Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Course summary for current students

Year2015 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Education (Primary)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool
Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code015204J
Deakin course codeE359

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

Professional recognition

This initial teacher program has been approved by the Victorian Institute of Teaching for the purposes of teacher registration in Victoria. Graduates intending to apply for registration in Victoria should carefully check all VIT requirements relating to this process.


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

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.

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.

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 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:

  • Drama
  • English
  • Health
  • History
  • Humanities/Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE)
  • Languages Other Than English (LOTE) (by concurrent enrolment in A225 Diploma of Language)
  • Mathematics
  • 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:

  • Music
  • Visual Arts

Course structure

Year 1

AIA105Visions of Australia: Time and Space From 1700 to 2010

ALL153Literature for Children and Young Adults

ETP101Teacher - Learner Identities

ETP102Social Contexts of Education

SLE103Ecology and the Environment

SIT106Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics

Either 2 credit point of Elective units;


2 credit points of Middle Years option discipline study units

Year 2

ECA209Arts Education in Primary Schools

ECL210Multiliterate Learners in Early Years Environments

EEH216Primary Physical Education

EEH217Student Health and Wellbeing

ESM210Children and Mathematics: Developing Mathematical Concepts

ETP201Teacher - Learner Relationships

Year 3

ECL310Multiliterate Learners in Middle Years Environments

EEO311Learners Living in Their World: Humanities Perspectives

EES345Primary Science Education 1

ESM310Teachers and Mathematics: Creating An Effective Classroom

Plus either:


ETP302Curriculum Inquiry

Or Middle Years Option:

ETS301Pedagogy - Middle Years (7-10)

ETS302Curriculum Inquiry - Middle Years (7-10)  

1 credit point curriculum study unit

1 credit point elective

Year 4

EEA411Primary Arts Education: Focussed Study

ECL410Literacy Teacher - Researchers in New Times

EEO410Learners Inquiring in and About Their World: Human Disciplines

EES440Primary Science Education 2

EST400Primary Technology Education: Creativity and Design

ESM410Professional Practice and Mathematics: Designing an Inclusive Program

ETP401Assessment: Ways of Knowing Learners

ETP402University-To-Work Transition

Course map


Teaching method area

Discipline studies units

Middle years curriculum study unit

Drama - Burwood only




Children's Literature

Literary Studies


General Science











Plus one of:








Humanities/Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE)


Plus 4 units in one of:




Politics and Policy



Languages Other than English (LOTE)

5 credit points of CPL granted upon completion of A225 Diploma of Language (or equivalent)



Mathematical Modelling


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.

The Professional Experience Handbook is available at