The Bachelor of Education (Primary) has been designed for people who wish to teach at primary school level.
The degree has a strong English and Mathematics focus with a student-centred approach to teaching and learning. The course integrates education theory with classroom practice for all areas. Core units in this degree cover the essential topics of computer literacy, planning lessons, classroom management, understanding learning difficulties and special education. School experience begins with observations and discussions of the wide variety of effective teaching strategies and, over the duration of the degree, will continue with workshops and periods of block teaching which culminate in a 10 week internship.
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After registration, graduates will have the skills, knowledge and experience required to teach in primary schools. Additional careers include education administrator or policy development officer.
Graduates will be eligible for registration with the Western Australian College of Teachers (WACOT). Registration is recognised by all national teacher accreditation authorities. However, it is the responsibility of graduates to ensure they consult with the regulatory body in the state they wish to register as a qualified educator regarding registration requirements.
If you are a Commonwealth supported student and would like to apply for this course, please refer to the Commonwealth supported places link for information on the conditions and course admission eligibility criteria.
If you are a general applicant and would like to apply for this course, please read on for details on the course requirements before applying.
With the exception of six open first year units, this is a restricted course. Continuing enrolment is only available to students who have been accepted into this course. Please refer to Application Process for more information.
This is a restricted course. Students must satisfy the following requirements in order to be eligible for entry into the degree:
- English Language Competence
- Police Clearance/Working with Children (WWC)
- Practicum Requirements
- First Aid Certificate
Applicants have a choice of two academic entrance pathways into this course:
1. Tertiary Entrance Ranking (TER or ATAR) entrance
Tertiary Entrance Ranking 70 (TER, ATAR, ENTER, UAI, OP or equivalent). Students must have a 50% minimum in TER English (or equivalent).
2. Alternative academic entrance
a) Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
You must achieve a minimum of 145 in all sections of the STAT (Multiple Choice and Written English) to gain entry to the course.
b) Successful study through OUA
Completion of two of the six OUA open enrolment units : EDP120, EDP125, EDP130, EDP135, EDP140 and EDP155 and separate English language competency is needed.
Completion of four OUA units at pass level (including 2 of 6 open enrolment units: EDP120, EDP125, EDP130, EDP140 and EDP155). (This satisfies English language competency requirement.)
c) Tertiary Study
Successful completion of a full semester (four standard units) towards an undergraduate degree at an Australian university and English language competency is not needed.
d) Enabling courses
Enabling courses completed through other Australian Universities which meet minimum entry requirements for that institution will be accepted as minimum entry requirements for this course.
On completion of certain TAFE studies (or equivalent study recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework – AQF), matriculation status may be granted and a Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER) may be assigned. The minimum entry requirements for TAFE students are:
- Diploma, Associate Diploma, or Advanced Diploma (no additional English competency needed)
- Certificate IV + English competency
- Note – Certificate II or III are not acceptable
English language competency
Applicants need to meet Curtin's English Language requirement:
- TER or ATAR - A minimum Tertiary Entrance Ranking (TER or ATAR) score of 50% for English (or equivalent).
- Successful completion of one semester of full time study of a Bachelor degree course at an Australian university*
- IELTS competency level 7.0 (compulsory for international students)
*Equivalent to completion of four first year Curtin Bachelor of Education units through OUA
Police Clearance/Working with Children Check (WWC)
A Working with Children Check and Police Clearance (as required in the state or country of residence) is compulsory.
Due to the specialist nature of the teaching profession, and the practicum placement component of this course, all successful applicants will be required to complete a Working with Children Check and Police Clearance before engaging in any practicum placement.
Students must have access to more than one school in which to undertake the professional experience placements (and be able to travel to these schools). Normally 3 schools are required – one for each of the practicum placements in Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4.
How to Apply
With the exception of six open enrolment first year units, this is a restricted course. Continuing enrolment is only available to students who have been accepted into this degree. Students are required to apply and be approved by Curtin University before they can enrol in restricted units through OUA.
Applicants for admission must be able to commit to the block teaching practicums that are integral to the degree in the second, third and fourth year of the course, in a school in which English is the language of instruction either in Australia or overseas. Year 2 currently has a 3 week block teaching practicum, Year 3 currently has a 3 week block teaching practicum in a school context and Year 4 has a 10 week internship.
Applications for Bachelor of Education (Primary) are due 2 weeks prior to the close of enrolment.
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Open Enrolment Units
There are six open enrolment units in this course. Students do not have to submit an Application Form for open enrolment units and can enrol in the following units through Open Universities Australia:
Students who successfully complete two of these six open enrolment units may apply under the Academic Eligibility category for admission to the restricted Bachelor of Education (Primary) course provided they have completed other eligibility criteria. Please read Planning your application (PDF, 27 KB).
