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Primary Education

Bachelor of Education (Primary Education) - BEd(Curtin) - B-EDPR

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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 three main elective streams:

  • The International Baccalaureate stream (3 units), which provides you with the certification to teach in schools following the International Baccalaureate curriculum. This option is becoming increasingly popular as more schools both nationally and internationally choose to follow this curriculum.
  • 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 three streams of 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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Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Principal
  • Deputy Principal
  • Education Administrator
  • Policy Development Officer
  • Special Needs Teacher

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Professional recognition

Curtin's Bachelor of Education is recognised nationally as an initial pre-service teaching qualification.

Credit for previous study

If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you are encouraged to contact the Faculty to discuss eligibility for credit for recognised learning (CRL).

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).

How this course will make you industry ready

This course comprises units on teaching strategies, planning lessons, classroom management, learning processes, educational psychology and curriculum studies. You will also complete 20 weeks of teaching practice over the course of your studies, including a 10 week internship where you will have the major responsibility for a class of children under the mentorship of a qualified teacher.

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Entry requirements:

Indicative TER (ATAR)*: 70
STAT entry*: Written English and MC Verbal and Quantitative
*What are Indicative TER (ATAR) and STAT Entry?

Indicative TER (ATAR)

This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.

STAT entry

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Mature age entry:

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Essential WACE courses:

At least English 2A/2B, Literature 2A/2B or English as an Additional Language/Dialect 2A/2B

Desirable WACE courses:

At least Mathematics 2C/2D

TAFE requirements:

A TAFE certificate IV and evidence of English competency, or a TAFE diploma.

Please refer to the following statements before applying for this course:

Where:

Bentley, Albany or Kalgoorlie
This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.

When:

February or July

Those commencing their studies in July may complete units in a different order to that stated on the Handbook.

How:

Full-time or part-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

4 years full-time

Fees (indicative first year only):

Year Student type Cost
2015 Commonwealth supported Commonwealth supported?
If you have not yet exceeded your Student Learning Entitlement (typically seven years' equivalent full-time study) the Australian Government will contribute towards the cost of your study. The indicative fees shown here are known as the student contribution, or your share of the cost of the first year of this course.

To find out if you're eligible for a commonwealth supported place, please visit the Going to Uni website.
$6,160*

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Other notes:

You'll 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.

 

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2014 entry requirements:

Minimum English language entry requirements:

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

Cut-off scores

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India 65%
Sri Lanka 6

Minimum academic entry requirements


Course prerequisites

All applicants must undergo criminal record screening and clearance prior to enrolment.

Please refer to the following statements before applying for this course:

Where:

Bentley, Albany or Kalgoorlie
This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.

When:

February or July

How:

Full-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

4 years full-time

Fees for 2014:

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

Other notes:

You'll 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.

2015 entry requirements:

Minimum English language entry requirements:

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7
Speaking 7
Reading 7
Listening 7
Overall band score 7

Cut-off scores

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
HKDSE 15
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India 65%
Sri Lanka 6

Minimum academic entry requirements


Course prerequisites

All students will need a Working with Children card and a National Criminal History Record Check before they go into a school placement. These will need to be submitted at enrolment time.

Please refer to the following statements before applying for this course:

Where:

Bentley, Albany or Kalgoorlie
This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.

When:

February or July

How:

Full-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

4 years full-time

Fees for 2015:

International onshore - fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $13,500
Indicative year 1 fee $27,000
Total indicative course fee $115,400
Indicative essential incidental course fee $0

*The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International's offshore site.

Other notes:

You'll 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.

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This page was last updated on 25 August 2014

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