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  • Objectives
    The course aims to produce graduates who: * are prepared to participate in a world that requires high levels of scientific, mathematical and technological literacy; * can teach within and across learning areas at junior primary/primary levels of schooling (Reception to Year 7); * have developed studies in depth in at least two science disciplines of their choice; * are able to apply their knowledge and skills in a range of educational settings with diverse groups of students; and * have the capacity to undertake ongoing professional study through a variety of pathways. Learning outcomes In undertaking the double degree program, students will: * achieve high levels of knowledge and understanding of the content, context and processes of learning and teaching within the school environment and engage critically with this knowledge as a means of ongoing professional practice; * develop knowledge of, and skills in, curriculum including the areas of science, mathematics and technology; * reflect critically on different teaching theories and practices, on their own teaching, and on their lives in order to strive for excellence and creativity in their teaching role; * use a wide range of literacies with confidence and competence; * apply educational theory, knowledge and understanding to make informed professional judgements in diverse educational situations; * work collaboratively with colleagues, school students, their families and the wider community towards achieving high quality learning outcomes; * establish a firm educational and scientific foundation for ongoing professional development and lifelong learning; * achieve the knowledge and understanding that different disciplines provide and also work across disciplinary boundaries to actively create cross-curriculum links; and * appreciate the need for continuing professional development in science and education.
  • Entry requirements
    Domestic students Prerequisites: None You can qualify for undergraduate courses through: * year 12 qualifications * mature age entry (STAT) * TAFE/VET qualifications * higher education transfers. Flinders also offers a range of special access schemes. International Students English language requirements Additional requirements: All students must have cleared a police check before they can undertake their compulsory practice teaching.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Education (Junior Primary/Primary)/Bachelor of Science
  • Course description
    The Bachelor of Education (Junior Primary/Primary) / Bachelor of Science will:

        * prepare you to teach in primary schools, from Reception to Year 7
        * provide students with a passion for Science, the foundation skills required to effectively teach subjects which draw on mathematics, science or technology.

    As part of this double degree program you will:

        * focus on the 8 key learning areas: Society and Environment, Technology, Science, English, Languages, Mathematics, the Arts, and Health and Physical Education
        * complete a range of 1st year Science topics then complete a science major sequence and a science minor sequence of your choice.  

    A Teaching Practicum program is common to all Education degrees.

    Our aim is to educate teachers who appreciate the complex nature of their work and practice in ways that promote a socially just, democratic and ecologically sustainable world.

    What is Education?

    Education encompasses teaching and learning specific skills, and something less tangible but more profound: the imparting of knowledge, positive judgment and well-developed wisdom.

    Why study Education at Flinders?

    Our education courses:

        * allow you to complete 2 degrees in 4 years
        * provide specialised options for those who wish to teach at different levels within the education system
        * prepare students to become effective and appropriately skilled teachers
        * open a wider range of career options than conventional teaching programs
        * promote a socially just, democratic and ecologically sustainable world.

    Professional recognition

    Graduates will be provided with an academic qualification which will enable them to apply for registration to the Teachers' Registration Board in South Australia, interstate and some overseas countries (exact requirements may vary).

    Career opportunities

    What can I do with my Bachelor of Education degree?  
    Study a language

    Flinders also offers all students the opportunity to major in a language in conjunction with any undergraduate course. The Diploma in Language is designed to provide students with competence in a chosen language that adds greater portability to their qualifications. You will complete a total of 1 extra year of study and graduate with both your chosen degree and the Diploma in Language. You can apply for this at time of enrolment.

    The Bachelor of Education (Junior Primary/Primary)/Bachelor of Science may be taken as a double degree program in four years full-time (or the equivalent part-time). Students who study part-time would normally be expected to complete the double degree program within eight years. The course is offered by the Faculty of Education, Humanities, Law and Theology and the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

    The double degree program of Bachelor of Education (Junior Primary/Primary)/Bachelor of Science requires completion of a total of 144 units.

    Eligible students can complete an honours degree in either Science or Education. Enrolment in the honours program is subject to the school/department being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY  [November, 2008]

    To qualify for the Bachelor of Education (Junior Primary/Primary)/Bachelor of Science students must complete 144 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study:

    EITHER OPTION A: *

    A Bachelor of Education component of 69 units which must include:

        * First Year Education topics: 9 units
        * Upper Level Education topics: 60 units (ten 6-unit topics)

    A Bachelor of Science component of 75 units which must include:

        * First Year Science topics: 27 units
        * Science Major: 36 units (at Second and Third Year level)
        * Science Minor: 12 units (at Second and Third Year level)

    OR OPTION B: *

    A Bachelor of Education component of 75 units which must include:

        * First Year Education topics: 9 units
        * Upper Level Education topics: 66 units (eleven 6-unit topics)

    A Bachelor of Science component of 69 units which must include:

        * First Year Science topics: 27 units
        * Science Major: 30 units (at Second and Third Year level)
        * Science Minor: 12 units (at Second and Third Year level)

    OR OPTION C: *

    A Bachelor of Education component of 69 units which must include:

        * First Year Education topics: 9 units
        * Upper Level Education topics: 60 units (ten 6-unit topics)

    A Bachelor of Science component of 75 units which must include:

        * First Year Science topics: 27 units
        * Science Teaching Major 1: 24 units (at Second and Third Year level)
        * Science Teaching Major 2: 24 units (at Second and Third Year level)

    * In order to be eligible for consideration for BSc(Hons) students must take Option A. In order to be eligible for consideration for the accelerated BEd(Hons) students must take Option B with the eleventh 6-unit Education topic being a compulsory pre-honours topic.

