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Bachelor of Education (Primary)

BEd (Pri)

320 cp

Minimum duration: 4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Course available at:
Ballarat, Victoria
Brisbane, Queensland
Canberra, ACT
Melbourne, Victoria
Sydney (Strathfield), NSW

Bachelor of Educational Studies
(Exit qualification only)
BEdSt

240 cp

Minimum duration: 3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

EFTSL value of units: All 10 cp units in this course have an EFTSL value of 0.125. Units with a cp value of a multiple of 10 have corresponding EFTSL values.

1. Admission Requirements1

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed

  1. the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent:

    Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales
    Assumed knowledge: ACT – English advanced and at least a major in mathematical applications with grades of C or higher; NSW – two units of English Band 4 and two units of Mathematics Band 4.

    Queensland
    Prerequisites: English (4, SA).
    Recommended study: Mathematics A.

    Victoria
    Prerequisites: Units 1 and 2 – general mathematics or mathematical methods (either). Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English.

    or

  2.  
    1. Certificate in Educational Studies or equivalent; and
    2. prerequisite subjects specified by the relevant state/territory teacher registration body.

2. Requirements for Completion of the Degree2

To qualify for the degree, a student must complete:

  1. 320 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:
    1. 60 cp from Education Studies;
    2. 100 cp from Curriculum Foundation Studies, consisting of:
      1. 10 cp from Indigenous Studies;
      2. 30 cp from Theology; or 30 cp from Lutheran Education; or
        for students who do not seek accreditation to teach Religious Education, 20 cp from Theology or Philosophy and 10 cp from Electives;
      3. 20 cp from Mathematics;
      4. 20 cp from English;
      5. 20 cp from Science;
    3. studies in Curriculum and Pedagogy units as follows:
      1. for students in NSW, 140 cp;
      2. for students in Victoria and ACT, 130 cp;
      3. for students in Queensland, 120 or 130 cp;
    4. remaining credit points from Electives;

    and

  2. Professional Experience (including Community Engagement) consisting of community-based learning and a minimum number of supervised teaching days in primary schools as stipulated by local registration/employing bodies3.

3. Exit point

A student who has completed the following requirements may exit from the course with the Bachelor of Educational Studies:

  1. 240 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:
    1. at least 50 cp from Education Studies;
    2. at least 80 cp from Curriculum Foundation Studies, consisting of:
      1. 20 cp from Theology or Philosophy;
      2. 60 cp from other Curriculum Foundation Studies;
    3. at least 60 cp from Curriculum and Pedagogy;
    4. up to 50 cp from Electives;

    and

  2. 1 Community Engagement Program Unit.

Schedule of Unit Offerings

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Prerequisite (Pre), co-requisite (Co) and incompatible (Inc) units are indicated in parentheses where applicable.

Education Studies

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name

EDFD127

10

Contexts for Learning and Development

EDFD133

10

Understanding Learning (Co: EDFX110)

EDFD218

10

Teaching and Learning: Preparing for the Contexts of the Field

EDFD220

10

Teaching and Managing Learning Environments

EDFD221

10

Creating Inclusive, Safe and Supportive Schools

EDFD452

10

Transition into the Profession


Curriculum Foundation Studies

Indigenous Studies

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name

EDAB111

10

Indigenous Cultures and Peoples4

HIST106

10

Australian Indigenous Peoples: Past and Present5


Theology

Students may choose between two strands for the study of Theology:

Catholic Studies Minor6/Major Strand7

A Catholic Studies Minor consists of 40 cp from the units listed below, together with EDRE101 Religious Education 1 and EDRE102 Religious Education 2.

A Catholic Studies Major consists of 80 cp. This includes 60 cp from the units listed below plus any other two Theology units from the Schedule of Unit Offerings for the Bachelor of Theology, or one Theology unit plus PHIL208 Faith and Reason, chosen in consultation with the Course Coordinator and the Head or Assistant Head, School of Theology.

