Bachelor of Education (Primary) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
- Effective from: 2020
- Approved Abbreviation: BEd(Prim)ATSIEd
- Western Sydney University Program Code: 1717
- AQF Level: 7
This program applies to students who commenced in 2020 or later.
The Bachelor of Education (Primary) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education is a four year undergraduate program that gives students the skills and knowledge to teach effectively across the full curriculum range from Kindergarten to Year 6. This program 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. Graduates meet the NSW Education Standards Authority Professional Teaching Standards for a Graduate Teacher. 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.
Four years full-time.
Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.
|Bankstown Campus||Full Time||Internal||See above|
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. Professionally accreditation by the NSW Education Standards Authority is pending. Graduates will meet the Australian Professional Standards for Graduate Teachers.
There are inherent requirements for this program that you must meet in order to complete your program and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this program online.
Details of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Inherent Requirements are available at:
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 program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.
There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this program. Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.
This program is available only to Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants.
Prospective Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have direct admission into the program 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.
Students not entering via the Equity pathway are required to demonstrate
- Confirmation of Aboriginality
- 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 subject and two other subjects at Credit grade level or higher.
Individual assessments of students wishing to make entry via program transfer
- Confirmation of Aboriginality
- has successfully undertaken a number of subjects previously at a university which have been assessed as having parity to subjects elsewhere in the program with a GPA of 5.0 or above.
Existing Entry Pathways
For more information visit
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Special Requirements Prerequisites
Prior to enrolling, students in subjects TEAC 1029 Professional Experience 1: Introduction to Classrooms, TEAC 2049 Professional Experience 2: School-based Learning, TEAC 3040 Professional Experience 3, TEAC 3023 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
Students with an offer to enrol in an accredited initial teacher education program 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.
Program Completion Prerequisites
Prior to graduating and prior to enrolment in subject TEAC 3023 Professional Experience 4: Teaching in Country, students must:
- Satisfactorily complete the National Literacy and Numeracy TEST.
Link to National Literacy and Numeracy TEST
Advanced standing may apply to eligible prospective students, and this will be assessed on a case by case basis.
Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 320 credit points including the subjects listed in the recommended sequence below.
Early exit point: Students can exit with the 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 subjects.
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.
|1H session||Credit Points|
|TEAC 1022||Literacy Skills for Teacher Education||10|
|TEAC 1028||Numeracy for Teaching||10|
|TEAC 1008||Curriculum and Aboriginal Perspectives||10|
|TEAC 1020||Language and Literacy 1||10|
|TEAC 1017||Identity and Voice in Multimodal Texts||10|
|TEAC 1029||Professional Experience 1: Introduction to Classrooms||10|
|TEAC 2031||History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship||10|
|TEAC 2020||Educational Psychology for Teaching Children||10|
|Students may exit with a Diploma in Educational Studies (Primary) - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education at this point. 1|
|TEAC 1010||Early Primary Mathematics||10|
|TEAC 2014||Cultural Diversity, Society and Learning||10|
|TEAC 2011||Contemporary Issues in Aboriginal Education||10|
|TEAC 2058||Wellbeing and Promoting Positive Learning Environments||10|
|TEAC 2030||Health and Physical Education||10|
|TEAC 2049||Professional Experience 2: School-based Learning||10|
|TEAC 2052||Science and Technology||10|
|TEAC 2032||Inclusive Education Practices||10|
|TEAC 2013||Creative Arts||10|
|TEAC 3014||Language and Literacy 2||10|
|TEAC 4002||Developing Primary Mathematics||10|
|TEAC 2060||Developing Aboriginal Languages K-6||10|
|TEAC 2033||Indigenous Landscapes and Sustainability||10|
|TEAC 3036||Data and Assessment in the Primary classroom||10|
|TEAC 3040||Professional Experience 3||10|
|TEAC 3032||Understanding and Teaching in Context||10|
|National Literacy and Numeracy TEST 2|
|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) 2|
|TEAC 3039||Mathematics 1: Geometry, Number and Algebra Years K-6||10|
|TEAC 3038||Health and Physical Education 2||10|
|TEAC 3003||Community Responsive Pedagogies and Leadership||10|
|TEAC 2061||Teaching K-6: Pedagogies, Priorities and Capabilities||10|
|TEAC 3041||Science and Technology 2||10|
|TEAC 3048||Creative Arts 2||10|
|TEAC 3037||Engaging in the Profession||10|
|TEAC 3023||Professional Experience 4: Teaching in Country||10|
|Total Credit Points||320|
The subject listed below count towards completion of this course for students who passed these units in 2020 or earlier.
TEAC 2059 - Creative Arts 2, replaced by TEAC 3048 Creative Arts 2