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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)

Australian Catholic University

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About

As an early childhood and primary teacher, you will inspire and help children develop critical lifelong skills by creating inclusive learning environments that nurture diversity. Qualified to teach from birth to Year 6, you’ll engage children through key curriculum areas such as arts, English, mathematics, science, technologies, and health and physical education. You will also gain the practical skills to manage social, cultural and developmental diversity.

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and the ACT Teacher Quality Institute require students to pass the National Literacy and Numeracy Test prior to completing the final professional experience placement.

All students in initial teacher education courses must meet the LANTITE test standard prior to graduation. You need to demonstrate once that you have met the standard for each test component (literacy and numeracy) before you undertake your final teaching placement. Test results are transferrable and do not expire.

Transferring into an ITE course from another institution, does not reset your LANTITE sitting allowance. If you have not met the standard for either component after your first attempt, it is very important that you contact the Course Coordinator immediately to discuss your options.

Areas of study

Early childhood education, teaching in a primary setting.

Career opportunities

Early childhood and primary teachers in community, Catholic, state and independent school systems; teachers and educational leaders in community situations, policy developer.

Professional recognition

This program has been submitted for accreditation.

Practical experience

The Professional and Community Engagement program, embedded in the course, provides a number of opportunities for students to complete a practicum in a range of early childhood and primary school settings. Students must obtain a Working With Children Check before the first professional experience placement.

Fees and charges

Visit the ACU website for general information about tuition fees.

Essential requirements for admission

Questionnaire: You are required to answer a questionnaire about your motivation and suitability for teaching when you apply. Preview the teaching questionnaire.

Check the special requirements and policies for this course.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: For Strathfield/North Sydney/Blacktown campuses: A minimum of three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English; any 2 units of mathematics (Band 4). For Canberra campus – ACT: English (T) (Major), any mathematics (T) (Major). NSW: English Advanced, any 2 units of mathematics.

Note: This course is structured to allow applicants to meet the three Band 5 entry requirements within the degree program by including a full year of discipline studies before applicants study how to teach.

Read more about admission criteria for applicants with recent secondary education.

Other applicants

Also refer to the ACU general admission criteria.

Further information

View all details of this course on the ACU website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2021)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2022 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.

Abbreviations

– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

Course updates
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