Primary Education
Curtin University

(Tuition fee is not stated)
3-4 years

Course Description


Bachelor of Education (Primary Education) - BEd(Curtin) - B-EDPRHumanities
Guaranteed ATAR 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
Location Bentley, Albany or Kalgoorlie This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July 

You will be required to pass a literacy and numeracy competency test in the first year of the degree. These tests comprise of spelling, essay writing, and knowledge of mathematics content appropriate to primary aged children.

Duration 4 years full-time

If you are seeking a rewarding, stimulating and enjoyable career in teaching, Curtin provides a high quality, well-regarded course for beginning primary school teachers.

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) provides a qualification for those who wish to teach children aged five to twelve years in the government, Catholic and independent school sectors.

This course aims to develop graduates who are noted for the quality of their preparation and dedication to the teaching profession, who can demonstrate a clear understanding of the integration of education theory and classroom practice, and are responsive to the changing cultural, social and individual needs of children in schools.

The course has a strong ICT, English and Mathematical focus with a student-centred approach to teaching and learning. The course is organised into three components:

Core education
Your core education units will comprise the bulk of the course and are taken throughout the four years. You will cover areas such as planning, implementing and evaluating learning experiences and programs; the curriculum learning areas; classroom management and teaching strategies; theories of learning; Indigenous education; and teaching children with diverse leaning needs. There is a strong emphasis on creating and nurturing an inquiry approach and analytic and critical thinking.

Electives
There are two main elective streams:

  • The Catholic education stream (3 units), which provides you with the background to apply for teaching positions in Catholic schools.
  • The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) stream (3 units), which provides you with the background and skills to teach students from Non-English Speaking Backgrounds (NESB).

You may choose electives from between these two streams or from other electives offered. You can also choose elective units from across the University, for example, psychology speech and hearing or indigenous education.

Teaching practice
School experience forms a significant part of the degree. You will work in schools in various capacities and for varying lengths of time throughout the program, culminating a final term-long internship (usually 10 weeks). During the internship, you will have the major responsibility for a class, under the supervision of a mentor teacher. There are often opportunities for a country practice or an interstate or international internship.

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