Bachelor of Education

2022 course information for Domestic Students
2022 course information for International Students

updated 6:02 AM on Fri, 16 July

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
Start date
March, July
Course code
3007002
Course abbreviation
BEd
Credit points
384
Equivalent units
32
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
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Course overview

The Bachelor of Education is a gateway degree to work as a registered teacher. First year is a foundational year with a solid grounding in literacy, numeracy and subject content, as well as issues in contemporary education. Students choose a specialisation depending on which age groups they wish to teach. 

Graduates will either be qualified as a primary or secondary teacher, a combined primary/secondary teacher or as a primary/early childhood teacher, depending on the specialisation chosen.

In the Secondary teaching area, students choose teaching subjects from a wide range, or may choose to specialise as a Technology 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. See professional experience requirements for details.

Please note admission to this course includes non-academic requirements.

The Bachelor of Education is a gateway degree to work as a registered teacher. First year is a foundational year with a solid grounding in literacy, numeracy and subject content, as well as issues in contemporary education. Students choose a specialisation depending on which age groups they wish to teach. 

Graduates will either be qualified as a primary or secondary teacher, a combined primary/secondary teacher or as a primary/early childhood teacher, depending on the specialisation chosen.

In the Secondary teaching area, students choose teaching subjects from a wide range, or may choose to specialise as a Technology 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. See professional experience requirements for details.

Please note admission to this course includes 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
    1. 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
    1. satisfactory completion of the UAC or QTAC non-academic entry requirement test.

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 Rules Relating to Awards – Rule 2, Section 2 – English Language Proficiency Requirements 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 2 – English Language Proficiency Requirements.

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 Score or equivalent7.5
Reading7.0
Writing7.0
Listening8.0
Speaking8.0

About the course

Students select one area of specialisation. This will determine career outcomes:

Early Childhood/Primary

For teaching in both early childhood settings and primary schools.

Primary

For teaching in primary schools from kindergarten to year 6. Includes an approved compulsory English Primary Specialisation with opportunities for an approved Specialisation in Mathematics or Science.

Primary/Secondary

For teaching in both primary schools and in secondary schools in one subject. Includes a compulsory English Primary Specialisation.

Secondary

In this specialisation, you choose two teaching subjects from the full range of secondary subjects.

Technology

In this specialisation you choose from either Design and Technology or Food and Fibre and a second teaching area from a range of subjects.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Coffs HarbourTerm  1, Term  3
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3
LismoreTerm  1, Term  3
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3

International students

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

STAR Early Offer

If you're a current Year 12 student you can register for our STAR Early Offer program and may be eligible to receive an early offer based on your School Principal's recommendation. STAR Early Offers must be undertaken in Session 1.

Apply for your STAR Early Offer
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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 and critical skills to transform and disrupt thinking in educational contexts.

Demonstrate an understanding of diverse ways of knowing and learning in educational contexts to inform connected and compassionate ways of teaching.

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

Demonstrate an ability to develop innovative and creative responses to local and global challenges in educational contexts.

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 disciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary understandings in relation to curriculum content and frameworks.

Demonstrate and apply pedagogical principles for effective assessment practices and supportive learning environments.

Demonstrate the capacity for self-reflective learning, integrity and accountability in professional practice.

Demonstrate ability in maintaining literacy and numeracy 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.

Demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of the impacts of culture, cultural identity and linguistic background on the education of the students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.


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

Depending on the teaching areas chosen, graduates may work in early childhood settings, primary or secondary schools. Combined specialisations in early childhood/primary and primary/secondary allow for teaching across a wider range of age groups.

Professional placement

You’ll complete a substantial program of professional teaching experiences as part of your degree, enabling you to apply your theoretical knowledge in real-world educational settings.

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.

Professional recognition

This course is pending accreditation from the NSW Education Standards Authority and nationally through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.  The Early Childhood/Primary specialisation is pending accreditation from the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority. 

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students

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International future
students

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Current
students

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Course requirements

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

Permission to undertake a professional experience placement requires meeting all academic and non-academic requirements as stipulated by the University and relevant accreditation bodies.

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with a Bachelor of Educational Studies after completing the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points) comprising 8 core units and 16 specialisation units.

Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Educational Studies after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points), comprising 6 core units and 10 specialisation units.

Students may be eligible to exit with the Diploma of Interdisciplinary Studies after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points) comprising 4 core units and 4 specialisation units.

