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The Bachelor of Education professional upgrade enables qualified primary teachers who are eligible for admission, the opportunity to upgrade their existing qualification to the same status as Southern Cross University’s four year undergraduate Bachelor of Education (Primary).
This course is designed to assist graduates advance in the teaching profession.
Students need to check with potential employers and other teacher registration authorities in other states and territories regarding accreditation requirements.
In-school teaching experiences are not normally part of this course because it is designed specifically for practising teachers to upgrade their existing qualification. However, students whose teaching qualification was gained more than five years ago, and who have little or no recent teaching experience in a primary school, may be required to complete a professional experience unit and its associated in-school practicum.
A range of education-based units is available to study in this course.
To qualify for the Bachelor of Education (professional upgrade) normally a total of 96 credit points (usually 8 units) must be completed. However, students whose teaching qualification was gained more than five years ago, and who have little or no recent teaching experience in a Primary school, may be required to complete additional units.
Please note that some units may not be available at each location. Unit availabilities are published for each study period and vary from year to year. Please contact the School for further information.
The Bachelor of Education (Primary) - 4th Year Upgrade is a subset of the Bachelor of Education (Primary). For course rules and units, please refer to the Bachelor of Education (Primary).
|Distance Education||Session 1|
Southern Cross Drive, Bilinga
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
May be completed in a shorter duration subject to unit availabilities in Session 3.
May take longer than the specified duration depending on the student’s existing teaching experience and recommended study plan by the Course Coordinator.
|Fees and Charges||• Domestic fees
• Additional fee information
|Admission, Enrolment and General Enquiries||www.scu.edu.au/enquiries|
|Further Information||Ph: 1800 626 481
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* Additional units may be recommended for selected students to meet teacher registration requirements.
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Discussion forums, tutor contact, all units are delivered online. However, students whose teaching qualification was gained more than five years ago, and who have little or no recent Primary teaching experience may be required to complete some units on campus at Lismore, Coffs Harbour or the Gold Coast.
MySCU is a student’s point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.
The web-based program Blackboard Collaborate delivers advanced on-line learning environments for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces and classrooms. They can share files, presentations, and applications. If the session is recorded, students can view it afterwards.
Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and books of readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.
The SCU library provides a wide range of services including librarian assistance, print and electronic resources, a document delivery service, catalogues, databases, ebooks, ereadings, and full-text journal literature.
The Academic Skills Development team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.
The assessment methods vary from unit to unit. Most units use progressive assessment with marks typically allocated across a combination of tasks which are due at different times during the study period and sometimes include an end of period examination. Students are advised of assessment requirements for each unit, including clear guidelines, due dates, and the weighting for each assessment, at the commencement of each study period.
All enrolled students in Australia have borrowing rights to the university's considerable library collection and access to full-text online journals.
Applicants need to have an approved Primary teaching qualification.
The following applications to study can be made online, directly to SCU:
Online applications for the Bachelor of Education (Primary) - 4th Year Upgrade involve four key steps:
Once registered you can exit and return to your application at any time.
Pre-requisite Year 12 subjects
There are no pre-requisite subjects required for this course.
At Southern Cross University, your previous study or work experience may help you cut time off your degree.
We recommend that you apply for advance standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount and type of credit awarded will determine your study plan.
For more details and how to apply please visit the Advanced Standing website.