Bachelor of Education (Primary)

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  • Qualification:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Study mode:
    On Campus
  • Payment options:
    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    4 years full-time or 8 years part-time
  • Start date:
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  • Awarded by:
    Edith Cowan University (RTO 4756)
  • Location:
  • Career Outcomes:
    Primary School Teacher | Primary Teacher | Teacher |

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Course Rundown

Take the first step in a rewarding career helping bright young learners with this Bachelor of Education (Primary) course from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia

Designed for students with no prior teaching experience seeking to work as primary school teachers, this practical qualification will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to thrive in the challenging and dynamic world of primary teaching.

A nationally recognised course that fulfils the academic requirements for working as a primary school teacher, this course is unique for the particular emphasis it places on practical training for students. You’ll have frequent opportunities to put your new knowledge into practise with project work and teaching placements, and have to opportunity to work in private and public schools, in urban and regional areas, and with remote and isolated communities in Edith Cowan University’s 650 partner schools.

In addition to building generalised teaching skills, you’ll have the opportunity to specialise your study in your final year, tailoring your learning to what most interests you. This formal specialisation also offers the opportunity to qualify to teach in Catholic schools.

If you’re seeking a comprehensive, practical competitive teaching qualification that effectively links teaching theory and its impact on your teaching and your students, this course is for you.


You may be eligible to apply for this course at ECU if you meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a minimum indicative ATAR of 70 (or equivalent); OR
  • Have undertaken a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) qualification at the appropriate level; OR
  • Have previously completed units of study at University level; OR
  • Hold a STAT result that meets ECU’s standard requirements; OR
  • Have completed a bridging or enabling course; AND
  • Meet ECU’s English Competency and special admission requirements (see below).

Please note that School Leaver applicants will require completion of WACE or equivalent. 

If none of the above applies to you, but you have work and life experience, you may be eligible to apply via ECU’s Experience-Based Entry Scheme. 

Special Admission Requirements: All applicants are required to provide a personal statement. In addition to satisfying academic entry criteria, applicants for pre-service teacher education courses at Edith Cowan University must also satisfy non-academic criteria. At Edith Cowan University, applicants' non-academic capabilities will be judged based on the submission of a 500-word personal statement. In this statement, applicants will outline why they wish to become a teacher.

English Competency: International and internationally schooled applicants will require an academic IELTS with an average level of 7.5 or more, across the four components of listening, speaking, reading and writing; no score below level 7.0 in any of these components; and, a score of 8.0 or more in the components of speaking and listening.

In this teaching course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Personal literacy
  • Personal numeracy
  • Introduction to teaching
  • Learning and learners
  • Foundations of primary mathematics
  • The arts in education 1
  • Children’s growth, development and learning
  • Spoken language in primary school
  • Science education in primary schools 1
  • Professional experience 1
  • Health and physical education in primary schools
  • English in the early years of primary school
  • Teaching and learning in primary mathematics
  • Humanities and social sciences in primary schools
  • Humanities and social sciences in primary schools 2
  • Positive learning environments
  • The arts in education 2
  • Professional experience 2
  • Science education in primary schools 2
  • Working with Indigenous Australian children, youth and their families
  • Including children with special educational needs
  • English in middle and upper primary school
  • Assessing and evaluating learning
  • Teaching and learning in primary mathematics 2
  • English for speakers of other languages or dialects
  • Professional experience 3
  • Professional experience 4 – assistant teacher program
  • Materials design and technology
  • School-based project
  • Internship

Since opening in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has established itself as the go-to Australian university for a quality learning experience. Students graduate among some of the best in the world and have continued to serve society in many important roles.

ECU produces winners because they are a winner! In 2018 Times Higher Education ranked ECU in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old, and the Good Universities Guide has given them a 5-star rating for teaching quality 12 years straight.

From social work, youth work, nutrition, engineering, technology, management and more, ECU offer a host of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that’ll excel your career and expose you to new levels of success. Enquire today and see where an ECU qualification can lead you!

Students feel happy, well supported and well educated when they study with ECU, in fact, in the 2018 QILT survey, Edith Cowan University received the highest student experience rating of all Australian public universities.

When you study with ECU, you’ll have access to expert course advice, counselling, diversity and disability services, transnational and national program support, student success programs, careers and employability services... just to name a few.

Campus Locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

Western Australia: Mount Lawley, South West (Bunbury), Joondalup

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

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Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Bachelor of Education (Primary) from Edith Cowan University.

This qualification is accredited by the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia and fulfils the academic study requirement for registration as a teacher in Western Australia. After completing this course, you'll be able to apply to work as a teacher in primary schools across the state. You'll be equipped with the knowledge, skills and experience required to thrive in the challenging and dynamic area of teaching, and help make a difference in the lives of young learners.


Curious about where a career in education could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Fees may be paid upfront, or deferred for eligible students through the Australian government's HECS-HELP loan program.


HECS-HELP You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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