    Students not wishing to be considered for Honours in either award may choose any option.

    In summary: students who undertake Option A will not normally be eligible to be considered for admittance to the accelerated honours in Education. Students who undertake Option B will not normally be eligible to be considered for admittance to honours in Science. Students who undertake Option C will not normally be eligible to be considered for admittance to honours in Science or honours in Education.

    A topic that is counted towards a major may not also be counted towards a minor.

    A student must pass 18 units of First Year level science topics before enrolling in any Second Year level Science topics and 27 units of First Year level Science topics before enrolling in any Third Year level Science topics.

    Except with the permission of the Board:

        * no compulsory topic may be taken more than twice;
        * teaching practicum topics may not be attempted more than once.

    Students should note that teaching practicum topics require full-time commitment for their duration.

    Bachelor of Science component: program of study.

    Bachelor of Education component: program of study

    First Year

    Semester 1

    First Year Science topic
        

    4.5

    First Year Science topic
        

    4.5

    First Year Science topic
        

    4.5
    EDUC1101     

    Key Educational Ideas
        

    4.5

    Semester 2

    First Year Science topic
        

    4.5

    First Year Science topic
        

    4.5

    First Year Science topic
        

    4.5
    EDUC1201     

    Ways of Explaining Education
        

    4.5

    Second Year

    Semester 1


    Science major/minor topics*
        

    3/6

    Science major/minor topics*
        

    3/6
    EDUC2301     

    Literacy and Numeracy in Inclusive Primary School Classrooms
        

    6

    Semester 2

    Science major/minor topics*
        

    3/6

    Science major/minor topics*
        

    3/6
    EDUC2402     

    Development, Learning and Inclusive Teaching (R-7)
        

    6

    Third Year

    Semester 1


    Science major/minor topics*
        

    3/6

    Science major/minor topics*
        

    3/6
    EDUC3501     

    The Expressive Arts: English, Visual Art, Design Technology, Drama, Media and Music
        

    6
    EDUC3666A     

    Lecture for Professional Teaching Practice 3A (R-7)
        

    0

    Semester 2
        

    Education elective topic from approved list
        

    6
    EDUC3607     

    Curriculum Studies Junior Primary/Primary 3 (Science and Physical Education Focus)
        

    6

    Non-semester
    EDUC3666     

    Professional Teaching Practice 3A(R-7)
        

    6

    Fourth Year

    Semester 1


    EDUC4704    

    Curriculum Studies JPP Mathematics, Society and the Environment and Health
        

    6
    EDUC4705    

    Social and Cultural Worlds of Learning
        

    6

    Non-semester
    EDUC4777     

    Professional Teaching Practice 4A (R-7)
        

    6

    Semester 2
        

    Either Option A: Science topic
        

    6
        

    OR Option B: Education topic
        

    6
        

    OR Option C: Science topic (with no honours option in Science or Education
        

    6
    EDUC4802     

    Teaching Indigenous Australian Students
        

    6

    * Consult the BSc course coordinator.

    Honours degree
    There are two pathways to an Honours degree in Education:

       1. A full-year program consisting of 36 units of dedicated honours topics taken after the completion of the student's ordinary education degree.
       2. An alternative program for students who have completed, to a sufficiently high standard (a GPA of 5.5 or higher), the first 108 units towards their particular Bachelor of Education double degree program. Admission will also depend upon the School of Education being able to provide adequate resources to supervise and manage the student's proposed research project. The general requirement of the Honours program in Education is the successful completion of 36 units of honours Education topics. However, in the alternative program, students will take 18 of these units concurrently with the relevant double degree program as part of their fourth year of study. An overload of 6 units will be required in each semester of that year. Eligible students will enrol in a three-semester program commencing in the fourth year of their double degree program.

    The study pattern for the alternative three-semester program is as follows:

    Year 4

    Semester 1
    (6-unit overload)

    EDUC7000     

    Introduction to Research in Education (Honours Topic)
        

    6
    EDUC4704     

    Curriculum Studies: JPP Mathematics, Society and the Environment and Health
        

    6
    EDUC4777     

    Professional Teaching Practice 4A (R-7)
        

    6
    EDUC4705     

    Social and Cultural Worlds of Learning
        

    6

    Semester 2 (6-unit overload)

    EDUC7001     

    Research Methods in Education: Directed Study (Honours Topic)
        

    6
    EDUC7002     

    Preparation for Research Thesis (Honours Topic)
        

    6
    EDUC4802     

    Teaching Indigenous Australian Students
        

    6
        

    BSc topic
        

    6

    Year 5

    Semester 1


    EDUC7003     

    Honours Thesis in Education (Honours Topic)
        

    18

    Note that students may apply to undertake an honours degree in either Education or Science. However, in order to be eligible for consideration for the BSc(Hons) students must take Option A. Conversely, to be eligible for consideration to the alternative BEd(Hons) students must take Option B with the eleventh 6-unit Education topic being a compulsory pre-honours topic. Students not wishing to be considered for BSc(Hons) or the alternative BEd(Hons) may choose any option from Option A, Option B or Option C.

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