Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Course summary for international studentsClick here for the local course option
|Award granted||Bachelor of Education (Primary)|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool|
|Length||4 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1)
|Indicative annual fee 2015||$23,680* AUD|
|CRICOS course code||015204J|
IELTS band score of 7 with no band less than 6.5
|VTAC Codes||1400314273 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place|
1400514273 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
1400714273 - Warrnambool, International full-fee paying place
|Deakin course code||E359|
New course version commenced 2012.
- Course overview
- Cloud (online) studies
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
- Further study
Deakin's Bachelor of Education (Primary) is one of the School of Education’s core teacher education programs, and focuses on initial professional studies in primary education for school leavers and other entrants who do not already have a degree or diploma.
The course covers all areas of primary curriculum including English language, mathematics, science, arts, social education, health and physical education, and technology, and contains a strand of six elective units which provides the opportunity to build breadth of knowledge in areas of interest.
As a graduate of this course you will be equipped to teach young people the knowledge, skills, understandings and values to enable them to make sense of, and contribute to, the world now and in the future. Our aim is for graduates to be professional educators who see themselves as being responsible for the intellectual, physical, social, emotional, ethical, spiritual and aesthetic development, and wellbeing of their students.
Study towards a creative, rewarding and challenging career and develop your skills in communication, leadership, organisation, management and information technology.
Cloud (online) studies
Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.
However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.
In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.
This initial teacher program has been approved by the Victorian Institute of Teaching for the purposes of teacher registration in Victoria. Graduate intending to apply for registration in Victoria should carefully check all requirements relating to this process specified here
Fees and charges
Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.
Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.
* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.
Graduates of this course have found careers in Australian and overseas primary schools (where VIT registration is recognised) at all year levels, in government departments, public service, health and welfare organisations and the media as well as in private academies and agencies.
The Bachelor of Education (Primary) course has a 32 credit point structure made up of 26 core and 6 elective units. Students must complete core and elective units.
- 4 discipline based units comprising:
- 1 unit in Science
- 1 unit in Mathematics
- 1 unit in Literature and
- 1 unit in Humanities
- 15 primary curriculum units comprising:
- 3 Mathematics education units
- 3 English education units
- 2 Humanities education units
- 2 Arts education units
- 2 Science education units
- 1 Physical education unit
- 1 Student Health and Wellbeing unit
- 1 Technology Design education unit
- 7 professional studies units.
- 6 electives chosen from any school or faculty within Deakin University (or an approved alternative)
- It is recommended that at least 4 (of the 6 elective units) be taken in one discipline area#
Other course requirements and profession rules
- No more than 10 units may be taken at level one
- Satisfactory completion of at least 80 days of supervised school experience
- Students must pass at least 5 units at first year before progressing to second year level units
- The course must be completed within a period of not less than 4 years (excluding credit from previous study) and no more than 10 years, including periods of intermission, except with the permission of faculty board.
#it is recommended that the discipline sequence be related to primary education content learning to enable you to complete a specialised teaching sequence, for example, by completing 2 first year units, followed by 2 second year units in one discipline area, such as History, Literature, Science or Mathematics.
|ETP101||Teacher - Learner Identities|
|SLE103||Ecology and the Environment|
|ALL153||Literature for Children and Young Adults|
Elective Discipline Unit 1, one credit point from anywhere in the University.
|ETP102||Social Contexts of Education|
|SIT106||Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics|
|AIA105||Visions of Australia: Time and Space From 1700 to 2010|
Elective Discipline Unit 2, one credit point from anywhere in the University.
