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C10206v5 Bachelor of Education in Primary Education

Award(s): Bachelor of Education in Primary Education (BEd)
UAC code: 600038 (Autumn semester)
CRICOS code: 008763C
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 192
Course EFTSL: 4
Location: Kuring-gai campus

Overview
Course aims
Career options
Admission requirements
Applications
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Honours
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

This course prepares students to teach in schools from kindergarten to Year 6. It is a practice-oriented course that aims to produce high-quality graduates through an integrated program of the latest educational theory, along with professional experience every semester in every year. Students continually develop teaching competence throughout the entire degree by teaching what they learn in professional experience.

This course is designed for students who want the benefit of extensive and diverse professional experience opportunities. Students also study innovative teaching methods in the key learning areas and have a wide choice of electives in which to add depth of study in fields of interest. Students have the opportunity to undertake an international teaching practicum in countries such as China, Thailand or Samoa.

Course aims

The course aims to produce primary school teachers who are reflective in their practice, are able to manage the changing nature of teaching, have well developed interpersonal skills, are keen to put current developments in learning and teaching into practice, and have a commitment to lifelong learning.

Career options

Career options include a primary school teacher (kindergarten to Year 6) in a public or private school locally and internationally. Other options include a curriculum consultant, educational researcher or educator in a community setting such as a hospital, community or migrant education centre.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a writing score of 7.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 584-609 overall with TWE of 5.0, internet based: 94-101 overall with a writing score of 23; or PTE: 65-72; or CAE: 67-73

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Applications

Local students

Local students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre.

International students

International students apply through UTS International.

Assumed knowledge

Competency in English and mathematics is a requirement. To gain employment as primary teachers in NSW schools, students must have achieved: HSC minimum Band 4 in English Advanced, Standard English or English as a Second Language, and HSC General Mathematics minimum Band 4 or completion of Mathematics or Extension Mathematics to an equivalent standard. At UTS, students who do not have the requisite HSC Mathematics are provided with a concurrent pathway to complete an equivalent course in General Mathematics (see www.education.uts.edu.au/students/maths).

Similarly, students who do not demonstrate the requisite HSC English are given a diagnostic English test in first year and their literacy progress is monitored during the course and appropriate assistance given. A literacy test is given in the fourth year of the course.

Course duration and attendance

The course duration is four years of full-time study. The course may also be undertaken at a reduced load, provided it is completed within six years.

Course structure

The course totals 192 credit points of study and has three main streams.

  • Key learning areas: develops student knowledge of the primary school syllabus and builds pedagogical skill in its implementation.
  • Professional experience: builds student knowledge and skill in core aspects of teaching and learning practice, applies that practice in the field, and reflects on it critically in subsequent course elements.
  • Contextual studies: where knowledge of the influences on students, on their evolving sense of themselves and their place in the social and physical world, and on their learning is examined.

Students also study a wide range of electives. Honours is available to meritorious students instead of electives.

Industrial training/professional practice

Students undertake professional experience teaching in schools and/or community settings in every semester, and every year, throughout the degree. This includes a 20-day internship with a teaching and professional learning element. In the third year, an international teaching placement is available in China, Thailand or Samoa.

Course completion requirements

STM90328 Professional Experience 48cp
Select one of the following: 36cp
      CBK90438 Elective36cp 
      STM90572 Honours36cp 
STM90325 Key Learning Areas 78cp
STM90326 Contextual Studies 30cp
Total 192cp

Course program

Example programs are given below for a student commencing in Autumn semester and undertaking the course full time with and without honours.

Full time, without honours
Year 1
Autumn semester
012208 English Education 1 6cp
012217 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education 1 6cp
012220 Visual Arts Education 6cp
012231 Professional Experience 1: Beginning Teaching 6cp
Spring semester
012215 Social and Environmental Education 1 6cp
012219 Music, Movement and Dance 6cp
012222 Child Development 6cp
012232 Professional Experience 2: Developing Classroom Management 6cp
Year 2
Autumn semester
012210 Mathematics Teaching and Learning 1 6cp
012213 Learning in Science and Technology 1 6cp
012223 Research in Learning 6cp
012233 Professional Experience 3: Integrating Learning Technologies 6cp
Spring semester
012209 English Education 2 6cp
012218 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education 2 6cp
012224 Sociology of Education 6cp
012234 Professional Experience 4: Integrating Diverse Contexts in Education 6cp
Year 3
Autumn semester
012216 Social and Environmental Education 2 6cp
012235 Professional Experience 5: Teaching Students with Special Educational Needs 6cp
Select 12 credit points of electives 12cp
Spring semester
012211 Mathematics Teaching and Learning 2 6cp
012214 Learning in Science and Technology 2 6cp
012225 Issues in Indigenous Australian Education 6cp
012236 Professional Experience 6: Programming and Assessing in Education 6cp
Year 4
Autumn semester
Select one of the following: 6cp
      012212 Mathematics Teaching and Learning 36cp 
      012221 Philosophical and Ethical Practice in Education6cp 
012237 Professional Experience 7: Meeting the English Language Needs of Learners 6cp
Select 12 credit points of electives 12cp
Spring semester
Select one of the following: 6cp
      012221 Philosophical and Ethical Practice in Education6cp 
      012212 Mathematics Teaching and Learning 36cp 
012238 Professional Experience 8: Reflecting on Educational Practice 6cp
Select 12 credit points of electives 12cp
Honours stream: Years 3 and 4
Year 3
Autumn semester
012216 Social and Environmental Education 2 6cp
012221 Philosophical and Ethical Practice in Education 6cp
012235 Professional Experience 5: Teaching Students with Special Educational Needs 6cp
023625 Research Seminar 6cp
Spring semester
012211 Mathematics Teaching and Learning 2 6cp
012225 Issues in Indigenous Australian Education 6cp
012236 Professional Experience 6: Programming and Assessing in Education 6cp
015381 Thesis Development and Appraisal 6cp
Year 4
Autumn semester
012212 Mathematics Teaching and Learning 3 6cp
012237 Professional Experience 7: Meeting the English Language Needs of Learners 6cp
023634 Honours Thesis 1 12cp
Spring semester
012214 Learning in Science and Technology 2 6cp
012238 Professional Experience 8: Reflecting on Educational Practice 6cp
023635 Honours Thesis 2 12cp

Honours

Honours is available in the third and fourth years to meritorious students.

Professional recognition

The course provides a teaching qualification recognised by the NSW Department of Education and Training, Independent Schools Association, Catholic Education Office, and is also recognised internationally. Accreditation of the primary teacher education component of the course is through the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES). To gain employment as a teacher in NSW schools, graduates must meet the requirements of the BOSTES, including language proficiency and mathematics (see www.education.uts.edu.au/students/maths).

Other information

Further information is available from UTS: Education at:

www.education.uts.edu.au

Local and current students:
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
Ask UTS www.ask.uts.edu.au

Future international students:
telephone 1800 774 816 (freecall within Australia)
+61 3 9627 4816 (from outside Australia)
www.uts.internationalstudent.info/Register.aspx