Warning! There are four open enrolment subjects in this degree. However, students who wish to be awarded with the ‘Graduate Certificate in Geography Teaching’ MUST apply. Please refer to the Degree Structure Details section below for more information.

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Degree structure

Degree details

On completion of the degree students will be able to:

  1. apply interdisciplinary concepts and methods to understanding the environmental, social and economic aspects of development. Extend the boundaries of knowledge and understanding about the environment in the context of a politics of scale. Understand the approaches most appropriate to the teaching of geography
  2. think critically, creatively and reflectively to generate innovative solutions to environmental imperatives and apply the most appropriate approaches to the teaching of geography
  3. access, evaluate and synthesise information from various sources and integrate it for understanding environmental concerns and the most relevant teaching methods
  4. communicate effectively through a variety of written, oral and other formats to diverse audiences in ways appropriate to the teaching of geography to children
  5. use of current technologies when applied to finding information and making decisions
  6. utilise lifelong learning skills and strategies for understanding geography and its impact on human activities and the ecology, use current teaching knowledge and skills to enhance the teaching of geography
  7. describe the global context of environmental issues, such as climate change and the need for a change to sustainable development, explore best international practices for finding solutions, apply these concepts within a regional/local context
  8. recognise the importance of cultural diversity, including indigenous perspectives, in understanding and responding to environmental and social imperatives
  9. work independently to find effective policies and ethical solutions to geographical issues, apply knowledge and skills gained for teacher preparation and/or classroom practice to improve the teaching of geography.

Australian Council for Educational Research statistics show that Geography is ranked first for teachers teaching “out of field” in secondary schools. The Graduate Certificate in Geography Teaching is considered an advanced preparation for teaching geography in a secondary setting. It is therefore an advantage when seeking employment in a high school setting. Adding the Graduate Certificate in Geography Teaching to your education qualifications will allow you to keep apace of a rapidly evolving educational landscape.

Professional recognition

Articulation with other award programs is decided on a case-by-case basis.

Below is link to the list of state-based teacher registration bodies for reference.

State-based Teacher Registration Bodies (PDF, 30Kb)

Higher education

Applicants must possess a teaching qualification, normally a Bachelor of Education, Master of Teaching or a Graduate Diploma of Education (or equivalent).

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all degrees are taught in English. If your education courses were not solely in English, as per the International Handbook of Universities or the World Higher Education database, please attach a scanned original copy of English Proficiency Test results. Admission requires an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) (or equivalent test) score of at least 6.5 and competence in all test components (IELTS score of 6.0).

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at http://policies.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/policy/Credit_for_Recognised_Learning_Manual.pdf.

Students must be admitted in an award degree of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration/documents/Application_for_CRL.pdf to opencurtin@curtin.edu.au along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/scanned-documents.cfm.

For further information, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au.

The National Curriculum requires all primary and lower secondary school teachers to teach Geography. This degree is designed to provide up skilling of teachers in the discipline of Geography to enable them to meet the demands of the National Curriculum. It requires no prior knowledge of Geography. The Graduate Certificate will be targeted at a national audience.

Recommended Study Pattern

Complete 4 out of the following 5 subjects below:

  • GPH510 Human Geography
  • GPH512 Physical Geography
  • GPH513 Global Cities and Regions
  • GPH514 Geographies of Food Security
  • EDU575 Curriculum and Instruction - Social Sciences (Upper Secondary) 

Students should speak to the Teachers Registration Board relevant to the state they wish to teach in, for further advice (State-based Teacher Registration Bodies).

Award Requirements

Successful completion of 4 subjects.

Students should speak to the Teachers Registration Board relevant to the state they wish to teach in, for further advice (State-based Teacher Registration Bodies).

Choose your subjects


There are four Open Subjects in this degree. Students can study any or all of the four discipline-specific subjets as open subjects. However, should student wishes to complete the ‘Graduate Certificate in Geography Teaching’, the student MUST submit an Application Form and ensure that entry requirements are met. Please note that students who complete the four open GPH subjects cannot be awarded the ‘Graduate Certificate in Geography Teaching’ unless entry requirements have been satisfied.

Students who do not satisfy all the degree eligibility requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Geography Teaching can apply for the‘Graduate Certificate in Geography’. Entry requirements for this Graduate Certificate will include an undergraduate degree but not specific to Teaching.