Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary/Early Childhood)

2020 course information for Domestic Students
2020 course information for International Students

updated 3:27 PM on Wed, 21 April

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR/OP
N/A
Duration
4 years full-time; 8 years part-time
4 years full-time
Location
Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast, Lismore, Online
Start date
March, July
Course code
3207313
Course abbreviation
BA/BEd(Prim&EC)
Credit points
384
Equivalent units
32
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

It takes a special kind of educator to work with children in their first years of life and schooling. However, the rewards are many as you make a positive difference in the education and upbringing of the next generation of young people.

Our combined degree prepares you to work with children through their formative years. You'll explore inclusive education, the development and learning of children, and the importance of lifelong learning with significant blocks of in-school professional placement.

You complete core studies in both early childhood and primary teaching with discipline and curriculum studies in English; Mathematics; Human Society and Its Environment; Science and Technology; Creative Arts; and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

As a graduate, you will be qualified as an early childhood educator and a primary school teacher in Queensland and New South Wales. Please note your application must include a personal statement outlining your non-academic capabilities. See education non-academic requirements.

It takes a special kind of educator to work with children in their first years of life and schooling. However, the rewards are many as you make a positive difference in the education and upbringing of the next generation of young people.

Our combined degree prepares you to work with children through their formative years. You'll explore inclusive education, the development and learning of children, and the importance of lifelong learning with significant blocks of in-school professional placement.

You complete core studies in both early childhood and primary teaching with discipline and curriculum studies in English; Mathematics; Human Society and Its Environment; Science and Technology; Creative Arts; and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

As a graduate, you will be qualified as an early childhood educator and a primary school teacher in Queensland and New South Wales. Please note your application must include a personal statement outlining your non-academic capabilities. See education non-academic requirements.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

  1. Applicants for admission to candidature at a New South Wales campus of Southern Cross University must have satisfied requirements specified by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for admission to an initial teacher education course that is approved for the purposes of enabling graduates to apply for registration as a teacher in New South Wales, including: i) satisfactory completion of the UAC or QTAC non-academic entry requirement test.
  2. Applicants for admission to candidature at a Queensland campus of Southern Cross University must have satisfied requirements specified by the Queensland College of Teachers for admission to an initial teacher education course that is approved for the purposes of enabling graduates to apply for registration as a teacher in Queensland, including: i) satisfactory completion of the UAC or QTAC non-academic entry requirement test.
  3. To meet the University’s minimum English Language Proficiency requirement an applicant must satisfy one of the following criteria:
    1. have completed senior secondary study to the equivalent of the Australian year 12 or have completed at least one year of full-time study (or equivalent part-time study) at AQF diploma equivalent or higher where:
      1. the country where those studies were undertaken is listed in Schedule A of the Rules Relating to Awards – Rule 2; and
      2. the language of instruction was English; or
    2. achieved a minimum test score, within two (2) years of the date of application for admission, equal to or above the minimum listed below:
      1. International English Language Test System (IELTS). The applicant must have a minimum overall score of 7.5, including a minimum result of 8.0 in both the speaking and listening modules and 7.0 in reading and writing; or
      2. International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR). The applicant must have a score of at least 4+ in each of the four areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
    3. successfully completed SCU’s Preparing for Success Program.
    For the purposes of satisfying English Language Proficiency requirements for admission, applicants will only be considered on the above criteria and will not be considered on the basis of other criteria established by the Rules Relating to Awards – Rule 2, Section 1 – English Language Proficiency Subsection.

Credit for prior learning

  1. Candidates who have completed an accredited Primary School teaching qualification may be granted advanced standing for up to twenty-four (24) units.
  2. Candidates may only be granted advanced standing for one (1) Early Childhood Professional Experience unit.
  3. Applicants to this award cannot be granted advanced standing for a Certificate I, Certificate II or Certificate III.

