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Teacher Education

Want to make a positive difference to young lives, in an early childhood, primary or secondary school? The teachers of tomorrow choose ECU's School of Education because we're leaders in education and education research in WA and nationally. We produce graduates who are both classroom-ready and world-ready.

Why ECU?

  • QILT logo

    Education experience top in Australia

    In the latest QILT survey, ECU was ranked Australia's top public university for undergraduate teaching quality and overall education experience in the Teacher Education discipline.

    QILT is an annual independent Australian government survey.

  • The Good Universities Guide 2021

    Good Universities Guide

    In the 2021 Good Universities Guide, ECU graduates have given us a 5-star rating for teaching quality, skills development, student support, learning resources, learner engagement and overall student experience.

    The 5-star rating for teaching quality has now been achieved for 14 straight years.

    Read more about the Good Universities Guide.

  • THE Impact Rankings 2020

    THE Impact Rankings

    ECU has been ranked number 9 in the world for Quality Education and is in the top 100 overall in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact rankings, showing how the global higher education sector is working towards the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

    Read more about the THE Impact Rankings

  • THE World University Rankings 2020 Top 100 Young

    THE Young University Rankings

    ECU has been ranked in the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings, THE World University Rankings.


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.

Master of Teaching or Master of Education?

Our School of Education offers two postgraduate courses that sound similar, but are tailored to students seeking different outcomes.

Master of Teaching

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 Western Australian school.

Master of Education

If you're already in the education profession, 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.

Alternatively, you can complete this course in 16 months, specialising in either Early Childhood Education or Leading Education, via our Accelerated Online mode.

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

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Scholarship opportunities to reduce your expenses

Scholarships recognise those whose life journey may have been challenging, as well as students who've shown outstanding academic excellence and endeavour.

A scholarship can help you realise your ambitions by paying for fees, text books and living expenses.

Realise your dream with our scholarships

Increased demand for qualified Early Childhood Teachers

There has never been a better time for Early Childhood Studies at ECU.

Changes to regulations in early learning centres means those centres must now employ a second teacher for 60+ children, creating additional demand for university-qualified early childhood teachers.

So now is an ideal time for early childhood workers to upskill with a degree from ECU. Better still, our recognition of prior learning rules means a childcare employee with an existing diploma or advanced diploma qualification can get a head start into a Bachelor’s degree. This could be as much as eight units, shaving a full year off the course.

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Student stories

  • April Lotay

    April Lotay

    ECU Master of Teaching (Primary Education) student

    "There is an immense amount of support and inspiration on campus."

    Before I even considered becoming a teacher, I knew ECU created the best teachers from what I heard amongst my teacher friends.

    ECU’s Master of Teaching offers specialisations, enabling us students to graduate as an expert in our chosen field. I also really enjoyed the long practical placements, and gained loads of hands-on experience.

    There is an immense amount of support and inspiration on campus. The lecturers are passionate and genuinely want each of us to be the best teacher we can be. I've made great friends in my course and we all support each other. It's not a competitive environment which is refreshing. It's supportive, fun and motivating.

  • Junior Pelesasa

    Junior Pelesasa

    ECU Early Childhood Education student

    "My study experience at ECU has been amazing!"

    The Mount Lawley campus is great - the facilities are fantastic, and the teaching staff are extremely knowledgeable and supportive. Throughout my degree I’ve made some great friendships, leading to forming a study group with my peers. Having a study group has helped to keep me motivated and focussed, and has made my experience studying at ECU really enjoyable.

    I’ve gained great insights into how young children learn, their developmental milestones, capabilities at different ages and how these can have an effect on their behaviour.

    As a mature aged student, it has been a challenge to find the right balance between my family commitments, study and part-time work. With the help and understanding of the teaching staff, I have been able to find a good life balance between all 3 and have been able to improve my marks each semester.

  • Melissa Dowding

    Primary Education student

    "Inspiring children is the greatest feeling in the world"

    Melissa Dowding's experiences teaching dance to school students as a choreographer compelled her to pursue a teaching career through studying Primary Education at ECU.