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Start Date

4 year(s) full-time


Program Code

474091 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 70.90 (for 2019)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 80.00 (for 2020)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): DIP
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Assumed Knowledge

Degree overview

  • UniSA's education degrees are number one in South Australia1, top 10 in Australia and top 100 in the world2.
  • UniSA’s new education degrees offer Honours with a difference.
  • Study our new Honours degrees, which let you graduate with an achievable and highly sought-after qualification in just four years.
  • Tailor your degree to your interests when you select a primary specialism.
  • Study a Learning Area of interest that aligns with the Australian Curriculum.
  • Benefit from a pathway straight into further study.
  • Get practical experience with field-based placements in a variety of settings, including metropolitan and rural schools, starting in the first six months.
  • Enhance your employment prospects by graduating with demonstrated research skills through your Honours project.
  • Graduate career-ready when you complete 100 days of professional placements throughout your degree.
  • No.1 in SA for graduate careers in education3.
  • Our curriculum is informed by our above world-class research in education4.
  • 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 (depending on the primary specialism chosen).

12020 QS Subject Rankings
22020 THE Subject Rankings
3ComparED (QILT): Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-19, Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). SA-founded universities only.
4Results for Specialist Studies in Education - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).



UniSA’s new education degrees offer honours with a difference. They focus on you being ready-to-teach, with enhanced career opportunities, with the added benefit of graduating with an Honours.  You will graduate skilled, confident and ready to pursue your teaching career in early childhood or primary education.

The Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours) is a new four-year professional degree solely focused on teaching that will equip you with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to thrive as a contemporary educator in junior primary and primary settings.

As well as real-world experience, you will also be given the opportunity to fine-tune your learning with a primary specialism, focusing on particular Learning Area aligned with the Australian Curriculum:

  • Arts
  • English
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Languages (Italian only)

The initial teacher education qualification for the Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours) meets the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia (the Board) qualification requirements for the purpose of teacher registration in South Australia and the requirements of the national approach to the Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in Australia.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This degree is structured around four components: curriculum studies; professional experience; education studies; and primary specialism.

  • 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
  • primary specialism includes courses in the following Learning Areas of the Australian Curriculum:
    • Arts
    • English
    • Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Languages (Italian)

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.

The key focus of this honours degree is research and the production of an honours project at the end of your studies.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Arts Education EDUC 2054 4.5 Note(s): 3
Literacy and Numeracy for Learning EDUC 1106 4.5 Note(s): 1
Professional Experience 1: Introduction to Educators' Practices EDUC 1081 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2,3,4
Digital Literacies for Learning EDUC 1101 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Foundations in Learning and Teaching 1: Learning through Play EDUC 1102 4.5 Note(s): 1
Design and Technology Education EDUC 1018 4.5 Note(s): 3
Theories of Learning EDUC 1077 4.5 Note(s): 1
Primary Specialism 1 4.5 Note(s): 4,7,8
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
Primary Specialism 2 4.5 Note(s): 4,7,8
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Professional Experience 2: Curriculum and Pedagogy EDUC 2062 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2,3,4
Science and Mathematics Education 1 EDUC 3073 4.5 Note(s): 3
Teaching and Learning in Aboriginal Education EDUC 2061 4.5 Note(s): 1
Foundations in Learning and Teaching 2: Creating Positive Learning Environments EDUC 2078 4.5 Note(s): 1
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Science and Mathematics Education 2 (Years R-7) EDUC 3075 4.5 Note(s): 3
Professional Experience 3: Informed Planning EDUC 3061 9 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2,3,4
Inclusive Education EDUC 3055 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Mathematics Education EDUC 2059 4.5 Note(s): 3
Studies in English Education 2 EDUC 3062 4.5 Note(s): 3
Foundations in Learning and Teaching 3: Educating for Diversity and Inclusion EDUC 3079 4.5 Note(s): 1
Primary Specialism 3 4.5 Note(s): 4,7,8
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Primary Specialism 4 4.5 Note(s): 4,7,8
Honours A: Introduction to Research in Education EDUC 4224 4.5 Note(s): 1
Critical Perspectives on Curriculum Pedagogy, and Assessment EDUC 4212 4.5 Note(s): 1
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 6
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Professional Experience 4 (Honours): Educator as Inquirer EDUC 4228 9 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2,3,4,5
Honours B: Research Project EDUC 4225 9 Note(s): 1

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:

  • essays
  • reports
  • examinations
  • research proposals
  • research methodologies
  • presentations
  • honours thesis
  • professional experience placements

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

Why Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours) (Mount Gambier)

Why this Degree

The addition of Honours offers a higher-level qualification, which will set you apart from your competitors and provide increased employment opportunities due to your ability to undertake research.

Honours is a focused approach to learning and is attainable and achievable by all, including you. It adds no extra time to your degree, and you will develop planning, problem solving and critical thinking skills that are essential for a career as a contemporary educator.

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 research – research that has been ranked number one in SA*– and you will complete specialist courses that will focus on your particular areas of interest.

Overseas professional experience is also available to interested students, with the University offering the opportunity for you to undertake up to 20 days of professional experience as part of an overseas placement. 

*2015 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 100 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, employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Online study

Online study

This degree is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

Study at UniSA

Hear more about the benefits of studying either Early Childhood or Primary teaching at UniSA Mount Gambier Campus.

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Career outcomes

Your career

The Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours) program offers a range of diverse employment options beyond teaching only specific roles. You may choose to work for a variety of employers including:

  • business associations
  • the Department for Education
  • private and community-based child care providers
  • Catholic Education South Australia (CESA)
  • the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA)

The Honours program will equip you with an additional qualification and specialised skills which will enhance your employment prospects if you choose to continue into teaching. 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

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

You may also choose to continue onto further research with a PhD, Masters of Education or Education Doctorate.*

*A class 2A honours grade or higher is required.

The initial teacher education qualification for the Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours) meets the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia (the Board) qualification requirements for the purpose of teacher registration in South Australia and the requirements of the national approach to the Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in Australia.

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.

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application
  • address the non-academic entry requirements

-----Additional entry requirements-----

In accordance with national teacher education program standards, please note that as part of your SATAC application, you are also required to meet non-academic entry requirements. 

All applicants who wish to commence study in our Education degrees are required to submit a 400-600 word Teaching Capabilities Statement in addition to your SATAC application. This supports the national priority to ensure those entering the teaching profession have the personal qualities to best support learners and graduate as classroom ready, high quality teachers. The Education Statement complies with the national Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) initial teacher education program standard of academic and non-academic entry requirements. Further information can be found here.

Alternative Pathways

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


This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads 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, an ideal 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

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

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

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 campus.

Your program director

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 Deborah Green

Program Director

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Dr Deborah Green

Program Director


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