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Start date

4 year(s) full-time


Program Code


Assumed Knowledge

2018: AUD$ 25,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7.0]
  • IELTS reading [7.0]
  • IELTS writing [7.0]
  • IELTS speaking [7.0]
  • IELTS listening [7.0]
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Key features

  • Study the only primary and middle education degree in South Australia.
  • Gain practical experience with field-based placements in a variety of settings, including metropolitan and rural schools, starting in the first six months.
  • Graduate career-ready when you complete 80 days of professional placements throughout your degree.
  • Tailor your degree to your interests when you select two primary specialisations.
  • Study a curriculum that is informed by our world-class research1.
  • Gain an international perspective when you get the opportunity to complete one of your placements in an overseas setting. 
  • Benefit from flexible study options, including online study.
  • Graduate with a highly sought-after qualification (our Education degrees are ranked number one in South Australia for graduate employment2).

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 
2 QILT Graduate Destinations 2014-2015 Full-time Employment Indicator and Australian Graduate Survey 2016



Study a teaching degree that qualifies you as a generalist primary teacher, and gives you the flexibility to also teach in two specialised subject areas up to year 10.

You will learn from academics who are leaders in their field, studying a curriculum that is informed by our above world-class research in education1. Hands-on learning is a key focus and as part of this degree's practical component you will work full-time in rural and metropolitan schools. This will equip you with the practical skills and confidence required as you transition into the workplace.

The Bachelor of Education (Primary and Middle) is based at the Mawson Lakes campus.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

What you'll need

All students studying this degree will also be required to complete criminal history screening through the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion prior to being accepted for work placements. The clearance is valid for three years and can take up to eight weeks to be processed. If police clearance is not obtained, you will be unable to complete compulsory field placements, and will therefore be unable to graduate from this degree.   

All Education students who are completing any in-school or site observations, activities or professional experience placements must also undertake mandatory training in responding to abuse and neglect prior to beginning placements. All undergraduate students who are undertaking professional experience placements in South Australian government and non-government schools and preschools must provide documented evidence (i.e. a certificate) that demonstrates they have completed the required training.   

All students will also be required to meet the required standard in the national Literacy and Numeracy Test. This test will be completed during the first year of study.

Why Bachelor of Education (Primary and Middle)

Why this Degree

This degree is industry-relevant, practical and versatile. A unique blend of primary and middle makes this the only degree of its type in South Australia, qualifying you to teach up to year 10.

The curriculum is informed by our world-class research1, and you will complete specialist courses that will focus on your particular areas of interest. The practical component begins in the first six months, giving you the opportunity early on to experience exactly what the job is all about.

Overseas professional experience is also available to interested students, you'll have the opportunity to complete up to 20 days of professional experience as part of an overseas placement.  

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 

Real-world connections

Workplace learning is a major focus and throughout your studies you will complete 80 days of field-based placements in primary and secondary school settings. This practical experience will equip you with the skills and confidence needed after graduation, and will also help to build industry networks and relationships. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

Teachers have a passion for learning and a dedication to the social, emotional, physical and psychological development of children. Well-developed interpersonal skills, patience, as well as impeccable organisational and communication skills, are key attributes of successful primary educators. The demand for teachers is high1 and our graduates are in demand2. Careers to consider: 

  • primary teacher: develop lesson plans in line with curriculum objectives and facilitate classroom learning for children in reception to year three
  • middle school teacher: develop lesson plans in line with curriculum objectives and facilitate classroom learning for children in year three to year seven
  • junior secondary teacher: develop lesson plans in line with curriculum objectives and facilitate classroom learning for children in year eight to year 10

1 Australian Governments Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015
2 QILT Graduate Destinations 2014-2015 Full-time Employment Indicator and Australian Graduate Survey 2016

Professional accreditation and recognition

Successful completion of this program provides a recognised academic qualification which will enable graduates to apply for teacher registration in South Australia, interstate and some overseas countries. Applicants should note there are other criteria determining eligibility for registration by the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia and other registration and regulatory authorities. Applicants are advised to check registration requirements as they are subject to change.

Industry facts


By 2020, employment for primary school teachers in Australia is projected to increase by 16,000 (or 10.8 per cent)1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


In 2016 there were 3,798,226 students enrolled in schools across Australia, representing an increase of 47,253 on 2015 figures1.

