Bachelor of Education (Primary, Inservice) BEd [Pri-Ins]


Program Description

The Bachelor of Education (Primary, Inservice) program offers experienced teachers, with a Diploma in Teaching (Primary), the opportunity both to gain professional learning and to upgrade to a degree qualification.  
The BEd (Pri,Ins) program is offered in flexible learning mode. Students take two units a semester and complete the program in two years. Students are required to participate in a two-week residential component each semester. Students usually have their own personal laptop.

Credit Points Required

The program comprises eight units each with a 10 credit point value. Students are required to gain 80 credit points (80cp) to be eligible to graduate.

Duration of Study

2 Years

Study Mode and Location

The Bachelor of Education (primary, Inservice) program is designed to provide a unique opportunity for teachers in PNG to gain a degree qualification in primary education from two years of study in flexible learning mode.


Semester One 
ED417 Academic Writing 
ED436 Ethics and Pastoral Care 

Semester Two 
ED437 Teaching English 
ED438 Teaching Mathematics 

Semester Three 
ED418 Basic Research 
ED439 Teaching Humanities & Social Sciences 

Semester Four 
ED440 School Leadership and Management 
ED441 Teaching Science  
Each of the 8 units has a ten credit point value and students are required to gain 80 credit points to be eligible to graduate with the award.



ED417 Academic Writing

This unit focuses on writing for academic purposes. It enables participants to refine their own skills as well as to explore how to teach written English in various genres to others. An important focus of this unit will be to develop the participants’ own skills in grammar, punctuation and spelling. Participants explore how to plan, teach and assess written English in an interactive and stimulating environment at each grade level.


ED436 Ethics and Pastoral Care

This unit explores the key principles of professional ethics for teachers and pastoral care for the students they teach. Participants’ consider standards expected of them for teaching ad learning, curriculum, assessing learning, and teacher professionalism. The Pastoral Care component covers providing support to learners in times of anxiety, financial problems, loneliness, pain, sickness, alienation, family breakdowns or loss, as well as in their joys and triumphs.


ED437 Teaching English

This unit will give participants the opportunity to reflect on their current experience of teaching English and to explore areas where their own skills or subject knowledge could be updated. Each day of the course will be devoted to a different aspect of the teaching of English. Video, audio and written materials from the Language Support Program will be used to support the teaching of this unit.


ED438 Teaching Mathematics

This unit will develop the participants’ ability to teach Mathematics at Elementary, Junior Primary and Senior Primary levels. As well as learning the relevant subject knowledge, participants consider how to plan, teach and assess the content in an interactive and stimulating environment at each level. Wherever possible, learning will be practical. Mathematical problem-solving skills are an important feature in this unit.


ED418 Basic Research

The purpose of the Basic Research unit is to give teachers an appreciation of how research can inform and enhance decision-making in a school context. In this unit students have the opportunity to carry out a small scale schoolbased research project. Students identify an issue, design a data collection instrument, collect and interpret data and write a report.


ED439 Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences

The unit enables students to consider innovative ways to teach subjects such as Culture and Community, Community Living, Social Science, Making a Living, Personal Development, Health, Physical Education and the Arts, at elementary, junior and senior primary levels. Participants explore crosscurriculum themes, practical projects, knowledge of curriculum structures, and suitable teaching and assessment techniques.


ED440 Introduction to School Leadership and Management

In this unit, students explain and illustrate principles of effective school leadership and management. They discuss different leadership styles and describe the constraints within which school leaders operate. Students articulate the role played by strong leadership in enhancing staff morale and children’s education.


ED441 Teaching Science

This unit enhances students’ knowledge of the current Science curriculum in schools. They demonstrate the skills to plan and teach practical, interactive and stimulating lessons suitable for local conditions, and available resources. They design appropriate assessment tasks and assessment criteria to monitor children’s achievement and to inform their own future planning. Scientific enquiry skills are an important feature in this unit.