Bachelor of Primary Education Studies
The program aims to assist beginning teachers to develop task-appropriate characteristics such as enjoyment of intellectual challenge; critical reflection on policy, practice and curricula; the formulation of justifiable educational goals; a commitment to equity; and the capacity to design, develop and deliver educational opportunities appropriate for achieving these goals. It is expected to develop early career teachers who are transformative practitioners, committed to social justice, environmental sustainability and capable of providing for the educational needs of diverse learners. There is also a focus on developing a pride and pleasure in the profession of teaching by emphasising the belief that by involvement in the education of children, graduates are contributing as purposeful and effective members of society.
Normal course duration
Full-time 1 year (2 terms)
Applicants must hold a Bachelor award. Applicants must also have a sincere interest, background and focus on working with primary-junior age children. Selection is based on the following:
- 60% weighting - academic achievement
- A minimum academic average of 70% (B/B-) on the last 10 full courses or equivalent in a university undergraduate program at the time of application;
- Where additional study in a post graduate or other university study is more recent than an applicant's undergraduate degree, these courses will be considered as part of the last 10 full courses;
- Preference will be given to applicants who have successfully completed French, math or science subjects as part of their undergraduate degree.
- 40% weighting - experiential learning
- Directly related to teaching such as volunteering or assistance in schools; or indirectly related teaching, such as coaching or recreational camps.
- References related to experiences and personal attributes will also be considered.
All international students must demonstrate an acceptable level of English proficiency to gain admission to Charles Sturt University. However, if you have completed formal studies in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the USA, you have satisfied CSU's English proficiency admission requirement.
Upon admission students are awarded a credit package of 176 points for prior qualifications.
To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 256 points, comprising the credit package granted upon admission and 80 points completed during the course.
*The number of subjects and specific subject choices are described in the course structure and enrolment pattern for the course.
The course has been recognised by the Ontario Ministry and Ontario Teachers College as an approved teacher training course.
Foundation Education Studies
These subjects provide theoretical, social and educational contexts for students, make links between them and school structures and classroom practices, and focus more generally on issues of professional practice.
Subjects in this area are:
These subjects link discipline knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, curriculum statements, planning educational experiences and the procedural knowledge associated with implementing these experiences to a diverse range of students. Students take a subject in each of the six curriculum areas in the primary school - language and literacy, mathematics, science and technology, social studies, health and physical education, and the arts.
These subjects are strongly linked, through the problem-based approach used, to the on-going in school experience that is provided throughout the program. This structure not only adds to the depth and authenticity of the professional experience, it also provides the students with the opportunity to develop a strong rapport with a cohort of children over an extended period of time thereby increasing the likelihood of the development of rich learning tasks that cater for the needs of individual students in their classes.
Subjects in this area are:
The Practicum provides professional opportunities to learn about and apply the range of theoretical, conceptual, and procedural knowledge developed in the other courses in the program. The practicum is the opportunity for candidates to make explicit their capacity to discern connections between theory and practice e.g. their praxis.
Students will complete a minimum of 45 days of Block Practicum experience, split into four weeks in Term 1 in one school/division and five weeks in Term 2 in an additional school/division. They will also spend 2 days of every additional week of the semester in their Host Schools. This time in schools provides an opportunity for students to explore concepts, resources and strategies introduced in the academic component of the program.
Importantly, the students will complete block Practicum experiences with the same class they visit during the weekly program. This structure adds to the depth and authenticity of the professional experience program, and provides the students with the opportunity to develop a strong rapport with a cohort of children over an extended period of time - increasing the likelihood of the development of rich learning tasks that cater for the needs of individuals in these classes.