Ranked 20th 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).
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.
* 2020 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.
Because the number of applications from qualified applicants for many Teaching Areas exceeds the quota of places available, you are required to submit a statement, not exceeding 1000 words, addressing the following four questions about your motivation and suitability for teaching. You must answer all four questions to be considered for selection to the course. Your responses will be used in the selection process.
You need to submit your answers to these questions in a Word document or a PDF. It is recommended, for your own ease, to answer these questions as four separate items.
If you are applying for one of our Master of Teaching degrees, you will be required to fill out our Master of Teaching supplementary form and upload it to your online application.
We recommend that all applicants for undergraduate education degrees (excluding early childhood) attend our 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. Our workshop will also give you the opportunity to find out more about the education degrees offered at the University of Sydney.
We are closely monitoring advice from the Australian Federal Government with regards to COVID-19. In the event that this workshop cannot be held on campus, a digital option will be made available.