Education is the study of the proce ss of receiving and giving systematic instruction. As a degree, it mixes a theoretical grounding in the history, anthropology, sociology and economics of education, psychology and human development, and applied courses on teaching methods.
Different degrees may specialise in areas such as early childhood education, health and physical education, primary teaching, secondary teaching or secondary teaching/vocational education. They can also allow you to specialise in teaching a specific subject matter.
An education degree will give you a set of key, transferable skills such as an ability to work and communicate with children, effective oral and written communication, information and communication technology savviness, research and analytical skills, problem-solving skills, teamwork ability, self-management, organisation and time management skills.
In addition, the course will help you design curricula, plan lessons, target the learning capability of students and create healthy and dynamic learning environments.
A number of Australian universities offer undergraduate degrees in education, typically four years in length. Below are several outstanding universities in Australia for education degrees.
Monash University is located in Melbourne and was founded in 1958. Education can be studied at Monash University from undergraduate to postgraduate level through a bachelor of education or a master of teaching.
The bachelor of education with honours is a four-year course for those interested in teaching. You can choose from specialisations including early childhood and primary education, inclusive education, secondary education and health and physical education. The course follows four stages, beginning with education studies, moving to explore curricula, then going on to discipline studies before concluding with professional experience.
The master of teaching is a two-year programme for those who already have an undergraduate degree in another discipline and want a qualification to teach. There are five specialisations to choose from: early childhood education; early childhood and primary education; primary education; primary and secondary education; and secondary education. Throughout this course, you will need to complete a minimum of 60 days’ teaching practice.
The University of Queensland was founded in 1909 by the Queensland Parliament, with its main campus in Brisbane.
A bachelor of education can be taken in either primary or secondary education studies. The programme will provide you with the knowledge and skills to foster children’s learning and development. Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree, you may choose to progress to the master of teaching programme. You have the option to choose the 3+2 Education Pathway, where three years are spent studying the field at an undergraduate level followed by two years postgraduate.
Postgraduate education programmes are offered by The University of Queensland through several pathways. First, there is the graduate certificate in educational studies, a six-month programme suitable for practising teachers wishing to gain expertise.
There is also a master of educational studies that can be tailored to an individual’s preferences, ranging from a year to two years, depending on the number of credits you wish to take. This programme is geared towards educators who already have classroom experience.
The University of Sydney was founded in 1850 as Australia’s first university. If you wish to pursue a career in education have a variety of study options at the University of Sydney.
A bachelor of education is offered at both primary and secondary levels. It is a four-year programme, with the last three of those years including school placements to prepare you for a teaching career. In the fourth year, you will be fully competent to teach without close supervision.
Bachelor’s students will take general study units in education and the sciences, social sciences and humanities to gain a general knowledge platform for teaching. The course is accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority.
The university also offers a one-year master of education degree, in which a capstone unit is completed in the final semester. This course is not professionally accredited.
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