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 Note 2
ENGL1005 -  Foundations: Language & Literacy Note 3, Note 6
MATH1002 -  Foundations: Mathematics and Numeracy Note 4
EDUC1006 -  Interdisciplinary Studies: Crossing the Line Note 2, Note 4, Note 5
EDUC1004 -  Understanding Children and Young People
EDUC2024 -  Education and Practice: Ways of Teaching and Learning Note 2
EDUC3023 -  Education for Inclusion and Diversity: The Responsive Teacher
EDUC6009 -  Education and Indigenous Australians: Ways of Knowing and Being
EDUC2020 -  Education and ICT: Digital Disruptions Note 5
EDUC3024 -  Education and the Environment: More than Human Note 5
EDUC3025 -  Education for Impact: Into and Beyond the Profession
Specialisations

Early Childhood/Primary Specialisation

TitleNote
TCHR2007 -  Professional Experience: Early Childhood I Note 1
TCHR2004 -  Professional Experience I - Primary Note 1
TCHR2005 -  Professional Experience II - Primary Note 1
TCHR3010 -  Professional Experience: Early Childhood IV Note 1
TCHR3009 -  Professional Experience IV - Primary Note 1
EDUC2014 -  Mathematics Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy
EDUC3012 -  Mathematics Education: Issues
EDUC2013 -  Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and Pedagogy
EDUC3013 -  Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy
EDUC2011 -  Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy
EDUC2015 -  Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy
EDUC2012 -  English Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Note 6
EDUC3011 -  English Education: Issues Note 6
SCIN1003 -  Foundations: Science and Technology
CLST1002 -  Foundations: Human Society and its Environments
CRTV1001 -  Foundations: The Arts
HLTH1002 -  Foundations: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
ENGL1004 -  Foundations: English Note 6
TCHR2002 -  Children, Families and Communities
TCHR1002 -  Play and Pedagogies in the Early Years
TCHR1001 -  Early Childhood Principles and Practice
TCHR2003 -  Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood
TCHR3001 -  Early Childhood Matters
TCHR3004 -  Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood
TCHR2008 -  Theory to practice: Competency and Capability of Preschoolers
TCHR2010 -  Theory to Practice: Education and Care for Infants and Toddlers

Primary Specialisation

TitleNote
TCHR2004 -  Professional Experience I - Primary Note 1
TCHR2005 -  Professional Experience II - Primary Note 1
TCHR2006 -  Professional Experience III - Primary Note 1
TCHR3009 -  Professional Experience IV - Primary Note 1
EDUC2014 -  Mathematics Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Note 4
EDUC3012 -  Mathematics Education: Issues Note 4
EDUC2013 -  Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and Pedagogy
EDUC3013 -  Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Note 5
EDUC2011 -  Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy
EDUC2015 -  Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy
EDUC2012 -  English Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Note 3, Note 6
EDUC3011 -  English Education: Issues Note 3, Note 6
EDUC3026 -  Interdisciplinary Studies of Language and Literature Note 3
ENGL1004 -  Foundations: English Note 3, Note 6
SCIN1003 -  Foundations: Science and Technology Note 5
CLST1002 -  Foundations: Human Society and its Environments
CRTV1001 -  Foundations: The Arts
HLTH1002 -  Foundations: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
DSGN1010 -  Digital Technologies: Principles and Processes Note 4, Note 5
EDUC2021 -  Storylines: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Note 3
AND, choose ONE (1) of the following units for a NESA Approved Primary Specialisation:
EDUC3027 -  Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Context Note 4
EDUC3028 -  Teaching and Learning Science and Technology in Context Note 5
OR, do the following two units. Note 7
EDUC3016 -  Interdisciplinary Studies of History and Time
EDUC3015 -  The Arts: Extending Practice and Pedagogy
AND, student who are undertaking an additional NESA primary specialisation choose 4 elective units. All other students complete 3 electives.

Primary/Secondary Specialisation

And choose one Primary/Secondary First Teaching Area from the following

Secondary Specialisation

Secondary first Teaching Subjects

Choose ONE first Teaching Subject from the following:

Secondary second Teaching Subjects

AND Choose an additional secondary teaching area which can be: another first teaching area from the list above OR a Second teaching area from the list below.

Technology Secondary Specialisation

Technology Secondary Specialisation - Additional Teaching Areas

AND Choose two additional Technology Teaching Areas from the list below:

Electives

TitleNote
Students may have the opportunity to choose elective units and can choose to undertake both of the research units below or select additional Education units or any University unit for which they have the prerequisites.
EDUC6018 -  Teachers as Researchers I
EDUC6019 -  Teachers as Researchers II
Students undertaking multiple secondary first teaching areas may be required by to complete the following Secondary Advanced Curriculum and Pedagogy units (eg Biology and Chemistry, Modern History and Geography).
EDUC2016 -  Advanced Secondary Curriculum Pedagogy I
EDUC3014 -  Advanced Secondary Curriculum Pedagogy II


Notes

Note 1: This unit involves a professional experience placement.
Note 2: This unit involves observation days.
Note 3: NESA Approved English Primary Specialisation.
Note 4: NESA Approved Mathematics Primary Specialisation unit.
Note 5: NESA Approved Science and Technology Primary Specialisation unit.
Note 6: AITSL Primary Specialisation in English (for Early Childhood/Primary and Primary/Secondary Specialisations).
Note 7: This is NOT a NESA approved Primary Specialisation

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