Bachelor of Education (Primary)

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) offers students professional training in all Key Learning Areas (primary-school subject areas) with special attention to the mandatory areas of Indigenous education, teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), and special education. The four year course comprises generalist units in education and professional studies as well as elective units of study in the sciences, social sciences and humanities subject areas that are offered by the University of Sydney Business School, Faculty of Science, and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Across the degree, students complete 79 days of professional experience, beginning in their second year. Students can specialise in one of a number of year-long elective units in their fourth year of studies, including subject areas such as creative arts, special education, TESOL, Aboriginal education, primary languages, and information technology. Students can also choose a Primary Teaching specialisation in Mathematics, Science and Technology, or Primary Languages.

Graduates will be well prepared to meet the Australian Professional Teaching Standards. This course provides a professional qualification to teach in a primary school and other contexts with young children (aged 5–12 years) in Years K–6.

Degree structure and requirements

Bachelor of Education (Primary)

To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree, students must complete 192 credit points in total, comprising:

  • 132 credit points of core units, including
  • 36 credit points of 1000 level core units
  • 36 credit points of 2000 level core units
  • 36 credit points of 3000 level core units
  • 24 credit points of 4000 level core units; and
  • a 48 credit point major in Education Studies;
  • either 12 credit points of 4000 level Table A electives OR 12 credit points from an optional Table A Primary Teaching specialisation in Mathematics, Science and Technology, or Primary Languages.

The enrolment pattern of requirements can be found on the Primary unit of study table.

Contacts and further information

UG Primary Education Program Director: Assoc Prof Jennifer Way
School website: Sydney School of Education and Social Work. See the website for location and counter opening hours for the Office of Professional Engagement and Program Support.

Example pathway

Year and semester 

Units of study


Year 1

Sem 1

EDUP1011 Foundations of English Education EDUP1012 Science and Technology K-6 A

EDUP1013 Health and Physical Education 1

EDUF1020 Rethinking Education


Sem 2

EDUF1014 Ways of Knowing in HSIE K-6

EDUP1015 Teaching Primary Mathematics 1

EDUP1016 Education and the Arts 1

EDUF1021 Sociological Perspectives in Education


Year 2

Sem 1

EDUP2xxx Supporting Behaviour and Wellbeing

EDUP2xxx Science and Technology K-6 B

EDUP2xxx Professional Knowledge and Practice

EDUF2xxx Aboriginal Education in Practice



Sem 2

EDUP2xxx Building English Education

EDUP2xxx Teaching Primary Mathematics 2

EDUP2xxx Education and the Arts 2

EDUF2xxx Special and Inclusive Education

EDLN2000 LANTITE Undergraduate

Year 3

Sem 1

EDUP3xxx TESOL and Practice

EDUP3xxx Science and Technology K-6 C

EDUP3xxx Health and Physical Education 2

FASS3999 Interdisciplinary Impact



Sem 2

EDUP3xxx Creative Pedagogies in HSIE K-6

EDUP3xxx Teaching Primary Mathematics 3

EDUP3xxx Professional Knowledge and Practice 2

EDUF3xxx Education Capstone  

Year 4

Sem 1

EDUP4xxx Expanding Horizons of English Education EDUP4xxx Personalising Literacies EDUF3xxx Psychological Perspectives in Education

EDUF4xxx Primary Teaching specialisation OR EDUF4xxx elective unit


Sem 2

EDUP4xxx Digitally Enabled Learning

EDUP4xxx Professional Engagement Final Practice EDUF3xxx Education Studies major 3000 level selective EDUF4xxx Primary Teaching specialisation OR EDUF4xxx elective unit