Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Bachelor Degree

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4 yrs

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  • The Bachelor of Education (Primary) qualifies you to teach in primary schools & early childhood settings across Australia
  • Online teaching degree delivered by Swinburne Online
  • Set your own timetable & study when it suits you

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Swinburne Online

On-campus (full time)


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Course details

Entry requirements

Year 12, or relevant academic experience

VIC, Online
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3 years full time or part time equivalent
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On-campus (full time), Online
Education institution
Swinburne (RTO 3059)
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Bachelor of Education (Primary)

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Course content

32 units

  • Learning & communicating online
  • Introduction to curriculum planning & assessment: Practicum 1
  • Understanding language & literacy
  • The world of maths
  • Theories of teaching & learning
  • Indigenous education & perspectives
  • Teaching & learning in the 21st century
  • Contemporary perspectives of learning & development for early childhood
  • Developing literacy
  • Mathematics in practice
  • Contemporary perspectives of learning & development
  • Understanding & supporting behaviour
  • Sustainable education & perspectives
  • Curriculum, planning & assessment for primary: Practicum 2
  • Mathematics in the primary classroom
  • Teaching literacy
  • Discovering science
  • Teaching science & technology
  • Supporting diversity & equity
  • Health & physical education
  • Curriculum & pedagogy for primary: Practicum 3P
  • Teaching in Australian schools
  • Integrated studies
  • Arts education
  • Supporting inclusion for primary
  • Assessment for primary
  • Teaching the humanities
  • Ready to teach professional experience: Practicum 4P

You will need to complete 4 electives as part of this course. You can select your units from a range of other Swinburne Online courses.

Entry requirements

From 2018, under the new AITSL and government Initial Teacher Education (ITE) requirements, all students applying to ITE courses across Australia will need meet suitability for teaching (non-academic selection) criteria as a part of course entry criteria. Contact a SEEK Learning Education Advisor for further information.

Non-Year 12 entry

Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply.

Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit.

The University may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

Year 12 entry

Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.

VCE Pre-requisites:

Applicants must meet the associated minimum ATAR score.

Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

Further information

The full Course Information Set and Whole of Institution Set are available for reference.

What you’ll learn

As a graduate of this course, you'll be able to:

  • Effectively plan and assess a curriculum
  • Teach mathematics, science, health and physical education, arts education and humanities
  • Support diversity and equality
  • Develop language and literacy

Work placement

This course includes a total of 81 days of professional work placement.

The industry experience gives you invaluable real-life skills, so you can graduate ready to step into a job.

Placements are in 4 blocks of full-time work spaced throughout the course. You arrange your own placements with support from Swinburne Online.


This Bachelor of Education (Primary) is accredited with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). VIT recognition enables you to register as a teacher Australia wide.

Support and delivery

Set your own timetable

Designed for maximum flexibility, this teaching degree allows you to study anytime, anywhere.

There are 3 teaching periods a year, and you can enrol in 1 to 4 units every period.

On average, for a single unit, you should allow for approximately 8 hours of active learning each week. Active learning includes engaging with learning materials and activities, interaction with other students, readings and assessment tasks.

Depending on your study load, you can finish your teaching degree in as little as 3 years.

Possible study loads

Accelerated: 12 units per year over 3 years

Full-time: 8 units per year over 4 years

Suggested: 6 units per year over 5 years

Part-time: 4 units per year over 6 years

There are study breaks between teaching periods and over Christmas / New Year so you can take time out during your course.

Supportive, interactive learning

With many distance education courses, content originally designed for traditional face-to-face learning is adapted for online use, which may not always be practical.

With Swinburne Online, your course has been developed specifically for online delivery, so you get the most out of your online studies. The entire learning experience is designed to be supportive, engaging and collaborative. Your course content is supplemented by online communication technologies such as discussion boards, chat sessions, email and blogs.

  • All learning materials included
  • Access your course through an online learning platform
  • Excellent tutor-student ratio
  • Regular feedback and guidance from eLearning Advisors

In addition, Student Advisors are available by email and phone 7 days a week to respond to any queries you may have around your study.

These Student Advisors will provide information on admissions, enrolment and re-enrolment, course advice, policies and regulations and academic assessments, and assist you with any technical issues you may experience.

Familiarise Yourself with Online Study

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) includes a foundation unit called "Learning and Communicating Innovative Practice". This unit is especially useful if you're returning to study after a long time, or are unfamiliar with online learning.

It will help you gain skills in:

  • written and online communication
  • collaborating in individual and group work
  • critiquing and analysing information sources

Upon completion of this unit, you'll be more confident about online study.

Payment options

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