We recommend that all applicants for undergraduate education degrees (excluding early childhood) attend the Teacher Education Personal Statement Workshop to learn more about the personal statement process and suggestions for what to include in your statement. Academic staff will be available to provide feedback and advice on individual statements.
Ranked 12th in the world for the discipline of Education,* we are committed to creating a learning community where you are provided with the best environment and academic opportunities to excel in your chosen field of study. Taking effect from 2018, we require a personal statement with all applications to the University of Sydney’s teacher education degrees (excluding early childhood) for prospective students planning to commence their studies from 2019 onwards.
The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership responded to the Federal Government's request to create selection guidelines for all universities to assess both the academic and non-academic qualities of all students applying for entry into a teaching degree. The personal statement applied by the University allows you to demonstrate your suitability for teaching through the right combination of qualities to enable you to become an effective teacher.
*QS World University Rankings by Subject
If you are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) to study a teacher education degree at the University of Sydney (excluding early childhood), you will be prompted to complete a personal statement questionnaire during the application process.
Please refer to UAC’s guidelines and the relevant UAC form when submitting your personal statement. More information is available on the UAC website.
If you are a direct applicant to the University of Sydney, you will need to upload your personal statement as a supplementary document to your applicant portal. You must use the personal statement form (pdf, 595KB) provided by the University, and address the two answer categories on it. Explanations for how to complete these fields on the form are provided below.
Write approximately 500 words (1 page) about your motivation and suitability for teaching. You may consider the following prompts to frame your response:
Write approximately 500 words (1 page) about your involvement in learning and/or leadership activities that demonstrate the following:
Volunteer and community experience
Personal talents, interests and abilities
Disadvantage that you have overcome