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Bachelor of Education (Primary)

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The Bachelor of Education (Primary) consists of 32 units, and will see you undertake the following studies:

  • 13 Core units
  • 15 Major units
  • Four Practicum units

Introduction to Academic Language, Literacy and Numeracy in Education

Understanding Language and Literacy

The World of Maths

Theories of Teaching and Learning

Indigenous Education and Perspectives

Developing Literacy

Mathematics in Practice

Contemporary Perspectives of Learning and Development

Sustainable Education and Perspectives

Social and Emotional Learning

Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum

Teacher Wellbeing, Resilience and Emotional Intelligence

Innovation for Education

Understanding and Supporting Inclusion

Mathematics in the Primary Classroom

Discovering Science

Families, Community and Citizenship

Health and Physical Education

Teaching in Australian Schools

Teaching Technologies

Teaching English

Teaching Science

Teaching Early Reading

Advocacy and Social Justice

Integrated Studies

Arts Education

Assessment for Primary School

Teaching the Humanities

Introduction to Curriculum Planning and Assessment for Primary: Practicum 1

Curriculum, Planning and Assessment for Primary: Practicum 2

Curriculum and Pedagogy for Primary: Practicum 3P

Ready to Teach Professional Experience: Practicum 4P

On successful completion of this Course students will be able to:

  • Apply their broad and coherent knowledge of students aged five to 12 years and how they learn to show initiative and judgement when making decisions or solving problems.
  • Use their broad and coherent knowledge of Primary School content areas within the Australian context to critically review theory and practice.
  • Show initiative and judgement to plan for, and implement, effective teaching and learning in diverse contexts with the capacity to solve problems with intellectual independence.
  • Adapt knowledge and skills to critically analyse information in diverse contexts, and to create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments.
  • Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning using clear and coherent communication with the ability to critically analyse, consolidate and synthesise assessment information.
  • Take responsibility and accountability for own learning to identify, engage in and apply professional learning, individually and in collaboration with others.
  • Engage professionally with colleagues, families and children, and the communication skills to present clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas.


Swinburne University has now incorporated the Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment (GTPA) into the final year of primary professional experience units. This narrative-based assignment will allow you to demonstrate your competence in classroom practice by creating a unit plan, lesson plans, assessing, reflecting and appraising your teaching. Connecting the academic program to your professional experience, the GTPA provides quality assurance of graduate readiness, giving you valuable experience to help you progress into your new career.

Course rules

To qualify for the Bachelor of Education (Primary), students are required to complete 400 credit points comprising of 32 units of study (12.5 credit points each). The 400 credit points must comprise of:

  • 28 units of core education and early childhood studies (350 credit points)
  • 4 units of other studies comprising of a minor or elective units (50 credit points)

In addition, students are responsible for arranging and successfully completing the national Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) normally within three attempts through the Australian Council for Education Research prior to completing 200 credit points of study.

Academic Progress – Special Requirements

In addition to the standard academic progress rules, the Bachelor of Education (Primary) has the following additional academic progress rules which are established in accordance with Academic Courses Regulation 62(2):

1. A student is classified as ‘at risk’ of unsatisfactory progress if they:

(a) Behave in a manner which breaches the Swinburne Student Charter whilst on a teaching placement

(b) Fail to attempt both component tests of the National Literacy and Numeracy test (LANTITE) prior to completing 100 credit points of studies

2. A student is classified as having ‘unsatisfactory progress’ if they:

(a) Fail to successfully complete the National Literacy and Numeracy test (LANTITE) prior to completing 200 credit points of studies or following three attempts

(b) Fail a Teaching Placement unit

(c) Have their teaching placement terminated early by a school. In the case of early termination of a teaching placement by a school, the student will be deemed as having ‘unsatisfactory progress’ and a progress review processes will commence within 2 weeks of the cessation of the placement.

Students who are identified as having unsatisfactory progress will be subject to the show cause provisions in the Progress Review section of the Academic Progress Policy. Rule for internal transfer of Swinburne students between Educations in 2018.

All students who enrolled in any of Swinburne University’s externally accredited initial teacher education courses prior to January 2018 may transfer between these courses without having to complete CASPer. This grace period will be available until December 2018. As of January 2019 all students seeking to transfer between these courses will be required to complete CASPer.

Volume of Learning

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) consists of 32 units of study (400 credit points). Units normally carry 12.5 credit points (cps). In each year, eight (8) units normally constitute a full-time load of 100 credit points and four (4) units normally constitute a part-time load of 50 credit points. The volume of learning of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) is typically 4 years.

Maximum Academic Credit

The maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Bachelor of Education (Primary) is 150 credit points (normally 12 units).

The full Course Information Set and Whole of Institution Set are available for reference.

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