The Bachelor of Education Studies requires three years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time). The course is offered by the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work. It is only available as an exit award for students who are enrolled in a Bachelor of Education double degree (with Arts, Science, General Science, Languages, Disability Studies, Special Education  or Health Sciences) or a five year Master of Teaching double degree (with Arts, Science, General Science or Languages).

Students who complete this degree will NOT qualify for registration with the Teachers' Registration Board of South Australia.

Students in the Bachelor of Education double degree program are reminded that they may have the option to exit with either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Languages instead of the Bachelor of Education Studies if the units required for the specified degree have been completed. Students in the double degree programs with Disability Studies may be eligible to transfer to the 144 unit Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education and apply for credit for topics already completed. Students in the double degree program with Health Sciences may be eligible to transfer to the 108 unit Bachelor of Health Sciences and apply for credit for topics already completed. Students in the double degree programs with Science may be eligible to transfer to the 108 unit Bachelor of Science and apply for credit as per the Bachelor of Science course rule.

Students in the five year Master of Teaching double degree are reminded that they may have the option to exit with either a Bachelor of Education double degree, Bachelor of Arts, or Bachelor of Languages instead of the Bachelor of Education Studies, if the units required for the specified degree have been completed. Students in the double degree programs with Science may be eligible to transfer to the 108 unit Bachelor of Science and apply for credit as per the Bachelor of Science course rule.

Course aims

The course aims to produce graduates who:

  • have the cognitive skills to critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
  • are able to apply their knowledge creatively and skilfully in a variety of settings
  • are able to communicate effectively
  • are able to work both independently and collaboratively
  • have the capacity to undertake ongoing study through a variety of pathways.
  • have developed knowledge and skills in at least one school curriculum learning area.

Learning outcomes 

At the completion of the course, students are expected to be able to:

  • apply educational theory, knowledge and understanding to make informed professional judgements in diverse educational situations;
  • communicate effectively with a variety of audiences for a range of purposes about matters relevant to the education of children and young people;
  • demonstrate the knowledge and skills that provide a foundation for being able to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues to achieve high quality, equitable outcomes for young people and the wider community;
  • acquire a knowledge and understanding of the content, context and processes of learning and teaching;
  • use a wide range of literacies with confidence and competence;
  • develop the metacognitive skills to engage critically in the complex thinking required in learning and teaching;
  • establish a firm educational foundation for ongoing professional development and lifelong learning.

Program of study

To qualify for the Bachelor of Education Studies, a student must complete 108 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, as follows:

  • 36 units of Education (EDUC) topics, comprising 9 units of first year topics and 27 units of upper level topics;
  • 22.5 units from one other discipline, as approved by the Course Coordinator, comprising 9 units of first year topics and 13.5 units of upper level topics; and
  • 49.5 units of electives, comprising 18 units of first year topics and 31.5 units of upper level topics.

These topics must have been completed in one of the following programs of study: