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Bachelor of  Education (Primary)

Program code: 2306
QTAC code: 742401
CRICOS code: 063937G

Location

St Lucia

Duration

4 Years full-time

Commencing

Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

Encourage children’s curiosity and inspire their inquisitive minds by becoming a primary school teacher.

  • The four-year Bachelor of Education (Primary) program will provide you with the academic knowledge and professional skills necessary to foster children’s learning and development from Prep (the first year of school) through to Year 6.
  • Draw on the latest educational research and cover all aspects of the Australian Curriculum, while developing vital knowledge about teaching and learning, child development, diversity and inclusion, and Indigenous education.
  • Choose a minor from study areas across the University in addition to one of the following: English and Literacy, Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics and Numeracy, and Science.
  • Be confident and ready to enter the classroom after 100 days of supervised professional experience across your program. You will also complete a 15-day block internship in your final year.

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) develops graduates who use flexible and creative teaching techniques to cater for the diverse learning needs of children.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ is a leader in education research, ranked equal best in Australia in the ERA Outcomes 2015, and 15 in the world in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • In the classroom

    Smaller class sizes

    Our primary education program focuses on intimate group settings, smaller intakes and higher student-teacher ratios.

  • Research

    Research focus

    Teaching staff in the program are internationally renowned for their cutting-edge research, ensuring graduates are well-equipped to meet the challenges of a teaching career.

  • Beyond the classroom

    International experience – UQ Abroad

    We strongly encourage our students to spend time abroad with one of our international partner universities to diversify their knowledge and experience. Partner universities include the University of Wisconsin, University College London, and the National University of Singapore.

    Find out more

Career outcomes

Bachelor of Education (Primary) graduates are eligible to register with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT), as well as other authorities, to teach in schools around Australia, and some worldwide.

Once registered, graduates can work as a primary school teacher in state or independent schools in Queensland, interstate or overseas, or undertake further study to qualify as a principal, mentor, curriculum advisor, or a guidance or career officer or head of department.

Other graduates choose to work with non-school-based education providers (such as tutoring companies), government agencies or education advocacy organisations.

Summary

  • Program code
    2306
  • QTAC code
    742401
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    64
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7
  • CRICOS code
    063937G

Admissions criteria

Prerequisites

Year 12 or equivalent English; Mathematics A, B or C; plus one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Agricultural Science, Marine Science, Earth Science or Science21.

From 2018 applicants to education programs in Australia must complete non-academic entry criteria - please check QTAC's advice.

View the equivalent qualifications for international students.

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.

English Proficiency

IELTS score of 7.5 overall; speaking 8; listening 8, reading 7, writing 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Education (Primary). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

Compulsory Placement Courses

Students are required to complete 80 days of supervised practicum over the 4 years of the program. Every effort is made to place students within a reasonable distance of their home base but they can be expected to travel up to 90 minutes due to public transport connections and incur costs associated with travel and possible lost income over this period. Students are generally placed at Ipswich, Brisbane, and southeast Queensland and are encouraged to explore the option of a rural placement. Financial assistance may be available to assist with travel and accommodation costs for rural placements.

Students are required to have a current Blue Card (Working with Children Check) before commencing practicum. Students can apply for a Blue Card through the School of Education and should do so three months before their practicum is due to commence. The Teacher Preparation Programs Handbook provides information about practicum and school experience requirements and is available from School of Education.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Queensland College of Teachers

Accreditation body

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is accredited by:

  • Australian Institute For Teaching And School Leadership

Professional registration

Graduates may be eligible for registration with the following professional bodies:

  • Queensland College Of Teachers

Please contact the relevant professional body for details about registration. Completion of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) may not result in automatic registration for graduates.

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Eligibility for honours is based on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules for the honours program.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $30,672
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.
  • From 2018, all students are required to successfully meet the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) standards prior to graduation.
  • UQ committed to fund test costs to the end of 2018. From 1 January 2019 this is no longer available and students must cover this cost. The 2018 fee was $185 ($92.50 per test). ACER lists current fees.
  • Please contact the School of Education for further details (education@.uq.edu.au) or visit the School of Education office.
  • For more information on the test, including sample tests and registration information, please visit the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/

Scholarships

International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Education (Primary) depends on what type of applicant you are.

Apply now to QTAC

Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Additional application information

Students are required to have a current Blue Card before commencing practicums. Students can apply for a Blue Card through the School of Education and should do so three months before their practicum is due to commence. The Practicum Handbook provides additional information about practicum and school experience requirements and is available from the School of Education.

As part of the Australian Institute for Teaching and Leadership (AITSL) revised Standards and Procedures (2015), applicants to initial teacher education courses (pre-service teachers) must satisfy both academic and non-academic entry criteria for selection to the course. The process for assessing an applicant's non-academic capabilities is currently under development.

From 2017, commencing students are required to successfully meet the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) standards prior to graduation. Current students (enrolled prior to 2017) are also strongly encouraged to meet the LANTITE test prior to graduation as you may be asked for evidence of this when seeking employment. The University has committed to pay for students to undertake the test for the period 2016 to 2018 inclusive. Please contact the School of Education for further details (education@uq.edu.au) or visit the School of Education office. For more information on this Government initiative please visit the Students First website for more information on the test, including sample tests and registration information, please visit the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, a good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a “course” we call a "program".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Education (Primary) is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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