Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Course summary for current students

Award granted Bachelor of Education (Primary)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool
Cloud (online)No
Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code015204J
Deakin course codeE359

This course version is for students who commenced prior to 2012.

Offered to continuing students only from 2012

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin's Bachelor of Education (Primary) is a highly regarded, undergraduate degree that will fully prepare you for a career as a primary school teacher. Graduates meet entry requirements of the teaching profession in Australia and qualify to gain employment as primary education teachers in all states and territories of Australia. You will complete a minimum of 80 days supervised school experience over the duration of the course, providing hands-on experience in a classroom setting.

Professional recognition

Approved by Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as a preservice teaching qualification.


Contact Hours

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.

Middle Years (7-10) Discipline choice

Students have the option to undertake a sequence of units which will prepare them for teaching in a discipline area in the Middle Years (7-10). Students are to use the 6 unit elective sequence to build content knowledge to a sub-major level (4 units), a Year 7-10 secondary methodology unit, and a 20 day secondary school placement. Some discipline require a major study or combination of sub majors to a total of 6 credit points, plus 1 methodology unit - this will require students to complete an additional unit over and above the 32 credit points for the course.

 

Discipline studies areas vary according to campus and may include: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Humanities, Societies and Environments (HSE), Maths, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts.

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

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) course has a 32 credit point structure which consists of 26 core units, 6 elective units as well as 7 professional experience rounds.
The first year focuses on discipline studies and consists of
•    6 core discipline units - 2 units in basic science, 2 units in basic mathematics, 1 unit in English and 1 unit in Humanities and
•    2 first-year elective discipline units, chosen from outside the School of Education and related to primary education learning areas
The remaining three years of the course consist of
•    6 core education studies units
•    14 core primary curriculum units - 3 mathematics education units, 3 English education units, 2 social education units, 2 arts education units, 2 science education units, 1 physical education unit, and 1 unit in either technology or foreign language teaching
•    4 elective units chosen from anywhere in the University, at least 2 of them must be at level 2 or higher. These units may be used to complete a specialised teaching sequence, for example in Visual Arts or Health and Physical Education. EEH316 Student Health and Wellbeing will normally be one of the 4 electives unless you have chosen to complete a specialised sequence

•    Specialised sequences - the two first year elective discipline units and the four elective units at level 2 or above can be used to complete a major sequence in any discipline of interest to you.

If you are studying languages other than English (LOTE) you will be required to complete ESJ457 Studies in Curriculum 1 in trimester 1 in place of ECL410 in trimester 2 year 4.

Course structure

Level 1 - for Burwood (Melbourne) and Waurn Ponds (Geelong) only

Note: Students enrolled prior to 2007 should contact their enrolment officer for course advice.
Trimester 1

SLE103Ecology and the Environment

ALL153Literature for Children and Young Adults

AIA106Populate Or Perish: Australia's People

ALW117Professional Writing for Work

Elective Discipline Unit 1, one credit point from other Faculties. Refer 2 first-level discipline units list.

Trimester 2

SLE102Physical Geography

Or
ALC102 Contemporary Communication: Making Sense of New Media (Final year of offer 2014)
Elective Discipline Unit 2, one credit point from other Faculties. Refer 2 first-level discipline units list.

Level 1 - for Warrnambool only
Trimester 1

SLE103Ecology and the Environment

or

ALL153Literature for Children and Young Adults

Elective Discipline Unit 1, one credit point from other Faculties. Refer 2 first-level discipline units list.

Trimester 2

AIA105Visions of Australia: Time and Space From 1700 to 2010

or

SLE102Physical Geography

Elective Discipline Unit 2, one credit point from other Faculties. Refer 2 first-level discipline units list.

Level 2

Note: Students must pass at least 5 units at first year before progressing to second year level.
Trimester 1

EEE207Understanding Children and Adolescents: Primary

ECL210Multiliterate Learners in Early Years Environments

EEO210Primary Humanities, Societies and Environments 1

Elective Unit 1, one credit point. Refer 4 elective units list below.
You are strongly encouraged to enrol in electives within the School of Education (elective units are also available from other Faculties).

EEP201Primary School Experience 1

Trimester 2

EEE208Understanding Learners: Primary

ESM210Children and Mathematics: Developing Mathematical Concepts

EES240Primary Science Education 1

Elective Unit 2, one credit point. Refer 4 elective units list below.
You are strongly encouraged to enrol in electives within the School of Education (elective units are also available from other Faculties).

