University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Course code/s: EBEDP, EBEDPB, EBEDPM

Course Details
Location Melbourne Bendigo Mildura
Course Coordinator Jacolyn Weller
Available to International students Yes
CRICOS 093396E
Course duration 4 Years
Credit points 480
Exchange opportunity Yes
Leave of absence available Yes
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course description

The Bachelor of Education at La Trobe University is an undergraduate degree, which prepares you for a career as a primary  school teacher. The foundation year of the program allows you to build strong knowledge around professional literacy and numeracy skills with awareness of contemporary approaches to learning. In the primary sequence there is an opportunity to become a specialist primary teacher in curriculum areas such as:   arts, English, health education,  humanities, language, mathematics,  physical education, science, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths).

The Bachelor of Education is designed to maximise the repertoire of expertise and skills to work in complex education settings.

Course intended learning outcomes

  • Address literacy and numeracy needs for all stakeholders in a teacher education context.
  • Demonstrate competence in creating positive learning environments for a range of learners
  • Demonstrate competence in teaching & learning in specific curriculum areas.
  • Articulate awareness of and ability to apply theories of learning and development.
  • Design, develop and implement curriculum for Primary school contexts.
  • Demonstrate the application and integration of ICT in teaching and learning.
  • Provide evidence of knowledge of professional teacher standards, ethical codes of conduct and OH&S relevant to applications.
  • Demonstrate competence in creating positive learning environments for a range of learners.
  • Address educational issues and improve teaching practice through design, conduct and reflection on action research.

Course requirements

This course is a four‐year full‐time program with part‐time equivalence consisting of 480 credit points of core and elective subjects, delivered in the English Language. Students will be trained as primary teachers with a curriculum specialisation in one of:  arts, English, health education,  humanities, language, mathematics,  physical education, science, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths). Students may elect to complete a combination of discipline subjects in a STEAM specialisation (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). Students are required to undertake a minimum of 80 days of professional experience in schools and educational settings during the final three years of the degree. In the initial year students will build knowledge and skills as a strong foundation for their development as pre‐service teachers. Students must pass the subjects listed below, each of which has a 15 credit point value, except where indicated. Students are also required to successfully complete the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students (LANTITE) prior to graduating.

Students must complete a total of 480 Credit Points to graduate from this course and be eligible to register with the  Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). To be eligible to graduate students must complete supervised teaching practicum as indicated in the course structure.

  • All applicants accepted into the course  will be required  to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking professional placements as part of this course.
  • All applicants completing an initial teacher education course are expected to sit and pass the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Teachers prior to completing their course.
  • LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.
  • ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce you to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

Admission requirements

This course requires a minimum ATAR of 65, including all bonuses, SEAS and other Special Entry Schemes.

VCE English Units 3&4 study score of at least 25, or at least 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL). VCE mathematics Units 1&2, not Foundation Mathematics.  All applicants must complete the CASPer test to support selection into teaching programs.

CASPer is a requirement for many 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.

Students should see the following link to find out more about Curriculum Specialisation subjects:

Primary Curriculum Specialisation subjects - Bendigo 2018 PDF [217.4 KB]

Primary Curriculum Specialisation subjects - Bundoora PDF [217.4KB]

Primary Curriculum Specialisation subjects - Mildura PDF [217.4]

La Trobe Essential

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking - are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. They will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject database by distinct icons.  The list of approved subjects is also on the Essentials webpage.

Course structure

To assist with planning your enrolment, download a PDF copy of the study plan guide here: Bachelor of Education (Primary) Melbourne (EBEDP) Bendigo (EBEDPB) Mildura (EBEDPM) 2018 [PDF 155 KB]

First year

Semester 1
Childhood and Adolescent Development
21st Century Digital Learner
Learning Literacy
1st Year Level Curriculum Specialisation Elective
Semester 2 OPTION
Diverse Learning Communities (community based project 15 hrs)
Indigenous Studies in Education
Learning Numeracy
1st Year Level Curriculum Specialisation Elective

Second year

Semester 1
Developing Teacher Readiness
(Prac 15 days)
Understanding Learning
Teaching English Language and Literacy
Teaching Primary Humanities
Semester 2 EDU2CAA
Curriculum and Assessment
Teaching Primary Mathematics
Teaching Primary Science
Teaching Technology and Design

Third year

Semester 1
Inclusive Learning Environments  (Prac 15 days)
Teaching Indigenous Learners*
Teaching Primary Arts and Design*
2nd or 3rd Year Level Curriculum Specialisation Elective
Semester 2
Supporting Special Needs of Learners (Prac 20 days)
Integrated Curriculum
Teaching Primary Health and Physical Education
2nd or 3rd Year Level Curriculum Specialisation Elective

Fourth year

Semester 1
EDU4REI (30 Credit Points)
Ethical Professional Practice*
Mathematics for Understanding*
English Literature and Multimodal Literacies
Researching Evidence and Impact* 
(Prac 30 days)
Semester 2
Sustainability, Education and the Global Teacher*
Teaching in Cultural Communities*
Digital Literacies for Ethical Innovations*

* Offered in 2019

Working with Children Check

The Victorian Department of Education and Training requires a satisfactory criminal record check for all teacher education students undertaking practicum requirements in all Victorian schools. Before starting the course, you will be required to complete a Working with Children Check application. You must provide a certified copy of your valid Working with Children card before starting teaching placements. Criminal records may delay or prevent access to practicum placements, which may impact on course progression and/or completion.