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

2021 course information for Domestic Students
2021 course information for International Students

updated 6:03 AM on Tue, 3 August

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR
60
Duration
4 years full-time; 8 years part-time
4 years full-time
Location
Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast, Lismore, Online
Gold Coast, Lismore
Start date
March, July
February, June
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

Make a positive difference in the education and upbringing of the next generation of young people. Our combined degree will qualify you to work with children through their formative years – in early childhood centres and in primary school settings.

Alongside primary education, you’ll explore the principles and pedagogies of teaching in early childhood education and care (ECEC); the development and learning of children across the life span; the role of families and communities in ECEC; your role as an educational leader in ECEC settings; with significant blocks of in-school professional placement.

This course includes a specialisation in English, in addition to the Australian curriculum studies in English; Mathematics; Science and Technology; Human Society and Its Environment; Creative Arts; and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

The block professional teaching experiences, combined with volunteer activities and embedded site visits will provide you with a deep understanding about the role of a teacher. As you will be interacting with children and young people, upon enrolment you will be expected to apply and attain a valid Working with Children Check for your state or territory. See professional experience requirements.

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.

Make a positive difference in the education and upbringing of the next generation of young people. Our combined degree will qualify you to work with children through their formative years – in early childhood centres and in primary school settings.

Alongside primary education, you’ll explore the principles and pedagogies of teaching in early childhood education and care (ECEC); the development and learning of children across the life span; the role of families and communities in ECEC; your role as an educational leader in ECEC settings; with significant blocks of in-school professional placement.

This course includes a specialisation in English, in addition to the Australian curriculum studies in English; Mathematics; Science and Technology; Human Society and Its Environment; Creative Arts; and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

The block professional teaching experiences, combined with volunteer activities and embedded site visits will provide you with a deep understanding about the role of a teacher. As you will be interacting with children and young people, upon enrolment you will be expected to apply and attain a valid Working with Children Check for your state or territory. See professional experience requirements.

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. 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

LocationTeaching period
Coffs HarbourSession  1, Session  2
Gold CoastSession  1, Session  2
LismoreSession  1, Session  2
OnlineSession  1, Session  2

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

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
Gold CoastSession  1, Session  2$26,800 ($3,350 per unit)085927E
LismoreSession  1, Session  2$26,800 ($3,350 per unit)085927E
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

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.

Australian/Domestic students

Coffs Harbour
Gold Coast
Lismore
Online

International students studying in Australia

Gold Coast
Lismore
View domestic application details View international application details

Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

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.

Ask a question

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

TitleNote

Core Units

EDUC1003 -  Foundations for Education
EDUC2009 -  Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities
EDUC6009 -  Education and Indigenous Australians: Ways of Knowing and Being
MATH1002 -  Foundations: Mathematics and Numeracy
EDUC1004 -  Education and Change: The Lifelong Learner
TCHR3007 -  Professional Experience I: Becoming a Teacher Note 1
TCHR3006 -  Professional Experience III: Transition to the Profession Note 1

Primary Major

EDUC2014 -  Mathematics Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy I
EDUC3012 -  Mathematics: Curriculum Pedagogy II
CLST1002 -  HSIE: The Universe Next Door
EDUC2013 -  Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and Pedagogy
SCIN1003 -  Foundations: Science and Technology
EDUC3013 -  Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy
CRTV1001 -  Creativity and the Arts
EDUC2011 -  Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy
HLTH1002 -  PDHPE: Mind, Body and Soul
EDUC2015 -  Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy

Primary Specialisation

Early Childhood Major

TCHR1002 -  Play and Pedagogies in the Early Years
TCHR1001 -  Early Childhood Principles and Practice
TCHR2002 -  Children, Families and Communities
TCHR2003 -  Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood
TCHR3001 -  Early Childhood Matters
TCHR3004 -  Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood
TCHR5004 -  Education and Care I: Preschoolers Note 1
TCHR3003 -  Education and Care II: Infants and Toddlers Note 1


