Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 7 locations

Study mode
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
VTAC code
70.00 for Ballarat
Fees (first year)*

$4120 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Not available
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2023
Applications open April 2023


As a primary teacher you will have a creative, challenging and rewarding career helping and inspiring children to develop important lifelong skills. You will become adept at managing social, cultural and developmental diversity. You can choose from a range of subject areas in English, mathematics, health and physical education, Indigenous education, languages (Spanish or Italian), science and technologies, religious education and arts. These subject areas enable the development of deep knowledge and highly effective classroom teaching. By selecting religious education and/or theology units, you will be eligible to teach in Catholic and other faith-based schools.

Away From Base (Strathfield): If you are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to participate in the Away From Base program following an interview with the course coordinator and staff from the Indigenous Higher Education Unit.

Read about Away from Base and check your eligibility

Professional experience

80 days. Year 1: Community engagement, minimum of 35 hours. Year 2: 15 days, 15 days. Year 3: 15 days. Year 4: 5 days, 30 days. Students who choose languages as a subject area are required to undertake an additional 10 days.

Work placement

All initial teacher education programs must include a defined period of professional experience, where pre-service teachers practise teaching in a school under the direct supervision and guidance of an appropriately qualified teacher.

The current requirements are for a minimum of 80 days of professional experience that occurs in structured supervised settings. 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.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for registration as primary teachers in government, independent, Catholic, and other faith-based schools. This program has been listed on 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. 


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • primary school education
  • policy development
  • community centre education
  • private colleges
  • inclusive education settings
  • adult education
  • education and training roles in other sectors – e.g. zoos
  • correction facilities for youth or adults
  • research
  • special education

Employment rates

87% of Primary Teaching students are employed full-time within 4 months of graduating. (2019 Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey )

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Education (Primary), a student must complete 320 credit points (cp).

View course rules

Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1

Choose TWO 10 cp units from:EDES100 Understanding Learning and Teaching OR EDES103 Understanding Learners and Their Contexts (Incl Community Engagement, minimum of 35 hours) OR EDES104 Digital Cultures and Capabilities OR EDES105 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges, Histories and Cultures

EDEN100 Foundations of Literacy

EDES101 Educational Thought

LNTE110 Literacy and Numeracy Diagnostic

Year 1 - Semester 2

Choose the two 10 cp units from the list above that were not completed in semester 1 of year 1.

EDEN102 Childrens Literature for Early Reading

EDSI100 Science in Our World

Year 2 - Semester 1

EDET100 Effective Teaching 1: Becoming a Teacher

(PEP BLOCK 15 days)

EDAR290 The Arts Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment F 6

THBS100 Introduction to the Bible


EDHP310 Health Studies and Movement Education

EDEN290 English Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 1 (B-8)

LNTE100 LANTITE - Literacy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students


LNTE101 LANTITE - Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students

Year 2 - Semester 2

EDET101 Effective Teaching 2: Curriculum, Planning and Pedagogy

(PEP BLOCK 15 days)

EDMA290 Mathematics Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 1 (B-12)

EDEN291 English Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 2 (8-12)

THCT100 What Christians Believe


EDAR295 Creative Arts with Children

Year 3 - Semester 1

EDET200 Effective Teaching 3: Engaging Learners and Managing Learning Environments

(PEP BLOCK 1520 days)

EDMA163 Exploring Mathematics and Numeracy

EDSI290 Science Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (B-12)

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EDSI410 Educating for a Sustainable Future

Year 3 - Semester 2

EDTE290 Technologies Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (F-6)

EDSS290 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (F-6)

Core Curriculum Unit 2

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World


PHCC320 The Just Society

EDRE291 Religious Education Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 2 data-versionlabel=2 >


EDEN345 Literacy and Diversity Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment


Year 4 -Semester 1

EDET300 Effective Teaching 4: Students with Disability and Inclusive Education

EDES300 Comparative Education: Local and Global Contexts


EDFX204 Engaging with Global Communities Personal Professional Learning in International Education Contexts

EDMA291 Mathematics Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 2 (F-6)

THCT202 Christian Symbol, Ritual and Sacrament


EDSI412 Alternative Science Conceptions: What, Why and How


Year 4 -Semester 2

EDET400 Effective Teaching 5: Assessment and Data Informed Practice

(PEP 5 days)

EDET401 Effective Teaching 6: Professional Engagement and Reflection

(PEP BLOCK 30 days)

EDES302 Professional Communication

EDHP290 Health and Physical Education Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (F-6)


This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Semester 1 intake

AQF framework

Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Exit Points

A student who has successfully completed the requirements of a course listed below may exit from the course with that qualification. Note that none of these qualifications qualify a student to teach in Australia.

  • Non-Award Certificate in Educational Studies
  • Diploma in Educational Studies (Tertiary Preparation)
  • Bachelor of Educational Studies
  • Diploma in Liberal Arts
  • Certificate in Liberal Arts

A student who does not meet the LANTITE requirements may access an appropriate exit point if they meet the requirements of that award.

Additional course information

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is also available by direct entry application to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Away From Base mode.

Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)

Students will be required to demonstrate they have achieved approved benchmarks in literacy and numeracy as demonstrated through the Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) before undertaking their final professional experience placement.

Read more about the Literacy and Numeracy Test.

If you have started your ITE course at another institution and wish to transfer to ACU to complete your studies, please be sure that you have read and understand the requirements for receiving credit for previous studies and those on completing LANTITE.

Overseas study available

Our undergraduate education students can undertake professional experience and community engagement in locations like Kiribati and Solomon Islands. Students work with communities to raise the level of student engagement and offer professional development to local teachers. This intensive professional learning for teachers increases flexibility and adaptability as an educator and provides a global perspective for a better understanding of differences within classrooms.

