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


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.

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

Admission information

  • Year 12: Units 3 and 4 - a study score for English as an Additional Language (EAL) 30 and any other English 25 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 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 30 September 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:

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.

You can also contact us directly:

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