This four-year undergraduate education course 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 units, 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 units, in which you will examine the curriculum content for primary schools.
The course 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 your are required to attend five residential schools per year, each lasting approximately one to three weeks. 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 course has been professionally accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority. Our graduates will meet the Australian Professional Standards for Graduate Teachers.
Fees and delivery
Fees: Varies depending on units selected. View available units in our handbook. We have developed a student contribution fee calculator to help you work out what your contribution amount is per unit.
Delivery: On campus; block mode
This course is only available to domestic students.
Unfortunately, student visa holders are not eligible to study this degree.
Available only to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.
Application for the course is via the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program. Students who apply through UAC will be referred to the Western Sydney University application process. 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, course 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.
Other study options
The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (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 course 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 course past the normal finish date of the course 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 courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.