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Bachelor of Education (Primary)

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Overview

Inspire our next generation in this professional qualification to teach in a primary school with children aged five to 12 years.

Gain extensive professional experience at schools throughout this four-year program, with school placements commencing in your first year. These begin with observing and interacting with small groups of primary school students, and later expand to include patterns of classroom interaction, teacher-developed curriculum materials and whole-school activities. When you undertake professional experience in fourth year, you will be fully competent to teach without close supervision.

This degree covers all the key learning areas (primary subject areas), with special attention to the mandatory areas of Aboriginal education, teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and special education.

Throughout your studies you will take generalist units of study in education and professional studies, along with units in the sciences, social sciences and humanities, offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Science, and the University of Sydney Business School.

Students who demonstrate high achievement in mathematics through secondary school or the first-year mathematics content may also elect to undertake a specialisation study pathway in mathematics.

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 Sydney School of Education and Social Work.

Majors

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.

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STUDY PLAN

Year 1

Semester 1

  • CPEDUF1018 Education, Teachers and Teaching - 6 credit points
  • EDUP1002 English, Literacy and Learning - 6 credit points
  • EDUP1004 Science Concepts 1 - 6 credit points
  • 1 Junior Arts, Science or Business elective - 6 credit points

Semester 2

  • CPEDUF1019 Human Development and Education - 6 credit points
  • EDUP1001 Creative Arts 1 - 6 credit points
  • EDUP1003 Mathematics and Numeracy - 6 credit points
  • 1 Junior Arts, Science or Business elective - 6 credit points

Year 2

Semester 1

  • CPEDUF2006 Educational Psychology - 6 credit points
  • EDUP2007 Creative Arts 2 - 6 credit points
  • EDUP2002 English: Learning to be Literate - 4 credit points
  • EDUP2004 PDHPE 1: Physical Activity - 4 credit points
  • EDUP2006 Indigenous Australian Education - 4 credit points

Semester 2

  • CPEDUF2007 Social Perspectives on Education - 6 credit points
  • EDUP2008 Science Concepts 2 - 6 credit points
  • EDUP2005 Mathematics Education 1: Early Number - 4 credit points
  • EDUP2009 Intercultural Understanding in HSIE K-6 - 4 credit points
  • EDUP2010 Professional Experiences 2 (Primary) - 4 credit points

Year 3

Semester 1

  • CPEDUF3031 Positive Approaches to Special Education - 6 credit points
  • EDUP3001 PDHPE 2: Active and Healthy Primary Schools - 4 credit points
  • EDUP3002 Human Society and its Environment 2 - 4 credit points
  • EDUP3003 Teaching in Multilingual Classrooms - 4 credit points
  • EDUP3008 Creative Arts 3 - 4 credit points

Semester 2

  • CPEDUF4044 Reading and Applying Educational Research (or EDUF4020 Education Honours Preliminary) - 6 credit points
  • EDUP3004 Mathematics Education 2 - 4 credit points
  • EDUP3006 English: Becoming Literate - 4 credit points
  • EDUP3007 Professional Experiences 3 (Primary) - 4 credit points
  • EDUP3009 Science and Technology 1 - 4 credit points
  • EDUP3034 PDHPE 3: The Health Promoting School - 4 credit points

Year 4

Semester 1

  • CPEDUP4018 Science and Technology (K-6) 2 - 4 credit points
  • EDUP4074 Mathematics Education 3 - 4 credit points
  • EDUP4076 English: Being Critically Literate - 4 credit points
  • EDUP4079 Professional Experiences 4 (Primary) - 4 credit points
  • Primary IV Option Unit of Study - 4 credit points
  • Education III Option Unit of Study- 6 credit points

Semester 2

  • CPEDUP4017 Professional Experiences Internship - 4 credit points
  • EDUP4077 Teaching Children with Special Needs - 4 credit points
  • EDUP4080 Human Society and its Environment 3 - 4 credit points
  • Primary IV Option Unit of Study - 4 credit points
  • Education III Option Unit of Study (or EDUF4021 Education Honours Dissertation) - 6 credit points

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.

Units of Study

Completion requirement

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.

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.

Admission requirement

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.

All UAC applicants will be required to complete a brief personal statement as part of the application for admission. For more information visit the UAC website.

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 students commencing their studies in 2017 and beyond will be required to have successfully completed testing as follows: All BEd students commencing their studies in 2017 and beyond will be expected to sit and pass the test within the first two years of candidature.

Useful links

To register to take the test, vist the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website. 

For information about teacher-accreditation requirements in NSW, including the testing, go to the website of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) .

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.

Professional accreditation

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

Graduate opportunities

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) provides national and international primary school teaching recognition with career opportunities including teacher, corporate trainer and development manager, curriculum consultant, educational administrator, educational researcher, government policy adviser.
Future study options

Eligible candidates may apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program with the Sydney School 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.

Career information for UAC

Examples include teaching, curriculum consultancy, educational research, corporate training and development, government (policy development), educational administration, management, tourism and politics.

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 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, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. 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 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, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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, MasterCard or American Express. 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.

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