Bachelor of Education (Primary)
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|Year||2015 course information|
|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) each year.
|Indicative annual fee 2015||$6,474* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries
|VTAC Codes||1400314271 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
1400514271 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400714271 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
|CRICOS course code||015204J|
|Deakin course code||E359|
New course version commenced 2012.
- Course overview
- 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.
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
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.
Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s 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.
For more information go to 'My Course My Career'
To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Education (Primary), students must complete 32 credit points of study as follows:
- 26 core units; either
- 6 credit points of electives; or
- 6 credit point Middle Years teaching option (4 credit points of discipline study units, 1 credit point of curriculum study, 1 credit point elective)
This course includes 80 days of supervised professional experience.
Middle Years Option
Instead of 6 credit points of electives, students may choose to undertake 6 credit points of units that provide a Middle Years teaching specialisation (secondary years 7 to 10) in one of the following teaching method areas:
- Humanities/Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE)
- Languages Other Than English (LOTE) (by concurrent enrolment in A225 Diploma of Language)
- Science - General
For all teaching methods other than LOTE, the 6 credit point Middle Years Option comprises 4 credit points of discipline study units, 1 credit point of curriculum study, and 1 credit point elective. It is highly recommended that students chose a further unit in their discipline study area for this elective. Discipline study units must be taken from the approved list of units or approved major sequences recognised for each teaching method area. For discipline study unit selection for each teaching method area see below.
For the LOTE teaching method, students must have completed Year 12 studies in that language and concurrently enrol in A225 Diploma of Language (or equivalent course). Students will receive 5 credit points of CPL into this course from A225, and take 1 credit point of curriculum study. Note that A225 must be completed: it is not possible to become VIT registered for the LOTE teaching method without completing a total of 8 credit points of language units. Native speakers of a language should instead obtain a certificate of equivalence and take 1 credit point of curriculum study and 5 credit points of electives.
Students are able to take alternative teaching method areas by taking an additional unit over and above the 32 credit points required for the course. The additional unit is charged at the Full Fee Paying rate. The teaching methods available at this extra study load and cost are:
- Visual Arts
|AIA105||Visions of Australia: Time and Space From 1700 to 2010|
|ALL153||Literature for Children and Young Adults|
|ETP101||Teacher - Learner Identities|
|ETP102||Social Contexts of Education|
|SLE103||Ecology and the Environment|
|SIT106||Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics|
Either 2 credit point of Elective units;
2 credit points of Middle Years option discipline study units
|ECA209||Arts Education in Primary Schools|
|ECL210||Multiliterate Learners in Early Years Environments|
|EEH216||Primary Physical Education|
|EEH217||Student Health and Wellbeing|
|ESM210||Children and Mathematics: Developing Mathematical Concepts|
|ETP201||Teacher - Learner Relationships|
|ECL310||Multiliterate Learners in Middle Years Environments|
|EEO311||Learners Living in Their World: Humanities Perspectives|
|EES345||Primary Science Education 1|
|ESM310||Teachers and Mathematics: Creating An Effective Classroom|
Or Middle Years Option:
|ETS301||Pedagogy - Middle Years (7-10)|
|ETS302||Curriculum Inquiry - Middle Years (7-10)|
1 credit point curriculum study unit
1 credit point elective
|EEA411||Primary Arts Education: Focussed Study|
|ECL410||Literacy Teacher - Researchers in New Times|
|EEO410||Learners Inquiring in and About Their World: Human Disciplines|
|EES440||Primary Science Education 2|
|EST400||Primary Technology Education: Creativity and Design|
|ESM410||Professional Practice and Mathematics: Designing an Inclusive Program|
|ETP401||Assessment: Ways of Knowing Learners|
Teaching method area
Discipline studies units
Middle years curriculum study unit
Drama - Burwood only
Plus one of:
Humanities/Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE)
Plus 4 units in one of:
Languages Other than English (LOTE)
5 credit points of CPL granted upon completion of A225 Diploma of Language (or equivalent)
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
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.
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 in English 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.
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
Credit for prior learning - general
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.
How to apply
Applications for on campus study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).
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/