Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary)
About this course
To increase employment opportunities, students of this combined degree can graduate as a primary school teacher and gain a specialist skill set. Students have the flexibility to either specialise in Learning and Support or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education^; or they can study another area of interest through a broad range of education and general electives. This is in addition to discipline and curriculum studies in English; mathematics; human society and its environment; science and technology; creative arts; and personal development, health and physical education.
In their first year, students study essential foundational content for teaching in primary schools. Starting in their second year, and continuing throughout the remainder of their degree, students study curriculum, pedagogy and effective teaching strategies. They also begin significant blocks of practical teaching experiences in primary schools. These experiences give students the opportunity to put theory into practice and to observe and reflect on the dynamics of the education environment. Students graduate with broad capabilities to increase employment opportunities in primary schools and other education-related fields.
Entry into our teaching degrees will be based on an indicative ATAR of 70 or OP of 13 with no additional prerequisite entry requirements. Our education degrees are combined with a Bachelor of Arts to ensure a comprehensive foundation for our educations students in relevant discipline areas like mathematics, English and science.
^These specialisations provide a means to focus on an area of interest and are an excellent foundation for subsequent in-service professional learning. They do not however lead to a specialist teaching qualification. Students are advised to refer to their relevant teacher registration jurisdiction for specialist teaching accreditation requirements.
Choosing a specialisation may require you to study units in session three. Session three units may also coincide with professional experience units resulting in a challenging workload particularly when assessment items are due. You are advised to check the sessions in which units are offered when considering your study plan.
Graduates may pursue employment as a primary school teacher, after-school care coordinator, tutor, community/environment/outdoors educator, or education officer with various organisations including the armed services. In addition to teaching in schools, graduates may also find work in a range of training and development settings in industry and the public service.
Courses have accreditation with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) and the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). Courses have national accreditation through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).
Usually, Australian teacher qualifications are recognised internationally, but students need to check with potential employers and teacher registration authorities in other countries regarding accreditation requirements.
The Australian Government has introduced a Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE), effective from July 2016. All Initial Teacher Education students across Australia will need to successfully complete the national literacy and numeracy test (LANTITE) prior to completing their course. In line with accreditation requirements, at SCU the test needs to be successfully completed prior to undertaking the final professional experience placement.
Students complete a program of in-school practical teaching experiences during the course, culminating in an extended in-school professional development experience, to demonstrate their professional capabilities as primary school teachers.
Major areas of study
Students can complete an eight-unit specialisation in Learning and Support, or Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Education^, or a core teaching area, or choose from a suite of electives. Each provides an opportunity for students to shape their study towards their preferred employment or further study.
Learning and Support gives students additional insight in to support children with diverse abilities. Combined with their final teaching qualification, this specialisation provides students with the background to develop quality learning and support frameworks for students with additional learning and support needs. Students become familiar with supportive and safe learning environments, positive behavioural support and quality teaching for students with additional support needs.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education gives students additional insight into teaching children who identify as Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. The emphases are on building an understanding about Aboriginal history and cultures, contemporary issues, their experience in education, and appropriate community consultation.
Please note: These specialisations are offered by distance education and each requires students to complete an in-school professional experience. Some units include on-campus workshops.
The assessment methods vary from unit to unit. Most units use progressive assessment with grades typically allocated across a combination of tasks which are due at different times during the study period and sometimes include an end of period examination. Students are advised of assessment requirements for each unit, including clear guidelines, due dates, and the weighting for each assessment, at the commencement of each study period.
On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
The online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive online pre-recorded and/or live lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.
- Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
- Recognition of informal learning
Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).
To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.
An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.
MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.
The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.
Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.
The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.
The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.
Equipment and facilities
Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.
Table of contents
- Applicants for admission to candidature at a New South Wales campus of Southern Cross University must have satisfied requirements specified by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards for admission to an initial teacher education course that is approved for the purposes of enabling graduates to apply for registration as a teacher in New South Wales.
- Applicants for admission to candidature at a Queensland campus of Southern Cross University must have satisfied requirements specified by the Queensland College of Teachers for admission to an initial teacher education course that is approved for the purposes of enabling graduates to apply for registration as a teacher in Queensland.
To meet the University’s minimum English Language Proficiency requirement an applicant must satisfy one of the following criteria:
have completed senior secondary study to the equivalent of the Australian year 12 or have completed at least one year of full-time study (or equivalent part-time study) at AQF diploma equivalent or higher where:
- the country where those studies were undertaken is listed in Schedule A of the Rules Relating to Awards – Rule 2; and
- the language of instruction was English; or
achieved a minimum test score, within two (2) years of the date of application for admission, equal to or above the minimum listed below:
- International English Language Test System (IELTS). The applicant must have a minimum overall score of 7.5, including a minimum result of 8.0 in both the speaking and listening modules and 7.0 in reading and writing; or
- International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR). The applicant must have a score of at least 4+ in each of the four areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing; or
- successfully completed SCU’s Preparing for Success Program.
- have completed senior secondary study to the equivalent of the Australian year 12 or have completed at least one year of full-time study (or equivalent part-time study) at AQF diploma equivalent or higher where:
To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary) a candidate shall successfully complete:
not less than thirty-two (32) units comprising:
- all eleven (11) units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units; and
- all thirteen (13) units listed in Part B of the Schedule of Units; and
- the remaining eight (8) units from Part C and/or Part D of the Schedule of Units.
- Both components of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) as required by the Federal Government.
- not less than thirty-two (32) units comprising:
- A candidate who while enrolled for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary) has completed the requirements for the Bachelor of Educational Studies may elect to be awarded the Bachelor of Educational Studies following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary).
- A candidate who while enrolled for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary) has completed the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts may elect to be awarded the Bachelor of Arts following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary).
- Permission to undertake a professional experience placement will at all times be at the discretion of the Head of School.
- Candidates who have completed an accredited Primary School teaching qualification may be granted advanced standing for up to twenty-four (24) units.
Schedule of units
How to apply
Entry into our teaching degrees is based on an indicative ATAR of 70 or OP of 13 with no additional prerequisite entry requirements.
Courses accredited by BOSTES have national accreditation through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).
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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'