Bachelor of Education ( Primary )

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Bachelor of Education ( Primary )

Primary teachers are committed to shaping a positive future for all young Australians through the provision of high-quality education and promoting life-long learning. Primary education focuses on the curriculum for children aged six to 12 years, across Years 1-6.

Campus
Townsville, Cairns
Start dates
February, July
Duration
4 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
At least ‘Sound Achievement’ in English, Mathematics A, B or C, plus an authority Science subject.
OP/Rank
14/69

Career opportunities

There are career opportunities for primary school teachers in state, Catholic, and independent schools. The Australian Government’s statistical service (job outlook) reports that:

  • Over the five years to November 2018, the number of job openings for primary school teachers is expected to be greater than 50,000.
  • Other career paths include government departments (for example children’s services,family services, education and health), education administration, and community development roles.

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is nationally accredited through the Australian Institute For Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) in association with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). Graduates of this course are eligible for teacher registration in Australia.

Many JCU graduates have taken the opportunity to travel and teach in Europe, the United Kingdom, Asia and North America.

Course highlights

You will develop specialist skills needed for teaching in rural and remote areas, and you will be at the forefront of education for sustainability. Our program also focuses on ensuring you have the skills to help improve Indigenous education outcomes.

Gaining professional experience in schools is an integral part of the Primary Education program at JCU and commences in the first year of study. This involves at least 80 days of workplace learning in a range of primary school settings over the course of your study.

Towards the end of your degree, you will also have the opportunity to participate in school internship or service learning in a local or overseas community organisation. To improve your employment options we encourage you to participate in placements in rural and remote areas. On completion of your degree, you will have gained a rich variety of professional experience to support your transition to the profession.

All students are required to attend a compulsory 5-day on-campus intensive Professional Orientation Program at either the Cairns or Townsville campuses in their final year of study.

Course overview

This degree equips you to teach across all primary school teaching areas. It examines learners and learning theories, curriculum studies, and approaches to teaching and assessment.

At JCU you can choose one of the following Strands*:

  • Primary Education Strand
  • Primary Special Needs Strand
  • Primary Health and Physical Education (HPE) Strand

Professional experience placements commence in your first year of study and involve practical work in state, Catholic and independent schools, plus a variety of other educational sites in rural and remote locations, as well as wider community settings.

Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

A compulsory five-day intensive Professional Orientation Program on campus in your final year provides further opportunities to network with employers and other professionals. This can be completed at our Cairns or Townsville Campuses.

The RATEP program is a community-based teacher education pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is offered in partnership with the Queensland Department of Education and Training and Tropical North Queensland TAFE. It enables Indigenous people to remain within their local community whilst completing the requirements of the Bachelor of Education at a RATEP site or the Thursday Island campus.

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

*Not all Strands offered at Cairns campus.

Blue card

Students undertaking a teaching placement in Queensland are required by law to hold a valid Suitability to Work with Children (Blue Card), issued by the Public Safety Business Agency (PSBA). You should apply for your Blue Card As soon as you accept your offer at JCU, so you can start your teaching experience as soon as possible.

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (313211) - Apply now
Cairns (323211) - Apply now

OP Score/Rank is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.

All applicants for initial teacher education courses (pre-service teachers) must satisfy both academic and non-academic entry criteria.

English language requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the following English language proficiency requirements:

  • An overall score of 7.5 in Academic IELTS (or equivalent) with no sub-score less than 8 for Speaking and Listening and no sub-score less than 7 for Reading and Writing.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you can apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Pathway into course

TAFE Diploma of Education (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) pathway. Students with a Diploma of Education (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) can apply directly for entry into the Bachelor of Education (Primary). You can also gain the equivalent of one year’s credit towards the degree.

Students are encouraged to undertake the Tertiary Access Course if they have not studied recently and/or want assistance making the transition to University studies.

Get prepared – bridging subjects

Bridging subjects are designed to fill any gaps in your knowledge. We offer maths and chemistry bridging subjects that can be studied on-campus in Cairns and Townsville. You may need to enrol in a bridging subject if you have not achieved the grade of ‘Sound Achievement or better’ in Queensland Year 12 maths or chemistry.

