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Primary Education

Postgraduate major

Gain the skills, knowledge and experience to teach years 1 to 6 in Australian primary schools in just one year.

Course outline
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Course outline

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Course outline



Curtin’s Primary Education major within our Graduate Diploma of Education program is designed for those aspiring to teach in years 1–6 in Australian primary schools. It provides an excellent foundation for delivering the primary school curriculum in various school settings, including Australian Government, Independent, and Catholic Schools.

Our student-centric approach to teaching and learning fosters analytical and critical thinking, ensuring you are well-prepared for a role as a primary educator. You’ll gain a strong skill set in teaching early literacy and numeracy, and become skilled in creating positive and safe learning environments.

You’ll also learn how to enhance learning experiences for diverse students, use discipline knowledge effectively in teaching, and communicate effectively and professionally with educational stakeholders.

Whether you choose to study on-campus or online, you’ll be required undertake 45 days of supervised practical placements in real classrooms. This allows you to develop the essential practical skills required to become a successful teacher.

This Primary Education major is part of the Graduate Diploma of Education, our one-year pathway into the teaching profession. It offers units identical to those in our accredited Master of Teaching, offering a seamless pathway to further study and career advancement.

What jobs can the Primary Education course lead to?

  • Primary school teacher
  • Curriculum designer
  • Policy development officer
  • Education administration officer
  • Trainer, mentor or coach
  • Special programs officer

What you'll learn

  • apply relevant theory and research to enhance the learning experiences and outcomes of learners from a diversity of backgrounds and of aspirations, GC1, GC2
  • apply high-level discipline knowledges and understandings to demonstrate pedagogical capabilities, including planning and delivering effective teaching and learning experiences in the technologically enhanced learning environment, with demonstrated impact for all learners, GC1, GC2, GC3
  • create and manage positive, safe and ethical learning environments that support a diversity of learners to engage in meaningful learning, GC2, GC3, GC4
  • communicate professionally with educational stakeholders, including colleagues, parents and carers, and engage collaboratively to build sustainable communities, GC3, GC4, GC6

Why study Primary Education

Professionally recognised

This course is recognised by the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia, meaning you’ll be eligible to teach primary education in Western Australia.

Accelerated pathway into teaching

This one-year program offers a focused and accelerated pathway to becoming a primary school teacher in Australia.

Top 70 in the world

Curtin is ranked in the top 70 universities in the world for the field of Education in the University Ranking by Academic Performance 2022-23.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible to register with the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA), which enables them to teach in Western Australia only. Graduates residing in other states and territories can register with the TRBWA and then may apply for mutual recognition of this registration at their own state registration authority.

This course is not accredited as a national teaching qualification. Accredited qualifications refer to Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses that are accredited by the relevant state or territory authority. Accredited ITE courses are recognised nationally by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, enabling graduates to teach anywhere in Australia and to have their qualification recognised internationally in many countries.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees and charges

Please view the Graduate Diploma in Education degree for indicative fees.

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How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRP-EDUPR
  • Last updated on: 23 June 2024

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