Core units (Minor and Major)

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name

EDRE101

10

Religious Education 1

EDRE102

10

Religious Education 2

THBS100

10

Introduction to the Bible

THCP203

10

Christian Theological Ethics

THCT100

10

What Christians Believe

THCT202

10

Christian Symbol, Ritual and Sacrament


Electives (Major)

Any other two Theology units from the Schedule of Unit offerings for the Bachelor of Theology course chosen in consultation with the Course Coordinator and Head or Assistant Head, School of Theology,

or

One Theology unit plus

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name

PHIL208

10

Faith and Reason


The Basic Accreditation Strand consists of the three units in Theology plus two units in Religious Education as listed below:

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name

EDRE101

10

Religious Education 1

EDRE102

10

Religious Education 2

THBS100

10

Introduction to the Bible

THCT100

10

What Christians Believe

THEO228

10

The Christian Life: Worship and Ethics (Pre: THBS100, THCT100)


Philosophy

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name

PHIL100

10

Introduction to Philosophical Enquiry

PHIL101

10

Reason and Argument

PHIL102

10

Theories of Human Nature

PHIL103

10

Origins of Western Philosophy

PHIL104

10

Introduction to Ethics

PHIL105

10

Values and Beliefs


Mathematics

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name

EDMA103

10

Exploring Mathematics 1

EDMA309

10

Exploring Mathematics 2


English

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name

EDLA107

10

Linguistics for Literacy

EDLA108

10

Children’s Literature for Literacy


Science

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name

EDST107

10

Science and Technology for Early Childhood and Primary Teachers 1

EDST204

10

Science and Technology for Early Childhood and Primary Teachers 28


Curriculum and Pedagogy

Studies of Society and Environment Education

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name

EDSS428

10

Connecting Society and Environment: Curriculum for Learning


Religious Education

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name

EDRE101

10

Religious Education 1

EDRE102

10

Religious Education 2


Mathematics Education

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name

EDMA202

10

Mathematics: Learning and Teaching 1

EDMA310

10

Mathematics: Learning and Teaching 2


Literacy Education

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name

EDLA204

10

Literacy Education 1

EDLA309

10

Literacy Education 2


Diversity in the Classroom

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name

EDFD447

10

Diversity in the Classroom

EDFD458

10

Catering for Diversity in Literacy and Numeracy


Science and Technology Education

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name

EDST201

10

Science and Technology Education


Creative Arts Education

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name

EDAR308

10

Creative Arts Education 1: Introduction to the Creative Arts

EDAR422

10

Creative Arts Education 29


Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name

EDPH306

10

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education 1

EDPH3079

10

Personal Development Health and Physical Education 2 (NSW Yr 4)


Action Research

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name

EDFD457

10

Action Research as a Reflective Practice


Professional Experience

Ballarat Campus

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name

EDFX110

0

Professional Experience Primary 1 (Pre: EDFD127. Co: EDFD133)

EDFX207

0

Community Engagement Program (Co: EDFD221)

EDFX212

0

Professional Experience Primary 2A (Pre: EDFX110, EDFD133. Co: EDFD218. Inc: EDFX216)

EDFX213

0

Professional Experience Primary 2B (Pre: EDFX212, EDFD218. Co: EDFD220. Inc: EDFX216)

EDFX310

0

Professional Experience Primary 3 (Pre: EDFX213, EDFD220)

EDFX413

0

Professional Experience Primary 4: Extended Reflective Practice (Pre: EDFX310, EDFD452. Co: EDFD457)


Brisbane Campus

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name

EDFX110

0

Professional Experience Primary 1 (Pre: EDFD127. Co: EDFD133)

EDFX207

0

Community Engagement Program (Co: EDFD221)

EDFX212

0

Professional Experience Primary 2A (Pre: EDFX110, EDFD133. Co: EDFD218. Inc: EDFX216)

EDFX213

0

Professional Experience Primary 2B (Pre: EDFX212, EDFD218. Co: EDFD220. Inc: EDFX216)

EDFX310

0

Professional Experience Primary 3 (Pre: EDFX213, EDFD220)

EDFX413

0

Professional Experience Primary 4: Extended Reflective Practice (Pre: EDFX310. Co: EDFD452)

EDFX415

20

Professional Experience Primary 4: Internship 1 (Pre: EDFX310. Co: EDFD457)


Canberra Campus

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name

EDFX110

0

Professional Experience Primary 1 (Pre: EDFD127. Co: EDFD133)

EDFX207

0

Community Engagement Program (Co: EDFD221)

EDFX216

0

Professional Experience Primary 2 (Pre: EDFX110, EDFD133. Co: EDFD218. Inc: EDFX212, EDFX213)

EDFX310

0

Professional Experience Primary 3 (Pre: EDFX216, EDFD218, EDFD220)

EDFX413

0

Professional Experience Primary 4: Extended Reflective Practice (Pre: EDFX310, EDFD452. Co: EDFD457)


Melbourne Campus

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name

EDFX110

0

Professional Experience Primary 1 (Pre: EDFD127. Co: EDFD133)

EDFX207

0

Community Engagement Program (Co: EDFD221)