EEP202Primary School Experience 2

Level 3
Trimester 1

EEE307Creating Effective Learning Environments: Primary

ESM310Teachers and Mathematics: Creating An Effective Classroom

EES340Primary Science Education 2

EEH316Student Health and Wellbeing #

or

Elective Unit 3, one credit point from any Faculty. Refer 4 elective units list below. You should complete elective unit 3 instead of EEH316 if you wish to complete a 6-unit specialist sequence, for example in the Arts or in a LOTE (see below).

EEP301Primary School Experience 3

Trimester 2

EEE308Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting: Primary

ECL310Multiliterate Learners in Middle Years Environments

EEO310Primary Humanities, Societies and Environments 2

You are strongly encouraged to enrol in electives within the School of Education (elective units are also available from other Faculties).

EEH316Student Health and Wellbeing #

or

Elective Unit 4, one credit point from any Faculty. Refer 4 elective units list below. You should complete elective unit 4 instead of EEH316 if you wish to complete a 6-unit specialist sequence, for example in the Arts or in a LOTE (see below).

EEP302Primary School Experience 4

Level 4
Trimester 1

EEE401Professional Relationships

EST400Primary Technology Education: Creativity and Design

ECA409Teaching the Arts in Primary Schools

EEH416Primary Physical Education

EEP401Primary School Experience 5

EEP402Primary School Experience 6 *

ESJ457Studies in Curriculum (Lote A)
ESJ457 should only be taken by students undertaking a specialism in languages other than English (LOTE).

Trimester 2

EEE402Transition to Beginning Teaching

EEA410Primary Arts Education: Focussed Study

ESM410Professional Practice and Mathematics: Designing an Inclusive Program

ECL410Literacy Teacher - Researchers in New Times LOTE students exempt from ECL410

EEP402Primary School Experience 6 *

EEP403Primary School Experience 7

Notes:
(i) All units are of 1 credit point value except EEO210, EES240, EEE307, EEE308, EEA410, EEE401, and EEE402 which are 0.75 credit point units and EEP201, EEP202, EEP301, EEP302, EEP401, EEP402 and EEP403 which are 0.25 credit point units.
(ii) ESM410 is a wholly Cloud (online) unit.
(iii) Electives may be selected from units offered anywhere in the University at level 2 or higher. The electives offered by the School of Education are listed in this course entry.

(iv) # All students except those completing a 6 unit specialist sequence must complete EEH316 in Trimester 1 or Trimester 2.

(v) *EEP402 is offered in Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Warrnambool in Trimester 1 only, and offered in Burwood (Melbourne) in Trimester 2 only.

(vi) Students must pass at least 5 units at first year before progressing to second year level.
(vii) EEH416 also offered Trimester 3

2 first-level discipline units

Discipline units are to be taken from faculties other than Education in the Foundation (first) level of the course. A list of possible units is shown below, however students may select from a range of units from across the university. Units may not be offered every level at regional campuses. Students also have the option to build expertise to meet the requirements for teaching in a specialist discipline area in Primary Levels (P-6) or the Middle Levels (7-10).

Trimester 1 units

ACD101Introduction to Contemporary Dance Practice A

ACP109Improvisation: Principles in Action

ACV101Studio Art: Painting and Practice A

AIA106Populate Or Perish: Australia's People

AIB151Arabic 1A

AIC181Chinese 1A

AIC281Chinese 2A

AIC283Chinese 2C

AIF146The Language, Culture and People of Indonesia

AIF241Formal and Informal Indonesian A

AIH107World History Between the Wars 1919 - 1939

ALC101 Contemporary Communication: Making Sense of Text, Image and Meaning (Final year of offer 2014)
ALL101The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others

ALL153Literature for Children and Young Adults

ALW117Professional Writing for Work

ASC101Introduction to Sociology A

ELL101Language: Speech and Sounds

HBS107Understanding Health

HBS109Human Structure and Function

HBS110Health Behaviour

HDS101Communication and Diversity

HPS111Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

SLE111Cells and Genes

SLE133Chemistry in Our World

SIT101Fundamentals of Information Technology

SIT161Principles of Interactive Media

SIT192Discrete Mathematics

SLE144Aquatic Life

SLE151Biodiversity: A Global Perspective

SLE121Environmental Sustainability

SLE136History of Life

SLE105Human Impacts - Pollution


Trimester 2 units

ACD102Introduction to Contemporary Dance Practice B

ACP177Genre and Performance

ACV102Studio Art: Painting and Practice B

AIA105Visions of Australia: Time and Space From 1700 to 2010

AIB152Arabic 1B

AIC182Chinese 1B

AIC282Chinese 2B

AIC284Chinese 2D

AIF142Conversational Indonesian B

AIF242Formal and Informal Indonesian B

AIH108The World After the War: 1945 - 1991

ALC102 Contemporary Communication: Making Sense of New Media (Final year of offer 2014)
ALJ112News Reporting 2

