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Become an educational leader. Promote a love of learning in young Australians.

Through a career in education, you can help future generations develop the curiosity, creativity and critical learning skills they need to achieve their potential.

Whether you’re just starting out as a teacher, upskilling for professional development or moving into the sector from another industry, JCU has you covered, with practical education for educators.

Gain the skills and knowledge for success:

  • Make a difference in regional, rural and remote communities.
  • Benefit from leading lecturers and JCU’s strong partnerships with Queensland schools.
  • Gain real-world industry experience through professional placements.

1. 2024 Good Universities Guide

Undergraduate options

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)

Learn how to support the development, behaviour and wellbeing of early learners (from birth to 8 years) in childcare centres and primary schools.

Fast facts

Location: Online
Starts: January, March, July, September, November
Entry requirements:**
ATAR: 65

English (Units 3/4,C), General Maths or Mathematical Methods or Specialist Maths (3/4,C) and a General Science subject.

Gain credit for up to 8 subjects with a valid TAFE qualification:

  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Diploma of School Age Education and Care

**This web page is intended as a general guide for domestic students commencing 2024 or later. Prospective domestic students and all international applicants should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. Information is correct at the time of publishing. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.


About Early Childhood Education

Make a difference in the lives of young children and begin your career in early childhood education. Gain professional experience in your first year and complete a total of 120 days of workplace learning over the course of your degree.

Take advantage of JCU’s strong partnerships with childcare centres, kindergartens, preschools and primary schools to develop your network and build practical job skills.


What career possibilities are there?

JCU Education (Early Childhood Education) graduates have a nationally accredited degree that enables them to be employed across Australia.

Graduates can pursue careers in education in schools, preschools, kindergartens and childcare centres.


How do I find out more?

Chat to us, we’re here to answer your questions if you need help.

Contact us by:
Email - study@jcu.edu.au
Phone - 1800 246 446
Or, visit the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) course page.

Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Focus on the curriculum for children from Prep to Year 6 and experience relevant workplace learning in primary school settings.

Fast facts

Location: Townsville, Cairns, Online
Starts: February, July (on campus); January, March, July, September, November (online)
Entry requirements:**
ATAR: 65

English (Units 3/4,C), General Maths or Mathematical Methods or Specialist Maths (3/4,C) and a General Science subject.

Note: The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is also part of the Remote Area Teacher Education Program (RATEP) pathway to teacher education. RATEP's aim is to increase the number of registered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers in Queensland by offering courses in communities where students live, through a partnership between JCU, TAFE Queensland and the Queensland Department of Education. Additional information.

**This web page is intended as a general guide for domestic students commencing 2024 or later. Prospective domestic students and all international applicants should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. Information is correct at the time of publishing. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.


About Primary Education

Connect with kids and make an impact. This course enables you to teach in primary schools from Prep to Year 6. Gain professional experience in your first year and complete a total of 85 days of workplace learning over the course of your degree.

As part of the Bachelor of Education (Primary), you can choose one of four specialist strands:

  • English/Literacy
  • Mathematics/Numeracy
  • Science
  • Health and Physical Education.

What career possibilities are there?

JCU Education (Primary) graduates pursue careers in state, Catholic and independent schools across Australia as well as overseas, particularly in the United Kingdom.

You will be well-positioned to find employment as a primary school teacher in rural and regional Australia. Graduates will be particularly well-qualified to meet the educational needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

How do I find out more?

Chat to us, we’re here to answer your questions if you need help. Contact us by:

Email - study@jcu.edu.au
Phone - 1800 246 446

Or, visit the Bachelor of Education (Primary) course page.

Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

Learn to establish positive and engaging learning environments for secondary school students. Leverage a world-class education into a career that will change lives, including your own.

Fast facts

Location: Townsville, Cairns
Starts: February
Entry requirements:**
ATAR: 65

English (Units 3/4,C), General Maths or Mathematical Methods or Specialist Maths (3/4,C).

**This web page is intended as a general guide for domestic students commencing 2024 or later. Prospective domestic students and all international applicants should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. Information is correct at the time of publishing. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.


About Secondary Education

Gain a full understanding of intercultural and ethical approaches to professional practice. Base your teaching on current research and policy that addresses social justice, diversity and sustainability.

Take part in 85 days of placements in practical settings from your very first year of study, and experience teaching in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote locations.

Teaching areas offered at JCU include biology, business, chemistry, economics, English, French, geography, health and physical education, history, information communication technologies (ICT), Japanese, legal studies, mathematics, music, physics, industrial technologies and design, visual arts and food technologies and design.


What career possibilities are there?

JCU Education (Secondary) graduates are in high demand for their specialist skills within rural and remote communities. Graduates pursue careers both in Australia and overseas, in public, independent, and Catholic schools.

You could find employment as a secondary teacher, or pursue roles in education management, government departments, or community development.


How do I find out more?

Chat to us, we’re here to answer your questions if you need help. Contact us by:

Email - study@jcu.edu.au
Phone - 1800 246 446

Or, visit the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) course page.

Postgraduate options

Master of Education

Advance your professional career and become a leader in your field with a Graduate Certificate of Education / Master of Education. Expand your understanding of contemporary educational developments and transformative education.

Fast facts

Location: Brisbane, Online
Starts: January, May, September
Entry requirements:**

  • Graduate Certificate of Education: Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree; or cognate AQF level 8 qualification; or at least five years relevant industry experience.
  • Master of Education: AQF level 7 bachelor education degree; or bachelor degree in another discipline with a minimum of two years of professional work experience in a teaching role in education; or AQF level 8 qualification with minimum 2 years as professional educator; or AQF level 8 qualification in education.

