Bachelor of Education (Primary) (43B)

Overview  2020

ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Achievement of a specified ATAR will guarantee acceptance into a course or institution, subject to any non-ATAR criteria being met, such as a prerequisite study or English language proficiency.

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An ATAR of 65 is and the completion of NACAT:
See entry requirements.

Duration

Minimum 4 Years, up to a maximum of 9 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2
Cradle Coast
Semester 1, Semester 2
Distance Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2

Commonwealth Supported places available

ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Achievement of a specified ATAR will guarantee acceptance into a course or institution, subject to any non-ATAR criteria being met, such as a prerequisite study or English language proficiency.

:
An ATAR of 65 is and the completion of NACAT:
See entry requirements.

Duration

Minimum 4 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2

"The course is in Launceston but I’m from Hobart. I didn’t want to move away to study. I’ve studied online for the past four years, which has been fantastic and I’ve been able to fit study around my work too."

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is a pre-service teaching degree that prepares you for roles in Primary teaching, from Prep through to Grade 6. This course is accredited through the Tasmanian Teachers Registration Board, and is recognised in all states and territories, so once you graduate you’ll be qualified to teach anywhere in Australia.

Throughout your degree, you will study core theoretical aspects and evidence-based practice. You will also investigate childhood development and behaviour, and study the various subjects you will be teaching. You’ll focus on literacy learning, including speaking, listening, reading and writing, while also studying other subjects, such as Mathematics, Science, Art and Music, and Health and Physical Education.

You will be required to undertake a number of Professional Experience placements totalling 80 days. This will give you the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical skills that you have learnt in a safe and supportive environment.

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is available online across Australia, and on-campus from the Launceston and Cradle Coast campuses.

Not sure if you want to study full-time or part-time? We offer flexible study options that allow you to choose how and where you study depending on your needs.

"We all remember that good teacher we had in Primary school, I want to be that teacher".

Craig Gooding

Read more about Craig

Students in this program will graduate with a professional qualification and preparation that meets national expectations and standards. In this degree graduates are prepared for recruitment in educational systems throughout Tasmania and Australia. Through experiencing an internationalised curriculum our students will graduate with a global perspective and an enhanced capacity to teach overseas and experience the world whilst working. The degree program is informed by core theoretical knowledge, evidence-based practice and underpinned by a strong theory-practice nexus.  The degree program is designed and enacted in collaboration with appropriate employing authorities. At the core of the degree is the pre-service teacher who is educated to bring their work:

  • A reasoned and critical perspective;
  • The capacity to work effectively in highly diverse contexts;
  • Curricular and pedagogical competence;
  • With the capacity to be resilient practitioners and lifelong learners;
  • A collaborative and contextual approach.

The course content and practical experience provides theoretical and practical opportunities to practice what is learned in a safe and supportive environment.

1. (TLO6) Exhibit the ethical, active and responsible professional practice which is central to Education as a discipline by:

  • Demonstrating the necessary attitudes and professional values to meet the needs of children and the education profession, including a commitment to care, social justice, indigenous reconciliation, inclusion, student engagement and achievement;
  • Demonstrating that they know education theory and practice from a global perspective, with a commitment to celebrating cultural diversity and promoting education for a sustainable future.

2. (TLO1) Exhibit depth and breadth of educational knowledge by:

  • Demonstrating pedagogical content knowledge across the range of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary curriculum areas and professional studies units;
  • Demonstrating well-developed knowledge through a specialised elective and action research pathway.

3. (TLO2) Demonstrate a critical understanding of Education by:

  • Creating, planning, and justifying high quality learning experiences supported by well-developed pedagogical reasoning;
  • Analysing teaching and learning approaches and explaining why current educational knowledge is contestable and open to research and further enquiry;
  • Articulating the transformative purpose and potential of education in society.

4. (TLO6) Apply their knowledge and teaching skills by:

  • Incorporating insights from theory and research evidence into their developing teaching practice;
  • Demonstrating graduate level proficiency in teaching settings – notably in teaching literacy and numeracy - and attaining the graduate professional standards relevant to Education.

