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Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary/Early Childhood)

2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

About this course

With a child-centred philosophy, supported by up-to-date evidence on best practice, this combined degree produces teachers who understand the attributes of inclusive education, the development and learning of young people, and the importance of life-long learning. It focuses on the values, disposition, knowledge and practical teaching skills required to provide a high quality educational environment for children, and to make a difference in the lives and future of the next generation.

Graduates are equipped to work with children throughout their formative years and will be qualified to become both an early childhood educator and a primary school teacher.

Students will study child development, the role of play in learning, literacy and numeracy, teaching students with diverse needs, professional practice, and curriculum studies relating to the early childhood and primary years. Students will complete a number of practical teaching experiences throughout the degree in order to put theory into practice and to observe and reflect on the dynamics of the education environment.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this degree have dual career opportunities: early childhood teacher in childcare centres, pre-schools and other early childhood services; and primary school teacher.

Professional recognition

Accredited by NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) and Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). Courses accredited by BOSTES have national recognition 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.

Professional placement

Students complete teaching experiences in childcare centres, preschools and primary schools across the age range of birth to 12 years.

Major areas of study

Students complete a Primary and an Early Childhood major.

The Primary major equips students for a career teaching in primary schools and includes studies in areas of teaching and learning, behaviour management, childhood development, and curriculum studies across English; mathematics; human society and its environment; science and technology; creative arts; and personal development, health and physical education.

The Early Childhood major includes studies in early childhood development; teaching principles and practices; play and pedagogies; and curriculum studies for early childhood learners.

Assessment methods

Most units have two or three assessment tasks, which may include a mix of essays, presentations, journals, portfolios, online discussions, quizzes, learning stories, role plays, an assessment of the student's professional experience, and end-of-semester examinations.

Teaching methods

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.

Advanced standing

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.

Learning support

Learning resources

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 SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

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.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Table of contents

Admission requirements

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To meet the University’s minimum English Language Proficiency requirement an applicant must satisfy one of the following criteria:
    1. 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:
      1. the country where those studies were undertaken is listed in Schedule A of the Rules Relating to Awards – Rule 2; and
      2. the language of instruction was English; or
    2. achieved a minimum test score, within two (2) years of the date of application for admission, equal to or above the minimum listed below:
      1. 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
      2. 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.
    3. successfully completed SCU's Preparing for Success Program.

For the purposes of satisfying English Language Proficiency requirements for admission, applicants will only be considered on the above criteria and will not be considered on the basis of other criteria established by the Rules Relating to Awards – Rule 2, Section 1 – English Language Proficiency Subsection.

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary/Early Childhood) a candidate shall successfully complete not less than thirty-two (32) units comprising:
    1. all eleven (11) units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units; and
    2. all thirteen (13) units listed in Part B of the Schedule of Units; and
    3. all eight (8) units listed in Part C of the Schedule of Units.
  2. A candidate who while enrolled for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary/Early Childhood) 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/Early Childhood).
  3. Permission to undertake a professional experience placement will at all times be at the discretion of the Head of School.

Advanced standing

  1. Candidates who have completed an accredited Primary School teaching qualification may be granted advanced standing for up to twenty-four (24) units.
  2. Candidates who have completed an approved three-year Early Childhood birth-to-eight (8) years or birth-to-twelve (12) years teaching qualification, from an Australian university or equivalent, may be granted advanced standing for up to twenty-four (24) units.
  3. Additional advanced standing for up to four (4) units may be granted by the School Board, which shall notify the Academic Board in all instances.

Schedule of units


How to apply

Domestic students

International students

Confirm you meet the entry requirements including English language and academic entry and any specific pre-requisites.

Southern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form.

Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International. Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.

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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'