Bachelor of Education (Primary)

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Inspire our next generation in this professional qualification to teach in a primary school with children aged five to twelve-years. With a program offering extensive professional experiences at schools throughout the four-year program and mandatory units in Indigenous education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Special Education.



This comprehensive program will set you up to be an accredited primary school teacher in secondary schools in NSW, Australia and overseas.

Course outline

Study plan

Year 1

Semester 1CPEDUF1018 Education, Teachers and Teaching6

EDUP1002 English, Literacy and Learning6

EDUP1004 Science Concepts 16

1 Junior Arts, Science or Business elective6

Semester 2CPEDUF1019 Human Development and Education6

EDUP1001 Creative Arts 16

EDUP1003 Mathematics and Numeracy6

1 Junior Arts, Science or Business elective6

Year 2

Semester 1CPEDUF2006 Educational Psychology6

EDUP2007 Creative Arts 26

EDUP2002 English: Learning to be Literate4

EDUP2004 PDHPE 1: Physical Activity4

EDUP2006 Indigenous Australian Education4

Semester 2CPEDUF2007 Social Perspectives on Education6

EDUP2008 Science Concepts 26

EDUP2005 Mathematics Education 1: Early Number4

EDUP2009 Intercultural Understanding in HSIE K-64

EDUP2010 Professional Experiences 2 (Primary)4

Year 3

Semester 1CPEDUF3031 Positive Approaches to Special Education6

EDUP3001 PDHPE 2: Active and Healthy Primary Schools4

EDUP3002 Human Society and its Environment 24

EDUP3003 Teaching in Multilingual Classrooms4

EDUP3008 Creative Arts 34

Semester 2CPEDUF4044 Reading and Applying Educational Research (or EDUF4020 Education Honours Preliminary)6

EDUP3004 Mathematics Education 24

EDUP3006 English: Becoming Literate4

EDUP3007 Professional Experiences 3 (Primary)4

EDUP3009 Science and Technology 14

EDUP3034 PDHPE 3: The Health Promoting School4

Year 4

Semester 1CPEDUP4018 Science and Technology (K-6) 24

EDUP4074 Mathematics Education 34

EDUP4076 English: Being Critically Literate4

EDUP4079 Professional Experiences 4 (Primary)4

Primary IV Option Unit of Study4

Education III Option Unit of Study6

Semester 2CPEDUP4017 Professional Experiences Internship4

EDUP4077 Teaching Children with Special Needs4

EDUP4080 Human Society and its Environment 34

Primary IV Option Unit of Study4

Education III Option Unit of Study (or EDUF4021 Education Honours Dissertation)6

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is undertaken full-time over four years. Students enrol in 48 credit points per year. Students study all key learning areas (KLAs) of the primary curriculum, English, mathematics, creative arts, science, PDHPE and HSIE with additional areas such as TESOL, Indigenous education, ICT and special education. Students are introduced to teaching by observing and interacting with small groups in first year. This will later expand to include patterns of classroom interaction, teacher-developed curriculum materials and whole school activities. The expectation is that by the final professional experience placement in year four, a student teacher is fully competent to teach without close supervision.

Majors

What is a major?

There are no majors in this degree. Instead, we offer general units in child development and learning, education and professional studies, specialist studies in Key Learning Areas (eg language, arts, mathematics, health and wellbeing, science). Units in the humanities, sciences and social sciences are offered by the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences and Science, and the Business School.

Further course information

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study. Except with the permission of the Dean, a candidate must complete all unit of study requirements specified for each year, including professional experience units, before proceeding to the next year.

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject. Electives can be selected from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Science, and Sydney Business School (subject to permission from the Faculty of Education and Social Work).

Course opportunities

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) includes significant professional experience placements in schools. The placements begin in the second year of the course and the amount of responsibility and duration of the placements progressively increases until the final placement in which students are competent to teach under minimal supervision.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) provides national and international primary school teaching recognition with career opportunities including curriculum consultancy, educational research, corporate training and development, government (policy development), educational administration, management, tourism and politics.

Course accreditation

Sydney undergraduate Education courses are accredited by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES).

Further study

Eligible candidates may apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program with the Faculty of Education and Social Work comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master's degrees include capstone independent research projects, supervised by experts in the field of study, which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

About honours

Honours is available to meritorious students who complete an alternative set of units of study in Semester 2 of Year 3 and Semester 2 of Year 4. Admission to the honours program is by permission of the program coordinator after the completion of Semester 1 of Year 3. Admission and award requirements for honours in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) are set out in the Resolutions of the Faculty of Education and Social Work.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

Students entering teaching programs will need to have achieved a minimum of three Band 5s in their NSW Higher School Certificate, one of which must be English (not ESL). Similar requirements will be applied to the IB and other Australian year 12 qualifications. For other secondary qualifications applicants will need to achieve the minimum scores provided as a guide as well as achieve good results in English (not ESL). Applicants who must meet English proficiency requirements through an English proficiency test such as IELTS must meet those requirements separately.

Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students


The requirement to complete literacy and numeracy testing applies to all students enrolled in the BEd (Primary); BEd (Health and PE); BEd (Secondary:Humanities and Social Sciences), BA; BEd (Secondary: Maths), BSc; BEd (Secondary:Science), BSc; and all Master of Teaching programs except MTeach (Early Childhood).
















Information about LANTITES for commencing students: 2017 and 2018 and beyond

2017

All students commencing their studies in 2017 will be required to have successfully completed testing as follows:

  • For the BEd programs, testing must be completed within the first two years of candidature
  • For the MTeach program, testing must be completed before the second year of candidature, that is, during Year One of the program.

2018

It is anticipated that all students commencing their degrees in or after 2018 will be expected to have successfully completed the test prior to enrolling in the course. Before applying for, or enrolling in, the teacher-education degree of your choice, please check our website and/or contact our Professional Engagement and Program Support Team for updates on this information.


Useful links


To register to take the test, go to https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au.

For information about teacher-accreditation requirements in NSW, including the testing, go to the website of the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) at http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au

Continuing students (that is, those who enrolled prior to 2017), please contact your Program Support Manager for information on when you will need to complete the testing.





Inherent requirements for programs in primary education

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, the Faculty of Education and Social Work has identified inherent requirements for coursework-award courses in Primary and Secondary Education. In order to successfully complete such a course, students must possess the qualities and skills listed in the document below.

http://sydney.edu.au/education_social_work/future_students/resources/inherent-requirements/IR-EC-230915.pdf (pdf, 68kB)

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates.

Current students applying to transfer from one bachelor degree to another, apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the transferring courses page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor degree must apply through UAC.

For other useful information, visit our How to Apply page.

Assumed knowledge

Any two units of English (not English as a Second Language) Band 5, and Band 5 in two other HSC subjects. Any 2 units of Maths at HSC level or equivalent.

International students

How to apply

Visit the How to Apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students

The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.