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

Course Code 4221
Course duration /
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Course duration: Four years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus with distance education available for some units

Location Lake Macquarie

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The honours option allows you to complete a Primary teaching 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)(Honours) will allow the student to graduate with the qualifications to teach from Foundation to Year 6 and the potential to gain employment as a:

  • 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 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.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Overseas applicants will have their qualifications assessed by Avondale Admissions in line with the Admission Policy for Undergraduate Higher Education Courses found at http://www.avondale.edu.au/about/policies/display/?s=MjQ=  Overseas applicants are also required to satisfy Australian Government visa requirements http://www.avondale.edu.au/about/policies/display/?s=Mzg3

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English as per the Admission to Higher Education undergraduate course http://www.avondale.edu.au/about/policies/display/?s=MjQ=


Course Structure


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

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 credit points) 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 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 Key Learning Area (KLA)
  • 4 x Core discipline Units

Primary KLA teaching areas include:

English, Mathematics, Humanities & Social Sciences, Creative Arts, Science and PDHPE

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 (Primary)(Honours) 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, Mathematics, Creative Arts, PDHPE, 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 (Primary)(Honours) 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
  • EDUC30106 Philosophy and Praxis of Christian Education
  • EDUC12101 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Primary - Preparing for the Learning Environment
  • EDUC22102 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Primary - Planning & Assessment for Learning
  • EDUC22105 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Primary - Teaching for Effective Learning
  • EDUC22104 Managing the Primary Classroom Environment

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
  • EDUC14105 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Mathematics I
  • EDUC24106 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Mathematics II
  • EDUC24107 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
  • MNGT16100 Introduction to Organisational to Behaviour
  • SCTS11100 Exploring the Physical & Natural World

Research Units

  • EDUC40101 Approaches to Research
  • EDUC40201 Thesis - Honours (Year Long 12 Credit Points)

Science Minor

Choose 4 units from the following:

  • BIOL15000 Introductory Biology
  • BIOL15100 The Diversity of Life
  • CHEM16300 General Chemistry
  • CHEM16100 Chemistry IB
  • PHYS16300 General Physics
  • BIOL27300 Flora and Fauna of Australia

Mathematics Minor

Choose 4 units from the following:

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

PDHPE Minor

Choose 4 units from the following:

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

Creative Arts Minor

Choose 4 units from 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

Choose 4 units from the following:

  • ENGL11100 Critical Approaches to Literature
  • COMM11100 Writing for Media Contexts
  • ARTS11100 Interpreting and Producing Media Messages
  • COMM21130 Video production and digital technologies
  • ENGL11110 Drama Studies: Text and Performance
  • COMM21110 Print Journalism Practice

Humanities & Social Sciences Minor

Choose 4 units from the following:

  • GEOH11100 Responding to Global Issues
  • GEOH14110 Environmental Issues
  • GEOH21110 NGOs and Ethics
  • GEOH21100 Globalisation and the Asia Pacific
  • 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

  • EDUC24112 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 learning

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
  • EDUC22105 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies Primary - Teaching 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)
  • EDUC30106 Philosophy of Praxis Christian Education

Practical Experience


Professional Experience is a critical component of initial teacher education and offers pre-service teachers enrolled in teaching degrees, work- integrated learning opportunities as part of their professional development. Avondale’s Professional Experience program is based on a framework of high-quality Professional Experience in Australian schools in order to provide high-quality experiences that will equip pre-service teachers to face the challenges and diversity of classrooms. All mentor teachers for domestic Professional Experience placements are registered teachers at the Proficient level or higher of the Australian Institute of Teaching and School leadership (AITSL) standards.

 

Professional Experience placements occur regularly throughout all teaching degree programs at the times listed in the course structure.  It is the student’s responsibility to be available at those times. Pre-service teachers will experience a range of school settings, including public and independents schools, and one rural/regional school. Each school placement offers pre-service teachers the opportunity to apply their theoretical learning to real-life situations.

Transport to and from placement schools and accommodation and related costs are the responsibility of the student.

In addition to the listed admission criteria, students will need the relevant working with children clearance applicable to any Australian state in which they choose to complete a placement. A supervised overseas placement may be allowable for one placement other than the final placement.

Students also need to be able to demonstrate their fitness for teaching. This means they are able to:

  • maintain satisfactory academic progression prior to professional experience placement;
  • act in a way that demonstrates sound cognitive, mental, emotional and physical health, and be able to cope with the varying demands of classroom situations;
  • demonstrate the ability to cope effectively with stressful situations;
  • demonstrate the ability to maintain duty of care while on placement;
  • relate to students in an age appropriate and professional manner;
  • be able to model appropriate literacy and numeracy skills both in the classroom and beyond.

Students who cannot demonstrate their fitness for teaching will not be allowed to do school placements.


Accreditation


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


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