Are you looking to become a primary teacher? This course has been created for those who may not meet the entry requirements of the Bachelor of Education or are looking for a career change. It focuses on the education environment, inclusive education, approaches to learning and the teaching profession.
Successful completion of the diploma will provide a pathway into the Bachelor of Education and the opportunity for you to obtain credits in the RMIT Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood, Primary or Disability).
What you will gain through this program
You’ll gain the knowledge and practical skills they need to progress into a teaching degree.
You will have the opportunity to put learning into practice with supervised vocational placement working collaboratively with teachers and students in school and community settings.
Why study the Diploma of Teacher Education Preparation at RMIT?
At RMIT, you’ll be studying at an institution with expert teachers, passionate researchers and strong connection to industry.
This Diploma provides a pathway to the Bachelor of Education teaching courses (Early Childhood, Primary, Disability).
This qualification may also provide career opportunities in the education support sector including: Education Support Worker, Teacher Assistant, Integration/Teacher Aide.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations and group work.
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
The work and tasks you complete during this program will focus on the teaching and learning of children and young people.
Assessment may include observations, written tasks, oral tasks, group work, projects, work-based assessment, online tasks and evidence gathered from the workplace environment.
Throughout the program students will engage in placements that are designed to develop the skills required to work under direct supervision in a real workplace. Vocational placements are organised in negotiation with individual students. You will need to have a Working with Children Check (WWCC) before you commence work placement.
RMIT University is committed to providing an educational experience that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
Learners must successfully complete a total of 12 units comprising:
- 9 core units
- 1 unit from the education practice stream
- 2 elective units
Elective units may be selected from:
- the listed electives not previously completed as part of the practice stream
- any other accredited course or endorsed training package where the unit is first packaged at AQF level 4 or above in the source training product.
The selection of elective units should be guided by the vocational, educational and/or personal development needs of learners.
A Statement of Attainment will be issued for any unit of competency completed if the full qualification is not completed.
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Program code: C5383
National curriculum code: 22451VIC
You will qualify to work in a diverse range of education and training roles, providing assistance and support to supervisors/teachers in educational and learning environments and situations.
Possible job titles:
- education assistant/special needs
- education support worker
- integration aide
- inclusion supports facilitator
- support worker (children with disabilities)
- teacher aide
- teacher assistant
- home tutor.
Applicants are encouraged to include a personal statement outlining:
- their reasons for wanting to study this program
- their intended career path
- their personal strengths and attributes relevant to the program
- details of any related work or voluntary experience
Non-year 12 applicants: Applicants who wish to have their work experience considered should upload a CV or resume
Throughout the program you will engage in placement that will develop the skills required to work under direct supervision in a real workplace.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
- 2020 government subsidised place: AU$4,000* per annum
- 2020 full-fee place: AU$4,000* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$308 maximum fee for 2020.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Eligibility criteria waver
**The Victorian Government is currently waiving two (2) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and already have a qualification, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility.
VET Student Loans
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme, which allows eligible students in eligible programs to defer payment of their tuition fees, up to the maximum loan amount for their program.
How does a VET Student Loan work?
If your VET Student Loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT your tuition fees on your behalf, up to the maximum loan amount for your program.
Your VET Student Loan becomes part of your VETSL debt. You will start repaying your accumulated VETSL debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is adjusted each year (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
Vet Student Loan cap
If your program is eligible for the VET Student Loan scheme and has a loan cap that doesn’t cover the total amount of the tuition fees for your program, then you’ll need to pay RMIT the difference by the due date once you exceed the cap.
It’s easy for you to keep track of your VET Student Loan debt, and you can choose to make upfront payments at any time before the census date.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2020 is $308.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.