Primary education

Why study Primary education at La Trobe?

La Trobe’s new primary education degrees have been created to meet new national standards for teacher education. We offer the opportunity for specialisation within our primary education degrees, which allows for greater career options. With a common foundation year across all our undergraduate education degrees, you have time to develop your literacy and numeracy skills and the flexibility to move between courses if you want to change your teaching focus.

We offer programs in Primary, and Early Childhood and Primary Education, with multiple specialisation options to choose from at each campus:

Melbourne and Bendigo Campuses:

  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)
  • Arts
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Health Education
  • Languages (French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Indonesian – Bendigo campus only has Indonesian available)
  • Humanities
  • Science

Mildura Campus:

  • English
  • Humanities

Professional practice is a major focus in all our teacher education degrees, with an emphasis on innovative placement models and opportunities for urban, regional, international and cultural placements to ensure you get the experience you need to move into the classroom after your degree.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for work in government, Catholic and independent schools nationally and overseas (subject to registration). You may also work in human services, training, children's services, leadership-related areas, media and service industries. Graduates in early childhood education may find work in childcare facilities, kindergarten and early learning centres.

Courses

Local students

NB: The ATARs published here are a guide, based on the most recent intake, and can change from year to year. These are Clearly-in ATARs, meaning applicants with scores equivalent to, or higher than the quoted ATAR, were made an offer.

2017

Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education
Duration :
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (February and July)
Campus/ATAR*:
Bendigo 60.85
Shepparton N/A
Year
2017
About this course
The Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education is based on theories of learning and how they are applied when teaching. The focus is on understanding learning and development in children from birth to adolescence and the ways that educators can support learning for all children.

The foundation year across all of our education programs, focuses on understanding learning and development, literacy and numeracy skills, learning in the 21st century and Indigenous studies. A further 26 subjects will develop your understanding of learning and teaching through early childhood and primary years, with focus on a-typical development as well as typical development through special education subjects.

After graduating, you can apply for registration to teach in early childhood, primary and special education schools.

You'll complete 80 days of professional experience during the course.
Graduates may be eligible to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Career opportunities
Graduates can apply for registration to teach in early childhood, primary and special education schools. It is anticipated that graduates from this program will be valued professionals in any of these institutions.
Professional recognition
All initial teacher education programs are required to be reaccredited with the VIT every five years. Consequently, the Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education is currently undertaking accreditation with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. Professional registration may require an application to VIT and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact vit.vic.edu.au for details.
Prerequisite
VCE English Units 3 and 4 study score of at least 25, or at least 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL). VCE Mathematics Units 1 and 2, not Foundation Mathematics.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
All applicants are strongly advised to complete a Personal Statement in support of their application. Your statement must include information in relation to the following personal attributes: motivation to teach; interpersonal and communication skills; personal strengths; and learning goals.
How to apply
Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2017.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Duration :
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (February and July)
Campus/ATAR*:
Melbourne 60.45
Bendigo 62.5
Mildura N/A
Year
2017
About this course
The Bachelor of Education (Primary) allows you to specialise your skills in these areas:
- Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM)
- English
- humanities/arts
- health
- physical education
- languages (including Greek, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, Indonesian, French and Chinese).

It builds your efficacy in diagnostic learning, special needs, learning how best to teach and relationship skill building. When you graduate, you'll be prepared to meet the needs of the industry and will be ready to work in multiple education areas.

In the foundation year, you'll build strong knowledge around professional literacy and numeracy with awareness of contemporary approaches to learning. You'll maximise your expertise and skills to be able to work in complex education settings. You also have the option to complete a sequence of study so you are qualified to teach as a Special Education teacher. The program is designed to allow you to focus on social work and wellbeing as areas of study to further diversify your employment options as a primary teacher.

The course incorporates a national literacy and numeracy test, which is a requirement of completion of Initial Teacher Education programs and a requirement for registration as a teacher.

All applicants accepted into the course are required to complete a Working with Children Check form prior to commencing placement in their second year.

You'll complete 80 days of professional experience during the course.
Career opportunities
With changes to the education sector being implemented in 2017, we have re-imagined our education courses to prepare you for a range of teaching careers in:
- primary schools
- community
- non-traditional learning environments, including advisory boards, private organisations and local and state government.
Professional recognition
All initial teacher education programs are required to be reaccredited with the VIT every five years. Consequently, the Bachelor of Education (Primary) is currently undertaking accreditation with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. Professional registration may require an application to VIT and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact vit.vic.edu.au for details.
Prerequisite
VCE English Units 3 and 4: study score of at least 25, or at least 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL). VCE Mathematics Units 1 and 2, not Foundation Mathematics.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
All applicants are strongly advised to complete a Personal Statement in support of their application. Your statement must include information in relation to the following personal attributes: motivation to teach; interpersonal and communication skills; personal strengths; and learning goals.
Additional information
You are required to obtain a Working With Children Check prior to your first placement.
As a result of new professional standards, all students will be required to complete an externally administered Literacy and Numeracy Test prior to graduation in order to be eligible to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. You will have the opportunity for diagnostic tests and support during your studies to ensure you are at an appropriate standard prior to sitting the formal test. For more information about the Literacy and Numeracy Test, visit: teacheredtest.acer.edu.au
How to apply
Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2017.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.