Handbook

Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Handbook year

2019

Course code

109310

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Professional accreditation status

This course is nationally accredited through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) in association with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). Graduates of this course are eligible for Teacher registration in Australia.

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, Mathematics A or B or C and Authority Science

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of an overall score of 6.5 in Academic IELTS (or equivalent) with sub-scores no less than 7.0 in Speaking and Listening and no less than 6.0 in Reading and Writing.

The cost of the testing will be met by the applicant. English test results must be no more than two years old at the commencement of the course.

Further information is available on the Queensland College of Teachers website.

Additional selection requirements

All applicants for initial teacher education courses must satisfy both academic and non-academic entry criteria.  Applicants’ non-academic capabilities will be assessed by way of an instrument applied by QTAC and developed in consultation with the Australian Council of Deans of Education.

All students must meet minimum literacy and numeracy standards upon entry and completion as required by the Queensland College of Teachers.

Special admission requirements

Applicants wishing to enter the Remote Area Teacher Education Program (RATEP) 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.

Post admission
requirements

Professional Practice:

This course includes prescribed professional placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense.

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

Suitability to Work with Children Card (Blue Card):

This course includes prescribed professional 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: Blue Card Services

English Proficiency:

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds are advised that the Queensland College of Teachers requires graduating teachers to provide evidence of meeting the following English language requirements prior to graduation:

  • An overall score of 7.5 in Academic IELTS (or equivalent) with sub-scores no less than 8.0 in Speaking and Listening and no less than 7.0 in Reading and Writing.

The cost of the testing will be met by the applicant.

Students are advised that the Queensland College of Teachers requires graduating teachers to provide evidence of meeting the English language requirements as stated above prior to graduation.

Further information is available on the Queensland College of Teachers website.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Additional completion requirements

All students must sit and meet the standard of the Literacy and Numeracy Test Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) prior to graduation.  The cost of the testing will be met by the applicant. Refer to https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/

All students must successfully complete a final-year teaching performance assessment  (Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment [GTPA]) embedded in a subject and a professional placement of no less than four weeks in the final year of the degree,  prior to graduation that is shown to:

a) be a reflection of classroom teaching practice including the elements of planning, teaching, assessing and reflecting;

b) clearly assess the content of the Graduate Teacher Standards; and

c) demonstrate an understanding of moderation processes that support consistent decision-making against achievement criteria.

The GTPA is built into course requirements and assessments.

All students must possess dispositional attributes deemed suitable for the profession of teaching.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Education (Primary), graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of professional knowledge and practices, relevant to all domains of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and other regulatory frameworks relevant to practice in the field of Education.
  • Critically evaluate and apply educational and developmental theories, principles, content knowledge and contemporary research to meet the needs of diverse students in positive and inclusive learning and care environments with an emphasis on the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
  • Integrate curricula, pedagogical and technological knowledge and skills to plan, deliver, assess and critically reflect on learning and development with an emphasis on the needs, abilities and life-worlds, of students and communities in regional, rural, remote and tropical areas.
  • Identify, collect, analyse and critically review information to inform professional decision making and enact quality monitoring, assessment and feedback practices.
  • Establish and maintain positive, engaging, respectful and safe learning environments with students, caregivers and community and collegial interactions with other professionals through the modelling of effective, context-specific oral, written and digital communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrate literacy and numeracy mastery, while applying pedagogical strategies to develop, monitor and evaluate Primary students’ literacy and numeracy skills in a variety of curricular contexts.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding and technical ability to safely, creatively and ethically integrate technology and other learning resources into curricula and pedagogical design and delivery.
  • Develop and demonstrate intercultural and ethical approaches to professional practice based on broad knowledge of legislative, regulatory and policy frameworks that address social justice, equity, diversity and sustainability issues.
  • Demonstrate initiative, judgement, professional responsibility and accountability in complex and diverse contexts with a commitment to continuing professional learning.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

