If you have a passion for engaging with children from five to 12 years of age, our Primary Education programs will give you the unique knowledge, expertise and skills you need to become a successful, contemporary educator. ACU has a long-held reputation as a leading provider of quality and innovative teacher education. This course is designed for people who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of children and inspiring young minds.
Our pre-service courses combine theory with practice, ensuring that you not only learn about the social, political and cultural contexts that shape education in schools, but also gain hands on practical experience in Primary School Teaching by undertaking professional placements within schools throughout your degree. 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.
Our courses focus on initial Primary Education and will enable you to become a primary school teacher across all years, with particular strengths in literacy, mathematics, science and technology. Students of our flagship Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree will also have the unique opportunity to gain greater depth and breadth of knowledge in a specialist area, including:
- Mathematics, Inclusive Education, Literacy, Humanities and Social Sciences
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education
- Religious Education
Studies in Religious Education and Theology are options in this degree to enable graduates to seek accreditation to teach religious education in Catholic and other faith-based primary schools.
At ACU we offer pre-service degrees at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Upon successful completion of your nationally accredited course you will be eligible to apply for state teacher registration, particularly in the ACT, NSW, QLD, VIC and overseas, in government, independent, Catholic and other faith-based schools.
Please note: If you are an Indigenous student you may be able to apply to attend the BED Primary Away From Base course that has residential schools on campus and complete coursework and assignments in your local community. Admission is by interview and other criteria (see course information below).
As an ACU Primary Teaching graduate what valued skills will you possess?
- A deep understanding of the importance of learning and child development in alignment with your role as an educator, developed through a balance of practice and theory
- An understanding of the problems, issues and challenges facing education professionals and the contemporary thinking and research that address these issues
- A strong capacity as a reflective, independent and flexible thinker who can apply your skills to improve curriculum offerings and advance your community’s education
- A strong grounding in primary education curriculum and pedagogy
- The values, attitudes, attributes, knowledge and skills to enable you to be an effective, committed and engaged primary educator in diverse education settings, nationally and internationally
- A passion for and commitment to the generation and dissemination of knowledge, skills and attitudes that can facilitate the implementation of high quality primary education for all children
- A capacity to act as an accomplished and articulate advocate for the rights and responsibilities of all children within your professional, community, outreach and/or research context
Where to from ACU?
- Prep to Year 6 teachers in government, non-government and faith-based schools (and kindergarten/pre-school teachers when combined with an Early Childhood specialisation)
- Policy professionals in government and non-government organisations
- Tertiary educators (Master’s graduates)
Graduates from ACU Primary Teaching have gone on to build successful careers as: