Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)(Honours)

Course Code 4221
Course duration /
Study mode

Course duration: Four years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus
Maximum time to complete: Ten years

Location Lake Macquarie

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The honours option allows you to complete a program in research methodology and conduct your own research under supervision. This program enhances the efforts of high potential students to influence professional practice through research, and facilitates access for students to proceed to research-based studies at masters or doctorate level. After completing the first two years of the BA/BTch (Primary) course, students may gain entry into the honours program based on academic performance. 50% of the professional experience must be completed in Australia.


Career Opportunities


Successful completion of the BA/BTch (Primary) will allow the student to graduate with the qualifications to teach from Foundation to Year 6 and to gain employment in the following areas:

  • Primary teacher
  • Primary school administrator
  • Primary school specialist teacher (Creative Arts, PDHPE, Science, Humanities & Social Sciences, English and Mathematics)
  • Tutor
  • Counsellor
  • School chaplain

Graduates leave qualified to teach in church, independent and state school systems in both Australia and overseas. In addition to education-related careers, teachers often find careers in the corporate world where organisational and relationship skills are valued by employers.


Admission Criteria


After completing the first two years of the BA/BTch (Primary) course students may gain entry into the honours program based on academic performance.

ADVANCED STANDING AND CREDIT TRANSFER

For information on advanced standing and credit transfer, see Avondale’s Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer policy.


Course Structure


The BA/BTch (Primary) (Honours) course is designed to successfully prepare Primary teachers. It consists of thirty 6 credit point units and one 12 credit point unit (192 credits) studied over eight semesters full-time or the equivalent part-time. A full year of discipline only units (non-teacher education studies) is completed prior to the first scheduled professional teaching experience in compliance with GTIL 1.1. The course composition is set out below.

Course duration: Four years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus
Maximum time to complete: Ten years

Course structure:

The course structure is based on eight semesters (each of 13 weeks in duration), with four units normally taught in each semester. The course is comprised of:

  • 10 Education Units (including 5 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Units)
  • 19 Discipline specific Units (This is shown below)
  • 3 units of Research

Primary Students within the BA/BTch (Primary)(Honours) will normally complete their discipline units in the following way:

  • 11 x Specialisation units to make up a major in Primary Curriculum
  • 4 x Units to make up a minor in a KLA
  • 4 x Core discipline Units

Primary KLA teaching areas include:

English, Mathematics, Humanities & Social Sciences, Creative Arts, Science & Technology, Health Physical Education and Biblical Studies

Core Education and Pedagogical Studies Units - These units cover a range of current educational topics designed to prepare pre-service teachers to successfully teach young people. These units involve a variety of topics including: Classroom Management; ICT and Learning; Relationships & Development; Students with Special Education Needs and Multicultural & Indigenous Education. Literacy education, classroom safety, curriculum development and teaching strategies are just some examples of what is covered in the Pedagogical Studies Units.

Curriculum Studies Units - These units provide pre-service teachers with the opportunity to apply quality-teaching principles to specific teaching areas. Literacy education, classroom safety, curriculum development and teaching strategies are each dealt with specifically.

Primary KLA Specialisation - Students who complete the required 6 units in the one discipline area complete a KLA specialisation.

Primary Curriculum Specialisation - The major for the BA/BTch for students wishing to teach in Primary School settings is a major in Primary Curriculum Studies. This major covers all mandatory key learning areas and prepares students for work in a primary setting. It consists of 11 units.

Primary Minor - The minor teaching field is comprised of 4 units within a chosen discipline area related to a key learning area of the primary curriculum. Minors may include English, Music, Creative Arts, HPE, HSIE, and Science. These are content units which are taught by the relevant disciplines and are designed to build a strong body of knowledge in one area of the Primary Curriculum.

Core Discipline Units - This unit is a compulsory discipline unit for all Primary students in the BA/BTch and provides students with a foundational understanding for successful completion of their course.

