The School of Education officially joined the Faculty of Arts last month. Now the biggest of the departments and schools in the Faculty, the School is also the third-largest provider in New South Wales for teacher education.

As well as its outstanding reputation for teaching and research, the School is home to the Mia Mia Child and Family Study Centre, an early education centre for children from birth to five years; and the Macquarie University Special Education Centre, a primary school for children with special needs. In the wider education sector, the School offers professional development to educators through its Academy of Continuing Development in Education.

Mia Mia Child and Family Study Centre is a long-day early childhood school that also provides opportunities for educational training and research.

FAST FACTS: School of Education

Dean of Education: Professor Mary Ryan

Academic staff: 56

Professional Staff: 49 (including the teachers from the Centre and School)

Number of students enrolled: 14,255

Location: 29 Wally’s Walk

Learn more about the programs offered in the School of Education from the Dean of Education, Professor Mary Ryan:

The School of Education conducts research across the lifespan of education, including effective teaching methods, curriculum content, leadership and policy, child development and learning environments, inclusive and special education, and social, cultural and linguistic diversity. Partnership research is a particular feature as the School maintains strong links with centres, schools, community organisations and corporate entities with an interest in education and new technologies for learning.

The School is ranked in the top 100 Schools of Education globally and achieved an overall 4 in ERA, as well as the highest rating for impact and engagement.

Professor Ryan said the integration would allow the School to work more closely with the Faculty to further existing strong interdisciplinary connections and collaborations.

“There are many areas of collaboration across Arts and Education, and this move opens up new opportunities to draw on our collective research strengths for an even deeper engagement with the community,” she said.