Study Undergraduate Education
Study Undergraduate Education
Flinders University's undergraduate education degrees focus on producing graduates with the highest levels of innovative thinking, research-informed practices and holistic understanding demanded by today’s employers. Our degrees are based on contemporary research understandings of how to prepare effective teachers.
No.1 in SA
in Education & Training for learning resources, overall educational experience, skills development, student support and teaching quality.
(The Good Universities Guide 2023 (undergraduate), public SA-founded universities only)
in the world for Education.
(2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities)
The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth – 8) seeks to equip graduates with the skills to implement considered and purposeful experiences that cultivate young children’s play, learning and development in the 21st Century. In viewing our graduate teachers and young children as strong, powerful and rich in potential, the program delivers a sound understanding of the importance of play, early learning curriculum and pedagogies, social and emotional development and a contemporary understanding of documentation and leadership. Theory transfers to practice through work integrated learning and placement opportunities in a diverse and comprehensive range of birth-8 settings.
The future-focused Bachelor of Education (Primary) empowers graduates to weave together knowledge and skills, mind and context to inspire and educate young minds. Through a rigorous course of study integrated with professional practice, students develop their command of critical ideas and skills, develop their professional identity and build their capacity to create knowledge for the future alongside parents/carers, other professionals and the wider community. Graduates understand the world from multiple viewpoints and possess the relational sensitivity, competency and imagination to evaluate and adapt to rapid changes in contemporary society.
Flinders’ Bachelor of Education (Secondary) possesses an incredible range of teaching area options, helping graduates to truly follow their passions. Teachers are no longer content-specific delivery agents, and this course acknowledges these aspects and emphasises teaching to promote engaged learning with further active, experiential, authentic, ‘hands on’ learning both at the individual and collaborative level.
The Bachelor of Education (Secondary Health and Physical Education) not only offers exceptional training for future health and physical educators in school settings, but also responds to demand for highly trained educators from the sports, recreation and outdoor education industries.
From the first day of study, our students are immersed in practical activities and micro-teaching situations exploring the application of teaching theory in practice. The program works closely with schools and relevant organisations to ensure the most relevant and rigorous experiences, so graduates are indeed ‘classroom ready’.
Bachelor of Inclusive and Specialised Education (Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary) not only recognises the importance of inclusive education in today’s society, but also the need for specialised expertise required to teach diverse learners.
Our students are guided through the development of knowledge, skills and attributes that will empower them to teach in inclusive general education classrooms and specialised settings. They will learn evidence-based strategies to support all learners in gaining access to participate, progress with their learning and experience positive wellbeing. In addition to becoming literacy and numeracy specialists, students will graduate from this course with the agency and confidence to apply and adapt their knowledge and skills across a range of contexts, working effectively with the full range of learners in contemporary schools.
Have you ever asked yourself: should I become a teacher? Tayah studied a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) at Flinders University. Hear how Flinders gave her a clear career path and what she loves about teaching.
Airlie Barraclough has always wanted a career where she can inspire and help kids. After completing a Bachelor of Education (Primary), she’s now living her dream as a Year 6 teacher, influencing the lives of generations to come.
Harrison Paay is ready to enter the education industry with confidence as a result of his professional placement opportunities through studying a Bachelor of Education (Secondary).
Elyse Clark, fascinated and inspired by her own daughter’s learning and development, decided she wanted to have a true impact in these most important years, and chose to study a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood).
Our incredible teaching and research staff are experts in their professions and well-connected to industry.
Rachael is a lecturer in Early Childhood Education at Flinders University. She is Course Coordinator for the Early Childhood Initial Teacher Education degrees. Rachael also co-ordinates and teaches the Early Childhood Play, Learning and Development topics. She is a Higher Education Academy Fellow, engaging with effective approaches to learning and teaching in higher education, offering high quality student learning. Rachael is a PhD Candidate focusing on how children learn in science through the process of drawing and play-based pedagogies.
Prior to working at Flinders University, Rachael was Preschool Room Leader in a Long Day Childcare service. She has also taught in primary schools, both in Australia and in the UK. Prior to emigrating to Australia, Rachael taught in several primary schools and nurseries, teaching Preschool and Reception - Year 6. She also has prior experience of working in Special Education and Montessori centres.
