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Next intake: 
23 July 2018
4 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications for next intake due 15 July 2018


If you want the option of teaching at primary or secondary level, the Bachelor of Education (P12) is for you. Choose your specialisation, and get the classroom experience needed to confidently begin your teaching career.

We are one of the few universities in Australia to offer a Bachelor of Education (P-12) which allows you to teach at any school level. If you’re unsure which age group you’ll be suited to teaching, this is an excellent way to keep your options open.

You’ll learn the latest techniques to support students in their learning. You’ll also get real work experience through 80 days of supervised teaching practice in primary and secondary schools.

We offer the following specialisations:

  • art
  • biology
  • digital media
  • disability studies in education
  • English (literary studies)
  • environmental studies
  • food technology
  • health
  • humanities
  • mathematics
  • media studies
  • music
  • outdoor education
  • physical education (secondary)
  • psychology
  • student welfare.

With an education degree from VU, you’ll be job-ready before you graduate. You’ll have had extensive experience teaching in a classroom and you’ll be ready to work locally or overseas.

Throughout the course, you’ll 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.

Graduates from the Bachelor of Education (P-12) are qualified to be accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).

The VIT is a statutory authority for the teaching profession. Legally, you need to be registered with VIT to be employed in a school.

We offer exciting options for professional experience through work placements, including:

  • teaching in rural/remote locations
  • overseas study tours in Malaysia, China, Timor Leste and more
  • sports, literacy and leadership programs with sporting organisations including the Western Bulldogs
  • mentoring school students in university-ready skills
  • creative art projects.

Footscray Park has everything you need, all set a pleasant stroll from the Maribyrnong River and parklands.

Facilities include:

  • aquatic and fitness centre
  • childcare services
  • learning common spaces with wifi, tables and chairs
  • restaurants and café
  • state-of-the-art lecture theatres.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

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Careers in teaching

You could be employed in a public or private primary or secondary school. Depending on your specialisation, you could find a role teaching anything from maths, science and English, to creative performance and arts, business, health, PE, psychology, or welfare studies.


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

Primary school teachers in Australia earn an average of A$72,800 (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).


Course structure

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

  • 216 credit points of Core studies
  • 96 credit points of Major studies
  • 72 credit points (either Option A, B, C or D below)

Students are required to pass the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) in order to be eligible to graduate from their Victorian Institute of Teaching-accredited program.

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 of Minor Studies
  • 24 credit points 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 of Part units (listed below)
  • 24 credit points of applicable Curriculum and Pedagogy units in Biology, Environmental Science or Humanities (listed below)
  • 24 credit points 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 of Part units (listed below)
  • 48 credit points of Elective units (listed below)

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

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

Additional Notes

  • Students are required to meet the required benchmarks for LANTITE prior to commencement of their second year placement units.
  • 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.

Year 1

Year 2


24 credit points Major units

24 credit points Option A, B, C, D

Year 3

24 credit points Major units

24 credit points Major Curriculum and Pedagogy units

48 credit points Option A, B, C, D

Year 4


24 credit points Major units

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




We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

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.  

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.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

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).
    Selection will include completion and results of a non-academic attributes assessment currently set as the CASPer test. CASPer is an online test designed to assess an applicant's personal and professional attributes and is a requirement for many of the initial teacher training courses in Victoria.
  • 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.
    Selection will include completion and results of a non-academic attributes assessment currently set as the CASPer test. CASPer is an online test designed to assess an applicant's personal and professional attributes and is a requirement for many of the initial teacher training courses in Victoria.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), 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.

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

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