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Bachelor of Education (Primary)

About this course

This course prepares students to teach and work with primary school children aged from five to 12 years. Graduates are well prepared for professional practice.

Career opportunities

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.

Professional recognition

This course is approved by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards and is nationally recognised. Graduates meet the qualification requirements for accreditation/registration as a teacher in schools across all Australian states and territories.

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

During their first year, students are placed in schools to observe teaching and learning, culminating in a block practicum. In-school experiences are included in each year.

Major areas of study

The course includes studies in areas of teaching and learning, professional practice, behaviour management, understanding children and young people, special education, Aboriginal education, information and communications technology, and curriculum studies across six key learning areas.

Students with a distinguished academic record who complete a research unit and an extended project (in accordance with the Award Rules) can graduate with Honours.

Assessment methods

The assessment methods vary from unit to unit. Most units use progressive assessment with marks 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.

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

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.

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

To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Education (Primary) a candidate shall successfully complete not less than thirty-two (32) units comprising:

  1. All the units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units; and either
  2. two (2) units listed in Part B of the Schedule OR one (1) double-weighted unit from Part B of the Schedule; and
  3. three (3) units from Part C of the Schedule.
  4. Permission to undertake a practicum will at all times be at the discretion of the Head of School

Bachelor of Education (Primary) with Honours

  1. A candidate for the award of Bachelor of Education (Primary) with Honours shall fulfil the requirements of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) award, including completion of the unit EDU00550 Understanding Educational Research and the unit EDU10172 Extended Education Project and, in addition, shall achieve such standard of excellence as the School Board may from time to time determine.
  2. For the award of Honours, consideration shall be given to a candidate’s academic record throughout the course of study. A candidate who has reached the required standard of excellence referred to in Honours Rule (a) may on the recommendation of the School Board be awarded Honours in one of the following grades:
    • First Class Honours
    • Second Class Honours – Division I
    • Second Class Honours – Division II

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. 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

No further admissions for 2014

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