5. (TLO4) Communicate effectively by:

  • Demonstrating literacy across a broad range of communication modes and technologies in educational contexts;
  • Engaging with a range of community and professional stakeholders.

6. Apply Teacher Education Information Literacy [TEIL] capabilities by:

  • Identifying, critically engaging with, and communicating ideas in a structured, cohesive, and ethical manner.

7. (TLO5) Show their commitment to professional learning by:

  • Being independent, open-minded, and critically reflective learners;
  • Working responsibly in individual and collaborative contexts;
  • Seeking out - and learning from - constructive feedback;
  • Recognising the benefits of ongoing professional learning and refinement of their teaching practice.

Professional Experience Placements

An integral part of your learning in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) are classroom placements - putting into active practice the theory and knowledge you have been studying throughout your degree.

As a student you will participate in a minimum of 80 days (16 weeks) of full-time Professional Experience. Placements are usually scheduled as continuous ‘blocks’ of time ranging from 20 to 30 days, and occur in a variety of educational settings.

Placements are designed to enable our students to become familiar with a variety of primary-aged learners and learning environments. Your placement will involve active observation, participation and engagement in teaching and learning roles and activities. For Primary placements, the focus is on Preparation/Foundation (Prep) to Grade 6 learners.

During your placement you will be supervised and managed by a tertiary qualified educator (your Colleague Teacher), and be assessed against Focus Areas within the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Overseas Exchange

The Faculty of Education has a number of exchange partnerships with Universities whose curriculum and teaching our closely aligned with our own. A full list is available on the Student Exchange – Outgoing site.

Find out more about the University's Exchange Programs at Student Mobility.

Career outcomes

Graduates of Bachelor of Education (Primary) are deemed to be qualified to teach in public and private sector schools in all states and territories of Australia by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.

Our graduates work with students from Prep to Grade 6, throughout Australia and overseas.

Professional Recognition

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) course is a professionally accredited Initial Teacher Education program approved by the Teachers Registration Board Tasmania.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) consists of a total of 32 units and 80 days of professional placement comprising:

  • 8 Compulsory units in the first year.
  • 8 Compulsory units and 20 days of professional experience in the second year.
  • 7 Compulsory units, 1 unit towards a teaching proficiency and 30 days of professional experience in the third year.
  • 6 Compulsory units and 2 units specific to the chosen teaching proficiency in the fourth year, and 30 days of professional experience in the fourth year.

The teaching proficiencies available are:

  • English
  • Languages (French, German, Chinese, Japanese, or Indonesian)
  • Mathematics

In the first year of your Bachelor of Education you will complete 8 compulsory units.

Compulsory Units

Semester 1

Foundations of Teaching introduces you to the study of teaching as a profession and provides opportunities for you to critically examine the nature of teachers' work. Through reflecting on your past educational experiences and dispositions (that is, your attitudes and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit seeks to prepare you for academic success at the start of your university studies. In this unit you will reflect on your own literacies in light of the academic literacy requirements required for your study and your new…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This is the first of three English units you will undertake in the B.Ed. degree. The foundations of English are explored in two key modules, with the first focusing on the nature of language, culture, and how young people learn…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSpring school (extended)
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is the foundation mathematics and numeracy unit for the Bachelor of Education. It provides an opportunity to reflect upon and to develop understanding of concepts that are central to mathematics curricula; to consider the cross-curricula implications and opportunities…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSpring school (extended)
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Semester 2

This unit offers an introduction to curriculum frameworks and the associated range of pedagogies involved in teaching and learning. Curriculum documents are not value-neutral; they are constructed by people who have particular viewpoints, perspectives and ideologies about education and schooling,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This Unit will give you a detailed insight Human development within an education paradigm wherein we will specially explore the following core ideas:Human psychology exists within chronological age (e.g. critical points and/or stages /transitions),Human development is a process of recognising/articulating…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit you will be introduced to Music and the Visual Arts as key areas of the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum: The Arts. You will become familiar with the research that supports the practice of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The unit will explore the theoretical basis considered best practice in science teaching and aims to develop pedagogical content knowledge required for planning and delivering authentic science learning experiences for early childhood and primary education students. The unit is presented…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In your second year you will complete 8 compulsory units and a 20 day professional experience placement in ESH101 Professional Experience 1.

