Primary teaching


Equip yourself to teach young people the knowledge, skills and values needed to make sense of and contribute to the world, now and in the future.

Bachelor of Education (Primary): accredited by Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)
Professional experience program: access over 1400 schools across Australia

Career opportunities

Graduates have found careers in Australian and international primary schools (where VIT registration is recognised), at all year levels. Other graduates have gone on to roles in:

  • government departments
  • health and welfare organisations
  • the media
  • private academies and agencies
  • public service.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

CASPer test

CASPer is an online, video-scenario based situational judgement test, designed to measure non-academic suitability for teaching. Students applying to all initial teacher education courses are required to take the CASPer assessment.

Learn more about CASPer

Deakin has given me the opportunity to work in different schools, with various age groups which has been an invaluable opportunity.

Tara Robertson

Education (Primary) graduate

Excellent links with the education sector

Our courses are developed in consultation with principals, teachers and the Victorian Institute of Teaching, ensuring they address the needs of industry. Deakin also has several school alliances, which provide opportunities for extensive placements in schools beyond those that form the usual course requirements.

Research with us

If you’ve got a research idea specific to this sector, we can help you flesh it out with a higher degree by research. 

We’ve got the partnerships with schools, professional associations and government departments to help you succeed.

Learn more about researching with us

Recent Deakin research

Questions in primary mathematics classrooms

Colleen Vale investigates the types of questions that primary teachers use when teaching mathematics.

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Deakin’s Bachelor of Education (Primary) is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).

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