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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 scaffold and shape young minds. If a rewarding career working with children sounds like a preferred profession, this degree is for you.

Graduates qualify to work across a wide age range:

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

Studying this degree prepares you for both teaching and non-teaching roles. Learn to work with families and children in various educational settings, or take on significant roles in related industries such as policy development and research.

Students entering 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 and Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality 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

Indigenous education, diversity, and inclusion, children’s learning, and growth across the span of birth to 12 years, play based learning, 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, leadership and advocacy, psychology of learning and teaching.

Career opportunities

Early childhood teacher, early childhood centre director, primary school teacher, community educator, education policy analyst, 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

Includes three professional early childhood or primary teaching placements (approximately 90 days) in Australia or overseas, as well as opportunities through the fixed term New Colombo Plan Mobility Program and EC academics’ research collaborating networks.

New Colombo Plan Mobility Program – experience teaching in bilingual classrooms in Asia with funding available.

You can also take advantage of:

  • SimTeach – live simulation experience where student teachers can practice instructional strategies with avatars operated by a real human.
  • SimSchool – a computer-generated classroom environment designed to introduce student teachers to the language of education and behavioural interactions of classrooms.
  • SimCave – a 360° immersive environment that provides student teachers with the best of immersive learning experiences and the potential to use new digital media for deeper, creative and cultural learning.

To be eligible 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).

If you have not previously studied one or more of these subjects or have limited knowledge in them, we strongly encourage you to consider enrolling in bridging courses. NUPrep Bridging provides free academic preparation and support short courses, available both on campus and online, to complete before starting your degree.

Explore NUPrep Bridging Courses

Applicants with higher education study

If you have completed or partially completed higher education studies, your grade point average can be converted into a selection rank for admission into our undergraduate programs.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you completed or partially completed competency-based vocational education and training (such as TAFE, a private Registered Training Provider, or vocational studies undertaken in high school), this can be used to determine your eligibility for admission.

Completion of studies at an AQF Level 4 (Cert IV) or higher Guarantees Entry into many of our undergraduate programs.

Review the Guaranteed Entry Admission Scheme.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you do not have an ATAR (or equivalent) or formal qualification, Newcastle University offers a range of pathways toward your preferred degree. No matter what your age or experience, there is a place for you.

Explore University of Newcastle entry options.

Advanced standing

If you have completed prior studies at another higher education institution or registered training organisation, you may be eligible to receive credit towards your undergraduate degree. Please note that you must apply for admission before applying for credit.

Further information

View all details of this course on the University of Newcastle website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2023)

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 2024 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 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 component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.