Compulsory Units

Semester 1

The unit will explore the theoretical and practical issues concerned with establishing and maintaining positive learning environments that allow all students to participate fully in educational opportunities. The unit will explore preventive strategies to establish a positive classroom climate in…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces you to the foundations of second language acquisition. It has been designed to introduce you to the role of Languages within the curriculum, second language acquisition theories, an appreciation of the relevance of intercultural understanding, links to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is the first of the two Health and Physical Education units, undertaken in sequence. One purpose of this unit is to develop your knowledge in relation to a variety of pedagogical considerations which are not only pertinent to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit, you will examine the processes and pedagogy of design and applied learning. Information will be presented about: the continuum of design and technology, opportunities for learning and problem solving through designing and making, investigating and devising solutions…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Semester 2

In this unit you are introduced to the principles of assessment of student learning, evaluation of learning programs, moderation of assessment, and reporting to education stakeholders. You will develop an understanding of various assessment, moderation, and evaluation strategies that are…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this second English unit, you will further the work commenced in ESH110 in language, closely integrating this with the Literacy Strand of the Australian Curriculum: English. The unit has a particular focus on contemporary approaches to the teaching of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces students to pedagogies appropriate for teaching primary mathematics. The unit will model and provide opportunities for students to engage with rich tasks, group work, problem solving, and differentiating the curriculum, using examples from across all domains of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

ESH260 will provide you with the knowledge and skills to teach the new learning area of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) to children in the Early Childhood and Primary years. In Module 1 we examine the sub-strand of History and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

 

In your third year you will complete 7 compulsory units, 1 unit towards your teaching proficiency and a 30 day professional experience placement in ESH200 Professional Experience 2.

Your teaching proficiency unit will depend on your intended proficiency. Descriptions of each proficiency are provided at the bottom of this schedule. You should consider your choice carefully and seek academic advice if you are uncertain of your intended proficiency.

English: ESH314 Literature, Multimodality and MediaLanguages: ESH311 Languages TeachingMathematics: ESH321 Mathematics for Middle School

Compulsory Units

Semester 1

This Unit focuses on the nature of inclusive education in the 21st century, with an emphasis on diversity and exceptionality. Based on a philosophical foundation that values every child/student and acknowledges the right of every child/student to the most appropriate…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This is the second of two Health and Physical Education (HPE) Units. The Unit aims to promote awareness of the importance of Health and Physical Education in the curriculum from a generalist teacher’s perspective and provide confidence in teaching its…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

ESH360: Advanced Humanities and Social Sciences will extend your understanding of content and pedagogy beyond what you learned in the introductory unit, ESH260.The Australian Curriculum learning area of Humanities and Social Sciences requires children from birth to Year 6 to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit presents the theory, methods and practice of teaching using digital technologies. You will critically reflect on ICT-based issues in light of modern theorists' views of the transformative effect of digital technologies in education, and learn to select and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSpring school (extended)
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Students are also required to enrol in ESH200 Professional Experience 2
Semester 2

The focus of this unit is a theoretical and practical exploration of ethics in relation to education and teacher identity. It encourages you to consider how particular philosophical ideas inform educational values, how these values relate to your identity as…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit, you will be introduced to drama and dance as key Primary and Early Childhood learning areas as well as core components of the Australian Curriculum. You will explore how students learn about and through the arts, with…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Students are enabled to constructively consider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, histories, cultures and perspectives in the curriculum. The unit has four foci which are integrated: identity/ nationalism, history, ethics, and pedagogy. It considers these foci as they relate…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2
LauncestonSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

 
Semester 2 Teaching Proficiency unit
Choose one of the units below according to your intended teaching proficiency.

