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Learning is a life-long endeavour and the Faculty of Education and Arts is with you every step of the way.
Whether you’re at the beginning of your learning journey or you’re an experienced professional wanting to focus your leadership skills, our education and arts degrees put your learning into a global context and give you access to teaching experts engaged in the latest research. We focus on practical learning and real-world experience that benefits from strong connections with industry, government and the community.
The National School of Education supports you throughout your whole career, from initial teacher education through to postgraduate study and to courses in leadership. We connect you with learning and teaching experts working in evidence-based, pedagogical innovation.
Fire up your imagination and get a new perspective on the world when you study with the National School of Arts. Our programs are designed to give you critical-thinking and reasoning skills that will allow you to adapt, evolve and keep pace with an ever-shifting job market. They also offer the chance to take your learning global, opportunities for personal growth through community engagement and a higher degree research network that is producing ground-breaking work.
As part of fulfilling ACU’s mission, we run a number of ongoing development and engagement programs with community groups in Australia and abroad. The opportunity to create lasting change in the community is embraced by our students who find working on these programs a rewarding and unique way to build skills and knowledge.Explore our work
See the work of our talented visual arts students and staff, alongside artists from outside ACU, in our curated gallery spaces. Throughout the year our galleries host exhibitions that reflect on ACU’s mission and themes of social justice and community empowerment. These spaces can also be hired as venues for events.Visit our galleries
Education experts at Australian Catholic University say teachers should bring back a sense of joy to student learning and extend lunch breaks when schools resume in October.General,Education
Through this workshop you will gain insights into what creates a great pitch and have the chance to start crafting your own pitch.Collaborate plus
Pitching and storytelling masterclass.
Learn more about finding your ‘first money’ and grow your understanding of investment, philanthropy, sales and the legal considerations for social entrepreneurs.Collaborate plus
Digital marketing essentials. The five stories of social change and identifying your customer avatar.
Learn more about personal sustainability, building great company cultures, team building and project management.Collaborate plus
Business modelling and value proposition design
If sporadic pandemic lockdowns continue, they are likely to create significant challenges of identity, connectedness, and equity of education for children in disadvantaged communities.General,Education
Inspiring First Nations people to become teachers is a major ambition of strong and proud First Nations woman and teaching student, Carmel Debel.Career,General
The NSW Government’s COVID-19 TechVoucher program is now open for applications.Collaborate Plus
New findings from ILSTE research discusses Teaching Performance Assessments as cultural disruptors in Initial Teacher Education.
Professor Michele Haynes has been appointed Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences (QAAS). Michele is an accredited statistician and a long involvement and career in longitudinal analys...Education,Research
For the Australian Catholic University students and alumni elite athletes, indelible memories were carved into their minds as they contemplate what comes next in their sporting and career journeys.General
ACU's five Paralympians have returned home from Tokyo having unearthed previously undiscovered strengths.General,Career
Australian Catholic University (ACU) and the Order of Malta have signed a memorandum of understanding that details partnering on a range of life-changing engagement initiatives that work with groups w...
Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Patrick Duignan who was awarded the 2021 Paul Brock Award for a significant contribution to education at the NSW Australian Council for Education Leaders (ACEL) c...General
The winner of ACU’s Prize for Poetry Anna Murchison will be an inspiration to late starters in many fields. The prize-winning poet did not even start writing poetry until she was 50.
Young refugees and migrants are the key to limiting the spread of Covid-19 and managing recovery in their communities, new ACU research has found.Research
Staff and students on ACU's Brisbane campus will be able to borrow a human book in a scheme designed to increase understanding through human contact.General
Professor Vince Geiger , from the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, was recently invited to present the Clements-Foyster Lecture at the annual conference of the Mathematics Educat...Education,Research
The National Library has announced it will acquire a unique collection of Calabrian stories, songs, and prayers brought to Australia by migrant Carmela Speranza and recorded through an ACU research th...
