Bachelor of Education (Primary)



Study towards a creative, rewarding and challenging career with Deakin’s Bachelor of Education (Primary). Gain the knowledge, skills, understandings and values required to teach young people. Deakin’s aim is for graduates to be professional educators who can demonstrate that they are classroom ready and able to make a difference to students’ learning. 

Throughout the course you will explore all areas of primary curriculum including literacy, mathematics, science, arts, humanities, health and physical education and technology, developing in-depth specialist knowledge in one of the priority curriculum areas. You will also be supported in your learning through Deakin’s Professional Experience Program.


Key facts

Clearly-in ATAR 2016

Burwood: 62.00
Waurn Ponds: 60.35
Warrnambool: 60.55


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent


  • Burwood (Melbourne)
  • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
  • Warrnambool

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Warrnambool

Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

New course version commencing 2017.

NOTE: Currently undertaking accreditation with the VIT

Key information

Award granted

Bachelor of Education (Primary)


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

No fees defined

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

No fees defined

VTAC code

1400314271 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514271 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400714271 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

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Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Year 12 Student Applicants

Prerequisites:  Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of General Mathematics or Maths: Mathematical Methods or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics; and a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

Non-Year 12 Student Applicants

Refer VTAC entry.

Elective units

Applicants must meet any prerequisites or extra requirements specified for their choice of elective discipline units selected from Arts, Science or Health or Physical Education.

Professional Recognition

Deakin’s Bachelor of Education (Primary) is currently undertaking accreditation with the VIT as a nationally accredited course for the purposes of teacher registration in Victoria. Graduates intending to apply for registration in Victoria should carefully check all requirements relating to this process specified at

Career outcomes

There is a strong demand for qualified teachers and graduate starting salaries for teachers are high compared to the graduate average. An increased demand for teachers has also resulted in improvements in teaching conditions, resources and career advancement opportunities. As a Deakin graduate, you may find employment as a teacher within the private or public education sectors. Opportunities also exist in government agencies, community services or not-for-profit organisations.

For more information go to 'My Course My Career'

Course learning outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Acquire broad and coherent theoretical knowledge and understanding of education and the application of this knowledge and skills in teaching and learning, particularly for primary school contexts 


Engage in appropriately diverse effective interpersonal, oral, written, digital and non-verbal communication with students, their parents or caregivers, colleagues and other stakeholders to demonstrate empathy, develop rapport and build professional teacher/ student/ parent/ caregiver relationships with trust for quality learning and teaching. 

Digital literacy

Select, collect, use and create a range of digital teaching and learning resources and technologies to support student engagement and learning. 

Critical thinking

Critically evaluate and synthesise contemporary research and theoretical perspectives relating to teaching, student learning, and using diverse assessment data to make judgments about the use of appropriate teaching, learning and assessment strategies. 

Problem solving

Critically reflect on professional practice to generate creative, innovative and authentic solutions to a range of real-world problems encountered in the learning and teaching contexts and professional learning communities. 


Actively work and learn independently with responsibility taken for professional actions and judgements 


Work and learn collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals, families and members of the wider community who share responsibility for student learning and their wellbeing. 

Global citizenship

Engage in professional, intercultural and ethical approaches that addresses social justice, equity, diversity, and sustainability issues.

Approved by Faculty Board


Course Structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Education (Primary), students must complete 32 credit points of study as follows:

  • 26 core units;
    • 4 credit points of primary subject specialism
  • 2 credit points of electives

This course includes 80 days of supervised professional experience.

Students are also required to complete two zero (0) credit point units ELN010 and ELN011 as part of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) in order to graduate from their course.

Contact Student Services for further unit enrolment advice.


Core Units


Specialism Units




Total Units

Years 1-4

Year 1

  • Australian Literacy Test ELN010 (zero (0) credit points)
  • Australian Numeracy Test ELN011 (zero (0) credit points)
  • Visions of Australia: Time and Space From 1700 to 2010 AIA105
  • Literature for Children and Young Adults ALL153
  • Perspectives On Learning and Teachers' Work ETP101
  • Social Contexts of Education ETP102
  • Ecology and the Environment SLE103
  • Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics SIT106
  • Engaging and Exploring Arts Education ECA100
  • Primary Physical Education EEH116
  • Year 2

  • Multiliterate Learners in Early Years Environments ECL210
  • Student Health and Wellbeing EEH217
  • Children and Mathematics: Developing Mathematical Concepts ESM211
  • Classroom Relationships ETP200
  • Learners Living in Their World: Humanities Perspectives EEO211
  • Primary Science Education 1 EES245
  • 2 credit point of specialism units;

    Year 3

  • Teachers and Mathematics: Creating An Effective Classroom ESM310
  • Educating Students with Additional Needs ETP300
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy ETP303
  • Multiliterate Learners in Middle Years Environments ECL310
  • Primary Arts Education: Focussed Study EEA311
  • 2 x 1 credit point elective units

    1 credit point specialism unit

    Year 4

  • Learners Inquiring in and About Their World: Human Disciplines EEO410
  • Literacy Teacher - Researchers in New Times ECL410
  • Primary Science Education 2 EES440
  • Professional Practice and Mathematics: Designing an Inclusive Program ESM410
  • Primary Technology Education: Creativity and Design EST400
  • Assessment: Ways of Knowing Learners ETP400
  • University-To-Work Transition ETP403
  • Specialisms

    Specialisms will be available subject to demand and availability and quotas may be applied if necessary.

