Associate Degree of Education



Get a pathway into your dream Deakin course by studying the Associate Degree of Education. 

This course teaches you the learning skills you will need to be successful at university, such as communication skills, digital literacy, critical thinking, and teamwork skills. You will also study interesting units within Education. 

Best of all, if you successfully complete this course, you’re guaranteed entry into Deakin’s Bachelor of Education (Primary). You could also receive up to 14 credit points, reducing the number of units you need to study in your bachelor course – saving you time and money. 

You might also take the Associate Degree of Education a stand-alone qualification, increasing your employment opportunities. 

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Key facts


2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Warrnambool

Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can apply directly through the Institute of Koorie Education

Key information

Award granted

Associate Degree of Education


2018 course information

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Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 6.

Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

  • a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education


  • a Certificate III OR
  • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent, including completion of or enrolment in a Vocational Education and Training course and/or relevant work or life experience.


Course learning outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Acquire broad theoretical knowledge and understanding of education and the application of this knowledge and skills in teaching and learning for primary students.

Use an understanding of educational theory and knowledge of English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities , the Arts, Health and Physical Education in the design of curriculum and pedagogy for primary students

Develop cognitive, technical and creative skills to understand discipline specific language in the Arts and apply this knowledge in employment contexts or for further studies.


Acquire skills in oral, written and electronic communication and the ability to use these skills to coherently present knowledge and ideas in a range or contexts.

Digital literacy

Demonstrate knowledge of and technical skills in a range of digital technologies and apply this knowledge and skills in locating, analysing, synthesising and communicating information.

Select, create, collect, produce and utilize a range of digital teaching and learning resources and technologies in designing curriculum for primary students.

Critical thinking

Critically analyse and evaluate educational and scholarly materials to articulate rationales and philosophies for approaches to teaching and learning: curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.

Identify, analyse and evaluate a range of cross-curricula and learning activities as the basis for learners’ critical inquiry and thinking

Analyse, synthesise and evaluate contemporary theoretical perspectives relating to student learning, using formative and summative assessment data.

Problem solving

Use broad knowledge and skills in education to reflect on teaching practices to generate creative, innovative and authentic solutions to a range of real-world problems encountered in the learning environment and communities.

Identify strategies to effectively manage diverse classroom learning that respond to students’ prior knowledge, learning strengths and needs.


Act with autonomy, responsibility and accountability in learning and working independently and in collaboration with others to deepen professional skills and knowledge of contemporary educational contexts.


Work and learn collaboratively with others and as a member of a team in professional and scholarly contexts.

Global citizenship

Apply broad knowledge and skills in education to design innovative learning experiences that address social justice, equity, diversity and ethical issues.

Critically consider international and national systems and school-based responses to addressing issues relating to curriculum, pedagogy, equity, inclusion and social justice

Apply the legal and ethical standards required of the teaching profession.

Approved by Faculty Board 2014

Course Structure

To qualify for the Associate Degree of Education, students will be required to complete 16 credit points of study comprising:

  • 4 credit points of foundation units
  • 12 credit points of core units
  • AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)


Foundation Units


Core Units



How to apply

Apply direct to Deakin

Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.

Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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How to apply

Register your interest to study at Deakin

Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

Course pathways

Students who successfully complete the E200 Associate Degree of Education are guaranteed entry into E359 Bachelor of Education (Primary) and will receive up to 14 credit points of Credit for Prior Learning into E359.

Faculty contact information

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Tel 03 5227 1359

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100

Tel 03 5563 3489

Fee information

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

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Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

Offered campuses


Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.

Geelong Waurn Ponds

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is located on the western edge of Geelong, boasting expansive landscaped grounds.


Three-hours from Melbourne, our Warrnambool Campus is set on the banks of the picturesque Hopkins River, close to local surf beaches.

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