To be a classroom teacher in Australia, you need a teaching degree. That means a 4-year Bachelor of Education if you haven't been to university before. If you have a degree of some kind already, a 2-year Master of Teaching is the way to go.
You can do a teaching degree online. Work placements are included in online programs and can usually be done near where you live.
Another kind of education degree is a Master of Education, which is available 100% online. This is a postgraduate course for current teachers and other education professionals.
The best online programs in teacher education do a number of things well. They:
- offer a good selection of units
- present academic courses well
- make it easy to do work placements.
We've chosen Australia's best bachelor degrees based mainly on graduate ratings and program depth. These are solid choices if you want to study teaching online and become a qualified classroom teacher.
Before enrolling in a program, we suggest checking that the university will support you in doing practical training in your state or territory.
UNE Bachelor of Education
Whatever type of online education degree you want, the University of New England has probably got it. UNE has a wide selection of Bachelor of Education majors, some of which are offered exclusively online. Students can specialise in early childhood, primary or secondary teaching. For aspiring secondary-school teachers, available majors include Arts, Business, Mathematics, Music, and Science.
USQ Bachelor of Education
The University of Southern Queensland's education degrees can be studied fully online. You also have the option of doing teacher placements overseas or anywhere in Australia. There is a course for most learning sectors, including early childhood, primary, secondary, health and physical education (at primary and secondary levels), and special education. USQ education graduates enjoy exceptionally high employment rates.
A Master of Teaching degree is the postgraduate equivalent of a Bachelor of Education. It prepares someone who hasn't studied education before to be a classroom teacher (and includes work placements).
The MTeach is suitable if you have a university degree (in a non-education discipline) and aim to be a teacher. The program is a quicker way to become a teacher than doing a BEd. It only takes 2 years of full-time study.
When enrolling in a Master of Teaching program, you need to choose whether you want to teach in Early Childhood, Primary School or Secondary School.
Deakin Master of Teaching
Deakin University has an online Master of Teaching program that covers early childhood, primary and secondary education. You also have the option to go for a dual qualification that allows you to teach in either primary or secondary classrooms. The 2-year degrees consist of coursework and, towards the end, supervised professional placements. Gaining entry depends on having a university degree and on a selection tool for non-academic attributes.