About us

Welcome to the School of Education at Deakin University. The School of Education is one of the larger schools in the University and operates across 3 campuses - Burwood, Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool. It is a leading provider of primary and secondary teacher education, early childhood educator preparation, educational leadership and adult, vocational and applied learning education.

It also offers a range of innovative and flexible postgraduate and higher degree by research programs. Courses are offered to on-campus students at the Burwood, Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool campuses, and to off-campus students throughout Australia and internationally. Our strong doctoral programs are preparing the next generation of researchers and academics.

School of Education academics are part of knowledge building communities at local, state, national and international levels. We have a wide range of expertise including: Arts Education; Mathematics Education; Science and Environmental Education; Health and Physical Education; Language and Literacy Education; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; Teaching Languages Other Than English; Humanities Education; Pedagogy and Curriculum; Educational Policy, Leadership and Internalisation; Early Childhood Education; Applied Learning and Professional Education and Training.

The School has a vibrant research culture and is involved in a number of ARC funded projects. The School is aligned with one of Deakin's 11 Strategic Research Centres: The Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation (CrEFI). CrEFI's researchers are committed to theoretically informed and practice oriented research that informs educational policy and practice. CrEFI aims to be known not only for the excellence of its research but also its philosophical direction that acknowledges the necessary links between knowledge production, social change, and equitable learning outcomes. Research programs include: Science, mathematics, environmental and health education for sustainable communities; Pedagogy, cultures and professional engagement; and, Governance, policy and educational leadership in local and global contexts. Interdisciplinary themes include: Rural and Regional Education and Communities; Internationalisation, Inclusivity and Knowledge Work; Professional learning, practice and ethics.

The School offers a range of undergraduate and graduate initial teacher education programs for early childhood, primary, and secondary teaching as well as continuing professional learning programs in postgraduate degrees. We also offer a suite of Certificate, Graduate Certificate and Masters level courses specialising in the areas of Educational Leadership and Administration, Special Educational Needs, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Teaching Languages Other Than English (TLOTE). Many courses have attractive optional pathways and flexible entry and exit points providing versatility for busy professionals. In addition, the School offers the Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, designed to meet the requirements for tertiary teaching for academic staff at Deakin.

The School maintains a strong commitment to distance education and flexible learning. We provide the opportunity to 'learn where you live', and this means that the School's students are in all areas of Victoria, as well as across Australia and in international settings. We also welcome students from many regions, including North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, to study on-campus.

The School of Education has a long and successful history of the provision of successful professional development programs, evaluations and research projects for the Victorian Government Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) and the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). The School's CREFI - Partnerships and Engagement manages and administers a range of contracted projects.

The Centre for Teaching Asian Languages and Cultures (CTALC) works with the School of Education and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences to coordinate the delivery of teaching Languages Other Than English (LOTE) programs and language programs. Building on Deakin University's extensive experience in teacher education and its strong language programs in Indonesian and Chinese, the Centre's work is aimed at building effective partnerships in order to increase teacher supply and enhance the quality of Asian languages education.

Please feel free to contact any of the members of staff that you will encounter during your visit to our site. We will be pleased to provide any further information you might require about any of our activities and/or to receive your feedback about our activities.

Professor Christine Ure
Head of School

Professor Ure
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