Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)

Course Code 4220
Course duration /
Study mode

Maximum time to complete:   Ten years

The BA/BTch (Primary) course is designed to successfully prepare Primary teachers. It consists of thirty-two 6 credit point units (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. The course composition is set out below.

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:

  • 12 Education Units (including 5 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Units)
  • 20 Curriculum Units (This is shown below)

Students will normally complete their discipline units in the following way:

12 x Education units (including 5 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Units)
12 x Curriculum Studies units to make up a major in Primary Curriculum specialisation
4 x Units to make up a minor in a Key Learning Area (KLA)
4 x Core discipline units

Within a BA/BTch (Primary) at Avondale it is possible to do a 4 unit minor, an 8 unit major and /or a 12 unit specialisation.

Primary KLA teaching areas include:
English, Mathematics, Humanities & Social Sciences, Creative Arts, Science, and Physical Education and Health.

COMPONENTS AND DESCRIPTIONS

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 and Development; Students with Special Educational Needs and Multicultural & Indigenous Education.

Curriculum Studies Units
These units provide pre-service teachers with the opportunity to apply quality-teaching principles to specific teaching areas.

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) 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 12 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, Creative Arts, Mathematics, 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
These units are compulsory core discipline for all Primary students in the BA/BTch (Primary) providing students with a foundational understanding for successful completion of their course.
 

COURSE SEQUENCE

192 Credit Points

Each unit is worth 6 Credit Points unless otherwise stated.

Year 1

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

  • Minor 3
  • Minor 4
  • MNGT16100 Introduction to Organisational Behaviour (Core)
  • SCTS1100 Exploring the Physical & Natural World (Core)

Year 2

Semester 1

  • EDUC14102 Curriculum Studies - Teaching English 1
  • EDUC14101 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Creative Arts 1
  • EDUC20101 Relationships and Development
  • EDUC12101 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Primary - Preparing for the Learning Environment

Professional Experience I (July – 15 days)

Semester 2

  • EDUC24112 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Creative Arts II
  • EDUC24103 Curriculum Studies -Teaching Primary History, Civics & Citizenship
  • EDUC20102 ICT and Learning
  • EDUC22102 Curriculum and 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
  • EDUC22101 Managing the Primary Classroom Environment
  • EDUC22103 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Primary - Teaching & Researching for Effective Learning

Professional Experience III (July – 15 days)

Semester 2

  • EDUC24106 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Mathematics II
  • EDUC24107 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Science & Technology
  • EDUC24108 Curriculum Studies - From Theory to Practice
  • EDUC20100 Exploring a Christian World-View

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
  • EDUC34111 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Biblical Studies
  • EDUC30101 Professional Development: Preparation for the Workplace

Professional Experience V (July – 30 days)

Semester 2

  • EDUC30102 Students with Special Education Needs
  • EDUC30103 Multicultural and Indigenous Education
  • EDUC30104 Professional Development: Research and Pastoral Care
  • EDUC30105 Exploring a Philosophy of Christian Education

All teacher education students are required to pass a literacy and numeracy test. For more information on this test visit www.nswteachers.nsw.edu.au/future-returning-teachers/become-a-teacher/literacy-and-numeracy-tests/

Location Lake Macquarie

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About


The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) (BA/BTch (Primary)) is a highly practical course with hands-on classroom experience from the second year of full-time study. The degree not only qualifies and prepares graduates to competently teach from Foundation to Year 6, but also to be responsible and ethical leaders to children who need positive role models. During the course, students will engage in five professional experience opportunities. These are undertaken at various schools to enable the application of theory in a practical setting. Students may also be able to undertake an overseas professional experience. 

There is an increasing demand for Christian teachers to be employed in all school sectors across Australia, including the rapidly expanding Christian school sector. 


Career Opportunities


Avondale's teaching graduates are highly sought after in the Australian education sector.

Successful completion of the BA/BTch (Primary) 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 school teacher
  • Primary school administrator
  • Primary school specialist teacher (Creative Arts, PDHPE, Science, Humanities & Social Sciences, English and Mathematics)
  • Tutor

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


ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

ATAR of 63.00+ (or equivalent e.g. OP of 15 or less)

Prospective students need to provide evidence of a NSW Working With Children Check before gaining entry to the course.

WORK AND LIFE EXPERIENCE

If your ATAR is below 63.00 (or equivalent), you may still be able to gain entry into this degree on a provisional basis. Previous work experience and educational qualifications will also be considered upon application.

Alternative admission may be obtained by one or more of the following methods:

  • Previous post-secondary qualifications at appropriate level
  • Appropriate scores in the uniTEST and the Tertiary Online Written Assessment (TOWA),
  • Special consideration (disadvantaging factors impacting on Year 12 results).