Rachael is passionate about student success and support. She recognises the need for effective early childhood educators who can support and grow young children's learning. She is committed to supporting Flinders University pre-service teachers on their journey to towards their chosen career pathway.
Dr. Trudy Sweeney is a senior lecturer in digital media in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work. She is passionate about transforming learning with innovations in educational technology. Trudy worked for the Department of Education and Children's Services for 17 years as a primary school teacher, ICT Coordinator, Assistant Principal (Teaching and Learning), and Education Consultant and Leadership and ICT Project Coordinator at the Technology School of the Future. Trudy completed her PhD in 2002 focused on understanding teachers' work in a context of global and local school reform. Her research investigated issues related to local school management and organisational change.
Dr Steve Corrie has worked across primary, secondary and tertiary education contexts for more than 25 years. Steve's research focus draws upon his prior experiences as a classroom teacher, middle school leader and principal to consider how educators can utilise cultural responsivity to make schooling more inclusive.
Areas of expertise include inclusive education, Aboriginal education, remote education, cultural responsivity and educational leadership.
Christian began his career working in secondary schools as a health and physical education teacher. He worked across a variety of schools in South Australia across public, independent and catholic settings. Early in Christian's career, he was provided with an opportunity to undertake some teaching at a university within some topics related to health and physical education teacher training. This was an opportunity that Christian loved and knew that a pathway to tertiary education was where he wanted his career to progress towards. Christian continued to work as a casual academic for multiple years alongside school teaching, and as his responsibilities at the tertiary level grew, he moved to become a full time casual academic for 5 years. Christian began teaching at Flinders University in 2020.
The primary focus of Carol's research, teaching and consultancy is on student engagement, linked explicitly with differentiating the learning experiences for all students. Drawing on evidence-based practice and research, Carol aims to build greater teacher capacity in both pre-service and practicing educators. Carol has experience in special and inclusive education primary settings, and now combining her passion for inclusive education with research, teaching and continuing professional development opportunities.
Joss joined Flinders University as part of the Health and Physical Education teaching team in 2017. Since that time, he has led the design of the Outdoor Education study pathways, coordinated the Bachelor of Education (Secondary Health and Physical Education), undertaken the college student success lead role and most recently is the current Teaching Program Director for Education. Prior to working in Universities, Joss worked in Education for 9 years in a range of schools in both regional and metropolitan South Australia as well as Cambridgeshire in England, predominantly as a Health and Physical Education and Outdoor Education teacher. His passion for the outdoors has also supported Joss in his development and certification as an instructor in rock-climbing, mountain biking, kayaking and bushwalking.
In his capacity as a lecturer, Joss coordinates and teaches Foundation Studies in Physical Education, Outdoor Adventures, Introduction to Education in Outdoor Environments, Introduction to Outdoor Activity Leadership and Facilitating Learning and Development in Outdoor Environments. Joss’ focus in scholarship of teaching and learning centres around Mosston’s Spectrum of Teaching Styles, Outdoor Threshold Concepts and Student Engagement. To share this work and continue his own development, Joss is involved in a range of sporting, Physical Education and outdoor organisations and continues to connect with schools through a range of partnerships. As a member of the Outdoor Educators Association of South Australia (OEASA), The Australian Tertiary Outdoor Education Network (ATOEN) and the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER), Joss enjoys sharing his work at a range of conferences and continues to advocate for embodied, meaningful and authentic learning experiences.
There are no essential pre-requisite topics in year 12 required to be completed for entry into our Undergraduate Education degrees. There are however other general entry requirements which can be found on the SATAC website by searching for these degrees.
The world will always need teachers and educators, and projections of teacher employment reflect this. According to the National Skills Commission, the following teaching jobs are set to increase from 2021 - 2026:
(National Skills Commission, 2021 Employment projections for the five years to 2026).
Yes, part-time study is available. Please note this will extend the duration of your degree.
It is possible to change your specialisation, however, in some cases this may extend your study.
Yes, all of these degrees include compulsory placements. These placements are a full-time commitment for their duration.
In some cases, there are opportunities to do more than the minimum required days to be eligible for registration, giving students extended workplace experience before completing their degree.
There are also opportunities to undertake rural and remote placements with potential funding available.
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