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Key details

Duration

1 year/s full-time
2 year/s part-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2

Locations

Casuarina campus, Online
Not available to international students.

Credit points required

80

Course code

YEDS01
SATAC/UAC codes
MyNextCourse

Overview

The Diploma of Educational Studies is a versatile one year qualification that provides you with opportunities to undertake a range of roles in diverse educational settings. Depending on State and Territory requirements these may include: supporting teachers in school-age education (as an education aide, teacher's aide and assistant teacher) or working as an educator in out-of-school-hours care.

This course will prepare you to work as an:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education officer/worker
  • Homeland teaching assistant
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander language and culture teaching assistant
  • Inclusion supports facilitator
  • Education assistant
  • Support worker (children with disabilities)
  • Education assistant (special needs)
  • Teacher aide
  • Education support worker
  • Teacher assistant

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

Study Education at CDU

Why study education at CDU?

Educate and inspire the next generation with a teaching degree at CDU. You'll gain the skills and knowledge to enter the classroom with confidence, equipped with a nationally-accredited degree to work anywhere in Australia.

  • #1 for teaching employment outcomes in Australia (GUG 2022)
  • Study online, on campus, full-time or part-time as it suits you
  • Complete placements close to home
  • Unique opportunities for regional and remote placements

What will I study?

The Diploma of Educational Studies is based around eight 10 credit point units, organised in three streams: early childhood education and care, primary education and secondary education. It is delivered externally and internally and can be completed in one-year full time or two-years part time.

Course structure



  • 2023 HE unit offerings are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 November 2022.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

COURSE STRUCTURE - Early Childhood Education and Care

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Common Units
(2 units)
20cpCommon units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below. 

CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability

Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.
 

Core Units
(3 units)

30cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 30 credit points as detailed below. 

ELA100 English Language and Literacy in Education 1
EMA100 Mathematics Education 1: Content Knowledge for Teaching
EST203 Teaching Indigenous Learners
 

Specialist Elective
(3 units)
30cpSpecialist Elective units totalling 30 credit points as detailed below.

3 x units selected from the Bachelor of Education Early Childhood (Birth-12 Years) (WEDEC1) including specialist elective units
 

 80cpTotal Credit Points

COURSE STRUCTURE - Primary Education

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Common Units
(2 units)
20cpCommon units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below. 

CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability

Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.
 

Core Units
(4 units)

40cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below. 

ELA100 English Language and Literacy in Education 1
EMA100 Mathematics Education 1: Content Knowledge for Teaching
EST200 Child and Adolescent Development
EST203 Teaching Indigenous Learners
 

Specialist Elective
(2 units)
20cpSpecialist Elective units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.

2 x units selected from the Bachelor of Education Primary (WEDP01) including specialist elective units
 

 80cpTotal Credit Points

COURSE STRUCTURE - Secondary Education

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Common Units
(2 units)
20cpCommon units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below. 

CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability

Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.
 

Core Units
(2 units)

20cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below. 

EST200 Child and Adolescent Development
EST203 Teaching Indigenous Learners
 

Specialist Elective
(4 units)
40cpSpecialist Elective units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below.

4 x units selected from the Bachelor of Education Secondary (WEDS01) including specialist elective units
 

 80cpTotal Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Diploma AQF Level 5 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

 

Study plan


  • 2023 HE unit offerings are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 November 2022.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plans provided below are suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full-time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Early Childhood Education and Care

Legend:CU = Common UnitCO = Core UnitSE = Specialist ElectiveE = Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring SustainabilityCUEMA100 Mathematics Education 1: Content Knowledge for TeachingCO
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and CapabilityCUEST203 Teaching Indigenous LearnersCO
ELA100 English Language and Literacy in Education 1COSpecialist Elective from Bachelor of Education Early Childhood Teaching (Birth-12 Years)SE
Specialist Elective from Bachelor of Education Early Childhood Teaching (Birth-12 Years)SESpecialist Elective from Bachelor of Education Early Childhood Teaching (Birth-12 Years)SE

