Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary/Early Childhood)Bachelors Double Degree
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.
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Location||Teaching period||UAC code||QTAC code|
|Coffs Harbour||Session 1 , Session 2||N/A||N/A|
|Gold Coast||Session 1 , Session 2||N/A||N/A|
|Lismore||Session 1 , Session 2||N/A||N/A|
|Online||Session 1 , Session 2||N/A||N/A|
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.
We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.
Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics 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.
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 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.
Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.
Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.
This unit involves a practicum.
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Level of learning||Notes|
|EDU71002||Foundations for Education||Introductory|
|EDU10712||Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities||Intermediate|
|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|
|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|
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|