This unit is centred on the significant role of images and visual culture in children’s lives. It has a strong emphasis on literary multimodal texts, visual literacy and sensory literacies. Multimodal texts will include picture books, graphic novels, television, film,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this Unit you will investigate the principles and practicalities of teaching a foreign language within a primary school context. The Unit will include evaluation and application of Languages teaching and learning theory and contemporary language teaching methodologies. Existing understandings,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Mathematics is a key learning area for all students and essential to an individual's ability to fully participate in society. The teaching of mathematics at all levels is changing in response to research into its teaching and learning and to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In your fourth year you will complete 6 compulsory units, 2 units specific to your teaching proficiency and a 30 day professional experience placement in ESH300 Professional Experience 3.

Compulsory units

Semester 1

In this culminating English unit, you will further the work commenced in ESH110 in language, and the work in ESH210 on literacy, closely integrating this with a focus on the Literature Strand of the Australian Curriculum: English. The unit will…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit builds on your existing knowledge of appropriate pedagogies for teaching mathematics by extending it to include knowledge of relevant curricula (including Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia, DEEWR 2009), the development of students'…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit extends the theory and methods for teaching primary science and technology covered in ESH250 through the targeted study of assessment and planning strategies for the development of students' scientific literacy. Current theories of teaching, learning, planning and assessment…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Semester 2

In this unit, you will explore teaching and schooling from a sociological perspective. The unit introduces you to the way schools are shaped by wider political and social contexts that enable and constrain what education is and what schooling can…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Work in this unit represents a culmination of your teacher education journey and is an important bridge to your ongoing development as a professional. Through engagement with a range of blended learning activities and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit, you will explore the processes and possibilities of practitioner action research, and generate a plan for investigation into an aspect of relevance in your own educational context. The unit aims to provide you with the opportunity to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Students are also required to enrol in ESH300 Professional Experience 3.

Complete both of the units below, one in each semester.

This unit introduces students to the steps involved in producing polished works of fiction and creative non-fiction: generating ideas through writing exercises, improving work through redrafting, and refining work through copy-editing. Lectures will focus on foundational aspects of writing craft…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides you with in-depth theoretical knowledge about the nature, structure and development of language from a functional approach and its relations to language and literacy education. It is built on the foundational concepts in the first two core…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Complete two units from a single language below, one in each semester.

French

Places its main stress on the development of a sound basic knowledge of the structure of the language and on practice in the four basic language skills bringing students to a degree of linguistic competence equivalent at least to TCE…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Places its main stress on the development of a sound basic knowledge of the structure of the language and on practice in the four basic language skills bringing students to a degree of linguistic competence equivalent at least to TCE…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

German

This is an introductory unit for students with little or no prior knowledge of German. While a key goal of this unit is the acquisition of communication skills in German, the unit centres on the study of the lives, interests…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This is the continuation of HEG101 German 1A. It is an intensive beginners' unit, which in conjunction with HEG101 aims to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the main structures of the German language. During the four contact hours…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Chinese

Develops competence in beginners spoken and written Chinese (simplified characters). Unit includes grammar lectures, student- and teacher-led tutorials and speaking and listening, reading and writing, and a component on Chinese culture, history and society.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Develops competence in beginners spoken and written Chinese (simplified characters). Unit includes grammar lectures, student- and teacher-led tutorials and speaking and listening, reading and writing, and a component on Chinese culture, history and society.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Japanese

This is an introductory unit for students with little or no prior knowledge of Japanese. This unit has an emphasis on the interactive use of the Japanese language. It develops competence in basic spoken and written Japanese. The unit also…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Develops competence in basic spoken and written Japanese.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Indonesian

This is an introductory unit for students with no prior knowledge of Indonesian. This unit will provide students with the skills to communicate and interact with Indonesian people on a range of topics, to find their way around in Indonesia,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Builds on HMN101. Emphasises interactive use of Indonesian language and an understanding of contemporary Indonesian society. Uses written text, audio, video and computers for language learning.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Complete both of the units below, one in each semester.

