Teacher Education is the study of teaching and learning methods and their application to educating people.
The main purpose of this narrow field of education is to develop an understanding of the theoretical bases of education and its role in society, the factors which influence learning, teaching strategies and educational processes. It also involves developing an ability to plan, implement and evaluate appropriate curricula and learning programmes and the assessment and reporting of student achievement.
Courses in Teacher Education develop skills in:
- acquiring, organising, producing and using a wide range of materials for research-oriented teaching and learning
- applying the theoretical bases of education to the practice of teaching
- assessing and evaluating learning progress and personal development
- communicating and interacting effectively with people in a variety of learning environments to provide meaningful learning experiences
- meeting the requirements of students and providing feedback to parents and other professionals
This narrow field comprises the following detailed fields:
- Teacher Education: Early Childhood
- Teacher Education: Primary
- Teacher Education: Secondary
- Teacher Education: Vocational Education and Training
- Teacher Education: Higher Education
- Teacher Education: Special Education
- English as a Second Language Teaching
- Nursing Education Teacher Training
- Teacher Education, n.e.c.
Thinking about a job in this field?
Check out the courses available in this field at various Australian universities and alternative study pathway options. If you'd like to speak with someone, discuss with your Career Advisor at school, or contact the Indigenous Education Unit at any of the Australian Universities, and they’ll be able to offer advice on available local information and student support services.