    1 common specialism capstone unit:

  • Building Leadership Capacity in the School and Wider Community ECP400
  • And 3 unit sequence from one of the following specialisms:

    Mathematics and Numeracy

  • Mathematical Visualisation and Reasoning SIT176 (commencing 2018)
  • Problem Solving, Modelling and Mathematical Applications ESM215 (commencing 2018)
  • Primary Mathematics Lesson Study ESM303 (commencing 2019)
  • Language and Literacy

  • Exploring Digital Media: Contexts of Online Participation ALC203
  • Re-Imagining Literature for Young People ALL230
  • Diversity, Language and Literacy ECL351 (commencing 2019)
  • Humanities

    2 from:

  • People and Place: An Introduction to Human Geography AIG103
  • Australia's Asia: From Yellow Peril to Asian Century AIA300
  • Indigenous Australians in the 20th Century AIA200
  • plus

  • Sustainability, Inquiry & Action - a Humanities Perspective EEO301 (commencing 2019)
  • Science

    2 from:

  • Cells and Genes SLE111
  • Chemistry in Our World SLE133
  • Physics for the Life Sciences SLE123
  • plus

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education EES300 (commencing 2019)
  • Special Educational Needs

  • Communication and Diverse Learners EEI202 (commencing 2018)
  • Diversity, Disability and Social Inclusion HDS106
  • Personalising Learning: a Transdisciplinary Approach EEI301 (commencing 2018)
  • Health and Physical Education

  • Sport and Exercise Practice EEH203
  • Health Behaviour HBS110
  • Health and Physical Education in the Curriculum EEH302
  • Languages

  • Teaching and Learning Languages in Primary Contexts ECL306 (commencing 2018)
  • Concurrent enrolment in A225 Diploma of Language, with up to 4 credit points of CPL given upon completion.

    The Arts - TBA

    One of the following:

    Visual Arts

  • Contemporary Art Practice: Body ACV101
  • Contemporary Art Practice: Space ACV102
  • Arts Education Specialisation Study ECA304
  • Drama

  • Improvisation: Principles in Action ACP109
  • Genre and Performance ACP177
  • Arts Education Specialisation Study ECA304
  • Dance

  • Introduction to Contemporary Dance Practice A ACD101
  • Introduction to Contemporary Dance Practice B ACD102
  • Arts Education Specialisation Study ECA304
  • Music - Students to enrol as a cross-institutional student at Box Hill Institute

    Box Hill units: MUT103 Theory 1 Voice leading; AND MUT107 Aural 1

    Box Hill units: MUT101 Music Technology AND MUT105 History 1

  • Arts Education Specialisation Study ECA304
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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    However, you should apply directly to Deakin if you are not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or you're applying for a Deakin course which is not listed on the VTAC website.

    Apply Through VTAC

    Apply direct to Deakin

    If you're applying to start studying in Trimester 3 2016, you'll need to apply directly to Deakin.

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Institute of Koorie Education

    Institute of Koorie Education applicants must apply via the How to apply webpage. You’ll need to complete a declaration statement and application form. If your application is successful, you’ll then be invited to an interview.

    Apply through IKE

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

    Course pathways

    The Bachelor of Education (Primary) provides an approved pathway from the Associate Degree of Education (E200)*.  On successful completion of the Associate Degree of Education students are eligible to articulate (or pathway) into the Bachelor of Education (Primary) into the second year of the course.

    Applicants who have completed the Advanced Diploma of Rudolph Steiner Education may articulate into the Bachelor of Education (Primary).  Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty (details above) for course advice and credit arrangements.

    * Specific units of study must be completed within E200 for full credit to be granted.  You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

    Tap the infographic to explore your options

    Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
    Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
    Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

    Further study options

    Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible to apply for entry to the Master of Education courses.

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Faculty contact information

    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

    Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    Tel 03 5227 1359

    Burwood (Melbourne) 
    Tel 03 9246 8100

    Tel 03 5563 3489

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Additional course information

    For each unit of study, you are expected to participate in at least three hours of formal contact each week of trimester. A minimum of six hours of study time in addition to the formal contact is also expected for each unit each week.

    You will complete a minimum of 80 days supervised school experience over the duration of the course, providing hands-on experience in a primary school setting.

    Students are required to apply for a Working with Children Check. Apply online as a volunteer at

    For further information contact the School of Education, Professional Experience office.

    Offered campuses


    Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.

    Geelong Waurn Ponds

    Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is located on the western edge of Geelong, boasting expansive landscaped grounds.


    Three-hours from Melbourne, our Warrnambool Campus is set on the banks of the picturesque Hopkins River, close to local surf beaches.

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