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Bachelor of Teaching And Learning (Preservice) (BTLP)

About the Course
This course prepares graduates to be teachers in Early Childhood, Primary, Middle Schooling or Vocational and Technical Education sectors (VET in Schools). It is also suitable for preparing graduates to work at senior levels within the non-school early childhood education and care sector. Students interested in senior secondary teaching should select one of the double degree options.


This course is available in fast-track mode: students can elect to complete this four year degree in three years. More information about this option is available on the CDU web site.


This course meets both national and local need for teachers of exemplary practice committed to enhancing educational outcomes for all children and young adults. It has particular emphasis on improving the teaching-learning relationship in the classroom, raising awareness of issues surrounding Indigenous education and developing an informed, evidence based approach to learning and teaching in Early Childhood, Primary, Middle School and VET settings.


People with a trade qualification and experience in a relevant industry who are interested in teaching at secondary and VET level can apply to have their experience and previous qualification recognised and fast-tracked for a VET in Schools qualification.

Note: Full Advanced Standing of 140 credit points only available to tradespersons with five years experience and a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training with experience preferred at the supervisory level of one year.


All applicants must indicate their preferred specialisation by entering a valid three digit stream code selected fromt he list below. Applicant's chances of selection will not be affected by the stream they choose since the cut-off rank will be the same for all streams.


Early Childhood ... 301
Primay School ... 302
Middle School ... 303
VET in Schools ... 304


Police check: Students must have cleared a Police Check and/or Working with Children check before they can undertake practice teaching. Students whose Police Checks and/or Working with Children check are not cleared by the education sectors will not be able to undertake practice teaching and will not therefore be able to complete the requirements of the course.


Course Structure
The course has core education units, professional experience/practicum units, knowledge/discipline units and two Common units. Students can specialise in Early Childhood, Primary, and Middle School teaching from second year although the course is flexible enough to provide avenues for students to change their specialisation. Students seeking a VET specialisation join the program according to credits granted.


The course is practical in nature with students having professional experience in schools / learning sites from first semester in first year. There are six professional experience blocks that require full-time commitment in each year of the course with the final practicum undertaken over a full school term. Students are encouraged to undertake some field/professional experience in remote schools. External students normally complete their professional experience in their home towns.
All students enrolled in the Primary and Early Childhood education specialisation are required to pass a Maths Skills Test or demonstrate equivalent proficiency.


This course meets both a national and local need for teachers of exemplary practice committed to enhancing educational outcomes for all children. There is a particular emphasis on enhancing learning outcomes for Indigenous students in school and community settings. The program is designed for external as well as internal students and welcomes students from around Australia and overseas.


Students who complete the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning are eligible for Teacher Registration in the Northern Territory. Students who intend to seek employment outside the Northern Territory following course completion should, before enrolment, have the relevant state teacher registration authority and relevant employment authority (eg. State department of education, or Catholic Education Office) confirm their eligibility and suitability for registration and employment.


This course requires a high level of on-line work especially for external students.


Students wanting to select the VET in Schools teaching stream must hold previous trade qualifications and a minimum of 5 years recent trade experience.


A maximum of 140 credit points advanced standing will be available to students who
a. hold previous trade qualifications with a minimum 5 years recent trade experience and
b. hold a Teaching and Assessment Certificate (or a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training).


Please note that all students must hold a current Teaching and Assessment Certificate (or a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training) in order to graduate.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 320 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless otherwise indicated. A summary table of course requirements by specialisation is provided at the end of this section.


Of the total 320 credit points:
  • A minimum of 40 credit points must be taken from 300 level units
  • Not more than 40 credit points shall be included with a grade of "PT" or "PC" or "PS"
Additional requirements
SMQ002T - Students must show evidence of successful completion of SMQ002 Qualifying Mathematics or SMQ002T Qualifying Mathematics Test prior to enrolling in ETL123 Mathematics Education.


Students can achieve a passing grade by either:
  • passing the Exemption Test SMQ002T; or
  • enrolling in SMQ002 and passing the assessment criteria for the unit

SMQ002T Qualifying Mathematics Tests are held at Casuarina and Alice Springs campuses two weeks prior to the start of Higher Education classes in Semesters 1, 2 and Summer Semester and again in Week 1 of all three semesters. External students (living more than 80km from Darwin) unable to sit on the date specified should make arrangements to sit during the same week as internal participants. Tests for 2008 are Wednesday between 10.00am - 12.15pm: Semester 1, 20 February and 5 March; Semester 2, 9 July and 23 July; and Summer Semester - 29 October and 12 November.


Career Opportunities

This program fulfils the qualification needed to teach at Pre-School, Primary School, Middle School, and Adult and VET areas. It also fulfils the qualification to be a Director or Group leader within the Child Care sector.


There are Admission Requirements and English Language Requirements for International Students.

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