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Bachelor of Education (Primary)

  • The Bachelor of Education (Primary) qualifies you to teach in primary schools & early childhood settings across Australia
  • Online teaching degree delivered by Swinburne Online
  • No exams & you can set your own timetable

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At a glance

Study mode

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Online

Provider

Swinburne (RTO 3059)
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Recognition

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.
Accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).

Prerequisites

Year 12 or Certificate IV qualification, or work experience.

Location

Online

Work placement

81 days in total

Course length
Set your own timetable & finish the course within 3 years (minimum) to 10 years (maximum)
Study mode

Online


Online

Study from anywhere, when it suits you best and graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.

Blended

Study part of the course online. Combine your online learning with classes or practical sessions on-campus at a college or university.

In-class

Attend classes on-campus at a university, TAFE or college and interact face-to-face with teachers and fellow students.

Assessment
Reports, essays, projects & practical placement
Start date

3 start dates per year.

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Provider
Swinburne (RTO 3059)

This Swinburne University of Technology qualification is delivered by Swinburne Online.

As a Swinburne Online student you'll graduate with a nationally recognised Swinburne University qualification, and have the flexibility of studying online when it suits you.

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Swinburne (RTO 3059)
Price

Study now pay later – HECS-HELP

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Prerequisites

To gain entry into this course, applicants must meet ONE of the following entry criteria:

  • Have completed VCE (or interstate equivalent). VCE studies must have included successful completion of units 3 and 4 in English and Maths (or equivalent) with a minimum study score of 25 in English and a minimum study score of 20 in Maths
  • Hold a certificate IV or higher qualification
  • Have a minimum of 4 years full-time equivalent work experience
  • Have obtained a combined STAT test minimum score of 60 completed within the previous 10 years

Courses are only available to Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.

What you'll learn

As a graduate of this course, you'll be able to:

  • Effectively plan and assess a curriculum
  • Teach mathematics, science, health and physical education, arts education and humanities
  • Support diversity and equality
  • Develop language and literacy

Work placement

This course includes a total of 81 days of professional work placement.

The industry experience gives you invaluable real-life skills, so you can graduate ready to step into a job.

Course structure

32 units

Core units

  1. Learning & communicating online


    This unit will introduce fundamentals of communication and learning in an online environment. Students will gain increased capability in a range of skills such as written and online communication, collaboration in individual and group work, and critiquing and analysing a variety of information sources. Students will be encouraged to draw on their own understanding and experience while contributing and sharing ideas with peers.

  2. Introduction to curriculum planning & assessment: Practicum 1


    The unit aims to provide students with knowledge, skills anddispositions needed to teach children two to five years old effectively. The knowledge and skills will be used and extended in a supervised professional experience under the supervision of an experienced and qualified teacher. Building on previous studies, experience and learning, students will begin to gain skills to carry out the roles of a teacher in an early childhood setting. Students will gain knowledge about a variety of theoretical approaches to curriculum and assessment and become familiar with the EYLF.

  3. Understanding language & literacy


    This unit aims to help students understand the meaning of literacy and multiliteracy and introduces them to theories and understandings of literacy development and learning. In this unit students become familiar with what is meant by language and literacy and language and literacy learning; including multiliteracies. Theories and understandings of language and literacy development are examined and the different elements of literacy and language are unpacked. Students will consider how the skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and representing experiences develop and will begin to relate them to the teaching of such skills.

  4. The world of maths


    This unit aims to familiarise students with mathematics in an educational context and beyond. Students will understand the difference between 'mathematics' and numeracy, and the implications of this on teaching and learning. Students will be enticed by the wonder mathematics presents in our everyday lives, and how this can be utilised in educational contexts. This unit will also briefly look at how children develop mathematical thinking. Students will consider what mathematics is and how it is learnt.

  5. Theories of teaching & learning


    This unit aims to introduce students to theories of learning and teaching. In this unit students consider what is meant by the concept of 'learning' and what is meant by theories of learning. They are introduced to the major perspectives of learning and explore contemporary theories of learning and how these relate to teaching processes. In addition, students will be challenged to reflect upon their own belief system and how this relates to different contemporary approaches to learning and its potential impact on teaching.

  6. Indigenous education & perspectives


    This unit focuses on contemporary and historical Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, identity, languages, histories, status, challenges, contributions and perspectives. The unit aims to enable students to synthesise perspectives about Indigenous education and how these can enhance Western education practices. An additional aim is to plan and develop authentic curriculum and pedagogy for teaching Indigenous children and analyse how Indigenous teaching and learning practices can benefit all children. This knowledge and understanding contributes to graduates' cultural competence and promotes culturally inclusive teaching practices based and sensitive and informed relationships.

