Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Burwood (Melbourne)
  • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
  • Warrnambool
Length4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1) each year.

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016$7,169 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Tel 03 5227 1359

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100

Tel 03 5563 3489

Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): 60.25
Waurn Ponds (Geelong) - off campus: N/A
Waurn Ponds (Geelong): 60.25
Warrnambool: N/A
CRICOS course code015204J
VTAC Codes1400314271 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514271 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400714271 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code E359

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.

Fees and charges

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

Full-fee paying place
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course. Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

Fee information for all domestic students
The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or the full fee paying annual indicative course fee shown in the table above is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This information is provided as a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fee to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email for more information about 2016 fees.

Study Load and unit fee

Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year, which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL. You can find the unit fee, credit point and EFTSL value for each unit by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search.

Fee payment assistance

Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or full-fee paying place, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this course have found careers in Australian and overseas primary schools (where VIT registration is recognised) at all year levels, in government departments, public service, health and welfare organisations and the media as well as in private academies and agencies.

For more information go to 'My Course My Career'

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

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

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.


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

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations.

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

Some courses are available in Trimester 2 and 3 2016. Check our Midyear entry and Trimester 3 pages to see if direct applications are open for this course.

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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.