Primary Education

Legend:CU = Common UnitCO = Core UnitSE = Specialist ElectiveE = Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring SustainabilityCUEMA100 Mathematics Education 1: Content Knowledge for TeachingCO
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and CapabilityCUEST203 Teaching Indigenous LearnersCO
ELA100 English Language and Literacy in Education 1COEST200 Child and Adolescent DevelopmentCO
Specialist Elective from Bachelor of Education PrimarySESpecialist Elective from Bachelor of Education PrimarySE

Secondary Education

Legend:CU = Common UnitCO = Core UnitSE = Specialist ElectiveE = Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring SustainabilityCUEST203 Teaching Indigenous LearnersCO
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and CapabilityCUSpecialist Elective from Bachelor of Education SecondarySE
EST200 Child and Adolescent DevelopmentCOSpecialist Elective from Bachelor of Education SecondarySE
Specialist Elective from Bachelor of Education SecondarySESpecialist Elective from Bachelor of Education SecondarySE

 

Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Early Childhood Education and Care

Legend:CU = Common UnitCO = Core UnitSE = Specialist ElectiveE = Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring SustainabilityCU
  CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and CapabilityCU
  EMA100 Mathematics Education 1: Content Knowledge for TeachingCO
  Specialist Elective from Bachelor of Education Early Childhood Teaching (Birth-12 Years)SE
Year 2
ELA100 English Language and Literacy in Education 1CO  
EST203 Teaching Indigenous LearnersCO  
Specialist Elective from Bachelor of Education Early Childhood Teaching (Birth-12 Years)SE  
Specialist Elective from Bachelor of Education Early Childhood Teaching (Birth-12 Years)SE  

Primary Education

Legend:CU = Common UnitCO = Core UnitSE = Specialist ElectiveE = Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring SustainabilityCU
  CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and CapabilityCU
  EMA100 Mathematics Education 1: Content Knowledge for TeachingCO
  Specialist Elective from Bachelor of Education PrimarySE
Year 2
ELA100 English Language and Literacy in Education 1CO  
EST203 Teaching Indigenous LearnersCO  
EST200 Child and Adolescent DevelopmentCO  
Specialist Elective from Bachelor of Education PrimarySE  

Secondary Education

Legend:CU = Common UnitCO = Core UnitSE = Specialist ElectiveE = Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring SustainabilityCU
  CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and CapabilityCU
  EST200 Child and Adolescent DevelopmentCO
  Specialist Elective from Bachelor of Education SecondarySE
Year 2
EST203 Teaching Indigenous LearnersCO  
Specialist Elective from Bachelor of Education SecondarySE  
Specialist Elective from Bachelor of Education SecondarySE  
Specialist Elective from Bachelor of Education SecondarySE  

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 140.
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.
  • Defence members with service of 1 year or more at the following ranks (or higher) meet the academic entry requirement for this course:
    ~Air Force: Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman, Corporal, Leading Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman
    ~Army: Corporal, Lance Corporal, Private
    ~Navy: Able Seaman, Leading Seaman, Seaman

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of B2.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

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Charles Darwin University has arranged some great placements for me, all within 10 minutes of my home in regional New South Wales. I like that you're in a classroom early in the degree, learning the ropes. And I got to experience different types of schools, demographic areas and leadership styles.

Matt

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Course details

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 5.

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Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Diploma of Educational Studies
Faculty/College
College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts
Sector
HE
Area of study
Education

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email:student.central@cdu.edu.auPhone:(08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

MyNextCourse

Direct applications are available to students who have completed a CDU or BIITE course at a Certificate III level or higher. Most CDU and BIITE enabling programs are also accepted through this process.

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus
Early Childhood Education and Care (CSP)
116271
591120
Primary Education (CSP)
116281
591150
Secondary Education (CSP)
116291
191160
Online
Early Childhood Education and Care (CSP)
116271
591120
Primary Education (CSP)
116281
591150
Secondary Education (CSP)
116291
191160
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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