  7. Teaching & learning in the 21st century


    The aim in this unit is to introduce students to contemporary perspectives and contexts of 21st century teaching and learning.

  8. Contemporary perspectives of learning & development for early childhood


    In this unit students focus on traditional and contemporary approaches and theories in early childhood education, professional understandings about children and key cultural-historical issues affecting children and their families. The unit aims to provide students with the opportunity to acquire knowledge of diverse traditional and contemporary theoretical, philosophical and pedagogical perspectives relevant to the early childhood profession and the capacity to use this knowledge to inform their professional judgments.

  9. Developing literacy


    This unit aims to familiarise students with literacy in early learning environments. Students will consider children's language development and how this corresponds to teaching and learning in literacy for young children. Students will be provided with an understanding of the ways in which children acquire skills, knowledge and attitudes relating to a wide range of literacies, enabling.

  10. Mathematics in practice


    In this unit students gain knowledge of the principles and practices of teaching and learning mathematics in the foundation years of education. They explore a range of strategies for assessing children's numeracy and understandings, and design and implement learning experiences, lessons and lesson sequences that progress children's mathematical thinking.

  11. Contemporary perspectives of learning & development


    In this unit students will consider and critique contemporary approaches and theories within a critical reflective approach which deepen understandings of the school aged child as individual persons and members of social groups. All students will consider and critique a range of theories concerning the physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of development and will examine ideas and debates about the context of development with specific reference to family, school, peers, culture and diverse social contexts, as well as developmental differences. The unit aims to help students acquire a deep knowledge of key characteristics, development, strengths and needs of and of contemporary societal influences.

  12. Understanding & supporting behaviour


    This unit aims to help pre-service teachers to understand why children display different behaviours within a learning environment and how to approach and negotiate these behaviours.

  13. Sustainable education & perspectives


    The unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the concepts of education for sustainability and be able to apply those concepts to teaching and learning. An additional further aim is that the unit will empower students to incorporate effective advocacy for sustainability and provision of education for sustainability in their communities into their roles as professionals. This unit focuses on educating for a sustainable future and how can we better understand the complexity of the world and how the problems of the world are interconnected. This unit also examines the kind of world we want for the future, within the limits of the Earth's life support systems and how can we reconcile the requirements of economy, society, and the environment.

  14. Curriculum, planning & assessment for primary: Practicum 2


    In this unit students undertake a professional practicum in an Australian Lower Primary School under the supervision of a registered teacher mentor. Students involve themselves in the life of the school and reflect on their practice and performance in discussion with their school supervisor and university staff. They observe a variety of classes at different levels and at the discretion of their supervisor, students may be introduced to teaching through one-to-one coaching or small group work before taking responsibility for a full class. However, students should have experience of taking a full class in a variety of content areas before the end of this teaching round. In preparation for their placement in schools, students engage with material relating to the primary curriculum and assessment for learning in the primary classroom and establishing professional relationships from the onset.

  15. Mathematics in the primary classroom


    This unit aims to prepare students to plan, teach and assess mathematics in the primary classroom. All mathematical concepts related to the curriculum will be explored, along with practical pedagogical approaches.

  16. Teaching literacy


    This unit aims to familiarise students with literacy in the Primary Classroom. Students will consider the planning, teaching and assessment of all aspects that comprise literacy - reading, writing, speaking and listening - and relate this to the Australian National Curriculum standards for English. The concept of multiple literacies will also be weaved into all aspects of this unit, highlighting its presence in 21st century learning.

  17. Discovering science


    In this unit students will consider some of the main principles of science and scientific knowledge and why it is important in the modern world. Students will explore and become familiar with the scientific content and concepts covered by the Australian National Curriculum (F-6) and discover how children's scientific knowledge and understandings develop. In addition, they will consider how to make Science fun and engaging for student from Foundation to Year 6.

  18. Teaching science & technology


    This unit focuses on preparing students to teach science and technology in the primary classroom.

  19. Supporting diversity & equity


    In this unit, students develop an anti-bias approach and explore its implications for teaching and learning. Stereotypes and bias will be explored, helping to foster mutual respect in learning environments. Students will become aware of the responsibility that teaching professionals have and how they can advocate for social justice for children. Students will also recognise how to create equitable learning environments that benefit teaching and learning.

