Course and Subject Handbook 2018 Courses Undergraduate Courses Bachelor of Education Professional Development

Bachelor of Education Professional Development

Bachelor of Education Professional Development

Course code


Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)


Tropical Environments and Societies

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 5 Diploma of Teaching or an equivalent or higher qualification in Education that includes a Pass in professional experience.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3c – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy. The cost of testing will be met by the applicant.  English test results must be no more than two years old.

Special admission requirements

Experienced teachers who do not meet the above requirements may be permitted by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor to be admitted to the course and be required to complete such subjects and other work as may be prescribed in addition to completing the requirements specified below.

Note:  This course does not lead to teacher registration.

Students admitted to the Bachelor of Education Professional Development  will be required to prepare a study plan and have it registered and approved by the relevant teacher registration authority and their employer, if relevant, before they commence study.

Post admission requirements

Suitability to Work with Children Card (blue card):

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. All students who undertake a teaching practicum in Queensland are required by law to hold a valid 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:

Blue Card Services

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

The Bachelor of Education Professional Development builds on student’s existing teaching qualifications to enable them to meet the same Course Learning Outcomes as the Bachelor of Education courses. Students  must enrol in ED4991 Independent Study where they prepare a portfolio that demonstrates evidence of attainment of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Students who enrol in the Bachelor of Education Professional Development must prepare a study plan and have it registered and approved by Queensland College of Teachers before they begin their study.

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Education Professional Development, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate broad and coherent understanding of professional knowledge, practice and engagement with depth in the National Professional Standards for Teachers

  • Demonstrate broad and coherent understanding of underlying principles and concepts, and teaching and learning approaches for the tropics in the areas of Indigenous education, education for sustainability, rural and regional education

  • Review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise professional knowledge, practice and engagement to enhance outcomes for diverse students

  • Communicate professional knowledge clearly and coherently through oral and written modes to students and key stakeholders during professional practice and engagement

  • Identify and solve problems and make informed decisions in diverse professional contexts with well-developed judgement and initiative

  • Develop and demonstrate dispositions required for effective teaching that embrace responsibility and accountability for professional knowledge, practice and engagement including collaboration with stakeholders.

Course Structure


Select a major from Table A

Table A (MAJORS)

Type of major



Credit points in major

24 credit points




Early Childhood Major




Primary Major




Secondary Major



Some teaching areas not available in Cairns

Special Needs Major











Expected time to complete

1.5 years (minimum) full-time or two years part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 years


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Professional accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Not permitted

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

6 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 13 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

No advanced standing will be granted for professional experience.

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

The major studied shall appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Course articulation

Not applicable