Home to the Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education Research Cluster and TeachLab, Southern Cross University's School of Education produces teachers equipped with the latest evidence in teaching practice and adolescent education.

Our Education degrees are combined with an Arts degree to amplify the scope of your teaching practice and all degrees include substantial and meaningful work placements. You’ll be thoroughly prepared and qualified to work as a teacher in either:

  • Early Childhood settings
  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • Technology and Applied Studies (TAS) in secondary schools.

Two of our degrees qualify you to work across these categories, doubling employment opportunities either as an Early Childhood/Primary teacher or as a Primary/Secondary teacher.

Why study education and teaching at Southern Cross?

  • Extensive teaching placements arranged with our support team
  • eTeach rooms simulate classroom environment for complete work-readiness
  • Degrees accredited by both NSW and Queensland teaching authorities
  • Lecturers who are active research leaders in theory, policy advancement, public debate and practice
  • Top 400 of universities worldwide in Education - Times Higher Education University Rankings 2019.

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 All courses are delivered online due to COVID-19

All our courses that are shown to be at a specific campus will be temporarily delivered online with no face-to-face teaching for Session 2 and 3. This may continue longer depending on when the Government instructs us that it is safe to resume normal face-to-face classes on campus. Our normal online courses will continue unaffected.

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Meet our graduates

Nathan Portelli


The word 'champion' might make Nathan Portelli blush, yet the Southern Cross Education graduate is no ordinary footballer.

Nathan has played semi-professional football and represented Southern Cross in the Queensland Universities Rugby League team.

Now, his passion is teaching at Kororo Public School on the Coffs Harbour coast, a highlight of which is helping students build a robot and compete with school children worldwide in Australia’s FIRST LEGO League.

“Footballers can be nerds too!” jokes Nathan. “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."

Video Transcript

Teaching is my passion. Every day I come to this job I understand the importance.

You can't take that lightly, you need to really respect it and that's why I try to give everything I have in each day to these kids.

My name is Nathan Portelli and I'm a Southern Cross University Educational graduate.

After I finished year 12 I had a great opportunity with a feeder team for the Gold Coast Titans. Part of the requirement was that I was either working a certain amount of hours or studying full-time.

I was thrown into a job working with children 1 to 6-years-old and I instantly enjoyed that so I started studying at the preparing for Success Program through Southern Cross which then led into starting studying full-time.

If I look back at my time at Southern Cross I'm very thankful to the staff. They're real people, they do the whole professional aspect really well but they also take the time to get to know you.

They supported me by allowing me to study online, particularly with the Summer School that's offered for those that are willing, they can continue their study over summer.

That flexibility is really a great thing. Through Southern Cross I was awarded a scholarship to go and teach in Vietnam for three weeks, it was an amazing experience. Being an educational professional it was really refreshing visiting a country where education is just valued so highly.

I've now been teaching nearly three years at core public school. I do come every day and I want to learn and I grow and I want to get better at what I'm doing. It's one of those professions that the more you give the more you get back and the more you feel a sense of achievement.

You can turn a kid's day from being an average day to a really great day with just a few little comments.

And I think that is so powerful.