Faculty of Education

Bachelor of Education (Applied Learning)

Key Dates

Scholarships close: 31 October 2013 / 30 June 2014

Applications close:

Study commences: 24 February 2014 / 14 July 2014

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Location: Distance/Fully-online

Duration: 4 years (full-time), maximum 9 years (part-time)

Intake: February, July

Entry Requirements: Admission is available on the basis of a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences

Fees: Commonwealth Supported, HECS Scholarship for eligible applicants

Course Code: 43F

About the Degree:

The Bachelor of Education (Applied Learning) is a contemporary, flexible and creative response to the demand for a more skilled teaching workforce in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. It offers students the opportunity to integrate theory with practice, recognising existing skills and knowledge of experienced vocational practitioners (through credit pathway) whilst enabling further development in their teaching practices and professionalism. The Bachelor of Education (Applied Learning) also offers a pathway for those students new to this exciting profession, allowing students to concurrently develop their discipline (subject) expertise whilst studying the other dimensions of teacher education.

The Bachelor of Education (Applied Learning) is a 4-year in-service course intended to provide professional development in both the theory and practice of education. The course will be offered full time or part time and by distance/on-line in Tasmania and beyond.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Education (Applied Learning) will be qualified to teach in public and private sector schools and TasTAFE. Graduates will also be highly sought as teachers in TAFEs and private RTOs, trainers in the defence force, emergency and law enforcement, nursing and hospitality and in communication-based jobs in industry training, call centres and public relations.

Further information
Admission requirements:

Admission is available on the basis of a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Please see admission requirements for more information.

Professional experience:

All students in this course must organise access to a teaching environment where they can complete the requirements of the Professional Experience (equivalent of 80 days of teaching practice over the four year course).

International Students:

This course is not currently available to international students.

Comprehensive unit details are available from the Course and Unit Handbook.

Course structures and unit titles are subject to change.

Credit and recognition for existing skills and qualifications.


Year 1

Unit code Unit title   On-campus/study centre Semester Online study

EAL101

Training & Assessment 1


1

tick

EAL102

Foundations of Professional Learning


1

tick

ESH112

Foundations of Literacy


1

tick

ESH120

Personal and Professional Numeracy


1

tick

EAL110

Theories of Learning and Teaching


2

tick

EAL112

Foundations of Applied Learning (includes PE)


2

tick

EAL103

Discipline Skills & Knowledge A


2

tick

EAL113

Discipline Skills & Knowledge B


2

tick

Year 2

Unit code Unit title   On-campus/study centre Semester Online study

EAL201

Facilitating Engaging Learning Experiences


1

tick

EAL202

Developing Applied Learning Strategies in Discipline


1

tick

EAL203

Discipline Skills & Knowledge C


1

tick


Student elective


1

tick

EAL210

Training & Assessment 2


2

tick

EAL211

Inclusive Practices in Educational Settings (includes PE)


2

tick

EAL212

Discipline Skills & Knowledge D


2

tick


Student elective


2

tick

Year 3

Unit code Unit title On-campus/study centre Semester Online study

ESH380

Digital Technologies


1

tick

EAL311

Numeracy Strategies within Discipline


1

tick

EAL303

Discipline Skills and Knowledge E


1

tick


Student Elective (Discipline)


1

tick

EAL310

Strategies for eLearning Environments


2

tick

EAL302

Literacy Strategies with Discipline (Includes PE)


2

tick

ESH305

Learning in Society

 

2

 tick

 

Student Elective (Discipline)

 

2

 tick

Year 4

Unit code Unit title   On-campus/study centre Semester Online study

EAL323

Engagement with Professional Standards 1-3  (includes PE)


1

tick

EAL320

Teaching in Culturally Diverse Environments


1

tick

EAL322

Quality and Evaluation in Vocational Education


1

tick

EAL324

Engagement with Discipline: Practices and Trends


1

tick

EAL323

Engagement with Professional Standards 2-7 (includes PE)


2

tick

ESH390

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education


2

tick

ESH304

Reflective Practice – The Classroom Researcher

 

 2

 tick

ESP221

Sustainability across the Curriculum

 

 2

tick

I love sharing, that drives me in life. Even though I teach for a job I also teach cooking with people with disabilities and children for enjoyment on a volunteer level. Just last week I did a gingerbread class for ten children. The joy on their faces was priceless. I had a student who finished a class the other day hugged me and cried and said she didn’t know what to do now. This was a woman who had not been to school for 25 years. It is more than just a classroom teaching it was a community of learning that we had and that is very important for me. I love my students no one will deny that and if they go away with a smile on their face I’m happy. that means everything to me.