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy that includes meeting a minimum ATAR requirement.

In addition, applicants will be required to demonstrate suitability for teaching.

All applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed:

  1. the following prerequisites at year 12 level or equivalent:

Australian Capital Territory

Prerequisites: Nil

Assumed Knowledge: Studies in English (T) and Studies in Mathematics (T)

New South Wales

Prerequisites: Nil

Assumed Knowledge: A minimum of three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English and Two units of Mathematics Band 4

Note: This course is structured to allow applicants to meet the three Band 5 entry requirements within the degree program by including a full year of discipline studies before applicants' study how to teach.


Prerequisites: English (Units 3 & 4, C); General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C); a General science subject (Units 3 & 4, C)


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 & 2: satisfactory completion of two units (any study combination) of General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics OR Units 3 4: any Mathematics.


b. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants may be selected following an interview with the course coordinator and staff of the campus Indigenous Higher Education Unit. They should have:

  1. minimum of three years’ work experience; or
  2. of year 12 or equivalent; or
  3. relevant tertiary study skills or successful completion of a Tertiary Communication Skills program.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

View transparency admission information

Applicants with recent secondary education

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

If your school result was affected by circumstances outside of your control, such as financial hardship, illness, disability or a challenging home environment, you may qualify for an access scheme. You can apply through your TAC as part of your application process.

Learn more about access schemes

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

For current year 12 students

If you’re a current Year 12 applicant you can be given a selection rank separate from, and in addition to, your ATAR if you’ve completed a competency-based and graded AQF Certificate III or above.

For non-school leavers

If you’ve completed, or are completing a competency-based AQF Certificate IV or AQF diploma you will be assigned a selection rank by your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC). This is an entry score based on your individual qualifications and achievements.

ACU has partnerships with ACU College, TAFE, and many private education providers. If you have completed a qualification with one of these partners, you may be eligible for guaranteed entry and/or credit into a related ACU degree. Please apply through your local TAC and then submit a credit application for your previous study.

Applicants with higher education study

g You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

If you have completed at least two units of AQF-recognised study at bachelor level or above, you’ll be assigned a selection rank based on your study level, duration and grade point average that will be applied during the admission process.

If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner.

Learn more about recognition of prior learning

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

If you have no formal education qualifications you may be eligible for a selection rank based on your work, life or service experience.

  • If you’ve been in paid employment, relevant to the course you’re applying for, for a minimum of six months full-time (or equivalent), this work may be assessed for your selection rank.
  • If you’re 21 years or older you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) through your local TAC.
  • You can apply for an ACU bridging course. Our bridging courses allow you to transition back into studying and can give you a head start on the relevant undergraduate degree.
  • If you have served in the defence force, your rank and time in service may contribute to your selection rank.

Find your path into study

English language requirements

A minimum of 7.0 in Reading and Writing and a minimum of 7.5 in listening and speaking.

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Pathways into course for current or recent Year 12 students

If you can’t meet the ATAR requirement for your choice of course and you’re currently completing Year 12 or finished Year 12 in the two years previously, we have entry programs to get you where you want to be.

Alternatively, you may be able to complete a diploma or bridging course relevant to your desired course:

Understand your pathway options

Pathways into course for applicants with previous study and/or life experience

NSW Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Entry Requirements

Entry to all undergraduate teaching degrees in New South Wales (NSW) requires three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English or equivalent. This course is structured to allow applicants to meet the three Band 5 entry requirements within the degree program by including a full year of discipline studies before applicants study how to teach. (see NESA website)

Further study

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.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$4120 CSP

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

Explore your options


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.

Search our scholarships

How to apply

Domestic applicants


Apply through VTAC

VTAC code 1200111371

For Victorian applicants: From 2019, students seeking to enter an undergraduate ITE program on the basis of their ATAR will have an ATAR of 70 or equivalent following access and equity considerations.

Additional application information

Entry to this course is governed by the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy. The selection of course entrants is based on academic merit and satisfaction of non-academic capabilities for entry to initial teacher education. In accordance with the mission of ACU, the Faculty of Education and Arts is committed to providing access to education for a diversity of students. For applicants who are not Year 12 students, the assessment may include year 12 or other studies undertaken to allocate an equivalent ranking. Additionally, ACU provides a range of access and equity schemes which consider additional or alternative factors in assessing applicants, including applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. ACU also offers approved, alternative entry pathway programs for domestic and international students.


Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Staff Profile

Mrs Chrissy Monteleone

Lecturer (Curriculum and Teaching), ACU Strathfield and North Sydney

Chrissy began her professional career in education in 2001, with a passion to find research based models for the best approaches to cater for student needs, mainly in the area of Mathematics Education. She began post-graduate study in 2006 completing a Masters in Education Degree in and a Certificate of Gifted Education at the University of New South Wales.

Chrissy works as a Curriculum and Teaching Lecturer of Initial Teacher Education Students studying Early Childhood and Primary school degrees at ACU Strathfield and North Sydney, focusing specifically in the area of mathematics education. Chrissy is also the Sydney ACU Mentoring Hub Coordinator working with schools in developing sustainable partnerships in Professional Experience.

Chrissy is also a doctorate student, working on research focusing on children in their early years of formal schooling and critical mathematical thinking. This area of research focuses on Chrissy's interest in the field of mathematics education and also on best teaching practice for the pre-service teachers.



“The education courses at ACU provide a high level of knowledge and professional skills necessary to foster innovative pedagogy. Due to small class sizes and sense of community, I can form positive professional relationships with my tutors as they inspire and mentor cohorts, like myself, through our learning journey.”

Education (primary) student

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