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Create a pathway into your dream Deakin course by studying the Associate Degree of Education.
This course develops your learning skills to be successful at university, such as communication skills, digital literacy, critical thinking, and teamwork skills. You will also begin your studies in Primary Teaching.
Best of all, if you have completed Deakin's Associate Degree of Education and meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Education (Primary), you'll be eligible for credit - saving you time and money.
You may also take the Associate Degree of Education a stand-alone qualification, increasing your employment opportunities.Read More
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
- Academic Integrity AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
Associate Degree of Education
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
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
Additional course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
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.
Entry will be based on performance in:
- a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education OR
- 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
All Applicants must prepare the following for your application:
- Personal statement of less than 500 words including your name, highest qualification and outlining your motivation to study and future aspirations
- Brief resume, including any work experience, volunteering and extra-curricular activities
- Any other supporting documentation which would strengthen your application.
Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.
Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).
You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.
Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2018 students (PDF, 783.5KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees.
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.
Learn more about fees and available payment 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
How to apply
For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.
Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.
This course is designed to support your pathway to the Bachelor of Education (Primary).
On successful completion of the Associate Degree of Education, you may articulate into the Bachelor of Education (Primary) and be eligible for guaranteed entry, subject to meeting the entry requirements of that course*.
You may receive up to 12 credit points of Credit for Prior Learning for units undertaken in E200 Associate Degree of Education.
* All Applicants into E359 Bachelor of Education (Primary) must complete an additional selection tool for non-academic attributes. Deakin University is using the CASPer assessment tool. CASPer is an online, video-scenario based situational judgement test, designed to measure non-academic suitability for teaching.
Frequently asked questions
How do I apply?
We provide step-by-step guidance online to make applying to Deakin easy. And, with three study periods a year, the next intake is never far away. Learn more about the application process and entry requirements by visiting our How to apply page.
When do applications close?
Application deadlines depend on the course and trimester you’re applying for.
Find out the application open and close dates for your course by visiting our Key dates page.
Missed the application cut-off? The good news is Deakin has three study periods a year, which means the next intake is never far away.
How do fees work?
Fees are paid according to the units you study each trimester.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to pay your course fees upfront. There are different loans available depending on the type of student you are and the course you’re applying for.
For more information on fees, including payment assistance, and understanding what type of student you are, visit our Fees hub.
If we haven’t answered your question, our student enquiries team is ready to help.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
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.|
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.
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 thinkingAnalyse, synthesise and evaluate contemporary theoretical perspectives relating to student learning, using formative and summative assessment data.
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.|
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 justiceApply the legal and ethical standards required of the teaching profession.
Approved by Faculty Board 2014