Qualification Level



4 years full time or equivalent part time

Start Date

Mar, Jul, Nov



Become a primary teacher

Help shape the minds of the future by becoming a primary teacher. A Swinburne Bachelor of Education (Primary) will qualify you to teach in primary schools across Australia. You will use the latest technology to develop effective teaching techniques and activities that will engage and inspire your students.

Led by experienced education professionals, this course will see you learn online and teach in real classrooms as part of your in-school placement. And once you graduate, you’ll be qualified to practice as a primary teacher, with accreditation from the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).

This course is not available to international students.

Career opportunities

Primary School Teacher
Teach and coordinate a range of subjects to primary students within a
prescribed curriculum.

Primary School Principal
Lead the educational direction of a primary school and ensure the curriculum is taught to national standards.

Learning at Swinburne Online

Taught by teachers

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is an accredited degree from a university ranked among the top 3% in the world. Designed and taught by experienced primary teachers, it is recognised by VIT, and meets the national standards set by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). So once you graduate, you’ll be qualified to work as a primary teacher anywhere in Australia.

A community of future educators

At Swinburne Online, you will be part of an online community of future educators. Our education students have their own dedicated community site, where they share ideas, get advice and discuss their teaching placements. So you’ll learn from other people's experiences, as well as your own. You will be supported by experienced eLearning Advisors (eLAs), and form valuable networks with professionals working in the field.

A unique learning experience

You shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to study, so our online Bachelor of Education (Primary)  combines online learning with real life teaching experience. Our teaching course has been specifically designed to prepare you for the twenty-first century classrooms you will be teaching in.

You’ll learn in a live, interactive environment, where you will create lesson plans and develop teaching strategies to improve your students’ knowledge and unleash their creativity. Most importantly, you will get to teach in real classrooms and apply all of the practical skills you’ve learnt.

Professional placement

We know that students become great teachers through a mix of theory and practical experience. That’s why you will spend 81 days teaching in a real classroom as part of your degree. You will be paired with a mentor teacher at a primary school near you, who will guide and support you through your placement. This will give you the chance to apply the practical skills you’ve learnt online, develop rapport with your students, and build your confidence as a teacher.

What you will learn

  • Language and Literacy

    Understand how literacy and multi-literacy develops in young children.

  • Health and Physical Education

    Learn how to plan, teach and assess health and physical education in primary environments.

  • Curriculum Planning

    Create learning activities to engage students and develop their skills.

  • Twenty-first Century Teaching

    Embrace the role of being a teacher in an era of rapid change.

Support and assistance

Everyone has questions from time to time. That’s why we have a dedicated team of tutors and support staff on-call to help you, seven days a week. So whether you need help with a lesson plan or have a technical issue, there’s always someone you can talk to.

Course units

Entry criteria

From 2018, under the new AITSL and government Initial Teacher Education (ITE) requirements, all students applying to ITE courses across Australia will need meet suitability for teaching (non-academic selection) criteria as a part of course entry criteria.  Find out more.

Entry via non-teaching pathway degree.

Non-Year 12 entry

Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply.

Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit.

Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience and appropriate English language skills, or a suitable Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) result, will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success. Read our Applying and Enrolling FAQs.

The University may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

Year 12 entry

Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.

VCE Pre-requisites

  • Applicants must meet the associated minimum ATAR score
  • Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL

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

Courses are only available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and humanitarian visa holders. Once enrolled, all applicants must provide relevant Child Safety Screening clearance as your state of residence requires and maintain clearances throughout the duration of the program.

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