BP320 - Bachelor of Education

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Plan: BP320P24 - Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Campus: Bundoora Campus

Overview

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 (Primary)
Award abbreviation: BEd(Prim)
Total credit points: 384
Career: UGRD
Duration: 4 years Full-time; 8 years Part-time
Location: Bundoora Campus
Owning school: Education (360H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/education
ASCED code: 070100
CRICOS code: 113709A

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) offers you an education degree for primary teaching through a combination of theoretical knowledge and professional experience. It prepares you for the dynamic and challenging world of education and provides you with globally transferable skills and a qualification that can lead you to practising as a teacher in Australia and overseas. You will experience a variety of contemporary, interactive learning and teaching approaches, including both face-to-face and online delivery modes. You will have the opportunity to participate in a range of innovative Professional Experience practises within a variety of educational settings that meaningfully integrate theory and practise.

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is delivered primarily on campus using the blended delivery model of both face-to-face and online learning.  

You will undertake a series of work integrated learning experiences in schools and other educational settings throughout the program. Throughout your study, you will complete a minimum of 80 days supervised placement in school settings. During these experiences, you will progressively demonstrate achievement of each descriptor of the AITSL Professional Standards for Teachers at a graduate level

In your final year you will undertake a capstone experience in TCHE2717 Professional Experience: Teaching Performance Assessment.  This capstone experience comprises your final teaching placement and an independent action research project into an aspect of your teaching practise.  During your final teaching placement, you will demonstrate effective classroom teaching practise including planning, teaching, assessing and reflecting. In your action research project you will report on the impact your practise has on student learning. Successful completion of this Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) is a requirement for graduation.

Upon enrolling in this program, you will have the choice of completing one of these two Areas of Focus:
1. Bachelor of Education (Primary) with a focus in Health and Physical Education and a choice of one of the minors listed below, or
2. Bachelor of Education (Primary) with a focus in Generalist Primary Education and choice of one of the minors listed below.

A range of minors are available which provide the opportunity to undertake focused study in a discipline area. Available minors may include STEM, The Arts, Health and Physical Education, Early Childhood Education, Student Wellbeing, Inclusive Education and Working multi-lingually   

On completion of the program, you will be a professional practitioner within the field of primary education possessing a broad knowledge of learning, teaching, curriculum and assessment with a choice of gaining specific expertise in: English/Literacy, Mathematics/Numeracy, or STEM education. 

You will be eligible to apply for teacher registration and to teach in schools and early childhood settings, however you will have knowledge, skills and experience to also work in private enterprise, government agencies and community-based organisations. Through critical reflection you will work ethically and collaboratively with colleagues and external professional and community representatives.

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Articulation and pathways

Successful completion of RMIT's Diploma of Teacher Education Preparation guarantees entry into this program subject to completing the Casper test, with 12 credit points of exemption granted. 

Upon successful completion of this program, you may be eligible to undertake further studies in post-graduate programs at RMIT University, as well as Masters by Research programs, subject to program entry requirements. 

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. 

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Entrance requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent with an ATAR (or equivalent) of 70, inclusive of selection rank adjustments. For equivalents to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalency web page

Prerequisites 

  • Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of Maths: General Mathematics, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics. 
  • A study score of at least 30 in Units 3 and 4 English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English. 

International English language requirement 

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 7.5 with a minimum score of 7.0 in reading and writing and 8.0 in speaking and listening. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English requirements web page

Casper Test 

All applicants must sit the Casper test. Casper is a requirement for most of the initial teacher training courses in Victoria. It is a non-cognitive online test designed to assess an applicant's personal and professional attributes. To register for your sitting or further information about the test, visit https://takealtus.com/ 

Essential requirements for enrolment or graduation: 

Working with children check 

Please note that to undertake the Professional Experience courses across the program, you must provide a satisfactory working with children check. If you are not able to provide this, you will be unable to complete the program. 

Literacy and numeracy test 

The Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) is a national test required by the Federal Government that all pre-service teachers must complete to be able to graduate and register as a teacher. The test is administered by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). You are able to sit the test up to three times before you need to seek further approval to complete a fourth or fifth (final) attempt. Please note that you are required to be physically in Australia to undertake this test at a test centre. Counselling and support for those failing the test will be available.

You are able to sit your LANTITE test before you enrol in your degree. This will provide you with the result early. If you are not successful on your first attempt, this will enable you and your lecturers to identify the areas you need to focus on in your studies. You are encouraged to complete your LANTITE test by the end of your first year of your studies.

Please visit the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education website for more information, including the cost of the test.

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External accreditation and industry links

The BP320 Bachelor of Education (Primary Education) is accredited with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) until July 2024. Accredited programs are required to undergo reaccredition every 5 years. VIT state that if a provider has made an application for accreditation for an existing program, the approval is taken to be current until an accreditation decision has been made. 

In order to teach in Victoria, graduates must be registered with VIT. Further information on the registration process and requirements can be found here

The School of Education has many links with industry, which take on a variety of forms including; schools, educational institutions, and community organisations. The program is taught by academics who have strong professional links and current experience in the education sector. In addition, we regularly engage outside educational experts as guest lecturers to ensure that you are exposed to current and emerging developments in education. 

This program has an Industry Advisory Committee (IAC). Membership is diverse and drawn from external industry and professional institutions. These committees help inform program development and ensure that program content and student learning outcomes remain closely aligned with the needs of future employers. In addition, academic staff maintain connections with industry to develop and deliver work integrated learning experiences as well as offer advice on professional careers.

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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 

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study space. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases. 
One-on-one study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, referencing, maths and study skills. To contact Library staff for help, phone, email or chat via the Ask the Library service. Find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

IT and Wireless

If you have a laptop or other wireless-enabled device you can connect to RMIT’s fast Wi-Fi. While on campus, no matter how you work or where you work, you’re able to connect, collaborate and create using this secure network. In addition, with myDesktop, you can access your RMIT desktop and applications from home or wherever you have an internet connection.  

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 
  • 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.

For information resources relevant to Education and Teacher Preparation, refer to: https://rmit.libguides.com/alleducation.

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