Note: Students must pass at least 5 units at first year before progressing to second year level.
|ETP201||Teacher - Learner Relationships|
|ECL210||Multiliterate Learners in Early Years Environments|
|EEH216||Primary Physical Education|
Elective Unit 3, one credit point.
|ECA209||Arts Education in Primary Schools|
|ESM210||Children and Mathematics: Developing Mathematical Concepts|
|EEH217||Student Health and Wellbeing|
Elective Unit 4, one credit point.
|ETS301||Pedagogy - Middle Years (7-10) (Select ETS301 if undertaking middle years study option)|
|ESM310||Teachers and Mathematics: Creating An Effective Classroom|
|EES345||Primary Science Education 1|
Elective Unit 5, one credit point from anywhere in the University
OR if completing a LOTE sequence you will need to enrol in:
|ESJ357||Studies in LOTE Curriculum A|
|ETS302||Curriculum Inquiry - Middle Years (7-10) (Select ETS302 if undertaking middle years study option)|
|ECL310||Multiliterate Learners in Middle Years Environments|
|EEO311||Learners Living in Their World: Humanities Perspectives|
Elective Unit 6, one credit point from anywhere in the University
OR if completing a LOTE sequence you will need to enrol in:
|ESJ358||Studies in LOTE Curriculum B|
|ETP401||Assessment: Ways of Knowing Learners|
|EST400||Primary Technology Education: Creativity and Design|
|EEO410||Learners Inquiring in and About Their World: Human Disciplines|
|EEA411||Primary Arts Education: Focussed Study|
|ESM410||Professional Practice and Mathematics: Designing an Inclusive Program|
|EES440||Primary Science Education 2|
|ECL410||Literacy Teacher - Researchers in New Times|
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.
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.
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.
Entry requirements - general
General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.
Entry requirements - specific
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 inEnglish other than EAL.
Non-Year 12 Student Applicants
Refer VTAC entry.
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.
IELTS / English language requirements
An applicant for registration as a teacher must meet the standards of competence in both written and oral communication in the English language.
If you completed all four years of the higher education study required for registration in English at an institution in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, The United States of America, Canada or the Republic of Ireland, you will meet the requirements for English language competence.
For International students: If you did not complete all four years of the higher education study you are presenting for consideration for registration as outlined above, you will be required to undertake one of the approved English language tests.
The Bachelor of Education (Primary) provides an approved pathway from the Associate Degree of Arts, Business and Sciences (A200)*. On successful completion of the Associate Degree of Arts, Business and Sciences 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 A200 for full credit to be granted. You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System
Credit for prior learning - general
If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
How to apply
- Applicant Portal: Use our online application system to submit and track your application now OR
- Apply through a Deakin International office: Fill out an application form and submit it to a Deakin International office OR
- Apply through a Deakin representative: Take your application form to your preferred agent for assistance.
Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.
- If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
- If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible to apply for entry to the Master of Education courses.
Working with Children Check
The Department of Education and Training (Victoria) requires all pre-service teachers to hold a current Working With Children Check (WWCC) before being allowed to undertake practicum in schools in Victoria.
WWCC Cards (administered by the Department of Justice, Victoria) will be obtained by the student as part of the enrolment process, are valid for five years, and are applicable to practicum undertaken in government, catholic and independent schools. The WWCC must remain current throughout the course. It is an offence under the Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic.) to engage in school experience without holding a WWCC.
Students who are given a negative assessment notice will be advised of alternative options for tertiary study due to their inability to satisfy the professional experience requirements of the course.
It is the responsibility of students undertaking placements outside Victoria to enquire about and, where necessary, to meet any similar legislative or other requirements concerning working with children.
Professional experience requirements
Students will be required for VIT registration purposes (and for the award of the degree) to have completed over the duration of their course, a minimum of 80 days of supervised school (professional) experience.
Professional experience is embedded within the seven Professional Studies units - these units are coded ETP. This provides opportunities for you to integrate the theoretical aspects of the program with classroom practice. To complete the degree and register as a teacher you will need to have successfully completed over the duration of the course, a minimum of 80 days of supervised school experience.
Students must obtain a copy of the Professional Experience Handbook each year from the Professional Experience Office on your home campus. This handbook is also available at http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/education/professional-experience/