Australian Catholic University Professor John Munro, a respected psychologist and education expert, said important mental health lessons were learned during Melbourne’s 111-day lockdown – one of the w...General,Education
Australia’s only academic program dedicated to the archaeology, history and languages of Ancient Israel will be introduced at Australian Catholic University (ACU), offering units on Archaeology of Anc...Education
On 15 July, ILSTE hosted the fifth GTPA Digital Symposium with the 19 higher education institute partners.Research,Education
The Hon Justice Martin Daubney AM and Ms Virginia Bourke have been appointed to the positions of Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor of Australian Catholic University (ACU).Vice-Chancellor and President
The research team behind an innovative program tackling cardiovascular disease risk in children has been recognised with one of the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia’s (CAPHIA...Education,General
Four-time Paralympic swimmer Brenden Hall and Rio sevens rugby gold medallist Emma Tonegato are among 11 current and former students who will represent ACU in Japan at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paral...General,Career
In this secular age, fewer people are engaging in religious ritual but many still seek spiritual experience.Research
Professor Steven Graham, International Professorial Fellow with ILSTE and of Arizona State University (ASU), has been awarded the prestigious William S Gray Citation of Merit from the International Li...Education,Research
Student teachers from Catholic and multifaith backgrounds are learning about the distinct identity of Catholic schools, including the values, ethics, and moral reasoning, thanks to an expanding Austra...General,Education
Ballarat Hub draws Melbourne teaching students to the region.General,Education
A national event was held to develop strategies for developing Catholic school leaders into the futureGeneral,Education
Green space around primary schools may improve students’ academic performance.Media Release,General
Head of the School of Philosophy Dr Richard Colledge writes on the importance of providing general education through systems such as ACU’s Core Curriculum.General
ILSTE Researchers further examine digital disruption at the Australian Curriculum Conference on 5 June, in the stream Adapting to Change.Education,Research
Recent PhD student and early career researcher (ECR) Dr Lesley Friend, now a Research Fellow with the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, celebrates graduation as well as a research...Research
ACU has awarded its highest honour, an honorary doctorate, to Marionne MacRitchie and a posthumous award to the Hon John Fahey AC, GCSG during graduation ceremonies in Sydney.General
The Multimodal Special Interest Group at the National Institute of Education in Singapore has run Professional Learning presented by ILSTE’s Professor Len Unsworth, for those interested in specialized...Research
A former soldier is helping other veterans find peace through university study.Career,Education
Australian research, proven to improve children’s heart health and fitness, has been published by JAMA Pediatrics, the top-ranked paediatrics journal in the world.
New book offers a valuable contribution to the expanding conversation on big data and digital disruption in education. Edited by Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith, Professor Bob Lingard, and Dr Elizabeth H...General,Research
Two ACU academics have been awarded prizes in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.Career
ILSTE researchers are successful with a new project Future Education: Evidence-based innovations for Queensland schooling and workforces. A new Futures Framework will be created, using evidence of sc...Research
ACU historian Professor Noah Riseman has been shortlisted for the Ernest Scott Prize for his book Pride in Defence: The Australian Military & LGBTI Service since 1945.Research,Career
ACU child protection expert Daryl Higgins has joined a prestigious list of international researchers to deliver a $2.8 million national study unpacking the prevalence and effects of child maltreatment...General
"White Russians, Red Peril", A new book uncovering by ACU's Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick uncovers the little known history of Russian migration to Australia.Research
There are stereotypes that underestimate the range of boys' preferences for reading and the changing nature of those preferences as they develop as readers.
The interaction of emotional lived experiences and subject choice plans and decisions is reported in a new study.Research
Educational psychologist John Munro discusses how to identify, understand and nurture gifted children.Education
ACU sociologist Professor Bryan Turner has been invited to speak in a prestigious Oxford Union Debate on the topic of Immortality.General
Understandings of culturally-based conceptions of writing motivation among Chinese students were advanced in this paper by Professor Clarence Ng at ILSTE and colleagues.Research
A webinar on 26 March will address the dangers of fake news and populism in a time of pandemic
A survey of Australia’s principals has found last year’s ravaging bushfires, followed by shock floods, and the COVID-19 global pandemic had an immense impact on the stress and workload of school leade...General
A new article by ILSTE’s Professor Clarence Ng researched the question - What motivates high school students to persist with challenging science?Research
The design of maths modelling tasks by teachers for use by students has been informed by recent research by ILSTE academic Professor Vince Geiger and co-authors Prof Peter Galbraith (University of Que...Research
How Australian middle-school students make meaning in science education by drawing on their science epistemic beliefs (SEB) is the subject of a new article in the International Journal of Education Re...Research
Professor Steve Graham, ILSTE Professorial Fellow with the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, has been honoured and named as Regents Professor with Arizona State University in Febr...Research
Higher education partners of the Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment (GTPA), an initiative of the Australian Catholic University’s Institute for Learning Science and Teacher Education will convene...
ACU’s leadership in humanities has been further recognised with a prominent book award for one of our senior researchers.
