Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary/Early Childhood)

Southern Cross University

This combined degree equips students to work with children throughout their formative years. Designed to improve career opportunities, graduates qualify as early childhood educators and primary school teachers. Graduates are qualified to work with and teach children from six-weeks-old through to primary school (12-years-old). In their first year, students study essential foundational content for teaching in primary schools and early childhood settings. Starting in their second year, and continuing throughout the remainder of their degree, students study curriculum, pedagogy and effective teaching strategies. They also begin significant blocks of professional teaching experience in primary schools and early childhood settings. This is in addition to discipline and curriculum studies in English; Mathematics; Human Society and Its Environment; Science and Technology; Creative Arts; and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education. With a child-centred philosophy, supported by up-to-date evidence on best practice, this combined degree focuses on the values, disposition, knowledge and practical teaching skills required to provide a high quality education for children. The course includes study in inclusive education, the development and learning of children, and the importance of life-long learning. Entry into our teaching degrees is based on an indicative ATAR of 70 or OP of 13. Additionally, applicants for initial teaching courses must submit a 1,000-word personal statement outlining their non-academic capabilities. See education non-academic requirements for further information. These entry requirements will ensure that our courses produce teachers with high levels of academic capability, literacy and numeracy skills and the personal characteristics required by contemporary teachers. Our education degrees are combined with a Bachelor of Arts to ensure a comprehensive foundation for our education students in relevant discipline areas like Mathematics, English and Science. Major areas of study Students complete a Primary and an Early Childhood major. The Primary major equips students for a career teaching in primary schools and includes studies in areas of teaching and learning, behaviour management, childhood development, and curriculum studies in English; Mathematics; Human Society and Its Environment; Science and Technology; Creative Arts; and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education. The Early Childhood major includes studies in early childhood development; teaching principles and practices; play and pedagogies; and units that target early childhood professional development such as leadership, advocacy and issues in early childhood education. Please note: Some units in this course are only delivered online.

At a Glance

Course level Undergraduate
CRICOS Code NA
Institution Name Southern Cross University
Campus Location Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast, Lismore, Online
Institution Type University
Course Duration 4 years full-time; 8 years part-time
Course University Southern Cross University

About Southern Cross University

Bold, progressive, and celebrating 25 years in 2019, Southern Cross University is one of the Asia-Pacific’s Top 100 Universities and one of the world’s Top 50 Generation Y Universities. Our contemporary campuses, with purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities, are located on the east coast of Australia, at the Gold Coast in Queensland, and in Lismore and Coffs Harbour in New South Wales. All are unique regions renowned for their natural beauty and ecological diversity, providing living laboratories for learning and creative hubs for artistic endeavour.

 

Branch campuses in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth are operated in collaboration with EduCo on behalf of Southern Cross University. The University also operates The Hotel School Sydney and Melbourne in partnership with Mulpha Australia. We also deliver degrees with collaborators in China and Papua New Guinea.We have a large and diverse range of courses available online, offering interactive and immersive learning experiences, wherever our students are.

 

Whether studying on-campus, online, or both, we deliver exciting, contemporary and high quality learning experiences.We aim to produce graduates who are career ready, world ready and digitally literate, and who experience an academic environment distinctive for its personal approach.

 

The University has a strong focus on industry and community collaboration to produce engaged teaching and research outcomes. The University is home to nine research centres.In the latest Excellence in Research for Australia report, Southern Cross achieved outstanding ratings of ‘at world standard’ or above in 24 research fields. In nine research fields the University was evaluated at the highest possible classification of ‘well above world standard’. This was achieved in the fields of Geochemistry, Oceanography, Environmental Science and Management, Zoology, Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences, Crop and Pasture Production, Forestry Sciences, Nursing, Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

 

  • Southern Cross University History
    The early 1990s was an exciting time for Southern Cross University as it evolved from what was a Teachers College, in the 1970s, into a fully-fledged University with its own identity in 1994. This site has been developed to showcase stories, historical information and personal recollections of the University’s development. It includes a condensed Brief History of SCU from Teachers College (pre-1994) to University.
  • Centre for Teaching and Learning
    Southern Cross University is committed to providing educational opportunities for our diverse student body, in particular those from rural and regional communities. We aim to deliver inspirational teaching, innovative research and high quality and dynamic learning experiences to equip our students to be tomorrow’s leaders, to live a life they value and be effective global citizens.We work side by side with academic staff and students to implement the University’s strategic directions through three teams of staff:
  • Educational Collaborations
    Southern Cross University, through collaborations with other education providers, offers courses in other Australian locations, Asia and the Pacific. All students enrolled in a Southern Cross University course at one of our educational collaborations or partnerships are subject to the University’s rules and regulations. Students are taught by Southern Cross University teaching staff or University approved academic staff from our educational collaborations or partner. All assessment and examinations are set and quality assured by the University.
  • Education Agents
    Southern Cross University has an extensive network of Education Agents across the world. These agents have been rigorously selected to assist with your application process into Southern Cross University.
  • Facts, Figures, Rankings and Awards
    Southern Cross University is a progressive, young and connected regional research university, with vibrant campuses in northern New South Wales and the southern Gold Coast. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and many are available in a dynamic online form. Whether studying on-campus, online, or both, we deliver exciting, contemporary and high quality learning experiences.

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