Education and Teaching

Are you looking to become a teacher or further your teaching education? Deakin's specialist education courses will see you graduate with an in-demand qualification. We offer bachelor degrees, graduate certificates and diplomas, masters courses and research degrees. We now also offer Associate Degrees as new pathways into Deakin.

Worried about your ATAR? Our Associate Degrees provide a supported transition to university and a guaranteed pathway into a Deakin Arts, or a Deakin Primary Education degree.

Master of Education

Are you a professional educator, looking to enhance your skills?

What Education and Teaching courses can I study?

Deakin offers a broad range of education courses from early childhood, primary and secondary education, applied learning, health and physical education and science teaching. These courses provide extensive hands-on experience, preparing you for a career in the industry.

Early childhood education

Early Childhood Education focuses on birth to 8 years. Deakin offers a variety of programs in this area at both Bachelor and Master levels. As Australia is in the midst of significant growth in the early childhood education sector, our courses have been developed to address the potential shortage of trained early childhood teachers.

Education (Primary)

Deakin's Bachelor of Education (Primary) is one of the School of Education's core teacher education programs, and focuses on initial professional studies in primary education for school leavers and other entrants who do not already have a degree or diploma. Deakin's Master of Teaching offers strands in Early Childhood through to Secondary Teaching.

Health and physical education

The Bachelor of Health and Physical Education course at Deakin is a highly regarded teacher education course equipping pre-service teachers for work in schools in the 21st century. With small numbers, the course encourages strong cohesion both within cohorts and across years, creating a supportive and energetic learning environment.

Teaching (Secondary) / Arts

As a graduate you will be eligible for employment as a secondary teacher in Australia and overseas. You will be able to teach in secondary schools from junior secondary to VCE levels, as well as taking up positions in community and youth performance companies, TAFE and adult community educational institutions.

Teaching (Secondary) / Science

Deakin's innovative Bachelor of Teaching (Science) / Bachelor of Science degree provides graduates with a full science degree and a complete secondary teaching qualification.

Applied Learning and Teaching

The Master of Applied Learning and Teaching qualifies students to work in secondary schools and other youth settings such as VCAL, Vocational Education & Training System (TAFE).

Contact Dr Trace Ollis for specific course questions.

Educational leadership

The Master of Education (Leadership and Management) explores what might constitute the responsibilities of those involved in managing organisations and the learning processes within them.

Special educational needs

The Master of Education (Special Educational Needs) is a postgraduate, off-campus, teacher education course focusing on professional studies in special education.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

We have several courses designed to address the wide diversity of educational backgrounds of students who are interested in teaching English. They are designed for experienced TESOL professionals as well as those seeking to obtain a teaching qualification in this area.

Teaching Languages other than English (TLOTE)

This course is designed for qualified and experienced TLOTE professionals who wish to reflect on, evaluate, and critique their practice, and who wish to develop their understanding of contemporary second language teaching in order to take on leadership roles in their workplace.

Short courses

See Professional Learning  

  • for integration or teacher aides, parents or care givers of children with disabilities
  • in behaviour and classroom management
  • in Finance and Resource Management
  • for working with people who have complex intellectual disabilities

Why study Education and Teaching at Deakin?

Industry learning in education and teaching    

With equal emphasis on professional knowledge and practical experience, we maintain strong links with regional communities and schools. Our school-based learning programs, teaching practicums and global teaching options ensure graduates are ready to teach today and into the future.
As a Deakin teaching student, you will participate in a highly-rewarding Professional Experience Program that allows you to spend time working with children in schools and alongside experienced teachers. This provides you with relevant practical knowledge and the ability to blend theory with practice.

Tailor your course to suit you

Deakin offers a broad range of disciplines and areas, including health and physical education, a wide choice of arts and science subjects, as well as programs addressing specific education needs including Koorie teacher education.

Deakin offers teacher education streams specifically designed to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, with a focus on community and school-based studies.

Industry input

Deakin's courses are developed with industry and professional input from specialised industry representatives. Through these professional links we ensure that our courses are relevant, practical and deliver the skills in demand in the workplace, resulting in excellent job and career opportunities for Deakin graduates.
The education studies major (sequence of compulsory education units in all pre-service teaching courses) has been developed in consultation with principals, teachers and the Victorian Institute of Teaching. Deakin's strong partnerships with the education industry ensure that our courses remain relevant and students learn from lecturers with specialist skills developed from their work with outside agencies, their research and community involvement.

Career opportunities for graduates

Deakin's teaching courses are accredited with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT), which ensures that graduates will be eligible to apply for registration as teachers in Victoria and throughout Australia.

Career opportunities for graduates include but are not limited to:

  • Early childhood education
  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • Universities
  • TAFE and Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Community education centres
  • Private colleges
  • Government departments
  • Private academies and agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Sports, recreation and fitness industries


Associate Degree - a guaranteed pathway into a Deakin Primary Education degree

Learning Centres - Learn where you live options for the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Associate Degrees

Indigenous Students

The Institute of Koorie Education follows a community-based learning model.

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