National School of Education

Inspiring future generations

Whether you want to become a teacher, a leader or are looking to develop your career, our teaching degrees explore every facet of education, providing you with the skills and knowledge required to have a positive impact on young people's lives.

Designed in conjunction with our industry partners, our courses in early childhood, primary and secondary education, inclusive education and leadership development are delivered by experts in their field using the latest research-led pedagogical innovations.

Why choose us?

ACU National School of Education

ACU is the leading provider of graduate teachers in Australia with a long history of cutting-edge and evidence-based teacher education. A teaching degree at ACU will prepare you with relevant, real-world understanding and experiential knowledge in the pursuit of lifelong learning.

Committed to championing innovative learning in a rapidly evolving environment, our courses are uniquely designed to engage in rigorous inquiry, reflection, and research to improve learning outcomes for students of all ages.

Our undergraduate and postgraduate education courses are recognised globally as some of the best in Australia with our research strengths identified in the fields of mathematics and literacy education, educational leadership, inclusion and early childhood education.

At ACU your degree will help you make an impact and inspire young minds in an ever-changing world.

Learn today, lead tomorrow

Be a catalyst for change

ACU is proud to be a national leader in improving career pathways for initial teacher education, supporting evidence-based professional learning for teachers and delivering micro-credentials in areas of need.

We are one of the top 50 universities in the world for education* and 94 per cent of our teaching graduates are employed**. We have strong ties to industry and respond quickly to the changing needs of the sector and employers.

ACU has been awarded a five-star rating for learner engagement, skills development and graduate salary***.

Why study at ACU

Find your course

Our education courses are designed to meet industry standards and accreditation requirements. Developed in consultation and collaboration with the education sector and industry partners, our courses are reviewed regularly to ensure they include the latest research and pedagogical innovations.

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Our Focus and Approach

The rapidly changing modern world presents new challenges to our education system. To ensure teaching effectiveness, our education degrees have been carefully crafted in consultation with industry stakeholders to deliver contemporary pedagogy practice. Our globally recognised student-centric degrees are flexibly delivered and evidence-based.

Our teaching strategies focus on integrated curriculum with an evidence-based and research informed approach. Embedded programs are couched in a practical context, with our school-based placements taking your learning directly into the classroom. Our wrap around support for real-world learning is delivered through internship offerings and postgraduate employment-based programs.

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At home in a classroom

Regardless of what stage you're at in your learning journey, our professional learning programs equip you to maximise your impact as an educator. Whether you're at the beginning of your journey, or well established in a school setting, we're building relationships to ensure the next generation of teachers have the benefit of accumulated knowledge.

Meet our staff

Learn more about the National School of Education staff, read their profiles and see their publication history.

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Contact us

Find out how you can contact the National School of Education, as well as where our offices are based on campus.

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Facilities and services

Get ready for the classroom in our specialist teaching spaces, including fully equipped art and music studios, early childhood rooms, maths and science teaching labs.

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Staff profile

Staff profile

Professor Donna King

National Head of School of Education

Professor Donna King is the National Head of School of Education at ACU. She began her career as a science, mathematics and religion teacher in secondary Catholic schools moving into tertiary teaching as a science educator. Her PhD was in context-based teaching in Chemistry and a body of research followed spanning four interconnecting fields: context-based science education, the emotional engagement of students in science in the middle years, the use of engineering contexts for teaching STEM and STEM - industry partnerships in schools.

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Engagement and impact

Across our faculty, we’re living the ACU mission by going out into the community and working for the benefit of society. 

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Take your study abroad

Gain a new perspective on the world to take into your classroom. Learn more about the overseas opportunities available to education students.

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Postgraduate alumni rebate

Are you a current or former domestic ACU student wanting to enrol in a postgraduate education program? You may be eligible for a 10% discount.

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LANTITE assessment

All our initial teacher education students need to successfully meet literacy and numeracy benchmarks before they graduate. 

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*Shanghai Ranking, Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022
**2022 Graduate Outcomes Survey, overall employment for domestic undergraduates, four months after graduating
***Good Universities Guide 2023/2024

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