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Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Undergraduate degree

Build a solid foundation in primary curriculum, from mathematics and science to arts, and discover what it takes to teach and lead young people.

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Domestic student information

Accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching

#1 in Australia for education and educational research*

#5 in the world for education and educational research*

Key facts

ATAR

Burwood:
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Waurn Ponds:
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Warrnambool:
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Lowest selection rank

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent or 3 years full-time accelerated mode*

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2024 have closed

Current Deakin Students

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

Course overview

Build a solid foundation in primary curriculum and graduate in-demand and classroom-ready when you study Deakin’s accredited Bachelor of Education (Primary). You’ll develop essential knowledge and real-world experience during guaranteed placements, ready to inspire and guide children through their primary learning years. From mathematics, science, the arts and literacy, you will learn how to teach across a wide range of subjects and specialisations, then discover how to put your skills into practice in the classroom.

With the option to combine your personal interests with a range of curriculum areas, you will undertake placements that enrich and solidify your studies. As a result, you will graduate qualified to teach from prep to Year 6, with the confidence and ability to make an impact on the learning of your students.

Fast-track your career with our accelerated learning option. Achieve a four-year equivalent qualification in only three years of full-time study if you undertake selected units in Trimester 3. You can graduate confidently, meeting the requirements for registration.

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

Our industry-shaped courses are developed and reviewed with input from professional educators and the education sector, meaning your learning will be highly relevant to your future teaching career. Build your confidence under the expert guidance of experienced staff who are recognised leaders and innovators in their fields.

Our Professional Experience Program will give you real-life teaching experience with guaranteed placements throughout your degree. Working with more than 1400 schools across Australia, we will arrange at least 80 days of placements for you in schools where you will learn from experienced teachers. You will also have access to specialised teaching spaces on campus to prepare for your teaching career.

Choose a specialisation and develop advanced skills in a priority area of the primary curriculum, such as:

  • health and physical education
  • languages (not available as an accelerated completion)
  • language and literacy
  • mathematics and numeracy
  • science.

Broaden your perspective by choosing to take part in our rural, regional, remote, or metropolitan placements. You’ll have the opportunity to learn within a diverse range of communities in Australia, or learn about intercultural education when you travel overseas – all while gaining credit towards your degree.

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.

* Overseas study programs to be confirmed in 2023 and beyond, subject to government travel restrictions

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Course information

Award granted
Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Year

2024 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 Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool
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.

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 Module DAI001
  • Academic Integrity Module (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 (DTPA)*. This must be complete in the final year of study. Successful completion of this course indicates that a student has met the expected standard of performance for each of the Graduate Teacher Standards.

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.

* Students who do not pass the DTPA must seek advice from the course director.

26

Core units

2

Elective units

4

Specialisation units

32

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
  • Humanities Through Experiential Pedagogy
  • 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 (Inclusive Education pathway students take specific elective units)
    • 1 credit point specialisation unit from the table below;

    Year 4

  • Humanities Inquiry Pedagogy
  • 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 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.

    Inclusive Education Elective Sequence

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

    • two elective units:
  • Teaching and Learning in the Inclusive Classroom (replaces EEI202 Communication and Diverse Learners from 2024)
  • 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

    EEG302 Place, Culture and Teaching in a Global Context [No longer available]

  • Teaching in a Global World EEG402
  • Ethics in Global Society ASP216
  • Indigenous Knowledges
  • Aboriginal Australian Stories and Songlines IND102
  • Caring for Country IND203
  • Working Alongside Aboriginal Communities IND302
  • 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
  • ALC104 Media Genres: Negotiating Textual forms and Pleasures [No longer available for enrolment]

  • Contemporary Asian Cinema: Texts, Contexts and Experiences ACF213 (replaces ALC104)
  • Critical Issues in Children's Literature 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

    EES301 Digital Technologies: Programming and Robotics [No longer available for enrolment]

    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

    SP-E359007

  • Sport and Exercise Practice EEH203
  • OR

  • Teaching Sexuality and Relationship Education EEH315
  • OR

  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology HBS109
  • Health Psychology (Behaviour Change) HBS110
  • Health and Physical Education in the Curriculum EEH302
  • Building Leadership Capacity in the School and Wider Community ECP400
  • Languages

