Credit points


Minimum duration

2 years

Approved locations

  • Other



EFTSL value of units : All 10 cp units in this course have an EFTSL value of 0.125. Units with a cp value of a multiple of 10 have corresponding EFTSL values.

Admission requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must:

a. have successfully completed a Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification, with:

  1. subject content studies equivalent to one year of full-time study in one or more learning areas of the primary school curriculum; including
  2. subject content studies equivalent to one quarter of a year in a selected subject specialisation of English or Mathematics.

b. demonstrate suitability for teaching as evidenced by completion of an assessment available in the relevant State at the time of application.

Applicants who completed Bachelor degrees outside Australia should review Admission to Coursework Programs Policy to determine if they are required to meet additional English Language Proficiency requirements for entry into the course.

Applicants seeking teacher registration in Australia should check with state registration bodies to confirm English Language Proficiency requirements for teacher registration.

Additional Approvals

All students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they may enter a classroom.

These are: Blue Card (Qld), Working with Vulnerable People (ACT) or Working with Children Check (NSW and Vic).

International students must provide a police check from their home country. All students who have lived in another country for twelve months or more must provide a police check from that country for that period.

Disclaimer :The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission.

Completion requirements

To qualify for the degree, a student must complete 200 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:

  1. 40 cp Education Studies Units (Part A);
  2. 80 cp Curriculum Studies Units (Part B);
  3. 40 cp Professional Experience Studies Units (Part C);
  4. 40 cp Religious Education Units (Part D).
  5. 0 cp from LNTE110 Literacy and Numeracy Diagnostic and LNTE111 Literacy and Numeracy Test (Part E)

Exit points

A student who has successfully completed the following requirements may exit from the course with that qualification. Note that none of these qualifications qualify a student to teach in Australia.

  1. Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies
  2. Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies
  3. Graduate Certificate in Religious Education

A student who does not meet the LANTITE requirements may exit with the Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies or Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies if they meet the requirements of those awards.

Progression requirements

In all aspects of progress through the course, students will be advised by the National Course Coordinator and bound by decisions of the National School of Education.

Part A : Education Studies Units

Complete exactly 40 credit points from the following:

CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
EDES500Foundations of Development and Learning in Australian Childhood Contexts10
EDES600Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories, Cultures and Education10
EDFD693Learning and Pedagogies in the Early Years: Play-Based Curriculum and Assessment10
CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
EDFD695Impacting Diverse Learners in English and Literacy (B-12)10
EDFD696Impacting Diverse Learners in Mathematics and Numeracy (B-12)10

Part B : Curriculum Studies Units

Complete exactly 80 credit points from the following:

CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
EDAR562The Arts Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (B-12)10
EDLA542English and Literacy 1: Reading, Listening and Viewing (Birth - 12 Years)10
EDLA642English and Literacy 2: Writing, Speaking and Creating (Birth - 12 Years)10
EDMA552Mathematics and Numeracy 1: Number and Algebra with Geometry and Measurement (Birth - 12 Years)10
EDMA652Mathematics and Numeracy 2: Number and Algebra with Statistics and Probability (Birth -12 Years)10
EDPH697Health and Physical Education Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (B-12)10
EDSS697Humanities Curriculum Pedagogy and Assessment (B-12)10
EDST561Science, Inquiry and Sustainability (Birth - 12 Years)10

Part C : Professional Experience Studies Units

Complete exactly 40 credit points from the following:

CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
EDFX533Professional Experience 1: Engaging in the Teaching Community (Birth - 5 Years)10
EDFX632Professional Experience 2: Building Practice (3 - 5 Years)10
EDFX633Professional Experience 3: Teaching as a Continuum (8 - 12 Years)10
EDFX634Professional Experience 4: Transition to the Profession (5 - 8 Years)10

Part D : Religious Education Units*

Complete exactly 40 credit points from the following:

CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
EDRE515Religious Education: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives10
THBS501Biblical Studies10
THCT500Foundations of Christian Faith10
CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
EDRE524Educating Young Children Religiously10ACT/NSW/QLD
EDRE516Learning and Teaching for Religious Education10VIC

* The Graduate Certificate in Religious Education meets the minimum requirements to teach Religious Education in Catholic Schools. The Graduate Certificate in Religious Education also permits teachers to satisfy requirements for teaching religious education in Anglican schools. In some dioceses, the Anglican Schools Commission in conjunction with their College of Theology provide alternate units for THBS501 Biblical Studies and THCT500 Foundations of Christian Faith. Students interested in pursuing this pathway should contact the National Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Religious Education at ACU and seek approval for alternate units before enrolling at the theological college. Students who wish to complete the requirements for teaching in Lutheran schools must register and enrol with Australian Lutheran College as well as with Australian Catholic University.

Part E : Literacy and Numeracy Test

Complete exactly 2 of the following:

CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
LNTE110Literacy and Numeracy Diagnostic0
LNTE111Literacy and Numeracy Test0

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