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Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary Education)

GradDipEd(Curtin) - GD-EDSC Humanities
Location Bentley
Study method Part-time or full-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February

Students studying part-time or not graduating from the course in 2017 may be required to articulate to the Master of Teaching from Semester One 2018.

Duration 1 year full-time

This course is unavailable in 2018

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)
  • English
  • Languages (Chinese and Japanese)
  • Mathematics
  • 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)
  • English
  • Languages (Chinese and Japanese)
  • Mathematics
  • 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.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria 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

English language proficiency

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.


Limited part-time study is possible.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Domestic fee paying Domestic fee-paying - A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government. Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees. $17,600*

Fees are indicative first year only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. 200 credits are needed to graduate from this course. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

Professional recognition

This course is recognised both nationally and internationally.

Credit for previous study

Applications for credit for recognised learning (CRL) are assessed on an individual basis.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL)

Career opportunities

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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