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Bachelor of Education (Primary)


Faculty of Human Sciences
Bachelor of Education (Primary) (BEd(Prim))
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of 7.5 overall (with minimum 7.0 in Reading, 7.0 in Writing, 8.0 in Listening, 8.0 in Speaking) or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 2 years
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 2 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points for the degree 72
Minimum number of credit points at 200 level or above 42
Completion of a designated PACE unit
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

100 level

or both
Introduction to Educational Studies (3)
Education: The Psychological Context (3)
Education: The Social and Historical Context (3)

200 level

Curriculum and Teaching in the Primary School 1 (3)
Curriculum and Teaching in the Primary School 2 (3)
Mathematics in Schools (3)
Language, Literacy and Learning (3)
Classroom Management and Assessment (3)
Key Competencies in Inclusive Education (3)
Education: The Learner (3)
Education: The Policy Context (3)

300 level

Professional Experience in the Primary School 1 (3)
Curriculum and Teaching in the Primary School 3 (3)
Curriculum and Teaching in the Primary School 4 (3)
Reading Acquisition in the Primary Classroom (3)

400 level

Curriculum and Teaching in the Primary School 6 (3)
Professional Experience in the Primary School 2 (3)
Professional Experience in the Primary School 3 (3)
Curriculum and Teaching in the Primary School 5 (3)

Balance of credit points required:



Units marked with a C are Capstone units.
Units marked with a P are PACE units.

Program Learning Outcomes and Additional Information
AQF Level Level 7 Bachelor Degree
CRICOS Code 047324C
Overview and Aims of the Program This award provides a primary teaching qualification for those who hold a previous, recognised bachelors degree and meet minimum subject content requirements. The program can be completed in the equivalent of two years after automatic credit for previous studies is granted. Students engage in an exploration of evidence-based practice in educational theory, curriculum and pedagogy. The integrated professional experience program allows students to apply, in primary classroom contexts, the pedagogical knowledge and skills they develop in their academic and curriculum-based methodology units.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:

1. develop and integrate an in-depth, broad and coherent knowledge of discipline content, educational theory and practice (K, P, I)
2. dpply the skills in classroom practice required of a graduate primary teacher (K, T, P, C, J)
3. design learning experiences that reflect best practice and meet curriculum, assessment and reporting requirements (K, P, I)
4. plan for, facilitate and critically reflect on learning programs for primary students (K, L, T)
5. explain the implications for learning of students’ physical, cultural, social, linguistic and intellectual characteristics (K)
6. differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of all primary students including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students (K, P, T)
7. apply practical strategies for creating rapport with students and managing student behaviour (K, P, T)
8. work collaboratively and ethically with colleagues, engage with external professional associations and community representatives, and work effectively with parents/carers (J, E)
9. use a range of representational forms to communicate effectively to audiences within educational contexts (C, I, E).
Learning and Teaching Methods The program includes a range of learning and teaching approaches that allow students to develop and practise the knowledge and skills of a graduate teacher including content knowledge for each Key Learning Area. Examples of these include:
• professional experience placements
• critical reading of professional literature
• analysis of curriculum and classroom practice based on contemporary theory and thinking
• lesson and unit planning based on current syllabi and curriculum frameworks
• problem-centred learning tasks
• development of teaching resources using technological tools
• planning and presenting units of work to peers.
Assessment The program includes a range of formative and summative assessment approaches that allow students to demonstrate their developing critical understanding of educational theory, pedagogical approaches and professional practice. Examples of these include tasks focused on:
• critical reflection of professional experience practices
• identifying themes in the professional literature
• assessment of individual students through interview
• review of educational assessment practices
• analysis of key concepts and approaches in syllabi
• evaluating cases of quality teaching
• planning for teaching and learning in single and integrated Key Learning Area
• planning and presenting units of work to peers
• planning and engaging in suitable learning programs utilising facilities in the wider community (e.g., Powerhouse Museum)
• constructing assessment tasks across Key Learning Areas using a variety of strategies and rubrics for evaluation
• on-line discussions
• short-answer quizzes
• designing plans for other aspects of professional practice such as classroom organisation and management
• responding to cases via online discussions/blogs.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability Teaching or other education related fields e.g. community development educational planning advocate; corporate educational services consultant; government researcher, adviser, or policy program writer; training agency consultant; primary school teacher.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

Accreditation with the NSW Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) until end of 2018.

2017 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148