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K29 Bachelor of Education (Primary to Middle Years)

The Bachelor of Education (Primary to Middle Years) qualifies students to teach at junior, middle, upper primary levels and lower secondary levels in two learning areas.  The award is granted after the successful completion of 480 credit points (four years of full time study or equivalent) and aims to develop professional knowledge, skills and attitudes.

  1. The Bachelor of Education (Primary to Middle Years) is recognised by the Western Australian College of Teaching as meeting the requirements for registration as a teacher in Western Australia.
  2. Catholic Education Accreditation to teach Religious Education requires three units in Catholic Education Studies.
  3. In each year of the program, students undertake a work place learning experience.
  4. This course has been designed to meet the needs of students wishing to fast track their studies.
  5. Opportunities exist for students to complete a semester overseas through the Study Abroad Program.
  6. In the fourth year, students undertake an Assistant Teacher Program (ATP) comprising one term of approximately ten weeks of continuous teaching practice. The Assistant Teacher Program is conducted during the seventh semester of the course in the second term of the school year.
  7. All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (Primary to Middle Years) are required to demonstrate competency in professional communication skills emphasising literacy, ICT and numeracy.




Education and Foundation Studies

Studies in the theory of education, educational psychology, primary and middle years teaching studies and practice, and assessment and reporting are central to the course. All students in the Faculty undertake two foundation units in Communication (Writing and Speaking; Information and Communications Technology).  Education and Foundation studies are compulsory units.


Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies

Study of syllabuses and related teaching methods in the curricula relevant to the phases of schooling: early childhood, middle childhood and early adolescence.  Curriculum studies consist of compulsory and elective units.


Students identify two learning areas of curriculum specialisation for teaching years 8-10.  For each learning area units are selected from the specialised discipline fields of English, mathematics, science, health and physical education and society and environment. 



Students can choose units from a variety of disciplines to support the development of their knowledge of content and its applications in specific learning areas or specific educational specialisations. These electives are generally offered in their second and fourth year of study.



The Bachelor of Education (Primary to Middle Years) course requires students to spend a substantial period of time observing and teaching in schools/centre/community programs as part of a coordinated program of practice teaching. Their workplace learning includes one or more placements in rural, regional and remote areas.


Because of its responsibility for the education, safety and well-being of children in schools and centres, the teaching profession demands the highest professional standards and personal ethics of practitioners.

Before students are able to practise in schools they are required to submit a Department of Education Crim Trac Police Clearance and have a current Working with Children Check from the Department of Community Development.


Please refer to Professional Practice Information, Procedures and Rules (Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary) following the description of the Bachelor of Education (Primary to Middle Years) for further details on professional practices.


Admission to the course is via TER, direct entry, portfolio entry, Certificate IV and above from a recognised TAFE institution, STAT and the ECU University Preparation Course.


Overseas applicants should note that competence in English is required and can be achieved via the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with the minimum acceptable score being 7.0 (no individual band less than 6.5).

This course is available on Bunbury Campus.

The course is also available at the Margaret River Campus for first year and selected units.
This course is available by Full-time, or Part-time mode.
This course is available in the following mode of delivery - On-campus.

The Bachelor of Education (Primary to Middle Years) is a 480 credit point degree.


This course is currently being updated, students will be provided with course planning advice in due course.



Year 1: Developing professional practices
ERC1110 Developing Critical and Cultural Understandings of Education 15
EDF1105 Becoming More Effective Learners 15
HPE1010 Health and Physical Education in Primary Schools 15
WPL1100 Workplace Learning 1: Introduction to the Primary School Classroom 15
Year 1: Developing professional practices
LIT1010 Literacy and Language Education 1 15
RPS1100 Communication for the Professions 15
RPS1120 Information and Communications Technology for the Professions 15
RPS1130 Rural, Regional and Remote Community Development 15
Year 2: Actively engaging learners and developing discipline knowledge
SCE2010 Science Education in Primary Schools 15
SSE2010 Society and Environment Education in Primary Schools 15
MAE2010 Primary Mathematics Education 1 15
Elective Learning Area A1
Year 2: Actively engaging learners and developing discipline knowledge
Elective Learning Area A2
Elective Learning Area B1
WPL2100 Workplace Learning 2: Learning Engagement and Classroom Management 30 
Year 3: Developing culturally responsive curriculum and pedagogical practices
MAE3010 Primary Mathematics Education 2 15
LIT2010 Literacy and Language Education 2 15
EDP3100 Students with Special Educational Needs in the Primary Classroom 15
LIT3010 Language and Literacies for Diverse Learners 15
Elective Learning Area B2
Year 3: Developing culturally responsive curriculum and pedagogical practices
Elective Learning Area A3
Elective Learning Area B3
WPL3120 Workplace Learning 3: Inclusive Curriculum Decision Making and Leadership (Secondary) 30 
Year 4: Transition from pre-service teacher to scholarly professional practitioner
EDF3101 Working with Indigenous Australian Children, Youth and their Families 15
WPL4100 Workplace Learning 4: Assistant Teacher Program: Professional Preparation and Planning 45 
Year 4: Transition from pre-service teacher to scholarly professional practitioner
Option One
EDP4111 Teachers and the Education System 15
EDP3105 Diagnosis, Intervention and Enrichment: Focus on Numeracy and Literacy 15
ERC2100 Middle Schooling: Philosophy and Practice 15
TEE2110 Technology and Enterprise Education in Primary Schools 15
VAE3010 Visual Arts Education in Primary Schools 15
Option Two
EDU4227 Internship 60 
Designated Unit - a Unit or Unit of Competency which a Faculty Board has designated as a fundamental course requirement and may only be attempted once unless otherwise determined by Board of Examiners.
Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)
For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes, Graduate Attributes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website:

Last Updated - Higher Education: 12/07/2011 VET: 12/07/2011