Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Course summary for current students
|Year||2017 course information|
|Award granted||Bachelor of Education (Primary)|
|Duration||4 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|CRICOS course code||015204J|
|Deakin course code||E359|
Offered to continuing students only
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 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.
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
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 www.deakin.edu.au/fees.
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
- 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, 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.
|AIA105||Visions of Australia: Time and Space From 1700 to 2010|
|ALL153||Literature for Children and Young Adults|
|ETP101||Perspectives On Learning and Teachers' Work|
|ETP102||Social Contexts of Education|
|SLE103||Ecology and the Environment|
|SIT106||Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics|
Either 2 credit points 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|
Either 2 credit point of Elective units;
2 credit points of Middle Years option discipline study units
|ECL310||Multiliterate Learners in Middle Years Environments|
|EES345||Primary Science Education 1|
|ESM310||Teachers and Mathematics: Creating An Effective Classroom|
|EEO311||Learners Living in Their World: Humanities Perspectives|
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
|ECL410||Literacy Teacher - Researchers in New Times|
|EEA411||Primary Arts Education: Focussed Study|
|EEO410||Learners Inquiring in and About Their World: Human Disciplines|
|EES440||Primary Science Education 2|
|ESM410||Professional Practice and Mathematics: Designing an Inclusive Program|
|EST400||Primary Technology Education: Creativity and Design|
|ETP401||Assessment: Ways of Knowing Learners|
Discipline Study Units
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:
5 credit points of CPL granted upon completion of A225 Diploma of Language (or equivalent)
ECA110 (Formerly ECA310)
ECA111 (Formerly ECA311)
ECA212 (Formerly EEA312)
ECA213 (Formerly EEA313)
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:
|HBS109||Human Structure and Function|
|HSE102||Functional Human Anatomy|
|EEH426||Physical Education and the Curriculum|
|EEH428||Contemporary Issues in Physical Education|
|EEH315||Teaching Sexuality Education in the Middle Years|
|EEH317||Children 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:
|ACV101||Contemporary Art Practice: Body|
|ACV102||Contemporary Art Practice: Space|
|EEA211||Navigating the Visual World|
|EEA212||Visual Culture: Images, Meaning and Contexts|
|ECA433||Arts Education Discipline Study 3|
|ECA434||Arts Education Discipline Study 4|
(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]
|ECA433||Arts Education Discipline Study 3 T1|
|ECA434||Arts Education Discipline Study 4 T2|
|EEA211||Navigating the Visual World T1|
|EEA212||Visual 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]
(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
|EEH315||Teaching Sexuality Education in the Middle Years T3|
|EEH317||Children in Sport: Issues and Controversies T2|
|EEH426||Physical Education and the Curriculum T1|
|EEH428||Contemporary 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]
|EEG402||Teaching 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]
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]
|ESS412||Science Experiments You Can Eat *T3|
* ESS412 offered trimester 3.
** ESM438 offered in alternating years 2012, 2014.
|ECE310||Transition Case Study T3|
|EEC381||Classroom 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]
|ECP303||Child Protection T2|
|EEI322||Teaching the Learner with Special Needs in the General Education Classroom T2|
|ESP401||Student Behaviour Management and Welfare T2|
ESP485 Teaching Thinking Skills [No longer offered for enrolment]
(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
(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 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:
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.
- 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.
- 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.