4 years full-time equivalent offered over 3.5 years
For Continuing Students Only
As a primary school teacher, you will bring foundations of knowledge to young learners. As preparation for this, this degree will teach you about the key disciplines that underpin the national framework for learning and teaching and how to positively apply these to students from Prep to Year 6.
You will study courses such as primary education, curriculum and education studies, and professional studies. You will develop your teaching skills in exciting and varied locations and complete an intensive internship, taking responsibility for planning, teaching and assessing students in a real school classroom.
You may apply to study a specialisation in third and fourth years, providing you meet the academic requirements. You can choose from majors in:
As an International student, you will receive dedicated support from your arrival in Australia through to your departure after graduation. You will be introduced to Griffith through an orientation program, and receive ongoing social, personal and academic support throughout your degree.
The Bachelor of Primary Education is offered full-time on campus. The degree program is not designed to be taken part-time.
This 3.5 year (320 credit points) program is equivalent to a four year full-time program delivered in an accelerated mode; it includes some summer semester core courses.
As a full-time student you will generally attend 10-15 hours of scheduled classes per week throughout the trimester. Classes may be scheduled during the day and evening throughout the week.
In Year 1/Trimester 2, Years 2, 3 and 4/Trimester 1; and Year 4/Trimester 2, you are required to undertake unpaid teaching practice and an internship which require full-time attendance at a practice location on multiple occasions. Placements may be some distance from your campus.
If you are an International student on a student visa, you must ensure that you enrol in a way that will allow you to complete your enrolment within the expected program duration as stated on your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).
As a graduate, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Queensland College of Teachers.
You will be prepared for a career as a teacher in the public or private sector, which can lead to senior positions such as a head of department or principal.
An education qualification is also a good general qualification for many areas of work. Rather than teaching in schools, you could choose to follow a different pathway and you may find work in: training settings in industry and government, outdoor education, adult literacy, libraries, educational research, education policy, or consultancy.
Griffith University has the highest education graduate success rates in Australia. Our graduates are in demand and find employment in the independent, Catholic and state education systems in Queensland, as well as overseas.
The Bachelor of Primary Education is accredited by the Queensland College of Teachers.
To obtain registration with the Queensland College of Teachers, graduating teachers must have evidence to demonstrate that their English language proficiency meets the minimum requirements for registration.
Students wishing to seek teacher registration in another state should seek advice from that state's appropriate professional body.
Information for placements within Queensland
Before undertaking professional experience placements, all students in this program are required to:
Students must hold a current valid Blue Card throughout the duration of each professional experience. Students may be asked to present their Blue Card to facility staff on the first day of each placement and should keep their Blue Card on them at all times while attending a professional experience placement.
The University is legally obliged to warn students that it is an offence for a disqualified person to submit a Blue Card application. Further information may be obtained from Queensland Government Blue Card Services, the Education Professional Experience Office or from any Griffith Student Centre.
Blue Card applications must be submitted online by the student via the Queensland Government Blue Card Services website. There is no fee for a student Blue Card.
An International student is one who is not:
The indicative annual tuition fee is calculated based on a standard full-time study load which is usually 80 credit points (two full-time trimesters).
The indicative annual tuition fee is based on current conditions and available data and should only be used as a guide. These fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.
If the fee rate for your program is not displayed above, please contact a Student Centre for assistance.
If an International student changes to a different program they will be subject to the approved program fee for the trimester in which they are enrolled.
If an undergraduate student obtains permanent resident status in Australia after commencing study in a program, and the student can provide evidence of permanent resident status prior to the census date (of the trimester in which they are enrolled), the student will be provided with a domestic fee-paying place.
The student may then apply for a Commonwealth supported place at the next admission period provided that the student satisfies the conditions for transfer from a domestic fee-paying place to a Commonwealth supported place as set out in the Undergraduate Programs Admission Policy.
If a postgraduate student obtains permanent resident status in Australia after commencing study in a program, and the student can provide evidence of permanent resident status prior to the census date (of the trimester in which they are enrolled), the student will automatically be considered for a Commonwealth supported place subject to availability.
If a research student obtains permanent resident status in Australia after commencing study in a program, and the student can provide evidence of permanent resident status prior to the census date (of the trimester in which they are enrolled), the student will automatically be considered for a Commonwealth Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset or a domestic fee-paying place as applicable for the program.