This unit focuses on the broad range of students who may find learning mathematics challenging for a range of reasons. These reasons may include: difficulties directly related to the learning of mathematics, such as dyscalculia; difficulties that are not directly…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

The English proficiency pathway will provide you with a deeper subject knowledge of English, an enhanced enthusiasm and confidence for teaching English, and an appreciation for the role of all aspects of English in our broader culture. Teacher expertise in English and Literacy is one of the key demands from prospective employers. Taking this proficiency will provide a pathway for leadership in English and Literacy in your schools. It is also anticipated that graduates with a specialisation in English will purposefully contribute to reinforcing literacy outcomes for students across the primary curriculum.

In our core units, you are introduced to the three strands of the English curriculum: Language, Literacy, and Literature. The proficiency units expand upon what you have learned in the core units. Some topics will be explored in more depth in the new units, such as spelling, grammar, and writing. Other topics will be explored more broadly, such as Australian literature, screen studies, and performance. There will also be new topics, such as digital fiction, and the study of creative writing for children.

The first proficiency unit is Literature, Multimodality and Media. In this unit we aim for you to develop a deep appreciation of the changing nature of English by considering how images, sounds, movement, and space contribute to the meaning-making in narratives. You will study multimodal literature including picture books, film and digital literature. This will include the ways in which new literacies and technologies have impacted narrative. You will also learn multimodal approaches to pedagogy, such as performance and drama.

The second proficiency unit is Linguistics for Literacy. In this unit you will learn more about the research base underpinning the essential components of effective early reading and writing instruction, with a particular focus on spelling, and develop a sound knowledge of the metalinguistic foundations of the English language. You will have opportunities to go more in depth with the pedagogy, and create your own classroom resources.

The third proficiency unit is The World of Children’s Books. In this unit you will learn from leading Australian scholars about the world of writing for young people. You will explore how children’s books are read, written, and published. This unit explores the diverse and challenging world of writing for children and young adults. Through a variety of genres—such as picture books, graphic and prose novels, and short stories—you will investigate how books for young people deal with the big themes of growing up and living in a changing and challenging world.

Your final proficiency unit will be Teachers as Reflective Practitioners and Action Researchers. This unit will provide you with the opportunity to recognise the role that reflection plays in forming a link between the conceptual and theoretical bases of teaching and learning.

In your final year you will be expected to teach English in your final placement and focus upon this area for your GTPA final placement task. Your assessment within the English pathway will require you to demonstrate expert content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge and highly effective classroom teaching. To gain entry to this pathway you will need to have successfully passed ESH110 and ESH210.

The Australian Curriculum: Languages suggests that learning a language enables the participant to develop a deeper understanding about a community’s social, economic and international capabilities. On a personal level, learning a language provides the learner with, firstly, an ability to communicate, but more widely an ability to understand other cultures thus developing intercultural competencies that supports members of our increased globalised world to participate more meaningfully - socially, personally and culturally. Intercultural understanding is a foundation for developing positive attitudes towards cultural difference and offers opportunities to experience other points of view and ways of seeing the world. Language learning is, in this sense, a pathway towards greater cultural awareness in young learners.

There is a developing understanding of the importance of Languages as part of a balanced curriculum amongst Australian educational precincts. As examples, Victoria require, as a condition of school registration, that all school include Languages instruction, all schools in the ACT are required to provide a languages program, Queensland schools are encouraged, through a global schools through languages program, to support languages learning and in NSW specific language centres have been developed to support languages learning and access to learning programs. In Tasmanian schools, external providers are beginning to provide schools with opportunities for languages learning. The Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA), “ My Chinese Teacher’ and Education Perfect programs are providing such opportunities and it is necessary that classroom teachers have understandings of good practice for languages learning to be able to support, to reflect upon and to review the impact of programs on learners.

As a provider of teachers across Australia it is important that our pre-service teachers are prepared to be part of such a community.

Choosing a Language pathway will involve:

• The completion of the prerequisite unit, ESH215.

