Course Description

Primary teaching is a rewarding profession that can change lives. A primary teacher educates children from Kindergarten to Year 6 (ages 5 to 12 years) and teaches all areas of the Australian primary curriculum. UOW Bachelor of Primary Education graduates focus on educating the 'whole child' and promote lifelong learning in children.

This degree is a nationally accredited qualification for employment as a Kindergarten to Year 6 teacher in the public and independent school systems. You will learn through on-campus classes and online learning as well as school and community placements. The extensive professional experience program involves placement in schools from the second year of your degree, allowing you to learn by observation and apply your skills in the classroom early in your degree.

During your studies you will have opportunities for rural and international professional experiences, to study overseas with UOW's international exchange and study abroad partners, and to join international cultural immersion programs.

What you will study

The first year of study is focused on studying subjects that will develop mathematics and literacy competencies. You will study the content required for teaching the key learning areas of Mathematics, English, Science and Technology, and explore the impact of psychology and culture on education in our society. After successfully completing the first year of study, you will commence education teaching subjects and undertake professional experiences in schools.

Teaching is an academically rigorous profession and teachers play a critical role in our communities. Strengthening requirements for studying teaching degrees is an initiative of the NSW Government to ensure that initial teacher education programs prepare high-quality graduate teachers who can respond to the needs of all learners and make a positive impact on student learning. At UOW we are committed to ensuring our graduates are of the highest standard by setting appropriate entry criteria and maintaining a strong developmental program that supports teacher education students from diverse backgrounds with diverse experiences, abilities and perspectives to become the teachers of the future.


4 years full time, 8 years part time

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Teacher Education undergraduate courses at University of Wollongong (UOW) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 64.0% (national average 59.9%)
Improved skills: 85.4% (national average 77.9%)
Overall satisfaction: 87.2% (national average 77.8%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from University of Wollongong (UOW). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Teacher Education undergraduate courses at University of Wollongong (UOW) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 80.1% (national average 77.5%)
Studying full time: 4.3% (national average 7.4%)
Median full time salary: $62,900 (national average $62,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 092683F
University of Wollongong (UOW) Code: 371

Entry Requirements

Lowest ATAR to receive an offer: 65
Median ATAR to receive an offer: 77
Highest ATAR to receive an offer: