Primary education

Why study primary education?

La Trobe’s new primary education degrees have been created to meet new national standards for teacher education. We offer the opportunity for specialisation within our primary education degrees, which allows for greater career options. With a common foundation year across all our undergraduate education degrees, you have time to develop your literacy and numeracy skills and the flexibility to move between courses if you want to change your teaching focus.

We offer programs in primary and early childhood education, with multiple specialisation options to choose from at each campus:

Melbourne and Bendigo Campuses:

  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)
  • Arts
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Health Education
  • Languages (French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Indonesian – Bendigo campus only has Indonesian available)
  • Humanities
  • Science

Mildura Campus:

  • English
  • Humanities

Find out more about the Department of Education.

Professional practice is a major focus in all our teacher education degrees, with an emphasis on innovative placement models and opportunities for urban, regional, international and cultural placements to ensure you get the experience you need to move into the classroom after your degree.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for work in government, Catholic and independent schools nationally and overseas (subject to registration). You may also work in human services, training, children's services, leadership-related areas, media and service industries. Graduates in early childhood education may find work in childcare facilities, kindergarten and early learning centres.


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Doctor of Education (Professional Doctorate)

Location: Melbourne Albury-Wodonga

Start dates: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)

Duration: 4 years4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Doctor of Philosophy (Education)

Location: Melbourne Albury-Wodonga Bendigo

Start dates: AnytimeAnytime

Duration: 4 years4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Master of Education (Research)

Location: Melbourne Albury-Wodonga Bendigo

Start dates: AnytimeAnytime


1-2 years full-time or 2.5-4 years part-time

2 years

Master of Teaching (Primary)

Popular course

Location: Melbourne Albury-Wodonga Bendigo

Start dates: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)

Duration: 2 years2 years full-time or part-time equivalent, 1.5 years accelerated

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. View all staff from the School of Education.