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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.
Bachelor of Education (Primary) students at Deakin can apply to undertake a unique International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP) pathway, to prepare them for teaching in IB PYP schools. This option, recognised by the International Baccalaureate organisation, involves completing 2 elective units and undertaking 2 placements in third year in IB PYP schools.Read More
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 specialisation
- 2 credit points of electives
- Academic Integrity AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
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.
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2 credit point of specialisation units;
2 x 1 credit point elective units (IB PYP pathway students take specific elective units)
1 credit point specialisation unit
Specialisations will be available subject to demand and availability and quotas may be applied if necessary.
1 common specialisation capstone unit:
And 3 unit sequence from one of the following specialisations:
Mathematics and Numeracy
Language and Literacy
Special Educational Needs
Health and Physical Education
Concurrent enrolment in A225 Diploma of Language, with up to 4 credit points of CPL given upon completion.
^ Deakin has four options for languages study: Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Spanish:
Concurrent enrolments in A221 Diploma of Arabic or A222 Diploma of Chinese, or A223 Diploma of Indonesian, or A224 Diploma of Spanish or equivalent with up to 4 credit points of CPL are given upon the completion. Completion of 3 units from any of A221 or A222 or A223 or A224 and enrolment in one further unit of A221, A222, A223 or A224 or equivalent are pre-requisite for ECL306. The Diploma can be undertaken concurrently with another course and is of 3 years part time duration with eight credit points. There are two options for each Diploma: i) for students with no background in the language; or ii) an advanced study for those with Year 12 level (or equivalent) in the language.
Select two units from a range of recommended electives offered within the School of Education and across the University. Students will be able to deepen their studies in their chosen specialism or develop breadth through pursuing studies in other area(s) of interest.
Recommended electives for consideration also include:
IB PYP Teaching and Learning Certificate
If you would like to be eligible to apply for the IB PYP Teaching and Learning Certificate from the IBO, in addition to your core coursework you will need to successfully complete
- two elective units:
- your two x Yr 3 Professional Experience placements in IB PYP schools.
2 first-level discipline units
Discipline units are to be taken from faculties other than the School of Education in the Foundation (first) level of the course.
It is recommended that first level students select their electives in a particular area of interest they wish to pursue, eg Humanities, Health & Physical Education, Mathematics, Science, Literature, Visual Arts, Technology or Foreign Language.
4 elective units
The electives component of this course provides a great opportunity for you to develop breadth or depth in your studies. Choice of electives should be based on personal interest, existing expertise, getting a broader tertiary education, or developing a subject sequence relevant to primary teaching (see Health and Physical Education and Visual Arts examples below) or a sub-major in one discipline area and the associated junior secondary curriculum studies unit to enable you to teach that subject up to level 10. Use the elective sequence as an opportunity to make yourself more employable.
You may choose units from most of those offered from across the University. School of Education electives relate to teaching while electives from other Faculties relate to a specific discipline. School of Education electives will not clash with professional experience rounds in schools. You should choose units from other Faculties if these units enable you to achieve a goal such as teaching LOTE.
Health and Physical Education Unit Sequence for Primary Levels (P-6):
Students wishing to develop particular expertise in the Health and Physical Education area of the primary curriculum should enrol in the following mix of discipline studies and elective units:
Note: Students must enrol in one of HBS107 and HBS109 and in one of HSE102 and HBS110.
Visual Art Unit Sequence for Primary Levels (P-6)
Students wishing to develop particular expertise in the Visual Arts area of the primary curriculum should enrol in the following mix of discipline studies and elective units:
(i) ECA433 students to select the Art as Experience specialism.
(ii) ECA434 students to select the Concepts and Bases of Art specialism.
Other elective units available 2012
Note: Offering is subject to availability of staff and sufficient students enrolled to meet University requirements.
Aesthetics; Arts Education; Performing Arts Education
(i) ECA433, ECA434 students to check the campus availability for their preferred specialism.
(ii) EEA228 is offered in flexible WEXP mode, ie. unit is taken in off campus mode with on campus intensives to be held at the Geelong campus. EEA228 is offered in trimester 3.
(iii) EEA227, EEA228, EEA312 and EEA313 offered in trimester 3.
Health and Physical Education
Humanities, Societies and Environments
Information, Communication and Technology Education
Mathematics and Science Education
* ESS412 offered trimester 3.
** ESM438 offered in alternating years 2012, 2014.
Note: ECE310 is a trimester 3, 2 credit point unit.
Teaching Children with Individual Needs
(i) ECP303 recommended as a 3rd level elective as prerequisite knowledge of schools and professional issues is required.
(ii) ESP401 subject to enrolment quota.
Elective units available 2013
(i) Offering is subject to availability of staff and sufficient student enrolled to meet University requirements.
(ii) An updated list will be provided prior to your re-enrolment in 2012 for 2013.
Detailed course rules
The Bachelor of Education (Primary) may be awarded at pass level.
