2017 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Primary Education (Dean's Scholar) | 2017

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Primary Education (Dean's Scholar)



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Social Sciences

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:


Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 755212

Additional Information:

Course Finder


The Bachelor of Primary Education (Dean's Scholar) is a 4 year accredited primary teaching qualification for high achieving students.

In addition to studying the subjects in the Australian curriculum, students will focus on areas such as Professional Studies, Aboriginal Education, Learners with Exceptional Needs, and Teaching Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students.

Dean's Scholars will have access to an academic mentor, extended library privileges, invitations to attend School workshops and seminars, and networking events. There is also the opportunity for casual employment in the UOW Faculty of Social Sciences, community research, or projects supervised by leading practitioners or scholars for 15 hours per year.

Professional Experience is a compulsory component of this course and usually occurs in Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Southern Highlands, and Southern and South Western Sydney schools. Students can also apply for ‘out-of-area’ (rural NSW) or overseas professional experiences. 

Students who have achieved a high level of academic performance in the first three years of the degree may complete the fourth year at Honours level.

Students who intend to study part-time should consult with the Academic Program Director at the time of enrolment for advice on progression and timetabling.

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements and English requirements are available from the Course Finder

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Primary Education (Dean’s Scholar) will demonstrate:

  1. The ability to manipulate academic literature and mandatory documents that relate to research, pedagogy and policy.
  2. The ability to participate in guided and self-directed enrichment activities on campus, in school and in community settings.
  3. A developing understanding of the complex multi-faceted role of the teacher and the learning environment.
  4. Skills as an active professional who is articulate in regards to the theory-practice nexus its role and theirs as the teacher as researcher.
  5. Emerging skills in regards to problem solving, technology and planning for all learners; differentiation of pedagogical strategies and reflection on practice.
  6. Higher order thinking in relation to current and future educational challenges.
  7. A holistic understanding of the equity/inequity balance and social justice issues in Australian society. 

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Primary Education (Dean’s Scholar) requires the following:

  1. The successful completion of 192 credit points comprising:
    1. 29 core subjects (180cp);
    2. 2 elective subjects (12cp);
    3. No more than 60 credit points will be at 100 level; and
    4. Only 2 elective subjects (12cp) with the prefix EDTR will count towards the degree.
  2. The successful completion of the Professional Experience components embedded in the course.
  3. Students must maintain a minimum weighted average mark (WAM) of 80% in each year of enrolment, from and including Year 2, to remain enrolled in the Dean’s Scholar program.
Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Autumn Session
EDLL101 Language and Learning 6 Autumn
EDMM101 Mathematics Foundations 6 Autumn
PSYS150 Foundations of Human Development and Behaviour 6 Autumn, Summer 2017/2018
HAS 111 Essential Academic Skills  6 Autumn
Spring Session
EDER202 Dean's Scholar Project 6 Spring
EDSC102 Science Content Knowledge for Educators 6 Spring
EDTA102 The Arts and Culture in Society 6 Spring
GEOG123 Indigenous Geographies: Questioning Country 6 Spring
Year 2
Autumn Session
EDPD201 Professional Development 1: The Learning Environment 6 Autumn First Offered 2018
EDKL200 Language and Literacy 1: The Early Years 6 Autumn First Offered 2018
EDKM201 Mathematics Content and Pedagogy 1 6 Autumn First Offered 2018
EDTA201 The Arts in Education 6 Autumn First Offered 2018
Spring Session
EDPD202 Professional Development: The Teacher as a Managing Professional 6 Spring
EDCM202 Classroom Management: Creating Positive Learning Environments 6 Spring First Offered 2018
EDKG202 History and Geography in Primary Schools 6 Spring First Offered 2018
EDKL202 Language and Literacy 2: Teaching Encoding & Decoding Skills 6 Spring First Offered 2018
Year 3
Autumn Session
EDPD301 Professional Development: The Teacher as Researcher 6 Autumn
EDSC301 K-6 Science and Technology: Curriculum and Pedagogy 6 Autumn First Offered 2019
EDKL301 Language and Literacy 3: The Later Primary Years 6 Autumn First Offered 2019
EDKP301 Personal Development, Health & Physical Education Content & Pedagogy 6 Autumn First Offered 2019
Spring Session
EDFE302 Education Foundations: Cognition & Communication in the Classroom 6 Spring First Offered 2019
EDLD302 Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students 6 Spring
EDAE302 Aboriginal Education 6 Spring
EDKM302 Mathematics Content and Pedagogy 2 6 Spring First Offered 2019
Year 4
Autumn Session
EDPD401 Professional Development 3 6 Autumn
EDLE401 Learners with Extra Support Needs 6 Autumn First Offered 2020
EDIC401 Effective use of ICT for Teaching & Learning 6 Autumn
EDFE401 Educational Foundations: Sociology and Cultural Studies of Education 6 Autumn
Spring Session
EDPD402 Professional Development 4 12 Spring
Plus TWO 6 credit point elective subjects.  Students studying electives in 4th year Spring session must enrol in Education electives, due to the requirements of the EDPD402 Internship.  12 Spring

Education Electives

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
EDAW401 * Aboriginal Ways of Knowing and Learning  6 Autumn
EDEC402 Programming for Individuals with High Support Needs 6 Spring
EDEL402 Critical Viewing and Production in the Primary years 6 Spring
EDEM402 Quality Teaching in Mathematics 6 Spring
EDEP402 PDHPE: Coaching and Sport Administration - Elective C 6 Spring
EYEK402 Engaging Koori Kids and their Families 6 Spring

* Priority is given to ETTP scholarship holders

Catholic Education

Students seeking accreditation with the Catholic Education Office (CEO) are required to complete all four EDTR subjects listed in the table below, however, only two of these (12cp) will count towards the degree.  To receive full CEO accreditation, students will need to complete additional requirements.  Students must liaise with the CEO in regards to the additional accreditation requirements.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
EDTR201 Introduction to Biblical Studies 6 Spring
EDTR202 Introduction to Theology 6 Summer 2017/2018
EDTR203 Values and Ethics in Religious Education 6 Spring
EDTR204 Sacraments and Liturgy 6 Summer 2017/2018

Collaborative Delivery

The Catholic Education subjects are partially delivered through a collaborative arrangement with the Broken Bay Institute (BBI). Subjects will be taught by a tutor from BBI. Please contact the School for additional information.

Dean's Scholar

A Dean's Scholar program is available for high achieving students. For further information refer to the Bachelor of Primary Education (Dean's Scholar).

Credit Arrangements

Credit and articulation arrangements are available from Course Finder. Refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

Professional Recognition/Accreditation

This degree is accredited and nationally recognised as a professional teaching qualification. Students seeking work outside NSW or Australia are advised to check with potential employers and other teacher registration authorities for any additional requirements.

All students completing a NSW teacher education course need to pass an approved literacy and numeracy test.

Students seeking accreditation with the Catholic Education Office are required to successfully complete all four EDRT subjects ( EDTR201 , EDTR202 , EDTR203 and EDTR204 ), however, only 12cp will count towards this degree. To finalise CEO accreditation, students will need to complete two additional CEO approved theology subjects within the first five years of teaching. Students need to liaise with the CEO in regards to CEO accreditation.

Other Information

Further information is available at:
Faculty Website
UOW Course Finder
Email: ssc@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 11 November, 2019