Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Undergraduate degree

Study towards a creative, rewarding and challenging career with Deakin's Bachelor of Education (Primary).

Accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching

Top 5 for education in Australia*

Accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organisation

Key facts

ATAR

Burwood:
RC?
Waurn Ponds:
RC?
Warrnambool:
RC?
Lowest selection rank

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2019 close 23 February 2020
Timely VTAC entry closes 30 September 2019 at 5pm. View other VTAC dates

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Explore all areas of primary curriculum and build a solid understanding of what it takes to make a difference as a primary school educator, with a Bachelor of Education (Primary) at Deakin. From mathematics to science, visual arts to technology, you’ll learn how to guide children through their primary years learning – and graduate qualified to teach from grades prep to Year 6. 

Are you interested in an exciting and rewarding career teaching primary school aged children? 

Gain the knowledge, skills and values required to teach young people. You’ll graduate as a professional educator, able to demonstrate classroom readiness and make a difference to students’ learning.

The Professional Experience Program is a key part of every Deakin teaching student’s course experience. Working with more than 1400 schools across Australia, we’ll arrange at least 80 days of placements for you in schools where you’ll learn from experienced teachers. Students also have access to specialised teaching spaces on campus to help you prepare for classroom teaching. Choose a specialisation and develop advanced skills in a priority area of the primary curriculum, such as:

  • health and physical education
  • humanities
  • languages
  • language and literacy
  • mathematics and numeracy
  • science
  • special education needs
  • visual arts.

You can select the International Baccalaureate Primary Years option and complete some of your placements in IBPYP schools, differentiating you from other graduates. This Deakin course is the only undergraduate teacher education program in Victoria to be accredited with the International Baccalaureate Organisation and to offer a recognised pathway for teaching in the IB Primary Years Program.

Give your studies a different perspective and take part in our Global Education Program. You’ll get to experience remote communities in Australia and abroad, while gaining credit towards your degree. Learn about Aboriginal culture while teaching in remote communities in the Northern Territory, or head to countries including Chile, Nepal or Vanuatu and learn about intercultural education.

Deakin maintains close links with the education sector to ensure our courses are developed and reviewed with industry and professional input. You’ll be taught by staff who have industry experience and who are recognised as leaders and innovators in their fields. This means you can be confident that what you learn at Deakin will be relevant to your future teaching career.

Before beginning your studies, prospective teaching students need to successfully complete the CASPer test – an online, video scenario-based test that lets you demonstrate your suitability for a teaching career.

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Course structure

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 specialisation
  • 2 credit points of electives
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

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.

26

Core

4

Specialisation

2

Electives

32

Total Units

Core Units

Year 1

  • Australian Literacy Test ELN010 (zero (0) credit points)
  • Australian Numeracy Test ELN011 (zero (0) credit points)
  • Visions of Australia: Time and Space From 1700 to 2010 AIA105
  • Literature for Children and Young Adults ALL153
  • Perspectives On Learning and Teachers' Work ETP101
  • Social Contexts of Education ETP102
  • Ecology and the Environment SLE103
  • Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics SIT106
  • Engaging and Exploring Arts Education ECA100
  • Primary Physical Education EEH116
  • Year 2

  • Multiliterate Learners in Early Years Environments ECL210
  • Student Health and Wellbeing EEH217
  • Children and Mathematics: Developing Mathematical Concepts ESM211
  • Classroom Relationships ETP200
  • Humanities Education in the 3-6 Primary Levels EEO211
  • Primary Science Education 1 EES245
  • 2 credit points of specialisation units from the table below;

    Year 3

  • Teachers and Mathematics: Creating An Effective Classroom ESM310
  • Educating Students with Additional Needs ETP300
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy ETP303
  • Multiliterate Learners in Middle Years Environments ECL310
  • Primary Arts Education: Focussed Study EEA311
  • 2 x 1 credit point elective units (IB PYP pathway students take specific elective units)

    1 credit point specialisation unit from the table below;

    Year 4

  • Humanities Education for F-2 Primary Levels EEO411
  • Literacy Teacher - Researchers in New Times ECL410
  • Primary Science Education 2 EES440
  • Professional Practice and Mathematics: Designing an Inclusive Program ESM410
  • Primary Technology Education: Creativity and Design EST400
  • Assessment: Ways of Knowing Learners ETP400
  • University-To-Work Transition ETP403
  • 1 credit point specialisation unit:

  • Building Leadership Capacity in the School and Wider Community ECP400
  • Electives

    In your course you have two electives.  These can be made up by completing the IB PYP option OR a combination of two units from the recommended electives listed below.

