National School of Education

Throughout your Notre Dame Education journey, whether it be in early years, primary or secondary teaching, you will be taught by lecturers who are experts with significant industry experience.

Reflecting our role as a leader in the vocation of teaching, the School of Education offers a complete spectrum of higher education programs, with an extensive range of majors and specialisations. Your studies will qualify you to teach across all sectors of education including Catholic, Government and Independent schools. The School offers a strong work-integrated learning component with about 30 weeks of practical teaching experience – significantly more than other Australian universities – which provides valuable experience in the classroom, plus the chance for you to form relationships with schools.

The School of Education aims to develop passionate, profession-ready teachers who are highly valued in a range of settings. Whether you choose to work in early childhood, primary or secondary education, we recognise that teaching is more than a profession – it is a vocation. With the support of our leading educators, you will develop the skills to lead and inspire future generations.



“When you choose to study to become a teacher you are making a decision to enter a profession where you will contribute to the formation of our young people in a partnership with their parents and their communities.”

Associate Professor Anne Coffey
Dip. Counselling (AIPC), Grad.Dip. Ed, B.P.E., M.Ed (UWA), PhD (ECU)

National Head of the School of Education


Welcome from Dr Anne Coffey

Welcome from Associate Professor Anne Coffey

It is a pleasure to welcome you to our National School of Education. Welcome to a community of passionate educators who through their expertise, personalised approach and pastoral care will support you to become a teacher who can truly make a difference.

The School has a strong reputation for graduating well-prepared, high quality teachers. Our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching degrees are recognised for the strong connection between theory and practice, and our Professional Experience program that produces work-ready graduates.

Practical experience complemented and underpinned by theory grounded in contemporary research means our graduates are highly sought after in government, Catholic and independent schools. In the recent Quality Indicators for Learning & Teaching (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey, Teacher Education at Notre Dame ranked #1 in Australia for satisfaction with teaching and overall graduate satisfaction.

Throughout your Notre Dame Education journey, whether it be in early years, primary or secondary teaching, you will be taught by lecturers who are experts with significant industry experience. You will have both formal and informal opportunities to engage with schools through our extensive network of partnerships with Catholic, government and independent schools and Early Learning Centres. Our teaching programs also provide the opportunity to achieve accreditation to teach in or teach Religious Education in Catholic schools.

When you choose to study to become a teacher you are making a decision to enter a profession where you will contribute to the formation of our young people in a partnership with their parents and their communities. In a real sense you will be shaping the future and it will be a positive future for many, because it will be touched by your unique practical skills and knowledge, developed through an exciting and innovative degree. We invite you to explore our website to find your passion, calling and vocation in education.


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