numeracy Introductory
EDU10514 - Understanding Children and Young People Introductory
TCH10014 - Professional Experience I: Becoming a Teacher Introductory
TCH30002 - Professional Experience III: Transition to the Profession Advanced

Primary Major

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

Primary Specialisation

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 - Foundations: Language & Literacy Introductory
EDU71002 - Foundations for Education Introductory
MAT10002 - Foundations: Mathematics and Numeracy Introductory
CAR10003 - Foundations: The 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 Note 1 Note 1
EDU20001 - Literacy, Assessment and Information & Communication Technology Intermediate
TCH20002 - Children, Families and Communities 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 Note 1 Note 1
EDU20010 - Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
Year 3, Session 2
EDU30004 - English Education: Issues Advanced
EDU20006 - Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Introductory
EDU30005 - Mathematics Education: Issues Advanced
TCH20001 - Professional Experience II: Effective Teaching Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
Year 4, Session 1
EDU10712 - Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities Intermediate
EDU30006 - Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Advanced
TCH10518 - Early Childhood Matters Advanced
TCH30002 - Professional Experience III: Transition to the Profession Advanced Note 1 Note 1
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 Note 1 Note 1
EDU73002 - Leadership in Primary Schools 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 - Foundations: Language & Literacy Introductory
MAT10002 - Foundations: Mathematics and Numeracy Introductory
EDU71002 - Foundations for Education Introductory
CAR10003 - Foundations: The Arts Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
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
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
TCH10519 - Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood Advanced
EDU20006 - Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Introductory
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
EDU20010 - Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy 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
EDU30004 - English Education: Issues Advanced
EDU30005 - Mathematics Education: Issues Advanced
TCH10522 - Education and Care II: Infants and Toddlers Advanced Note 1 Note 1
Year 5, Study Period 1
EDU10712 - Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities Intermediate
Year 5, Session 1
EDU30006 - Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Advanced
EDU73002 - Leadership in Primary Schools Advanced
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.