    You will be able to deepen your studies in your chosen specialisation or develop breadth through pursuing studies in other area(s) of interest. However you are not limited to this list for your electives.

    IB PYP Teaching and Learning Certificate

    If you would like to be eligible to apply for the IB PYP Teaching and Learning Certificate from the IBO, in addition to your core coursework you will need to successfully complete

    • two elective units:
  • Teaching in a Global World EEG402
  • Introduction to the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) ECL307 (Commencing 2018)
    • your two x Yr 3 Professional Experience placements in IB PYP schools.

    Recommended Electives

    These recommended electives have been clustered in discipline areas but you may select from two different disciplines. 

    Visual Arts
  • Music Studies: Earth, Wind and Fire ECA210
  • Navigating the Visual World EEA211
  • Integrated Practice 1 ACV210
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Nutrition, Growth and Development for Health Educators EEH301
  • Teaching Sexuality and Relationship Education EEH315
  • Humanities
  • Place, Culture and Teaching in a Global Context EEG302
  • Teaching in a Global World EEG402
  • Ethics in Global Society ASP216
  • Languages

    Concurrent enrolment in a Diploma of Languages with up to two cretit points given for two electives on evidence of completion.

    Language and Literacy
  • Teaching EAL/D Students ECL350
  • Media Genres: Negotiating Textual Forms and Pleasures ALC104
  • Power Politics and Texts for Young People ALL154
  • Mathematics and Numeracy
  • Introductory Mathematical Methods SIT190
  • Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis SIT191
  • Discrete Mathematics SIT192
  • Introduction to Mathematical Modelling SIT194
  • Science
  • Digital Technologies: Programming and Robotics EES301
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Role of Multimodal Therapies in Special Education EEI302
  • Specialisations

    Primary Specialisation

    Specialisation Unit 1

    Specialisation Unit 2

    Specialisation Unit 3

    Specialisation Unit 4

    (commencing 2020)

    Mathematics and Numeracy

  • Mathematical Visualisation and Reasoning SIT176
  • Problem Solving, Modelling and Mathematical Applications ESM215
  • Primary Mathematics Lesson Study ESM303
  • Building Leadership Capacity in the School and Wider Community ECP400
  • Language and Literacy

  • Making Social Media ALM101
  • Re-Imagining Literature for Young People ALL230
  • Diversity, Language and Literacy ECL351
  • Building Leadership Capacity in the School and Wider Community ECP400
  • Science

  • Cells and Genes SLE111
  • OR

  • Chemistry in Our World SLE133
  • Physics for the Life Sciences SLE123
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education EES300
  • Building Leadership Capacity in the School and Wider Community ECP400
  • Humanities

  • People and Place: An Introduction to Human Geography AIG103
  • OR

  • Conflict and Its Legacies in Modern Asia AIH267
  • Exploring Australia's Indigenous Pasts AIH288
  • Sustainability, Inquiry and Action - a Humanities Perspective EEO301
  • Building Leadership Capacity in the School and Wider Community ECP400
  • The Arts

  • Painting in the Visual Arts ACV101
  • ACV102 Contemporary Art Practice: Space (No longer available for enrolment)

  • Arts Education Specialisation Study ECA304
  • Building Leadership Capacity in the School and Wider Community ECP400
  • Special Educational Needs

    (quotas apply)

  • Communication and Diverse Learners EEI202
  • Diversity, Disability and Social Inclusion HDS106
  • Personalising Learning: a Transdisciplinary Approach EEI301
  • Building Leadership Capacity in the School and Wider Community ECP400
  • Health and Physical Education

    (quotas apply)

  • Sport and Exercise Practice EEH203
  • Health Behaviour HBS110
  • Health and Physical Education in the Curriculum EEH302
  • Building Leadership Capacity in the School and Wider Community ECP400
  • Languages

