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Pathways to teaching

Didn't meet the entry requirements for your chosen initial teacher education course? Don't worry, there's more than one way to become a teacher with ACU.

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Career outcomes

Our graduates have pursued careers as:

  • early childhood educators
  • educational leaders
  • academics
  • education officers
  • primary school teachers
  • trainers
  • researchers
  • career practitioners
  • secondary school teachers
  • policy development officers
  • special needs educators
  • principals
  • advocacy
  • tutors
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About teaching and education

We all have that one teacher whose influence continues to push us to be our best selves years after we’ve left their classroom. Our teaching and education courses give you the tools to be that teacher that students remember and, just as importantly, mentor and lead the next generation of educators. We are ranked in the top 100 for education worldwide so, whether you’re coming into a course straight from high school or have already logged countless hours in front of a whiteboard, we’ll be able to introduce you to the most effective ways to inspire learning, spark ambition and impact the future.

Admission pathways

There are multiple ways to get into teaching at ACU. If you didn’t meet the entry requirements for your course, completion of a pathway course could lead to a teaching degree. Previous work experience, tertiary study or volunteering may also give you the edge you need.

Study teaching, reach the world

When you study at ACU, you could do a placement in remote or rural Australia, find yourself in a classroom on a remote Pacific island, in Nepal or in South Africa or do a study tour in Rome. Whatever your journey, ACU offers a number of scholarships to support you on your way.

Learn in the classroom

Our hands-on initial teacher education courses put you in front of the class. You’ll get to teach in schools at different stages of your course to ensure your practical experience evolves alongside your theoretical knowledge base. Our placement program also gives you diverse classroom experiences, so you’ll be in a better position to choose your future career path. Our primary and secondary teaching degrees can also prepare you to teach in Catholic, government and other faith-based schools within Australia.

Leadership in schools

We offer a diverse range of programs across early childhood, primary and secondary education, disability and inclusion contexts, religious education and leadership development. Our courses are designed and accredited in collaboration with industry experts from Catholic education, government sector, independent schools and international partners to ensure we continue to respond to industry and accreditation needs and incorporate the latest in pedagogical innovation.

Meet our students and staff

Student profile Nicholas Fengaros

Nicholas Fengaros

Current student

Nicholas Fengaros is a fourth-year student studying a Bachelor of Education (Primary). He is a Golden Key recipient and part of the NETDS Program at ACU; a program which allows high-achieving pre-service teachers to help in disadvantaged schools.

Nicholas chose to study at ACU because of our reputation and “connection of friendship, community and care.”

Teaching has been Nicholas’s dream job since he was eight years old; seeing it as not just a job, but an opportunity. Educating, inspiring and providing students with opportunities for academic growth and personal transformation is something Nicholas is very passionate about and he aspires to make a difference in others’ lives through education. The greatest gift he can give to his students is “the love of endless learning; each student has the potential to bring something unique and exceptional to the world.”

According to Nicholas, education courses at ACU provide a “high level of knowledge and professional skills necessary to foster innovative pedagogy.” Due to our small class sizes and sense of community, students like Nicholas form positive professional relationships with tutors and lecturers as they inspire and mentor cohorts through their studies.

Nicholas has also undertaken many placements and community engagement practicums that have prepared him to enter the workforce. Nicholas believes that while no two placements are the same, every placement has shaped the teacher he will become. Mentoring his students and hearing them say “Good morning Mr Fengaros” has confirmed he is moving in the right direction.

Staff profile Professor Elizabeth Labone

Professor Elizabeth Labone

Executive Dean of Education and Arts

Professor Elizabeth Labone is the Acting Executive Dean of Education and Arts. Her field of expertise is education psychology and she is an internationally recognised scholar in the area of teacher efficacy.

Professor Labone has worked in teacher education for more than 25 years. Her recent projects include a large multi-state study of the engagement and retention of students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds, and a review of resilience in school leaders.

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