Our teacher education programs equip you to support the growth and development of your students, and make a difference in their lives while having a fulfilling career doing something you love. We have programs to cater for every stage of your professional life from initial teacher education degrees to postgraduate degrees in leadership.

Leading the way in learning

Our teacher education degree programs are student-centric, flexibly delivered and evidence-based. You can choose from a range of diverse programs across the early childhood, primary and secondary sectors – including special education, inclusive education and disability studies, and leadership development.

We regularly review our programs to ensure they meet the contemporary needs of professional educators in Australia and overseas. Our strong industry links mean all our programs are designed and accredited together with industry experts, and we also customise programs for the Catholic sector.

When you study with us, you’ll benefit from our commitment to growing our suite of offerings, with new programs that incorporate the latest research knowledge and complement our existing vibrant research community. You will also graduate from the National School of Education with more than just a degree. With our strong focus on social justice, community engagement, and lifelong learning, our graduates leave ready to make a positive impact.

Our education graduates are experts in innovative pedagogies and technologies that foster differentiated learning. They engage in state-of-the-art assessment practices that enhance learning for every child.

Innovations in teacher education

Overseas study opportunities

The National School of Education offers our teaching students a range of exciting international study experiences, including semester exchanges that give credit to your degree, intensive study tours in Europe, and professional and community engagement in the Indo-Pacific region and South Africa.

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Courses delivered to offshore cohorts

Alongside the education degrees we provide to students in Australia, we’re also committed to working with communities across our region to provide professional development to local teachers.

Supported by the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong and the Catholic Education Office, our staff and students have worked with local teachers in East Timor, Mauritius and Kiribati. 

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Strong industry ties

Our strong industry links mean all of our teacher education programs are developed and accredited in collaboration with industry experts – including representatives from Catholic schools, government, international partners and independent schools.

We also offer specialised programs that accredit teachers for Catholic schools and Catholic leadership.

Read more about our Catholic partners


There is more than one way to become a teacher. If you don’t meet the state-based requirements for entry into our initial teacher education courses, we can offer you an alternative pathway and the support to help you reach your goal.

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Embedded teacher education programs

Leadership Development Program

In partnership with Teach for Australia, the Leadership Development Program offers exceptional young graduates from across a range of industries a nationally accredited and internationally recognised ACU Master of Teaching (Secondary) (Leading Learning). These graduates complete an intensive, placement-focused degree and are placed in schools in disadvantaged communities.

Explore the Leadership Development Program

Catholic Teacher Education Consortium (CTEC)

Responding to the growing demand for teachers in Catholic schools across Melbourne’s northern and western suburbs, we’ve partnered with the Catholic Teacher Education Consortium (CTEC): a group of Melbourne schools. Together, we’re working to increase the participation of students from low-socioeconomic schools in university education, particularly in secondary teacher education courses.

Step Up into Teaching

The transition from secondary school to university can be daunting but our Step Up into Teaching initiative introduces university-level study to secondary students in a controlled and supportive sneak-peek. If you’re in Year 11 or 12 and at a select Sydney school, you can study a first-year teacher education unit. You’ll receive credit if you then enrol at our Strathfield Campus and choose to study a relevant teacher education course.

Stanhope Gardens Catholic Learning Community Embedded Model

Master of Teaching (Primary) and (Secondary) students at our Canberra and Sydney campuses have an opportunity to participate in a program where you complete your lectures, tutorials and practicals online and in the classroom from the first day of your course.

Programs for Indigenous students

Bachelor of Education Primary (Away From Base)

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is available by direct entry application to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Away From Base mode. This study mode allows you to live and work in your local community, while studying and attending week-long intensive residentials at Strathfield each semester. 

Read more about Away From Base


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