ALL102From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Obsessions

ALL154Power Politics and Texts for Young People

ASC102Introduction to Sociology B

ELL102Language: Words and Structure

HBS110Health Behaviour

HDS106Diversity, Disability and Social Exclusion

HPS121Psychology B: Individual and Social Development

HSE102Functional Human Anatomy

SLE132Biology: Form and Function

SLE155Chemistry for the Professional Sciences

SIT103Database and Information Retrieval

SIT162Interactive Media Systems

SIT194Introduction to Mathematical Modelling

SLE161Aquaculture and the Environment

SLE114Introduction to Parks and Wildlife Conservation

* SLE133, SLE155 - First year Chemistry units have changed from 2013.  Students to please contact Student Services for unit advice.

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.
Note that EEH316 Student Health and Wellbeing is compulsory for all students except those completing a 6-unit specialised sequence.

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:

First Level

HBS107Understanding Health

Or
HBS109Human Structure and Function

And
HSE102Functional Human Anatomy

Or
HBS110Health Behaviour

Second Level

EEH426Physical Education and the Curriculum

EEH428Contemporary Issues in Physical Education

Third Level

EEH316Student Health and Wellbeing

EEH317Children in Sport: Issues and Controversies

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:

First Level

ACV101Studio Art: Painting and Practice A

ACV102Studio Art: Painting and Practice B

Second Level

EEA211Navigating the Visual World

EEA212Visual Culture: Images, Meaning and Contexts

Third Level

ECA433Arts Education Discipline Study 3

ECA434Arts Education Discipline Study 4

Notes:
(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 2015

Note: Offering is subject to availability of staff and sufficient students enrolled to meet University requirements.

Aesthetics; Arts Education; Performing Arts Education

ECA310Discovering Music A T1

ECA311Discovering Music B T2

ECA433Arts Education Discipline Study 3 T1

ECA434Arts Education Discipline Study 4 T2

EEA211Navigating the Visual World T1

EEA212Visual Culture: Images, Meaning and Contexts T2

EEA312Discovering Music C T3

Notes:

(i) ECA433, ECA434 students to check the campus availability for their preferred specialism.

(iii) EEA312 is offered in trimester 3.

Health and Physical Education

EEH315Teaching Sexuality Education in the Middle Years T3

EEH317Children in Sport: Issues and Controversies T2

EEH426Physical Education and the Curriculum T1

EEH428Contemporary Issues in Physical Education T2

ESH457 final year of offer 2013.

Humanities, Societies and Environments

EEG402Teaching in a Global World T1 & T3

Information, Communication and Technology Education

EET330Teaching with New Technologies T2

EST430Educational Software Tools 1 T1

Linguistics

ELL201Language and Social Contexts T1^

ELL202Texts Across Cultures T2

^ELL201 offered in alternating years 2015, 2017

Mathematics and Science Education

ESM415Problem Solving and Modelling in the Mathematics Classroom T1

ESM438Evaluating Children's Progress **T2

ESS412Science Experiments You Can Eat *T3

* ESS412 offered trimester 3.

** ESM438 offered in alternating years 2016, 2018.

Professional Development

ECE310Transition Case Study T3

EEC381Classroom and Behaviour Management T1

ESP437Teaching for Interpersonal Development T1

Note: ECE310 is a trimester 3, 2 credit point unit.

Teaching Children with Individual Needs

ECP303Child Protection T2

EEI322Teaching the Learner with Special Needs in the General Education Classroom T2

ESP401Student Behaviour Management and Welfare T2

ESP485Teaching Thinking Skills T2

Notes:

(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 2015

Notes:

(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 2015 for 2016.

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 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 6 credit points of course-grouped units in discipline studies as agreed with the Schools of Arts and the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
2.4 shall include at least 2 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.
Notes:
(i) *Students undertaking languages other than English (LOTE) will be required to complete ESJ457 Studies in Curriculum 1 in trimester 1 in place of ECL410 in trimester 2 level 4.
(ii) # Students completing a 6 unit major discipline study are exempt from completing EEH316 which otherwise is a core unit.

