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Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Diploma

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    1 year full time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Murdoch University

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What you'll learn

About this course

Gain all the skills and knowledge you need to teach in secondary schools, or to embark on a fulfilling career with an education focus, with this Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary). If you hold a bachelor's degree in a non-education field that's relevant to teaching, this is the course for you.

This diploma covers a range of subjects, from transition to teaching through to learning and assessment processes, inclusive education and Australian indigenous education. You'll gain essential hands-on experience via a range of practical placements so that you can adjust to working in a classroom setting.


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

  • Completed a bachelor's degree or higher relevant to one of the following secondary school learning areas: English, Drama, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, Mathematics, Languages Other Than English (LOTE) or English as a Second Language (ESL)

All students must satisfy Murdoch University's minimum English requirements by demonstrating competency in the English Language.

Areas of study

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

Core units:

  • Transition to teaching
  • Learning and assessment processes
  • Australian indigenous education
  • Professional experience: graduate diploma secondary
  • Inclusive education: contemporary perspectives and practices
  • Final professional experience 1: secondary graduate diploma
  • Final professional experience 2: secondary graduate diploma

Plus your choice of two units from the Teaching Area (for students who have sufficient relevant content units from their initial degree) or one unit from the Teaching Area and one unit from the Non-teaching Area (for students who do not have sufficient relevant content units from their initial degree):

Teaching Area:

  • Teaching drama in secondary schools
  • Teaching English in secondary schools
  • Teaching mathematics in secondary schools
  • Teaching second/foreign languages
  • Teaching science in secondary schools
  • Teaching humanities and social sciences in secondary schools

Non-teaching Area:

  • Professional development portfolio
  • Practical methods of instruction
  • Mentoring
  • Opportunities with e-learning
  • Curriculum development for practitioners
  • Dynamics of cultural diversity in the workplace and the community

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

One of the top 500 universities in the world (2016-2017 Times Higher Education World University Rankings), Murdoch University has a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Across its campuses in Australia, Dubai and Singapore, Murdoch offers over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate courses spanning a broad range of disciplines, including veterinary science, Information Technology, law, business, psychology and counterterrorism. Murdoch University is part of the Innovative Research Universities network, a group of universities that advises the Australian government on higher education policy.
Murdoch University is committed to providing tailored support to all its students in order to help them meet their educational objectives. It provides a wide range of dedicated services, including career and employment assistance, counselling, disability support, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and study advice. In addition, students have access to a wide range of services including mentoring for first-year students and bespoke programs to support learners who are elite athletes, international students, LGBTIQ students or reservists in the Australian Defence Force.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) from Murdoch University.

With this course under your belt, you'll understand how to engage with the adolescent mind, and be equipped to teach in secondary schools or to pursue other education-related career paths.

You'll also be professionally recognised by the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA) as well as the respective State, Catholic and Independent school departments, organisations and associations.

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

  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Tutor
  • TESOL Teacher

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for a FEE-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you choose to study in that year.

Murdoch University also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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