Bachelor of Education Professional Development

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Bachelor of Education Professional Development

The Bachelor of Education Professional Development builds on your existing teaching qualifications to enable you to meet the same Course Learning Outcomes as a four-year Bachelor of Education. Working with James Cook University's talented lecturers, you'll gain knowledge and skills that will enhance your enjoyment of your career, and will help you be that teacher whom young people will remember for the rest of their lives.

This is a qualification that will set you apart from your peers — and you will be able to demonstrate in your job applications that you have acquired high-level knowledge and practices.

Campus
Townsville, Cairns
Start dates
February, July
Duration
1 year full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
AQF level 5 Diploma of Teaching or equivalent or higher qualification in Education with a Pass in professional experience

Career opportunities

You can apply to join this James Cook University (JCU) course at any stage of your career. It will give you the opportunity to study with JCU's experts and expand your knowledge of the latest approaches to teaching and learning. Importantly, you'll acquire skills that are specifically valued in schools. In particular, you can choose study options that address the needs of schools where skills shortages have been identified.

Course highlights

This one year full-time (or equivalent part-time) JCU course is offered at both the Townsville and Cairns campus. Learn valuable skills and approaches that can lead to career growth opportunities at your current school. Alternatively, you can add this qualification to your Curriculum Vitae (CV) to help you when you apply for advancement at another school. Among the knowledge and skills you'll be able to demonstrate are:

  • Principles, concepts and teaching and learning approaches for the tropics, in the areas of Indigenous education, education for sustainability, rural and regional education
  • Enhanced capacity to communicate professional knowledge throughout your school community
  • Enhanced ability to identify and solve problems and make informed decisions in diverse professional contexts with well-developed judgement and initiative.

Course overview

JCU's Bachelor of Education Professional Development builds on your existing teaching qualifications to enable you to meet the same Course Learning Outcomes as a four-year Bachelor of Education.

Study Plan requirement

Before you begin this course, you will be asked to prepare a Study Plan and have it registered and approved by the Queensland College of Teachers. Once you are enrolled, you will follow an individualised Study Plan that will help you achieve your professional goals. Major study areas are:

  • Early Childhood
  • Primary Education
  • Secondary Education

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 (313031) - Apply now
Cairns (323031) - Apply now

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

Pathway into course

This course is designed for teachers wishing to upskill. You will need an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 5 Diploma of Teaching or an equivalent or higher qualification in Education that includes a Pass in professional experience.

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.

Handbook

Bachelor of Education Professional Development

Handbook year

2019

Course code

38110

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Division

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

OPTIONS

Select a major from Table A

Table A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, Single

Credit points in major

24 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Early Childhood Major

Cairns

Townsville

 

Primary Major

Cairns

Townsville

 

Secondary Major

Cairns

Townsville

Some teaching areas not available in Cairns

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

 

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

1.5 years  full-time or two years part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Not permitted

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

6 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 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

BACHELOR OF EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Approved abbreviation

BEdProfDev

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

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.