CountryScore
Austria AMC3.3
Bangladesh HSC3.8
Brazil SSLC8.4
Canada High School OSSD52
Chile PSU6.3, overall 650-699
China Gao Kao455
Colombia CB (NAT)83, plus 300-349
Denmark USSLE6.4
France FB11
German Abitur3.8
Hong Kong HKDSE15
India Higher Secondary School Certificate (best 4)9.0, 70%
Indonesia SMA8.4
International Baccalaureate25
Japan USSLC4.1
Korea, Republic of, CSAT4.1
Malaysia ICSSUEC73
Malaysia STPM6
Nepal Higher Secondary Education Certificate77
Nepal Proficiency Certificate84
Norway GPA2
Pakistan HSSC33
Papua New Guinea HSC (best 5)4.1
Peru OCSE17.2
Phillipines NSAT90
Russia FCCSE4.4
Saudi Arabia MESSLC84
Singapore SCGCE16
Spain SSSD8.4
Sri Lanka GCE5
Sweden SSLC1.9
Taiwan GSAT55
Thailand CSE52, GPA 2.1
Turkey HSD4.1
UK Board GCE A Levels14
USA SAT & ACTSAT 1430, ACT 21
Vietnam (in 4 subjects)8.4

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall Score7.5
Reading7.0
Writing7.0
Listening8.0
Speaking8.0

About the course

You will complete both a Primary and an Early Childhood major.

The Primary major equips you for a career teaching in primary schools and includes studies in areas of teaching and learning, behaviour management, childhood development, and curriculum studies in English; Mathematics; Human Society and Its Environment; Science and Technology; Creative Arts; and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

The Early Childhood major includes studies in early childhood development; teaching principles and practices; play and pedagogies; and units that target early childhood professional development such as leadership, advocacy and issues in early childhood education. 

All students need to successfully complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) prior to undertaking the first professional experience placement.

Please note: Some units in this course are only delivered online.

Domestic students

LocationSession
Coffs Harbour1, 2
Gold Coast1, 2
Lismore1, 2
Online1, 2

Some units are only delivered online. Online students may also be required to attend on-campus workshops.

International students

Some units are only delivered online. 

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Applications are not available for 2020. Please select a different year above or see Course Options for courses currently offered.

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Why choose SCU?

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Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

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Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Demonstrate analytical thinking, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills which show broad understanding and depth relevant to the education profession.

Demonstrate an ability to identify and solve problems with intellectual independence.

Demonstrate an ability to develop innovative and creative responses to challenges in an educational setting.

Demonstrate knowledge of ethical, legal and human rights principles in education settings.

Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to legislative requirements and codes of conduct relevant to the education profession.

Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge and understanding of the relevant curriculum frameworks.

Demonstrate a solid knowledge of the pedagogy of effective educational practice.

Demonstrate the capacity for self-reflective learning and critical thinking with responsibility and accountability in professional practice.

Demonstrate skills in maintaining or advancing information and literacy skills to keep currency with pedagogical practice and professional development.

Communicate clearly, coherently and independently with exposition of knowledge and ideas in both oral and written forms.

Demonstrate teamwork skills and leadership in professional and learning community settings.

Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for diversity in others and self identify and apply proactive and inclusive strategies to encourage and support student engagement.


Assessment methods

Most units have two or three assessment tasks, which may include a mix of essays, presentations, journals, portfolios, online discussions, quizzes, learning stories, role plays, an assessment of the student's professional experience, and end-of-semester examinations.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

Dual qualification: early childhood educator in childcare centres, preschools and other early childhood services; and primary school teacher. 

Professional placement

You complete a program of in-school professional teaching experiences during the course, culminating in an extended in-school development experience, to demonstrate your capabilities as a primary school and early childhood teacher. This course provides you with teaching experiences across the age range from six-weeks to 12-years-old.

