Bachelor of Education

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Become a teacher. Make a difference in the lives of young people by launching your career with a Bachelor of Education degree.

The education industry is growing at a fast rate and Australian and international educational institutions offer rewarding career options. 

This course allows for specialisation in physical education, creativity and the arts, home economics, humanities and social sciences, mathematics teaching, outdoor education and science.

The course is a partnership based teacher education course. Partnerships between schools and the university provide the context in which you will learn the practice and theory of education.

Course essentials

Careers

With an education degree from VU, you’ll be job-ready before you graduate thanks to the extensive experience you’ll gain teaching in a classroom. You’ll be ready to work both locally and overseas in a profession with increasing demand around the world.

Job titles

  • Primary school teacher
  • Secondary school teacher

Organisations employing education graduates

You could be employed in a public or private primary or secondary school, teaching disciplines such as maths, science and English, to creative performance and arts, media, business, history, health, mathematics, PE, psychology, TESOL or welfare studies and many more.

Salaries

The average salary of secondary school teachers in Australia is A$78,000 (Job Outlook).

Primary school teachers in Australia earn an average of $67,600 per year (Job Outlook).

Employment rates

93 per cent of our Bachelor of Education students are employed within the first four months of graduation (VU Australian Graduate Survey).

Placement

Students complete a minimum of 80 days supervised teaching practice throughout the four-year course.

Study pathways

There are recognised study pathways for this course. You may be able to complete your course faster by getting credit for previous study.

Diploma to undergraduate degree

You will get credit in the Bachelor of Education (ABED) if you have studied this undergraduate Diploma course at VU:

Diploma of Education Studies

  • You will get a year of credit.

To find out more about the pathways available for this course, please contact the College of Education.

Advanced Standing (previously known as Recognition of Prior Learning)

Get credit for your work, study and life experience through our Advanced Standing process.

Find out more about Advanced Standing.

Course objectives

The aims of the course are to:

  • offer a four-year pre-service teacher education program for students from diverse educational backgrounds;
  • graduate teachers who are competent to teach in both primary and secondary schools;
  • graduate competent teachers who participate actively in the teaching, curriculum, administrative and community life of schools;
  • graduate teachers with social commitment and critical understanding of the changing nature of society; and
  • establish close partnership relations with schools and other community, industry and welfare institutions with similar educational commitments.

Units and electives

To complete the Bachelor of Education students will be required to complete 384 credit points in total.

Students are enrolled into one of two study options within Year 1:

  • Bachelor of Education (Footscray Park campus) - designed for a student who is already confident in English and meets the minimum teacher registration standard (at least 25 in VCE English).

  • Bachelor of Education (St Albans campus) - Enhanced Learning Program - designed to enable a student to reach teacher registration skills of at least 25 in VCE English by the end of the first year, through the provision of additional support in the areas of literacy and numeracy.

Bachelor of Education (Footscray Park campus) Students must complete:

  • 228 credit points of Core studies;
  • 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) consisting of either: 2 Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) units or 1 PCK unit and 1 Education and Pedagogy Elective unit;
  • 132 credit points (equivalent to 11 units) of Specialisation Studies and Education and Pedagogy Electives comprising either:
  • One major (6 units) and one sub-major (4 units) and 1 additional unit of Specialisation Study or an Education and Pedagogy elective unit;
  • One major (6 units) and 5 units of Specialisation Studies and/or Education and Pedagogy electives;
  • Two sub-majors (2 x 4 units) and 3 units of Specialisation Studies and/or Education and Pedagogy electives;
  • One sub-major (4 units) and 7 units of Specialisation Studies and/or Education and Pedagogy electives (not advised except in exceptional circumstances as approved by coordinator).

Bachelor of Education (St Albans campus) - Enhanced Learning Program Students must complete:

  • 288 credit points of Core studies
  • This includes 24 credit points (2 units) History and 24 credit points (2 units) Sociology;
  • 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) consisting of either: 2 Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) units or 1 Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) unit and one Education and Pedagogy Elective unit;
  • 72 credit points (equivalent to 6 units) of additional Specialisation units and Education and Pedagogy Elective units comprising either:
  • One secondary major of choice (6 units);
  • Two additional units of History to complete a major in Humanities (4 units of major already completed in year one) and 4 units of either a sub-major of choice or additional Specialisation units and/or Education and Pedagogy Elective units;
  • Two additional units of Sociology to complete a major in SOSE (4 units of major already completed in year one) and 4 units of either a sub-major of choice or additional Specialisation units and/or Education and Pedagogy Elective units;
  • One sub-major of choice (4 units) and two additional Specialisation units and/or Education and Pedagogy Elective units.