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Overseas applicants will have their qualifications assessed by Avondale Admissions in line with the Admission to Higher Education Undergraduate Courses Policy 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 Courses Policy http://www.avondale.edu.au/about/policies/display/?s=MjQ=


Course Structure


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

The BA/BTch (Primary) course is designed to successfully prepare Primary teachers. It consists of thirty-two 6 credit point units (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. The course composition is set out below.

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:

  • 12 Education Units (including 5 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Units)
  • 20 Curriculum Units (This is shown below)

Students will normally complete their discipline units in the following way:

12 x Education units (including 5 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Units)
12 x Curriculum Studies units to make up a major in Primary Curriculum specialisation
4 x Units to make up a minor in a Key Learning Area (KLA)
4 x Core discipline units

Within a BA/BTch (Primary) at Avondale it is possible to do a 4 unit minor, an 8 unit major and /or a 12 unit specialisation.

Primary KLA teaching areas include:

English, Mathematics, Humanities & Social Sciences, Creative Arts, Science, and Physical Education and Health.

COMPONENTS AND DESCRIPTIONS

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 and Development; Students with Special Educational Needs and Multicultural & Indigenous Education.

Curriculum Studies Units

These units provide pre-service teachers with the opportunity to apply quality-teaching principles to specific teaching areas.

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) 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 12 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, Creative Arts, Mathematics, 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

These units are compulsory core discipline for all Primary students in the BA/BTch (Primary) providing students with a foundational understanding for successful completion of their course.

 

CONTENT OF THE COURSE OF STUDY

All units are worth 6 Credit Points unless otherwise stated.

Core Education and Pedagogical Studies Units

  • EDUC20101 Relationships and Development
  • EDUC20102 ICT and Learning
  • EDUC22104 Managing the Primary Classroom Environment
  • EDUC20100 Exploring a Christian World-view
  • EDUC30101 Professional Development: Preparation for the Workplace
  • EDUC30102 Students with Special Education Needs
  • EDUC30103 Multicultural and Indigenous Education
  • EDUC30104 Professional Development: Research and Pastoral Care
  • EDUC30105 Exploring a Philosophy of Christian Education
  • EDUC12101 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Primary – Preparing for the Learning Environment
  • EDUC22102 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Primary – Planning & Assessment for Learning
  • EDUC22103 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Primary – Teaching & Researching for Effective Learning

Primary Curriculum Specialisation Units

  • EDUC14101 Curriculum Studies-Teaching Creative Arts I
  • EDUC24112 Curriculum Studies-Teaching Creative Arts II
  • EDUC14102 Curriculum Studies-Teaching English I
  • 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
  • EDUC34111 Curriculum Studies- Teaching Biblical Studies

Core Discipline Units

  • WHPE10101 Foundations of Wellbeing
  • BBUS11020 Literacy & Numeracy in an Organisational Context
  • MNGT16100 Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • SCTS11100 Exploring the Physical & Natural World

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 & 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
  • 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

COURSE SEQUENCE

192 Credit Points

Each unit is worth 6 Credit Points unless otherwise stated.

Year 1

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

  • Minor 3
  • Minor 4
  • MNGT16100 Introduction to Organisational Behaviour (Core)
  • SCTS1100 Exploring the Physical & Natural World (Core)

Year 2

Semester 1

  • EDUC14102 Curriculum Studies - Teaching English 1
  • EDUC14101 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Creative Arts 1
  • EDUC20101 Relationships and Development
  • EDUC12101 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Primary - Preparing for the Learning Environment

Professional Experience I (July – 15 days)

Semester 2

  • EDUC24112 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Creative Arts II
  • EDUC24103 Curriculum Studies -Teaching Primary History, Civics & Citizenship
  • EDUC20102 ICT and Learning
  • EDUC22102 Curriculum and 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
  • EDUC22101 Managing the Primary Classroom Environment
  • EDUC22103 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Primary - Teaching & Researching for Effective Learning

Professional Experience III (July – 15 days)

Semester 2

  • EDUC24106 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Mathematics II
  • EDUC24107 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Science & Technology
  • EDUC24108 Curriculum Studies - From Theory to Practice
  • EDUC20100 Exploring a Christian World-View

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
  • EDUC34111 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Biblical Studies
  • EDUC30101 Professional Development: Preparation for the Workplace

Professional Experience V (July – 30 days)

Semester 2

  • EDUC30102 Students with Special Education Needs
  • EDUC30103 Multicultural and Indigenous Education
  • EDUC30104 Professional Development: Research and Pastoral Care
  • EDUC30105 Exploring a Philosophy of Christian Education

All teacher education students are required to pass a literacy and numeracy test. For more information on this test visit www.nswteachers.nsw.edu.au/future-returning-teachers/become-a-teacher/literacy-and-numeracy-tests/


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 independent 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 Check 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) is accredited by the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) and through Avondale's self-accrediting processes. Avondale is nationally registered with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).


Where to get further information


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