Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary/Early Childhood)
About this course
This combined degree equips students to work with children throughout their formative years. Designed to improve career opportunities, graduates qualify to become early childhood educators and primary school teachers. Graduates are qualified to work with and teach children from birth through to primary school (12-years-old).
In their first year, students study essential foundational content for teaching in primary schools and early childhood settings. 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 professional teaching experiences in schools and early childhood settings.
With a child-centred philosophy, supported by up-to-date evidence on best practice, this combined degree focuses on the values, disposition, knowledge and practical teaching skills required to provide a high quality education environment for children. The course includes study in inclusive education, the development and learning of children, and the importance of life-long learning.
Entry into our teaching degrees is 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 education students in relevant discipline areas like mathematics, English and science.
Dual qualification: early childhood teacher in childcare centres, preschools and other early childhood services; and primary school teacher.
The course is accredited by NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). Courses have national accreditation through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).
The course has accreditation with the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority(ACECQA).
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 teaching experiences in early childcare centres 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 units that target early childhood professional development such as leadership, advocacy and issues in early childhood education.
Please note: Some units in this course are only delivered by distance education.
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.
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 distance education 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, email, phone, and one-on-one support.
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.
- 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/Early Childhood) 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
- all eight (8) units listed in Part C 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/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).
- Permission to undertake a professional experience placement will at all times be at the discretion of the Head of School.
Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access and Inclusion website. If you have a disability or health condition which may impact on your ability to meet these requirements please refer to the Student Access and Inclusion website for further information and contact details.
- Candidates who have completed an accredited Primary School teaching qualification may be granted advanced standing for up to twenty-four (24) units.
- Candidates may only be granted advanced standing for one (1) Early Childhood Professional Experience unit.
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).
Distance education (external)
Applications for this course to study by distance education are made directly to SCU via our online application service.
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