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This four-year undergraduate education program is available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students only.
This program gives you the skills and understanding to teach effectively across the full curriculum range in Kindergarten to Year 6. It comprises a full suite of foundation, primary curriculum, and school-based subjects, including a range of professional experiences.
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education at Western
This degree will extend your personal literacy and numeracy skills and develop your cultural perspective as it relates to schools and communities. It provides a firm foundation for the curriculum studies subjects, in which you will examine the curriculum content for primary schools.
The program is offered at the Bankstown campus in block mode. Block mode is designed to afford students the capacity to remain in their communities to fulfil their family, community, career, cultural and social responsibilities.
To study a block mode program you are required to attend four residential schools per year, each lasting one week, whether online or face to face. Travel, accommodation and meal costs to attend the workshops are funded by Abstudy for approved students. Students may also be eligible for Tutoring for Success (TFS) assistance. Professional experience is undertaken in schools in home communities and in Sydney.
A literacy and numeracy test is required prior to the school placement for Professional Experience 4: Teaching in Country.
Our graduates are qualified to teach Kindergarten to Year 6 (K-6) in government and non-government primary schools in Australia, and most other countries. This program has been professionally accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority. Our graduates will meet the Australian Professional Standards for Graduate Teachers.
Our program structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the subjects you will be studying.
Fees and delivery
Fees: Varies depending on subjects selected. View available subjects in our handbook.
For further information on University fees, please visit Fees and University Costs.
Delivery: On campus; block mode
This program is only available to domestic students.
Unfortunately, student visa holders are not eligible to study this degree.
This program is only available to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.
There are two application pathways into this program.
1. ATAR or equivalent selection rank.
2. Through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program. This includes testing of Literacy and Numeracy skills, as well as an informal interview. Visit the Pathway Program page for more information.
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As an education (primary) graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities including:
- Primary school teaching in government and non-government sectors
- Education Field Officers
- Indigenous Liaison Officer
Primary School Teacher (K-6)
Primary School Teachers teach a range of subjects within a prescribed curriculum to primary school students and promote students' social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.
School Principals plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the educational and administrative aspects of primary schools including physical and human resources.
Education Field Officer
Education Field Officers provide support to government funded teaching staff to support the access and participation of children with additional needs in inclusive programs. They offer consultative support, resourcing and advice to Primary School Teachers.
Curriculum Designers are highly trained education professionals who determine the subjects, program outlines, teaching standards and instructional materials used in schools.
Training and Development Professional
Training and Development Professionals plan, develop, implement and evaluate training and development programs to ensure management and staff acquire the skills and develop the competencies required by organisations to meet organisational objectives.
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Support for success
Western Sydney University is committed to providing a range of student
support services for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, including scholarships, tutoring for success and learning facilities.
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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the program (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their program based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their program past the normal finish date of the program will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its programs between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of programs for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.
** Lowest Selection Rank