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Start date

4 year(s) full-time


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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]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

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Key features

  • Get 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 100 days of professional placements throughout your degree.
  • Tailor your degree to your interests when you select a primary specialisation.
  • 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 (dependent on primary specialisation chosen).

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
22017 QS Subject Rankings 



This degree is for students who want to work as generalist primary teachers in schools, teaching children from reception to year seven.

The curriculum is practical in nature – you will begin work placements during your first six months. As well as real-world experience, you will also be given the opportunity to fine-tune your learning with a primary specialisation, focusing on particular areas of interest, for example:

  • teaching in regional communities
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • Indigenous education
  • Catholic studies
  • Australian curriculum (English, Mathematics, Science, Health and Physical Education, Languages, Arts, Technologies and Humanities and Social Sciences)

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is offered at the Magill, Mawson Lakes, Whyalla and Mount Gambier campuses.

Please refer to the degree pages and SATAC codes for your preferred location of study.

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)

Why this Degree

This degree is industry-relevant and prepares you from day one for the practical nature of your role as a primary educator.

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 of this degree 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 of this degree and throughout your studies you will complete 80 days of field-based placements in primary 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 UniSA education degrees are ranked number one in South Australia for graduate employment2. Careers to consider:

  • primary teacher: develop lesson plans in line with curriculum objectives and facilitate classroom learning for children in reception to year seven
  • junior primary teacher: develop lesson plans in line with curriculum objectives and facilitate classroom learning for children aged five to eight

1Australian Governments Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015
2 QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.

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 you'll learn

What you Learn

This degree is structured around four components: curriculum studies; professional experience; education studies; and specialist minor areas.

  • Curriculum studies courses examine the specific learning areas of the primary school curriculum
  • Professional experience courses allow students to develop their knowledge and skills in a practical environment
  • Education studies include courses that explore what it means to be an educator
  • Specialist minor areas enable you to study an area of interest in further depth, for example:
    • teaching in regional communities
    • mental health and wellbeing
    • Indigenous education
    • information and communication technology
    • Lutheran studies
    • Catholic studies
    • a specific learning area that aligns with the Australian Curriculum

You will also be expected to participate in professional experience in primary schools from reception to year seven. Placements are taken on a continuous full-time basis at designated times during the year, as organised by the University in partnership with the schooling sectors.

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
Information and Communication Technology in Learning and Teaching EDUC 1066 4.5 Note(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Design and Technology Education EDUC 1018 4.5 Note(s): 3
Numeracy EDUC 1078 4.5 Note(s): 3
Developing a Play Curriculum EDUC 1014 4.5 Note(s): 1
Teaching and Learning in Aboriginal Education EDUC 2061 4.5 Note(s): 1
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
Primary Studies Specialisation 2A 4.5 Note(s): 5,6,7,8,9
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
Introduction to Research in Education EDUC 3050 4.5 Note(s): 4
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
Primary Studies Specialisation 2B 4.5 Note(s): 5,6,7,8,9
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Education, Change and Society EDUC 4169 4.5 Note(s): 4
Primary Studies Specialisation 2C 4.5 Note(s): 5,6,7,8,9
Teaching Children with Disabilities EDUC 4100 4.5 Note(s): 1
Free Elective 4.5 Note(s): 10
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Study Period 4
Contesting Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment EDUC 4212 4.5 Note(s): 4
Study Period 5
Primary Studies Specialisation 2D 4.5 Note(s): 5,6,7,8,9
Professional Experience 4: Teacher as Inquirer EDUC 4206 9 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2,5

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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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.

Alternative Pathways

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 

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