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Pathways to teaching

Didn't meet the entry requirements for your primary education course? Don't worry, there's more than one way to become a teacher with ACU.

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Career outcomes

Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • early childhood education teaching
  • primary school teaching
  • education consulting
  • learning design
  • state government education policy
  • federal government education policy
  • education research
  • curriculum development

About primary education

ACU primary education students trying out an experiment

Ignite a love of lifelong learning in the leaders of tomorrow. Study primary education and you’ll be equipped to teach the next generation the building blocks of literacy, numeracy, science, physical education, arts education and more. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake an overseas Community Engagement placement.

Decide to specialise

As you build up your teaching knowledge and skills, you’ll specialise in one particular area such as literacy, mathematics, religious education or inclusive education. This enables you to explore a key part of teaching in-depth, so when you get into the classroom you know your students are learning from the best. And if you specialise in religious education you’ll be qualified to teach in Catholic schools when you graduate. We’ve built strong partnerships with schools to ensure you’ll have access to countless opportunities when you begin your job search.

Meet our students and staff

Student profile ACU Bachelor of Primary (Education) student Jacob Millman

Jacob Millman

Bachelor of Education (Primary)

“I believe education is of enormous value and I want to share it with those who may not have access. As a primary education student, my best experience was a four-week placement in the Solomon Islands with 20 other ACU pre-service teachers and staff. It was truly rewarding seeing how much the students valued their education and how much they appreciated the teaching and stories I was able to share. I hope teaching can take me around the world.”

Staff profile ACU Acting State Head of School of Education Vic Dr Matthew Zbaracki

Dr Matthew Zbaracki

Acting State Head of School of Education Vic

Dr Matthew Zbaracki is the acting state head of the School of Education in Victoria. Since joining ACU in 2008, Dr Zbaracki has taught children’s literature to students in the Bachelor of Education, and second year literacy at postgraduate level.

Dr Zbaracki graduated with an undergraduate degree in elementary education from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. He taught for four years in Denver public schools, and obtained his masters degree in bilingual education from the University of Colorado, Denver. He spent a further two years teaching in a suburban school district, before attending Ohio State University to complete a PhD in children’s literature. Dr Zbaracki taught for four years at the University of Northern Colorado before moving to Rhode Island College in 2006, and then Australia in early 2008.

He is the author of several books, his latest, Writing Right with Text Types won the Australian Publishers Award for best student resource. He has also written Best Books for Boys (Libraries Unlimited) and is co-author of Language and Literacy (Oxford), Listen Hear and Books and Beyond (Heinemann).

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