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Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Australian Catholic University
Program overview
4 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
English
Start dates
Ballarat
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Brisbane
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Canberra
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Melbourne (Australia)
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Program description

Bachelor of Education (Primary)

ACU has a long-held reputation as a leading provider of quality and innovative teacher education. This course is designed for people who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of children and inspiring young minds. A graduate of this course is eligible for registration as a primary teacher in government, independent and Catholic schools.

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) combines theory with practice, ensuring students not only learn about the social, political and cultural contexts that shape education in schools, but also gain hands on practical experience in primary school teaching by undertaking professional placements within schools during the course. This course has been designed to provide students with greater choice and flexibility to meet the changing needs and demands of the teaching profession. This degree will give students the unique opportunity to gain greater depth and breadth of knowledge in a specialist area, which includes:

  • Mathematics, Inclusive Education, Literacy, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education
  • Religious Education

Studies in religious education and theology are options in this degree to enable graduates to seek accreditation to teach religious education in Catholic and other faith-based primary schools. In Queensland and Victoria, the course includes a Lutheran strand providing graduates with the eligibility to apply for accreditation to teach religious education in Lutheran primary schools. Students wishing to teach religious education in Anglican schools (Queensland only) can take alternative units.

Career paths

The course is designed for those intending to become teachers in primary schools throughout Australia, including Catholic, government and independent settings Graduates may teach primary school students in community education centers, private colleges and Inclusive Education settings.

Admission requirements

Essential requirements for admission

International students applying must have an IELTS minimum of 7.0 in Reading and Writing and a minimum of 7.5 in listening and speaking.

English language requirements

A minimum of 7.0 in Reading and Writing and a minimum of 7.5 in listening and speaking.


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Program content

Pathways to further study

Bachelor Degree graduates may be eligible to progress to a range of postgraduate coursework programs, e.g. Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas and, through them and/or with relevant work experience, to Master’s degree programs.

Professional recognition

This program has been listed on the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) accredited programs list and meets the teacher education component of the qualification requirement for registration (accreditation) as a primary school teacher in all states and territories.

About this institute

Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a public university in Australia which aims to empower students to think critically and ethically, and to gain the skills to bring about change in their communities, industries, and professions. ACU is funded by the...


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