Professional recognition

This course is currently undergoing its five-year reaccreditation with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) for national accreditation through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

This course is currently undergoing reaccreditation with the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

Usually, Australian teacher qualifications are recognised internationally, but students need to check with potential employers and teacher registration authorities in other countries regarding accreditation requirements.

All Initial Teacher Education students across Australia need to successfully complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE). At Southern Cross University the test needs to be successfully completed prior to undertaking the first professional experience placement.

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Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary/Early Childhood) students must complete the equivalent of 32 units (384 credit points), comprising:

Permission to undertake a professional experience placement will at all times be at the discretion of the Head of School.

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with the Bachelor of Educational Studies after completing the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points).

Students may be eligible to exit with the Associate Degree of Educational Studies after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points).

Students may be eligible to exit with the Diploma of Educational Studies after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points).

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access and Inclusion website. If you have a disability or health condition which may impact on your ability to meet these requirements please refer to the Student Access and Inclusion website for further information and contact details.


Course structure


Schedule of units

TitleLevel of learningNote

Core Units

EDU71002 -  Foundations for EducationIntroductory
EDU10712 -  Supporting Learners with Diverse AbilitiesIntermediate
EDU83003 -  Inclusive TeachingAdvanced
MAT10002 -  Foundations: Mathematics and NumeracyIntroductory
EDU10514 -  Understanding Children and Young PeopleIntroductory
TCH10014 -  Professional Experience I: Becoming a TeacherIntroductory
TCH30002 -  Professional Experience III: Transition to the ProfessionAdvanced

Primary Major

EDU20009 -  Mathematics Education: Curriculum and PedagogyIntermediate
EDU30005 -  Mathematics Education: IssuesAdvanced
HUM10001 -  Foundations: Human Society and its EnvironmentsIntroductory
EDU20008 -  Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and PedagogyIntermediate
SCI10003 -  Foundations: Science and TechnologyIntroductory
EDU30006 -  Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and PedagogyAdvanced
CAR10003 -  Foundations: The ArtsIntroductory
EDU20006 -  Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and PedagogyIntroductory
HEA10003 -  Foundations: Personal Development, Health and Physical EducationIntroductory
EDU20010 -  Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and PedagogyIntermediate

Primary Specialisation

Early Childhood Major

TCH10515 -  Play and Pedagogies in the Early YearsIntroductory
TCH10517 -  Early Childhood Principles and PracticeIntroductory
TCH20002 -  Children, Families and CommunitiesIntermediate
TCH20003 -  Curriculum Studies in Early ChildhoodIntermediate
TCH10518 -  Early Childhood MattersAdvanced
TCH10519 -  Leadership and Advocacy in Early ChildhoodAdvanced
TCH10521 -  Education and Care I: PreschoolersIntroductory
TCH10522 -  Education and Care II: Infants and ToddlersAdvanced


