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University of New England

Armidale , NSW ,Australia

Bachelor of Special and Inclusive Education (Primary)

Teaching is a rewarding career choice for those who enjoy being part of children's development. The professional skills learned will be valued by the community and will bring teachers into contact with people of all ages. Teachers are members of one of the largest professions of our society. The degree will give students the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to become a successful primary teacher, with a primary teaching specialization as mandated by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), in Literacy in the Inclusive Classroom. Students are encouraged to be independent learners who are able to adapt efficiently and constructively to meet the changes which occur in the teaching profession.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Application Process

More Information Required
10 Days
Possible interview call from Institution
10 Days
Provisional or Conditional Offer
10 Days
Visa process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

The Bachelor of Special and Inclusive Education (Primary) will give you the skills and qualifications necessary to future proof your career in special and inclusive education. You will gain the knowledge and experience required to secure a teaching role as a:  

  • a primary teacher in an inclusive setting in a local primary school 
  • a primary teacher in a special class within a local primary or special school
  • special education teachers in associated professional areas such as disability services, employment support, respite care, and early intervention. 

PSW Opportunity

  • N/A

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

A candidate shall:

  • (a) be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and the Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures); and
  • (b) satisfy the School of their suitability for teaching through the satisfactory completion of the Personal Statement for Initial Teacher Education Course Entry; and
  • (c) comply with the University's English Language Requirements for Courses in Education Accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority.

The Bachelor of Special and Inclusive Education (Primary) is only open to International Students with an Australian Temporary Resident status that permits them to study online. Please note that it is a NESA requirement that a minimum of 50% of Professional Experience Placements is completed in Australian settings.

For direct admission into undergraduate courses offered by UNE, you must have completed an educational qualification considered to be at least equivalent to completion of Year 12 in Australia.



  • Applicants holding relevant Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) or Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) Year 12 examination results
  • Applicants holding relevant Indian State Board of Education Board Year 12 examination results, other than PSEB and HSEB
  • Applicants holding relevant Punjab State Education Board (PSEB) and Haryana State Education Board (HSEB) Year 12 Examination 
  • Applications holding relevant National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) year 12 examination results
  • Applicants holding a relevant Indian post-Year 10, Year 12 equivalent 3-Year VET level Diploma results in a relevant stream

Standard Entry

  • Must have achieved a minimum average of 60% in their Best of 4 academic subjects in a relevant stream, including English if necessary (but not a local language), with an overall First Division (60%+).
  • Must have achieved a minimum average of 65% in their Best of 4 academic subjects in a relevant start, including English if necessary (but not a local language), with an overall First Division (60%+)
  • Must have achieved a minimum average of 70% in their Best of 4 academic subjects in a relevant stream, including English if necessary (but not local language), with an overall First Division (60%+)
  • Must have achieved a minimum average of 70% in their Best of 4 academic subjects in a relevant stream, including English if necessary (but not a local language), with an overall First Division (60%+),
  • Must have achieved an overall minimum average of 60% or First Division results

Fit for Practice/Informed Consent Information

Prospective candidates should only accept an offer of a place in this course if they are able to meet the following "Fit for Practice" requirements:

  • abide by relevant UNE Rules and Procedures, for example, Student Behavioural Misconduct Rules, and any relevant School of Education Policies, for example, the Professional Experience Policy for professional placements;
  • exercise sound judgment based on cognitive, mental and physical health and be able to respond appropriately to demands of teaching situations;
  • demonstrate personal resilience and persistence to cope and maintain wellbeing under stressful situations;
  • demonstrate satisfactory academic progression prior to professional placement;
  • safeguard the University's integrity and demonstrate a duty of care to students/children while engaged in professional experience;
  • show personal maturity to ensure that a professional relationship is established with students/children;
  • communicate to students/children with clarity and in an appropriate manner that relates to their age/profile;
  • possess and model the literacy and numeracy skills expected of teachers in interactions they have within the classroom and broader settings;
  • be able to create, evaluate and reflect on the physical and emotional safety of students/children in a variety of situations and environments; and
  • be able to establish and maintain effective professional relationships with colleagues and the broader school/early childhood community.

Candidates who have or who develop a disability that may or will prevent them from meeting the above professional experience requirements should contact Student Support to see if reasonable adjustments are practicable.

Working with Children Check

All students intending to undertake a professional experience placement whose work is categorized as 'practical training as part of an educational or vocational course'; in schools or other educational institutions (eg pre-schools, kindergartens, and child care centers) must complete a Working with Children Check application.

Anaphylaxis Training

All initial teacher education students must be trained in anaphylaxis management before they can undertake any professional experience in a school setting.

Child Protection Awareness Training

All teacher education students must complete online Child Protection and Awareness Training prior to the commencement of their first professional experience placement.

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

There are six professional experience placements (100 days total), developmentally sequenced from the initial 10 days online professional experience through to the culminating placement of 35 days including Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment (GTPA).

Professional Placements

It is a requirement of accreditation that professional placements must be undertaken in a school using New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) syllabuses or equivalent Australian syllabuses and be assessing teaching proficiency against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Students may only complete up to 10% (8 days) of the required professional experience (practicum) days in schools not using NESA syllabuses or equivalent Australian syllabuses. Limited placements can occur in non-Australian settings in accordance with the NESA policy regarding overseas placements. Students are referred to the Office for Professional Learning - Professional Experience Placement webpage for further information. Students who are required to undertake professional experience placement must read, understand, and adhere to the Professional Experience Policy of the School of Education.