Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Undergraduate degree

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

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS band score of 7 with no band less than 6.5


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Build a solid foundation in primary curriculum and discover what it takes to teach and lead young people. Deakin’s accredited Bachelor of Education (Primary) equips you with the essential knowledge and skills required to guide children through their primary learning years. From mathematics to science to technology; you’ll learn how to teach across a wide range of subjects and specialisations. 

Through our Professional Experience Program you’ll not only gain key practical skills, but invaluable insight into the classroom environment. With the option to combine your personal interests with a range of curriculum areas, you’ll undertake placements that enrich and solidify your studies.
As a result, you’ll graduate qualified to teach from prep to Year 6, with the confidence and ability to demonstrate classroom readiness and make a difference to students’ learning. 

Keen to inspire the next generation and make a real difference as a primary school educator? 

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

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
  • languages
  • language and literacy
  • mathematics and numeracy
  • science.

You can select the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) option and complete some of your placements in IBPYP schools, differentiating yourself 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 Programme.

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 Vietnam and Switzerland to learn about intercultural education.

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)
  • No more than 10 credit points of units at level 1
  • A minimum of 10 credit points of units at level 3 or above

This course includes 80-days of supervised professional experience, and students must successfully complete the Deakin Teaching Performance Assessment.

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.

Students are required to meet academic progress and conduct requirements.

Contact Student Services for further unit enrolment advice.








Total Units

Core Units

Year 1

  • Australian Literacy Test (zero (0) credit points)
  • Australian Numeracy Test (zero (0) credit points)
  • Understanding Early Reading Development
  • Foundations of Science Knowledge and Practice
  • Perspectives On Learning and Teachers' Work
  • Social Contexts of Education
  • Teaching Humanities in Primary Education
  • Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
  • Engaging and Exploring Arts Education
  • Primary Physical Education
  • Year 2

  • Multiliterate Learners in Early Years Environments
  • Student Health and Wellbeing
  • Children and Mathematics: Developing Mathematical Concepts
  • Classroom Relationships
  • Australian Indigenous Education: Recognition, Relationships and Reconciliation
  • Primary Science Education 1
  • Plus:

    • 2 credit points of specialisation units from the table below;

    Year 3

  • Teachers and Mathematics: Creating An Effective Classroom
  • Educating Students with Additional Needs
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Multiliterate Learners in Middle Years Environments
  • Primary Arts Education: Focussed Study
  • Plus:

    • 2 x 1 credit point elective units (IB PYP or Inclusive Education pathway students take specific elective units)
    • 1 credit point specialisation unit from the table below;

    Year 4

  • Learners Inquiring in and About Their World: Human Disciplines
  • Literacy Teacher - Researchers in New Times
  • Primary Science Education 2
  • Professional Practice and Mathematics: Designing An Inclusive Program
  • Primary Technology Education: Creativity and Design
  • Assessment: Ways of Knowing Learners
  • University-To-Work Transition
  • Plus:

    • 1 credit point specialisation unit:
  • Building Leadership Capacity in the School and Wider Community
  • Electives

    In your course you have two electives. These can be made up by completing the IB PYP option, the Inclusive Education 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
  • Introduction to the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP)
    • your two x Yr 3 Professional Experience placements in IB PYP schools.

    Inclusive Education Elective Sequence

    If you would like to complete the Inclusive Education sequence, you will need to successfully complete

    • two elective units:
  • Communication and Diverse Learners
  • Inclusive Education for Young Children
    • You will be supported to focus on inclusive education practices during your Year 3 Professional Experience placements

    Recommended Electives

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

    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
  •  (not offered in 2021)

  • Teaching in a Global World EEG402
  • Ethics in Global Society ASP216
  • Sustainability, Inquiry and Action - a Humanities Perspective EEO301
  • Indigenous Knowledges
  • Introduction to Aboriginal Studies IND101
  • Aboriginal Australian Stories and Songlines IND102
  • Politics of Resistance in Indigenous Australia IND301
  • Languages

    Concurrent enrolment in a Diploma of Languages with up to two credit 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
  • Making Social Media ALM101
  • Mathematics and Numeracy

  • Introduction to Functions, Relations and Graphs 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

  • Educational Psychology EDU201
  • Introduction to Creative Arts Therapy Approaches and Practices EEI302
  • Diversity, Disability and Social Inclusion HDS106
  • Visual Arts

  • Introduction to Creative Arts Therapy Approaches and Practices EEI302
  • Painting in the Visual Arts ACV101
  • Drawing and the Body in Visual Arts ACV115
  • Specialisations

    Primary Specialisation

    Specialisation Unit 1

    Specialisation Unit 2

    Specialisation Unit 3

    Specialisation Unit 4

    (commencing 2020)

    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
  • Humanities


    For students who commenced prior to 2021 only.



    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
  • Language and Literacy


  • Literature for Children and Young Adults ALL153
  • Re-Imagining Literature for Young People ALL230
  • Diversity, Language and Literacy ECL351
  • Building Leadership Capacity in the School and Wider Community ECP400
  • Mathematics and Numeracy


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


  • Cells and Genes SLE111
  • OR

  • Chemistry in Our World SLE133
  • OR

  • Ecology and the Environment SLE103
  • Physics for the Life Sciences SLE123
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education EES300
  • Building Leadership Capacity in the School and Wider Community ECP400
  • Special Educational Needs


    For students who commenced prior to 2021 only. (quotas apply)

    Visual Arts


    For students who commenced prior to 2021 only.

    ^ 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)

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400314273 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
    1400514273 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
    1400714273 - Warrnambool, International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    CRICOS code?
    015204J Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool
    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

    Note: New course version commencing 2021.

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

    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 6-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

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

    Course duration - additional information

    Delays in completing the placement could mean that the course will take longer to complete than the stated duration.

    International students are required to study full-time to complete their course within the duration registered on CRICOS.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work-integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. Refer to the relevant unit guide.

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

    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.


    Typically 150-hours of learning and assessment activities per Deakin credit point (as per AQF Explanation).

    Participation requirements

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here:

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

    Work experience

    WIL is undertaken under the banner of Professional Experience Placements; however, it is important to note the other activities that have been undertaken throughout the review period that contribute to WIL outcomes. Students in ECL410 and EES440 complete these units through an embedded school-based delivery model to support the application of knowledge in practice and with the support of classroom-based teachers.

    These experiences are supplementary to the 80-days of required professional experience and is organised by the Unit Teams.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

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

    • Minimum ATAR of 70
    • 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

    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.

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

    Admissions information

    Applicant indicator profile report of all applicants applying to Deakin University Undergraduate Teaching courses in Trimester 1, 2020.

    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate course requirements.

    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

    Cloud studies

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

    However, international students living in Australia on a student visa, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), must 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 may undertake a maximum of up to one third (or equivalent) of their study as Cloud (online) study. Please note enrolment in one face to face unit in compulsory study periods is only allowed if the student is completing their final unit of study and will not exceed maximum one third (or equivalent) online requirement.

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The Estimated tuition fee is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    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 tuition fees.

    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 for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    Don’t quite meet the entry requirements for this course? The Associate Degree of Education (E200) can be used as a guaranteed entry pathway into the Bachelor of Education (Primary) and counts as credit towards your first year of study*. You’ll gain a solid foundation of relevant knowledge and be ready to transition seamlessly into your goal degree.

    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 test. 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. We recommend speaking with one of our student advisers before selecting your units. Students are also required to successfully complete the CASPer test – an online, video scenario-based test that lets you demonstrate your suitability for a teaching career – as part of the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Education (Primary).

    Further study options

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

    Why choose Deakin

    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 


    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