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

TitleLevel of learningNote
Year 1, Session 1
ENG10010 -  Foundations: Language & LiteracyIntroductory
EDU71002 -  Foundations for EducationIntroductory
MAT10002 -  Foundations: Mathematics and NumeracyIntroductory
CAR10003 -  Foundations: The ArtsIntroductory
Year 1, Session 2
ENG10004 -  Foundations: EnglishIntroductory
HUM10001 -  Foundations: Human Society and its EnvironmentsIntroductory
HEA10003 -  Foundations: Personal Development, Health and Physical EducationIntroductory
SCI10003 -  Foundations: Science and TechnologyIntroductory
Year 2, Session 1
EDU20007 -  English Education: Curriculum and PedagogyIntermediate
EDU20009 -  Mathematics Education: Curriculum and PedagogyIntermediate
EDU10514 -  Understanding Children and Young PeopleIntroductory
TCH10515 -  Play and Pedagogies in the Early YearsIntroductory
Year 2, Session 2
TCH10014 -  Professional Experience I: Becoming a TeacherIntroductory Note 1
EDU20001 -  Literacy, Assessment and Information & Communication TechnologyIntermediate
TCH20002 -  Children, Families and CommunitiesIntermediate
TCH10517 -  Early Childhood Principles and PracticeIntroductory
Year 3, Session 1
EDU20008 -  Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and PedagogyIntermediate
TCH20003 -  Curriculum Studies in Early ChildhoodIntermediate
TCH10521 -  Education and Care I: PreschoolersIntroductory Note 1
EDU20010 -  Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and PedagogyIntermediate
Year 3, Session 2
EDU30004 -  English Education: IssuesAdvanced
EDU20006 -  Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and PedagogyIntroductory
EDU30005 -  Mathematics Education: IssuesAdvanced
TCH20001 -  Professional Experience II: Effective TeachingIntermediate Note 1
Year 4, Session 1
EDU10712 -  Supporting Learners with Diverse AbilitiesIntermediate
EDU30006 -  Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and PedagogyAdvanced
TCH10518 -  Early Childhood MattersAdvanced
TCH30002 -  Professional Experience III: Transition to the ProfessionAdvanced Note 1
Year 4, Session 2
EDU83003 -  Inclusive TeachingAdvanced
TCH10519 -  Leadership and Advocacy in Early ChildhoodAdvanced
TCH10522 -  Education and Care II: Infants and ToddlersAdvanced Note 1
EDU73002 -  Leadership in Primary SchoolsAdvanced

TitleLevel of learningNote
Year 1, Session 2
ENG10004 -  Foundations: EnglishIntroductory
HUM10001 -  Foundations: Human Society and its EnvironmentsIntroductory
HEA10003 -  Foundations: Personal Development, Health and Physical EducationIntroductory
SCI10003 -  Foundations: Science and TechnologyIntroductory
Year 2, Session 1
ENG10010 -  Foundations: Language & LiteracyIntroductory
MAT10002 -  Foundations: Mathematics and NumeracyIntroductory
EDU71002 -  Foundations for EducationIntroductory
CAR10003 -  Foundations: The ArtsIntroductory
Year 2, Session 2
EDU10514 -  Understanding Children and Young PeopleIntroductory
EDU20001 -  Literacy, Assessment and Information & Communication TechnologyIntermediate
TCH10517 -  Early Childhood Principles and PracticeIntroductory
Year 3, Session 1
EDU20009 -  Mathematics Education: Curriculum and PedagogyIntermediate
EDU20007 -  English Education: Curriculum and PedagogyIntermediate
TCH10515 -  Play and Pedagogies in the Early YearsIntroductory
TCH10014 -  Professional Experience I: Becoming a TeacherIntroductory Note 1
Year 3, Session 2
TCH10519 -  Leadership and Advocacy in Early ChildhoodAdvanced
EDU20006 -  Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and PedagogyIntroductory
TCH20002 -  Children, Families and CommunitiesIntermediate
TCH20001 -  Professional Experience II: Effective TeachingIntermediate Note 1
Year 4, Session 1
TCH20003 -  Curriculum Studies in Early ChildhoodIntermediate
EDU20010 -  Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and PedagogyIntermediate
EDU20008 -  Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and PedagogyIntermediate
TCH10521 -  Education and Care I: PreschoolersIntroductory Note 1
Year 4, Session 2
EDU83003 -  Inclusive TeachingAdvanced
EDU30004 -  English Education: IssuesAdvanced
EDU30005 -  Mathematics Education: IssuesAdvanced
TCH10522 -  Education and Care II: Infants and ToddlersAdvanced Note 1
Year 5, Study Period 1
EDU10712 -  Supporting Learners with Diverse AbilitiesIntermediate
Year 5, Session 1
EDU30006 -  Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and PedagogyAdvanced
EDU73002 -  Leadership in Primary SchoolsAdvanced
TCH10518 -  Early Childhood MattersAdvanced
TCH30002 -  Professional Experience III: Transition to the ProfessionAdvanced Note 1


Notes

Note 1: This unit involves a practicum.

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