Shape the minds of tomorrow

Education is a rewarding career that can truly change lives. Few other jobs let you have such a profound impact on the lives of so many. As an educator you’ll play an important role in the social, cognitive and emotional development of your students — and become a respected member of your community.

Authentic learning experiences will prepare you for a career in early childhood, primary or secondary classrooms and beyond.

Parent & Student Information Evenings

UOW Information Evenings are being held across NSW and online to provide high school students, their parents and carers, with information to help with the decisions and choices about future university studies. Each event will provide information on UOW courses, Early Admission and UAC key dates, ATARs, scholarships, accommodation and more.

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Belong to one of the best

Go beyond the textbook:

  • Practical placements are built into our industry accredited degrees. You'll benefit from more than 80 days of professional practice. Not only do we secure and organise these high quality professional experience placements for you - we are one of few unis to also provide support throughout your professional experience. 
  • Diverse graduates: There are a variety of placements available. Opportunities include local, rural and international placements where you will apply your skills in real-world classrooms and settings. 
  • Authentic experiences: We have excellent mentoring and engagement programs with our professional practice partner schools. This includes two Demonstration Schools, where some of our lectures are delivered.

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Earn a recognised qualification:

  • Our primary and secondary education degrees are accredited and recognised as a national professional teaching qualification. 
  • Early Years education programs are accredited by the Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority.
  • See individual course descriptions for more detail.

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Discover your passion, then develop the specialist skills that employers want:

  • Choice: Find your purpose, with the choice to study early years, primary, secondary or tertiary education.
  • Specialist skills: Study a specialist teaching qualification in maths, science or physical education, autism or education leadership. Our curriculum reflects the latest approach to teacher education, and incorporates existing and emerging information technologies.
  • Challenge yourself: Contribute to the advancement of education knowledge through a research degree. 
  • Diverse graduates: At UOW, the skills you will learn are highly-transferable across a range of careers, and a diversity of education settings including rural and regional Australian, as well as internationally.

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A degree from UOW opens doors:

  • The forefront of learning: You'll have access to the $44 million Early Start facility — the most sophisticated teaching, research and community engagement initiative undertaken in Australia. 
  • Industry collaboration: UOW has a strong education research reputation in collaboration with industry.
  • Access to experts: Our academics — your teachers — are at the forefront of their specialisations. They are passionate about teaching and learning, published authors and expert researchers. 
  • University of choice: We’re considered a ‘university of choice’ with placement partnership agreements signed with over 300 schools around the region - including the Illawarra, Sutherland Shire, Campbelltown and Southern Highlands. 
  • Get noticed: Gain valuable real-world experience, and make professional connections that will help launch your career, with a professional teaching placement.

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3rd in NSW

UOW ranks third in NSW and the ACT for undergraduate Teacher Education.

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) 2023

Become one of the world's most employable graduates

A UOW education degree can lead to a wide variety of careers both inside and outside the classroom. You'll develop a range of skills, and gain the practical experience employers want.

Here is just a sample of the careers you can pursue:

  • School teacher – catholic, independent or government 
  • Early Childhood Teacher 
  • Educational consultant 
  • Educational manager 
  • High school teacher 
  • Outdoor education teacher 
  • PDHPE teacher 
  • Preschool teacher
  • Primary school teacher
  • Private college teacher
  • Recreational activities coordinator
  • School counsellor
  • School principal
  • Special education teacher
  • Sport development officer
  • TAFE teacher
  • Training and development officer

Read more: What can I do with my degree?

Even before going into schools for prac, we learn a variety of techniques and put them to practice, in a mock classroom environment. Something as simple as writing up on the white boards to practice setting things out so that kids will understand you when you do go in for placement next year has been great. It's been very easy to make the link between what we're learning and how we'll use that in our careers as teachers. Abigail Bachelor of Primary Education

A brighter future starts here

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Turn your passion into purpose

At UOW, you'll learn from passionate academics who are experts in their field, and accomplished researchers. For Claire, studying education at UOW is helping her to be the best teacher she can be.

More alumni stories

My family has been built from my time here, not only because we share passions and interests in education. We're all here, we're all young, we're all excited to be here together and we want to learn. My name is Claire Rogerson and I'm a PhD student studying music education at UOW. I really chose to come to you UOW because it had the best education program in the country and I really wanted to learn from the best. The fact that when I came here it was taught differently to every class I'd ever been in and they were engaging, and I really appreciate that the teachers here at UOW think more widely and think how they can apply this learning to your future application as a teacher. They really put some consideration into the course program, the outline, so that it gets you to be where you need to be as the best teacher possible.

Study in the home of education research

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