Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)

Why study the Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) at UNE?

The course qualifies graduates to apply for registration as primary teachers in Australian states and territories. Candidates may choose the Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) to take advantage of the extended program it offers in the areas of English/Literacy and Mathematics/Numeracy.

Teacher Registration: Students should note that teacher registration requirements vary from state to state. UNE bases its degree structures on the NSW Institute of Teachers guidelines for teacher registration (website:

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2 Years Full-time
Up to 8 years Part-time


Commonwealth Supported Place


Semester 1, Off Campus
Semester 1, On Campus
Semester 2, Off Campus
Semester 2, On Campus

Official Abbreviation BTeach
Course Type Postgraduate
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Semester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Semester 1 On Campus
Armidale Semester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Semester 2 On Campus
Course Duration
  • 2 Years Full-time
  • Up to 8 years Part-time
Fees Commonwealth Supported Place
Total Credit Points 96
Intensive Schools

Intensive mandatory schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate must hold a university degree; or hold a three year diploma acceptable to the Faculty. Assumed knowledge is two units of English and two units of Mathematics.

Candidates are generally required to have a degree which contains at least one full academic year (2 units) of study in four of the following Key Learning Areas, or two full academic years (4 units) in one area and one full academic year in two other areas listed below: Mathematics; Science and Technology; English; Personal Development, Health Education and Physical Education; Human Society and its Environment (eg Aboriginal studies, economics, geography, history, politics, sociology, studies in religion); Creative Arts (eg drama, music, visual arts, dance); A Language or Languages Other Than English, Information Technology, Psychology.

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

The professional experience or practicum is a pivotal part of any in-service teacher education program. Students are required to complete 60 days of supervised professional experience. These experiences are designed to support students in forming their own links between academic knowledge they develop at the university and the practical knowledge they can observe, model and individually create within the classroom and school. This time may be structured partly in a dispersed days pattern (on campus students only) and as block practica of up to four weeks' duration. In addition, students will have the option to select an elective unit within their program which will provide them with an additional 20 days of professional experience. Generally, off campus candidates are permitted to undertake the practicum in an approved school of their own choice.

Prohibited Employment Declaration and Probity Checks: In response to the New South Wales Department of Education and Training's requirement to meet legal obligations in respect to the Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998 and the Child Protection (prohibited Employment) Act 1998, the University has guidelines regarding students undertaking field experience. All students are required to declare whether they are a prohibited person by completing a Prohibited Employment Declaration prior to their professional experience placement.

In addition, the New South Wales Department of Education and Training has introduced probity (criminal record) checks for all student teachers participating in unsupervised situations with school students. Education Queensland and ACT Department of Education require probity checks for all students undertaking any school experience in Queensland or ACT. Probity checks may be carried out prior to students undertaking any school experience. Candidates should be aware that they will be subject to probity checks on behalf of potential employers after completing the course and prior to receiving clearance to function as an independent classroom teacher.

Academic Colours

violet (BCC 179)

Further Information

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) in 2009.

1. Admission to Candidature
A candidate shall:

 (i) hold a relevant degree of a university, or

(ii) hold a three-year diploma acceptable to the school as adequate grounding for admission to Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) candidature, or

(iii) have units equivalent to not more than 12 credit points to pass in order to qualify for an award acceptable under Rules 1.(a)(i) or 1.(a)(ii).

2. Award of Degree
2.1. Candidates who meet the course requirements listed under Rule 3.1. shall be awarded the Bachelor of Teaching (Primary).

2.2. For candidates admitted under Rule 1.(a)(iii), the degree will be awarded when a candidate has met the requirements of Rules 1.(a)(i) or 5.1.(a)(ii).

3. Course Requirements
3.1. (a)  To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) candidates admitted under Rules 1.(a)(i) or 1.(a)(ii) or 1.(a)(iii) shall pass 96 credit points as specified in Rules 3.2.(b) and 7.

(b) The course shall comprise:

(i) the unit in Group 1;
(ii) all units in Group 2;
(iii) all units in Group 3 together with three six-credit point Practica; and
(iv) six credit points from Group 4

3.2. Candidates who are 12 credit points short of meeting prerequisite requirements for a specific curriculum unit may be permitted to enrol in that specific curriculum unit provided they enrol concurrently in the appropriate prerequisite unit or units. All prerequisites for specific curriculum courses must be passed prior to or concurrently with Bachelor of Teaching candidature.

4. Period of Candidature
4.1. For candidates admitted under Rules 1.(a) (i), (ii) or (iii) the maximum period of candidature shall be:

(a) three years as a full-time candidate;

(b) eight years as a part-time candidate.

5. Progress and Conduct
5.1. Refer to the University General Rule on Academic Progress.

5.2. Failure in any professional experience component of the award or breaches of professional conduct requirements or unethical conduct during the practical experience component shall be deemed to be unsatisfactory progress.

6. Code of Ethics
Candidates are required to abide by the Code of Ethics for general contact with schools and professional experience as laid down by the school.

7. Units Offered
All units listed below for this award have a value of six credit points except where indicated after a colon.

Core Units
EDEE 193/293.
EDCX 401; EDIT 312; EDLT 485, 486; EDSP 380; or any other unit approved by the school.
PREX 901, 902, 903; EDAE 900 or EDAE124; EDEE 920; EDME 931; EDPE 941; EDSE 963; EDSS 970; or any other unit approved by the school.

Elective units
EDME 133, 233.

Program of Study

Course Structure

Credit Points
Core Units including 60 days practicum 90 cps
Listed Elective Units 6 cps
Total 96 cps

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