The University of Newcastle, Australia

Why study education?

Ranked in the Top 100 in the world for Education, you'll gain the skills needed to empower future generations and inspire young minds. See yourself here.

Top 150 ? in the world - Education
96.2% ? of undergraduate Education graduates found employment within four months

About education

A great teacher can change lives and truly impact the communities in which they work. Through our education degrees you’ll learn more than just how to teach – you’ll gain the skills needed to empower future generations and inspire young minds. A career in education is rewarding and diverse, and with access to the latest technologies including TeachLivE simulated classrooms, you’ll graduate with globally-transferable skills and qualifications.

  • Build confidence early - participate in simulated classrooms and virtual reality experiences using TeachLive 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 90%+ employment rate.

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


  1. Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and 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


  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


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


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


  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)


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.


  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


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


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


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


  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)


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


  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 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


  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


  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


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


Watch Maddison's story

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Interested in making a lifelong difference for students of all backgrounds? Consider experiences like those of Primary Teaching (Honours) student Maddison.

“I chose to study primary teaching to be in the classroom, working with students, to allow them to reach their goals and full potential,” says Maddison.  “I’m passionate about working with kids with special needs…providing a supportive and engaging platform for them to receive the best possible education that will resonate with them for life,” says Maddison.

She discovered that passion during a practical placement in rural Dubbo, NSW.

“I was lucky enough to go into the Special Education unit that they had there, work with some students with disabilities, such as cerebral palsy and autism. It was extremely valuable to see the impact I had on them and their learning,” she says.

The experience expanded her horizons culturally, as well.

“Working in a region like Dubbo was an incredible experience. It was completely different from what I’m used to here in Newcastle, and it was great to be exposed to an environment that’s so rich with different heritages and cultures like their Indigenous community.”

In addition to the cutting edge curriculum of teaching and learning, Maddison is also learning best practices from observing her instructors’ techniques.

“The education staff here at UON are great! They bring such a wealth of knowledge from their experience and past teaching experiences. Personal experiences, personal stories. They’ll teach and relate content to real life stories, so it enables me to imagine what it’s like in a teaching environment, not just reading it from a textbook.”

Maddison believes in unlocking the potential of each student through tailoring approaches to their personal learning styles.

“Each student has an individualised way of learning. Some students learn better with a kinaesthetic approach, some take to videos through an aural lesson, some are visual learners and prefer pictures or images to develop their understanding of a certain concept. It’s been great for me to learn how to cater for all types of learners.”

Maddison has a bright future ahead of her as a teacher. But at the end of the day, she says it’s all about the difference she can make for her students.

“I’m motivated with everything to do with teaching, the school environment, the opportunity to work with an incredible cohort of staff, creating my own learning space, but it always comes back to my future students. They are the reason I’m working so hard to become the best teacher I possibly can, for them.”


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