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Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary Education)

  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    February, July

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Australian/New Zealand: $6,260, International: TBC

Course content

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.

Professional recognition

This course is recognised both nationally and internationally.

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.

Credit for previous study

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

2016 Curtin International Scholarships: Merit Scholarship

Curtin University is an inspiring, vibrant, international organisation, committed to making tomorrow better. It is a beacon for innovation, driving advances in technology through high-impact research and offering more than 100 practical, industry-aligned courses connecting to workplaces of tomorrow.

Ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, the University is also ranked 25th in the world for universities under the age of 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2015 Curtin also received an overall five-star excellence rating in the QS stars rating.

Curtin University strives to give high achieving international students the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised education through offering the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship will give you up to 25 per cent of your first year tuition fees and if you enrol in an ELB program at Curtin English before studying at Curtin, you will also receive a 10 per cent discount on your Curtin English fees.

For full details and terms and conditions of this scholarship, please visit: curtin.edu/int-scholarships and click on Merit.

Visit the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary Education) page on the Curtin University website for more details!





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