The Diploma in Education has been a licence to teach in Western Australia since 1929. As an award made outside the State's education system, the history of the decision-making behind its institution has been overlooked. This article surveys some of the more important decisions made by The University of Western Australia as it staked out its territory in teacher education and training in the first half of the 20th Century. It suggests that the main motivation for such involvement by the University was to protect the quality of its matriculants, many of whom came from independent schools.
& Whitehead, C.
Staking out the Territory : the University of Western Australia, the Diploma in Education and Teacher Training 1914-1956.
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 28(1).