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Bachelor of Education (Primary) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

Approved Abbreviation: BEd(Prim)ATSIEd


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1717.3

AQF Level: 7

Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in the course was 2020 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For commencement year 2018 - 2019, please refer to: 1717.2 - Bachelor of Education (Primary) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

For commencement year 2015 - 2017, please refer to: 1717.1 - Bachelor of Education (Primary) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education is a four year undergraduate course that gives students the skills and knowledge to teach effectively across the full curriculum range from Kindergarten to Year 6. This course is only available to Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants. Students will extend their literacy and numeracy skills, as well as develop both curriculum and cultural knowledge and understandings to form a firm foundation for teaching in primary schools. Professional accreditation by the NSW Education Standards Authority is pending. There are 2 early exit points, the Diploma in Educational Studies (Primary) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and Bachelor of Educational Studies (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education) for students not seeking a professional teaching qualification.

Study Mode
Four years full-time.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Terry WrightEnquirieseducation@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternal See above

Advanced standing

Advanced standing may apply to eligible prospective students, and this will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Accreditation
The Bachelor of Education (Primary) qualifies graduates to teach Kindergarten to Year 6 (K-6) in government and non-government primary schools in Australia, and most other countries. The course has been professionally accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority. Graduates will meet the Australian Professional Standards for Graduate Teachers.

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course that you must meet in order to complete your course and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this course. Details of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Inherent Requirements are available on the Inherent Requirements for Education and Teaching website.

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/ir/inherent_requirements/inherent_requirements_for_teaching_courses_postgraduate/

Admission

This course is available only to Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants.

Prospective Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have direct admission into the course via the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program. The Program includes assessment of literacy and numeracy skills and an interview for the non-academic capabilities assessment. Students will be required to demonstrate Confirmation of Aboriginality.

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/future/study/application-pathways/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-pathway-program/how-to-apply.html

Students not entering via the Equity pathway are required to demonstrate

  • An ATAR of 78 or greater
  • Completion of an English unit and/or mathematics unit in the NSW Higher School Certificate at band 5, Or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit and two other units at Credit grade level or higher.

Individual assessments of students wishing to make entry via course transfer

  • has successfully undertaken a number of units previously at a university which have been assessed as having parity to units elsewhere in the course with a GPA of 5.0 or above.

Existing entry pathways

For more information visit the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support page

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/future/student-life/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-student-support.html

Apply via the UAC website

https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Special Requirements Prerequisites

Prior to enrolling, students in units 102117 Professional Experience 1: Introduction to Classrooms, 102128 Professional Experience 2: School-based Learning, 102750 Professional Experience 3, 102141 Professional Experience 4: Teaching in Country must:

• Satisfactorily complete Child Protection Awareness training

Link to Child Protection Awareness Training

• Satisfactorily complete Working with Children Check

Link to Working with Children Check

• Satisfactorily complete Anaphylaxis training

Link to Anaphylaxis training

QuEST - NON-ACADEMIC CAPABILITIES SELECTION

From 2018 students with an offer to enrol in an accredited initial teacher education course are required to complete an online interview to assess your capabilities, in other words, your talents and personal attributes that are relevant to the teaching profession. Western Sydney University refer to this compulsory assessment as QuEST about which you will receive an email prior to the start of the teaching session.

Refer to the Australian Institute for Teaching and Leadership (AITSL) website for more information and the Selection Guidelines: Factsheet.

Course Completion Prerequisites

Prior to graduating and prior to enrolment in unit 102141 Professional Experience 4: Teaching in Country, students must:

• Satisfactorily complete the National Literacy and Numeracy TEST.

Link to National Literacy and Numeracy TEST

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 320 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Early exit point: Students can exit with the 1718 Diploma in Educational Studies (Primary) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education on completion of 80 credit points of study from the Bachelor of Education (Primary) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education units.

1718 - Diploma in Educational Studies (Primary) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

National Literacy and Numeracy TEST

Students who do not sit or meet the standard of the National Literacy and Numeracy TEST will be eligible to graduate with the Bachelor of Educational Studies (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education) on completion of the first three years of the recommended sequence below.

1861 - Bachelor of Educational Studies (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education)

Recommended Sequence

Full-time

Year 1

1H session

102112Literacy Skills for Teacher Education
102113Numeracy for Teaching
102115Curriculum and Aboriginal Perspectives
102118Language and Literacy 1

2H session

102114Identity and Voice in Multimodal Texts
102117Professional Experience 1: Introduction to Classrooms
102122History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship
102126Educational Psychology for Teaching Children

Students may exit with a Diploma in Educational Studies (Primary) - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education at this point.

1718 - Diploma in Educational Studies (Primary) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

Year 2

1H session

102119Early Primary Mathematics
102120Cultural Diversity, Society and Learning
102121Contemporary Issues in Aboriginal Education
102129Wellbeing and Promoting Positive Learning Environments

2H session

102124Health and Physical Education
102128Professional Experience 2: School-based Learning
102123Science and Technology
102130Inclusive Education Practices

Year 3

1H session

102125Creative Arts
102134Language and Literacy 2
102135Developing Primary Mathematics
102747Developing Aboriginal Languages K-6

2H session

102133Indigenous Landscapes and Sustainability
102754Data and Assessment in the Primary classroom
102750Professional Experience 3
102136Understanding and Teaching in Context

National Literacy and Numeracy TEST

Note: Students who do not sit or meet the standard of the National Literacy and Numeracy TEST can exit at this point with a Bachelor of Education Studies (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education).

1861 - Bachelor of Educational Studies (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education)

Year 4

1H session

102751Mathematics 1: Geometry, Number and Algebra Years K-6
102752Health and Physical Education 2
102139Community Responsive Pedagogies and Leadership
102749Teaching K-6: Pedagogies, Priorities and Capabilities

2H session

102753Science and Technology 2
102851Creative Arts 2
102755Engaging in the Profession
102141Professional Experience 4: Teaching in Country

Replaced units

The units listed below count towards completion of this course for students who passed these units in 2020 or earlier.

102748 - Creative Arts 2



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