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Sydney School of Education and Social Work

We're leaders in teaching and research for education in Australia
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 undergraduate and postgradute education programs are some of the best in Australia (#20 in the world)* and 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 and, through our exclusive educational alliance with Taronga Conservation Society Australia, conservation education.

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

We have built strong relationships with practitioners in both the education and social work sectors. 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).



If you are a trained teacher, our postgraduate education degrees will give you advanced learning in an area of interest to enhance your knowledge, practical skills and understanding of educational theory and research.


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

  • Professor Deb Hayes, Head of School
  • Associate Professor Robyn Gibson, Deputy Head of School
  • Maria McQuilty, School Manager 
  • Associate Professor Helen Proctor, Research Director
  • Professor Michael Jacobson, Postgraduate Coursework Coordinator
  • Associate Professor Jennifer Way, Acting Undergraduate Coursework Coordinator
  • Professor Fran Waugh, Acting Social Work and Policy Studies Coordinator
  • Dr Ilektra Spandagou, Research Higher Degree Director
  • Dr Nicole Hart, Acting Teacher Education Coordinator
Visit our school staff profiles online to view a full list of our affiliated academic staff
*2020 QS World University Rankings for Education

Head of School

Professor Deb Hayes
Professor Deb Hayes
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Sydney School of Education and Social Work

Opening hours
All of the buildings in the Education Precinct are in "weekend mode" for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. Only SSESW staff and higher-degree research students with after-hours access are able to enter.

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