Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Course summary for international students


2017 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)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$26,000 for 1 yr full-time AUD
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
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

New course version commencing 2017.

NOTE: Currently undertaking accreditation with the VIT

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Study towards a creative, rewarding and challenging career with Deakin’s Bachelor of Education (Primary). Gain the knowledge, skills, understandings and values required to teach young people. Deakin’s aim is for graduates to be professional educators who can demonstrate that they are classroom ready and able to make a difference to students’ learning. 

Throughout the course you will explore all areas of primary curriculum including literacy, mathematics, science, arts, humanities, health and physical education and technology, developing in-depth specialist knowledge in one of the priority curriculum areas. You will also be supported in your learning through Deakin’s Professional Experience Program.

Bachelor of Education (Primary) students at Deakin can apply to undertake a unique International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP) pathway, to prepare them for teaching in IB PYP schools. This option,recognised by the International Baccalaureate organisation,  involves completing 2 elective units and undertaking 2 placements in third year in IB PYP schools.

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

Deakin’s Bachelor of Education (Primary) is currently undertaking accreditation with the VIT as a nationally accredited course for the purposes of teacher registration in Victoria. Graduates intending to apply for registration in Victoria should carefully check all requirements relating to this process specified at

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

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, particularly for primary school contexts 


Engage in appropriately diverse effective interpersonal, oral, written, digital and non-verbal communication with students, their parents or caregivers, colleagues and other stakeholders to demonstrate empathy, develop rapport and build professional teacher/ student/ parent/ caregiver relationships with trust for quality learning and teaching. 

Digital literacy

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

Critical thinking

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

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 and teaching contexts and professional learning communities. 


Actively work and learn independently with responsibility taken for professional actions and judgements 


Work and learn collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals, families and members of the wider community who share responsibility for student learning and their wellbeing. 

Global citizenship

Engage in professional, intercultural and ethical approaches that addresses social justice, equity, diversity, and sustainability issues.

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;
  • 4 credit points of primary subject specialism
  • 2 credit points of electives

This course includes 80 days of supervised professional experience.

Students are also required to complete two zero (0) credit point units ELN010 and ELN011 as part of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) in order to graduate from their course.

Contact Student Services for further unit enrolment advice.

Course structure

Years 1-4

Year 1

ELN010Australian Literacy Test (zero (0) credit points)

ELN011Australian Numeracy Test (zero (0) credit points)

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

ECA100Engaging and Exploring Arts Education

EEH116Primary Physical Education

Year 2

ECL210Multiliterate Learners in Early Years Environments

EEH217Student Health and Wellbeing

ESM211Children and Mathematics: Developing Mathematical Concepts

ETP200Classroom Relationships

EEO211Learners Living in Their World: Humanities Perspectives

EES245Primary Science Education 1

2 credit point of specialism units;

Year 3

ESM310Teachers and Mathematics: Creating An Effective Classroom

ETP300Educating Students with Additional Needs

ETP303Curriculum and Pedagogy

ECL310Multiliterate Learners in Middle Years Environments

EEA311Primary Arts Education: Focussed Study

2 x 1 credit point elective units (IB PYP pathway students take specific elective units)

1 credit point specialism unit

Year 4

EEO410Learners Inquiring in and About Their World: Human Disciplines

ECL410Literacy Teacher - Researchers in New Times

EES440Primary Science Education 2

ESM410Professional Practice and Mathematics: Designing an Inclusive Program

EST400Primary Technology Education: Creativity and Design

ETP400Assessment: Ways of Knowing Learners

ETP403University-To-Work Transition


Specialisations will be available subject to demand and availability and quotas may be applied if necessary.

1 common specialism capstone unit:

ECP400Building Leadership Capacity in the School and Wider Community

And 3 unit sequence from one of the following specialisms:

Mathematics and Numeracy

SIT176Mathematical Visualisation and Reasoning (commencing 2018)

ESM215Problem Solving, Modelling and Mathematical Applications (commencing 2018)

ESM303Primary Mathematics Lesson Study (commencing 2019)

Language and Literacy

ALC203Exploring Digital Media: Contexts of Online Participation

ALL230Re-Imagining Literature for Young People

ECL351Diversity, Language and Literacy (commencing 2019)


2 from:

AIG103People and Place: An Introduction to Human Geography

AIA300Australia's Asia: From Yellow Peril to Asian Century

AIA200Indigenous Australians in the 20th Century


EEO301Sustainability, Inquiry & Action - a Humanities Perspective (commencing 2019)


2 from:

SLE111Cells and Genes

SLE133Chemistry in Our World

SLE123Physics for the Life Sciences


EES300Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education (commencing 2019)

Special Educational Needs

EEI202Communication and Diverse Learners (commencing 2018)

HDS106Diversity, Disability and Social Inclusion

EEI301Personalising Learning: a Transdisciplinary Approach (commencing 2018)

Health and Physical Education

EEH203Sport and Exercise Practice

HBS110Health Behaviour

EEH302Health and Physical Education in the Curriculum


ECL306Teaching and Learning Languages in Primary Contexts (commencing 2018)

Concurrent enrolment in A225 Diploma of Language, with up to 4 credit points of CPL given upon completion.

The Arts - TBA

One of the following:

Visual Arts

ACV101Contemporary Art Practice: Body

ACV102Contemporary Art Practice: Space

ECA304Arts Education Specialisation Study


ACP109Improvisation: Principles in Action

ACP177Genre and Performance

ECA304Arts Education Specialisation Study


ACD101Introduction to Contemporary Dance Practice A

ACD102Introduction to Contemporary Dance Practice B

ECA304Arts Education Specialisation Study

Music - Students to enrol as a cross-institutional student at Box Hill Institute

Box Hill units: MUT103 Theory 1 Voice leading; AND MUT107 Aural 1

Box Hill units: MUT101 Music Technology AND MUT105 History 1

ECA304Arts Education Specialisation Study


EEG402Teaching in a Global World

ECL307Introduction to the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP)

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 can be found at International Students - Apply site (Step 3).
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.