Associate Degree of Education

Undergraduate degree

Enrol in Deakin's Associate Degree of Education and on successful completion, you'll be offered guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Education (Primary), provided you successfully complete the Casper test.

Domestic student information

Top 5 for education in Australia*

Victorian Institute of Teaching guided curriculum

Pathway to primary education

Key facts

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2022 close 20 February 2022

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Begin your journey to becoming a teacher by studying an Associate Degree of Education at Deakin. You’ll complete core units from the Bachelor of Education (Primary) and develop the foundation skills required to succeed at university. 

Whether you are looking to forge a path in education, have never studied at university - or you’re not sure if you meet the entry requirements, this degree is for you.  It is designed to introduce you to what it’s like to study at Deakin and to set you on the pathway to becoming a teacher. 

Experience smaller class sizes, giving you better access to teachers in your first year. You’ll learn the essential skills needed to succeed at university, including effective communication, digital literacy, teamwork and critical thinking. In addition to learning the foundation skills, you will study core units that will kickstart your learning in education from the beginning of your degree. 

Do you want to begin studying at university, but not sure where to start? 

Immerse yourself in the campus environment and our world-class teaching facilities while benefiting from a supported entry into tertiary study. You’ll cover units including:

  • arts educatoin
  • Australian history
  • humanities
  • literacy
  • maths
  • physical education
  • science.

In addition, there is a unit on teachers’ work, which lays the groundwork for a unit that includes a placement in a primary school in your second year.

Best of all, once you’ve successfully completed your degree, you’ll be on track to meet the requirements needed to transfer into a Bachelor of Education (Primary). And because you’ve already completed core education units as part of your associate degree, you’ll be able to graduate sooner – saving you time and money.

Before heading into a Bachelor of Education (Primary), prospective education students are required to successfully complete the Casper test – an online, video scenario-based test that lets you demonstrate your suitability for a teaching career.

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Course structure

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

  • 13 credit points of core units
  • 1 credit point elective unit
  • 2 credit points of primary specialisation units
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

13

Core Units

1

Electives

2

Specialisation

16

Total

Year 1

Foundation units

  • Communication Skills for Study and Work
  • Digital Literacy: Finding, Evaluating and Interpreting Information
  • Teamwork: Working Constructively with Others
  • Core units

  • Understanding Early Reading Development
  • Humanities Through Experiential Pedagogy
  • Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
  • Foundations of Science Knowledge and Practice
  • Engaging and Exploring Arts Education
  • Year 2

    Foundation Units:

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Using Analysis to Develop Solutions
  • Core Units:

  • Australian Indigenous Education: Recognition, Relationships and Reconciliation
  • Primary Physical Education
  • Perspectives On Learning and Teachers' Work
  • Social Contexts of Education
  • Elective Units:

    Elective

    Primary Specialisation Units:

    2 credit points of primary specialisation units

    Specialisations

    Primary Specialisation

    Specialisation Unit 1

    Specialisation Unit 2

    Specialisation Unit 3

    Specialisation Unit 4

    Health and Physical Education

    SP-E359007

    (quotas apply)

  • Sport and Exercise Practice EEH203
  • Health Behaviour HBS110
  • Health and Physical Education in the Curriculum EEH302
  • Building Leadership Capacity in the School and Wider Community ECP400
  • Languages

    SP-E359008

    Diploma of Languages units^

    Diploma of Languages units^

  • Teaching and Learning Languages in Primary Contexts ECL306
  • Building Leadership Capacity in the School and Wider Community ECP400
  • Language and Literacy

    SP-E359002

  • Literature for Children and Young Adults ALL153
  • Adapting Children's Texts Across Media ALL230
  • Diversity, Language and Literacy ECL351
  • Building Leadership Capacity in the School and Wider Community ECP400
  • Mathematics and Numeracy

