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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)

The University of Newcastle

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Teachers and education professionals have the power to influence lives and shape young minds. The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) leads to a rewarding career with two qualifications to work with children in:

  • preschool and early childhood (birth – 5 years)
  • primary school (Kindergarten – Year 6).

You will be prepared to work with diverse families and children in childcare centres, preschools and primary school classrooms.

Students entering into the education programs must meet any additional requirements as determined by the NSW Education Standards Authority and Australian Government teacher education policy. Our education degrees are accredited with the NSW Education Standards Authority. Refer to Your accreditation on the NSW Education Standards Authority website.

Our programs are designed with pathways to cater for students from a variety of educational backgrounds, including applicants who have met the NSW Education Standards Authority requirement of three HSC Band 5s (including one in English). For those applicants who may not have met the NSW Education Standards Authority requirement on entry, and who otherwise meet the University of Newcastle academic entry requirements, there are pathways which enable you to meet the teacher education milestone by the completion of the first year of study (80 units) in the program. For further information, refer to Admission into teacher education degrees on the University of Newcastle website.

Visit the AITSL website for further information on current Australian Government teacher education policy.

Areas of study

Aboriginal education, behaviour management, children’s learning and growth across the span of birth to 12 years, curriculum and pedagogy in K-6, early childhood education, early childhood special education, ethics and professional codes of conduct, families and society, foundation of primary education, language and mathematical learning, policies and issues, primary school teaching, programming and planning for children aged 0-5 years, psychology of learning and teaching.

Career opportunities

Early childhood teacher, early childhood centre director, primary school teacher, community educator, educational researcher, curriculum developer.

Professional recognition

Accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACEQA).

Practical experience

At least three professional experience placements totalling approximately 90 days. You can also take advantage of:

  • Ed Outreach – experience-based learning in community experiences from your first year of study
  • Teach Outreach – a volunteer placement program
  • Teach Live – teach online avatars in a virtual classroom
  • New Colombo Plan Mobility Program – experience teaching in bilingual classrooms in Asia.

In order to attend a placement in a NSW Department of Education facility or other NSW School or Service, all students must meet all the education placement requirements.


Students who complete their first two years of the program with at least a credit grade point average have the option to internally apply for admission to the Research Honours program for their final two years.

Fees and charges

Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.

Essential requirements for admission

Check the special requirements and policies for this course.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: Any 2 units of English and Mathematics Advanced (or equivalent).

Applicants with higher education study

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based, will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you haven't completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree.

Explore University of Newcastle entry options.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle.

Further information

View all details of this course on the UON 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.


– = 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
Courses are added and cancelled throughout the admissions year and course details are subject to change. Check the UAC course search regularly.

Review of programs
The academic content of all programs is subject to routine review. For up-to-date details, visit University of Newcastle degrees.

Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with honours are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.