• Completing ESH311: Languages Teaching. This unit will build upon your pedagogical content knowledge:

The unit will investigate the principles and practicalities of teaching a foreign language within a primary school context. The unit will include evaluation and application of Languages teaching and learning theory and contemporary language teaching methodologies. Existing understandings, skills and processes to plan and implement Language teaching and learning experiences into the primary school curriculum will be built upon. In this unit you will develop understandings about supporting Languages in the primary school and associated curriculum frameworks.

• Selecting a Language from the availabilities and completing 1A and 1B in your 4th year to develop content knowledge and more confident personal language fluency.

• Completing ESH304 – a unit enabling reflection on your Languages proficiency

• Securing some Languages teaching experience in your final school placement through a short program.

Mathematics is a key learning area for all students in primary schools. Mathematics is essential for an individual to fully participate in society as well as to access STEM based subjects in higher education.

The Mathematics Proficiency Pathway is intended to provide specialist knowledge in the teaching and learning of mathematics in primary and middle schools, by addressing two areas of demand:

The development of expert content and pedagogical content knowledge for a classroom teacher.

It is widely recognised that a teacher’s pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) impacts on student learning. The Mathematics Proficiency Pathway is intended to prepare you for teaching across a wider range of age groups, both to develop your own content knowledge (CK) and to extend your PCK across the horizon by helping appreciate where learning has stemmed from and where it is going.

The development of skills relevant to the role of a mathematics coordinator in a primary school.

A mathematics coordinator (or numeracy leader) has a key role in developing whole school approaches for teaching mathematics and numeracy. The Mathematics Proficiency Pathway is intended to develop your passion for mathematics, critique recent research and initiatives in pedagogical practices, and review whole school approaches to teaching mathematics.

Content of the mathematics pathway:

The Mathematics Proficiency Pathway consists of three additional mathematics specialist units (linked to an additional reflection unit) intended to complement and build on the three core mathematics units taken by all students in the BEd Primary Programme. These additional proficiency units are intended to address dimensions of higher order CK and PCK in relation to middle school mathematics, inclusive practices, and an understanding of issues across whole school planning and assessment. These units will provide you with greater confidence and the mathematical vision to lead the teaching of mathematics in your school.

Description of the content and rationale of each of the mathematics units:

ESH321 Mathematics in the Middle School: Deepen content knowledge (CK) relevant to middle school mathematics; extend PCK in the teaching of topics such as integers, proportional reasoning, geometry, statistics and algebra; use a range of media for teaching and assessment such as digital technologies.

ESH321 builds upon the content knowledge developed in ESH120 by extending confidence in CK beyond the primary grades. ESH321 also complements ESH220 and ESH320 by exploring student learning and PCK across an extended range of grades.

ESH322 Inclusive Mathematics: Extend PCK by challenging established practices for differentiation, such as ability grouping, in mathematics classrooms; examine equitable strategies to support inclusion including the use of questioning, classroom talk and communication, and use of a range of resources and media.

ESH322 develops the initial review of strategies for differentiation in ESH220 and ESH320 and extends PCK in relation to inclusive equitable practices that will impact on a range of learners.

ESH323 Issues in Mathematics Teaching: Explores the focus and structure of ACARA numeracy progressions; uses the numeracy progressions to inform whole school planning for mathematics across units and year groups; examines the role of assessment in whole school development; explores issues such as the integration of numeracy across the curriculum;

ESH323 develops PCK beyond that of a classroom teacher to appreciate whole school issues and develop a broader understanding of theoretical and societal perspectives.

Entry requirements

Interested in studying the Bachelor of Education (Primary), you will need to meet the following requirements:

If you are a Year 12 school leaver

Normal minimum University entrance requirements will apply and you are required to have an ATAR score of 65 or higher.

You will also need to undertake the Non-Academic Capability Assessment Tool (NACAT) to complete your application.

If you are a non-school leaver

You will need to meet the minimum University entrance requirements through alternative qualifications or experience. For the Bachelor of Education (Primary), the minimum qualification is a Certificate IV.

You will also need to undertake the Non-Academic Capability Assessment Tool (NACAT) to complete your application.

More information about entrance requirements can be found at Admissions.

If you are an international student

You will need to meet the International General Entrance Requirements.

