The University of Newcastle, Australia

About education

The study of education and teaching is an evolving and growing field with a range of roles outside typical classroom settings. Our graduates gain expertise, experience and learn the necessary skills for both teaching and non-teaching roles.

A good teacher can change lives and truly impact the communities in which they live. Nationally there is a strong investment in both schools and teacher training and professional development. Paid study scholarships, guaranteed jobs after graduation and fast tracked career opportunities are just some of the benefits for education graduates. Your education qualifications will also open doors in a range of other roles in government, research, adult education, online study, curriculum and policy development – the opportunities are endless.

Why study education at UON?

  • Build confidence early - participate in simulated classrooms and virtual reality experiences from the first year of your studies. This includes volunteer opportunities  and Ed Outreach experiences such as shadowing students or working in a variety of community settings.
  • Diversify your teaching skills with experience in non-traditional settings like rural schools, an overseas experience or a special needs class - one of at least three separate professional experience placements.
  • Choose your path after completing the second year of your studies – you can move into education research or continue with specialist, intensive teaching placements.
  • Learn global skills - Our education discipline ranks in the top 100 in the world . We take a new approach to learning that creates education leaders who have globally transferable skills.
  • Be a graduate in demand with opportunities to become specialists in multiple teaching areas, along with skills and experience for both teaching and non-teaching roles. This is why our Education graduates enjoy a 94%+ employment rate.
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Undergraduate education degrees

We understand that sometimes you don't know exactly which area of education and teaching you'd like to specialise in. You might, however, have an idea of what, or who you’d like to teach. Use these areas of interest to narrow down your study and learning options based on your interests and career goals.

All degrees

Degree name Selection rank
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours)
Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours)
Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (Honours)

Early childhood

An early childhood degree focuses on the study of teaching during the period from birth to five years old. As an early childhood graduate you play a significant role in the intellectual and social development of young children during these crucial early years. Degrees in this area prepare you for both teaching and non-teaching roles within educational settings and related industries. You will learn to work with diverse families and children in settings including childcare centres and preschools.

Career examples

  • Daycare Educator
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Outdoor Education Teacher
  • Early Childhood Liaison Officer

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)

Primary

Primary school education degrees focus on teaching during the critical period where children cultivate life-long skills. Primary school teaching graduates are qualified to teach children from Kindergarten to year 6. Graduates who specialise their studies in this area work as teachers, industry leaders and professionals across related sectors in Australia and around the world.

Career examples

  • Primary Teacher
  • School Librarian
  • Curriculum Officer
  • Home School Liaison Officer

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
  2. Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Health and physical education

Health and Physical Education (PE) graduates play constructive roles within and beyond the school system. They learn to motivate and teach secondary students to explore a range of physical activities, sports and healthy lifestyle issues. Their degree helps them empower future generations to develop self-esteem, fitness, teamwork and a healthier outlook. Health and PE professionals pursue careers not only in education, but also in related industries such as health promotion; fitness; sport and recreation; physical activity research; and community sports.

Career examples

  • Health and PE Teacher
  • Trainer
  • Health Programs Officer
  • Sport and Recreation Officer

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Health and Physical Education)
  2. Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Humanities

Humanities educators customise their education degree to become experts in a range of teaching areas including Aboriginal Studies; Ancient History; Business and Legal Studies; Drama; Economics; English; Geography; Languages; Media Studies; Modern History; Society and Culture; Studies of Religion; and Teaching English as a Second Language. Humanities teaching students usually specialise in up to three areas of focus which dramatically improves employment prospects. While many Humanities professionals choose to work in education, others enjoy careers outside teaching in a variety of industries.

