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Education

As a Macquarie teaching graduate, you’ll benefit from our uniquely developed 5Rs framework. Through this framework, you’ll become a teacher who is resilient, reflexive, responsive, ready to learn and research engaged. 

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Primary school teachers play a critical role in children’s development of the foundational skills, physical and social competencies that set them up for life.

Helping children reach their full potential is a truly rewarding endeavour. Macquarie’s primary education program is university-wide, so you’ll learn to teach subjects from each key learning area.

Potential careers:

  • primary teacher
  • researcher
  • academic
  • health worker
  • educational policy planner
  • educator and trainer of adults
  • educational adviser to government or other agencies
Build your skills as a resilient, inspiring teacher with Macquarie's courses - from early childhood, primary and secondary to teacher PD and special education.

Study with one of Australia’s largest and most diverse linguistics departments for internationally recognised qualifications.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) offers opportunities assisting refugees, migrants, international students and beyond. Learn to Teach English as a Second Language through our innovative program, combining course work and a teaching practicum.

Potential careers:

English as a second or foreign language, teaching a language other than English, or working in leadership positions in language teaching institutions. These include opportunities at TAFE or technical colleges, private language schools, language teaching institutions for migrants. NOTE: not a teaching qualification

Help refugees, migrants, international students and many others learn to communicate in English with the TESOL skills you will learn at Macquarie.

A child’s early learning is key to the emotional, social and intellectual development that predicts their success in school and life.

Macquarie has a strong reputation for early childhood teaching and research. Our programs enable you to learn from active researchers in the field.

Potential careers:

  • early childhood teacher in a birth to 5 setting
  • long day care centre teacher
  • educational researcher
  • educational officer in government and community programs
  • teacher/director in prior-to-school settings
Guide children through the early childhood developments that are key to success in school and life. Macquarie gives you the skills and experience you'll need.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people face unique challenges, and require educators who understand their perspectives.

With Macquarie’s program, you can be part of closing the gap in Indigenous education. You'll develop the skills and knowledge to provide culturally appropriate education to Indigenous Australian students.

Potential careers:

  • policy developer
  • researcher
  • case worker
  • youth adviser
  • journalist
  • Aboriginal access worker
  • Indigenous rights officer
  • health worker
  • Indigenous advocate
Help close the gap in Indigenous education. At Macquarie, you'll develop the skills and knowledge to connect with Indigenous students and their perspectives.

It’s during secondary school that young people acquire the skills that improve their opportunities for good jobs or further education.

You’ll learn to teach subjects in each key learning area through Macquarie’s university-wide secondary education program. You’ll be taught by academics who are also cutting-edge researchers in the field.

Potential careers:

  • secondary teacher
  • educator and trainer of adults
  • researcher
  • policy planner
  • policy writer
  • educational adviser to government or other agencies
  • training agency consultant
  • corporate educational services consultant
  • educational planning advocate
Inspire high school students, and prepare them for good jobs and further study. At Macquarie you'll benefit from cutting-edge research and practical experience.

Special education is the practice of educating students with special educational needs in a way that addresses their individual differences and needs.

Learn from experts who can teach you about special education in learning and developmental disabilities, communication disorders, emotional and behavioural disorders and physical disabilities as well as vision and hearing impairments and sensory impairments.

Potential careers:

Special education teachers or in related professional areas such as disability services, post-school employment support, respite care, early intervention etc. Teacher for vision and hearing/ deaf or hard of hearing impaired.

Help all children succeed in school and life. At Macquarie you'll learn to effectively teach students with physical, developmental, behavioural and other needs.

High-quality teachers play a critical role in supporting students in reaching their full potential.

By building on your existing knowledge and experience, you can strengthen your leadership capabilities, thereby guiding your colleagues to enhance their teaching and leading skills.

Potential careers:

  • classroom-based leader
  • education administrator
  • education researcher
  • mentor for other teachers
  • language and literacy specialist
  • policy development and analysis specialist
  • special education and inclusion consultant
  • STEM education designer and leader
  • teaching and learning technologies advisor
Better support your students by building on your existing knowledge and leadership skills with Macquarie's teacher professional development courses.

Today's complex and rapidly changing education environment requires strong and informed educational leaders who are visionaries committed to the continual improvement of curriculum and pedagogy.

Become educational leaders in Higher education, school education and early childhood education setting, becoming a role model for future teachers

Potential careers:

  • principal assistant/deputy principal
  • district administrator
  • instructional coordinator
  • director or supervisor
  • dean of students or faculty
  • university registrar
Inspire students and colleagues when you strengthen your educational leadership skills, and develop your passion for improving curriculum and pedagogy.

The latest research, practical skills and real-world experience will prepare you to inspire the next generation

Employability

Flexible course options

Flexible course options

At Macquarie you have the freedom to combine almost any fields of study, giving you a more diverse skill set and expanding your career options. From 2020, you can join your education degree with an arts, science, commerce and psychology degree.

Industry relevant courses

Industry relevant courses

Macquarie places emphasis on building career skills, offering multiple opportunities for practical experience in a variety of classroom settings. Students work towards teacher accreditation as required by  Australian Children’s Education & Care Authority (ACECQA) and NSW Education Standards Authority.

Top 100 in the world for Education (QS rankings by subject, 2019)

Top 100 in the world for Education (QS rankings by subject, 2019)

#1 in Sydney for undergraduate employability (QILT, 2017)

#1 in Sydney for undergraduate employability (QILT, 2017)

Get access to the classroom from year 1 and start your Professional Experience from Year 2

Get access to the classroom from year 1 and start your Professional Experience from Year 2

Practical learning

Real-world, hands-on experience

Real-world, hands-on experience

At Macquarie, we also offer Participation and Community Engagement (PACE) programs that provide opportunities for undergraduate students to gain practical experience by working with industry partners on mutually beneficial projects. Students may be eligible to apply for an approved overseas or inter-state placement.

World-leading facilities

World-leading facilities

Teach in our simulated classrooms and science labs or work with emerging technologies that are pushing the boundaries of education. You’ll also gain access to our internationally recognised on campus Early Childhood Family and Study Centre, Mia Mia, and MUSEC (the Macquarie University Special Education Centre) where you can work with children K-6 with special needs.

What our students say

Chanlina Lam

Chanlina Lam

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

"Macquarie has prepared me extremely well for my chosen career, which is to become a secondary teacher of Japanese and English. The education department specifically tailors classes to the needs of students, and they also provide advice about which teaching associations to join and information about networking opportunities.

One of the highlights of my course was studying in Japan, where I had to combine my skills in teaching, English and Japanese in an unfamiliar context. Using those skills in an authentic situation was the best practice I could have had."

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