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ECU has Western Australia's oldest and largest School of Education, with over 100 years of experience in teacher education.
We're also the most popular school, graduating more professional educators than any other institution in the state.
We have the widest range of Secondary teaching specialisations of all Western Australian universities.
And our graduates have dominated the annual WA Education Awards in recent years, including winning Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Teacher of the Year, as well as Primary and Secondary Principals of the Year.
Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching
ECU is Australia's top public university for teaching quality and overall education experience in the Teacher Education discipline.
QILT (Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching), is an annual government survey that measures a range of student experience factors across all Australian higher education institutions.
ECU is also rated the top public university in Australia for overall student experience in 2018.
ECU Education ranked in Top 250.
ECU has been named in the Top 250 for Education in the QS World Rankings for 2018.
The rankings highlight the world’s top universities across 48 individual subjects, based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.
It’s the sixth year in a row that our Education program has been included in the world’s top 250 or better.
Student teachers taking a primary school class.
Your teaching career will get off to a great start at ECU. You'll benefit from:
Teaching at ECU is a popular choice.
Our University Preparation Courses for Education Assistants (UniPrep) are a popular starting point into the teaching profession.
Completing an Education or Teacher Assistant course can also give you an alternative pathway to studying an undergraduate teaching degree at ECU.
Find out more about UniPrep courses.
At ECU, our scholarships aren't just awarded to academic high achievers. We award scholarships to all kinds of students for all kinds of reasons.
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At ECU, we offer Graduate Diplomas in Early Childhood Studies, Primary Education and Secondary Education – all are recognised in Australia and the UK.
So, if you already have a Bachelor's degree, you can complete the course in just one year and begin teaching.
If you want to be part of the next generation of outstanding teachers and make a real difference to the lives of young people, our Teacher Education courses will start you on your journey.
Our experienced team are passionate about education and strive to find better ways to help you become a teacher – through pioneering research and outstanding community-based partnerships with schools.
Our courses are professionally accredited by the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia. Early Childhood Studies courses have been approved by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority.
The Bachelor of Education (Primary) course is also offered at our South West (Bunbury) Campus.
At ECU we group similar fields of work into study areas – like Teacher Education.
Within this study area you can choose a degree, for example a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies).
For some degrees, you can choose a speciality, or major subject, like Physical Education, Music, or Mathematics.
Postgraduate degrees involve coursework or research, for example a Master of Education (by Coursework), a Master of Education (by Research), or a research-based PhD.
Our School of Education offers two postgraduate courses that sound similar, but are tailored to students seeking different outcomes.
If you have a degree in an area other than education, these 2-year courses enable you to become a teacher, including completing your studies on an internship in a real school.
If you're already in the education industry, this is a 1-year postgraduate degree that'll help you progress your career by expanding your knowledge in a specialist area and fine-tuning your leadership skills.
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Teacher Education is offered at all of our campuses – Mount Lawley, Joondalup and South West (Bunbury) – so you can choose a location that best suits you.
You can also study some of our undergraduate or postgraduate courses online.
Our campuses have varied purpose-built facilities to support areas of learning, such as:
We also work in partnership with other ECU schools, such as WAAPA and the School of Arts and Humanities, to give our students access to their specialist facilities.
The 2017 WA Education Awards was a stellar night for ECU’s School of Education, with three graduates being judged the best in their class.
Ashdale Secondary College STEM and photography teacher Deborah Yates was named the WA Beginning Teacher of the Year.
Wattle Grove Primary School teacher Carl Sanderson (pictured), who teaches a class of academically gifted students at the Perth Hills school, was named the Primary School Teacher of the Year.
And Principal of Allendale Primary School in Geraldton, Lisa Criddle, was recognised as the Primary School Principal of the Year.
In their own words: meet our Teacher Education students.
Teacher Education students, talk about their experiences at our multicultural university, where they've made friends with people from all over the world, learned from knowledgeable and supportive teaching staff and simply enjoyed watching kids learn.
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For the 12th year in a row, ECU graduates have given a 5-star rating for teaching quality in the 2019 Good Universities Guide.
This record is unmatched by all but two other Australian universities.
ECU has been rated Australia's top public university for student experience in the 2018 Australian Government QILT survey.
More than 85% of our students rated their overall university experience positively.
Primary Education student Melissa Dowding chats about why she decided to study Primary Teaching.
Early Childhood Education student Stacey McKenzie chats about why she decided to study Early Childhood Teaching.
"ECU’s practical experience put me in a good position to win a national teaching award."
"Growing up, I always wanted to be a teacher. My passion for working with children was further developed through coaching soccer. I decided to study teaching at ECU based on its excellent reputation. While studying I received valuable feedback from my mentors and supervisors, and always felt supported by my tutors. This was particularly important while juggling study as well as playing for the Perth Glory Women’s team in the national W-League. My overall experience studying at ECU was really positive. One of the major benefits that I gained from my course was the time I spent on prac which has put me in a good position for the first two years of my career. I was surprised and very humbled to have recently been awarded a National OfficeMax Exceptional Teacher Award!"
"I was given the opportunity to work with the best professionals in the teaching field."
"I chose ECU because they have the best reputation for teacher education. My time at ECU has been life changing. I was given the opportunity to work with the best professionals in my field, with years of international experience. These professionals will go the extra mile to assist you – and make a real difference to your education. My prac was spent in Perth metropolitan schools, learning how schools and our communities work together to benefit all. I have observed, organised and taught. This first-hand experience has been vital for my development as an Early Childhood teacher and will no doubt benefit me throughout my career."
Early Childhood Education graduate
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