Bachelor of Education ( Primary )

Courses and Study Australian courses 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
Some subjects are available externally/online
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 schoolteachers 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 schoolteachers is expected to be greater than50,000. 
  • Looking forward, employment for primary school teachers to 2018 is expected to continue to grow. 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 have the following options:

  • Primary Education
  • Health and Physical Education –Townsville campus (you may study your first year subjects in Cairns)
  • RATEP – RATEP 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 Thursday Island campus.

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. 

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

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


Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

ED1401:03 Foundations of Education

ED1421:03 Foundations of Language and Literacy in Education

ED1441:03 Technologies for Primary School

ED1481:03 Foundations of Educational Psychology

ED1491:03 Foundations of Mathematics and Numeracy in Education

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

ED2488:03 Second Year Professional Experience

ED2491:03 Teaching for Learning 1

ED2990:03 Education for Cultural Diversity

Level 3

ED3190:03 Humanities and Social Science Education for Primary School

ED3192:03 Science Education for Primary School

ED3193:03 Teaching for Learning 2 (Primary)

ED3194:03 Arts Education for Primary School

ED3441:03 Technologies Across the Curriculum

ED3442:03 Inclusive Education for Special Needs

ED3443:03 Teaching ESL to Indigenous Students

ED3488:03 Third Year Professional Experience

Level 4

ED4190:03 Teaching for Learning 3 (Primary)

ED4488:03 Fourth Year Professional Experience A

ED4489:03 Fourth Year Professional Experience B

ED4496:03 Advanced English Education

ED4497:03 Advanced Mathematics Education

ED4999:03 Teaching for Learning 4

OPTIONS

Choose one of the following Strands:

Primary

Primary Special Needs

Primary HPE

Primary Strand

CORE SUBJECTS

ED1411:03 Foundations of Sustainability in Education

ED4460:03 Service Learning for Sustainable Futures

ED4461:03 Indigenous Futures

IA1007:03 Linking Indigenousness 1 or IA1015:03 Indigenous Australian World Views 1: Survival, Identity and Cultural Diversity

(students enrolling in the RATEP mode of delivery must select IA1015)

OPTIONS

Select 9 credit points of specified level 1 and 2 subjects

CU1010:03 Effective Writing

EL2047:03 Children's Literature

HM1061:03 Foundations of Human Movement Studies

MU1030:03 Music-making for Children

NM2203:03 Digital Storytelling

SS1010:03 Australian People: Indigenous and Anthropological Perspectives

SS1111:03 Introduction to Counselling

SY1001:03 Australian Society: An Introduction to Sociology

Primary Special Needs Strand

CORE SUBJECTS

ED1411:03 Foundations of Sustainability in Education

ED4306:03 Students with Reading Difficulties

ED4460:03 Service Learning for Sustainable Futures

ED4461:03 Indigenous Futures

IA1007:03 Linking Indigenousness 1

OPTIONS

Select 6 credit points of specified Level 1 subjects:

SS1111:03 Introduction to Counselling

SS1113:03 Introduction to Child and Adolescent Health

WS1005:03 Human Rights and Social Issues

Primary HPE Strand

CORE SUBJECTS

HM1061:03 Foundations of Human Movement Studies

SP1001:03 Science and Practice of Physical Activity

HM2063:03 Social Views of Health Concepts in Human Movement Studies

SP2006:03 Exercise Testing and Prescription for Health

HM3061:03Advanced Studies in Health and Physical Education

ED4461:03 Indigenous Futures

ED4493:03 Advanced Teaching in HPE

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)

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

Division of 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 IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.5 (with no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas, and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening).

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

Additional selection requirements

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 RATEP Primary strand 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 http://www.ratep.jcu.edu.au).

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

Education Blue card

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Education (Primary), 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

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

ED1401:03 Foundations of Education

ED1421:03 Foundations of Language and Literacy in Education

ED1441:03 Technologies for Primary School

ED1481:03 Foundations of Educational Psychology

ED1491:03 Foundations of Mathematics and Numeracy in Education

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

ED2488:03 Second Year Professional Experience

ED2491:03 Teaching for Learning 1

ED2990:03 Education for Cultural Diversity

Level 3

ED3190:03 Humanities and Social Science Education for Primary School

ED3192:03 Science Education for Primary School

ED3193:03 Teaching for Learning 2 (Primary)

ED3194:03 Arts Education for Primary School

ED3441:03 Technologies Across the Curriculum

ED3442:03 Inclusive Education for Special Needs

ED3443:03 Teaching ESL to Indigenous Students

ED3488:03 Third Year Professional Experience

Level 4

ED4190:03 Teaching for Learning 3 (Primary)

ED4488:03 Fourth Year Professional Experience A

ED4489:03 Fourth Year Professional Experience B

ED4496:03 Advanced English Education

ED4497:03 Advanced Mathematics Education

ED4999:03 Teaching for Learning 4

OPTIONS

Choose one of the following Strands:

Primary

Primary Special Needs

Primary HPE

Primary Strand

CORE SUBJECTS

ED1411:03 Foundations of Sustainability in Education

ED4460:03 Service Learning for Sustainable Futures

ED4461:03 Indigenous Futures

IA1007:03 Linking Indigenousness 1 or IA1015:03 Indigenous Australian World Views 1: Survival, Identity and Cultural Diversity

(students enrolling in the RATEP mode of delivery must select IA1015)

OPTIONS

Select 9 credit points of specified level 1 and 2 subjects

CU1010:03 Effective Writing

EL2047:03 Children's Literature

HM1061:03 Foundations of Human Movement Studies

MU1030:03 Music-making for Children

NM2203:03 Digital Storytelling

SS1010:03 Australian People: Indigenous and Anthropological Perspectives

SS1111:03 Introduction to Counselling

SY1001:03 Australian Society: An Introduction to Sociology

Primary Special Needs Strand

CORE SUBJECTS

ED1411:03 Foundations of Sustainability in Education

ED4306:03 Students with Reading Difficulties

ED4460:03 Service Learning for Sustainable Futures

ED4461:03 Indigenous Futures

IA1007:03 Linking Indigenousness 1

OPTIONS

Select 6 credit points of specified Level 1 subjects:

SS1111:03 Introduction to Counselling

SS1113:03 Introduction to Child and Adolescent Health

WS1005:03 Human Rights and Social Issues

Primary HPE Strand

CORE SUBJECTS

HM1061:03 Foundations of Human Movement Studies

SP1001:03 Science and Practice of Physical Activity

HM2063:03 Social Views of Health Concepts in Human Movement Studies

SP2006:03 Exercise Testing and Prescription for Health

HM3061:03Advanced Studies in Health and Physical Education

ED4461:03 Indigenous Futures

ED4493:03 Advanced Teaching in HPE

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

 Not all Strands are available in 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

10 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:

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

Students intending to apply for Teacher registration in Australia must have successfully completed Literacy and Numeracy tests commensurate with the requirements set by the Commonwealth government.

Successful completion of all core subjects contributes to the graduate teacher entry requirements for the Queensland College of Teachers.

Graduates must attain an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.5 (with no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas, and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening) upon completion as required by the Queensland College of Teachers.

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 Advanced Standing 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 20 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 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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