The School of Teacher Education is an innovative and forward-looking group of scholars who are committed to the preparation of high quality teachers for early-childhood, primary and secondary settings - particularly for schools disadvantaged by the experience of geographical and socio-economic inequality. The School operates across two Campuses, at Bathurst and Dubbo and staff in both locations share a strong commitment to social justice, environmental sustainability, the valuing of difference and ongoing inquiry into professional practice. We offer students a range of teaching and learning modes, from full-time on campus study, to part-time distance education, although in all modes our students are connected on-line with staff and other students through the CSU e-learning environment.
About The School - A productive relationship with local schools
We have a large range of courses on offer in the School at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels, and we are proud of the quality of staff attention to the ongoing renewal and innovation of courses and subjects. Staff within the School are working collaboratively on research associated with pedagogy and learning, on inclusive educational practices, flexible delivery and authentic assessment. The School has two important committees which ensure a rich intellectual and professional development program - the Learning and Teaching Committee and the Research Development Committee.
The School of Teacher Education is committed to making a contribution to the social sustainability of our bioregion, the Murray-Darling Basin, by equipping our graduates with the skills to be able to make a significant contribution to schools of most need in our region. We aim to graduate informed, critical and creative educators who see their future careers as having the potential to make a difference in the lives of individuals, communities and our wider society. As in all professional degrees at Charles Sturt University, the education programs in the School of Teacher Education place a strong emphasis on the relationship between the theoretical and practical elements of the teaching profession. The School of Teacher Education has a productive relationship with schools in our local region, and we have a strong history of attracting many local school teachers to work as part-time or seconded lecturers. A number of our subjects also involve working closely with school students on real educational projects, allowing our students to gain hands-on experience relevant to their future careers.
Programs in Primary - Early Childhood & Secondary Education
Our programs in primary, early childhood and secondary education prepare graduates to recognise classrooms as a body of students with diverse learning needs. This inclusive ethos is fostered by core subjects in both programs that position the learner in the centre of the teaching/learning experience. As a result, our students graduate as teachers with expert knowledge on how children learn. Through a wide variety of practicum placement options, students also graduate with the confidence to teach across all stages in which they have qualified.