Subject focus: Programmes in Education and Human Services
This subject focus takes an in-depth look at some of the range of degrees available in education and human services at universities in Australia.
At undergraduate level Australian and New Zealand universities offer Bachelor of Education degrees, which are usually four years in length. Students can choose to specialise in Early Childhood Education, Primary or Secondary Teaching. These are professional degrees – students who complete them successfully will be eligible to seek provisional registration as teachers in the country in which they have qualified.
To qualify as a teacher at postgraduate level, one option is a Master of Teaching qualification, which is a recognised teaching qualifications and completing either will make you eligible to apply for Provisional Registration as a teacher in Australia.
These teaching qualifications are recognised internationally but if you decide not to stay in Australia, please note that to transfer the professional qualification you will need to gain Full Registration in Australia. Just as in the UK, in order to gain Full Registration Australian-qualified teachers are required to teach for a certain amount of time in an education setting after completing their initial teaching qualification.
A degree in human services opens up a variety of careers in community planning and development, welfare services, family support, mental health services, correctional services, policy development and research, rehabilitation services, women's services, and youth work. It is not possible to study an undergraduate degree in counselling in Australia - but other degrees, such as a Bachelor of Human Services, offer strong elements of similar study.
Bachelor of Human Services at Griffith University
Experience the satisfaction and rewards of helping people
As a Griffith health student, you will take the first steps in your career path through a blend of classroom learning and clinical placements in community health and hospital settings, complemented by sophisticated on-campus simulated learning and experiences in world-leading virtual reality teaching environments.
Human services professionals are concerned with improving people's social, economic, personal and communal wellbeing. They seek to promote social inclusion and achieve equity, social justice, interdependence and human rights for people who are adversely affected by social and economic factors.
At Griffith, you'll learn about human services in a personal atmosphere through hands-on experience and from experts with strong links to the health sector, government and community.
You will study the processes and structures that relate to providing services in specialist areas such as childcare, education, welfare, development and learning, family studies and child protection, and learn about ethics in child and family services.
Acquire a deep understanding of how to serve the community
If helping people in need is your calling, and you want to make positive contributions to their lives, we will prepare you to take the lead in human services occupations.
With our wide range of specialisations, professional practice placements, and teachers recognised for their expertise in the field, there's no better place than Griffith to study human services.
Studying here, you'll be inspired and encouraged by a multidisciplinary team of lecturers with wide-ranging professional and practice backgrounds - youth, family and community, working with older people, rehabilitation, disability studies, Indigenous practice, social work, psychology, education and early childhood.
You will learn the strategies and techniques of intervention and an understanding of ethics and professional practice. You will also get real world experience through external projects and a professional placement in your final year.
Our graduates enter the workforce as in-demand professionals with the vision and enthusiasm to make a difference in the lives of children, families and communities.
Duration: 3 years
Start dates: Trimester 1 (February) and trimester 2 (July)
Campus: Gold Coast
Tuition Fees (2018 indicative): AU$28,500 per year
Bachelor of Education at Griffith University
A rewarding teaching career starts here
You can be sure you are choosing a rewarding and exciting future when you study education at Griffith – we are producing the next generation of teachers and education solutions. This degree will qualify you to teach children in either primary and secondary schools.
Griffith is among the best for education graduate success rates in Australia and our School of Education and Professional Studies is ranked in the top 100 worldwide. Our education degrees span all levels of learning, from early childhood, primary and middle school, right through to high school, adult and vocational education. We also offer specialist programmes in high-demand areas, including special education and autism studies through our Autism Centre of Excellence.
Benefit from our powerful partnerships
You will earn a degree that’s held in high regard in the education sector, and benefit from our strong links with schools and industry partners. You will have the opportunity to engage with experts who are moving education forward in priority areas, including teaching literacy and developing teachers as researchers.
Enjoy flexibility and choice
You can complete a Bachelor of Education in just three and a half years, giving you a flying start in the teaching profession. The foundation first year of this degree enables you to select early, delay your choice, or even change your mind about your career path as a primary or secondary school teacher.
The foundation first year will develop your understanding of the key disciplines supporting the national framework for learning and teaching. During the first year you will gain a comprehensive understanding of fundamental teaching principles, with a focus on digital learning.
From the second year, you can choose to pursue primary or secondary education. As part of your studies you’ll undertake professional practice including observation and participation in schools, practice teaching, internships and community field studies every year, ensuring you graduate with a wealth of practical experience and networks.
Curriculum areas covered in primary education include history and geography, the way language develops and works, mathematics, science and technology, health and physical education and the arts. You’ll also have the option to study a double major in special needs education, or complement your study with a minor in English, health and physical education, mathematics or science.
Duration: 4 years full-time equivalent offered over 3.5 years
Start date: Trimester 1 (February)
Campus: Gold Coast, Logan or Mount Gravatt
Tution Fees (2018 indicative): AU$27,000 per year
Master of Teaching at Monash University
Are you seeking a career that provides the opportunity to inspire and nurture future generations? If so, the Monash Master of Teaching is designed for applicants with an undergraduate degree in any discipline who want a rewarding career as a global educator and teacher.
Through engagement with contemporary ideas and practices, you will develop the professional knowledge and skills needed to foster the learning of students of various ages and diverse needs. As a result, you will become an effective educator, able to design learning experiences that ensure your future students have the right balance of challenge and support to progress in areas such as the arts and music, English, mathematics, physical education, health and wellbeing, science and humanities.
Professional teaching experience worldwide
Professional teaching experience is attained by completing a minimum of 60 days of teaching practice throughout the course in urban, rural, remote or international settings and schools. This includes the opportunity to teach in locations such as China, Cook Islands, India, Italy, Malaysia and South Africa.
An education degree provides an excellent basis for diverse careers in the classroom, in government or in private enterprise. When you choose the Master of Teaching at Monash University, you will graduate ready to transform the lives of others through learning.
About the Master of Teaching
This graduate entry course prepares you for a career as an educator in one of five streams:
- Early years education
- Early years and primary education
- Primary education
- Primary and secondary education*
- Secondary education*
* Accelerated option available where course can be completed in 1.5 years instead of two years
Each programme is structured in three parts:
Orientation studies - These studies provide an orientation to the field of Education. You will consider the nature of learning and the influences upon it, and the nature of teaching and teachers' work within the broader family and community context.
Specialist education studies - These studies will provide you with advanced knowledge and skills relevant to thoughtful, innovative and evidence-based practice within your chosen specialisation as well as acquiring the broad principles of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.
Applied professional practice (60 days) - Professional experience placements in educational settings relevant to your teaching specialisation will enable you to connect the theoretical components your course with practical aspects of teaching and learning under the valuable guidance of practitioners.