Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Campus
  • Burwood (Melbourne)
  • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
  • Warrnambool
Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code015204J
Deakin course codeE359

Offered to continuing students only

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 program is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as an initial teacher education program against the Australian professional standards for teachers. Graduates of this course who are intending to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) may be required to provide further information. You are advised to check the VIT registration requirements carefully.

Pathways

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.

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 (4units), a Year 7-10 secondary methodology unit, and a 45 day secondary school placement. Discipline studies areas vary according to campus and will include: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Humanities, Societies and Environments (HSE), Performing Arts, and Visual Arts.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.

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 taken from anywhere within the university; 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:

  • Art - Visual
  • 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
  • Music
  • Science - General

For all teaching methods other than LOTE, Visual Arts  and Music, 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.

For Visual Arts and Music methods you will require 6 credit points of discipline studies which is taken from the elective options; and 2 credit points of curriculum study, which are embedded in the core program. Discipline study units must be taken from the approved list of units (see below) or approved major sequences recognised for each teaching method area. For discipline study unit selection for each teaching method area see below [i.e., ECA209 (1 credit point) and you’ll need to select ECA431 (1 credit point)]. You are encouraged to contact Student Services for course map and further unit enrolment advice for these particular specialisations.

Contact Student Services for further unit enrolment advice.

Course structure

Years 1-4

Year 1

AIA105Visions of Australia: Time and Space From 1700 to 2010

ALL153Literature for Children and Young Adults

ETP101Perspectives On Learning and Teachers' Work

ETP102Social Contexts of Education

SLE103Ecology and the Environment

SIT106Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics

Either 2 credit points of Elective units;

Or

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 [Final year of offer 2018]

EEH217Student Health and Wellbeing

ESM210Children and Mathematics: Developing Mathematical Concepts

ETP201Teacher - Learner Relationships

Either 2 credit point of Elective units;

Or

2 credit points of Middle Years option discipline study units

Year 3

ECL310Multiliterate Learners in Middle Years Environments

EES345Primary Science Education 1

ESM310Teachers and Mathematics: Creating An Effective Classroom

EEO311Learners Living in Their World: Humanities Perspectives

Plus either:

ETP301Pedagogy

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

ECL410Literacy Teacher - Researchers in New Times

EEA411Primary Arts Education: Focussed Study

EEO410Learners Inquiring in and About Their World: Human Disciplines

EES440Primary Science Education 2

ESM410Professional Practice and Mathematics: Designing an Inclusive Program

EST400Primary Technology Education: Creativity and Design

ETP401Assessment: Ways of Knowing Learners

ETP402University-To-Work Transition

Discipline Study Units

Teaching method area

Discipline studies units

Middle years curriculum study unit

Art

ACV101

ACV102

EEA211

EEA212

ECA433

ECA434

ECA431

Drama - Burwood only

Drama

ECA431

English

Children's Literature

Literary Studies

ECL461

General Science

SLE102

SLE111

SLE202

SLE237

SLE132

ESS441

Health

HBS109

HBS110

HSH206

Plus one of:

HSN101

HSN210

HSN308

ESH402

History

History

ECS471

Humanities/Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE)

AIA106

Plus 4 units in one of:

Anthropology

History

Philosophy

Politics and Policy

Sociology

ECS471

Languages

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

ESJ457

Mathematics

SIT192

SIT194

SIT291

Plus one of:

SIT281

SIT292

ESM424

Music

ECA110 (Formerly ECA310)

ECA111 (Formerly ECA311)

ECA212 (Formerly EEA312)

ECA213 (Formerly EEA313)

ECA433

ECA434

ECA431

 

Course Map

Course map

2 first-level discipline units

Discipline units are to be taken from faculties other than the School of Education in the Foundation (first) level of the course.

It is recommended that first level students select their electives in a particular area of interest they wish to pursue, e.g. Humanities, Health & Physical Education, Mathematics, Science, Literature, Visual Arts, Technology or Foreign Language.

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.

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

EEH315Teaching Sexuality Education in the Middle Years

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

ACV101Contemporary Art Practice: Body

ACV102Contemporary Art Practice: Space

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 2012

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

Aesthetics; Arts Education; Performing Arts Education

ECA310 Discovering Music A [No longer offered for enrolment.  Students to select ECA110]

ECA311 Discovering Music A [No longer offered for enrolment.  Students to select ECA111]

ECA433Arts Education Discipline Study 3 T1

ECA434Arts Education Discipline Study 4 T2

EEA211Navigating the Visual World T1

EEA212Visual Culture: Images, Meaning and Contexts T2

EEA227 Exploring Cultural Diversity through the Performing Arts [No longer offered for enrolment]

EEA228 Engaging Community through the Performing Arts [No longer offered for enrolment]

EEA312 Discovering Music A [No longer offered for enrolment.  Students to select ECA212]

EEA313 Discovering Music A [No longer offered for enrolment.  Students to select ECA213]

Notes:

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

(ii) EEA228 is offered in flexible WEXP mode, ie. unit is taken in off campus mode with on campus intensives to be held at the Geelong campus.  EEA228 is offered in trimester 3.

(iii) EEA227, EEA228, EEA312 and EEA313 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 Youth and Recreation [No longer offered for enrolment]

ESS420 Outdoor and Environmental Education [No longer offered for enrolment]

Humanities, Societies and Environments

EEC312 Playing with and Education for Multiple Futures [No longer offered for enrolment]

EEG402Teaching in a Global World T3

Information, Communication and Technology Education

EET330 Teaching with New Technologies [No longer offered for enrolment]

EST430 Education Software Tools [No longer offered for enrolment]

Linguistics

ELL201 Language and Social Contexts [No longer offered for enrolment]

ELL202 Texts Across Cultures [No longer offered for enrolment]

Mathematics and Science Education

ESM415 Problem Solving and Modelling in the Mathematics Classroom [No longer offered for enrolment]

ESM438 Evaluating Children's Progress [No longer offered for enrolment]

ESS412Science Experiments You Can Eat *T3

* ESS412 offered trimester 3.

** ESM438 offered in alternating years 2012, 2014.

Professional Development
ECE310 Transition Case Study [No longer offered for enrolment]

EEC381Classroom and Behaviour Management T1

ESP437 Teaching for Interpersonal Development [No longer offered for enrolment]

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

Teaching Children with Individual Needs

EEI414 Meeting the needs of Diverse Learners through Effective Planning [No longer offered for enrolment]

ECP303Child Protection T2

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

ESP401Student Behaviour Management and Welfare T2

ESP485 Teaching Thinking Skills [No longer offered for enrolment]

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 2013

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 2012 for 2013.

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 (inclusive of a 7 unit professional studies sequence) 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 4 credit points of course-grouped units in discipline studies as agreed with the Schools of Arts and the Faculty of Science and Technology
2.4 shall include at least 4 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.

Note: Students undertaking languages other than English (LOTE) will be required to complete ESJ357 Studies in LOTE Curriculum A and ESJ358 Studies in LOTE Curriculum B (in lieu of 2 electives).

Elective units

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:  

Drama

English

Mathematics

Health

History

Humanities/SOSE

LOTE

Music

Visual Arts

General Science

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.

  1. 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.

    OR
  2. 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.


Professional Experience Placement

Students are required to apply for a Working with Children Check. Apply online as a volunteer at https://online.justice.vic.gov.au/wwccu/onlineapplication.doj

For further information contact the School of Education, Professional Experience office.