Content of the Course of Study (6 credit points each)

Core Education and Pedagogical Studies Units

  • EDUC20101 Relationships and Development
  • EDUC20102 ICT and Learning
  • EDUC30101 Professional Development Preparation for the Workplace
  • EDUC30102 Students with Special Education Needs
  • EDUC30103 Multicultural and Indigenous Education
  • EDUC30105 Exploring a Philosophy of Christian Education
  • EDUC12101 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Primary - Preparing for the Learning Environment
  • EDUC25102 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Primary - Planning & Assessment for Learning
  • EDUC25103 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Primary - Teaching & Researching for Effective Learning

Primary Curriculum Units

  • EDUC14101 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Creative Arts 1
  • EDUC14102 Curriculum Studies - Teaching English 1
  • EDUC24103 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Primary History, Civics & Citizenship
  • EDUC24104 Curriculum Studies - Teaching English II
  • EDUC24105 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Mathematics I
  • EDUC24106 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Mathematics II
  • EDUC24017 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Science & Technology
  • EDUC24108 Curriculum Studies - From Theory to Practice
  • EDUC34109 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Health & Physical Education
  • EDUC24110 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Primary Geography, Economics & Business

Core Discipline Units

  • WHPE10101 Foundations of Wellbeing
  • BBUS11020 Literacy & Numeracy in an Organisational Context
  • MNGT26100 Organisational Behaviour
  • SCTS21100 Understanding the Physical & Natural World

Research Units

  • EDUC40101 Approaches to Research
  • EDUC40210 Thesis - Honours (Year Long 12 Credit Points)

Science Minor

Choose 4 units from of the following:

  • BIOL15000 Introductory Biology
  • BIOL15100 The Diversity of Life
  • BIOL26000 General Human Physiology
  • CHEM16300 General Chemistry
  • BIOL26400 General Microbiology
  • BIOL26200 Ecology
  • GEOH14110 Environmental Issues
  • HESC15700 Health Science 1
  • CHEM16100 Chemistry IB
  • HESC15800 Health Science 2

Mathematics Minor

Choose 4 units from of the following:

  • MATH16000 Mathematics IA
  • MATH16100 Mathematics IB
  • MATH16200 Introduction to Statistics
  • MATH26000 Calculus II
  • MATH26100 Algebra II

Health & Physical Education Minor

Choose 4 units from of the following:

  • WHPE10100 Team Sports
  • WHPE20100 Skill Acquisition
  • WHPE10103 Gymnastics & Dance
  • DTFN11100 Food, Nutrition & Health
  • WHPE10102 Analysis of Movement
  • WHPE20101 Physiology of Exercise
  • HESC15700 Health Science 1

Creative Arts Minor

Choose 4 units from of the following:

  • GDES11100 Digital Design Fundamentals
  • VISC11130 Ceramics Theory & Practice
  • VISC11100 General Painting & Drawing
  • VISC21120 Digital Photography and Concepts
  • VISC21130 Sculpture Theory & Practice
  • MUSC11100 Performance I
  • MUSC11110 Performance II
  • MUSC11120 Musicology I: Medieval & Renaissance
  • MUSC11130 Musicology II: Baroque & Classical

English Minor

  • ENGL11100 Critical Approaches to Literature

and up to three of the following:

  • ENGL21120 Literature for Children and Young Adults
  • ENGL21130 Australian Literature: Issues and Contexts
  • ENGL31100 Renaissance Literature: Texts and Performance
  • ENGL31110 Global Voices: Literary Movements of the Twentieth Century

and up to one of the following:

  • ENGL11110 Drama Studies: Text and Performance
  • COMM21110 Print Journalism Practice
  • COMM31110 Creative Writing: The Art of Poetry and Short Story

Humanities & Social Sciences Minor

Choose 4 units from of the following:

