The School of Education offers an extensive variety of undergraduate and postgraduate study options in Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Education.

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Welcome to the School of Education

Professor Barry DownWelcome to the School of Education website. This site displays our courses, helpful information and contacts, operational procedures, key personnel, and research activities. As you navigate through the various pages of relevance to you, we trust you will grow to appreciate the varied work we do and the services provided.

The School of Education is a foundation school of Murdoch University, which has proud traditions of engagement with schools and service to the teaching profession.

Our principal purpose is to provide high quality courses in pre-service teacher education at secondary, primary and early childhood levels. The staff who teach these programs are highly committed and innovative professionals who are informed by the latest international research trends and practices.

School academics conduct world-class research through several recent Commonwealth supported large projects. Research interests of staff have been listed on the staff page so that prospective higher degree research students can align themselves with existing projects and staff expertise. I encourage you to peruse these and open the links to related publications for more detailed information about our research outcomes.

The Education work we undertake extends beyond research and teaching pre-service teachers. Accreditation authorities require teachers to engage in continuing education. Accordingly, the School of Education offers graduate and postgraduate programs for teachers as well as educators employed in other sectors.

Academic Chairs and advisors are available to assist Education students at Murdoch when you need help.

On behalf of the staff of the School of Education, I wish all students success in your academic work. I also encourage you to participate in School and University activities to experience and contribute to our unique culture.

Professor Barry Down
Acting School Dean

News and Events

Introduction of Literacy & Numeracy Test for Pre-Service Teachers

The Australian Government has recently announced the introduction of a Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students. While the Test is voluntary in 2015, it will become a requirement for all pre-service teachers from 1 July 2016. The Australian Government is covering the costs for up to 5000 students of participating in the Test for 2015 only. The testing will be held in Perth from 24-28 September. Registrations for the September window are anticipated to open at 12pm on Monday 17 August. Pre-service teachers in their final year of Education studies should register their interest with the Test administrator at More information regarding the components of the Test can be found at

Short Stays for External Students

The Student Village have available rooms this semester for external students. This could be useful for those students attending the intensive teaching period and the Perth-based school placement. Please click here for more information.

** Important advice - Course Changes in the BEd **

Please read our Advice to students about new courses in Education.

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The School offers an extensive variety of undergraduate and postgraduate study options in Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Education.


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Murdoch, in collaboration with its ‘Partnership Schools’, offers a wide range of nationally recognized internship programs.

Our research

Our research

Academic staff at the School of Education at Murdoch are active in research that is generative and connects local, national and global communities.