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We’re the only online university to be awarded the maximum 5 stars for student satisfaction, every year for the last 14 years*

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We’re the only online university to be awarded the maximum 5 stars for student satisfaction, every year for the last 14 years*


See why UNE gets the maximum 5 star rating from graduates for Overall Experience year after year.
Number 1 in Overall  Experience  in NSW - Good Universities Guide 5 Star Rating

Education and Teaching

UNE provides a range of quality programs in Early Childhood, Primary Teaching, Secondary Teaching, and Special and Inclusive Education.

Need help finding the right Teaching degree for you?

We've built an online tool to help navigate the changes to entry requirements for Teacher Education degrees (i.e. '3 Band 5's including one in English).

Just answer a few short questions and our Teaching Solution Finder will show you the study pathway to will help you to become a teacher in no extra time.

Early Childhood Education

UNE offers a range of qualifications in Early Childhood - whether you want to build on your prior study and work experience to become qualified as a four-year trained Early Childhood Teacher, or want a dual qualification to enable you to work in both Early Childhood Centres and Primary Schools. 

Primary Education

Our Primary Education programs will qualify you to work as a primary teacher across Australia, and also give you opportunities to study a range of discipline areas, along with professional placements.. Our undergraduate primary teaching degrees can be completed in tandem with either Early Childhood Education or Secondary Teaching, so you’ll graduate with double the career options, or if you already have a degree, we offer a postgraduate Master of Teaching (Primary).


Bachelor of Education (K-6 Teaching)

The Bachelor of Education (K-6 Teaching) is an initial-teacher education program to prepare Primary teachers who can teach from Kindergarten to Year 6. The degree structure also allows students to complete a primary teaching specialisation in Mathematics, Science and Technology, and Languages. This degree is structured to meet the NESA ‘3 Band 5s including one in English’ requirements within the first year of study. This means you can become a qualified primary in the same amount of time as before, even if you don’t meet the new entry standards.

Secondary Education

We offer a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) in the curriculum areas of Arts, Mathematics, Music and Science. These degrees have teaching areas available in the following disciplines:


Arts: Ancient History (HSIE), Drama, Economics (HSIE), English, Geography (HSIE), Languages, Legal Studies (HSIE), Modern History (HSIE), Society and Culture (HSIE), Studies of Religion (HSIE), Teaching English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D).


Science: Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Information Processes and Technology, Mathematics and Physics, Software Design and Development.


Our Bachelor of Education (Secondary Arts, Mathematics, Music or Science) are structured to meet the NESA ‘3 Band 5s including one in English’ requirements within the first year of study. This means you can become a qualified primary in the same amount of time as before, even if you don’t meet the new entry standards.


If you already have an undergraduate degree, we also offer a postgraduate Master of Teaching (Secondary).

Special and Inclusive Education

Our Bachelor of Special and Inclusive Education (Primary) is one of the few offered in Australia and can be studied either online or on-campus. This degree prepares teachers to work in an inclusive setting (local primary school) or a special class (within a local primary school or within a special school).

In-Service Conversion

The Bachelor of Education (In-Service Conversion) is designed for currently accredited teachers to upskill to a new sector of teaching (i.e. secondary to primary or primary to secondary), or for accredited secondary teachers to upskill to another teaching subject.

Postgraduate Degrees

UNE provides a range of postgraduate degrees for teachers that are tailored to their demanding lifestyles and varying career aspirations, including teachers working toward an advanced level of accreditation with the NSW Institute of Teachers.


Within the Graduate Certificate in Education Studies you can choose units form a range of study areas such as eLearning, Literac, Inclusive Education, or Career Development , or specialise in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (also known as Teaching English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)).


In the Master of Education, specialisations in eLearning, Indigenous Australian Education, Special Education, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (also known as Teaching English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)) are available.


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Available Courses

Please see course details for individual course rules and admissions criteria. Note some degrees have mandatory intensive schools which require attendance on campus.

