“There’s nothing better than turning a child’s average day into an amazing day with just a few little comments. That’s so powerful.”

Nathan Portelli

Primary school teacher at Kororo Public School and Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary) graduate

Welcome to the Faculty of Education

Our ambition is to disrupt the education profession and to transform it in powerful, positive ways. This collective philosophy is underpinned by an impressive research profile and our collaboration with colleagues, educational organisations and schools across the country and around the globe.

Contemporary education demands teachers who are equipped with tools for contemporary practice. Southern Cross University is deeply invested in nurturing these skills and in developing the next generation of talented educators with imagination, courage and passion. 

Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles, Executive Dean, Faculty of Education

 Video transcript

Professor, thanks a lot for your time here. We have been through a very, very tough year, but it's 2021, and I'd like to ask you what the future represents for your portfolio.

For us, what we're going to do is bigger and better is how I can put it, and we've been known as an outstanding faculty for decades, but going forward we're shifting our gaze, as I said, we're growing bigger, we're expanding all of our programs internationally.

From a personal point of view, what sort of impacts do you think you will bring to the portfolio?

For me, well, I can take you back a little bit about my past if you like. So I was a primary school teacher, a career primary school teacher, I did my PhD in environmental education and sustainability. In that time I've had the privilege of being able to seriously be part of transforming education.

Is there enough real world experience outside of academia for staff, do you think?

So, all of our staff in terms of academics are teachers, so whether that be in early childhood, or primary, or secondary, of those staff, they do much of their research in schools and early childhood centres.

We work hand in glove with the profession because we adore the profession of education and we're about making it better and making a difference to that. So we also have many staff who are practicing principals right now, who are teachers now, who work as casual academics, and they work alongside and with our academics as well.

This might be difficult, but how would you sum up in three key words what your portfolio represents?

Passion, disruption, and transformation.

Beautiful, in five year’s time and once your students have graduated, five years down the track after they graduated, how would you like their peers or employers to view them?

I'd like them, and I know that they're already viewed, those students who are five years now, but five year’s time, as outstanding professionals and with education the journey doesn't just stop when you finish your undergraduate degree. Five years in they'll already be engaging in further higher learning, whether that be a master's, or their honours, or their PhD, or their doctorate, that we find that students, they come back to us.

I'd like to wish you a prosperous year and thank you for your time.

Thank you it's my pleasure.

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Professional experience

We enjoy strong, collaborative links with teachers, schools and other educational organisations across the region, as well as with the national and international educational community. These partnerships ensure our students enjoy quality educational placements through Southern Cross University's professional network.

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Research in the Faculty

The Faculty of Education is a research leader impacting cogent theory, policy advancement, public debate and practice. We have a global reputation for excellence in collaborative and transdisciplinary educational research, and our contribution to addressing significant education problems informs public policy, curriculum and pedagogy.

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Our people

Our lecturers and researchers are internationally renowned, bringing world-leading research and practice to the classroom. You’ll be taught by some of the brightest educational leaders, who contribute to Australian and international curriculum and policy, and who were given the highest possible rating in the latest Australian Research Council Engagement and Impact Assessment National Report (2018-2019).

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Contact the Faculty of Education

Associate Dean (Research) & HDR

T: +61 7 5589 3132

E: lexi.lasczik@scu.edu.au

Associate Dean (Education)

T: +61 2 6620 3618

E: wendy.boyd@scu.edu.au

Director of Professional Experience

T: +61 2 6620 3138

E: cathy.lembke@scu.edu.au

Chair of Initial Teaching Education

T: +61 2 5589 3279

E: lewes.peddell@scu.edu.au

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