Teaching and professional education

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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 teaching and professional education graduates have pursued careers as:

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



About teaching and professional 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 professional education courses give you the tools to be that teacher that students remember and, just as importantly, mentor and lead the next generation of teachers. 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 blackboard, 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

Matthew Watson

Education graduate

"I’ve always dreamed of becoming a high school teacher. From a very young age, I had really positive role models as teachers and so I was inspired by them to do the same thing."

"I’m really enjoying my time in the classroom with my students. It’s wonderful to see how enthusiastic they are about learning."

Professor Elizabeth Labone

Acting Executive Dean of Education and Arts

Professor Elizabeth Labone is an expert in education psychology and 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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