Course list subject to change.

* Early application closing date for T1, 2020:

  • Diploma in Music (renamed from Diploma in Music Skills) - Thursday 13 February 2020.
  • Bachelor of Education (In-Service Conversion) (Music Major only) - Thursday 13 February 2020.
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary Music) - Thursday 13 February 2020.
  • Bachelor of Music - Thursday 13 February 2020.

Studying Online

At UNE, online study is about the kind of flexibility and support that can only come from a university that has long understood the challenges faced by adults studying from home.


We have three teaching periods (trimesters), giving you greater choice about when and how much they study each year.


We know that a vital part of online study is your engagement with the learning community. Communication with your classmates, teaching staff and university support staff will enhance your study experience and ensure that your skills extend beyond the subject matter. UNE’s teaching staff are experts in their field which is why UNE consistently receives five stars from students for teaching quality.

How Does
Online Study Work?


Online study can also be referred to as 'distance education' (also off-campus, or external study) and provides an opportunity for you to study without having to physically attend a campus.


To make sure your learning can take place when it suits you, UNE provides online facilities which allow you to send questions, submit assignments, engage with other students, order library books, check your results and access other resources, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 



As a UNE student, you will have access to our professional support services including:

  • 24/7 Online Tutor Support
  • Academic Skills & Assignment Support
  • Career Development
  • Individual Counselling — for personal and academic issues
  • Special Needs Office — if you need adjustments to how you study because of temporary or permanent disability
A small number of units have intensive schools that enable students to engage in practical exercises, tutorials and lectures during intensive periods on campus in Armidale. These are a requirement for some units that have an important practical component, often in the sciences – please check the Course & Unit Catalogue for details.

Life On Campus at UNE

Studying on campus in Armidale gives you the traditional university experience, with the added benefit of small class sizes and great access to lecturers. Our Academic staff are passionate about what they teach and are keen to see you succeed.


We have affordable accommodation options that put you right at the heart of the action, giving you maximum independence and access to academic, sporting and social facilities.


Our Residential Colleges give you the benefit of academic and social support networks and a rich tradition of vibrant inter-college competitions in sporting and cultural activities.


All of this means that you get every opportunity to reach your full potential and get the very best start (plus some great memories along the way).

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Free Pathways to Study

The Pathways Enabling Course prepares you for admission to an undergraduate course at UNE. It is free from course fees and available online. The course awards you with the minimum entry requirements and can provide credit towards your UNE degree.
  • Prepare for university without paying course fees
  • Gain admission to university
  • Flexible online study
  • Develop valuable skills and knowledge
  • Complete study that can count towards your degree
  • Start in any three teaching periods


Complete the UNE “MyFutureFinder” and in 10 minutes you’ll have a free, detailed report delivered to your inbox, including a comprehensive profile of your personality, a customised matching of careers to your personality, and finally, the UNE courses that qualify you for those careers.

  • No cost
  • Completed in just 10 minutes - we understand your time is valuable
  • Individualised report based on your unique answers
  • Comprehensive, insightful and useful
  • Plain language explanations
  • Immediate delivery of your report on completion
  • Share and compare with your family and friends

How to Apply

Applications now open for Trimester 1, 2020 (March).

Prior to applying we suggest you:
1. Check out our 
Course and Unit Catalogue
, to see all the degrees UNE has to offer. You can search by course or for specific subjects. If you find yourself thinking 'that might be good', then have a look at which degree program is linked to those subjects.
2. Check if you need to add any 
entry requirement documentation
 to your application.
Check the closing dates for applications.
 Some courses have earlier closing dates and requirements.
4. You may also be eligible for credit for study you've previously undertaken successfully, find out about 
Advanced Standing
Please note: International students who wish to study wholly online are only permitted to do so if they are studying online from overseas or are studying in Australia on a visa other than a student visa.

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Contact our Future Student Team and they'll be able to help you with details about the application process, degree questions, studying at UNE and more.

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