Diploma in Education (Aboriginal)

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 Faculty 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: 2 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 at home independently.

Prerequisites: Applicants are required to provide confirmation that they are of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.

This degree gives students of Indigenous Australian heritage some experience in teaching and, if desired, counts as the first two years of the four-year professional qualification to teach Aboriginal Studies and Human Society and its Environment in Australian secondary schools.

Course outcomes

The Diploma in Education (Aboriginal) prepares graduates who have knowledge of:

  • education skills

  • academic literacies

  • teaching and learning

  • research skills.

For qualified students who wish to proceed to further study towards a teaching qualification, the diploma counts as the first two years of the Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Aboriginal Studies).