Warning! This is a restricted degree. Subject enrolment is only available to students admitted into this degree.

Degree structure

Degree details

Please note: This program has been withdrawn and will not be available for new applicants.

On completion of the degree students will be able to:

  1. understand the theoretical underpinnings of the discipline of history, and an ability to apply an historical perspective to the study of social life, understand the approaches most appropriate to the teaching of history.
  2. think critically, creatively and reflectively within the history discipline and across disciplinary boundaries, and to apply these skills in the classroom.
  3. locate relevant information from a range of sources to make decisions about the significance of this information in the development of an historical analysis of social life and to determine the most appropriate teaching methods.
  4. communicate effectively through a variety of written, oral and other formats to diverse audiences in ways appropriate to the teaching of history to children.
  5. use a variety of technologies and the ability to decide on their applications appropriately.
  6. show sustained intellectual curiosity by taking responsibility for one's own learning and intellectual development through the recognition of a range of learning strategies, use current teaching knowledge and skills to enhance the teaching of history.
  7. understand social life in a range of local and global contexts through the recognition of international practices in history teaching.
  8. appreciate the importance of historical knowledge in contributing to an understanding of cultural diversity and human rights.
  9. understand the importance of appropriate theories and ethical and principled methods for undertaking historical research, produce appropriate scholarly knowledge through research, apply knowledge and skills gained during teacher training and/or classroom practice to improve the teaching of history.

Successful completion of this Graduate Certificate may enable a qualified teacher to teach History as a classroom subject. Prospective students are advised to contact the relevant Teachers Registration Board regarding the requirements of gaining a qualification in History teaching in their State. Some states require four subjects in the History discipline. If this is the case in your State, you will need to take a fourth History subject from another provider. If your State does not require you to study a curriculum subject, you may substitute another History subject for the curriculum subject offered by Curtin.

Professional recognition

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). Please note, EDU575 Curriculum and Instruction - Social Sciences (Upper Secondary) must be undertaken after the completion of no less than two History content subjects.

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all degrees are taught in English. If your education degrees 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 History. This degree is designed to provide up-skilling of teachers in the discipline of History to enable them to meet the demands of the National Curriculum. It requires no prior knowledge of History.

Award Requirements

Successful completion of all 4 subjects.

This degree has been withdrawn and will not be available for new applicants. Existing students who are working towards this degree can continue to enrol in subjects.

The final availabilities of the subjects being retired are listed below.

  • HIST513 Democracy and Dictatorship - SP2 2019
  • HIST514 Interpreting History - SP3 2019
  • HIST515 Twentieth Century Australia - SP3 2019