Course progressions

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

TitleNote
Year 1, Session 1
ENGL1005 -  Foundations: Language & Literacy
EDUC1003 -  Foundations for Education
MATH1002 -  Foundations: Mathematics and Numeracy
CRTV1001 -  Foundations: The Arts
Year 1, Session 2
ENGL1004 -  Foundations: English
CLST1002 -  Foundations: Human Society and its Environments
HLTH1002 -  Foundations: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
SCIN1003 -  Foundations: Science and Technology
Year 2, Session 1
EDUC2012 -  English Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy
EDUC2014 -  Mathematics Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy
EDUC1004 -  Understanding Children and Young People
TCHR1002 -  Play and Pedagogies in the Early Years
Year 2, Session 2
TCHR3007 -  Professional Experience I: Becoming a Teacher Note 1
EDUC2010 -  Literacy, Assessment and Information & Communication Technology
TCHR2002 -  Children, Families and Communities
TCHR1001 -  Early Childhood Principles and Practice
Year 3, Session 1
EDUC2013 -  Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and Pedagogy
TCHR2003 -  Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood
TCHR5004 -  Education and Care I: Preschoolers Note 1
EDUC2015 -  Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy
Year 3, Session 2
EDUC3011 -  English Education: Issues
EDUC2011 -  Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy
EDUC3012 -  Mathematics Education: Issues
TCHR3008 -  Professional Experience II: Effective Teaching Note 1
Year 4, Session 1
EDUC2009 -  Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities
EDUC3013 -  Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy
TCHR3001 -  Early Childhood Matters
TCHR3006 -  Professional Experience III: Transition to the Profession Note 1
Year 4, Session 2
EDUC6009 -  Education and Indigenous Australians: Ways of Knowing and Being
TCHR3004 -  Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood
TCHR3003 -  Education and Care II: Infants and Toddlers Note 1
Select one University-wide Elective Unit

TitleNote
Year 1, Session 2
ENGL1004 -  Foundations: English
CLST1002 -  Foundations: Human Society and its Environments
HLTH1002 -  Foundations: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
SCIN1003 -  Foundations: Science and Technology
Year 2, Session 1
ENGL1005 -  Foundations: Language & Literacy
MATH1002 -  Foundations: Mathematics and Numeracy
EDUC1003 -  Foundations for Education
CRTV1001 -  Foundations: The Arts
Year 2, Session 2
EDUC1004 -  Understanding Children and Young People
EDUC2010 -  Literacy, Assessment and Information & Communication Technology
TCHR1001 -  Early Childhood Principles and Practice
Year 3, Session 1
EDUC2014 -  Mathematics Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy
EDUC2012 -  English Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy
TCHR1002 -  Play and Pedagogies in the Early Years
TCHR3007 -  Professional Experience I: Becoming a Teacher Note 1
Year 3, Session 2
TCHR3004 -  Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood
EDUC2011 -  Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy
TCHR2002 -  Children, Families and Communities
TCHR3008 -  Professional Experience II: Effective Teaching Note 1
Year 4, Session 1
TCHR2003 -  Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood
EDUC2015 -  Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy
EDUC2013 -  Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and Pedagogy
TCHR5004 -  Education and Care I: Preschoolers Note 1
Year 4, Session 2
EDUC6009 -  Education and Indigenous Australians: Ways of Knowing and Being
EDUC3011 -  English Education: Issues
EDUC3012 -  Mathematics Education: Issues
TCHR3003 -  Education and Care II: Infants and Toddlers Note 1
Year 5, Study Period 1
EDUC2009 -  Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities
Year 5, Session 1
EDUC3013 -  Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy
Select one University-wide Elective Unit
TCHR3001 -  Early Childhood Matters
TCHR3006 -  Professional Experience III: Transition to the Profession Note 1


Notes

Note 1: This unit involves a professional experience placement.

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