Message from the Head of School

Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney (SSESW) offers extraordinary professional development opportunities for individuals who are interested in education and social work as careers or areas of study. SSESW has amazing programs with engaged professionals integrating scholarship with formative practice.

The Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Social Work degrees are firmly based in the humanities and social sciences, with students able to take advantage of the incredible range of opportunities available at the University of Sydney.

Our Bachelor of Education degrees allow you to develop specialisations in maths, science, humanities or economics and business. You can also specialise in personal development, primary education, early childhood education, and health and physical education. Another feature of our education degrees is the focus on integrating information communications technology (ICT) into teaching practices and catering for students with special needs.

All our students spend time in professional practice placements. We have built strong links with practitioners from both the education and social work fields, which ensures our graduates emerge with practical skills as well as a solid grasp of theory.

The Sydney School of Education and Social Work is a diverse and internationally renowned community of scholars, staff and students committed to community development, meeting social-development needs and improving teaching and learning through innovation and inquiry-driven programs, research, reflection and critique in partnership with our communities.

The student society, EdSoc can provide information about social events, as well as contact details for the student representatives on school committees. We encourage both new and returning students to find us on Facebook and follow us in Twitter.

Interim Head of School
Professor Fran Waugh

About the school

The Sydney School of Education and Social Work is a school within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at The University of Sydney. It specialises in teaching and research in the fields of education and social work, which have long traditions at the University. The study programs offered are as varied as its student body.

The three buildings that house the school are equipped with continuously updated facilities for the training of educators and social workers. Well-equipped lecture and tutorial rooms are complemented by specialist teaching precincts, including a biomechanics laboratory, computer laboratories, a dance studio, two drama studios, visual-arts workshops, laboratories for science and technology and a television studio.

A brief explanation of the information available under the main "tabs" in this section is presented below.


A brief overview of the history of the school, from 1911 to the present.


A schematic representation of the school's leadership positions.


Information about the school's offices, which oversee programs ranging from PhD research to short courses in  professional education.

School directory

Administrative staff and academics involved in the school, including their contact details, publications and areas of research interest.