What will I learn?

The Associate Degree in Teaching (Pacific Focus) is a unique teacher education course developed specifically for educators in Pacific Island contexts. The course offers three career pathways for graduates and is a gateway to completing further studies toward a Bachelor of Education (Pacific Focus). This initial-teacher education qualification encompasses working with children in Early Childhood Education, Primary Education, and Secondary Education.

Being a teacher is a rewarding career and this program aims to provide Pacific Island educators with necessary professional skills and qualifications to meet the needs of current and future generations of students. Students will have opportunities to develop their skills, knowledge and aptitudes for contributing to one of the largest professions worldwide.

This course is a two-year pre-service teaching qualification. It is designed to suit the Pacific context and meets requirements of Pacific Island Nation Education Acts that require a two-year teaching qualification. This course is not accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Career Opportunities

Early childhood, primary or secondary school teacher in Pacific Island Countries; education related career choices.

Course Aims

The course aims to provide students with the knowledge, skills and qualifications to be effective two-year trained educators in Early Childhood, Primary or Secondary Education in the Pacific Island Context, demonstrating and applying in this context broad knowledge and skills relating to the seven elements prescribed by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

know their students and how students learn;

know their subject/content and how to teach that content to their students;

plan for and implement effective teaching and learning;

create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments;

assess, provide feedback and report on student learning;

continually improve by engaging in professional learning; and

continually engage professionally with colleagues, parents/careers and the community.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education

Study options

Online/Distance (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$24,080.00 (12,87,701) per year
The given fee for full time and it's a guide for online students

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

28 February 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For direct admission into undergraduate courses offered by UNE you must have completed an educational qualification considered to be at least equivalent to completion of Year 12 in Australia. Enhanced ACT Assessment - Complete ACT with minimum composite score of 24. English language requirements: An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic overall score of at least 6.0, with no sub-band less than 5.5. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 213 in the computer-based test OR at least 79 in the internet-based test. You must receive a rating of no less than 22 in the written component. A Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) minimum overall score of 57 with no skill less than 50.

For international students

Students must have completed an educational qualification considered equivalent to Year 12 in Australia.

An IELTS (Academic) overall score of at least 6.0 with no sub-band less than 5.5; or equivalent TOEFL score of at least 213 in the computer-based test; or at least 79 in the internet-based test with no less than 22 in the written component; or a PTE Academic minimum overall score of 57 with no skill less than 50;

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of New England (UNE)

UNE is the only Australian public university awarded the maximum 5 stars for overall experience 15 years in a row (The Good Universities Guide 2021).

  • Based in Armidale & Sydney, New South Wales in Australia
  • International students from 70 different nationalities
  • The Armidale campus is spread over an area of 74 hectares
  • On campus student accommodation options in Armidale