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

Applications are now closed for this course. To indicate your interest for the next intake, send us an enquiry.

Already a VU student?

You can transfer into this course through our internal transfer process.

Bachelor of Education Student Lauren Bakker talks about her experiences.


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.


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).


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

Education graduate Broden Borg

Electing to educate

Broden Borg has contributed to the community through teaching and council work.


All of VU's Bachelor of Education courses are accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Meenah Marchbank

Employer testimonial

"I believe that some of my VU graduates will be the educational leaders of tomorrow."

Find out more about what employer Meenah Marchbank says about VU graduates.

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.

Graduate faster

If you've done previous study related to this course, you may be awarded credit. This means you can graduate in less time.

Completing this course also gives you a head-start on other VU courses at a higher level of study.

We also award credit for relevant work and life experience. This is called Advanced Standing (previously known as Recognition of Prior Learning).

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 be awarded the Bachelor of Education (P-12) degree students must have successfully completed 384 credit points. Students must complete 20 core education units and 11 electives which are usually connected to the chosen specialisations. Students also complete a minimum of 80 days supervised teaching practice (Project Partnerships – Learning in the Workplace).

The Bachelor of Education P-12 course is offering students two study options within Year 1 of the course that aim to meet more explicitly the learning needs of Year 1 students. Option A is designed to enable a student to reach teacher registration skills in English (at least 25 in VCE) by the end of the first year. Option B is designed for a student who is already confident in English and meets the minimum teacher registration standard (at least 25 in VCE). Both Options A and B will lead to the completion of 96 credit points of the B Ed P-12 (ABED) degree (refer to Course map for more details).

Year 1, Semester 1

Option A

Discipline Specialisation B1

Option B

Discipline Specialisation A1

Discipline Specialisation B1

Year 1, Semester 2

Option A

Discipline Specialisation B2

Option B

Discipline Specialisation B2

**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

Option A

Discipline Specialisation x 24 credit points

Option B

Discipline Specialisation A2

Discipline Specialisation B3

Year 2, Semester 2

Option A

Discipline Specialisation x 24 credit points

Option B

Discipline Specialisation A3

Discipline Specialisation B4

Year 3, Semester 1

Secondary PCK for Specialisation A

Discipline Specialisation A4

Discipline Specialisation B5 or other elective

Year 3, Semester 2

Secondary PCK for Specialisation B

Discipline Specialisation A5 or other elective

Discipline Specialisation B6 or other elective

Year 4, Semester 1

Year 4, Semester 2

The following unit will serve as an elective to provide extra support for students who are identified as needing additional mathematical grounding

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional 'elective' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission information

  • Year 12: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 25 in English (ESL) or 20 in any other English AND 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 6.5. Those students whose IELTS score is below 7.0 will be required to satisfactorily complete AEB1100 Literacy and Language and demonstrate an IELTS score of 7.0.
  • 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).

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