Additional Notes

  • Students also complete a minimum of 80 days supervised teaching practice (Project Partnerships – Learning in the Workplace);
  • As part of the course all students complete a major in primary teacher education;
  • Students undertaking PE Primary as a specialisation area must also complete an additional sub-major (4 units) and the related PCK unit in a different area of study;
  • To be eligible to graduate students must complete a minimum of 4 units in a secondary Specialisation Study and the related secondary PCK unit;
  • Students should be aiming to complete studies in 2 Specialisation Study areas together with the PCK units offered for those specialisations.

Year 1, Semester 1

Footscray Park

24 credit points (2 units) of Specialisation Studies

St Albans - Enhanced Learning Program

Plus one of the following two units:

Year 1, Semester 2

Footscray Park

12 credit points (1 unit) of Specialisation Studies

St Albans - Enhanced Learning Program

Plus one of the following two units:

**On completion of 96 credit points of approved study, students who choose to exit this course may be eligible to receive the Diploma of Education Studies.**

Year 2, Semester 1

Footscray Park

24 credit points (2 units) of Specialisation Studies

St Albans - Enhanced Learning Program

12 credit points (1 unit) of Specialisation Studies

Year 2, Semester 2

Footscray Park

24 credit points (2 units) of Specialisation Studies (one of these may be replaced by an elective unit)

St Albans - Enhanced Learning Program

12 credit points (1 unit) of Specialisation Studies

Year 3, Semester 1

Footscray Park

Secondary PCK

24 credit points (2 units) of Specialisation Studies (one of these may be replaced by an elective unit)

St Albans - Enhanced Learning Program

24 credit points (2 units) of Specialisation Studies

Year 3, Semester 2

Footscray Park

Secondary PCK unit or Education and Pedagogy elective unit

24 credit points (2 units) of Specialisation Studies (one of these may be replaced by an elective unit)

St Albans - Enhanced Learning Program

Secondary PCK unit

24 credit points (2 units) of Specialisation Studies

Year 4, Semester 1

Footscray Park

St Albans - Enhanced Learning Program

Secondary PCK unit or Education and Pedagogy elective unit

Year 4, Semester 2

All students

The following elective provides extra support for students who are identified as needing additional mathematical grounding

EDUCATION AND PEDAGOGY ELECTIVE UNITS

These units provide additional opportunities for students to deepen their discipline content knowledge for teaching in primary settings or to enrich their pedagogical knowledge for teaching diverse students in complex learning settings. Students may elect these units in Year 3 and in semester one of Year 4.

YEAR 3 SECONDARY PCK UNITS

This set of secondary PCK units match the discipline specialisations for secondary teaching offered in the course. Students select two units for study to be prepared for teaching these curriculum domains for the middle years and secondary years. These two units will be counted as part of the set of PCK units taken by students in the course that must cover the seven curriculum disciplines required by VIT for graduates.

*Please note: students undertaking humanities and/or business specialisations enrol in AEB3308

Admission information

  • Year 12: Bachelor of Education - Footscray Park campus Units 3 and 4 - a study score for English as an Additional Language (EAL) 30 or any other English 25 AND successful completion of Units 1 and 2 - two units of general mathematics or mathematical methods (CAS). Bachelor of Education - St Albans campus - Enhanced Learning Program Units 3 and 4 - a study score for English as an Additional Language (EAL) 25 or any other English 20 AND succcessful completion of Units 1 and 2 - two units of general mathematics or mathematical methods (CAS).
  • International: International students from non-English speaking countries are required to demonstrate a minimum IELTS of 7 overall (with no score below 6.5 in any of the four skills areas, and a score of no less than 7.5 in speaking and listening), on entry from the program.
  • Mature: Applicants who do not meet the normal admission requirements but who possess appropriate educational qualifications, work or life experiences which would enable them to successfully undertake the course, will be considered for admission.

Special admission requirements

Applicants without satisfactory VCE mathematics study will be required to demonstrate competence in mathematics, and may be required to complete additional mathematics study. Applicants who do not meet the normal admission requirements but who possess appropriate educational qualifications, work or life experiences which would enable them to successfully undertake the course, will be considered for admission. Applicants who have completed at least two years full-time higher education study including successful completion of eight units of study in two Discipline Specialisations of the B.Ed. (P-12) (two sub-major sequences) as defined by the Victorian Institute of Teaching ‘Specialist Area Guidelines’ are eligible for admission to the Accelerated Program within the B. Ed. (P-12).

How to apply for this course

Apply through VTAC

Applications close on 7 November 2014.

When you're ready:

  1. Apply via the VTAC website.
  2. As part of the application you may need to complete extra requirements such as:
    • submit a VTAC Personal Statement
    • attend an interview, audition, information session or workshop
    • submit a folio
    • sit a test

Extra requirement details are available in the VTAC Guide.

You need to complete all extra requirements by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered.

Apply direct to VU

You can submit an application for this course directly to VU via our online Admissions Centre

Note that your direct application will not be assessed until all VTAC applications have been processed.

Transferring between VU courses

Want to swap into this course from another VU course? You can apply online at the Admissions centre .

Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current course.

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