Associate Degree in Indigenous Education

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  • Objectives
    The Associate Degree in Indigenous Education course is specifically designed for, and is only available to, Australian Indigenous people. The Associate Degree in Indigenous Education is designed for progression into the Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Indigenous Studies) course.
  • Entry requirements
    Prerequisites 1. Indigenous Australian; 2. interview; 3. a minimum of three years’ work experience; 4. completion of a Year 12 qualification or equivalent 5. relevant tertiary study skills or successful completion of Tertiary Communication Skills program.
  • Academic title
    Associate Degree in Indigenous Education
  • Course description
    This course is designed to offer studies in:

       1. Indigenous culture;
       2. Literacy;
       3. Mathematics education; and
       4. Understanding Indigenous Education.

    This course is offered in mixed mode. Students are required to attend compulsory residential schools on campus each semester and to complete course work and assignments within their home communities. Academic support is available to students who require it through the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS). Professional Experience is also a compulsory component of each course and is taken in block-periods that extend from 1 to 10 weeks.

    Professional Experience

    Students must complete professional experience units during which time they are required to be available full-time.

    Employment Screening

    Students accepting a place in this course are required to participate in a number of professional placements throughout their program. In order to participate in professional experience if is the responsibility of each student to ensure that they are able to successfully complete the child protection screening required in their state Students, who are not cleared for working with children and therefore not able to be placed in a compulsory professional placement, will not be able to complete their course.


    160 cp

    Minimum duration: 2 years full-time or equivalent part-time. This course is normally taken over 2.5 years full-time.

    Course available at:
    Brisbane, Queensland
    Sydney (Strathfield), NSW

    EFTSL value of units: All 10 cp units in this course have an EFTSL value of 0.125. Units with a cp value of a multiple of 10 have corresponding EFTSL values.

    1. Requirements for Completion of the Associate Degree48

    To qualify for the Associate Degree, a student must complete:

    1. 160 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:

       1. 80 cp from Curriculum Foundation units consisting of:
             1. 20 cp from English;
             2. 20 cp from Indigenous Studies;
             3. 10 cp from Mathematics;
             4. 20 cp from Science;
             5. 10 cp from Theology;
       2. 30 cp from Education Studies;
       3. 50 cp from Curriculum and Pedagogy;


    2. 2 Professional Experience units.
    Schedule of Unit Offerings

    Prerequisite (Pre), co-requisite (Co) and incompatible (Inc) units are indicated in parentheses where applicable.

    Curriculum Foundation

    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    ADLA107     10     Linguistics for Literacy
    ADLA108     10     Children’s Literature for Literacy

    Indigenous Studies
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    ADAB113     10     Australian Indigenous Peoples, Cultures and Identity
    ADAB204     10     Australian History in an Indigenous Context

    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    ADMA103     10     Exploring Mathematics 1

    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    ADST107     10     Science and Technology for Primary Teachers 1
    ADST204     10     Science and Technology for Primary Teachers 2

    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    AHEO162     10     Introducing the Scriptures
    ADRE306      10     Indigenous Spirituality 1

    Education Studies
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    ADFD127     10     Contexts for Learning and Development
    ADFD133     10     Understanding Learning (Co: ADFX110)
    ADTS210     10     Teaching and Learning Preparing for the Contexts of the Field

    Curriculum and Pedagogy
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    ADAR308      10     Creative Arts Education 1
    ADLA204      10     Literacy Education 1
    ADMA202     10     Mathematics: Learning and Teaching 1
    ADPH103     10     Personal Development, Health and Physical Education 1
    ADSS428     10     Connecting Society and Environment

    Professional Experience
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    ADFX110     0     Professional Experience 1 (Co: ADFD133)
    ADFX212     0     Professional Experience 2

    47 This course is available only to Australian Indigenous students.
    48 Requirements for working with children: All students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they may enter a classroom. These are: Blue Card (Queensland), Working with Children Check (ACT, Victoria, NSW).

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