Bachelor of Education (Sec: Aboriginal Studies)

This course is currently suspended.

The suspension of the Diploma in Education (Aboriginal) and the Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Aboriginal Studies) has been extended pending further consideration by the University of possible pathways, modes of delivery and the availability of a broader range of teaching areas. The school hopes to introduce a new program that gives students more options and greater flexibility. We apologise for any inconvenience caused to intending students. Please continue to check back with us for advice on the introduction of any new program. You might also consider the pathways to qualifying as a teacher that we offer for Primary, Secondary, Early Childhood teaching, including our graduate entry program, the Master of Teaching. Aboriginal studies is available in the MTeach and the BEd (Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences).


Course duration: 4 years, full time

Delivery: block mode (away-from-base); students attend 3 x one-week sessions each semester (six blocks per year) on campus, and complete the remainder of the course home independently.

Prerequisites: DipEd (Aboriginal) or equivalent qualification. Applicants are also required to provide confirmation that they are of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.

This degree gives students of Indigenous Australian heritage a professional qualification to teach Aboriginal Studies and Human Society and its Environment in Australian secondary schools. Students will be introduced to issues relating to the education of students with special needs, and instructed in key elements of Australian Indigenous history, as well as techniques for teaching Aboriginal languages and reading Aboriginal writing.

Course outcomes

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Aboriginal Studies) prepares graduates who have:

  • an understanding of land from an Indigenous cultural perspective

  • knowledge of contemporary issues in Indigenous rights

  • the skills and understanding necessary to implement current NESA standards.

  • syllabuses in Human Society and its Environment.