I believe teaching is about communities that you develop and that community is a whole lot of different people that you learn to live with in that class and learn things together, hec I learn so much off my students every day.

Kirsten Bacon
Kirsten Bacon
Bachelor or Education (Applied Learning)
Second Year

What do you love about teaching and why?

Conveying my learnt knowledge and skills attained.

Peter Waite
Peter Waite
Bachelor of Education (Applied Learning)
Second Year

Mid-year intake is available for this course.

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions prior to applying.

Domestic Students apply online using the eApplication system.

This course is not currently available to international students.

Prospective students should read the frequently asked questions before making any decisions about course entry. For further information please contact:

Course Coordinator Enrolment and Administration
Jillian Downing Tricia Blazely
Phone: +61 3 6226 2577 Phone: +61 3 6226 8517

1. I have some teaching and vocational experience and qualifications. Can I receive credit for this?

Students are encouraged to apply for recognition of prior learning , which includes formal study undertaken in recognised tertiary institutions, as well as vocational experience and qualifications. Students may also apply for recognition for training and assessing qualifications.

The eApplications process asks if applicants want credit for previous study. Please indicate 'yes' and ensure that certified copies of your certificates of completion are provided to the admissions office.

Once you have been offered a place and enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (Applied Learning) you will be provided with an Application for Credit to assist you in formalising your credit pathway.

To obtain an understanding of how credit is assessed for the Bachelor of Education (Applied Learning) please see credit and recognition.

2. Do I need to have existing qualifications or experience to enrol in this course?

No. There are no essential components for entrance into this qualification, except for regular and continuing access to a teaching environment for the Professional Experience component. If you don't have any qualifications or experience in vocational education and training you will complete all the units in the four year course structure.

3. Is the workload heavy?

Whether on-campus of off-campus, each student should allow approximately 10 hours of focussed study per unit, per week. This estimate includes lectures, tutorials and workshops which generally equate to 3-4 hours per unit, per week.

4. Is there professional experience included?

Yes. Professional Experience forms a core requirement for Teacher Registration. Please see Professional Experience for more information.

5. What professional recognition will I get for completing the course?

The Bachelor of Education (Applied Learning) course is an approved teacher preparation program with the Teachers Registration Board, Tasmania. The mutual recognition act (Mutual Recognition Act 1992 (Cth) or the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997 (Cth)) entitles those who are already registered (in the first state) to register in the other states of Australia and New Zealand. Please note that this does not apply to New South Wales.

6. Will there be limitations on where I can teach once I have graduated with this qualification? Does it mean that Iíll only be able to teach in VET?

Graduates of the Bachelor of Education (Applied Learning) will be eligible for standard teacher registration. This means that you will be able to apply for a teaching position in any school in Tasmania or interstate (assuming that recognition between states is given). Your testamur and academic transcript will detail that your specialty is in Applied Learning, as opposed to specialties like Early Childhood, Primary, Health & Physical Education and so on. It is up to your potential employer to decide whether or not your specialty is one that suits the vacant position. This will largely depend on whether your discipline area (for example, carpentry, health and beauty, hospitality, automotive services) is related to the vacant position.

7. Are there any scholarships available?

Employees of the Tasmanian Polytechnic and the Skills Institute are entitled to a HECs-free scholarship when undertaking the Bachelor of Education (Applied Learning.