    SP-E359008

    (Unavailable in
    Accelerated
    E359 course
    offering)

    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

    SP-E359002

  • Literature for Children and Young Adults ALL153
  • Adapting Children's Texts Across Media ALL230
  • OR

  • Australian Literature ALL260
  • Diversity, Language and Literacy ECL351
  • Building Leadership Capacity in the School and Wider Community ECP400
  • Mathematics and Numeracy

    SP-E359001

  • Mathematical Reasoning and Investigation SIT176
  • OR

  • Database Fundamentals SIT103
  • Problem Solving, Modelling and Mathematical Applications ESM215
  • OR

  • Fundamentals of Finance MAF101
  • Primary Mathematics Lesson Study ESM303
  • Building Leadership Capacity in the School and Wider Community ECP400
  • Science

    SP-E359003

  • 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
  • ^ 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.

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

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

    * An optional accelerated course structure is available in this course, allowing students to complete the course in 3 years duration by enrolling into 8 consecutive trimesters. Students undertaking the accelerated course structure are required to enrol in Trimester 3 of the first and second year of the course. All students are advised to seek course advice prior to attempting the accelerated course structure from Student Central. Students have until the start of Trimester 2 of Year 1 to decide whether to enrol into the accelerated course structure. The Languages specialisation and Inclusive Education Elective Sequence are unavailable in the accelerated course structure.

    International students on a student visa who complete the course earlier than the registered 4 year course duration will have their early completions reported to the Department of Home Affairs, resulting in their CoEs updating to ‘Finished’ status. International students who complete the course early are required to either enrol into another CRICOS registered course that is of the same AQF level as their visa was granted for or depart Australia within 28 days from the date of their early completion reporting. International students are advised to seek visa advice by contacting a Registered Migration Agent on the MARA website.

    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 NIKERI Institute.

    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 Service Victoria.

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

    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

    Teacher Education Graduation requirements

    Students undertaking an initial teacher education course must pass an approved literacy and numeracy test in order to be eligible to graduate and apply for teacher registration. Learn more about the literacy and numeracy test.

    Working with Children Check

    Successful Applicants are required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking professional experience placements in education settings, as part of this course. Learn more about Working with Children Checks.

    Interstate applicants must check the requirements and meet all conditions for undertaking professional experience in schools for their state or territory before undertaking professional experience placements as part of this course.

    The Working with Children Check (Check) and a Police Check are different checks. Under the Working with Children Act 2005 (the Act) if you are doing child-related work and are not exempt, you must have a Check even if you already have a Police Check. The Police Check is not an assessment by a government agency. https://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/organisations/victorian-teacher-information 

    Workload

    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 standard holiday breaks. Learn about key dates at Deakin.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

    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.

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    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    Academic requirements 

    If you're currently studying Year 12, or completed Year 12 in the last two years, you will need to meet all of the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    Year 12 prerequisite subjects 

    • Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of Maths: General Mathematics, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Units 3 and 4: one of Maths: General Mathematics, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics*
    • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 35 in English EAL (English as an Additional Language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL

    * From 2025 Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of Maths; General Mathematics, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Units 3 and 4: Maths (any)

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations, and has a minimum ATAR requirement of 70 including selection adjustments.

    Non-academic requirements

    All applicants must sit the Casper test. Casper is a requirement for many of the initial teacher training courses in Victoria. It is a non-cognitive online test designed to assess an applicant's personal and professional attributes.

    Learn more about how to register for Casper and deadlines for sittings for VTAC applications and direct applications.

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score greater than 35 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or greater than 25 in any other English
    • IELTS 7.0 (with no band score less than 6.5) or equivalent
    • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

    Admission criteria 

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Higher education study

    Academic requirements 

    If you have undertaken higher education studies after secondary schooling, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree: 

    • successful completion of at least two bachelor level or above units (AQF Level 7 or equivalent)

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) - Multiple Choice

    You are required to complete the STAT Multiple Choice if you have not completed year 12 or studied in the last five years, or have not met the mathematics prerequisites. Please note that completion of Diploma level studies does not meet the mathematics prerequisite. 

    Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test results for entry into Deakin University.

