Bachelor of Education (P-12)

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Course essentials

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

VU is one of only a few universities in Australia to offer a Bachelor of Education (P-12) which allows graduates to teach at any school level. 

The Bachelor of Education offers majors in 16 specialist areas as listed below:

  1. Art
  2. Biology
  3. Digital Media
  4. Disability Studies in Education
  5. English (Literary Studies)
  6. Environmental Studies
  7. Food Technology
  8. Health
  9. Humanities
  10. Mathematics
  11. Media Studies
  12. Music
  13. Outdoor Education
  14. Physical Education (Secondary)
  15. Psychology
  16. Student Welfare. 

Throughout the course, you will work in primary and secondary settings to complete at least 80 days of supervised teaching practice. In Year 4 of the course, you will participate in an extended placement in either a primary or secondary school.

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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 $72,800 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

If you have completed any of the following course(s) at VU, you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

EDES - Diploma of Education Studies

You will be credited for 8 units (a year) of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Exhibit broad and coherent body of knowledge of pedagogy, curriculum and assessment in relation to the changing nature of education in a rapidly-evolving global context,  
  2. Critically review knowledge of educational issues to improve classroom practice in primary and secondary classrooms and strengthen students' relations with their local community,  
  3. Plan learning programs that richly embrace a varied curriculum, and are responsive to students' diverse physical, social, cultural and intellectual characteristics,  
  4. Exhibit a range of learning theories and integrate these into the planning and implementation of programs in order to enhance student learning,  
  5. Critically review and articulate a range of oral and written communication techniques, including in the use of Information and Communication Technologies, to engage and connect with students, their parents/carers and the wider community,  
  6. Analyse the importance of fostering students' creative skills and thought processes so as to prepare them to confront and pro-actively solve 21st Century challenges,  
  7. Develop contextual understandings of contemporary life in a global community, and collaborate with students and colleagues to promote principles of peace, sustainability, ethical conduct, and political and economic freedom,  
  8. Articulate and exhibit the ideologies of socially just education through awareness, inclusion, equity and access,  
  9. Critically review the changing nature of society to the development of educational policies, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment processes relevant to students' needs,  
  10. Collaborate with schools to interrogate and critically analyse the role and practice of education, for the purpose of continuous improvement and  
  11. Engage with the profession in order to challenge understandings and practices, heighten professional satisfaction, ultimately leading to the enrichment of educational opportunities and contexts for students.  

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Education (P-12) students will be required to complete 384 credit points (equivalent to 31 units) consisting of:

  • 216 credit points (equivalent to 17 units) of Core studies
  • 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) of Major studies

Plus one of the options below:
Option A
(This option is recommended for students who choose to undertake a second Secondary teaching method. This option is not available to students majoring in Humanities, Biology or Environmental Science)

  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) of Minor Studies
  • 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) of applicable Curriculum and Pedagogy units (listed below)

Option B
(This option is mandatory for students who choose to major in Humanities, Biology and Environmental Science and teach to Senior Secondary levels)

  • 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) of Part units (listed below)
  • 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) of applicable Curriculum and Pedagogy units in Biology, Environmental Science or Humanities (listed below)
  • 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) of Elective units (listed below)

Option C
(This option is mandatory for students who choose to major in Humanities, Biology or Environmental Science and teach Years 7-10 only)

  • 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) of Part units (listed below)
  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) of Elective units (listed below)

Option D
(This option is suitable for students who require more flexible enrolment opportunities)

  • 72 credit points (equivalent to 6 units) of any Minors or Elective units (listed below). 

Additional Notes

  • Students enrolled in Victorian Institute of Teaching-accredited programs are required to pass an approved literacy and numeracy test in order to be eligible to apply for teacher registration.
  • Additionally, students commencing a Victoria University Initial Teacher Education Program after July 1, 2016 are required to pass an approved literacy and numeracy test in order to be eligible to graduate from their Victorian Institute of Teaching-accredited program . Students are also required to meet the required benchmarks for an approved literacy and numeracy test prior to commencement of their second full-time year of study.
  • Students will need to monitor the VIT website for details in relation to the tests that will be considered; a link to advice and fact sheets about the test and to the external test provider.  Refer to 
  • Students also complete a minimum of 80 days Professional Experience comprising well-structured, supervised and assessed teaching practice.

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Year 1 Semester 1

Select 24 credit points (2) units from the following:

Year 1 Semester 2

Select 24 credit points (2) units from the following:

Year 2 Semester 1



12 credit points (1) Major unit

12 credit points (1) Option A, B, C, D

Year 2 Semester 2



12 credit points (1) Major unit

12 credit points (1) Option A, B, C, D

Year 3 Semester 1

12 credit points (1) Major unit

12 credit points (1) Major Curriculum and Pedagogy unit

24 credit points (1) Option A, B, C, D

Year 3 Semester 2

12 credit points (1) Major unit

12 credit points (1) Major Curriculum and Pedagogy unit

24 credit points (1) Option A, B, C, D

Year 4 Semester 1

24 credit points (2) Major units

Year 4 Semester 2

Curriculum and pedagogy units

Curriculum and Pedagogy units for teaching at Senior Secondary levels:

Elective units

**Or any other unit/s from this course.**

Part studies in humanities and science



Cultural studies

Environmental science

Indigenous studies


Political science




Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Year 12: 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 (any).
  • Mature: Applicants who do not meet the normal admission requirements but who possess appropriate educational qualifications, work or life experiences which potentially would enable them to successfully engage with the intellectual demands of the course and of teaching, will be considered for admission.
  • Other: Entry to the Bachelor of Education (P-12) is guaranteed for International Students on the condition that they meet the IELTS (Academic) assessment, or equivalent, at the time of entry to the course, with an average band score of 7.5, with no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening. Students will also have to satisfy the National requirements for teacher registration through satisfactory completion of the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students prior to starting the course or prior to commencement of their second full-time year of study. A satisfactory achievement of the benchmark of the test is required before course completion for teacher registration can be approved.

    Students will require a Working with Children Check to be eligible to undertake and participate in workplace visits, placements or projects. Use the following site link to obtain additional information:

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Direct applications due 20 July 2017.

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