  • GEOH11100 Responding to Global Issues
  • GEOH14110 Environmental Issues
  • GEOH21110 NGOs and Ethics
  • GEOH21100 Globalisation and the Asia Pacific
  • GEOP24000 Physical Geography
  • HIST11100 What is History?
  • HIST21100 Beliefs and Myths of the Ancient World
  • HIST21110 Culture, Politics and War in the Ancient World
  • HIST11140 Australian History: Key Themes

 

Sequence of Units

Year 1 Semester 1

  • Minor 1
  • Minor 2
  • WHPE10101 Foundations of Wellbeing (Core)
  • BBUS11020 Literacy & Numeracy in an Organisational Context (Core)

Year 1 Semester 2

  • Minor 3
  • Minor 4
  • MNGT16100 Introduction to Organisational Behaviour (Core)
  • SCTS11100 Exploring the Physical & Natural World (Core)

Year 2 Semester 1

  • EDUC14102 Curriculum Studies - Teaching English I
  • EDUC14101 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Creative Arts I
  • EDUC20101 Relationships & Development
  • EDUC12101 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies Primary - Preparing for the Learning Environment

Professional Experience I (July - 15 days)

Year 2 Semester 2

  • EDUC14112 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Creative Arts II
  • EDUC24103 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Primary History, Civics & Citizenship
  • EDUC20102 ICT & Learning
  • EDUC22102 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies Primary - Planning & Assessment for

Professional Experience II (February - 10 days)

Year 3 Semester 1

  • EDUC24104 Curriculum Studies - Teaching English II
  • EDUC14105 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Mathematics I
  • EDUC22104 Managing the Primary Classroom Environment
  • EDUC22103 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies Primary - Teaching and Researching for Effective Learning

Professional Experience III (July - 15 days)

Year 3 Semester 2

  • EDUC24106 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Mathematics II
  • EDUC24107 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Science & Technology
  • EDUC24108 Curriculum Studies - From Theory to practice
  • EDUC40101 Approaches to Research

Professional Experience IV (February - 10 days)

Year 4 Semester 1

  • EDUC34109 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Health & Physical Education
  • EDUC24110 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Primary Geography, Economics & Business
  • EDUC40201 Thesis-Honours (Year Long)
  • EDUC30101 Professional Development: Preparation for the Workplace

Professional Experience V (July - 30 days)

Year 4 Semester 2

  • EDUC30102 Students with Special Education Needs
  • EDUC30103 Multicultural & Indigenous Education
  • EDUC40201 Thesis-Honours (Year Long)
  • EDUC30105 Exploring a Philosophy of Christian Education

Practical Experience


Before undertaking professional experience students need to obtain a Working With Children Clearance.


Accreditation


The BA/BTch (Primary) (Honours) is accredited by the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) and our own self-accrediting process.


Registration and Self-Disclosure


Endorsement of Avondale’s Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)(Honours) by the New South Wales Government Institute of Teachers Advisory Panel qualifies graduates for employment as teachers in the NSW State public system. Other Australian state governments have different requirements for teachers to become registered to teach in state schools, but normally registration in one state is considered as meeting the requirements for other states.

Information concerning certification requirements is available from the Faculty Dean. You are advised to familiarise yourself with these requirements, as responsibility for registration as a teacher rests with you.

Current legislation requires that all students who will be working with children or young people must take responsibility to make an online application for a NSW Working With Children Check http://www.kids.nsw.gov.au/Working-with-children/New-Working-With-Children-Check/Volunteers-and-students and complete the Child Protection Awareness Training. https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/proflearn/cpat/index.html

All students enrolled in education degrees must complete the above and evidence of completion must be sent or given to the Professional Experience Placement Officer. This will cover all local school visits undertaken as part of education courses and school placements in New South Wales schools.

All students who undertake placements in states other than NSW must also complete a separate Working with Children Check relevant to the state in which they are doing their placement. The placement officer will help with this process.

Pre-service teachers must take a copy of the Working with Children Check form/card with them to their placement school. This applies to pre-service teachers doing Professional Experience placements in all Australian schools.


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