Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)

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

Course Duration: 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Study Mode: On-campus with distance education available for some units

Location Avondale Campus - Lake Macquarie
Fee Support

Commonwealth Supported Places (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 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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

  • An ATAR or equivalent of 63.00+
  • Satisfactory academic progress in Avondale's Diploma of General Studies course.
  • 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.
  • 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

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

Working With Children Check: 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/Woking-with-children/New-Working-With - Children-Check/Volunteers-and-students. Evidence of the completion of the above must be submitted to the Professional Experience Placement Officer. This will cover all local school visits undertaken as part of education courses and school placements in NSW 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 form/card with them to their placement school. This applies to pre-service teachers doing Professional Experience placements in all Australian schools.

National Literacy and Numeracy Test (LANTITE): All students in initial teacher education courses are required to successfully pass a national literacy and numeracy test. Students are unable to participate in their final professional experience placement unless they successfully pass this test. Further details regarding this testing visit https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/. In order to support students through this process an academic support program has been designed. The first steps in this process are literacy and numeracy units completed by students in their first year. Student needs identified during these unit are supported by a combination of: individual tutoring services; weekly small group tutorials and a self-directed online learning support program. Students are monitored throughout their time in the academic support program with end of semester progression check points assessing ongoing needs.

PRIMARY SPECIALISATION REQUIREMENTS

Mathematics: Recent HSC Mathematics Extension 1 (or equivalent), or recommendation from a Mathematics Lecturer at Avondale University College.

Science: Recent HSC Chemistry OR Biology OR Physics (or equivalent) OR recommendation of the School of Science and Mathematics.

Music: Applicants must meet the following standards and submit certified copies of certificates for performance AMEB Grade 6 minimum (or equivalent) music performance certificate and/or AMEB Grade 4 minimum (or equivalent) musicianship and/or theory and/or Music Craft Level 2A and 2B certificate.

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 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 (shown below)

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

4 x Units to make up a Primary specialisation in a Key Learning Area (KLA)
4 x Core discipline units

12 x Education units (including 5 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Units)
12 x Curriculum Studies units to make up a major in Primary Curriculum

Primary KLA teaching areas include:

English, Mathematics, Human Society and its Environment (HSIE), Creative Arts, Science, and Health and Physical Education.

COMPONENTS AND DESCRIPTIONS

Core Education and Pedagogical Studies Units

These units cover a range of current educational topics designed to prepare teacher education students 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 teacher education students with the opportunity to apply quality-teaching principles to specific teaching areas.

Primary Specialisation

Students who complete the required 6 units in the one discipline area complete a KLA specialisation. The Primary specialisation is comprised of 4 units within a chosen discipline area related to a KLA of the primary curriculum. Primary specialisations may include English, Creative Arts, Mathematics, 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.

Primary Curriculum

The Primary Curriculum units for the BA/BTch (Primary) prepare students to teach in Primary School settings focusing on Primary Curriculum Studies. These units cover all mandatory Key Learning Areas and prepare students for work in a primary setting.

Core Discipline Units

These units are compulsory core discipline units 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

  • EDUC12101 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Primary – Preparing for the Learning Environment
  • EDUC20100 Exploring a Christian World-view
  • EDUC20101 Relationships and Development
  • EDUC20102 ICT and Learning
  • EDUC22102 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Primary – Planning & Assessment for Learning
  • EDUC22103 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Primary – Teaching & Researching for Effective Learning
  • EDUC22104 Managing the Primary Classroom Environment
  • 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

Primary Curriculum Units

  • EDUC14101 Curriculum Studies-Teaching Creative Arts I
  • EDUC14102 Curriculum Studies-Teaching English I
  • EDUC14105 Curriculum Studies-Teaching Mathematics I
  • EDUC24103 Curriculum Studies-Teaching Primary History, Civics & Citizenship
  • EDUC24104 Curriculum Studies-Teaching English II
  • EDUC24106 Curriculum Studies-Teaching Mathematics II
  • EDUC24107 Curriculum Studies-Teaching Science & Technology
  • EDUC24108 Curriculum Studies- From Theory to Practice
  • EDUC24110 Curriculum Studies- Teaching Primary Geography, Economics & Business
  • EDUC24112 Curriculum Studies-Teaching Creative Arts II
  • EDUC34109 Curriculum Studies-Teaching Health & Physical Education
  • EDUC34111 Curriculum Studies- Teaching Biblical Studies