ED1401:03 Education Perspectives and Practice

ED1411:03 Science and Sustainability in Education

ED1421:03 Foundations of Language and Literacy in Education

ED1441:03 Technologies for Primary School

ED1442:03 Arts Education for Primary School

ED1481:03 Educational Psychology: Learners and Learning

ED1492:03 Teaching Mathematics and Numeracy in Primary and Early Childhood Settings

Level 2

ED2190:03 Health and Physical Education for Primary School

ED2193:03 Mathematics Education for Primary School

ED2194:03 English Education for Primary School

ED2195:03 Science Education for Primary School

ED2196:03 Humanities and Social Sciences for Primary School

ED2491:03 Planning for Engaging Learning

ED2991:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

Level 3

ED3197:06 Improving Student Learning and Professional Practice: Using data and evidence (Primary)

ED3441:03 Technologies Across the Curriculum

ED3442:03 Inclusive Education: Differentiated Learning for Students with Special Needs and Abilities

ED3443:03 English as an Additional Language/Dialect for Indigenous Learners

ED3095:03 Advanced English Education Primary

ED3497:03 Advanced Mathematics Education

Level 4

ED4460:03 Service Learning for Sustainable Futures or ED4493:03 Advanced Teaching in Health and Physical Education (Students in the HPE specialisation must take ED4493 as an alternative to ED4460. This alternative core subject is only available for students completing the HPE specialisation)

ED4461:03 Indigenous Futures

ED4488:03 Fourth Year Professional Experience A

ED4490:06 Fourth Year Professional Experience B

ED4621:03 Leading Wellbeing and Sustainability in Learning Communities

ED4623:03 Teachers as Ethical and Collaborative Change Agents

ED4995:03 Education Across Culturally Diverse Contexts

OPTIONS

Select one of the following specialisations:

English/Literacy

CU1010:03 Effective Writing

ED4306:03 Students with Reading Difficulties

EL2047:03 Children's Literature

Mathematics/Numeracy

MA1020:03 Preparatory Maths

MA1401:03 Statistics and Data analysis

ED3497:03 Advanced Mathematics Education

Science

EA1110:03 Evolution of the Earth

CH1020:03 Preparatory Chemistry or BS1001 Introduction to Biological Processes

ED3196:03 Science in Context for Primary Science Specialists

Information and Communication Technologies

CP1401:03 Fundamentals of Problem Solving and Programming

CP1403:03 Design Thinking

CP1402:03 Internet Fundamentals

Health and Physical Education

HM1061:03 Foundations of Sport and Physical Activity

HM2063:03 Education for Better Health

HM3061:03 Advanced Studies in Health and Physical Education

Literacy with a Special Needs Focus

SS1113:03 Introduction to Child and Adolescent Mental Health

ED4306:03 Students with Reading Difficulties

ED5855:03 Behaviour Management

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

 

Distance Ed (Townsville)

Available to Thursday Island RATEP students only (Limited Attendance Mode– administered through Townsville)

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

11 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

This course includes prescribed professional placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense.

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students.

To undertake the final Professional Experience and Co-requisite subjects, students must have completed 72 credit points of level 1, 2 and 3 subjects in this course.

Students who are undertaking either the Special Needs strand or the HPE strand must complete a minimum of 10 days of specialist practicum as approved by the College as part of their final placement.

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:  Education Blue Card

Students 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.

Professional accreditation requirements

Successful completion of all subjects contributes to the requirements for the Queensland College of Teachers Graduate level of the Australian Professional Standards (APST).

Please also see `Additional Completion requirements’ in reference to the GTPA.

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

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

Maximum allowed

63 credit points

Currency

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

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 21 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

Students may seek approval to do concurrent studies at another university in approved disciplines not offered at this university. Students 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 Division subject.

Advanced standing may be granted for professional development courses smaller than a Division 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

Award title

BACHELOR OF EDUCATION (PRIMARY)

Approved abbreviation

BEd(Primary)

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not Applicable – this course does not have majors

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.

Students 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 Educational Services.

Course articulation

Not applicable

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