Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary)

Course summary for current students

Award granted Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary)
DurationEquivalent to 1 year full time*
Deakin course codeE665

* This is an initial teacher education course to enable students to complete what is usually a one-year course of study in two thirds of the time (7 calendar months full-time from November to June).

Offered to continuing students only

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary) is offered through intensive mode at Waurn Ponds (Geelong), commencing in November each year and finishing in June of the following year.
Duration: a 7-month full-time course for applicants with an approved three year undergraduate degree or diploma.
The Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary) is designed to prepare graduates to be eligible for registration and employment as teachers in primary schools. Deakin’s highly relevant Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary) provides:

  • The opportunity for students to be able to complete a full one-year post-graduate course in two thirds the time of any other similar 8 credit-point course (Nov-June).
  • An environment where both locals and internationals interact within the classroom for significantly greater shared learning and real world experience.
  • Responsively: the ability to be responsive to the requirements of schools is an essential component.
  • Relevance: practising teachers have been consulted to ensure course content is relevant for both local and international teachers and the course utilises the most current research available.
  • The opportunity for graduates to apply early for positions within the Victorian teaching system.
  • A course where international graduates can teach at primary level in their home country.
  • The opportunity for international graduates to align their completion with school commencement year in their home countries.
  • Entry for non-Education degree students to the course.
  • Academics that are specialists in both teaching and educational research.

Delivery and location
This course commences in Trimester 3 (November to January) and continues in first trimester the following year.
Trimester 3 study commences with two weeks of campus attendance and one week of induction in schools before the Christmas break. In mid-January the following year, Trimester 3 re-commences with a further three weeks of campus based classes and a 5-day professional experience in schools.
First trimester of the following year, students will attend in campus mode once a week and attend their schools for the professional experience (supervised school experience) component of the course the remaining four days of the week.

Professional experience placements
All professional experience is undertaken in a defined group of Geelong schools. The schools provide challenging, high-intensity experiences so that the students are 'teacher-ready' at the conclusion of their course.

Contact hours
Each unit of study consists of a minimum of 30 hours of contact time.

In intensive mode, this translates to campus mode attendance from 9.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday. (Trimester 3)
In Trimester 1, professional school experience will require attendance from 8.30am to 4.30pm at the nominated school. Campus mode delivery will occur between 9.00am and 4.00pm. In addition, there will be two single weeks of intensive study held in campus mode.

Teaching methods
Students receive instructional materials through CloudDeakin, CD-ROM and website links. Interaction with lecturers is primarily through campus seminars and in addition is provided through use of CloudDeakin, email and telephone links.

Professional recognition

Approved by Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as a preservice teaching qualification.

International students and permanent residents

Graduates of this course who are intending to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) will be required to demonstrate an IELTS of an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas where there is no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening. You are advised to read the VIT's Qualification for Teachers Registration policy carefully which is available at: Further information

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
Not applicableNot applicableNot applicable

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course rules

To be awarded the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary) a student must satisfactorily complete 8 credit points of study taken from the list of course-grouped units leading to the award.

The course of study shall normally be completed within a period of not less than two trimesters of full time study. Extensions of time may be granted with the permission of the Faculty Board which must not exceed five consecutive years from the date the student first enrolled in the course.

The course of study shall include satisfactory completion of at least 45 days of supervised school experience in a primary school.

Course structure

November each year

EEC710Creating Challenging Learning Environments: Engaging Students

EEH715 Effective Teaching and Learning: Health and Physical Education - No longer available for enrolment

EEL745 Students' Learning of Language and Literacy - No longer available for enrolment

EEM741 Planning and Assessing Effective Learning: Mathematics - No longer available for enrolment

EEO731Individuals and Social Contexts: the Humanities

And 5 days in schools (observation)

March each year

EEA710Individuals and Social Contexts: the Arts

EEC711The Teacher as Professional Educator

EEP704 Professional Experience 1 - No longer available for enrolment

EEP705 Professional Experience 1 - No longer available for enrolment

EEP706 Professional Experience 1 - No longer available for enrolment

EES734Planning and Assessing Effective Learning: Science and Technology


(i) EEC710, EEO731, EEM741, EEL745 and EEH715 are 1 credit point units.

(ii) EES734, EEC711 and EEA710 are 0.75 credit point units.

