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University of Newcastle

Newcastle , New South Wales ,Australia

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours)

The early years of any child's life are crucial to their later education and life experience. To be entrusted with teaching and caring for young children is an enormous responsibility but also a great privilege. Early childhood teaching is a truly rewarding professional career where you can really make a difference.

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours) program at the University of Newcastle aims to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for a highly successful career in teaching. Graduates of this program will be able to seek employment as Preschool and Early Childhood teachers, and K-6 (Primary) teachers in and beyond the New South Wales Government, Catholic, and Independent school sectors. The program aims to develop graduates who are inspirational teachers with the capability to act professionally, knowledgeably and effectively in their educational destinations; insightful scholars with the capability to engage in rational enquiry into curriculum, policy and practice; and innovative leaders with the capability to play a constructive role in public discourse on and beyond education.

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours) program places a special emphasis on preparing graduates who can critically evaluate education research, and have the capacity to design, implement and evaluate their own educational research project. For Honours graduates this degree is a pathway into higher degree research programs, such as the Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy. The Honours degree provides specific opportunities for graduates to pursue careers in educational research, education publication writing or editing, education policy analysis, as well as the typical professions for Education graduates including an Early Childhood Teacher, Early Childhood Centre Director, K-6 (Primary) school teacher, community educator, education consultant, curriculum developer, educational materials developer, curriculum evaluator, and educational administrator.

Program learning outcomes
On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines and knowledge of research principles and methods
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence
  • Become inspirational teachers who act professionally, ethically, and effectively
  • Become insightful scholars who engage in rational enquiry into the theory and practice of education
  • Become innovative leaders who play a constructive role in public discourse on education
  • Cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence
  • Cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of knowledge and theoretical concepts with advanced understanding in some areas
  • Cognitive skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding
  • Technical skills to design and use research in a project
  • Communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with initiative and judgement in professional practice and/or scholarship
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability for own learning and practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters

Campus Information

Newcastle - Callaghan

The University of Newcastle's main campus at Callaghan is only 12 kilometres from beaches and the heart of Newcastle - a city named as one of the world's top 'Smart Cities' to watch in 2017 by Global magazine National Geographic Traveler.

Central Coast

UON Central Coast is proud to celebrate over 25 years of world-class teaching, learning and research in our region. During this time, a strong community of career-ready students has flourished, with the campus shaping graduates into key members of our local area - and the world. Situated just two minutes from the M1 Pacific Motorway, UON Central Coast is conveniently located and provides a range of flexible courses to suit a busy, modern lifestyle.


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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

PSW Opportunity

  • 3 years

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Admission to the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours) program is via Direct Honours Application.  Admission is not available through UAC or Internal Program Transfer.

Eligible applicants must achieve a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 (Credit grade average) over the first two years (160 units) of the program, including 80 units of Education courses incorporating both EDUC1103 and EDUC2102.

Please submit the completed application form to the Bachelor of Education (Honours) Program Convenor for assessment or eligibility.  Applications must be submitted by the Friday of Week 13, Semester 2, Year 2.

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