2020 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Primary Education (Dean's Scholar) | 2020

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Primary Education (Dean's Scholar)



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4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

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Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 755212


The Bachelor of Primary Education (Dean's Scholar) is a program of advanced studies within 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, Inclusive Education in Schools, 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 and Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate knowledge, understanding, empathy and respect for the linguistic, cultural, religious and socio-economic diversity of children, families and communities in contemporary Australia.
2 Demonstrate sophisticated knowledge and understanding of the complexity of child development and its impact on academic learning and development.
3 Demonstrate understanding of teaching as a collaborative profession involving productive relationships with parents and colleagues that is driven by ethical behaviour, professional learning, systematic reflection and deep understandings about a diversity of learners.
4 Demonstrate deep theoretical understanding and domain specific content knowledge for the six primary key learning areas as a foundation for effective teaching.
5 Demonstrate an understanding of teaching as a complex multi-faceted and ever-changing role that requires effective communication, organisation, resilience, empathy and adaptability to ensure all learners are engaged in expert, dynamic, and contemporary learning experiences.
6 Demonstrate contemporary pedagogies informed by theory, research and reflective practice that engage learners in safe, effective and appropriate learning experiences informed by rigorous and comprehensive assessment practices, and sensitive, timely and constructive feedback.
7 Demonstrate understanding of compliance requirements related to mandated curricula, professional accreditation and the implementation of legislated policy.
8 Demonstrate analysis skills and reflective capacities in an area of study through the planning and execution of a research or professional-based project.

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); and
    3. No more than 60 credit points will be at 100 level.
  2. The successful completion of the Professional Experience components embedded in the course.
  3. Students must successfully complete 36 credit points from the Year 1 subjects to be eligible for the first Professional Experience and to enrol in Year 2 subjects. Students should also note that a number of subject pre-requisites will be in place throughout the course.
  4. To be eligible for the final Professional Experience, students must have passed all core subjects in the first three and a half years of their degree, successfully completed the Literacy and Numeracy Test (LANTITE) and be enrolled in any annual and final semester core subjects.
  5. Students must successfully complete all subject requirements, including the teaching performance assessment (UOW TPA) in EDPD402, to be eligible to graduate.
  6. Students must maintain a 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.

Students may choose to complete the Mathematics and Numeracy in Education minor.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Autumn Session
EDLE100Learning in Higher Education 6 Autumn
EDLL101 Language and Learning 6 Autumn
EDMM101 Mathematics Foundations 6 Autumn
PSYS150 Foundations of Human Development and Behaviour 6 Autumn
Spring Session
EDSC102 Science Content Knowledge for Educators 6 Spring
EDSO101 Education and Society 6 Spring
GEOG123 Indigenous Geographies: Questioning Country 6 Spring
Plus ONE of the following:
EDPD100 * Introduction to the Profession 6 Spring
HAS 121 Human Development in Social Context 6 Spring
MATH132 ** Unlocking Mathematical Tools for Primary Educators 6 Spring

* This subject is only available to students who have three Band 5 scores in their HSC results, including one in English.
** This subject is required for students who are seeking a NSW Mathematics/Numeracy specialisation.  Dean's Scholar students who wish to complete the NSW Mathematics/Numeracy specialisation will be required to negotiate an alternate plan with the Academic Program Director.

Year 2
Autumn Session
EDPD201 Professional Development 1: The Learning Environment 6 Autumn
EDKL200 Language and Literacy 1: The Early Years 6 Autumn
EDKM201 Mathematics Content and Pedagogy 1 6 Autumn
EDKP201 Personal Development, Health & Physical Education Content & Pedagogy 6Autumn
Spring Session
EDPD202 Professional Development 2: The Teacher as Managing Professional 6 Spring
EDKG202 History and Geography in Primary Schools 6 Spring
EDKM202 Mathematics Content and Pedagogy 26Spring
EDKL202 Language and Literacy 2: Teaching the Constrained Skills in Context 6 Spring
Year 3
Autumn Session
EDPD301 Professional Development 3: The Teacher as Researcher 6 Autumn
EDSC301 K-6 Science and Technology: Curriculum and Pedagogy 6 Autumn
EDTA301 The Arts in Education 6 Not available in 2020
EDAE301 Aboriginal Education 6 Not available in 2020
Spring Session
EDFE302 Education Foundations: Cognition & Communication in the Classroom 6 Spring
EDCM302 Classroom Management: Creating Positive School Environments 6 Not available in 2020
EDLD302 Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students 6 Spring
EDDS302 Dean's Scholars Project 6 Not available in 2020
Year 4
Autumn Session
EDPD401 Professional Development 3: The Teacher as Planner 6 Autumn
EDKL401 Language and Literacy 3: The Later Primary Years 6 Not available in 2020
EDLE401 Inclusive Education in Schools 6Autumn
EDFE401 Educational Foundations: Sociology and Cultural Studies of Education 6 Autumn
Spring Session
EDPD402 Professional Development 4: The Teacher as Reflective Practitioner 12 Spring
EDIT402 Effective use of ICT for Teaching & Learning 6 Not available in 2020

Plus ONE 6 credit point subject selected from the School of Education electives, or from the General Schedule.

Mathematics and Numeracy in Education Minor

Students have the option of completing the Mathematics and Numeracy in Education minor. This minor will offer students the opportunity to develop more comprehensive discipline and pedagogical knowledge, so they can facilitate enriched teaching practices in primary school classrooms. Subjects completed in this minor will count towards the NESA recognised Mathematics/Numeracy specialisation.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
MATH132 Unlocking Mathematical Tools for Primary Educators 6 Spring
EDKM202 Mathematics Content and Pedagogy 2 6 Spring
EDEM302 Mathematics Elective 1 6 Not available in 2020
EDEM401 Mathematics Education Elective 2  6 Not available in 2020

For information regarding timetables, tutorials, and classes please the visit the Timetables and Classes page.

Compulsory Work Placement / Online Components 

This course contains a total of 595 hours or approximately 85 days of compulsory work-based placements, completed over 25 weeks throughout the degree. This course may also contain compulsory components to be completed online.


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. For further information refer to the Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours).

Professional Recognition/Accreditation

This degree is accredited and recognised as a national professional teaching qualification. All students will receive a national English/Literacy specialisation on successful completion of the program. A NSW specialisation in Mathematics/Numeracy is available to students with relevant interest and aptitude. Subjects required to qualify for the NSW Mathematics/Numeracy specialisation include: EDMM101, MATH132, EDKM201, EDKM202, EDEM302 and EDEM401 . NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) recognised teaching specialisations are applied to teacher registration documentation and may give candidates a competitive edge when applying for positions in government schools.

Students seeking work outside NSW or Australia are advised to check with potential employers and other teacher registration authorities for any additional requirements.

The University of Wollongong is committed to supporting students to meet the accreditation requirements to teach in Catholic Diocesan schools. Please contact your Academic Program Director for more information.

Other Information

For further information email: askuow@uow.edu.au


Last reviewed: 9 September, 2020