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The University of Sydney School of Education and Social Work

Specialising in teaching and research in education and social work
We are committed to community and social development, and improving teaching and learning through innovation and inquiry-driven courses, research, reflection and critique in partnership with our communities.

Our education programs include early childhood, primary and high school teaching with diverse specialisations including drama, English and languages, science, mathematics, economics, physical education, history and social sciences.

Our social work programs include accredited professional courses and advanced studies for professional social workers and community workers.

Our commitment to social justice and human rights means we engage in policy development, frontline social care, counselling, advocacy and community development.

Our school has built strong relationships with practitioners in both education and social work. A key element of our education and social work degrees includes practical experience. Our advanced placement program allows our students to apply their knowledge in real-world contexts and gain meaningful, practical experience. 

Our study offering

Our early childhood degrees qualify you to teach children from birth to five years.



Our primary education degrees will qualify you to teach primary school aged children from five to 12 years (Kindergarten – Year 6).



Make a positive difference to the lives of children and adolescents and become an accredited school counsellor, as well as a teacher in an area of the secondary school curriculum.

Deepen your knowledge and meet your professional learning and accreditation requirements through our wide range of conferences, short courses and workshops offered by our Office of Professional Learning.

A degree in social work prepares students for employment in a complex, diverse and changing environment. According to the International Federation of Social Work definition of the profession, human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work. 




*A professional qualification that is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Studying human and community services involves a combination of policy, practice and research in the human and community services industry. It is designed to equip you with foundational knowledge and skills for entry into the Australian human and community services industry. It also offers you the opportunity to focus on specific fields of practice, including management, community work and violence against women.


Research expertise

Our people

Visit academic profiles online to view a full list of our academic staff

Visit our school staff profiles online to view a full list of our affiliated academic staff

Head of School

Professor Fran Waugh
Professor Fran Waugh
Academic profile

Sydney School of Education and Social Work

Opening hours
Education building (A35): 7am – 9pm (Mon – Fri) Education Annex (A36): 7:30am – 7:45pm (Mon – Thu)/7:30am – 6pm (Fri)

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