LOTE requirements

Students wishing to specialise in teaching Languages Other Than English (LOTE) within the Bachelor of Education (Primary) are advised to undertake a six credit point LOTE major sequence offered by the Faculty of Arts, and are also required to undertake the unit of study: ESJ457 Studies in Curriculum 1 (LOTE option) in trimester 1 level 4. Specialist area Guidelines for LOTE teachers can be found on the website of the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)


Working With Children Check

The Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic.) requires a person who engages in child-related work, as defined in the Act, to obtain an assessment notice under the Act, known as a Working with Children Check (WWCC). The Act is administered by the Department of Justice: justice.vic.gov.au
School experience placements in schools in the course of a university degree are “child-related work”. Under the Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic.), administered by the Department of Justice, a student teacher must obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC) before commencing school experience placements in a school. The WWCC must remain current throughout the course. It is an offence under the Act to engage in school experience without holding a WWCC.
 
You will not be allowed to commence school experience in any school in Victoria until a Working with Children Check is obtained. The Department of Education has requested that on the application form a student nominates the University as the (or one of the) employers. The University will then be sent a copy of the assessment notice. Because the University needs to assure a school that a student placed at the school has a current Working with Children Check, each student must give their authority to provide the assurance - you will be required to sign an authority for the University to inform a school that a WWCC has or has not been obtained.
 
While the University will hold on file documentation relating to the WWCCs obtained by students engaged in school experience, it is your responsibility to ensure that you can produce the WWCC card to the school upon request and to keep the WWCC current under the Act.
 
You are required to apply for a WWCC through a participating Australia Post outlet (which can be found on the Australia Post website or the Department of Justice website) and provide proof to the faculty that the WWCC has been undertaken.
 
Should you fail to obtain a WWCC, practical training in a school will not be provided, and as practical training is a requirement for completion of a teaching degree, the student may be unable to complete the degree. Should this situation arise, the University will provide advice on options for tertiary study.
 
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
You are required for registration purposes (and for the award of the degree) to have completed successfully over the duration of your course a minimum of 80 days of supervised experience in schools. You should ensure you are conversant with the Standards for Graduating Students as required by the Victorian Institute of Teaching. The school experience is organised by the Professional Experience Office and you should not make contact with schools regarding placements under any circumstances. You are required to comply with the on-line instructions regarding enrolment/re-enrolment in school experience.
School experience must be undertaken in conjunction with your curriculum studies and Education Major studies and during the time tabled dates unless, in exceptional circumstances, alternative arrangements are negotiated and agreed to in writing with the Professional Experience Office. You should note that normally any paid or unpaid work undertaken in a school as an unqualified teacher/teacher’s aide will not be recognised for credit as recognised prior learning in supervised school experience for this course. You may be required to complete the school experience component of the course outside the academic year.
A satisfactory level of teaching competence during supervised school experience is required for award of the degree. An “unsatisfactory” result on any school experience placement will be referred to the Faculty Academic Progress and Discipline Committee.
 
Graduates of an accredited teaching course should note that teacher registration is required in Victoria and is administered by the Victorian Institute of Teaching under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic.). Prospective students should acquaint themselves with the requirements for registration in Victoria or in any other relevant location. These requirements include the ability to satisfy the Standards for Graduating Students (available at: vit.vic.edu.au)
 
Professional Experience enrolment
You must carefully follow the instructions when enrolling or re-enrolling online in school experience units. Failure to enrol or re-enrol correctly jeopardises your school experience placement and this could lead to a delay in the award of the degree. You must follow Faculty rules in relation to the number of days of school experience to be completed for each placement as per the Professional Experience Handbook (available from the campus of enrolment), which includes the published school experience timetable. A ‘day’ constitutes a whole school day (not part thereof).

You should obtain a copy of the Professional Experience Handbook each year from the Professional Experience Office (also available at deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/education/schoolexp). Information contained in the Handbook is updated annually and is a summary of Faculty rules in relation to school experience.

Schedule of School Experience units

EEP201 Primary School Experience 1
10 days

EEP202 Primary School Experience 2
10 days 

EEP301 Primary School Experience 3
10 days 

EEP302 Primary School Experience 4
10 days 

EEP401 Primary School Experience 5
15 days 

EEP402 Primary School Experience 6*
10 days

EEP403 Primary School Experience 7
15 days

Note:

(i) All School Experience units are 0.25 credit point units.

(ii) * EEP402 offered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Warrnambool in Trimester 1 only, and offered at Burwood (Melbourne) in Trimester 2 only.

 

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