To be awarded the Bachelor of Education (Primary) pass degree a person shall:
1. be accepted for enrolment in a course of study leading to the
award of a Bachelor of Education (Primary) pass degree and continue to be accepted for enrolment until completion of that course of study;
2. complete a course of study amounting to 32* credit points provided that the course of study:
2.1 shall include units amounting to 26# credit points (inclusive of a 7 unit professional studies sequence) from those units specified by Faculty Board from time to time as course-grouped units leading to the award of the degree of Bachelor of Education (Primary)
2.2 shall include units amounting to not less than 22 credit points at level 2 or higher, at least 6 credit points of which shall be taken at level 4 or higher
2.3 shall include 4 credit points of course-grouped units in discipline studies as agreed with the Schools of Arts and the Faculty of Science and Technology
2.4 shall include at least 4 credit points selected from identified discipline subject areas.
3. the course of study shall be completed within a period of not less than four years and except with the permission of the Faculty Board not more than 10 consecutive years from the date the person first enrolled in the course.
4. the course of study shall include satisfactory completion of at least 80 days of supervised school experience.
Students should note that four years of tertiary study inclusive of teacher education is required for employment as a teacher in Victoria.
Note: Students undertaking languages other than English (LOTE) will be required to complete ESJ357 Studies in LOTE Curriculum A and ESJ358 Studies in LOTE Curriculum B (in lieu of 2 electives).
Language other than English (LOTE) requirements
A LOTE strand is offered at Burwood (Melbourne) only
Students with a year 12 LOTE background
Students who passed a LOTE in year 12 must study 6 credit points of language discipline units plus 2 methodology units ( ESJ357 and ESJ358). A total of 8 credit points of study.
Please note that because there are 8 units required to complete a LOTE sequence for teaching, an additional 2 credit points of units will need to be taken as a course overload. You should discuss this with the course director and options may depend on the language undertaken.
Students with no year 12 LOTE background
Students who did not do a LOTE in year 12 must complete a total of 10 credit points of study, comprising the following:
- 8 credit points of discipline language units (language major study), and
- 2 credit points of teaching methodology units - ESJ357 and ESJ358
Please note that because there are 10 units required to complete a LOTE sequence for teaching, an additional 4 credit points of units will need to be taken as a course overload. You should discuss this with the course director and options may depend on the language undertaken.
Middle Years (7-10) Study Option
You may undertake a sequence of units in the following areas which will prepare you for teaching in a discipline area in years 7-10 (middle years) of secondary school:
Two options of study are available, depending on the discipline requirements established by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) – some disciplines require a major study or combination of sub majors to a total of 6 credit points, and others require a sub major sequence.
- You may use the 6 unit electives in the course structure to build content knowledge to either a major sequence level. A total of 6 credit points from elective options. An additional secondary methodology (Years 7 – 10) for teaching in the discipline will need to be taken as a course overload.
- You may use 4 electives as discipline units and add a unit in secondary methodology (Years 7 – 10) (in the relevant discipline area), A total of 6 credit points from the elective options.
In addition to discipline and secondary methodology units, you will undertake a 20 day secondary school placement.
Please request the details of VIT discipline requirements from course director before selecting units.
Elective units may be taken from faculties other than Arts and Education and provide a great opportunity to develop breadth or depth in your studies.
Choice of electives should be based on personal interest, existing expertise, getting a broader tertiary education, or developing a subject sequence relevant to primary teaching. Use the elective sequence as an opportunity to broaden your content area of interest.
Options for teaching, for example, include choosing electives in the Humanities, SOSE, Health and Physical Education, Mathematics, Science, English, Visual Arts, or a Language other than English. Further information will be available from your campus course director.
Remember to consider your professional experience school rounds requirements when choosing electives so that that they do not clash.
1400514271 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400714271 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can apply directly through the Institute of Koorie Education
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 https://online.justice.vic.gov.au/wwccu/onlineapplication.doj
For further information contact the School of Education, Professional Experience office.
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
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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.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Entry for school leavers will be based on their performance in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, with prerequisite Units 1 and 2 of General Mathematics or Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematic, or Units 3 and 4 of Mathematics (any) AND a study score of at least 35 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 25 in English other than EAL Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published clearly-in Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year (at least 65 in 2018, and at least 70 in 2019)
Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au
Entry for non-school leavers will be based on:
- evidence of academic capability equivalent to an ATAR of 65 (for 2018) and 70 (for 2019) OR
- successful completion of STAT
All Applicants must complete an additional selection tool for non-academic attributes. Deakin University is using the CASPer assessment tool. CASPer is an online, video-scenario based situational judgement test, designed to measure non-academic suitability for teaching.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.
Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.
Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).
You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.
Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2018 students (PDF, 831.4KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees.
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.
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
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. You may also be an attractive candidate for employment as a teacher in an IB PYP school, due to our recognized IB PYP pathway. Opportunities also exist in government agencies, community services or not-for-profit organisations.
For more information go to 'DeakinTALENT '
Deakin’s Bachelor of Education (Primary) is accredited 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 vit.vic.edu.au
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
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.|
|Select, collect, use and create a range of digital teaching and learning resources and technologies to support student engagement and learning.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Engage in professional, intercultural and ethical approaches that addresses social justice, equity, diversity, and sustainability issues.|
Approved by Faculty Board
How to apply
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.
For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.
Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.
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. Students who have successfully completed E200 Associate Degree of Education are not required to complete the CASPer assessment for 2018 entry.
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
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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.
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.