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.
|Institution Name||Southern Cross University|
|Campus Location||Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast, Lismore, Online|
|Course Duration||4 years full-time; 8 years part-time|
|Course University||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.