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Initial Teacher Education

UC offers undergraduate and graduate pathways to becoming a teacher.

Our portfolio of courses in Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Teaching offer units for key learning areas and course patterns for specific subjects such as Science, Technology and Mathematics (STeM), English, Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE), Health and Physical Education (HPE), Creative and Performing Arts, Design and Technology, and Languages other than English (LOTE).

All of our Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses combine teaching theory and an invaluable practical component  and are registered by the ACT Teacher Quality Institute. Students seeking registration as a teacher in another jurisdiction should confirm the requirements with the teacher registration organisation in that jurisdiction.

CourseSnapshots of our UG Initial Teacher Education degrees

Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education

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If your ambition is to work as a teacher in a preschool, early learning centre or primary school, then UC’s Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education will provide you with a broad and innovative education degree which prepares you for a future-focused career.

Bachelor of Primary Education

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The four-year Bachelor of Primary Education is a rigorous course which will prepare you to teach national literacy and numeracy at a primary school level, from Kindergarten to Year 6. You’ll develop a sound understanding of the educational theories and teaching skills required in today’s classrooms, largely by regularly observing them in a primary school environment and putting your academic learnings into practice during one of the many teaching placement opportunities you’ll undertake.

Bachelor of Primary Education (Creative Arts)

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This innovative four-year degree will enable you to become a primary school teacher with a specialisation in the creative arts. On top of gaining practical experience of the educational theories used in today’s classrooms, you’ll develop a solid understanding of national literacy and numeracy requirements for children from Kindergarten to Year 6, while specifically focusing on subjects including visual arts, drama, music and dance.

Bachelor of Primary Education (Health and Physical Education)

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The Bachelor of Primary Education (Health and Physical Education) is an exciting four-year degree which enables you to achieve a qualification in primary teaching while gaining a specialisation in health and physical education (PE). You’ll become fluent in the national literacy and numeracy curriculum for children from Kindergarten to Year 6, gaining a special understanding of the primary health, personal development and physical education program.

Bachelor of Primary Education (STeM)

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This exciting four-year degree allows you to gain a qualification as a primary school teacher with a specialisation in the innovative fields of science, mathematics and technologies. You’ll develop a comprehensive knowledge of the educational theories and teaching skills required in today’s primary school classrooms, as well as a solid understanding of the national primary school literacy and numeracy curriculum from Kindergarten to Year 6.

Bachelor of Secondary Education/Bachelor of Arts

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This fun and creative four-year double degree in secondary education and arts will see you develop into a knowledgeable and informed classroom-ready teacher, qualified for employment across both state and independent schools. You’ll study a choice of two teaching streams from a range of arts and humanities disciplines, including English languages, history, business studies, the creative arts, geography, religious studies, psychology, media studies, legal studies, and more.

Bachelor of Secondary Education/Bachelor of Science

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If you have a love of all things science, and want to use that to enliven the minds of young people aged 12 to 18, then this four-year double degree is for you. You’ll select two disciplines from a choice of scientific streams, including biology, chemistry, ecology and mathematics, and will learn how to align your specialisations to core teaching principles and to the design of programs that celebrate integration, diversity and inclusion.

Bachelor of Secondary Education (Health and Physical Education)

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If you have a passion for sports, and would love to inspire students in Years 7 to 12 to get active and healthy, then the four-year Bachelor of Secondary Education (Health and Physical Education) will arm you with the skills you need to be a qualified secondary teacher with a specialisation in PE and health. You’ll also study a second teaching discipline of your choice, such as English, mathematics, science, or a humanities or social science subject, to increase your versatility and employability.


Course Snapshots of our PG Initial Teacher Education degrees

Master of Primary Teaching

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If teaching is your passion, then the Master of Primary Teaching course will prepare you for a long and fulfilling career in education while giving you the skills, qualifications and experience to work across all areas of the primary school curriculum.

Master of Secondary Teaching

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Are you a passionate graduate who is keen to positively shape Australia’s young minds? UC’s two-year Master of Secondary Teaching will provide you with the knowledge and skills to pursue your passion and enter a career as a teacher of students in Years 7–12.