Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary Education)
|Study method||Part-time or full-time|
|Intake||February or July|
|Duration||1 year full-time|
The Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary Education) offers an opportunity for graduates from a variety of backgrounds to obtain a teaching qualification that is accredited nationally and recognised internationally.
This course enables those with approved qualifications to become certified secondary teachers. As secondary school teachers are usually employed to teach more than one school subject, it is a requirement of the course that you undertake both a major and minor area of study. Your major teaching area is based on the content of your bachelor degree. Your minor teaching area will be a curriculum area that you have studied to a lesser degree and/or an area where you have gained professional experience.
Major Teaching Specialisations
The major teaching area qualifies you to teach lower secondary school and upper-secondary school students.
Major subject specialisations include:
- The Arts (Design, Drama, Media Studies, Visual Arts)
- Languages (Chinese and Japanese)
- Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Physics, )
- Social Sciences (Economics, Geography, History, Politics and Law).
Minor Teaching Specialisations
The minor teaching area qualifies you to teach lower secondary school students up to year 10.
Minor subject specialisations include:
- The Arts (Visual Arts, Drama, Media Studies, Design)
- Languages (Chinese and Japanese)
- Science (Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science)
- Social Sciences (History, Geography, Politics and Law, Economics).
This course is not suitable for qualified teachers wishing to change their qualification and/or subject specialisations.
Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students
A bachelor degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised institution. The selection of your teaching specialisation is based on the content studied in your bachelor degree.
You will need a Working with Children Card and a Police Clearance before you go into schools in semester one.
Please refer to the following statements before applying for this course
Limited part-time study is possible.
Fees for Australian and New Zealand students
What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? -
A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the
student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.
All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.
Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
Fees are indicative only.
* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).
This course is recognised both nationally and internationally.
Applications for credit for recognised learning (CRL) are assessed on an individual basis.
Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL)
Teaching at any level is a rewarding and interesting career. The Western Australian Department of Education and Training, as a matter of policy, employs teaching graduates from each institution in Western Australia. Many Curtin graduates are also employed by the Catholic education system and independent schools in Western Australia.
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