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What will I learn?

As an early childhood and primary teacher, you will inspire and help children develop critical lifelong skill by creating inclusive learning environments that nurture diversity. Qualified to teach from birth to Year 6, you’ll engage children through key curriculum areas such as arts, English, maths, science, technologies and health and physical education. You will also gain the practical skills to manage social, cultural and developmental diversity. By selecting religious education and/or theology units, you will be eligible to teach in Catholic and other faith-based schools.

Professional experience

You will be required to complete 80 days of professional experience. Year 1: Community engagement in an educational setting, minimum of 35 hours. Year 2: 10 days, 15 days. Year 3: 20 days. Year 4: 5 days, 30 days.

Work placement

Supervised professional experience is at the heart of all our pre-service teacher education courses and the faculty will find appropriate placements to suit the needs of your course. You’ll be placed in educational settings at different stages of your course to ensure your practical experience evolves alongside your theoretical knowledge base. Our placement program also gives you diverse educational experiences, so you’ll be in a better position to choose your future career path. This degree can also prepare you to teach in Catholic, government and other faith-based schools within Australia.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for registration as a primary and early childhood teacher in government, independent, Catholic, and other faith-based schools and a range of early childhood education settings. This program is pending Victorian Institute of Teaching accreditation. Accreditation processes have been delayed due to covid-19 circumstances. Once accredited the program will meet the qualification requirements for registration in Victoria, NSW, ACT, Queensland.

Careers

Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • early years education
  • primary school education
  • policy development
  • community centre education
  • private colleges
  • inclusive education settings
  • education and training roles in other sectors – e.g. zoos
  • correction facilities for youth or adults
  • research
  • special education

Employment rates

84% of Early Childhood and Primary Teaching students are employed full-time within 4 months of graduating. (2019 Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey)

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Education and Arts

CRICOS

063890F

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$24,824.00 (13,42,564) per year
Estimate total cost: AUD $99,296; Unit fee: AUD $3,103

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

February 2023

Venue

Ballarat Campus

1200 Mair Street,

BALLARAT,

Victoria,

3350, BALLARAT, Australia

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$24,824.00 (13,42,564) per year
Estimate total cost: AUD $99,296; Unit fee: AUD $3,103

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

February 2023

Venue

Melbourne Campus

115 Victoria Parade,

FITZROY,

Victoria,

3065, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have minimum aggregate score of 7. Ranks on the GCE are calculated on the basis that at the Advanced Level (A2): A=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1, and must include results in minimum of two advanced Level (A2) and up to two (2) at Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS) subjects. AS Level subject is half of that assigned at Advanced Level (A2) – A=3, A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5. Subjects at Advanced Level (A2) must be taken in the same academic year. AS Level subjects may be taken in the same or previous academic year. A subject taken at both AS Level and Advanced Level is only counted once for aggregate score. Applicants must have must have the equivalent of an Australian Year 12 Certificate. English Language Requirements: Overall IELTS score of 6.0 (with an individual score of 6.0 in writing and speaking; 5.5 in listening and reading); Pearson Test of English (PTE): 50 with a minimum of 50 in writing and speaking and a minimum of 42 in reading and listening; Test of English as a Foreign Language - Academic (TOEFL): Internet based total of 60: minimum 21 in writing, 18 in speaking, 8 in reading and 7 in listening; ACU English Language Test: C (60-64%); Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): Overall CAE of 169 (Minimum score of 169 in writing and speaking and 162 in listening and reading).

For international students

Applicants require the equivalent of Australian Year 12 certificate

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A minimum of 7.0 in Reading and Writing and a minimum of 7.5 in listening and speaking

Pearson Test of English (PTE): A minimum of 65 in reading and writing and a minimum of 73 in listening and speaking

Test of English as a Foreign Language - Academic (TOEFL): Internet-based TOEFL (TOEFL iBT) with a minimum of 27 in reading, 29 in writing, 27 in listening and 24 in speaking

ACU English Language Test: A+ (80 or above)

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): A minimum of 185 in reading and writing and a minimum of 191 in listening and speaking.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by this university

Australian Catholic University offers below pathways courses for this subject

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Canberra Institute of Technology
  • Box Hill Institute
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About Australian Catholic University

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  • Top 2 per cent in THE World University Rankings 2022
  • Top 20 ‘Generation Y’ universities in THE Rankings 2021
  • Home to 3,400+ international students from 90+ countries
  • Top 300 university worldwide

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