EDFX212

0

Professional Experience Primary 2A (Pre: EDFX110, EDFD133. Co: EDFD218. Inc: EDFX216)

EDFX213

0

Professional Experience Primary 2B (Pre: EDFX212, EDFD218. Co: EDFD220. Inc: EDFX216)

EDFX310

0

Professional Experience Primary 3 (Pre: EDFX213, EDFD220)

EDFX413

0

Professional Experience Primary 4: Extended Reflective Practice (Pre: EDFX310, EDFD452. Co: EDFD457


Strathfield Campus

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name

EDFX110

0

Professional Experience Primary 1 (Co: EDFD127)

EDFX207

0

Community Engagement Program (Pre: EDFD221)

EDFX216

0

Professional Experience Primary 2 (Pre: EDFX110, EDFD127, EDFD133. Co: EDFD218. Inc: EDFX212, EDFX213)

EDFX310

0

Professional Experience Primary 3 (Pre: EDFX216, EDFD218, EDFD220. Co: EDFD221)

EDFX416

0

Professional Experience Primary 4: Internship 2 (Pre: EDFX310, EDFD221. Co: EDFD452)

EDFX417  

0

Professional Transition (Pre: EDFX310, EDFD221. Co: EDFD452)


Electives

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name

EDAR424

10

Visual Arts Education

EDDR403

10

Dance/Drama Education

EDMU416

10

Music Education


Students may choose electives in Early Childhood or Catholic Studies or, subject to Course Coordinator approval, units from the Schedule of Unit Offerings in courses offered by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.


1A student must also comply with the Admission Rules.
2These rules apply to students who commenced the course in 2006 or later.

Religious Education and Theology Units: Completion of these units, in addition to giving full State accreditation, allows teachers to satisfy requirements for teaching in Catholic Anglican or Lutheran schools in addition to government and independent schools.

Catholic Schools Accreditation and Catholic Studies: Students who wish to teach in Catholic schools will undertake 30 cp in Theology units in the Basic Accreditation Strand and 20 cp in Religious Education. A major in Catholic Studies (CS) of 80 cp with 60 cp in Theology and 20 cp in Religious Education is available for students who wish to pursue study in Theology and Religious Education in more depth. Students not seeking accreditation to teach in Catholic, Anglican or Lutheran schools study alternative and/or elective units.

Anglican Strand: (QUEENSLAND ONLY) Students who wish to complete the requirements for teaching in Anglican schools must register and enrol with St Francis Theological College as well as with ACU. Two Anglican units (20 cp) will replace Catholic theology units in the Bachelor of Education course and ACU will credit these Anglican units towards the completion of the degree. Students undertaking the Anglican strand will complete two Anglican Theology units (C52072 and C52053), one Theology unit (THEO228) and two Religious Education units (EDRE101 and EDRE102) with ACU.

Lutheran Strand: (Queensland and Victoria) Students who wish to complete the requirements for teaching in Lutheran schools must register and enrol with Australian Lutheran College as well as with ACU. Four Lutheran units (40 cp) will replace Catholic Theology and Religious Education units in the Bachelor of Education course and ACU will credit these Lutheran units towards the completion of the degree. The four Lutheran units (BIB1003, EDU1007, EDU1012 and THE1002).

Requirements for working with children: All students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they may enter a classroom. These are: Blue Card (Qld) or Working with Children Check (ACT, NSW and Vic). International students must bring police check documentation from their own countries. To meet the requirements for working in settings other than schools, a National Police check may be required.

3Community engagement will be integrated across the program with links made to appropriate units. This will be a feature of the program and formally tracked and recorded. (These units do not attract credit point weightings or involve HECS liability or use of Student Learning Entitlement.)
4Not available in Victoria.
5Available in Victoria only.
6A Catholic Studies Minor satisfies the minimum requirements forentry to the Master of Arts (Theology).

7Selecting a Strand

  1. After completing THBS100 Introduction to the Bible and THCT100 What Christians Believe, students may elect to complete either the Catholic Studies Minor/Major Strand or the Basic Accreditation Strand.
  2. THEO228 The Christian Life: Worship and Ethics is incompatible with both THCT202 Christian Symbol, Ritual and Sacrament and THCP203 Christian Theological Ethics, and cannot be credited towards a Catholic Studies Minor or Major.

8This unit not offered 2011 in NSW.
9For ACT, Qld and Vic. Students in NSW must take one of the Creative Arts electives instead of EDAR422.
10Compulsory in NSW; elective in other states, if available.