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Graduates from our teacher preparation programs are eligible for teacher registration in Queensland and may qualify for employment as school teachers in state and independent schools worldwide. 

An education degree also opens up a vast range of career opportunities within educational settings such as head of department, principal, guidance officer, learning support teacher, student advisor and education advisor. The development of key competencies throughout these programs provides knowledge and skills sought by employers in business and industry, especially in areas where an understanding of program development and training are required.

The response from employers to our graduates is overwhelmingly positive:

We really appreciate the opportunity to work with students from UQ.

I have employed several graduates for next year.

We are only taking UQ students next year.

See where Education @ UQ has taken David Rawson and Isabel Quinn.

Choosing your program

Terminologies differ university to university but at The University of Queensland you enrol in (and graduate out of) a program. See the Dictionary of Terminology if other terms are unclear.

The most important considerations in choosing a program are:

  1. who you are
  2. what you want.

I do not have a university degree and I would like to teach in primary schools.

Apply via QTAC or online for entry into the Bachelor of Education (Primary).

This is a four year undergraduate degree during which time you will pass 32 courses (64 units). To develop wider expertise in a particular area/discipline you will complete either a minor (4 related courses in one subject area that’s relevant to primary teaching) or electives (4 relevant courses unrelated to one another) along with your education courses in the first three years. The fourth year is what we call the ‘professional year’. You will be in schools for fifteen weeks teaching and learning your craft under the guidance of an experienced teacher. This work experience is called ‘practicum’ or ‘prac’. It is extremely difficult to have a job while on prac.

do have a university degree and I would like to teach in primary schools.

Apply via QTAC for entry into the Master of Teaching (Primary). Check that you meet the prerequisites.

This is a two year postgraduate coursework degree. Each year includes a block of a few weeks that you will spend teaching in schools learning your craft under the guidance of an experienced teacher. This work experience is called ‘practicum’ or ‘prac’. It is extremely difficult to have a job while on prac. You’ll be thoroughly prepared for a career in the education sector and will be qualified to teach in all areas of the primary curriculum: 

  • Arts (including Drama, Dance, Media, Music and Visual Arts)
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History / Geography / Civics
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Technology

I do not have a university degree and I would like to teach in secondary schools.

Apply via QTAC or online for entry into:

These are all four year dual degrees. They provide you with the knowledge to teach in two areas. Teaching areas include Asian languages (Chinese, Japanese), drama, economics, English, English as a second language, European languages (French, German, Italian, Spanish), geography, history, mathematics, media studies, music, learning support, studies in religion and study of society. The non-education degree undertaken provides the content knowledge for two teaching areas, while the education degree provides the skills and knowledge for the teaching of the content.

do have a university degree and I would like to teach in secondary schools.

Semester 1 2017 sees the final intake of students for our one year Graduate Diploma in Education (GDipEd) program. QTAC applications are closed for 2017 entry.

The GDipEd has had a long and varied life. It evolved into its current form in 2013. Prior to that it had been divided into Middle Years and Secondary specialisations. That iteration of the program began life on UQ’s Ipswich Campus over a decade ago.

We thank everyone involved in the creation and teaching of the GDipEd and all those who have graduated from it.

From 2018 the GDipEd will be replaced by the two year Master of Teaching (Secondary) program. This change answers both a growing student expectation of a higher degree qualification and market demand for new teachers with more training and practical experience behind them.

The Master of Teaching (Secondary) program is currently undergoing approval processes and is yet to be approved.

I want to teach physical education, health education.

Apply via QTAC into the Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Hons).

Please note that this program is run by the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. You will graduate with a highly respected honours qualification and qualify with the Queensland College of Teachers as specialists teachers of physical education, health education and junior science.

Related links

MyUQ is an essential guide to understanding the steps in your academic journey from admission to graduation

Blue Card

To do any kind of work with children in Queensland you need a current Blue Card issued by the Queensland Government.  If you are not eligible for a Blue Card or are unwilling to submit to the vetting process you cannot complete the requirements of these programs.  Find out more about Blue Cards

Postgraduate

Teacher preparation

Professional development for primary and secondary teachers and others

Research Higher Degrees

 

Teaching areas for the new Master of Teaching (Secondary)*

*still under approval process

Accounting History
Biology Japanese
Business Legal Studies
Chemistry Mathematics
Chinese Music
Digital technologies Music Choral
Drama Music Instrumental
Earth and evironmental sciences Physics
English Spanish
Film Television and New Media
French  
Geography  
German   
Health and Physical Education