Teacher education research agendas communicated in the book Innovation and Accountability in Teacher Education (by ACU ILSTE academics Claire Wyatt—Smith and Lenore Adie) is a result of ACU education ...Research
ACU is delighted to announce the first two in a group of teaching appointments to the new Ramsay Program in Western Civilisation.Career
ACU’s Institute of Child Protection Studies is part of a new Global Safeguarding Alliance (GSA) that will promote knowledge and worldwide exchange on safeguarding and the prevention of abuse of childr...Media Release
ACU is delighted to announce the appointment of the inaugural Director of the ACU Ramsay Program in Western Civilisation, Professor Robert Carver, who will join ACU on 4 January 2021.Education
Research shows gaps in the teaching of writing in a recent article in The Conversation.Research
The Virtual Symposium on Onlife Learning in early childhood education occurring on Friday 20 November 2020, will hear about technology-enabled learning contexts relevant for early childhood.Research
ACU clinical exercise physiologist Dr Phil Chapman supervised a simulation demonstrating how heat affects classroom learning for ABC series Big Weather (and how to survive it).Education
Gender diverse youth feel significantly less safe at school than other students but they trust adults to tackle sexual harassment and support them in risky situations, according to a new Australian Ca...Media Release
Canberra-based poet Geoff Page is the 2020 winner of the ACU Prize for Poetry for his entry Jericho. His winning poem was selected ahead of Footprints by Fiona Lynch from Elwood in Victoria ($5,000 se...Media Release
Teenagers with controlling-style parents experience a sharp drop in mental health and self-esteem, and the damage can be lasting, a world-first ACU study has found.Media Release,General
Both elite and amateur athletes would get better performance bang for their buck using traditional carbohydrate drinks/sports foods rather than costly hydrogel drinks, according to ACU researchers who...Research
Australia's workforce, economy and society needs the capabilities of a humanities education: critical thinking, analytical and research skills, and the ability to grapple with and communicate complex ...
Separated or divorced parents normally grapple with countless issues, but the COVID-19 crisis means they face new difficulties negotiating shared care of children with the stress of balancing work, ho...
Internationally renowned historian of modern Russia, Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick FAHA, and leading early modern scholar of gender and emotions, Professor Susan Broomhall FAHA, have been appointed to ...
Seven new research centres will enhance ACU’s reputation in the arts, education, health, and theology and philosophy.Research
Inspiring Torres Strait Islanders with English as a second language is part of the toolkit for a new breed of teachers trained to work in Australia’s most challenging and remote classrooms.General,Edu@ACU
Australian Catholic University (ACU) expects to offer a new BA degree in Western Civilisation from 2021.General
Professor Joy Damousi FASSA FAHA has been appointed as the Director of ACU’s new Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences.General
As part of its strong commitment to 21st century teaching practice and the digital transformation of learning, ACU will become the first Australian university to invest in the higher education online ...
Exercise has been proven to alleviate mental health problems but for many people suffering from depression or anxiety, the barriers are too great.
A revolution is taking place across four Victorian universities where student teachers are now required to pass a rigorous new assessment in order to graduate.Media Release
Entries are now open for one of Australia’s richest poetry prizes, the 2019 ACU Prize for Poetry, with poets from all over the country competing for the coveted $10,000 first prize.General
Suspending students from school often does more harm than good and should be scrapped, new ACU research shows.General
Low literacy levels in Australian children from disadvantaged backgrounds are setting up young people to continue the cycle of unemployment and socio-economic struggle, leading education experts have ...General
A new article in The Conversation co-authored by ILSTE Professor Kathy Mills and Christian Moro (Bond University), both with teaching backgrounds, opens up debate on this pivotal question for educator...Research
ACU’s Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE) has been awarded grants for two separate projects set to improve literacy and the reliability of teacher assessment.Media Release
ACU Senate has further renewed the contract for Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Greg Craven until December 2022, University Chancellor the Honourable John Fahey AC announced on Monday.Media Release
Australia’s alternative school system is an undervalued piece in the puzzle to solving the total disengagement of at-risk youth, according to an Australian Catholic University education academic.Media Release
Engineers, scientists and lawyers are just some of the professions leaving successful careers behind to become teachers across Australia, in a ‘career changer’ trend described by the two partner organ...Media Release
Low socioeconomic (SES) schools offer the most rewarding work for dedicated teachers, according to an expert in how to teach disadvantaged students...Media Release
Early Childhood Australia (ECA) this week released a new practical resource for early childhood educators to help them navigate the use of digital technologies with young children...Media Release
Cardiovascular disease risk in kids due to poor aerobic fitness has been cut by more than half in primary schools using a new online physical activity training program for teachers.Media Release
An Australian primary school teacher’s YouTube channel has passed more than three million views from its global fan base keen to watch his catchy teaching lessons set to rock and roll music.Media Release
Students take the lead and provide lessons for teachers as Kids' Conference encourages learning from each other...Media Release
Answers to your questions about the changes to admission requirements for education courses in Victoria...Media Release
Student artworks provide welcome respite for patients as part of a collaborative project with an international award-winning Arts and Health program.Media Release
Imagine what it would be like to not have to worry about the financial side of university.Media Release
ACU is incredibly proud of its teaching graduates, and the impact they make in and out of the classroom.Media Release
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