Want to know more?

Feel free to ask us a question about any course for local students.

Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There is also a wide range of scholarships available for local students.

International students

2017

Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education (093520F)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (February and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
$26,000
Campus
Bendigo, Shepparton
Year
2017
About this course
The Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education is based on theories of learning and how they are applied when teaching. The focus is on understanding learning and development in children from birth to adolescence and the ways that educators can support learning for all children.

The foundation year across all of our education programs, focuses on understanding learning and development, literacy and numeracy skills, learning in the 21st century and Indigenous studies. A further 26 subjects will develop your understanding of learning and teaching through early childhood and primary years, with focus on a-typical development as well as typical development through special education subjects.

After graduating, you can apply for registration to teach in early childhood, primary and special education schools.

You'll complete 80 days of professional experience during the course.
Graduates may be eligible to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
English Language Requirements
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic module with an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing - where there is no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening ON ENTRY.
Academic entry requirements
Australian Yr 12 ATAR - as per currently published

LTM Foundation Studies - 65

International Baccalaureate - 26

GAOKAO - see: the website

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

NB: The scores above are indicative only and may change based on the number of applications received and places available. Achieving the above listed scores does not guarantee an offer of a place.
Subject prerequisite
VCE English Units 3 and 4 study score of at least 25, or at least 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL). VCE Mathematics Units 1 and 2, not Foundation Mathematics.
Additional information
All applicants are strongly advised to complete a Personal Statement in support of their application. Your statement must include information in relation to the following personal attributes: motivation to teach; interpersonal and communication skills; personal strengths; and learning goals.
Professional recognition
All initial teacher education programs are required to be reaccredited with the VIT every five years. Consequently, the Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education is currently undertaking accreditation with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. Professional registration may require an application to VIT and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact vit.vic.edu.au for details.
Career opportunities
Graduates can apply for registration to teach in both Early Childhood, Primary and Special Education schools. It is anticipated that graduates from this program will be valued professionals in Early Childhood, Primary and Special Education schools.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.

Bachelor of Education (Primary) (093396E)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (February and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
$27,000
Campus
Melbourne, Bendigo, Mildura
Year
2017
About this course
The Bachelor of Education (Primary) allows you to specialise your skills in these areas:
- Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM)
- English
- humanities/arts
- health
- physical education
- languages (including Greek, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, Indonesian, French and Chinese).

It builds your efficacy in diagnostic learning, special needs, learning how best to teach and relationship skill building. When you graduate, you'll be prepared to meet the needs of the industry and will be ready to work in multiple education areas.

In the foundation year, you'll build strong knowledge around professional literacy and numeracy with awareness of contemporary approaches to learning. You'll maximise your expertise and skills to be able to work in complex education settings. You also have the option to complete a sequence of study so you are qualified to teach as a Special Education teacher. The program is designed to allow you to focus on social work and wellbeing as areas of study to further diversify your employment options as a primary teacher.

The course incorporates a national literacy and numeracy test, which is a requirement of completion of Initial Teacher Education programs and a requirement for registration as a teacher.

All applicants accepted into the course are required to complete a Working with Children Check form prior to commencing placement in their second year.

You'll complete 80 days of professional experience during the course.
English Language Requirements
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic module with an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing - where there is no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening ON ENTRY
Academic entry requirements
Australian Yr 12 ATAR - as per currently published

LTM Foundation Studies - 65

International Baccalaureate - 26

GAOKAO - see: the website

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

NB: The scores above are indicative only and may change based on the number of applications received and places available. Achieving the above listed scores does not guarantee an offer of a place.
Subject prerequisite
VCE English Units 3 and 4 study score of at least 25, or at least 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL). VCE mathematics Units 1 and 2, not Foundation Mathematics.
Additional information
All applicants are strongly advised to complete a Personal Statement in support of their application. Your statement must include information in relation to the following personal attributes: motivation to teach; interpersonal and communication skills; personal strengths; and learning goals.
Professional recognition
All initial teacher education programs are required to be reaccredited with the VIT every five years. Consequently, the Bachelor of Education (Primary) is currently undertaking accreditation with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. Professional registration may require an application to VIT and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact vit.vic.edu.au for details.
Career opportunities
With changes to the education sector being implemented in 2017, we have re-imagined our education courses to prepare you for a range of teaching careers in:
- primary schools
- early childhood education
- special education
- community
- non-traditional learning environments, including advisory boards, private organisations and local and state government.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. View all staff from the School of Education.