UWA’s new Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours) is a qualification that prepares students to teach children in the primary years (from Foundation/Pre-Primary to Year 6). This degree equips graduates with the knowledge and skills to make a real difference in young children’s lives to succeed in the world, now and in the future and be active and engaged citizens.
1. Practical experience in your first year
During your degree, you will spend up to 100 days of professional placement in school environments (the minimum number of days required from the TRB is 80). This professional experience will provide you with the opportunity to translate theory to practice and develop and form effective working relationships with all stakeholders in schools. You will also have the opportunity for hands-on learning experience in your first year of study with first-year students spending 80 hours in a classroom!
A bonus for this bachelor's degree is that you can undertake your professional placements in regional and remote regions of WA.
2. Learning through authentic assessments
Another great reason to study the Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours) is that it focuses on assessments that directly contribute to your professional growth, eliminating the need for traditional exams. Learning through authentic assessments promotes active engagement, consolidates understanding, prompts critical thinking and reflection, and develops problem-solving skills, enhancing overall learning outcomes.
Through innovative teaching approaches that prioritize deep understanding and practical application you will engage in comprehensive assessments that are geared towards your professional development, ensuring a holistic growth as a future professional.
3. Tailoring your third year of study
In your third year of study, you can choose from two specialisations: Educational Technologies and the English Primary Specialisation.
Educational Technologies Primary Specialisation
In this specialisation, you will learn how to use computational, system and design thinking to teach children to become resourceful, innovative and enterprising creators of sustainable and ethical solutions. You will also learn how to use systems and design thinking to teach children to become resourceful, innovative and enterprising creators of sustainable and ethical solutions.
English Primary Specialisation
In this specialisation, you will build on the four core English units and develop advanced knowledge, skills and understandings that equip you to more effectively teach English and literacy as a general capability to children for whom English is a Second of Additional Language, including Indigenous children. You will also explore and evaluate approaches that encourage children to apply their learning within a range of contexts for a range of purposes, using a broad range of resources including digital technologies, children's literature, and innovative learning environments.
4. Graduate with advanced knowledge
By studying this bachelor's degree, all students will graduate with an Honours degree, which reflects the demands of professional teachers who need to be knowledgeable, competent and confident decision-makers working in complex and demanding settings in contemporary classrooms and schools. Graduating with an honour's degree signifies exceptional academic achievement and demonstrates advanced knowledge and skills in a specific field.
The final year of the course will include an extended professional experience placement in a school, as well as a 24-Credit point Honours Project. The Honours Project will be linked to your specialisation and will be completed as an action research project.
Graduating with an honours degree also opens pathways to PG and HDR courses and pathways to continue with career development and qualifications.
5. Ample opportunities for professional growth
Once graduating, you will be able to teach in government and non-government schools in WA and Australia with transferable qualifications that can be used for teaching positions overseas. There are also additional opportunities in a range of education-related industries.
You will be able to teach in Western Australia, all other national jurisdictions, and global jurisdictions which recognise Australian initial teacher education qualifications.
The Graduate Outcome Survey 2022 revealed that among different study areas, Education secured the third highest graduate salary in 2022, reflecting its strong earning potential for graduates. Careers include Primary School Teacher, Educational Assistant, Educational Administrator, Community Educator and Education Publications Writer.Learn more about the Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours) below.
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Interested to see where a degree in teaching could take you? Explore our Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours).