Graduate Diploma in Education (Middle Years)

Choose Education at La Trobe

  • Qualify to teach in schools in just one year
  • Gain a VIT-approved teaching qualification while maintaining work, family and other commitments.
  • Study flexibly online and through 25 days of face-to-face classes in block-mode.
  • Apply your knowledge and build your confidence with 45 days of teaching placement and a 20-day school-based project.
  • 70% of our graduates gain full-time employment within six months (Graduate Careers Australia, Postgraduate Destinations 2014).

Career outcomes

As our population grows, the demand for teachers and educators continues to increase. You'll be eligible to register with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) and take on a range of teaching roles around the state. There are even opportunities to teach interstate and overseas.

Qualified teachers don't just work in schools. You could also find work in:

  • education centres
  • children's services
  • educational leadership
  • government
  • media
  • service industries and more.

What you'll learn

  • Effective techniques for working with students in years 5 to 10.
  • Tailored learning approaches, classroom management skills and lesson planning.

International students

Additional entry requirements

International students need an overall IELTS score of 7.5 with no individual score below 7.0 and a score of no less than 8.0 in speaking and listening. Find out more about English language requirements here.

Course structure

This course combines a mix of theory and practical learning to prepare you for work in the classroom. You'll learn popular approaches to teaching and learning, methodology and curriculum, and practical teaching techniques.

You'll begin your practical placements from Semester 1 when you undertake 45 days of supervised classroom teaching in primary, middle and secondary schools around the country. You'll also participate in a 20-day school-based project in your first semester.

Your learning will be tailored to your area of expertise as you develop skills related to your undergraduate degree via relevant methods. 

Core subjects

  • Issues in Education A – Teaching and Learning
  • Methods A – Curriculum in Focus
  • Teaching Practicum A
  • School-based Middle Years Project
  • Issues in Education B – Teaching Middle Years
  • Context of Education
  • Methods B – Integrating Curriculum
  • Teaching Practicum B.

Single Methods

Accounting, Art and Craft, Biology, Business Management, Business Studies, Chemistry, Commerce & Business Studies, Dance, Drama, Economics, English, Environmental Science, Geography, Health, History, Home Economics, Humanities, Humanities Additional, Information Technology/Computing, Legal Studies, LOTE, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Outdoor Education, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Science, Science Additional, Technology, Visual Arts.

Double Methods

LOTE, Mathematics.

For full details, see the handbook. Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


Inside look: online connections

With the bulk of the course taking place online, the Graduate Diploma in Education (Middle Years) attracts students from around the country, with some living as far away as Queensland. Course Coordinator, Dr Caroline Walta, is continually pleased by how well students stay engaged through online study. 'Students in this program are very much connected,' Caroline emphasises.

Along with online lectures and tutorials, students can access a full range of learning materials online to complete assignments in their own time. All students are supported by a group mentor, who makes sure everyone stays involved and on track. This mentor sometimes even visits students within their local communities.

Find out more about learning online in the Graduate Diploma in Education (Middle Years).

Featured staff

Dr Caroline Walta

Dr Walta is a senior lecturer and course coordinator for the Graduate Diploma in Education (Middle Years). She was recognised for her efforts coordinating this course in 2011 with a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. She was also awarded the Pearson Australia Teacher Educator of the Year Award in 2010. Caroline began her teaching career in the late 1960s and has worked in a range of teaching environments including a stint in Papua New Guinea.

Find out more about Dr Walta's involvement with the Graduate Diploma in Education or see her full staff profile.

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