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Education (Primary), Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #201 (WUR) , | ,
Promote life-long learning in young Australians with the Primary Education program from James Cook University. Develop valuable specialist skills needed for teaching in rural and remote areas and improve Indigenous education outcomes.


Focus on the curriculum for children from Prep to Year Six and experience relevant workplace learning in primary school settings. Gain professional experience from your first year in state, Catholic, and independent schools.

Participate in placements in a range of school settings, including rural and remote areas to expand your employment options. Learn to critically evaluate and apply contemporary research to provide inclusive learning environments for diverse student needs.

Experience international placements in Service Learning to broaden your professional experience.

As part of the Bachelor of Education (Primary), you can choose one of five specialist strands. Consult the handbook for Strands available at each campus.

Choose from one of five specialist strands:

  • English/literacy
  • Mathematics/numeracy
  • Science
  • Technologies
  • Health and Physical Education

Career opportunities

The graduates from Primary Education program at James Cook University are equipped to meet the diverse needs of primary school children from Prep to Year Six.

Graduates pursue careers in state, Catholic, and independent schools across Australia as well as overseas, particularly the United Kingdom.

You will be well positioned to find employment as a primary school teacher in rural and regional Australia. Graduates will be particularly qualified to meet the education and care needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.


James Cook University (JCU) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as undergraduate certificates/diplomas, bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description
      • Only for national students
  • Credits
    96 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Education Perspectives and Practice
  • Science and Sustainability in Education
  • Foundations of Language and Literacy in Education
  • Technologies for Primary School
  • Arts Education for Primary School
  • Educational Psychology: Learners and Learning

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

CRICOS code: 081941F

  • Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
  • Grading Scale used at the institution/s you have undertaken your studies
  • English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
  • Passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29400 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29400 AUD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Townsville

  • 1500 - 2800 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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