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 2021 close 21 February 2021

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’re 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 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 and critical thinking. Once you’ve got the foundation skills, you’ll start studying core units that will kickstart your learning in education. 

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:

  • Australian history
  • ecology
  • humanities
  • maths
  • physical education
  • science.

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:

  • 4 credit points of core foundation units
  • 11 credit points of core units
  • 1 credit point chosen from any Level 2 elective units
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

4

Foundation Units

12

Core Units

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

  • Teaching Humanities in Primary Education
  • Literature for Children and Young Adults
  • 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:

  • Student Health and Wellbeing
  • Australian Indigenous Education: Recognition, Relationships and Reconciliation
  • Primary Science Education 1
  • Primary Physical Education
  • Perspectives On Learning and Teachers' Work
  • Social Contexts of Education
  • Elective Units:

    Level 2 Elective

    Key information

    Award granted

    Associate Degree of Education

    Year

    2021 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 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

    Prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

    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 E200 Associate Degree of Education Personal Statement Form (accessed via course website), where in approximately 500 words, you provide your name, highest qualification and an outline of your motivation to study and future aspirations. You will also be asked to upload a brief resume, including any work experience, volunteering and extra-curricular activities, and any other supporting documentation which would strengthen your application. Learn more about the personal statement.

    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 experience

    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 E200 Associate Degree of Education Personal Statement Form (accessed via course website), where in approximately 500 words, you provide your name, highest qualification and an outline of your motivation to study and future aspirations. You will also be asked to upload a brief resume, including any work experience, volunteering and extra-curricular activities, and any other supporting documentation which would strengthen your application. Learn more about the personal statement.

    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 education experience

    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 E200 Associate Degree of Education Personal Statement Form (accessed via course website), where in approximately 500 words, you provide your name, highest qualification and an outline of your motivation to study and future aspirations. You will also be asked to upload a brief resume, including any work experience, volunteering and extra-curricular activities, and any other supporting documentation which would strengthen your application. Learn more about the personal statement.

    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 E200 Associate Degree of Education Personal Statement Form (accessed via course website), where in approximately 500 words, you provide your name, highest qualification and an outline of your motivation to study and future aspirations. You will also be asked to upload a brief resume, including any work experience, volunteering and extra-curricular activities, and any other supporting documentation which would strengthen your application. Learn more about the personal statement.

    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 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees.

    The estimated tuition fee for Commonwealth supported places (CSP) is not currently available due to the Job-ready Graduates Package – higher education reforms recently announced by the Australian Government.

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

    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

    Why choose Deakin

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

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    Accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching

    Top 10 university in Australia^

    60 days of supervised teaching placements

    Career outcomes

    Graduates of the Associate Degree of Education have guaranteed entry into our Bachelor of Education (Primary), provided they pass 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:

    • Government departments
    • Education
    • Health sector
    • Media
    • Public service
    • Private academies/agencies.

    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

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