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided.
The Bachelor of Education (Primary) requires an (IELTS) average of 7.5 with no band lower than 7.0, and Listening and Speaking at 8.0.

More information is available at international future students.

Additional pre-requisites:

Non-Academic Capability Assessment Tool (NACAT)

In addition, all applicants are required to provide a non-academic personal statement which is used to assist in the selection of students into all Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses at the University of Tasmania.

This statement is submitted through the Non-Academic Capability Assessment Tool (NACAT) after you have completed your application and is used in conjunction with your ATAR score (or equivalent alternative entry). All applicants must satisfactorily complete the NACAT before they will be provided with an offer into the course.

Instructions on submitting your statement and completing the NACAT are provided during the application process.

*From 2017, all Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses in Australia will be required to select entrants on basis of both cognitive and non-cognitive skills and abilities.

Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teaching Education.

Prior to undertaking their final Professional Experience placement, Bachelor of Education (Primary) students are required to complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teaching Education (LANTITE).

Credit for appropriate studies completed at another Australian or overseas University or TAFE may be granted.

Please contact us to discuss your credit options, and how applying for credit can fast-track your study and career in Primary Education.

Students who have undertaken an appropriate course at another Australian or overseas institution of higher education or TAFE college may apply to receive credit for such study. Applications for credit can be made upon application to the Bachelor of Education (Primary) course.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree can advance their Education knowledge with specialised study through either a Postgraduate Coursework or a Research Higher Degree pathway.

Filter the Course list on the Education and Teaching study theme page by Postgraduate or Higher Degrees by research to view the courses currently available.

Students wishing to exit the Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree after three years can receive a Bachelor of Educational Studies qualification. The program will be offered internally at Launceston and Cradle Coast campuses, full time or part time, and by distance/on-line Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast, Interstate Isolated and Offshore. The Bachelor of Educational Studies is not a professional teaching qualification.

If you do not meet the school leaver or non-school leaver entry requirements for the Bachelor of Education (Primary), you should consider enrolment in the Diploma of University Studies (Education Specialisation) (21A) as the alternative pathway to your preferred degree and career.

Students, on successfully completing the Diploma of University Studies (Education Specialisation) can then re-apply for admittance to the Bachelor of Education (Primary),and may apply for credit for the units undertaken.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units they enrol in. In 2020, this fee is $46.20 per unit (of 12.5 credit points). In 2020, the maximum charge for full time students is $308.

International students

2020 Total Course Fee (international students): $124,112 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $29,446 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

International students

For more information on international fees, go to International Fees.

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Scholarships

Domestic Students

Each year, the University offers more than 900 awards, worth an estimated $4 million, to students from all walks of life, including those who have achieved high academic results; those from low socio-economic backgrounds; students with sporting ability; students undertaking overseas study; and students with a disability.

For information on all scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the Scholarships and Bursaries website.

Applications for most awards commencing in Semester 1, open at the beginning of August and close strictly on 31 October in the year prior to study.

Domestic Students – HECS Fee Waivers

Fee waivers waive the student contribution amount payable on a Commonwealth Supported Place.
They are sometimes referred to as a HECS Scholarship or HECS wavier.

A Fee Waiver can apply to an individual unit, a semester, a year of study, or the entire degree, dependent on the arrangements agreed to by the University of Tasmania with employers, State government departments, or as offered by the University in specific degree programs.

Education students are encouraged to review their eligibility for the following Fee Waiver programs, whether for personal or professional development:

Refer to Fee Waivers for the complete range and your eligibility.

For all new students, the Fee Waiver application is completed as part of finalising your enrolment, after you have completed your online application for your course.

The closing date for fee waiver applications is the census date applicable to your enrolment.

International Students

There is a large range of scholarships, bursaries and fee discounts available for international students studying at the University of Tasmania. For more information on these, visit Tasmanian International Scholarships.

Additional costs

In addition to course costs, students may be subject to other costs related to study at university including:

How can we help?

Do you have any questions about choosing a course or applying? Get in touch.

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International
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Email
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