BP249 - Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability)

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Plan: BP249EDUDD - Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability)
Campus: Bundoora Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability)
Award abbreviation: BEd
Total credit points: 384
Career: UGRD
Duration: 4 years full-time- 8 semesters
Location: Onshore, Bundoora Campus
Owning school: Education (360H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/education
ASCED code: 070113
CRICOS code: 060827D

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Purpose of the Program

This program has been designed

  1. To assist students in the development of practical skills in teaching children and young people with disabilities to enable high quality education in mainstream or specialist settings.
  2. To provide pre-service teacher education that extensively covers the skills and knowledge essential for successful education for children with special needs.
  3. To produce graduates who have the skills, knowledge and capabilities to work effectively across a range of community and educational settings where people with diverse needs, especially those with disabilities, are supported.
  4. To produce graduates who are able to provide peer support, leadership and direction within a range of educational and community settings.
  5. To deliver a program that meets real world needs and is workplace relevant and is collaborative across the Schools of Health Sciences and Education.


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Articulation and pathways

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program. Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, such as a Master of Education, subject to program entry requirements.

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: Successful completion of Year 12/Foundation Studies program or equivalent secondary school studies, or a recognised post secondary diploma or certificate in the discipline. Applicants also need successful completion of Year 11/Foundation mathematics.

VCE requirements: Units 1 and 2–general mathematics or mathematical methods (CAS) or Units 3 and 4–mathematics (any). Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English.

International English language requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Paper based): 580 (TWE 4.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT): Overall score of 92 with minimum of 20 in any sections
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE(A)): 58 (no band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English – Advanced (CAE): CAE Grade B
  • RMIT English Worldwide (REW) – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs: Advanced Plus certificate

Extra requirements
Non year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal History online or an applicant statement explaining their reasons for wanting to study the course and include details of any relevant work or other experience.

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External accreditation and industry links

External Accreditation

The Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability) is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) (www.vit.vic.edu.au).

In order to teach in Victoria, graduates must be registered with VIT. Successful completion of this program will allow you to apply for Provisonal Registration with VIT. To obtain Provisional Registration, graduates are required to complete a VIT Registration application form and submit it to the Institute. Further information on the registration process and requirements can be found here.

Industry Links

The School of Education has an established reputation for providing educational and vocational leadership in creating knowledge for the future through work with client groups within primary, secondary and tertiary education, communities and enterprises. Through the established Program Advisory Group, the School gains advice on emergent issues within the sectors of education from industry representatives. These biannual meetings and other forums throughout the year inform the School's programs to be responsive to sectorial needs, issues and opportunities within different sectors of the education industry as they relate to curriculum renewal and design.

The Australian Education Union has been consulted in the development of the program and they are supportive of its introduction

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

The Bundoora West campus has good library holdings and other IT and specialist resources to support the students of this program.

The information literacy of the students will developed in line with the standards approved by the Council of Australian University Librarians (2000).  These standards will be developed through the information and experiences provided as a matter of course within the program as well as through dedicated activities conducted in conjunction with the library.  The development of information literacy will be contributed to by;

  • The incorporation of Info-trek into the student portfolio assessment requirements for Professional Practices in Disability 1a (see the Student Level Course Guide for details).  Students will use the online tutorial developed by the library as the guidelines for the investigation of a topic relevant to the disability sector.
  • First year students will complete orientation to the library sessions.  The first semester will introduce the students to the library catalogue and web based resources.  Second semester sessions will introduce the students to information databases.
  • Refresher sessions will be timetabled for second, third, and fourth year students with an emphasis on the use of databases and programs such as Endnote.

Online learning tools and content
You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University
RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students

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