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Growing and inspiring future generations. Our education courses prepare you to understand learners and equip you with the leadership skills you need to be a professional educator.


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Your future in teaching

If you’re motivated to teach, you’ve got the power to make a huge difference to young people's lives. Our education and teaching courses focus on leadership, communication and organisational skills, providing a solid foundation for your future career. We maintain close links with the education sector to ensure our courses are developed and reviewed with industry and professional input. You’ll be taught by staff members with industry experience, recognised as leaders and innovators in their fields – so you can be confident that what you learn at Deakin will be relevant to your teaching career.

Be inspired to inspire others

Step out of the lecture room and into real classes. Through Deakin, you'll get classroom experience with some of our 1400 participating schools from your first year of study onwards. You can even take your teaching studies around the world.

Global experience

Our Global Education Program gives you an international perspective on teaching. Gain an understanding of intercultural education by studying in Chile, Nepal, Switzerland or Vanuatu.

Hands-on experience before you graduate

Our Professional Experience Program gives you real-life teaching experience and study credit for your degree. You'll undertake at least 60 days of placements, packing your CV with practical know-how and sought-after skills that employers look for.

Learn from the experts

You will be taught by staff members who have industry experience and who have been recognised as leaders and innovators in their fields. Many of our staff are active researchers, improving the field of education in Australia and overseas.

Discover the education and teaching course for you

Our education and teaching course finder tool makes it easy for you to find the right course. By answering just a few questions, the tool will provide you with the best options to match your career goals and interests.

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VCAL Teachers Scholarship Program

If you're a current or aspiring VCAL teacher based in a Government school, this new scholarship program gives 100 applicants the opportunity to undertake Deakin's Graduate Certificate of Applied Learning and Teaching. Our one-year, fully online program allows students to explore a variety of teaching styles and strategies, and develop valuable networks with like-minded teachers from across Victoria.

Learn more about the VCAL Teachers Scholarship Program

Professional Learning Education Hub

The Professional Learning Education Hub: PLEdHub@Deakin offers unique professional learning opportunities for educators and teachers. Through our online and face-to-face workshops, seminars, short courses and online communities you'll gain access to Deakin’s teaching and learning experts, and internationally and nationally recognised education researchers.

Learn more about PLEdHub@Deakin

Education and teaching at Deakin

Head of School of Education, Professor Damian Blake provides insight in to what it is like studying education and teaching at Deakin.

Pathways into teaching

There’s more than one way to study teaching at Deakin. If you don’t quite meet the requirements to get into your desired course, the Associate Degree of Education is the perfect way to start your journey to becoming a teacher. Upon graduating from the associate degree you'll be offered guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Education (Primary), provided you successfully complete the Casper test.

Learn more about studying an Associate Degree of Education

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

Top 5 in Australia for our education courses

Deakin is ranked among the top 5 universities in Australia for its education courses, based on the QS World University Rankings, which are informed by academic and employer reputation, as well as research impact***.

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Stories of life at Deakin and beyond

The Faculty of Arts and Education content hub features in-depth stories from students, staff and alumni about their experiences of studying at Deakin, their new careers and more.

Find out more at the Arts and Education content hub

Latest articles

  • What is a teaching placement really like?
  • Using your passion for education in careers outside the classroom
  • How to become a teacher

What is a teaching placement really like?

Teaching placements make up a big part of the curriculum for those studying a teaching degree, getting you started in a classroom right from the beginning.

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Using your passion for education in careers outside the classroom

If you are looking to take your education career beyond the classroom, there are a number of different pathways to gain the skills to make this transition.

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How to become a teacher

If you're passionate about inspiring the next generation of Australians, here's everything you need to know about how to become a teacher.

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The Bachelor of Health and Physical Education provides students with a range of professional experiences through placement and other opportunities to practise our skills in the workplace.

Jodie Dunstan

Health and physical education student


**Placement destinations are subject to change
***QS World University Rankings by subject 2021
+Deakin references data from a range of government, higher education and reputable media sources. For more information, visit our list of media references.