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Bachelor of Education (Primary)

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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

New course version commenced 2012.

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

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


Graduates of this course will qualify for a degree in primary teaching which will meet the registration requirements for the Victorian Institute of Teaching and other state teacher registration boards in Australia, as well as the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).


International students and permanent residents

Graduates of this course who are intending to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) will be required to demonstrate an IELTS of an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas  where there is no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening. You are advised to read the VIT's Qualification for Teachers Registration policy carefully which is available at: Further information


The Bachelor of Education (Primary) provides an approved pathway from the Associate Degree of Arts, Business and Sciences (A200)*.  On successful completion of the Associate Degree of Arts, Business and Sciences 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 A200 for full credit to be granted.  You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System

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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.

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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

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Course rules

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) course has a 32 credit point structure made up of 26 core and 6 elective units. Students must complete core and elective units.

Core Units

  • 4 discipline based units comprising: 
  • 1 unit in Science
  • 1 unit in Mathematics
  • 1 unit in Literature and
  • 1 unit in Humanities
  • 15 primary curriculum units comprising:
  • 3 Mathematics education units
  • 3 English education units
  • 2 Humanities education units
  • 2 Arts education units
  • 2 Science education units
  • 1 Physical education unit
  • 1 Student Health and Wellbeing unit
  • 1 Technology Design education unit
  • 7 professional studies units.

Elective Units


  • 6 electives  chosen from any school or faculty within Deakin University (or an approved alternative)
  • It is recommended that at least 4 (of the 6 elective units) be taken in one discipline area#

Other course requirements and profession rules

  • No more than 10 units may be taken at level one
  • Satisfactory completion of at least 80 days of supervised school experience
  • Students must pass at least 5 units at first year before progressing to second year level units
  • The course must be completed within a period of not less than 4 years (excluding credit from previous study) and no more than 10 years, including periods of intermission, except with the permission of faculty board.

#it is recommended that the discipline sequence be related to primary education content learning to enable you to complete a specialised teaching sequence, for example, by completing 2 first year units, followed by 2 second year units in one discipline area, such as History, Literature, Science or Mathematics.

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Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

ETP101 Teacher - Learner Identities  

SLE103 Ecology and the Environment  

ALL153 Literature for Children and Young Adults  


Elective Discipline Unit 1, one credit point from anywhere in the University.

Trimester 2

ETP102 Social Contexts of Education  

SIT106 Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics  

AIA105 Visions of Australia: Time and Space From 1700 to 2010  

Elective Discipline Unit 2, one credit point from anywhere in the University.


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


Level 2

Trimester 1

ETP201 Teacher - Learner Relationships  

ECL210 Multiliterate Learners in Early Years Environments  

EEH216 Primary Physical Education  


Elective Unit 3, one credit point.

Trimester 2

ECA209 Arts Education in Primary Schools  

ESM210 Children and Mathematics: Developing Mathematical Concepts  

EEH217 Student Health and Wellbeing  


Elective Unit 4, one credit point.


Level 3 - Commencing 2014
Trimester 1

ETP301 Pedagogy  


ETS301 Pedagogy - Middle Years (7-10)  (Select ETS301 if undertaking middle years study option)

ESM310 Teachers and Mathematics: Creating An Effective Classroom  

EES345 Primary Science Education 1  


Elective Unit 5, one credit point from anywhere in the University


OR if completing a LOTE sequence you will need to enrol in:

ESJ357 Studies in LOTE Curriculum A  

Trimester 2

ETP302 Curriculum Inquiry  


ETS302 Curriculum Inquiry - Middle Years (7-10)  (Select ETS302 if undertaking middle years study option)

ECL310 Multiliterate Learners in Middle Years Environments  

EEO311 Learners Living in Their World: Humanities Perspectives  


Elective Unit 6, one credit point from anywhere in the University


OR if completing a LOTE sequence you will need to enrol in:

ESJ358 Studies in LOTE Curriculum B  


Level 4 - Commencing 2015
Trimester 1

ETP401 Assessment: Ways of Knowing Learners  

EST400 Primary Technology Education: Creativity and Design  

EEO410 Learners Inquiring in and About Their World: Human Disciplines  

EEA411 Primary Arts Education: Focussed Study  

Trimester 2
ETP402 University-To-Work Transition  

ESM410 Professional Practice and Mathematics: Designing an Inclusive Program  

EES440 Primary Science Education 2  

ECL410 Literacy Teacher - Researchers in New Times  


Note: EEH216 also offered Trimester 3

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:  










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.

  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.

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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.

Students must obtain a copy of the Professional Experience Handbook each year from the Professional Experience Office on your home campus. This handbook is also available at


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