This opportunity is also extended to all teaching staff who:

  • are employed by the Department of Education (DOE); and
  • are employed on a continuing basis (full-time and part-time) or who are on a fixed-term contract of 12 months or more; and
  • will continue to be employed within the sector while undertaking the HECS scholarship units; and are eligible for a Commonwealth supported place under the HECS-HELP system (this applies to most people – see further eligibility guidelines.

8. Can I study externally?

Yes. Student can complete the coursework entirely online, externally with no on-campus requirements. Note that Professional Experience which must be attended in educational settings.

9. Are any units offered over summer?

Each December the Faculty of Education conducts a Summer School. Summer School units generally consist of the normal 13 weeks of study, some which include some intensive delivery for up to five days on-campus. Those who are able to attend Summer School which an on-campus component, who normally study by distance, enjoy the collegiality of class-based study and interaction with fellow students and lecturers. Summer School units are generally released in October/November each year. Students will be notified by email.

10. What if I canít attend orientation?

Some students may not be able to attend on-campus orientation because of distance or other commitments. Online Orientation takes you through how to get organised for study, find support and set yourself up for academic success. Online orientation can also be a handy backup for students who attend on-campus orientation and want reminders or further information. The Faculty also provide a specific orientation through MyLO (My Learning Online) which is accessible again and again throughout the year.

11. Do I have to pay fees up-front?

UTAS Faculty of Education teacher courses are Commonwealth supported for citizens of Australia, permanent residents, New Zealand Citizens and holders of humanitarian visas.

Australian citizens, and holders of humanitarian visas who are resident in Australia for the duration of the course, may defer their payment via HECS-HELP. Permanent residents and New Zealand citizens must pay up-front for the units in which they are enrolled each semester.

More information on course costs.

International students should refer to International students.

12. What other costs should I consider?

Most units require students to have access to prescribed text books in order to complete assignments. Take into account the costs of stationery, resource materials for assignments and postage. All units have some online component so broadband internet access costs must also be taken into consideration. The university has computer laboratories which are available for on-campus students to use.

13. Do I have to volunteer in a school?

The School of Education strongly encourages all students to maintain regular contact with schools or education settings. For this reason, volunteering is highly recommended if you are not already teaching in an educational setting.

As a core requirement of this course, all students must organise access to a teaching environment where they can complete the requirements of the Professional Experience (equivalent of 80 days of teaching practice over the four year course).

14. Where can I buy textbooks?

The Co-op Bookshop offers general books; textbooks and stationery, located in the Student Union Building on the Hobart campus or Newnham Drive Launceston campus. Alternatively you can purchase your texts online from the Coop Bookshop.

15. What electives are available?

Electives provide the opportunity to undertake academic studies in areas of choice and should be chosen strategically to enhance skills in different teaching areas, or areas of special interest. Where available, units may be undertaken with any faculty, including the Faculty of Education (e.g. Outdoor Education units).

16. Can I undertake honours?

There is provision to undertake honours as a fifth year of study. A high level of academic achievement overall is a pre-requisite and eligible students will be invited to participate in the honours program.

17. What is the process after I apply?

Submitting your application is the first step to becoming a student. If successful you will receive an offer to join the course. The following steps provide a process so you understand the transition into University life. If successful:

  • You will receive an email with an offer to join the course
  • Accept your offer online
  • Wait for an email from the Faculty of Education, which will assist with the next step in the enrolment process
  • Apply for credit using the Credit Recognition Kit that is provided
  • Enrol in your units
  • Order you textbooks
  • Use your University email account
  • Log on to MyLO
  • Become familiar with the Faculty of Education website, in particular the Professional Experience information
  • Apply for your Good Character Check
  • Attend orientation
  • Commence study

Remember to check your University email account regularly.

18. Do I need to be in a teaching position in order to enrol in this course?

The Bachelor of Education (Applied Learning) is considered an in-service teacher education program. This means that it is expected that you will already be working as a teacher or trainer in a VET setting. All teaching and learning strategies in the course are ‘applied’, that is, you will be linking theory and practice together in an authentic manner in each unit that you study.

19. What do I need to know about Literacy and Numeracy Competency testing?

Find out more about Literacy and Numeracy Competency testing by reviewing this short FAQ document [PDF 333KB].