Education (Primary)

Overview

Course duration: 4 years, full time
Assumed knowledge: 2 units of mathematics and 2 units of English at HSC level or equivalent (bridging courses are available).

2014 ATAR cut-off: 88.05
UAC Code: 511600

This degree gives students a professional qualification to teach in a primary school and other contexts with young children (aged 5–12 years) in Years K–6. Students undertake generalist units in education and professional studies as well as units of study in the sciences, social sciences and humanities offered by the faculties of Arts, Science and Economics and Business.


Why study at the University of Sydney?

The Bachelor of Education (Primary Education) covers all the Key Learning Areas (primary-school subject areas) with special attention to the mandatory areas of Indigenous education, teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), and special education. Professional experience (practice teaching) is integral to the program and commences in the first year. During their fourth year, students can specialise in one of a number of year-long elective units, including creative arts, special education, TESOL and Aboriginal education.


Course outcomes

The Bachelor of Education (Primary Education) prepares graduates who have:

  • a broad general education with in-depth knowledge in at least one area

  • an evolving personal theory of education, based on an understanding of contemporary society, children's development, the variety of roles of teachers, and the purposes and functions of schooling

  • the necessary knowledge, attitudes and attributes for the effective performance of the complex tasks and responsibilities of primary teachers

  • a capacity to construct, implement and evaluate appropriate programs of learning experiences for primary-school children

  • the maturity and humanity necessary for professional teaching

  • an ability to maintain, enquire into, and evaluate their own professional development

  • the ability to analyse critically new professional and policy developments.