Open enrolment units as electives
Students who do not satisfy all of the Eligibility requirements for this degree or students who do not intend to apply for admission to this degree may study the Open enrolment units as electives. Please refer to the Award Requirements or Electives sections on your degree page for information about the maximum number of level 1 electives you may include in your degree.
All practicum placements must be in a school where the language of instruction is English. In those circumstances where the student is unable to secure a placement, Curtin assumes responsibility for doing so and will seek input from the student to identify possibilities before making direct contact with the school, etc. No student will be disadvantaged due to their personal inability to identify a site for professional experience.
Classroom Professional Experience
Years 2, 3 and 4 students complete a total of 80 days of Classroom Professional Experience (School Practicum placement). The course culminates in a final internship where students assume responsibility for a class of children under the supervision of a class teacher. This internship is worth 4 units towards the final degree.
The school practicum placement and final internship can take place in a student's own state or territory, with the approval of Curtin University. Staff at Curtin University will help students to arrange and coordinate their placements.
Further information about the Classroom Professional Experience will be provided to students who have been admitted to the degree including the compulsory Literacy and Mathematical Competency tests to be completed before the final internship. Most states now require pre-service teachers to show evidence that they have achieved competence in both of those areas. These compulsory tests will be offered to students within specific units through the Pearson My Education Lab materials. The charge for these materials will be approximately $27.95 for MyWritingLab and $19.95 for MyMathTest.
Students are not required to attend Curtin University's Perth Campus for any face to face study or practicum.
Students must complete all units. There are 29 units in the Bachelor of Education (Primary):
- 22 coursework units including the restricted units and the open enrolment units
- 4 electives
- 3 professional practice units (EDP220; EDP325; EDP425)
- Students who fail a core unit twice are terminated from the course
Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit
Students may apply for credit (or RPL) towards the degree for previous studies successfully completed at other institutions. Students must lodge their completed RPL application, along with necessary documentation, when they apply for a place in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) course. Certified copies of all official transcripts and other documentation, eg. unit outlines/syllabus must be provided at this time. For forms and further information, please visit www.futurestudents.curtin.edu.au/mature/rpl.cfm
Recommended Study Pattern
Within the particular years of the course there is flexibility in the sequencing of units. Students are expected to complete all the units in each year of the course before progressing to the units of the subsequent year. For example, all first year units should be completed prior to enrolling in a second year unit. Students must complete any prerequisite units required.
Students must complete all first, second and third year core units prior to enrolling in any fourth year units.
All core units must be completed before enrolling in EDP425 Internship.
Course Admission Eligibility Criteria
In order to be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in this course, students must meet the following requirements:
- 4 OUA Undergraduate units at pass level OR equivalent OR 2 units plus English AND the restricted criteria (please ensure you have read the restricted criteria in the Course Requirements tab)
To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, please see Commonwealth supported places
About Commonwealth supported places
A Commonwealth supported place is a higher education place for which the Australian Government provides funding to the university towards the cost of your education. Commonwealth supported places are only available for students who wish to enrol in a full course of study and are required to contribute to the cost of their higher education through a student contribution. Eligible students in Commonwealth supported places can also receive assistance with their student contribution in the form of HECS-HELP.
To be eligible for Commonwealth support, you must be:
- An Australian citizen OR;
- A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study OR;
- The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.
For more information and to download an information booklet on the eligibility requirements and the payment options available including the process for applying for HECS-HELP assistance, please visit http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/StudyAssist/
Alternatively if you do not wish to apply as a Commonwealth supported place student or are not eligible, you can still apply to study this course or units within this course. Click on the Course units tab above to find out more.
Please note that depending on the course eligibility requirements, you may be required to provide scanned and certified copies of the following supporting documents:
- Certified copies of academic transcripts - required in most cases but check course eligibility rules.(Please ensure you attach all pages of your academic transcript including both the front and back pages)
A “certified copy” is a copy of an original document which has been certified as being a true copy by an authorised person. These include a justice of the peace, lawyer, medical practitioner, pharmacist, accountant, school principal or minister of religion.
- English language test results - if your courses were not predominantly in English e.g. IELTS or equivalent test results.
- IMPORTANT: Please do not send original documents as they will not be returned.
Pricing and Payment Options
The total cost of completing a degree will vary depending on the course you have chosen to study.
Fees can also vary according to the type of unit you enrol in and the applicable fee band. Below is a guide to help you find the fees applicable for your own study path.
Please also note that the fees listed here are only indicative costs for new students in 2012. These fees may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks.
There are four elective units in the Bachelor of Education (Primary). Students can select these four units from any unit offered through Open Universities Australia. Students may want to select Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) open enrolment units as electives.
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