Professional Experience Unit (PEU)
Our PEU is dedicated to ensuring you gain the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed for a successful career in education.
Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.
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4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.
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Teachers and education professionals have the power to change lives and shape young minds. If a rewarding career working with children sounds like a dream, then the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) degree is for you. Graduates qualify to work across a wide age range:
Studying this degree prepares you for both teaching and non-teaching roles. Learn to work with families and children in various educational settings or play constructive roles in related industries such as policy development and research.
Gain specialist skills, knowledge and expertise across pre-school and early years (birth - 5 years) through to primary school levels (kinder - year 6). In the first year of your early childhood degree, you will study courses which develop core knowledge of the foundations of child development, schooling, teaching and specialist subjects. Years 3 to 4 will provide you with an increasing breadth of knowledge and expertise across the key learning areas, as well as in various specialist subjects taught in primary school.
You can study a range of courses in:
Throughout your early childhood and primary education degree, you will learn and benefit from virtual reality teacher training, professional practical experience placements, research, community experiences and ongoing volunteer opportunities.
Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.
These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.
Diversify your skills and career pathways by qualifying for both teaching and non-teaching roles. Our education graduates enjoy great employment prospects with 94% securing jobs within four months of completing their degree.
Early childhood and primary education graduates gain professional teaching accreditations whilst also benefitting from wider career pathways. Work with diverse families and children in various educational settings including primary school classrooms, childcare centres and pre-schools. Qualify to teach both:
While most study Education to become teachers, your qualification opens doors to a multitude of other careers in related industries, including leadership and professional roles in research and policy development. For instance, you may develop and bring a new technique of behaviour management to a troubled school, which could change lives and open further career opportunities.
Career opportunities include:
Aspiring teachers will gain professional accreditation as Preschool and Early Childhood teachers, as well as K-6 (Primary) teachers in and beyond the New South Wales Government, Catholic, and Independent school sectors.
The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) degree at UON is accredited by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) (formerly BOSTES). Graduates will be eligible to register with the two professional accreditation bodies for early childhood and primary education:
The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) oversees the implementation of the National Quality Framework (NQF) and works with the state and territory regulatory authorities to implement and administer the NQF.
The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) replaced the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) on 1 January 2017. NESA works with the NSW community to drive improvements in student achievement. They will set and monitor quality teaching, learning, assessment and school standards. This includes responsibility, across NSW public, Catholic and independent schools.
This degree requires students to participate in placements in NSW Department of Education or other NSW school or service. During placement, students will be subject to the policies and procedures of the placement facility. Students must meet all the Education Placement Requirements, including a NSW Working with Children clearance.
The new Bachelor of Education degrees are designed to increase your competitive edge and employability. Learning is more innovative and experience-based, ensuring that UON Education graduates are more employable than ever.
Enjoy hands on teaching experience from your first year and develop your skills through Teach Live where you will enjoy simulated classrooms and virtual reality experiences. First year students also enjoy community service experiences.
As you move through your degree you will complete at least three professional experience placements. This equates to approximately 90 days supervised professional experience in relevant school settings. Students also benefit from ongoing volunteer placement opportunities, a strong alumni network and an engaging online platform.