Bachelor of Arts :: Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)

Course Code 4220
CRICOS Code 090540D
Course duration /
Study mode

Course Duration: Four years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study Mode: On-campus with distance education available for some units

Location Lake Macquarie
Fee Support

CSP*
*For eligible students - see www.studyassist.gov.au

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. 

Primary KLA teaching areas include:

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

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


Academic Requirements
You can meet the academic entry requirements by one or more of the following methods:

  • An ATAR of 63.00+ (or equivalent e.g. OP of 15 or less)
  • Successful completion of a Vocational Education and Training (VET) award at Certificate IV or higher at an Australian Registered Training Organisation. 
  • Successful completion of a Foundation Studies Course at a recognised Australian University (designed to prepare students for tertiary education).
  • Appropriate scores in the uniTEST and TOWA test.
  • Satisfactory academic progress in Avondale's Diploma of General Studies course.
  • Special consideration (e.g. disadvantaging factors impacting on Year 12 results).

NON-ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants for initial teacher education (ITE) courses must also meet non-academic entry requirements.  The non-academic requirement for this course consists of a written statement that you need to supply as part of the application process for entry into this course.  See the following link for details:www.avondale.edu.au/education-non-academic-entry-requirements

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Overseas applicants will have their qualifications assessed by Avondale Admissions in line with the Admission to Higher Education Undergraduate Courses Policy 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 Courses Policy found at 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 studied 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

Primary KLA teaching areas include:

English, Mathematics, Humanities and 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 a 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
  • SCTS11100 Exploring the Physical & Natural World
  • GSTL15000 Tertiary Writing
  • MATH10000 Applied Numeracy

Science Minor

Choose 4 units: contact the Primary Course Convenor for details (sherry.hattingh@avondale.edu.au or phone 02 49802193)

Mathematics Minor

Choose 4 units: contact the Primary Course Convenor for details (sherry.hattingh@avondale.edu.au or phone 02 49802193)

PDHPE Minor

Choose 4 units: contact the Primary Course Convenor for details (sherry.hattingh@avondale.edu.au or phone 02 49802193)

Creative Arts Minor

Choose 4 units: contact the Primary Course Convenor for details (sherry.hattingh@avondale.edu.au or phone 02 49802193)

English Minor

Choose 4 units: contact the Primary Course Convenor for details (sherry.hattingh@avondale.edu.au or phone 02 49802193)

Humanities and Social Sciences Minor

Choose 4 units: contact the Primary Course Convenor for details (sherry.hattingh@avondale.edu.au or phone 02 49802193)

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/

COURSE SEQUENCE

192 Credit Points

Each unit is worth 6 Credit Points unless otherwise stated.

 

BA/BTch (Primary) – Course Grid

Year

Semester

Subject

Subject

Subject

Subject

1

1

Minor 1 (select from the specialisation options for primary)

 

Minor 2 (select from the specialisation options for primary)

 

Core
WHPE10101
Foundations of Wellbeing
Core
SCTS11100
Exploring the Physical & Natural World

2

Minor 3 (select from the specialisation options for primary)

 

Minor 4 (select from the specialisation options for primary)

 

Core
GSTL15000 Tertiary Writing
Core
MATH10000 Applied Numeracy

2

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 Teaching Experience I (July - 15 days)

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

3

Professional Teaching Experience II (February – 10 days)

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 Teaching Experience III (July – 15 days)

2

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

4

Professional Experience IV (February, 10 days)

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)

2

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

To find out more about any of the units listed here, copy the unit code and then search for that unit here.

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


Course Enquiries

Admissions

Phone: +61 2 4980 2377
Email: study@avondale.edu.au
Monday-Thursday, 9.00am-5pm
Friday, 9.00am-12.00noon

Student Experience Survey

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching

Fees

Commonwealth Supported Places and FEE-HELP available for eligible students.


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Scholarships

There are scholarships available for those enrolled in teaching courses. Visit http://www.avondale.edu.au/future-students/finance/scholarships/#avondale_course 

Testimonials

"I'm nurturing young lives and these students; they make up 100% of our future."
- Primary teaching graduate.