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Online course

Bachelor of Education (Primary)

  • Qualification

    Undergraduate

  • Duration

    4 years full time or equivalent part time

  • Units

    32

  • Start Date

    Mar, Jul, Nov

Overview of the course

Overview of the course

Help shape the minds of the future; become a primary teacher. With a Swinburne Bachelor of Education (Primary) you will be qualified to teach in primary schools across Australia.

Led by experienced education professionals with recent or current classroom teaching practice, this course combines online learning with teaching placements in real school classrooms. Our students get great feedback from their placement schools – we ensure you are prepared and supported by our course tutors and advisors to make your placement a positive experience.

You’ll enter the classroom confident and ready to inspire your students after taking part in teaching simulations that allow you to experience what it’s like to teach a class using the latest VR technology.

When you graduate, you’ll be qualified to practice as a primary teacher, with accreditation from the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).

Students will also have the unique opportunity to participate in the Swinburne Teachers and Regional Remote Schools (STARS) program as part of the Access Quality Teaching Initiative.

This course is not available to international students.

What are the entry criteria?

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 of up to 16 units.

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.

Entry via non-teaching pathway degree.

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 25 in English (other than EAL) or at least 30 in English as an Additional Language

Additional requirements

CASPer

All applicants (both standard entry and non-year 12 entry) must successfully complete the CASPer assessment. CASPer is a non-academic suitability assessment tool designed to assess an applicant’s personal and professional attributes.

It is an Australian Government accreditation requirement that all initial teacher education courses include non-academic selection criteria.

To ensure you don’t miss the CASPer deadlines and to register for your sitting or for further information about the test, visit takecasper.com.

For current Year 12 students, to ensure you meet VTAC deadlines go to www.vtac.edu.au/admissions-tests.html.

Admission to this course will consider both academic and non-academic results.

CASPer suitability tool
If you’re looking to apply for our Bachelor of Education (Primary) course you will need to complete the CASPer suitability tool. Get in touch with a Course Consultant to find out more information.

English language proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate suitable English language proficiency for successful completion of the course.
The university may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Working with Children Check and Police Check

All enrolled students must maintain a current Working with Children Check (from the appropriate State Authority). A Police Check may also be required by a school prior to a placement. For a list of each state’s requirements see www.careforkids.com.au.

Literacy and numeracy test for initial teacher education

To be eligible to graduate, students must pass the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE), which is required to become a registered teacher. This test is run externally at the applicant’s expense. Applicants must disclose all previous LANTITE attempts (if any) through a personal statement and upload the results for each attempt. Applicants who have unsuccessfully attempted LANTITE three or more times will not be eligible to receive an offer for this course.

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.

Courses are only available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and humanitarian visa holders.

Studying online gives you the flexibility to work around your own schedule as well as maintaining the life you have built for yourself, or are in the process of building.

Drew, Swinburne Online graduate

Course Units

Learning and Communicating Online (COM10003)
Introduction to Curriculum Planning and Assessment: Practicum 1 (EDU10001)
Understanding Language and Literacy (EDU10002)
The World of Maths (EDU10003)
Theories of Teaching and Learning (EDU10004)
Indigenous Education and Perspectives (EDU10005)
Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century (EDU10006)
Contemporary Perspectives of Learning and Development for Early Childhood (EDU10007)
Developing Literacy (EDU20001)
Mathematics in Practice (EDU20002)
Contemporary Perspectives of Learning and Development (EDU20003)
Understanding and Supporting Behaviour (EDU20004)
Sustainable Education and Perspectives (EDU20005)
Curriculum, Planning and Assessment for Primary: Practicum 2 (EDU20006)
Mathematics in the Primary Classroom (EDU30009)
Teaching Literacy (EDU30010)
Discovering Science (EDU30011)
Teaching Science and Technology (EDU30012)
Supporting Diversity and Equity (EDU30013)
Health and Physical Education (EDU30014)
Curriculum and Pedagogy for Primary: Practicum 3P (EDU30015)
Teaching in Australian Schools (EDU30016)
Integrated Studies (EDU40007)
Arts Education (EDU40008)
Assessment for Primary (EDU40010)
Teaching the Humanities (EDU40011)
Ready to Teach Professional Experience: Practicum 4P (EDU40012)
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Career opportunities

Career opportunities

  • Primary School Teacher

    Educate students aged 5-12 years through classroom lessons and educational programs covering a variety of subjects.

  • Primary School Principal

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

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

  • 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.

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

  • Apply their broad and coherent knowledge of students aged 5 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

GTPA

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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Start your application online or speak to a Course Consultant on 1300 069 765.

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    At Swinburne Online, we're here for you every step of the way. Explore the online higher education student journey from enrolment to graduation.

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

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  • Do I have to purchase learning materials?

    For students undertaking a degree, most of your learning materials are included with a free license provided to you by Swinburne Online. However, in some cases, you will be notified via your student email that you will need to buy specific software or eTexts. For TAFE Business students, all of your learning materials will be available online and are covered by your course fees. You won’t need to purchase any further materials.

  • Which units should I start with?

    When you enrol to study a degree with us, you will nominate how many units you would like to select per teaching period, based on a recommendation from one of our Course Consultants. From here, our enrolments team will allocate you automatically to the units they feel will be best suited to your needs, so you don’t need to worry about choosing units. If you want to choose something different than what you are allocated to, that is no problem, just get in touch with our Student Liaison Team and they will take care of it for you.

  • Do I need to be logged on to study at specific times?

    You won’t normally have to be online at a specific time. Your course material is available for you from the beginning of each teaching period and you can work through it in the hours that suit you.

    There are some live webinar sessions that run approximately once a month. These are a special opportunity for students to sign in at the same time as their tutors, normally before an assessment deadline. It gives you the chance to ask any questions relating to the assignment in real time and hear other student’s questions and thoughts. We understand that students won’t always be able to make these sessions, so they can be replayed the next day.

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