Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
University of New England - Armidale

Course outline

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) is a unique teacher education course that offers two career options for graduates. It is an initial-teacher education qualification that encompasses working with children from birth to age 12 in both Early Childhood settings and Primary Schools.

Being a teacher is a rewarding career for those who enjoy being part of children’s growth and learning. The professional understandings and abilities learned in the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) will be valued by the broader community. Students will have opportunities to develop their skills, knowledge and attitudes for being a successful early childhood and primary school teacher and become a member of one of the largest professions worldwide.

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) is a fully prescribed (all core units) course in which students study both early childhood teacher education and primary teacher education. All students complete a Primary Specialisation in Literacy across Transition Years. Graduates develop a range of skills and values that prepare them for a variety of employment opportunities in either field of the education profession.

For external study, contact the UNE Future Students Team. For more course information, visit UNE’s Course Handbook.


This course is accredited with the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) and the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

Other requirements

The course includes 135 days of professional experience that can range from a few days through to six weeks (10 days in an online setting, 65 days in a primary school setting and 60 days in various early childhood settings). Students must complete a number of requirements prior to undertaking a professional experience placement; refer to institution for details. In Queensland, a Blue Card is required. Teacher education students must pass the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students before their graduate level professional experience placement; visit

Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students Fact Sheet for more information. Students must also complete a Teaching Performance Assessment during their final professional experience placement.

Admissions Criteria

For additional information about the admissions criteria for the University of New England and for this course, refer to UNE’s website.


Completion of Year 12 or attained age 17 years; Teaching Personal Statement; NSW Teacher Education Course Entry Requirements

Additional entry requirements

English (Units 3 and 4, A); a minimum of two other General subjects (Units 3 and 4, A). Contact the University for more information about the Teaching Personal Statement. Applicants from a non-English speaking background including Australian citizens are advised that this course has a higher English language requirement than many UNE courses. Refer to for information on how to meet these requirements.

Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022

For more information about the ATAR/Selection Rank profile, please visit ATAR/Selection Rank profile explained.

Highest Rank to receive an offer

Median Rank to receive an offer

Lowest Rank to receive an offer

ATAR/Selection Rank excluding adjustment factors




ATAR/Selection Rank including adjustment factors





* “<5" – indicates less than 5 ATAR/Selection Rank based offers were made

Excluding: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made, excluding adjustment factors.
Including: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors that may have been applied.

Student Profile by Applicant background for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022

For more information about the Student profile, please visit Student profile explained.


Contact the institution for information.

Career opportunities

Studying the combination of early childhood and primary teaching feeds directly into a variety of employment opportunities in the education profession, including:

primary school teacher
early childhood teacher
director of a children’s service, coordinator of family day care scheme, teacher-director of a preschool, children’s services
TAFE teacher or VET trainer
early childhood consultant for non-profit organisations
assistant director of child and family services or early childhood specialist for family-oriented organisations.

Course Code
Start Date
Offer rounds
CSP/$6440 (1st year contribution)
Level of Qualification
Bachelor degree
Study Area
Study Mode
Full time, Part time
Course Duration

4 years Full time or 10 years Part time

New England and North West NSW