(iii) EEP704, EEP705, and EEP706 are 0.25 credit point units.

(iv) EEP704, EEP705 and EEP706 are school-based units, plus seminars, contributing to trimester minimum of 45 days school experience.

Other Course information

Working with Children Check

The Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic.) requires a person who engages in child-related work, as defined in the Act, to obtain an assessment notice under the Act, known as a Working with Children Check (WWCC). The Act is administered by the Department of Justice:

School experience placements in schools in the course of a university degree are “child-related work”. Under the Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic.), administered by the Department of Justice, a student teacher must obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC) before commencing school experience placements in a school. The WWCC must remain current throughout the course. It is an offence under the Act to engage in school experience without holding a WWCC.

Students will not be allowed to commence school experience in any school in Victoria until a Working with Children Check is obtained. The Department of Education has requested that on the application form a student nominates the University as the (or one of the) employers. The University will then be sent a copy of the assessment notice. Because the University needs to assure a school that a student placed at the school has a current Working with Children Check, each student must give their authority to provide the assurance - a student will be required to sign an authority for the University to inform a school that a WWCC has or has not been obtained.

While the University will hold on file documentation relating to the WWCCs obtained by students engaged in school experience, it is each student’s responsibility to ensure that he or she can produce the WWCC card to the school upon request and to keep the WWCC current under the Act.

Students are required to apply for a WWCC through a participating Australia Post outlet (which can be found on the Australia Post website or the Department of Justice website) and provide proof to the faculty that the WWCC has been undertaken.

Should a student fail to obtain a WWCC, practical training in a school will not be provided, and as practical training is a requirement for completion of a teaching degree, the student may be unable to complete the degree. Should such a situation arise, the University will provide advice on options for tertiary study.

It is the responsibility of students undertaking placements outside Victoria to enquire about and, where necessary, to meet any similar legislative or other requirements concerning working with children.

Professional experience requirements

Students are required for registration purposes (and for the award of the degree) to have completed over the duration of their course a minimum of 45 days of supervised school experience. Students should ensure they are conversant with the Standards for Graduating Students as required by the Victorian Institute of Teaching. The school experience is organised by the Professional Experience Office and students do not make contact with schools regarding placements under any circumstances. Students are required to comply with the on-line instructions regarding enrolment/re-enrolment in school experience; failure to enrol/re-enrol jeopardises a student’s school experience placement.

Students should note that it is a requirement of the course that school experience is undertaken in conjunction with their curriculum studies and Education Major studies and during the time tabled dates unless, in exceptional circumstances, alternative arrangements are negotiated and agreed to in writing with the Professional Experience Office. Students should note that normally any paid or unpaid work undertaken in a school as an unqualified teacher/teacher’s aide will not be recognised for credit transfer and recognition in supervised school experience for this course. Students may be required to complete the school experience component of the course outside the academic year.

A satisfactory level of teaching competence during supervised school experience is required for award of the degree. An “unsatisfactory” result on any school experience placement will be referred to the Faculty Academic Progress and Discipline Committee.

Graduates of an accredited teaching course should note that teacher registration is required in Victoria and is administered by the Victorian Institute of Teaching under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic.). Prospective students should acquaint themselves with the requirements for registration in Victoria or in any other relevant location. These requirements include the ability to satisfy the Standards for Graduating Students (available at:

Professional experience enrolment

Students need to carefully follow the instructions correctly when enrolling or re-enrolling online in school experience units. Failure to enrol or re-enrol correctly jeopardises a student’s school experience placement and this could lead to a delay in the award of the degree. Students must follow Faculty rules in relation to the number of days of school experience to be completed for each placement as per the Professional Experience Handbook (available from the campus of enrolment) which includes the published school experience timetable. Students should note that a ‘day’ constitutes a whole school day (not part thereof).

Students should obtain a copy of the Professional Experience Handbook each year from the Professional Experience Office (also available at ). Information contained in the Handbook is updated annually and is a summary of Faculty rules in relation to school experience.

School experience units

Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary)

EEP704 Professional Experience 1 - No longer available for enrolment

EEP705 Professional Experience 1 - No longer available for enrolment

EEP706 Professional Experience 1 - No longer available for enrolment

Note: EEP704, EEP705 and EEP706 are school-based units, plus seminars, contributing to trimester minimum of 45 days school experience.