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Bachelor of Education (Primary)

University of Tasmania
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
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Program description

Bachelor of Education (Primary)

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is a pre-service teaching degree that prepares you for roles in Primary teaching, from Prep through to Grade 6. This course is accredited through the Tasmanian Teachers Registration Board, and is recognised in all states and territories, so once you graduate you’ll be qualified to teach anywhere in Australia.

Throughout your degree, you will study core theoretical aspects and evidence-based practice. You will also investigate childhood development and behaviour, and study the various subjects you will be teaching. You’ll focus on literacy learning, including speaking, listening, reading and writing, while also studying other subjects, such as Mathematics, Science, Art and Music, and Health and Physical Education.

You will be required to undertake a number of Professional Experience placements totalling 80 days. This will give you the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical skills that you have learnt in a safe and supportive environment.

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is available online across Australia, and on-campus from the Launceston and Cradle Coast campuses.

Not sure if you want to study full-time or part-time? We offer flexible study options that allow you to choose how and where you study depending on your needs.

Course objectives

Students in this program will graduate with a professional qualification and preparation that meets national expectations and standards. In this degree graduates are prepared for recruitment in educational systems throughout Tasmania and Australia. Through experiencing an internationalised curriculum our students will graduate with a global perspective and an enhanced capacity to teach overseas and experience the world whilst working. The degree program is informed by core theoretical knowledge, evidence-based practice and underpinned by a strong theory-practice nexus. The degree program is designed and enacted in collaboration with appropriate employing authorities. At the core of the degree is the pre-service teacher who is educated to bring their work:

  • A reasoned and critical perspective;
  • The capacity to work effectively in highly diverse contexts;
  • Curricular and pedagogical competence;
  • With the capacity to be resilient practitioners and lifelong learners;
  • A collaborative and contextual approach.

The course content and practical experience provides theoretical and practical opportunities to practice what is learned in a safe and supportive environment.

Admission requirements

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability.

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an approved English language test completed within the last two years must be provided.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Year 1

  • Foundations of Teaching
  • Academic Literacies
  • Foundations of English
  • Personal and Professional Numeracy
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Human Development and Learning
  • Arts Education: Music & Visual Arts
  • Introduction to Primary and Early Childhood Science Education

Year 2

  • Planning for Positive Behaviour
  • Languages and Language Acquisition
  • Introduction to HPE
  • Design and Technologies
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Developing Understandings of English
  • Primary and Early Childhood Mathematics Pedagogy
  • Introduction to Humanities and Social Sciences Education

Year 3

  • Inclusive Practices in Education Settings
  • Advanced HPE
  • Advanced Humanities and Social Sciences Education
  • Digital Technologies
  • Education, Ethics and Professional Practice
  • Arts Education: Drama & Dance
  • Cultural Awareness: The Non-indigenous and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interface
  • Literature, Multimodality and Media
  • Languages Teaching
  • Mathematics for Middle School

Year 4

  • Equity, Diversity and Schooling
  • Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics
  • Planning and Assessing in Primary and Early Childhood Science
  • Teachers as Reflective Practitioners and Action Researchers
  • Preparing for the Profession
  • Critical Approaches To English

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Learning Outcomes

(TLO6) Exhibit the ethical, active and responsible professional practice which is central to Education as a discipline by:

  • Demonstrating the necessary attitudes and professional values to meet the needs of children and the education profession, including a commitment to care, social justice, indigenous reconciliation, inclusion, student engagement and achievement;
  • Demonstrating that they know education theory and practice from a global perspective, with a commitment to celebrating cultural diversity and promoting education for a sustainable future.

(TLO1) Exhibit depth and breadth of educational knowledge by:

  • Demonstrating pedagogical content knowledge across the range of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary curriculum areas and professional studies units;
  • Demonstrating well-developed knowledge through a specialised elective and action research pathway.

(TLO2) Demonstrate a critical understanding of Education by:

  • Creating, planning, and justifying high quality learning experiences supported by well-developed pedagogical reasoning;
  • Analysing teaching and learning approaches and explaining why current educational knowledge is contestable and open to research and further enquiry;
  • Articulating the transformative purpose and potential of education in society.

(TLO6) Apply their knowledge and teaching skills by:

  • Incorporating insights from theory and research evidence into their developing teaching practice;
  • Demonstrating graduate level proficiency in teaching settings – notably in teaching literacy and numeracy - and attaining the graduate professional standards relevant to Education.

(TLO4) Communicate effectively by:

  • Demonstrating literacy across a broad range of communication modes and technologies in educational contexts;
  • Engaging with a range of community and professional stakeholders.

Apply Teacher Education Information Literacy [TEIL] capabilities by:

  • Identifying, critically engaging with, and communicating ideas in a structured, cohesive, and ethical manner.

(TLO5) Show their commitment to professional learning by:

  • Being independent, open-minded, and critically reflective learners;
  • Working responsibly in individual and collaborative contexts;
  • Seeking out - and learning from - constructive feedback;
  • Recognising the benefits of ongoing professional learning and refinement of their teaching practice.

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Career opportunities

Graduates of Bachelor of Education (Primary) are deemed to be qualified to teach in public and private sector schools in all states and territories of Australia by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.

Our graduates work with students from Prep to Grade 6, throughout Australia and oversea

About this institute

University of Tasmania

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