Teaching and Education

Charles Sturt University (CSU) Faculty of Education is one of the largest in Australia, producing high quality Teaching and Education graduates who are well-equipped with industry knowledge and practical experience.

CSU has courses designed to provide you with dual qualifications to maximise your employability once you graduate. These courses allow you to choose either an early childhood qualification or a secondary school qualification alongside a primary teaching degree.

Starting your career

Whether you are finishing high school or currently completing a degree, CSU has education courses that will put you at the front of the classroom.

Early Childhood Teaching

Early childhood teachers serve an influential role in the development of children from birth to five years old. They teach the basics of numeracy, literacy, music, art and literature to early childhood students and promote students' social, emotional, intellectual and physical development. Early childhood teachers are employed across several industries including education and training, health care and social assistance, public administration and safety and other related services.

Teaching today requires graduates with an awareness of social, cultural and developmental issues. Early childhood teachers are required to have an awareness and understanding of child development, sociology, Indigenous studies and research methods. Skills in interpersonal communication, leadership and special needs are essential for this career, as teachers must have the ability to cater to the needs of children in communities across our regions and in urban centres.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities for early childhood teachers exist in a wide range of educational settings with children from birth to five years old. Employment possibilities for graduates include:

  • teaching in government and non-government schools
  • long daycare centres
  • mobile preschools and
  • work-based care

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Primary Teaching

Teaching today requires graduates with an awareness of social, cultural and developmental issues. Early childhood teachers are required to have an awareness and understanding of child development, sociology, Indigenous studies and research methods. Skills in interpersonal communication, leadership and special needs are essential for this career, as teachers must have the ability to cater to the needs of children in communities across our regions and in urban centres.

Explore your passion for education in an ever-changing world and provide children with a learning experience that will see them develop and take form as tomorrow’s leaders through your career as a primary teacher.

Primary teaching is an exciting, challenging and rewarding career. Primary teachers provide an education for children from their first year of school to Year 6, ranging in age from five to 12 years. Teachers are usually trained to teach the whole curriculum including:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Health and Physical Education
  • the Arts
  • Studies of Society and the Environment

Career opportunities

Many opportunities exist for primary teachers in public and private settings. Primary teachers work professionally as classroom teachers, executive teachers, principals and assistant principals with opportunities to fill positions throughout NSW, across Australia and internationally.

You may choose to undertake further study to become a specialist primary teacher where you will have opportunities to develop and teach programs designed for children with special needs, in rural or remote areas, or for children whose second language is English.

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Secondary Teaching

Are you searching for a career in education where you can specialise in an area you are passionate about? Secondary school teachers teach one or more subjects within a prescribed curriculum to secondary school students and promote students' social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.

A career as a secondary school teacher will provide you with opportunities to teach a variety of specialty subjects including:

  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Personal Health and Development
  • Science
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Alternatively, if you are interested in teaching within a key learning areas of technology education in secondary schools, you can specialise in one of the following disciplines:

  • Agriculture Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Industrial Technology

If you choose to major in food technology or industrial technology, you can also achieve a second teaching area in graphics and multimedia technology or textiles technology.

You will become a mentor and role model for the students you teach and influence them at a pivotal stage of their lives. You will work through the prescribed curriculum using a variety of teaching techniques and materials to enhance the learning of students.

Career opportunities

Careers in the field of teaching are diverse and can lead you to teaching positions nationally and abroad. Secondary school teachers are employed across several industries including education and training, public administration and safety, health care and social assistance among others. There are a range of career opportunities that exist in public and private schools, where you can specialise in an area that best suits you.

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Adult and Vocational Education

CSU's Adult and Vocational Education programs address the professional needs of students with vocational qualifications who want to teach in their discipline area in an adult learning environment or in their particular vocational setting. Our Adult and Vocational Education programs are designed to provide a general professional development opportunity or the ability to specialise in one of several areas including:

  • Vocational Education and Training
  • Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy
  • Training Systems and Human Resource Management

Career opportunities

Our Adult and Vocational Education programs equip graduates with the knowledge and skills to enhance teaching in their technical or vocational area. Graduates develop expertise to teach at TAFE, non-TAFE providers of adult and vocational education (Registered Training Organisations) and in industry as teachers, trainers, lecturers, learning facilitators or vocational education consultants.

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Furthering your career

Charles Sturt University offers outstanding and relevant professional development opportunities to educators at any stage of their career.

Masters courses

Our six coursework Masters degrees, offered by distance education, can help you further your career through enhanced leadership skills in your area of specialisation:

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Graduate Certificate courses

This exceptional range of Graduate Certificates allows you to develop a deeper level of knowledge and enhanced skills relating to a specialised area of education, equipping you to become an advocate and leader amongst your peers in your chosen field including:


Changing your career

If you hold a degree in a range of discipline areas such as art, history, engineering, mathematics or science, then CSU provides a range of courses to take your career into a new world and help shape the minds of tomorrow.

Our industry entry programs are offered by distance education and are specifically designed to work in with your current lifestyle while you work towards a rewarding career change.

Specialisations

Technology and Applied Studies (TAS) and Vocational Education and Training (VET) are two specialties. There are options for both school leavers and for mature age students who have industry experience with the industry entry course. Flexible distance learning opportunities are available to students so you can fit study around your other commitments.

If you are not confident about plunging into university study, CSU offers the Associate Degree in Adult and Vocational Education, an entry level pathway for those wishing to work in vocational education and training settings as a teacher or trainer.

Career opportunities

Careers in teacher / training are diverse and can lead you to employment in public and private schools, tertiary education and other educational institutions nationally and abroad. If you are interested in a vocational or applied teaching career, you should consider teaching options including TAS and VET positions in schools and other teaching institutions where you will be able to specialise in an area you enjoy.

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Research in Teaching and Education

If you have developed expertise in a substantive area, have proven research skills, a desire to help lead changes in the profession into the future and are looking to take your career to a new level, CSU is well positioned to help you attain a PhD with CSU’s Doctor of Philosophy through the Faculty of Education.

CSU has a dedicated team of researchers and research supervisors who are recognised leaders in fields such as:

  • Education and Praxis
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Mathematics Education and Assessment
  • Teacher Education
  • Transitions and Pedagogy


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Teacher education in Canada

If a career as a primary teacher overseas is your calling, CSU offers opportunities for you to study internationally in Ontario, Canada. You will be given opportunities to immerse yourself in the rich Canadian culture whilst pursing your dream career as a primary teacher where every day will present exciting challenges and learning experiences.

The Bachelor of Primary Education Studies prepares teachers for rewarding careers where they will teach in primary-junior (JK-6) classrooms in Ontario.

The Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies provides a degree-level qualification for Diploma-trained educators in the field of early childhood teaching.

CSU’s Practicum provides professional opportunities to learn about and apply the range of theoretical, conceptual, and procedural knowledge developed in the other courses in the program and provides an opportunity for candidates to make explicit their capacity to discern connections between theory and practice.

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