  20. Health & physical education


    This unit focuses on preparing students to plan, teach and assess health and physical education in primary learning environments. Students will become familiar with the elements that comprise health education, how they are addressed at different year levels and how to cater to specific needs of students. They will also gain knowledge in the specific motor skills children should develop through physical education. Links will be made to relevant state curriculum documents.

  21. Curriculum & pedagogy for primary: Practicum 3P


    In this unit students undertake a professional practicum in an Australian Upper Primary School under the supervision of a registered teacher mentor. Students involve themselves in the life of the school and reflect on their practice and performance in discussion with their school supervisor and university staff. Students will take a large percentage of full class teaching. In preparation for their placement in schools students will engage with material relating to pedagogy and curriculum for a primary school setting.

  22. Teaching in Australian schools


    The aim of this unit is to provide students with an overview of the cultures and practices of primary schools in Australia - both government and independent schools. Students become familiar with state and national curriculum documents and the contexts of learning in Australian schools. They compare policies and practices within different states and other national systems. The teaching profession will also be examined, looking at the workforce and issues confronting the profession.

  23. Integrated studies


    In this unit students will explore and evaluate learning experiences designed and implemented through the use of integrated studies and interdisciplinary learning design. Students will investigate curriculum and forms of pedagogy to gain an understanding of methods and practices of teaching and learning through integration and interdisciplinary practice. This unit draws on past, current and future practice of subject integration and considers the potential impact and design of integration based on Australian National Curriculum.

  24. Arts education


    This unit aims to develop students' understandings of learning theories and practice in arts education, specifically in dance, drama, music, media and visual arts. Students will become familiar with the skills necessary to implement an effective arts program in the primary school environment. Students will develop an appreciation of the impact arts education can have on children, and consider contemporary ways to foster their creativity.

  25. Supporting inclusion for primary


    This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the variety of needs and backgrounds primary school children can present in the learning environment. Students will become familiar with many of additional needs and cultural variations children can present with and how to address them effectively in order to support inclusive practices.

  26. Assessment for primary


    In this unit students will consider the principles and theory of effective assessment for student learning in the Primary classroom and examine contexts in which assessments take place. They will examine a range of assessment practices and strategies and how they relate to teaching and learning in a variety of contexts. Students will also explore feedback principles, recording and reporting in the primary classroom.

  27. Teaching the humanities


    This unit aims to familiarise students with the many learning areas that make up the Humanities - history, geography, civics and citizenship and economics - as well as prepare them to plan, teach and assess these in primary learning environments. Students will work with relevant state and national curriculum documents to become accustomed to the learning outcomes for children in primary school. Students will evaluate different approaches to teaching the humanities in primary learning environments. Contemporary issues when teaching humanities are also considered.

  28. Ready to teach professional experience: Practicum 4P


    In this unit students undertake a professional practicum in an Australian Primary School under the supervision of a registered teacher mentor. Students involve themselves in the life of the school and reflect on their practice and performance in discussion with their school supervisor and university staff. They will observe a variety of classes at different levels, teach through one-to-one coaching or small group and take responsibility for a full class. Students will be prepared to teach all subjects with professional competence. In preparation for their placement in schools, students engage with material relating to the primary curriculum, assessment, pedagogy and professional relationships and are prepared for the expectations of this 'Ready to Teach Practicum'.

Electives

You will need to complete 4 electives as part of this course. You can select your units from a range of other Swinburne Online courses.

Support and delivery

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Support for students

Set your own timetable

Designed for maximum flexibility, this teaching degree allows you to study anytime, anywhere.

There are 3 teaching periods a year, and you can enrol in 1 to 4 units every period.

Recognition

This Bachelor of Education (Primary) is accredited with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). VIT recognition enables you to register as a teacher Australia wide.

Payment options

There are 2 ways you can pay for this course:

1. Study now pay later – HECS-HELP

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme.

This means you don’t need to pay upfront for the course if you:

  • are an Australian citizen, OR
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa, OR
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category Visa and meet the residency requirements.

Through HECS-HELP the Australian government pays the amount of your course to the education provider on your behalf. You’ll start paying back this loan through the tax system once your earn more than the minimum threshold (which is $54,869 for the 2016-2017 financial year).

The total cost of this course is government-subsidised if you pay via a HECS-HELP loan.

This means the price you pay for the course is much cheaper – the Australian Government covers part of the course fee. Government-subsidised places in this course are called Commonwealth-supported places.

2. Upfront payment

You can pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

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