At a glance
The Bachelor of Education (Primary) provides you with the qualifications to teach in primary and junior secondary schools. Choose to study this course either on-campus or by distance education and benefit from its unique features, which allows you to work while completing your studies.
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* OP/SR/ATAR details provided on this page are from Term 1, 2017. Entry ranks are to be used as a guide only as they are subject to change each year.
* International students residing in Australia on a student visa must study full-time on-campus.
Distance education students studying near Gladstone or on-campus in Cairns and Townsville will be supported through a delivery of combined on-campus study, workshops and residential schools.
As a graduate of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) you will be qualified to teach in primary schools to Year 6 and Years 7 to 9 in junior secondary school contexts. Like most professions, teaching has specific workforce demands and sometimes oversupply. Before undertaking a course of study, you should check with major employers regarding potential employment prospects.
On completion of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) you will have demonstrated evidence of acquiring the professional knowledge, skills and engagement outlined in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career stage). As a graduate, you will be eligible to apply for provisional registration with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT).
Pre-service teachers are expected to undertake and meet the benchmark in the Personal Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Educators (ITE). These tests are part of the ITE requirements from January 2018. Students enrolled in an ITE course in 2017 will be undertaking the tests upon completion of their study and must successfully meet the benchmarks as part of their teaching registration process. For more information please visit the Initial Teacher Education Reform website here.
The Bachelor of Education (Primary) provides you with the required skills and qualifications to teach primary students to Year 6, and Years 7 to 9 in junior secondary schools. You can choose to study this course both on-campus or by distance education.
CQUniversity is one of the only universities in Australia that incorporates unique features into the course, providing you with the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care after your first year, if you complete the optional practical component. This will enable you to work as a qualified early learning professional in childcare centres throughout the remainder of your studies.
In addition to building professional knowledge and skills, you will undertake frequent and meaningful work experience and professional practice in authentic educational settings. This includes 125 days of planned teaching practice in schools and other learning sites.
The structure of the course allows for recognition of prior learning through entry into the second year of the course if you already hold the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113) qualification.
Why Study Education at CQUniversity
Education is one of Australia's largest professions, with career opportunities in schools, TAFE and vocational education, universities and training organisations, as well as in the public and private sector.
Make a difference
Many future educators have a desire to make a difference in the lives of the people they teach and to share their passion for learning. A large number of permanent teachers are employed each year in Australia, and many are offered temporary or contract positions. Generally, teachers enjoy a competitive salary, generous superannuation schemes, locality allowance for service in specified regions and significant leave entitlements.
Innovative and unique courses
CQUniversity's education courses are innovative and unique in their approach. Whether you are looking to start your career, or widen and improve your employment prospects, CQUniversity can help you to achieve your goals. There are several specialisations offered in our new Bachelor of Education courses, including Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Education. Whichever course you choose, we can help to make a real difference to your career and life.
Work integrated learning
Our education courses have a key focus on work integrated learning. When studying education you will benefit from early, frequent and extended professional practice. This practice is effectively integrated with theory, providing you with a thorough understanding of education to ensure that you are classroom-ready. Due to the close and continuing relationship between schools and CQUniversity, we have the support of schools in welcoming students on practical placements.
Our education courses have been developed in partnership with leading educational authorities, ensuring they are current and relevant. Many of our educators come from teaching backgrounds, ensuring you have access to some of the most well-connected educators in the field. Our staff are respected leaders in their fields, often still contributing to research and working within the profession. Above all, every member of our staff is committed to guiding and supporting you throughout your learning journey.
Structure and assessment
To graduate with a Bachelor of Education (Primary) you are required to complete 32 units including 26 core units and six units that prepare you for teaching in the primary sector. This course also provides a foundation for potential postgraduate study particularly in the area of special education.