    SP-E359001

  • Mathematical Reasoning and Investigation SIT176
  • Problem Solving, Modelling and Mathematical Applications ESM215
  • Primary Mathematics Lesson Study ESM303
  • Building Leadership Capacity in the School and Wider Community ECP400
  • Science

    SP-E359003

  • Cells and Genes SLE111
  • OR

  • Chemistry in Our World SLE133
  • OR

  • Ecology and the Environment SLE103
  • Physics for the Life Sciences SLE123
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education EES300
  • Building Leadership Capacity in the School and Wider Community ECP400
  • ^ Deakin has four options for languages study: Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Spanish:
    Concurrent enrolments in A221 Diploma of Arabic or A222 Diploma of Chinese, or A223 Diploma of Indonesian, or A224 Diploma of Spanish or equivalent with up to 4 credit points of RPL are given upon the completion. Completion of 3 units from any of A221 or A222 or A223 or A224 and enrolment in one further unit of A221, A222, A223 or A224 or equivalent are pre-requisite for ECL306. The Diploma can be undertaken concurrently with another course and is of 3 years part time duration with eight credit points. There are two options for each Diploma: i) for students with no background in the language; or ii) an advanced study for those with Year 12 level (or equivalent) in the language.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Associate Degree of Education
    Year

    2022 course information

    Deakin code
    E200
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status

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

    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

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

    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)
      • 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

    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.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work-integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. Refer to the relevant unit guide.

    Participation requirements

    The Associate Degree of Education involves compulsory school placements of 5-days in year 2.

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    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 or completed Year 12 in the previous two years and have not attempted higher education or VET/Polytechnic study since, your selection is based on the following.

    ATAR

    Selection will be based on your performance in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education.

    Personal statement

    All Applicants for the Associate Degree of Education must complete the Associate Degree of Education Personal Statement Form.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Higher education study

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    All Applicants for the Associate Degree of Education must complete the Associate Degree of Education Personal Statement Form.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    VET study

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    All Applicants for the Associate Degree of Education must complete the Associate Degree of Education Personal Statement Form.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    All Applicants for the Associate Degree of Education must complete the Associate Degree of Education Personal Statement Form.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Selection adjustments

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Admissions information

    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 ComparED website.

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.

    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 2021 students (PDF, 592.2KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $7,461 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    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 Recognition of 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.

    In particular for applicants interested in studying at the Warrnambool campus, the Deakin Warrnambool residential scholarship may be of interest.

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    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications for Trimester 1, 2022 open in August.

    You can apply direct to Deakin via our Application Portal. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Download the course flyer

    To learn more about what the Associate Degree of Education at Deakin has to offer, download our course flyer.

    Entry pathways

    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 Recognition of 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.

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre

    1800 693 888

    myfuture@deakin.edu.au

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    Top 10 university in Australia^

    60 days of supervised teaching placements

    Career outcomes

    As a graduate of the Associate Degree of Education, you will have guaranteed entry into our Bachelor of Education (Primary) and credit towards this degree, provided you successfully complete the Casper test.

    An associate degree equips you with the skills to succeed at both university and in your future career. Graduates find employment opportunities in a range of fields, including:

    • education
    • government departments
    • health sector
    • media
    • private academies/agencies
    • public service.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    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

    Apply theoretical knowledge and skills in education to an emerging understanding of curriculum and pedagogy appropriate to the discipline-specific teaching and learning needs of students

    Communication

    Use oral, written and electronic communication skills to coherently present knowledge and ideas in a range of educational contexts

    Digital literacy

    Navigate a range of digital technologies in order to locate, analyse, synthesise and communicate complex information

    Critical thinking

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

    Problem solving

    Use knowledge and skills in education to generate creative, innovative and authentic solutions to a range of real-world problems encountered in learning environment and communities

    Self-management

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

    Teamwork

    Apply the theories of teamwork in order to work and learn collaboratively with others and as a member of a team in professional and scholarly contexts

    Global citizenship

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

    Approved at Faculty Board 2019

    **QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
    ##ARWU Rankings 2020