Bachelor of Education - 4th Year

Course summary for current students


2015 course information

Award granted Bachelor of Education
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code012781M
Deakin course codeE356

This course is offered to continuing students only. 2005 or prior enrolled students, should contact the course director for advice on unit selection.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Bachelor of Education – 4th year offers three-year trained primary teachers a fourth year of study in order to give them access (where relevant) to full registration as a teacher, promotion, or to allow them to apply for positions in other schools or systems.  The course has a broad range of elective units to choose from, and therefore caters for the wide range of prospective student requirements.


It is an accredited fourth year of study for teachers for employment purposes.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Education – 4th year course is recognised by the Department of Education and Training and the Victorian Institute of Teaching as an accredited fourth year of study and for employment in primary schools.

Mode of study

While the course is completed via Cloud (online) mode, it is possible to take some campus based electives, held mainly on the Burwood (Melbourne) campus in the evenings.

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

To be awarded the Bachelor of Education a student must satisfactorily complete not less than 8 credit points of study that:

  • shall include at least 6 credit points from the list of course-grouped units;
  • shall include not less than 6 credit points at level 4 or higher;
  • may include no more than 2 credit points at level 3; and
  • may include no more than 2 credit points from another Faculty at level 2 or higher.

Note: Students may complete up to 4 modules in assessed mode from the Framework for Accredited Teacher Professional Development.*

Detailed course rules

The course of study shall normally be completed within a period of not less than two trimesters of full-time study or part-time equivalent and not more than five trimesters of study or part-time equivalent.

Further extensions of time may be granted with the permission of the Faculty Board which must not exceed ten consecutive years from the date the student first enrolled in the course.

The course of study may include satisfactory completion of a specified number of days of supervised school experience to meet the requirements of an employing body.

The course of study may include specific curriculum method studies to meet the requirements of an employing body.

Course structure

There are normally no compulsory studies and students may develop an individual study program from the wide range of units offered. Some units may be subject to quotas. Therefore, when selecting units, student should list additional units in priority of interest. In addition some units which cover core curriculum areas are included and students with little or no recent school teaching experience are encouraged to select these units. Each unit is worth 1 credit point unless otherwise specified.
It is strongly recommended that students returning to teaching after a substantial absence take the Refresher Course for Returning Teachers offered by the Centre for Leadership and Renewal which includes an introduction to recent Victorian curriculum initiatives. See * Framework for Accredited Teacher Professional Development details below

1. Primary Curriculum Methods units

It is strongly recommended, but not compulsory, that teachers returning to work enrol in the following units. This particularly applies to teachers trained more than ten levels ago and who have not taught in primary schools within the last five levels. These units provide basic primary curriculum methods, comparable to what would be studied in a current preservice course. These units assume that you have access to schools but not that you will be a classroom teacher.

NOTE: These Primary Curriculum units are being phased out between 2010 and 2013, and are marked ‘for continuing students only’. If you are a newly enrolled student and experience difficulty enrolling in these units you should contact the course director or a student adviser in the Faculty of Arts and Education to seek permission. 

ECA551Primary Arts Education

ECL400Unit description is currently unavailable

ECS501Unit description is currently unavailable

EME500Primary Mathematics Education 2

ECL500Unit description is currently unavailable

EME497Unit description is currently unavailable

ESH500Unit description is currently unavailable

EES540Unit description is currently unavailable

EEP501Primary School Experience 5A see note below


(i) All units are 1 credit point value unless otherwise noted.

(ii) EES540 is a 0.75 credit point unit.

(iii) EEP501 is a 0.25 credit point unit, available for students enrolling in EES540.

2. Specialist Interest units

The elective units listed below are intended for experienced teachers who wish to develop a specialist interest in particular areas of teaching or of the curriculum. They do not require classroom access. They generally relate to both primary and secondary settings.

ECA433Arts Education Discipline Study 3

EEC381Classroom and Behaviour Management

EEG402Teaching in a Global World [In Trimester 1 for GEP manual enrolments only]

ESP437Teaching for Interpersonal Development (campus mode only)

ECA434Arts Education Discipline Study 4

ECL470Children's Literature in the Classroom

ECP303Child Protection

ESM438Evaluating Children's Progress

ESP401Student Behaviour Management and Welfare (campus mode only)

ESP485Teaching Thinking Skills (campus mode only)

EST430Educational Software Tools 1

EEG402Teaching in a Global World

EEH315Teaching Sexuality Education in the Middle Years (Intensive mode)

(i) ECA433, ECA434 students are to select Visual Arts specialism (Cloud (online) mode) or Music specialism offered via campus located learning at Burwood (Melbourne) or Cloud (online) mode.
(ii) ECA433, ECA434 students wishing to select other specialisms with these units must seek Course Director approval.
(iii) ESM438 available in alternate years 2016, 2018.

*Framework for Accredited Teacher Professional Development

Framework for Accredited Teacher Professional Development modules are offered by the Faculty of Arts and Education (for further information contact the Centre for Partnerships and Projects in Education (CPPE), Tel 03 9244 6384 Burwood (Melbourne), Fax 03 9251 7430, Email: These modules are professional development short courses offered to practising teachers. Students will receive credit for up to four of these modules towards their course if they are taken in assessed mode, that is, if the prescribed assessment is completed at a satisfactory standard.