Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Course summary for international students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Education (Primary)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool
Length4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates for 2017 can be found at
CRICOS course code015204J
Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): 60.25
Waurn Ponds (Geelong) - off campus: N/A
Waurn Ponds (Geelong): N/A
Warrnambool: N/A
English language requirements

IELTS band score of 7 with no band less than 6.5

Deakin course code E359
VTAC Codes1400314273 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400514273 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
1400714273 - Warrnambool, International full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

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.

Cloud (online) studies

Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.

In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.

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.

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Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Acquire broad and coherent theoretical knowledge and understanding of education and the application of this knowledge and skills in teaching and learning for primary students.

Use knowledge of English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities , The Arts, Health and Physical Education in the design of curriculum and pedagogy for primary students.

Apply understanding of educational theory in contemporary curriculum design, pedagogy and assessment for teaching and learning.

Inquire, research and reflect critically on professional practice and the scholarship of teaching.


Engage in effective interpersonal, oral, written and electronic communication skills with students, their parents, colleagues and other stakeholders to demonstrate empathy, develop rapport and build teacher/ student/ parent partnerships and trust.        

Use well developed communication skills to effectively independently and collaboratively interpret, present new knowledge and effect change.

Contribute to scholarly and professional practice including disseminating professional practices that establish positive and inclusive learning environments. 

Digital literacy

Select, create, collect, produce and utilize a range of digital teaching and learning resources and technologies to support student engagement and learning.

Support learners to critique consumption, production and participation in digital learning environments, as responsible and ethical practice.

 Employ a range of digital resources to conduct, analyse and disseminate classroom resources and research as a professional practitioner. 

Critical thinking

Critically analyse and evaluate disciplinary and scholarly materials to articulate rationales and philosophies for approaches to teaching and learning: curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.

Critically evaluate and synthesise contemporary theoretical perspectives relating to student learning, using formative and summative assessment data, to make judgments about the use of appropriate teaching, learning and assessment strategies.

Identify, analyse, implement, evaluate and adapt a range of cross-curricula and learning activities as the basis for learners’ critical inquiry and thinking. 

Problem solving

Critically reflect on professional practice to generate creative, innovative and authentic solutions to a range of real-world problems encountered in the learning environment and communities.

Demonstrate the capacity to identify a students’ prior knowledge, learning strengths and needs and develop a range of strategies to effectively manage diverse classroom learning. 


Work autonomously and responsibly, to identify and plan for day-to-day teaching and professional learning and development as a reflective practitioner.

Actively participate as a member of professional learning communities to deepen professional skills and knowledge of contemporary educational contexts. 


Work and learn collaboratively with:

  • colleagues, other professionals, families and members of the wider community who share responsibility for the learning and wellbeing of students.
  • people who share responsibility for the curriculum and teaching.
  • people who share responsibility for the wellbeing of learners and colleagues. 

Global citizenship

Apply knowledge and skills as a professional practitioner to design innovative learning experiences that address social justice, equity, diversity and ethical issues.

Critically consider international and national systems and school-based responses to addressing issues relating to curriculum, pedagogy, equity, inclusion and social justice.

Demonstrate and apply the legal and ethical responsibility required in the teaching profession through professional experience. 

Approved by Faculty Board

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

ETP101Teacher - Learner Identities

ETP102Social Contexts of Education

SLE103Ecology and the Environment

SIT106Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics

Either 2 credit points 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

Either 2 credit point of Elective units;


2 credit points of Middle Years option discipline study units

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

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









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




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



Mathematical Modelling



ECA110 (Formerly ECA310)

ECA111 (Formerly ECA311)

ECA212 (Formerly EEA312)

ECA213 (Formerly EEA313)




Course Map

Course map

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.

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Entry requirements - specific

Year 12 Student Applicants

Prerequisites:  Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of General Mathematics or Maths: Mathematical Methods or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics; and a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

Non-Year 12 Student Applicants

Refer VTAC entry.

Elective units

Applicants must meet any prerequisites or extra requirements specified for their choice of elective discipline units selected from Arts, Science or Health or Physical Education.


IELTS / English language requirements

An applicant for registration as a teacher must meet the standards of competence in both written and oral communication in the English language.
If you completed all four years of the higher education study required for registration in English at an institution in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, The United States of America, Canada or the Republic of Ireland, you will meet the requirements for English language competence.

For International students: If you did not complete all four years of the higher education study you are presenting for consideration for registration as outlined above, you will be required to undertake one of the approved English language tests.


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

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact

Further study

Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible to apply for entry to the Master of Education courses.

Professional Experience Placement

Students are required to apply for a Working with Children Check. Apply online as a volunteer at

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