    Non-academic requirements

    All applicants must sit the Casper test. Casper is a requirement for many of the initial teacher training courses in Victoria. It is a non-cognitive online test designed to assess an applicant's personal and professional attributes.

    Learn more about how to register for Casper and deadlines for sittings for VTAC applications and direct applications.

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score greater than 35 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or greater than 25 in any other English
    • IELTS 7.0 (with no band score less than 6.5) or equivalent
    • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

    Admission criteria 

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    VET study

    Academic requirements 

    If you have undertaken any Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, you will need to meet all of the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • partial or full completion of a VIT-approved Pathway Program with a minimum WAM (Weighted Average Mark) of 60% over a minimum of one year of study

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) - Multiple Choice

    You are required to complete the STAT Multiple Choice if you have not completed year 12 or studied in the last five years, or have not met the mathematics prerequisites. Please note that completion of Diploma level studies does not meet the mathematics prerequisite. 

    Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test results for entry into Deakin University.

    Non-academic requirements

    All applicants must sit the Casper test. Casper is a requirement for many of the initial teacher training courses in Victoria. It is a non-cognitive online test designed to assess an applicant's personal and professional attributes.

    Learn more about how to register for Casper and deadlines for sittings for VTAC applications and direct applications.

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score greater than 35 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or greater than 25 in any other English
    • IELTS 7.0 (with no band score less than 6.5) or equivalent
    • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

    Admission criteria 

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Work and life experience

    Academic requirements 

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago, or did not finish Year 12, and haven’t undertaken any further study, you may be considered for admission to this degree based on your work, volunteer and/or life experience. 

    Submit a personal statement outlining your motivation to study, previous education and employment history, and how this course can assist your career aspirations or progression. Think of it as a job application cover letter – it should be relevant and demonstrate your commitment and interest in this course or study area.

    * You will need to meet all of the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) - Multiple Choice

    You are required to complete the STAT Multiple Choice if you have not completed year 12 or studied in the last five years, or have not met the mathematics prerequisites 
    Please note that completion of Diploma level studies does not meet the mathematics prerequisite. 

    Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test results for entry into Deakin University.

    Non-academic requirements

    All applicants must sit the Casper test. Casper is a requirement for many of the initial teacher training courses in Victoria. It is a non-cognitive online test designed to assess an applicant's personal and professional attributes.

    Learn more about how to register for Casper and deadlines for sittings for VTAC applications and direct applications.

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score greater than 35 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or greater than 25 in any other English
    • IELTS 7.0 (with no band score less than 6.5) or equivalent
    • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

    Admission criteria 

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 35 in English (EAL) equals 2 aggregate points per study. A study score of 30 in English other than EAL, any LOTE or any Mathematics equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning. We're also committed to admissions transparency. Read about our first intake of 2023 students (PDF, 354.0KB) – their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Not sure if you can get into Deakin? Discover the different entry pathways we offer and study options available to you, no matter your ATAR or education history.

    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 - (CSP)?
    $5,091 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 on our Current students fees website.

    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.

    In particular for applicants interested in studying at the Warrnambool campus, the Deakin Warrnambool residential scholarship may be of interest.

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    Indigenous students

    Courses at Deakin are flexible and culturally inclusive. Explore the various ways you can apply to study this course - including through the NIKERI Institute and via the Indigenous Access Scheme.

    Entry pathways

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

    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.

    Contact information

    Our friendly advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your study options, support services and how we can help you further your career.

    Careers

    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.

    #5 in the world for education and educational research*

    Top 1% of universities worldwide^

    Accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching

    #1 university in Victoria for student satisfaction#

    Career outcomes

    Deakin’s Bachelor of Education (Primary) will equip you with the practical skills, classroom experience and networks needed to begin a successful career in education. You’ll graduate ready to teach in primary schools setting in the public, Catholic or independent education sectors. Graduates may also find work across a diverse range of fields including in:

    • community services
    • government agencies
    • not-for-profit organisations.

    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 will 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

    *U.S. News & World Report, Best Global Universities Subject Rankings 2022–2023
    ^ARWU Rankings 2022
    #Year on year, our undergraduate students are the most-satisfied students of all Victorian universities. Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2022 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).