Bachelor of Education

Bachelor of Education and

Bachelor of Education with Honours



Course Code





Arts, Education and Social Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Pass degree course pre-requisites


Honours degree course pre-requisites

Students who

  1. satisfy the School requirements relating to the standard of academic achievement necessary to undertake the honours degree, and

  2. achieve satisfactory performance in level 1 and 2 Education studies subjects taken in the Bachelor of Education pass degree

may be invited to undertake the Honours degree by the Head of School

Pass Degree Additional selection requirements

All students must meet minimum literacy standards as required by the Queensland College of Teachers.

IELTS: International applicants and applicants with English as a second language must provide evidence of English language competence achieving an overall band score of 7.0 and no less than 7.0 in each sub band. The cost of the testing will be met by the applicant. English test results must be no more than two years old.

Applicants for this course are required by law to hold a valid Suitability to Work with Children Card before undertaking teaching practicum in a school.

Applicants wishing to teach secondary science subjects also need Chemistry and Maths B.

Applicants wishing to teach secondary and middle school mathematics require Maths B.

Pass Degree Special admission requirements

Applicants wishing to enter the RATEP Primary major must nominate with QTAC as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. Proof of identity documentation is required. Applicants must be located near RATEP sites in Queensland (see

The Honours degree is available only to students admitted to the Bachelor of Education at this university and undertaking one of the following majors:

  • Early Childhood Education

  • Primary

  • Primary RATEP

  • Secondary

  • Secondary Physical Education

Candidates undertaking other majors may apply for admission to Bachelor of Education with Honours

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules


Additional completion requirements

For students undertaking the Bachelor of Education Early Childhood Education Major online, participation in a 5 day intensive Professional Orientation Program on campus at the start of the final year of the course is a requirement to complete this degree. This program may be undertaken at either the Cairns or Townsville Campus.

Course Structure

Level 1

ED1401:03  Foundations of Education

ED1421:03  Foundation of Language and Literacies in Education

ED1441:03  Foundation of Educational Technologies

ED1481:03  Foundations of Educational Psychology

Level 2

ED2488:03  Second Year Professional Experience

ED2491:03  Teaching for Learning 1

ED2990:03  Education for Cultural Diversity

Level 3

ED3488:03  Third Year Professional Experience

Level 4

ED4488:03  Fourth Year Professional Experience A

ED4489:03  Fourth Year Professional Experience B


Select a major from the table below


Type of major



Credit points in major

66 credit points

Special requirements






Early Childhood Education


Thursday Island



Cairns offers on-campus only

Thursday Island offers on-line only

Townsville offers both on-campus and on-line

Primary Education




On-campus only

Primary Middle School



Not Available

On-campus only

Primary Physical Education


Not Available

On-campus only

Primary RATEP



Limited only

Primary Special Needs



Not Available

On-campus only

Secondary Education




On-campus only

Secondary Physical Education



On-campus only

Secondary Vocational Education



Not Available

On-campus only


Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

10 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Further information about placements e.g. Suitability to Work with Children Card can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students .

Candidates may be required to undertake placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled at their own expense.

Special assessment requirements

Suitability to Work with Children Care (blue card):

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. Students are required to obtain a Suitability to work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland police) before the start of the first placement. Students must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their admission to the course.

For more information, refer to:

Candidates who do not complete the required number of days of a professional experience subject or a professional component of a subject, without the approval of the Director of Professional Experience, will be determined to have failed the subject.

Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

3 credit points (only permitted in a non-Education discipline)

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

63 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 20 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Candidates may seek approval to do concurrent studies at another university in approved disciplines not offered at this university. Candidates normally will be granted a maximum of 15 credit points of advanced standing for these studies.

The maximum advanced standing allowable for professional development courses within the degree is three credit points except where one course is judged to be larger in size than one faculty subject.

Advanced standing may be granted for professional development courses smaller than a faculty subject. However, no credit will be given for courses smaller than two credit points, or equivalent.

Recognition of Current Competence (RCC) may apply where a teacher education student can clearly demonstrate outcomes relevant to a specific professional experience component of a Bachelor of Education program. If these outcomes can be demonstrated, the pre-service teacher will be granted advanced standing for a part of the requisite days of the professional experience requirement. Demonstration of attainment of outcomes may be in the form of professional experience reports from other institutions and/or statements of teaching or related service.

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

The major studied shall not appear on the testamur.

Exit with lesser award

Candidates who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 72 credit points of study and appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive the award of Bachelor of Education Services.

Course articulation

Not applicable