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.

“Our programs focus on initial teacher preparation, professional learning opportunities for teachers and school leaders, and quality research training.”

Professor David Geelan
FACE SFHEA, PhD, MEd, BEd(Chem), CGertSci (Phys), GCertHE

National Head of the School of Education

Welcome from Professor David Geelan

Welcome from Professor DAVID GEELAN

I am delighted to welcome you to the National School of Education. We are a community of like-minded scholars with a passion for learning and teaching. With campuses in Sydney and Fremantle, it can truly be said that our School spans the nation. Our programs focus on initial teacher preparation, professional learning opportunities for teachers and school leaders, and quality research training.

Teaching is a profession that transforms lives and opens possibilities. Our highly-regarded teacher education programs will prepare you for a career of service to humanity, whether you are leaving school and seeking a career, or already have an undergraduate degree or career in another field and want to teach. If you are already an educator, our postgraduate coursework offerings can enhance your professional knowledge and skills. Our postgraduate research programs offer a path into studying education and exploring ways to enhance it.

A distinctive feature of The University of Notre Dame Australia is the Core Curriculum with its emphasis on Philosophy, Ethics and Theology. This is intended to develop your skills in critical thinking and analysis. It will support you in developing as a fully-rounded citizen who places your professional work within a context of service and social engagement.

A combination of deep theoretical understandings and extensive practical experience in schools (at least 30 weeks, more than in any other university in Australia) means that our graduates are highly esteemed and actively sought after in the Catholic, State and Private education sectors.

In the recent Quality Indicators for Learning & Teaching (QILT) survey by the Federal Government, the Notre Dame School of Education was #1 among Australian universities for Overall Quality of Educational Experience; Interaction with Staff and Student; and Skills Development.

So welcome, and we look forward to working, laughing and learning with you.



Find out more about Education:

Fremantle Campus Sydney Campus