Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) (BEd)

University of Newcastle, Australia Australia

Cricos: 00109J

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How long you will study
4 years

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How you will study

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AUD 29355 per year

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About Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) at University of Newcastle, Australia

Teachers and education professionals have the power to change lives and shape young minds. If a rewarding career working with children sounds like a dream, then the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) is for you. Graduates qualify to work across a wide age range:

  • Preschool and early childhood (birth - 5 years): Play a meaningful role in intellectual and social development during the crucial early years.
  • Primary school (kinder - year 6): Work across the full scale of children's intellectual, physical and social development.

This degree prepares you for both teaching and non-teaching roles. Work with families and children in various educational settings or play constructive roles in related industries such as policy development and research.

Why study with us?

  • Our graduates get jobs with 94% securing employment within four months of completing their degree.
  • Graduate job-ready with at least three professional placements (approximately 90 days) in Australia or overseas, as well as Teach Outreach volunteer opportunities.
  • Cutting-edge and experience-based learning with Teach Live, our virtual reality training tool. You'll also benefit from Ed Outreach community experiences from your first year.
  • Teaching education admission pathways provide options so that all students can study the same courses regardless of HSC Band 5 results.
  • Flexible career options with professional accreditations for both early childhood and primary school settings, as well as opportunities for non-teaching roles in related sectors.

What will you study?

Gain specialist skills, knowledge and expertise across pre-school and early years (birth - 5 years) through to primary school levels (kinder - year 6). In your first year, you will develop strong core knowledge of the foundations of child development, schooling, teaching and specialist subjects. Years 3 to 4 will provide you with an increasing breadth of knowledge and expertise across the key learning areas, as well as in various specialist subjects taught in primary school.

The key areas of study include:

  • psychology of learning and teaching
  • children's learning and growth across the span of birth to 12 years
  • families and society
  • programming and planning for children aged 0-5 years
  • language and mathematical learning
  • Aboriginal education
  • policy and issues
  • behaviour management
  • special education
  • ethics and professional codes of conduct

Throughout your studies, you will learn and benefit from virtual reality teacher training, professional practical experience placements, research, community experiences and ongoing volunteer opportunities.


Diversify your skills and career pathways by qualifying for both teaching and non-teaching roles. Our education graduates enjoy great employment prospects with 94% securing jobs within four months of completing their degree.

Early childhood and primary education graduates gain professional teaching accreditations whilst also benefitting from wider career pathways. Work with diverse families and children in various educational settings including primary school classrooms, childcare centres and pre-schools. Qualify to teach both:

  • Children in their early years (birth to 5years old)
  • Primary school-aged children (kinder to year 6).

While most study Education to become teachers, your qualification opens doors to a multitude of other careers in related industries, including leadership and professional roles in research and policy development. For instance, you may develop and bring a new technique of behaviour management to a troubled school, which could change lives and open further career opportunities.

Career opportunities include:

  • early childhood teacher
  • early childhood centre director
  • primary school teacher
  • specialist teacher in primary school
  • community educator
  • educational researcher
  • education publication writer or editor
  • education policy analyst
  • education consultant
  • curriculum developer
  • educational materials developer
  • curriculum evaluator
  • educational administrator

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBEdHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsFebruaryDomestic course fees find outInternational course feesAUD 29355 per year

Entry requirements

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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