Core Discipline Units

  • WHPE10101 Foundations of Wellbeing
  • MATH10000 Applied Numeracy
  • SCTS11100 Exploring the Physical & Natural World
  • GSTL15000 Tertiary Writing

Primary Science specialisation

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

Primary Mathematics specialisation

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

Primary HPE specialisation

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

Primary Creative Arts specialisation

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

Primary English specialisation

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

Primary HSIE specialisation

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

Primary specialisation 1 (select a unit from the same specialisation area)

 

Primary specialisation 2 (select a unit from the same specialisation area)

 

Core
WHPE10101
Foundations of Wellbeing

Core

MATH10000 Applied Numeracy

2

Primary specialisation 3 (select a unit from the same specialisation area)

 

Primary specialisation 4 (select a unit from the same specialisation area)

 

Core
GSTL15000 Tertiary Writing
Core
SCTS11100
Exploring the Physical & Natural World

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


Students need to do 80 days of professional experience (PEX) in schools over four sessions. PEX is a critical component of initial teacher education and offers teacher education students enrolled in teaching degrees, work-integrated learning opportunities as part of their professional development. Avondale’s PEX program is based on a framework of high-quality Professional Experience in Australian schools in order to provide high-quality experiences that will equip teacher education students to face the challenges and diversity of classrooms. All mentor teachers for domestic PEX placements are registered teachers at the Proficient level or higher of the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) standards.

PEX 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. Teacher education students will experience a range of school settings, including public and independent schools, and one rural/regional school. Each PEX placement offers teacher education students the opportunity to apply their theoretical learning to real-life situations.

Transport to and from PEX placement toether with 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 PEX 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 PEX 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 PEX placements.

IMPORTANT POINTS TO NOTE

Teacher education students should seek PEX placements in schools where they have no relatives or friends working or attending. This is to avoid a conflict of interest in the mentoring and assessment of teacher education students. If making application to such a school, relationships must be disclosed, with Avondale reserving the right to allow the PEX placement. Failure to disclose this information may mean that the grade for the PEX placement is subject to revision.

Students cannot complete a placement at a School where they are employed or have been employed.

Students must have passed the Government Literacy and Numeracy Test (LANTITE) in order to participate in their final PEX placement.

The final PEX placement must be undertaken in the final year of the course or with permission from the course convenor.

Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) 

The TPA is conducted within the final PEX placement of all Education degrees. The TPA reflects the elements of planning, teaching, assessing and reflecting. Each section is equally weighted (25%) and is deemed to be reflective of classroom teaching practice. The TPA assesses 31* out of 37* of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at Graduate level (*depending on context) which have been mapped across tasks within each section of the TPA.

Each of the TPA tasks will be graded as Exceeds Expectations, Demonstrated or Not Demonstrated except for the lesson observation in the Teaching section which is graded by the Tertiary Supervisor as Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory. Each section of the TPA must be passed for TES to meet the criteria for passing the TPA. The TPA will be graded overall as either a Pass (Satisfactory) or Fail (Unsatisfactory). 

All teacher education students must successfully complete the TPA as a requirement for graduation.

 


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).


Registration and Self-Disclosure


At the completion of the course students must register with the state professional teaching body before practising in the classroom. In New South Wales this accrediting body is the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA).


Where to get further information


Course Enquiries

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

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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 am so passionate about changing the lives of children. This course has given me the tools I need in order to create the best classroom environment for students. I've developed my knowledge of how students learn and the best ways to teach them. I will continue to love what I do because I do what I love." 
Zoe Claut