Bachelor of Education

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





4 years full-time
8 years part-time
FT equivalent offered over 3.5 years

Credit points


Indicative fee

$6,684.00* per year (more)
* 2020 indicative annual CSP fee

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Entry requirements


OP 2019


Rank 2019 (more)

OR VET qualification

Certificate IV

Commencing in

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2


  • English (4SA)
  • Maths A, B or C (4SA)
  • Non-academic entry requirements
  • Primary Ed students from second year will need an Authority Science subject (4SA) or equivalent

Assumed knowledge


Why choose this program?

This program prepares students to teach in primary or secondary settings. Students undertake a foundation first year and then undertake studies in either primary or secondary education from Year 1/Trimester 3. Students undertake professional practice which includes observation and participation in schools, practice teaching and community field studies.

Foundation (First) Year: All courses in the foundation year of the Bachelor of Education are offered across all three campuses (Gold Coast, Logan, Mt Gravatt). Trimester 3 offerings of 1199EDN, 1399EDN, 1499EDN and 1599EDN for students who commence in Trimester 2 will be offered on the Gold Coast and Mt Gravatt campuses only.

Primary Education (Gold Coast, Logan, Mt Gravatt): Curriculum areas include history and geography, the way language develops and works, mathematics, science and technology, health and physical education, and the arts. Students studying Primary Education may also take a major in either Health and Physical Education or Special Needs Education or select one of the available minors. Core courses in the Primary Education Major are offered across all three campuses (Gold Coast, Logan, Mt Gravatt). Students may need to travel to another campus to undertake courses specific to a particular second Major or Minor that are not offered on their home campus.

Primary Majors

  • Early Childhood Education (Logan)
  • Health and Physical Education (Gold Coast)
  • Special Needs Education (Mt Gravatt)

Primary Minors

  • English Education (Mt Gravatt, Gold Coast, Logan)
  • Mathematics Education (Mt Gravatt, Gold Coast)
  • Science Education (Mt Gravatt, Gold Coast)

Secondary Education (Gold Coast, Mt Gravatt): Students undertake studies in two teaching areas or one teaching area and one major (conditions apply to some teaching area combinations). Core courses in the Secondary Education Major are offered on the Gold Coast and Mt Gravatt campuses. Students may need to travel to another campus to undertake courses specific to a Secondary Teaching Area that are not offered on their home campus.

Secondary Majors

  • Junior Secondary Education (Mt Gravatt, Gold Coast)
  • Learning Support (Mt Gravatt)

Secondary Teaching Areas

Students undertaking two Teaching Areas will select one area from the Teaching Area Content 1 list and one area from the Teaching Area Content 2 list. Students undertaking one of the Secondary Majors (Junior Secondary Education or Learning Support) will select one area from the Teaching Area Content 2 list.

Teaching Area Content 1

  • Biology (Mt Gravatt, Gold Coast)
  • English (Mt Gravatt, Gold Coast)
  • Food and Nutrition (Gold Coast from 2020) (subject to QCT approval)
  • Geography (Mt Gravatt)
  • History (Mt Gravatt, Gold Coast)
  • Mathematics (Mt Gravatt, Gold Coast)
  • Visual arts (Mt Gravatt)

Teaching Area Content 2

  • Chemistry (other teaching area must be Biology or Mathematics) (Mt Gravatt, Gold Coast)
  • Design Technology (Gold Coast)
  • Drama (Mt Gravatt)
  • English (Mt Gravatt, Gold Coast)
  • Health and Physical Education (Mt Gravatt, Gold Coast from 2020)
  • History (Mt Gravatt, Gold Coast)
  • Physics (other teaching area must be Mathematics) (Mt Gravatt, Gold Coast)
  • Psychology (Mt Gravatt, Gold Coast)

Note: Mt Gravatt students may be required to undertake their Content Teaching Areas at Nathan or South Bank.

Attendance information

The Bachelor of Education program is offered full-time on-campus.

The duration of this program (that is, 3.5 years full-time) is equivalent to a four year full-time program delivered in an accelerated mode which includes some Trimester 3 core courses.

Student Income Support

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.

Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.

Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.

Work-integrated learning

Students will undertake 80 days of supervised professional practice and a 30 day internship in school settings.

My career opportunities

As a graduate, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Queensland College of Teachers. The Early Childhood Major is recognised by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority.

You will be prepared for a career as a teacher in the public or private sector which can lead to senior positions such as a head of department or principal.

An education qualification is also a good general qualification for many areas of work. Rather than teaching in schools, you could choose to follow a different pathway, and you may find work in: training settings in industry and government, outdoor education, adult literacy, libraries, educational research, education policy, or consultancy.

Griffith University has the highest education graduate success rates in Australia. Our graduates are in demand and find employment in the independent, Catholic and state education systems in Queensland as well as overseas.

Students wishing to seek teacher registration in another state should seek advice from that state's appropriate professional body.

Program accreditation

The Bachelor of Education is accredited by the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT).

Professional recognition

The Early Childhood Major is recognised by the Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACEQA).

Before I enrol

Working with Children Check (Blue Card)

Information for placements within Queensland

Before undertaking professional experience placements, all students in this program are required to:

  • undergo the Working with Children Check and
  • be issued with a Blue Card.

Students must hold a current valid Blue Card throughout the duration of each professional experience. Students may be asked to present their Blue Card to facility staff on the first day of each placement and should keep their Blue Card on them at all times while attending a professional experience placement.

The University is legally obliged to warn students that it is an offence for a disqualified person to submit a Blue Card application. Further information may be obtained from Queensland Government Blue Card Services, the Education Professional Experience Office or from any Griffith Student Centre.

Blue Card applications must be submitted online by the student via the Queensland Government Blue Card Services website. There is no fee for a student Blue Card.

Commonwealth supported students

  • The fee is indicative of an annual full-time load (80 credit points) in a program categorized to one of the Australian Government's three broad discipline areas (student contribution bands). A student's actual annual fee may vary in accordance with his or her choice of majors and electives. The Australian Government sets student contribution amounts on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying undergraduate (domestic) students

These fees are only applicable to domestic students who are not Commonwealth supported including:

  • Full-fee paying domestic students who commenced their program prior to 2009.
  • International students who have been approved to pay domestic tuition fees after obtaining Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency or a permanent humanitarian visa and who have not obtained a Commonwealth supported place.
Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying undergraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Bachelor of Education (1567)

Year of study Fee category/Band Fee per CP Tuition fee 80cp
2020 Fee Band 29.5 $368.75 $29,500.00
2019 Fee Band 28.0 $350.00 $28,000.00

Eligible undergraduate fee-paying students may defer their tuition fees by taking out a FEE-HELP loan which is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Payment of the loan is via the taxation system when income reaches a specified level.

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