    Diploma of Languages units^

    Diploma of Languages units^

  • Teaching and Learning Languages in Primary Contexts ECL306
  • Building Leadership Capacity in the School and Wider Community ECP400
  • ^ Deakin has four options for languages study: Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Spanish:
    Concurrent enrolments in A221 Diploma of Arabic or A222 Diploma of Chinese, or A223 Diploma of Indonesian, or A224 Diploma of Spanish or equivalent with up to 4 credit points of RPL are given upon the completion. Completion of 3 units from any of A221 or A222 or A223 or A224 and enrolment in one further unit of A221, A222, A223 or A224 or equivalent are pre-requisite for ECL306. The Diploma can be undertaken concurrently with another course and is of 3 years part time duration with eight credit points. There are two options for each Diploma: i) for students with no background in the language; or ii) an advanced study for those with Year 12 level (or equivalent) in the language.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Education (Primary)
    Year

    2020 course information

    VTAC code
    1400314271 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400514271 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400714271 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    E359
    CRICOS code?
    015204J
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Warrnambool

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can apply directly through the Institute of Koorie Education

    Additional course information

    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.

    Students are required to apply for a Working with Children Check. Apply online as a volunteer at https://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/.

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

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Students are required to apply for a Working with Children Check. Apply online as a volunteer at https://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/.

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

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Participation requirements

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

     

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on:

    • Minimum ATAR of 70 in 2019
    • VCE Units 1 and 2 of General Mathematics or Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematic, or Units 3 and 4 of Mathematics (any)
    • a study score of at least 35 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 25 in English other than EAL

    Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

    Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on:

    • evidence of academic capability equivalent to an ATAR of 70 OR
    • successful completion of STAT OR
    • Successful completion of Associate Degree of Education (E200)

    All Applicants must complete an additional selection tool for non-academic attributes. Deakin University is using the CASPer test. CASPer is an online, video-scenario based situational judgement test, designed to measure non-academic suitability for teaching.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.

    Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2018 students (PDF, 783.5KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    Not applicable
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $7,302 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Learn more about fees.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Recognition of 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.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Apply now

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications to VTAC are now open for recent secondary education graduates, including current Year 12 students. Learn about the steps involved and how to complete your preference list for study in 2020.


    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.


    Institute of Koorie Education

    Institute of Koorie Education applicants must apply via the How to apply webpage. You’ll need to complete a declaration statement and application form. If your application is successful, you’ll then be invited to an interview.


    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

    How to apply


    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.


    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Education (Primary) with our pathways finder.

    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.

    All Applicants into E359 Bachelor of Education (Primary) must complete an additional selection tool for non-academic attributes. Deakin University is using the CASPer assessment tool. CASPer is an online, video-scenario based situational judgement test, designed to measure non-academic suitability for teaching.

    * Specific units of study must be completed within E200 for full credit to be granted. You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System

    Further study options

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

    Contact information

    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

    Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    Tel 03 5227 1359
    artsed@deakin.edu.au

    Burwood (Melbourne) 
    Tel 03 9246 8100
    artsed@deakin.edu.au

    Warrnambool
    Tel 03 5563 3489
    artsed@deakin.edu.au

    Frequently asked questions

    Deakin runs on trimesters, what dates do they each start?

    Find out more about our key dates

    Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

    Find our more about scholarships at Deakin

    Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

    Find out more about RPL

    Where can I study with Deakin?

    Find out more about campus locations

    Why choose Deakin

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    Top 27 for education worldwide*

    Top 1% of universities worldwide^

    Top 10 university in Australia^

    #1 university in Victoria for student satisfaction#

    Career outcomes

    Studying a Bachelor of Education (Primary) will equip you with the skills and knowledge for a successful career in education. Upon graduation you’ll be ready to teach in primary schools within the private, independent, IB schools or public education sectors.

    Graduates may also find work in other fields including:

    • community services
    • government agencies
    • not-for-profit organisations
    • IB accredited primary schools.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Professional recognition

    Deakin’s Bachelor of Education (Primary) is accredited with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). as a nationally accredited course. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to register with VIT as a registered educator.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    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 

    Communication

    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. 

    Self-management

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

    Teamwork

    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

     


    *QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
    ^ARWU Rankings 2018
    #Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2018 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) 2018

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