Career examples

  • Humanities Teacher
  • Careers Adviser
  • English as a Second Language Teacher
  • Librarian

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Aboriginal Studies)
  2. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Ancient History)
  3. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Business Studies)
  4. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Drama)
  5. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Economics)
  6. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Economics, Business and Legal Studies)
  7. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in English)
  8. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Geography)
  9. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Languages)
  10. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Modern History)
  11. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Society and Culture, Geography, Aboriginal Studies, and Studies of Religion)
  12. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Society and Culture, Studies of Religion, and Ancient or Modern History)
  13. Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Languages

Unlock unique and exciting opportunities when you combine your education degree with study of a language. Study our Diploma in Languages either on its own or alongside your degree. Learn a range of different languages and get a diploma level qualification.

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Chinese)
  2. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in French)
  3. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in German)
  4. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Japanese)
  5. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (minor in Teaching English as a second language)
  6. Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  7. Diploma in Languages

Mathematics

As a secondary Mathematics professional, your love of numbers can shape, guide and nurture the next generation. Maths teachers and mathematicians are in high demand and a degree in this area gives you the flexibility to choose where you end up. You could work as a classroom teacher or move into other roles within the Education sector; or you could use your qualifications to become a specialist mathematician in public or private enterprise.

Career examples

  • Mathematics Teacher
  • Adult Education Advisor
  • Tutor
  • Mathematician

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Mathematics)
  2. Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Science

Science education professionals have the unique opportunity to combine their passions in one rewarding career. These graduates are versatile scientists, but have also learned valuable skills in how to educate the next generation of budding science experts. Science teachers are qualified to teach secondary students from year 7 to 12. However completing the science component of your Education degree may open up career options in other growing industries such as health and sciences.

Career examples

  • Science Teacher
  • Science Education Officer
  • School Programs Liaison Officer
  • Scientist

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Biology)
  2. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Chemistry)
  3. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Earth and Environmental Science)
  4. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Physics)
  5. Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Technology

By studying to be a secondary teacher in your chosen technology subjects, you will learn to nurture students’ abilities to innovate in real-world situations using technological applications. This includes the design, creation and evaluation of products and systems. Careers are not only limited to the education sector, with opportunities in a range of other innovative industries like research and design; construction; architecture; and creative industries.

Career examples

  • Technology Teacher
  • VET Teacher
  • Community Project Officer
  • Research Officer

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Computer Technology: Information System & Software Design)
  2. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Design Technologies)
  3. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (minor in Textile Technology)
  4. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (minor in Food Technology)
  5. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (minor in Industrial Technology)
  6. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (minor in Engineering Technology)
  7. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (minor in Graphics and Multimedia)
  8. Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Medical

Medical education students become specialists who contribute to science and innovation in education or commercial and industrial ventures. Throughout your degree you will develop a background in biomedical science, and will learn to simplify complex medical or scientific information for general consumption. The strong science background of these medical professionals may also mean they have the option to branch into science teaching.

Career examples

  • Medical Education Officer
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Medical Science Journalist
  • Bioinformatics Expert

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Biomedical Science (major in Industry and Education)

Special education

A degree in special education prepares teachers to work with students who have physical and intellectual disabilities, visual or hearing impairment, mental health diagnosis or learning difficulties. Graduates learn to work collaboratively with parents, teachers and other professionals to ensure students’ learning opportunities and outcomes are met in either integrated mainstream or specialist learning settings. Qualified special education professionals work in a range of immensely rewarding roles both in and out of school settings.

Career examples

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Home School Liaison Officer
  • Learning and Development Consultant
  • Multicultural Community Liaison

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (minor in Special Education)
  2. Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Visual arts

Visual arts teachers help develop confident, creative individuals, artists, designers and cultural participants. Within your degree you will learn to teach the practical skills and theory of various art forms, and study how to teach the history of these art forms. Career options extend beyond the classroom, with a range of other roles in local government and other community organisations available for qualified visual art education professionals.

Career examples

  • Visual Art Teacher
  • Community Arts Worker
  • Art Therapist
  • Community Project Officer

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (major in Visual Art)
  2. Bachelor of Education (Primary)
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