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


2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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. 

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

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. 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. You’ll cover units including:

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

You’ll experience smaller class sizes, giving you better access to teachers in your first year. Immerse yourself in the campus environment and our world-class teaching facilities while benefiting from a supported entry into tertiary study.

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)


Foundation Units


Core Units



Key information

Award granted

Associate Degree of Education


2020 course information

Deakin code
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

Entry information

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

Entry will be based on performance in:

  • a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education OR
  • a Certificate III OR
  • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent, including completion of or enrolment in a Vocational Education and Training course and/or relevant work or life experience

All Applicants must prepare the following for your application:

  • Personal statement of less than 500 words including your name, highest qualification and outlining your motivation to study and future aspirations
  • Brief resume, including any work experience, volunteering and extra-curricular activities
  • Any other supporting documentation which would strengthen your application.

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
Not applicable
Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
$7,346 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 can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.

Need more information on how to apply?

For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

How to apply

Register your interest to study at Deakin

Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

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

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.

Top 5 for education in Australia**

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.

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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


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


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


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

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