1Proportion of Students, by Affiliation, States and territories, 2016-Schools, Australia, 2016 Graph Data

What others are saying

One of the most enticing qualities of the degree is that students are able to teach in educational institutions in the very first semester.

Jacob Curnow

Bachelor of Education (Primary and Middle)

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Jacob Curnow

Bachelor of Education (Primary and Middle)

I currently teach health and physical education (HPE) from reception to Year 7 at Flinders Park Primary, and as the leader of HPE at my school I work with staff to ensure we deliver the best fitness program possible. Studying at UniSA gave me a great understanding of how to produce engaging lesson content that helps students develop fundamental life skills.

John Katavatis

Bachelor of Education (Primary and Middle)

John Katavatis

John Katavatis

Bachelor of Education (Primary and Middle)

In supporting early career teachers we have found UniSA graduates to be passionate educators with good subject knowledge and organisational skills. These graduates have consistently demonstrated confidence in their teaching and engaging students in authentic learning experiences. 

Jacqui van Ruiten, Principal

Employment: Norwood Morialta High School

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Jacqui van Ruiten, Principal

<br />Employment: Norwood Morialta High School

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will study two specialisations in-depth, and develop a broad understanding of the different contexts within which young people learn. This degree will ensure you graduate with the knowledge and experience needed to embark on a rewarding career in education. You will select your two specialisations from the following:

  • the arts (dance, drama, media arts, music or visual arts)
  • English
  • technologies (food and textiles, or information and communication)
  • mathematics
  • health and physical education
  • humanities and social sciences (history/geography)
  • languages
  • science
  • Catholic studies

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • reports
  • presentations
  • tutorial presentations
  • essays and assignments
  • professional folios
  • examinations  

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study


Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Learning and Cognition EDUC 1077 4.5 Note(s): 1
Professional Experience 1: Introduction to Educators' Practices EDUC 1081 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2
Language and Literacy for Learning EDUC 1076 4.5 Note(s): 3
Minor 1 4.5 Note(s): 4,5,6,7,8
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Numeracy EDUC 1078 4.5 Note(s): 3
Design and Technology Education EDUC 1018 4.5 Note(s): 3
Minor 2 4.5 Note(s): 4,5,6,7,8
Minor 3 4.5 Note(s): 4,5,6,7,8
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Studies in English Education 1 EDUC 2058 4.5 Note(s): 3
Health and Physical Education EDUC 2006 4.5 Note(s): 3
Humanities and Social Sciences Education EDUC 2056 4.5 Note(s): 3
Minor 4 4.5 Note(s): 4,5,6,7,8
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Professional Experience 2: Curriculum and Pedagogy EDUC 2062 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2
Studies in Mathematics Education 1 EDUC 2059 4.5 Note(s): 3
Arts Education EDUC 2054 4.5 Note(s): 3
Teaching and Learning in Aboriginal Education EDUC 2061 4.5 Note(s): 1
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Professional Experience 3: Assessment and Reporting EDUC 3061 9 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2
Science Education EDUC 2030 4.5 Note(s): 3
Studies in Mathematics Education 2 EDUC 3063 4.5 Note(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Studies in English Education 2 EDUC 3062 4.5 Note(s): 3
Inclusive Education EDUC 3055 4.5 Note(s): 1
Managing Learning Environments EDUC 3007 4.5 Note(s): 1
Minor 5 4.5 Note(s): 4,5,6,7,8
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Years 6-9 Professional Pathway 1 EDUC 4209 4.5 Note(s): 1
Years 6-9 Professional Pathway 2 (Middle Schooling) EDUC 4210 4.5 Note(s): 1
Minor 6 4.5 Note(s): 4,5,6,7,8
Minor 7 4.5 Note(s): 4,5,6,7,8
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Study Period 4
Education Studies Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,11
Study Period 5
Professional Experience 4: Teacher as Inquirer EDUC 4206 9 Note(s): 2,10 Rule(s): 2,5
Minor 8 4.5 Note(s): 4,5,6,7,8,10

I am passionate about supporting our pre-service teachers to be successful teachers by focusing on sound pedagogical practices, which include how to generate inquiry based questions.

Dr Yvonne Zeegers

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Yvonne Zeegers

Dr Yvonne Zeegers

Program Director



Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campuses.

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

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