Bachelor of Education (Primary)

UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
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About This Course

Creating meaningful foundations to teach children.

Tabor professionally trains and personally develops passionate teachers; preparing them for teaching careers in all school settings – public, independent and Christian.

Tabor places significant focus on values-based teaching which recognises – and teaches pre-service teachers to recognise – the inherent dignity, worth and potential of school students. The Faculty of Education, with their wealth of domestic and international teaching experience, is instrumental in delivering interactive and rigorous curriculum. Our commitment to Work Integrated Learning prepares our graduates for teaching pedagogies in the 21st Century and beyond.

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is a 4-year (192 credit points) Initial Teacher Education professional award. This award prepares preservice teachers for teaching in Primary (R-6) school settings in all sectors. The 4-year award produces graduates who are sought after by employers and well-respected as early career teachers in a range of school settings. The course enables preservice teachers to graduate as highly knowledgeable, professionally mature and practically skilled career-ready teachers.

Tabor is one of the state’s premier teaching colleges and places major emphasis on the art of meaningful teaching practice. Hallmarks of the course include personal and professional formation in aspects of wellbeing, Christian faith, ethics, and professional practice experiences across the educational sector which are sequenced to increasing depth, length, and complexity.

Tabor’s ongoing partnerships with schools means your professional experience (placements) can be completed in supportive and relevant classroom environments. This ensures our graduates are appropriately qualified in real-world settings. Professional Experience placements, totaling 103 days, begin in the first semester of the first year and exceed the minimum requirement of 80 days.

Tabor’s Bachelor of Education (Primary) enables preservice teachers to prepare for a career in teaching framed within a relational Christian worldview. Preservice teachers will also complete a literacy and/or numeracy specialisation. Our experience shows that such a framework produces teaching graduates with the balance of specialised and interpersonal skills necessary for teaching.

LANTITE (Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education)

All pre-service teachers must pass both parts of the ACER LANTITE to be eligible to graduate from the course. Tabor also has an excellent record of preservice teachers passing the LANTITE, due in part to its long-standing and proven literacy and numeracy testing and support program, and expectation of LANTITE testing early in the course.

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Professional Outcomes

On successful completion of a Tabor Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree students will be eligible to apply for their teacher registration with the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia. Graduates with this qualification are eligible to apply for positions in Department of Education, Christian and Independent schools and employment nationally and overseas.

Academic Admission Criteria

Admission to the Bachelor of Education (Primary) award will be granted on one of the following bases:

  1. Completed South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) or International Baccalaureate Diploma, with a minimum ATAR 70 or equivalent
  2. Applicants in Year 12 or 13 may gain early admission through Tabor’s Early Entry (TEE) mechanism. Criteria includes achievement of a B Grade average across all SACE subjects (Stage 2), a minimum B grade for one Mathematics and/or English subject, and a completed Referee Form signed by their School Year Level Coordinator. Year 11 applicants may be provisionally accepted against fulfilment of the above criteria in Year 12.
  3. Successful prior study in a Bachelor level award (complete or partly complete) from a recognised higher education institution.
  4. Completion of at least an Australian Qualifications Framework Level 5 Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma, or equivalent overseas qualification.
  5. Completed (within last 2 years) Foundation Studies award or equivalent from a recognised higher education institution, plus successful Interview.
  6. Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) with a minimum overall result of 155
  7. Evidence of significant education work-related experience (minimum 3 years) plus a successful Interview.

Non-academic Admission Criteria 

  • TCS – In accordance with national teacher education Program standards, all applicants must also meet the non-academic entry requirement of a 400-600 word Teaching Capabilities Statement (TCS). The TCS addresses applicants’ understandings, motivations and skills in relation to learning, to teaching as a profession, and academic and personal attitudes and qualities.
  • IELTS average band score of 7.5, with a score of at least 8.0 for Listening and Speaking and a score of at least 7.0 for Reading and Writing.
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Course Structure

31

Unit Totals

30

Core

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1

ELECTIVE

Where can I study?

You can study on-campus only.
Adelaide – Millswood SA

How long does it take?

4 years (48 months) full-time or part-time equivalent (completion at the end of Term 3, Year 4).

What do I need for entry?

ACADEMIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

70 ATAR
OR
Completion of ‘Tabor Early Entry’ criteria (NOT dependent on ATAR)
OR
Completion of University Foundations Course or evidence of successful completion of one or more units in an equivalent bachelor level university course.
OR
Completion of STAT score of 155 or above

NON-ACADEMIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

The Teaching Capabilities Statement is required by all applicants to an Initial Teacher Education Award.

The Capabilities Statement requires a written statement between 400-600 words addressing the topics:

  • Explain what you think teaching involves
  • Outline the personal and academic qualities you possess that will enable you to become an effective teacher
  • Describe your attitude to learning and provide an example of something you have learned that was meaningful

We recommend that the statement be an integrated first-person narrative that shows your depth of thinking about your choice of a teaching career. All three above aspects must be addressed in a way that discusses your skills, personal qualities and experiences that will assist in your development into an exceptional teacher. You may also include a list of relevant community service, volunteer or professional experiences, and significant awards.

You will need to submit the Capabilities Statement as part of your SATAC application.

Click here to access the Teaching Capabilities Statement.

Non-academic course requirements

This is not an admission requirement, however, before any school placement can be made a successful Working with Children Check WWCC (Department of Human Services) is required.

How much does it cost?

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fees and available payment options.

When can I start?

Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July

Additional Information

COURSE CODES
Tabor: ED714P
SATAC: 5A0404

COURSE LEVEL
Undergraduate Course

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Phone: 1300 482 267