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Degree structure

Degree details

On completion of the degree students will be able to:

  1. make informed decision regarding teaching and learning based on a comprehensive understanding of the learner and application of the curriculum
  2. be reflective, creative and critical in the approach to teaching, learning and assessment
  3. decide what information is needed and where it might be found using appropriate technologies; make valid judgements and synthesise information from a range of sources
  4. communicate effectively and work collaboratively in educational contexts
  5. use technologies appropriately in educational contexts
  6. be self-motivated, critical, and reflective in their practice based on ongoing professional learning
  7. think globally and consider issues from a variety of perspectives; apply international standards and practices within a discipline or professional area
  8. respect and respond to the diverse needs of students and communities
  9. demonstrate leadership in education by analysing and applying appropriate practices based on a sound knowledge of the principles of learning, teaching and assessment.

Graduates of this degree will have the skills, knowledge and experience required to teach in primary schools. This degree provides a qualification for those who wish to teach children aged five to twelve years in the government, Catholic and independent school sectors. Additional careers include education administrator or policy development officer.

Professional recognition

This degree is recognised nationally as an initial pre-service teaching qualification. Initial Teacher Education degrees in Australia are accredited by the relevant authority in the state or territory in which the institution providing the qualification is based.

Accordingly, the Bachelor of Education (Primary Education) degrees provided by Curtin University are fully accredited by the Teachers Registration Board of WA (TRBWA). This applies to the WA campus-based delivery of the degrees and to the online delivery provided through Curtin's partnership with Open Universities Australia.

Graduates of these accredited degrees are thus able to register as practising teachers with the registration body in their home state or territory, based on the degree accreditation provided by the TRBWA.

Below is link to the list of state-based teacher registration bodies for reference.

State-based Teacher Registration Bodies (PDF, 30Kb)

Open enrolment subjects

There are eight open enrolment subjects in this degree. Students do not have to submit an Application Form for open enrolment subjects and can enrol in EDC151, EDC161, EDC131, EDC101, EDC155, EDC141, EDC171, EDC111 through Open Universities Australia.

Students who successfully complete two of these eight open enrolment subjects may apply under the Academic Eligibility category for admission to the restricted Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree provided they have satisfied other eligibility criteria. Please read Planning your application (PDF, 18 KB).

Open enrolment subjects 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 subjects 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.

Higher education via OUA

  • Successful study through OUA – either:
    • Successful completion of two of the eight OUA open enrolment units: EDC151, EDC161, EDC131, EDC101, EDC155, EDC141, EDC171, and EDC111 and separate evidence of English competency is required OR
    • Successful completion of four OUA degree level units at pass level. (This satisfies the English language proficiency requirement.)

Higher education

  • Successful completion of one full time semester (four standard units) towards an Undergraduate or higher level of study at an Australian University (separate evidence of English proficiency is not required).

Secondary education

  • Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) 70 or equivalent. English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR. Desirable WACE course: At least Mathematics Applications ATAR. To determine your eligibility for entry please refer to Interstate Year 12 and IB Students, TISC Tertiary Institutions Service Centre link http://www.tisc.edu.au/static/guide/prerequisites-comparison.tisc

VET studies

  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma or Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma. You may also be eligible for credit toward your university study.
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV and evidence of English proficiency.

Work and Life

  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)
  • Finished secondary education more than two years ago
  • Bridging and enabling course entry
  • 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.

Additional information

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin's English Language requirements. You normally need ONE of the following:

  • Must have a 50% minimum in English ATAR (or equivalent)
  • Completion of at least one full time semester (or equivalent) of Undergraduate level studies at an Australian university
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma
  • Successful completion of two degree level units via Open Universities Australia (OUA) and English proficiency
  • Successful completion of two degree level units at an Australian university and English proficiency
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)*
  • International English Language Testing System (Academic)*

*Please note these tests are only valid for two years.

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

Special requirements

Working with Children Check

A current Working with Children Check (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 have a current Working with Children Check and any other relevant State requirements before engaging in any practicum placement. If students have any doubt about their eligibility to acquire these clearances they should contact the local Teacher Registration Authority.

Practicum placement

Professional Experience Placements

All practicum placements must be in a registered school and where the language of instruction is English. All students are required to successfully complete compulsory professional experience placements in schools as part of designated subjects in the second, third and fourth year of the degree.

Placements are undertaken on a full-time basis for the number of days shown in a continuous block and students need to plan carefully to ensure they are able to meet this commitment. The total number of days of professional experience in the degree will satisfy all states' requirements for teacher registration.

