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Bachelor of Education (Pacific Focus)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

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  • Payment options:

    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    2 years full-time; up to 8 years part-time

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  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

About this course

The Bachelor of Education (Pacific Focus) is a unique online degree offered by the University of New England (UNE), opening up opportunities for a rewarding teaching career in the Pacific Islands.

As well as further developing your general teaching skills and understanding of course content in your chosen area of specialisation, this degree will enable you to effectively plan and teach material specific to the Pacific context. When you graduate, you'll have four rewarding career pathway options: working with children in early childhood education, primary education, secondary education and inclusive education.

With its flexible online delivery mode and hands-on internship component, this is the ideal qualification to help you kick-start your Pacific Islands teaching career.

Practical industry experience

This course includes a mandatory work placement component to ensure that you graduate with a strong mix of practical industry experience that complements your learning. You will be required to complete 50 embedded days of practical experience (for early childhood education) or 20 embedded days of experience plus 50 days of internship (for primary, inclusive or secondary education), in consultation with the School.

Flexible exit options

If plans change, and you can no longer commit to the full Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Laws, you could still be eligible to receive an undergraduate qualification.

Depending on the credit points you've completed, you could exit with the non-accredited, non-teaching Bachelor of Educational Studies qualification.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold an AQF Level 6 Associate Degree of Teaching (Pacific Focus) from the University of New England; AND
  • Continue in the same area of specialisation undertaken in the associate degree.

In order to undertake a professional placement, you will also be required to:

  • Obtain a current Working With Children Check, or overseas equivalent
  • Complete anaphylaxis training
  • Demonstrate that you are fit for practice.

If you seek to undertake professional placement in Australia, you will additionally be required to complete an International Criminal Background Check.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

Areas of study

In this education course, the subjects you may study include:

Core units:

  • Pacific education: society, culture and schooling
  • Education for sustainability in the Pacific

Plus one specialisation from the following:

  • Early childhood education
  • Inclusive education
  • Primary education
  • Secondary education (English, geography/HSIE, maths or science)
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Education (Pacific Focus) from the University of New England.

This degree opens up opportunities for teaching in early childhood, primary, inclusive or secondary education in a Pacific Island context.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Curious about where a career in education could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Pacific Island Early Childhood Teacher
  • Pacific Island Primary Teacher
  • Pacific Island Secondary Teacher

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You pay annually for the units you select to study in that year.

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