School of Education, Charles Darwin University (Australia)

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To prepare teachers who are able to provide the best possible learning experience for their students, and to enable educational administrators and leaders, and to provide world leadership in educational research.


The School of Education specialises in preparing teachers, educators, trainers and community workers, for the diverse and challenging contexts in schools, industries, communities and colleges. We provide innovative and high quality programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Our students and graduates are working in early childhood, primary and secondary schools as well as tertiary settings such as vocational education and training. Our students come from all states of Australia and overseas using our online learning systems to study in flexible modes that respond to their learning and work needs. Our research in education involves three themes researching

  • Transitions in lifelong learning, teaching and work,
  • Transdisciplinary knowledge and Indigenous methodologies and,
  • Teaching learning and information technology.

Each of these themes includes an exploration of the internationalization of education and training. Being on the rim of the Asia Pacific provides our school with great opportunities to engage our region in innovative ways in teacher education, research and consultancy. Our programs and research respond to and incorporate linguistic and cultural diversity and the diverse needs of individual students and their communities.We are a school that is committed to reform and change in education that promotes equitable outcomes for students, teachers and the community.

Main Function of the Organization: (Duty and Tasks)

Teaching undergraduate and post graduate programmes covering early childhood, elementary school, middle school, high school, college, TVET and university teaching and learning.

  • Conducting research on:
    • teaching and learning, education policy, educational administration, and TVET
    • Transitions in lifelong learning, teaching and work,
    • Transdisciplinary knowledge and Indigenous methodologies and,
    • Teaching learning and information technology.
  • Provide expert advice and consultancy

Brief Histroy

The University has its origins from 1974 when a community college was established in Darwin, the capital city of the Northern Territory of Australia. Following mergers with other institutions and development of programs, the Charles Darwin University was reconstituted in 2003. The University offers a broad range of programmes in the Arts and Science particularly highlighted by vocational courses in Nursing, Law, Business, Engineering, Science, Pharmacy, Medicine, and Education. In addition to degree programs institution offers certificate and diploma awards via TVET programs. The University has approximately 25,000 students, of which 70% are external to the University. Because of its location, from the beginning the University needed to cater for students living in rural and isolated areas, and to do this developed substantial external studies programs. Today, the University has a highly sophisticated and a well-developed external studies program that uses an online Reliant approach through the Learning Management System Blackboard. Students undertake programmes externally from across all of Australia as well as from many overseas countries. In addition to its main campus at Casuarina, a suburb of Darwin, the University has campuses at Palmerston, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs and Nhulunbuy.

Awards, Honors and Press

The University offers awards from certificate to Ph.D. In 2011 the university was ranked number 306 in the world in the prestigious Times Higher Education World University Rankings, placing it in the top 4% of world universities. The Times Higher Education also places CDU at number 13 in the rankings of Australian universities. The rankings are based on data provided by Thomson-Reuters and take into consideration excellence in teaching, research and knowledge transfer, and the international outlook of the university.


The School of Education is primarily involved in Teacher Education training programs catering for people who would like to work in preschool education, elementary school education, middle school education, high school and college education, and the professional development of University teaching staff. In addition, the School provides postgraduate programmes in vocational training to do with education and also for people who would like to develop skills in education research, administration, management and policy development. The School of Education is one of the few university education providers in Australia that has a completely off-campus initial teacher training programme. Staff within the School of Education also have a high national and international profile in education research across a range of areas including bilingual education, rural education, teacher education, ICT in education, TVET, adult education, pedagogy and philosophies of education.

Because of its location within a comprehensive university, the School of Education has a broad network throughout the University community and collaborates with others in research and teaching, and is able to call on expertise across a broad range of topics and areas.

The Centre for Social Partnerships in Lifelong Learning is a Centre of the School providing research and consultancy activity in the areas of social research and education. Further information on projects is available from:

Target Group

Country/Sub- region/RegionTarget groups
The School of Education is located on the Casuarina Campus of Charles Darwin University, Australia Target groups include undergraduate and postgraduate students undertaking formal programs, schools and community groups involved in education, Australian Indigenous people, industries that require training input,





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Number of CLCs run by the organization: 6

Number of CLCs indirectly supported by the organization: 6







Networks & Partners




  • NT Department of Education and Training


  • Science, ICT and Mathematics in Rural Education research Centre



Contact Information

Focal point for ARTC: (Name and Title) Associate Professor Greg Shaw
+61 (0)889467306
+61 (0)404514335
Fax: +61 (0)889466151