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. 


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.

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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).

New course version commenced 2017.

Key information

Award granted

Associate Degree of Education


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Not applicable

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

$6,964 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Learn more about fees.

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Entry requirements

This course is targeted at students who do not satisfy the usual university entry requirements: students who have completed Year 12 but have achieved an ATAR score which is insufficient to gain normal entry; students who have left school before year 12 and have been working for a number of years; students who have completed a VET qualification or program offered by TAFE or private provider; or students who are undertaking a training course at a TAFE.

There are no prerequisite studies for this course. However all applicants must submit a personal statement on application, detailing the motivation for wishing to undertake the course and any relevant volunteer or paid work experience that may support the statement

How to apply

Apply direct to Deakin

If you're applying to start studying in Trimester 3 2016, you'll need to apply directly to Deakin.

Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Apply through Deakin

Need more information on how to apply?

For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

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

Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

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Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

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.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

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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