When you study primary and early childhood teaching at the University of Newcastle you learn on campus and in a real world school environment.

Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) / Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies

What you will study

What you will studyThe Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)/Bachelor of Early Childhood is offered as a four year full-time degree or part-time equivalent. The specialist teaching degree requires the successful completion of 320 units of study that are normally offered as 40 units per semester for eight semesters.

When you study primary and early childhood teaching you will benefit from various opportunities to integrate your learning within a classroom environment. Practical school placements are an essential component of your teaching degree and from the second to fourth year of study you will complete the equivalent of 90 days professional experience in relevant school and early childhood settings.


First year study

In your first year of the Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)/Bachelor of Early Childhood degree you will be introduced to the foundations of early childhood education, commence studies in how to teach the K-6 English curriculum and learn about child development. You will also engage in studies that will expand your knowledge of the constructions of childhood, family and society, language and literacy development, Australian history, geography and society, science and technology, and creative arts.

Second year study

In the second year of your teaching degree you will study the psychology of learning and teaching and the social contexts of education. You will commence studies in how to teach the K-6 curriculum in the areas of science and technology and personal development, health and physical education, and you will expand your knowledge of mathematics, child health and wellbeing, and multiliteracies and the communicating child. You will also engage in your first 20-day supervised professional experience placement in an early childhood setting, where you will focus on children's play and its relationship to learning.

Third year study

During the third year of your Bachelor of Primary and Early Childhood Teaching degree you will study special education, or how to work with young children who have additional and diverse learning needs. You will have the opportunity to employ the strategies you learn, including how to integrate the curriculum in your teaching.

You will continue your curriculum studies in K-6 mathematics, K-6 human society and its environment, and K-6 creative arts. You will also study the theory and practice of classroom and behaviour management and expand your understanding of the pedagogies of numeracy. You will have the chance to further develop your teaching skills through two 20-day supervised professional experience placements, one in a K-2 setting, and one in a 3-6 setting.

Fourth year study

In the final year of your teaching degree you will also study ways to inquire into your own early childhood practice and develop your philosophy of teaching, learn about Aboriginal education, policy and issues, advanced pedagogies of reading and writing and leadership, advocacy and administration in early childhood settings. You will also have the opportunity to complete two elective courses of your choice.

Your year will conclude with a 30-day internship where you will assume the leadership of a group in an early childhood centre.  

For more detailed information regarding the course program for the Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)/Bachelor of Arts, assumed knowledge and other special requirements, please refer to the handbook page.

Why study with us? Practical experience