**This web page is intended as a general guide for domestic students commencing 2024 or later. Prospective domestic students and all international applicants should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. Information is correct at the time of publishing. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.

James Cook University partners with Russo Higher Education Pty Ltd to deliver the programs available at our Brisbane campus.


About the Master of Education

Develop your expertise in educational research, policy, leadership, curriculum and pedagogy or career development. Critically reflect on current issues facing the profession and understand how to become an effective leader and develop capacity in others. Hone your curriculum design and implementation skills to lead pedagogical change with confidence.

JCU’s Master of Education gives you the flexibility to pursue your interests and personal career goals. Choose a major in Educational Leadership or Career Development (which features coursework only), or a major in Educational Research, which includes the completion of a research project. Have your experience recognised with up to 12 credit points (4 subjects) of credit for elective studies for five or more years of full-time equivalent professional experience.

The Career Development major is endorsed by the Career Industry Council of Australia. Graduates are eligible to be listed on the Australian Register of Professional Career Development Practitioners.


What career possibilities are there?

JCU Master of Education graduates are highly valued for their strong transferrable skills and understanding of the needs and challenges faced by diverse educational communities. Use your advanced knowledge, experience and skills as a teacher, educator or leader in education, making a difference at a personal, organisational and policy level.


How do I find out more?

Chat to us, we’re here to answer your questions if you need help. Contact us by:

Email - study@jcu.edu.au
Phone - 1800 246 446

Or, visit the course pages below:

Graduate Certificate of Education

Master of Education

Master of Guidance and Counselling

Make a lasting impact on the lives of others by developing the skills to support the social and emotional welfare of people and communities.

Fast facts

Location: Townsville, Online*
Starts: February, July
Entry requirements:**

AQF level 7 bachelor in cognate discipline

*This course requires some on-campus attendance by online students.

**This web page is intended as a general guide for domestic students commencing 2024 or later. Prospective domestic students and all international applicants should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. Information is correct at the time of publishing. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.


About Guidance and Counselling

JCU’s Master of Guidance and Counselling will equip you to provide information and support to future clients in the ways they need most. Whether you go on to work as a school guidance officer or professional counsellor, you’ll have an array of guidance and counselling techniques and skills, allowing you to compassionately and sensitively educate and empower your future clients.

You will gain a deep and critical understanding of the theoretical origins and concepts underpinning current approaches to counselling and their application to the field, including career development.


What career possibilities are there?

JCU Master of Guidance and Counselling graduates will be ready to be a guidance officer, counsellor or career development advisor with the ability to identify complex issues, develop creative solutions, give informed guidance and provide compassionate counselling in a range of professional guidance and counselling practice contexts.


How do I find out more?

Chat to us, we’re here to answer your questions if you need help. Contact us by:

Email - study@jcu.edu.au
Phone - 1800 246 446

Or, visit the Master of Guidance and Counselling course page.

Master of Teaching and Learning (Secondary)

Learn to create supportive learning environments through extensive placement experience and be ready to teach students in Years 7-12.

Fast facts

Location: Cairns, Townsville
Starts: February
Entry requirements:**

AQF level 7 bachelor degree with subjects in two teaching areas that link to the Australian national curriculum and/or the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

**This web page is intended as a general guide for domestic students commencing 2024 or later. Prospective domestic students and all international applicants should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. Information is correct at the time of publishing. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.


About Teaching and Learning (Secondary)

You’ll learn how to teach secondary students in various school settings, including in regional, rural, and Indigenous communities. The Master of Teaching (Secondary) includes four phases involving professional placements in secondary schools, where you can apply what you’ve learned.

Tailor your degree with a focus in two study areas of the Australian Curriculum for secondary students. Graduate ready to teach in a range of social and geographic environments, designing and delivering curriculum and assessment to pursue positive learning outcomes for all students.


What career possibilities are there?

You’ll be prepared to work in state, independent and Catholic schools and be confident in directing curriculum, assessment and differentiated learning opportunities. The Master of Teaching and Learning (Secondary) is fully accredited and sets you up for success as a secondary school teacher.


How do I find out more?

Chat to us, we’re here to answer your questions if you need help. Contact us by:

Email - study@jcu.edu.au
Phone - 1800 246 446

Or, visit the Master of Teaching and Learning (Secondary) course page.

Discover pathway options

If you do not meet the entry requirements of your chosen education degree, there are pathways and bridging courses you can take to help you gain entry.

Enrolling in JCU Prep will help you meet entry requirements. Introductory academic subjects are also available to prepare you for taking the leap into tertiary study.

Find out more

Looking for part-time, online study?

Make study work for you. Gain the flexibility to study either the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) or Bachelor of Education (Primary) when and where it suits you.

BALANCE

WORK, LIFE AND STUDY

Studying online enables you to progress your study goals while enjoying a balanced lifestyle.

NATIONALLY

ACCREDITED DEGREE

Earn a degree that’s nationally accredited through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership in association with the Queensland College of Teachers.

UPSKILL

81% of JCU students were satisifed with the skill development they experienced through their studies.*

* Good Universities Guide 2024, UG study area

HANDS-ON

EXPERIENCE

From your first year of study you will experience professional placements that are aligned to ensure strong theory-to-practice connections.

EXPRESS

PART-TIME STUDY

Focus on one subject at a time with part-time study.
Each subject runs for seven weeks, and you can study up to six subjects a year.

Take your next step with confidence

How to apply

Apply today via the link below using the QTAC or course code on the relevant course page.


Ready today for tomorrow