Students being admitted to the degree after 1 January 2017, can complete no more than 25% of professional experience days in schools outside Australia. Therefore, only 3rd year students will be able to complete their 4 week placement outside Australia and will be required to complete all other placements within Australia.

Note: The second year of the degree includes two professional experience subjects, that require school placements of 10 consecutive days and 15 consecutive days respectively. These two subjects are undertaken in the same calendar year in the same school. The third year professional experience subject contains a block placement of 20 consecutive days in a different school context and the fourth year has a full school term Internship of at least 50 consecutive days in a third school.

None of the four professional experience placements can be broken or split into shorter periods.

Students must be able to complete placements in more than one school over the duration of the degree. Students placements should be in a variety of year levels from junior to upper primary.

In those circumstances where the student is having difficulty securing a placement, Curtin University staff will assist and will seek input from the student to identify possibilities before making direct contact with the school. Students having difficulty should contact Curtin in sufficient time to ensure that they are not disadvantaged due to their personal inability to identify a site for professional experience.

Further information about the professional experience placement requirements will be provided to students who have been admitted to the degree. Students who may seek to vary any of the stated conditions and requirements in the various professional experience subject handbooks must contact hum-ed-ouaprac@curtin.edu.au prior to enrolling in the subject.

The final placement of 5 pre-visits and one full school term is the final unit in the degree and cannot be undertaken until all other units have been successfully completed. Clearance will be given to enrol in the internship unit pending results of final units.

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at http://policies.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/policy/Credit_for_Recognised_Learning_Manual.pdf.

Students must be admitted in an award degree of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration/documents/Application_for_CRL.pdf to opencurtin@curtin.edu.au along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/scanned-documents.cfm.

For further information, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au.

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) has been designed for graduates 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 program integrates education theory with classroom practice for all areas. Core subjects in this degree cover the essential topics of digital 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 whole term internship.

Recommended Study Pattern

This degree is an OUA Pathways degree, which means there is a recommended series of subjects that, once successfully completed, can be credited towards this degree. To commence the Pathway for this degree, simply select subjects from the Pathway stream below.

If you do not choose the OUA Pathways, Students can instead follow the study pattern below:

Students are required to complete all the subjects in each year of the degree before progressing to the subjects of the subsequent year. For example, all first year subjects should be completed prior to enrolling in a second year subject. Students must complete any prerequisite subjects required. The standard full-time study load is two subjects per study period.

Students must complete all first, second and third year core subjects prior to enrolling in any fourth year subjects.

All core and elective subjects must be completed before enrolling in the Internship and all students will need specific clearance from Curtin University’s School of Education prior to enrolment in this subject.

Award Requirements

Students must successfully complete all subjects. There are 29 subjects in the Bachelor of Education (Primary). These are comprised of:

  • coursework subjects
  • units requiring professional experience block placements in school settings, including a final internship placement of at least 50 consecutive days (1 full term)
  • elective subjects

Students must successfully complete all required subjects in the degree prior to undertaking the Internship

Please note that students can be terminated from this degree if they fail to make satisfactory progress.

LANTITE Completion Requirement

Students are also required to provide evidence of successful completion of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students (LANTITE) prior to enrolment in the Internship subject. The test is managed by ACER and details of the test (for example, sample questions, the Test Window dates, and registration) can be found at: https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/. Students are responsible for meeting the costs associated with taking these tests, which are a national requirement applicable to all teaching graduates.

Students must successfully complete all required subjects in the degree and the LANTITE prior to enrolling in the final professional experience subject.

Choose your subjects


Students completing the new course structure i.e. starting from Study Period 1 2014 onwards, will complete three electives.

Students already admitted into the existing course, i.e. up to and including Study Period 4 2013, will complete four electives.

Students can select the elective units in this course from any unit offered through Open Universities Australia. We advise students to contact their course coordinator for advice regarding enrolling in other education courses offered by Curtin as electives units.

The new degree will be rolled out one year at a time, beginning with first year subjects in 2014. In 2014, first year subjects will be the new degree subjects, while all other subjects for second, third and fourth year remain the same. In 2016, first, second and third year subjects will be new degree subjects, and so on until the entire degree will be replaced in 2018. This means that most students who began the degree prior to 2014 will experience no changes to their degree or subjects – they will simply progress through the existing degree as expected. In the event that students need to access subjects from both the old and new degrees (for example, due to study disruptions or crediting from other institutions) then an Individual Study Plan will be created for those students by Curtin University Academic Support Staff.

No student will ever be required to complete more than 28 units plus the final Internship, as all previous subjects completed will always be credited to the student’s degree.