The Honours program in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) and Bachelor of Technology Education courses is an intense and exciting research program. It enables students to
- extend the depth of their Education degree
- enhance their career pathways
- develop a basis for gaining entry into the PhD program.
The best Education students will be admitted to the Honours program. Upon successful completion, they will have an excellent chance of being admitted to a PhD program through the School of Education. Some Honours graduates may also be able to obtain scholarships for their PhD studies. For details pertaining to the School's research portfolio see the education and teaching research page.
Honours students in the School of Education will be regarded as budding researchers where they will contribute significantly to the research culture in the School. Through completion of the Honours degree, students will:
- acquire an understanding of various research methods in the field of education
- demonstrate content mastery in relation to a substantive issue or problem domain within the field of education
- demonstrate a capacity to design, frame, conduct and report a small-scale inquiry in the field of education.
Course Structure of the Honours Program
The Honours program in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) and Bachelor of Technology Education courses is an embedded program. It requires the completion of three Honours units. To receive the award of a BEd (Primary) or a BTech Ed with Honours, a candidate must successfully complete the three units of study below, one of which is double-weighted and requires the development of an Honours thesis of 8,000 – 10,000 words.
- EDU01550 Understanding Educational Research (12 credit point value)
- EDU10172 Extended Education Project (24 credit point value)
A supervisor will work with students in conceptualising and developing the Honours thesis as well as providing advice and guidance in other issues related to the Honours program. Students should maintain regular contact with their supervisor to ensure that work on the thesis component is completed at a consistent pace throughout the program.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I choose a supervisor?
Your supervisor must be a permanent member of academic staff. Please check with the Honours Coordinator before selecting a supervisor that the person is a permanent staff member.
There may also be opportunities available to join existing Projects within the School of Education and/or co-located Research Centre (Centre for Children & Young People).
How do I know what topic to choose for a thesis?
Where should I go for advice during my Honours candidature?
Can I make changes to my Honours units?
Can I discontinue Honours?
What happens if I fail a coursework unit?
What happens if I fail the thesis component?
How do I apply for a thesis extension?
Dr Amy Cutter-Mackenzie
School of Education Honours Coordinator & Director of Research
Professor (in Sustainability, Environment & Education)
T: (Office): +61 2 6626 9268
M: +61 (0)418 713 758
Updated: 20 May 2013