Bachelor of Education - Early Childhood and Primary

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) prepare graduates to teach in both early childhood and primary school settings. The course will be of interest to individuals interested in pursuing a teaching career in which they can adapt their expertise to suit the learning needs of a broad age group (birth to 12 years). Course content focuses on three broad areas: Curriculum and pedagogy for birth to 12 years; Creating inclusive learning environments that nurture diversity; Transition to, and development of, a career in education. Students will study a range of curriculum with a particular focus on the key curriculum areas of literacy, mathematics and science. For students planning to seek employment in the Catholic system, a specialist sequence in religious education is available. Our graduates will develop expertise to work with young children, their families and communities. They will develop skills to support the creation of learning environments that nurture and support children as they learn. Many of our students study education at ACU because they are interested in making a positive difference in the lives of children. We encourage our students to work collaboratively for justice in order to make and to share a more just and equitable society. Our Professional and Community Engagement program, embedded into our courses, provides a number of opportunities for students to complete practicum in settings that are consistent with these values. To ensure we graduate profession ready teachers we have built into the course a number of units focusing on the individual development of a teacher. Units include: Curriculum Decision-making in the Early Years: Connections and Continuities; Early Childhood Leadership, Management and Advocacy; Transition into the Profession. Graduates of the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) are well positioned for further study in the Master of Education.

Course Fee:

International: $93,600

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent. ACT Prerequisites: Nil, ACT Assumed Knowledge: Major in English (T), Major in Mathematics (T); NSW Prerequisites: A minimum of three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English, NSW Assumed Knowledge: Two units of Mathematics Band 4; QLD Prerequisites: English (4,SA), Maths A, B or C (4,SA), Science (any) (4,SA); VIC Prerequisites: English: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English. Mathematics: Units 1 and 2 - two units (any study combination) of General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics or Units 3 and 4 (any Mathematics).


320 credit points. Students must complete professional experience units during which time they are required to be available full-time. All students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they may enter a classroom. These are: Blue Card (Qld), Working with Vulnerable People (ACT) or Working with Children Check (NSW and Vic). International students must bring police check documentation from their own countries. All students who have lived in another country for 12 months or more must provide a police check from that country for that period. Supervised professional experience is at the heart of all our pre-service teacher education courses and the Faculty will find appropriate placements to suit the needs of your course. Placements will usually be arranged for the scheduled placement period in the professional experience calendar though this may not always be possible. Graduates of this course must have completed a total of 95 days of professional experience across the prior-to-school and school context.

Subjects you can Study:

Education-early childhood; Education-primary

Study Pathways:

Bachelor Degree graduates may be eligible to progress to a range of postgraduate coursework programs, e.g. Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas and, through them and/or with relevant work experience, to Master's degree programs.

Further information:

Graduates are eligible for registration as a primary school teacher in government, independent and Catholic schools, and as an early childhood teacher in the prior to school sector.


This program has been added to the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) accredited programs list and meets the teacher education component of the qualification requirement for registration (accreditation) as a primary school teacher in all states and territories.

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 57.4 No Full time 4 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) 57.4 No Full time 4 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) 57.4 Yes Full time 4 years
Ballarat (Aquinas) 57.4 No Full time 4 years
Canberra (Signadou) 57.4 No Full time 4 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 57.4 No Full time 4 years
Canberra (Signadou) 57.4 No Part time 8 years
Ballarat (Aquinas) 57.4 No Part time 8 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) 57.4 No Part time 8 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 57.4 No Part time 8 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 57.4 No Part time 8 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) 57.4 Yes Part time 8 years
Australian Catholic University (ACU) commenced operation on 1 January 1991. The University has seven campuses in Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney (2 campuses) and teaches courses throughout Australia and overseas. The University was formed by the amalgamation of four Catholic institutions of higher education in eastern Australia, and is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (Australian Catholic University Ltd).

ACU is a public university open to all, a Table A listed higher education provider under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the International Federation of Catholic Universities. The University is a member of Universities Australia (formerly the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee).

The three foundation Faculties are Arts and Sciences, Education, and Health Sciences. The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy commenced operation on 1 January 2009 and the Faculty of Business commenced operation on 1 January 2010.

ACU graduates are high achievers and enjoy one of the best rates of employment in Australia. ACU students undertake work experience throughout their studies, with many students finding jobs using their professional skills even before they have graduated.

ACU's small friendly campuses, small class sizes (student to teacher ratio of 18.5:1), easy access to teaching staff and outstanding student support services allows students to achieve their full potential.

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